Hi there Steve

After your call to arms last week I thought I would get off my bum send in a readers submission.

Let me introduce myself I’m a very amateur photographer, no sorry that is an exaggeration I’m a busted arse miner from Australia that likes to take a few pics.  

I had a few workshops with Steve, that have been great. The best part being the help he has given me since. I have sent him multiple emails on a broad range of topics that he has always responded to. 

These photos are from a very small town in Northern NSW Australia, Collarenebri. I had been to watch a big rugby league match in Brisbane Queensland, known as State of Origin with 3 mates. The Aussies would know NSW got bashed & we stopped here on our way home staying with a friend. I had spent most of the night in the pub pictured below drowning my sorrows. 

By some miracle I woke before sunrise, it probably had something to do with the massive hangover. I trotted out hoping to get some great photos of the sunrise over the Barwon River. I ran outside in a drunken haze & got 50m down the Street before I noticed I was walking in the thickest of FOGS!!!

I marched on hoping the fog would lift before sunrise. I just happened to look back & see the street scape behind me. It taught me a good lesson. Open my eyes have a good look at what is around. I was so set on a sunrise I nearly missed the best photos of the day. 

 

The Tattersalls Pub, Collarenebri. A great pommy publican runs the place, worth a stop just to see the mighty Murray Cod on the wall behind the bar.

Canon 5D Mark ll, 24-105mm F/4 IS USM @ F/14 30sec 24mm ISO 100

 

The Tattersalls Pub, Collarenebri. A great pommy publican runs the place, worth a stop just to see the mighty Murray Cod on the wall behind the bar. 

 

Collarenebri. This photo probably shows 90% of the street lights in town. According to Wikipedia the population is 478.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-105mm F/4 IS USM @F/14 15sec 24mm ISO 100

 

Collarenebri. This photo probably shows 90% of the street lights in town. According to Wikipedia the population is 478.

 

Road Train. A part of outback Australia these trucks sometimes tow as many as 4 trailers in NSW they only pull 2. They take a while to get around when overtaking.

Canon 5D Mark ll, 24-105mm F/4 IS USM @ F/18 25sec 24mm ISO 100

 

Road Train. A part of outback Australia these trucks sometimes tow as many as 4 trailers in NSW they only pull 2. They take a while to get around when overtaking. 

 

The Barwon River.The Murray Darling Basin is the major river system in Australia and the Barwon is a major tributary, but to you over in the South East Asia I know it looks like a creek. It helps to illustrate Australia as the driest continent.

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm F/4 IS USM @F/14 10sec 24mm ISO 100

 

The Barwon River.The Murray Darling Basin is the major river system in Australia and the Barwon is a major tributary, but to you over in the South East Asia I know it looks like a creek. It helps to illustrate Australia as the driest continent. 

 

SUNRISE ON THE BARWON!!!!! The fog didn’t lift until 10AM!!!! So much for the sunrise pics. Also take note of the professional placement of the camera bag. I’ve got a lot to learn.

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm F/4 IS USM @F/14 1/8sec 28mm ISO 100

 

SUNRISE ON THE BARWON!!!!! The fog didn’t lift until 10AM!!!! So much for the sunrise pics. Also take note of the professional placement of the camera bag. I’ve got a lot to learn.

 

The Barwon River from the bridge. Yes it’s an ugly brown muddy river but at different times you can get beautiful reflections making great shots. This was my hope. One day I’ll get a great sunrise with the reflection of the river gums overhanging the river. Just not this day.

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm F/4 IS USM @F/14 3.2sec 24mm ISO 100

 

The Barwon River from the bridge. Yes it’s an ugly brown muddy river but at different times you can get beautiful reflections making great shots. This was my hope. One day I’ll get a great sunrise with the reflection of the river gums overhanging the river. Just not this day. 

That’s all from Oz for now

Cheers Rod