These sunsets are on fire lately!! (Ha ha, get it?) Here's a couple from Nightcliff tonight, near the jetty….
Tonight's sunset from Darwin's Lameroo Beach…
Every month I want to start doing a blog post for the "unseen" photos I took that month. I take photos at least five days a week. In wet season, I usually go out everyday, sometimes twice a day! Although I am not as "trigger happy" as I used to be, I still end up with a LOT of photos. Each sunset shoot I probably come back with between 15 and 30 shots. On a longer trip I can take hundreds of shots.
I only usually post one photo a day to social media - Facebook, Flickr and G+ - I pick my favourite shot from the day to process and then share online. A lot of photos become archived, and forgotten about, all because there was one I liked slightly better. So I have a lot of photos that never see the light of day!
Each month, I want to make the effort to post the "runners up" of my photo outings. Other shots that I liked, but weren't the favourite of the day. These are shots not shared elsewhere, so if you have any thoughts/critiques/comments on any of the photos, please do leave a comment!
This month has been very hectic with markets and making photos, but I am hoping to get out and around the area a little more over the next month or so!
Let me know what you think!
There are some awesome places in Darwin to photograph our landscape and wildlife - unfortunately quite a lot of time is required to check them all out and be able to do our varied and vast landscape justice!
I have a few favourite local spots I visit regularly - some further away from Darwin's city than others. Darwin receives a lot of tourists and visitors every dry season, so I thought I would write about a few of my favourites in an attempt to help out future visitors with planning things to do in the area.
I am a photographer, so most of where I would recommend are great for photography. Darwin is rich with a lot of other things - a varied food culture and history: a significance in World War II which surprised me and a fabulous array of indigenous culture.
In Darwin suburbs:
Anyone who is half interested in landscape photography will understand that sunrise and sunset are the best times for photographing the scene.
- Darwin is mostly best for sunset photography - there are not too many places where you can see the sunrise. One of my favourite places for sunrise is Buffalo Creek (near Lee Point). This is around a fifteen minute drive from the CBD and although there is not a whole mass of interesting landscape here, the creek is interesting and attracts an array of bird life. Watch out for crocodiles here, and check the tides.... Anything above a 6.5 metre high tide will leave you with a very limited area of sand to walk on.
For sunset, you can't beat the variation and colour along Nightcliff Foreshore.
The cliffs are a fabulous shade of red, the rocks are flecked with orange, yellow and purple. There are mangroves, open expanses of beach, rock pools, pandanus and of course the ol' favourite Nightcliff Jetty!
There are barbeques and on weekends food/drink outlets so you can watch the sun go down with family. From a photography perspective, there are so many nooks and crannies to explore.
Another awesome and varied location is East Point Reserve. Fabulous mangroves, perfect vantage point to the city as well as a perfect viewing platform for storms passing through the harbour (Oct-May).
Litchfield National Park (1-2 day trip) and Kakadu National Park (2-infinite number of days trip) are must see trips from outside of Darwin, but there are some fabulous lesser known hideaways along the way.
Fogg Dam is a beautiful location for bird photography
And when the skies deliver, is a great place to soak in the sunset!
Corroboree Billabong is a beautiful wetland habitat - abundant bird life and crocodiles amongst tranquil waters.
I could go on... Darwin is filled with perfect landscape photographic opportunity! If you have any great locations or photography things to do in Darwin, let me know by leaving a comment below!
Darwin Photo Tours
As some of you are now aware, I am conducting local photo tours in the area - taking groups of photographers (beginners - intermediate), out around my favourite locations. I'll be sharing my knowledge, techniques and ideas. I know what level the tides need to be at for the best locations, and I can show you where they are!
If you are interested in joining me in Darwin, check out my upcoming photography itineraries here - Darwin Photo Tours. Private tours (1 - 3 people) are also available - Contact me for ideas, dates and pricing.
For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably guessed that I was going to start offering Photowalks to budding photographers in the area!
And what's even better?
For the first Darwin Photo Tour, I will be giving away 8 places for my launch competition!!! Keep reading for details on how to win!
What are Darwin Photo Tours?
Darwin Photo Tours are going to be conducted by me, Louise Denton. You can see examples of my work within this blog and on my portfolio website www.louisedenton.com
Darwin Photo Tours are exactly that - visiting locations around Darwin that are great for landscape photos! I specialise in seascape photos, and also in other Darwin landscape photography, nature and wildlife photography.
So, if you think you might be interested in finding some great locations in and around Darwin and the Top End, the photo tours could be for you!
It's not all about the location alone, of course. And it's not just about having a good camera. You've got to be able to use it!
That's where I come in. I will be giving guidance on how to take better landscape and seascape photos.
I will be sharing...
- How to get away from "auto" mode on your camera
- The basics on how ISO, aperture and shutter speed all work
- How to compose a scene, what to look for, and where to position the camera
- What settings are ideal to use, for what circumstance
- The answers to any questions you have!
Groups on my photo tours are limited to 8 people, so there will be time for me to get around to everyone individually, as well as talk to the group. And it's not just me you can learn from. These walking tours will be full of other people who love to take photos, a great place to share ideas, tips and knowledge.
Where will we go?
Upcoming itineraries are still being finalised, and dates are to be confirmed.
Locations will be Darwin beaches and parks, covering seascape, landscape and nature photography, including birds, flowers and other local fauna. We are lucky that Darwin is a very green city, with lots of great scenery to explore.
East Point, Mindil Beach, Casuarina Beach and my favourite, Nightcliff Foreshore.
Tours are set to begin on a regular basis at the start of July with a couple of close-to-Darwin sunset/parks sessions.
Some tours will offer a pick up minibus service, for those visiting Darwin or those without their own transport.
Within a few weeks, the groups will be venturing further out of town to some popular, and some lesser known locations outside of town. Day trips and eventually two day workshops will also be offered.
Stay tuned to this blog and to my Portfolio Website to keep up to date with new itineraries released. You will also be able to book (and purchase) online from my portfolio website.
Well, how can I win a tour?!
The first ever Louise Denton Darwin Photo Tour is planned for Monday 24th June. It is a late afternoon/evening outing (so you can come along after work!).
I'll run through the basics of how to use your camera for the magic "golden hour" of light, in to sunset and blue hour. We will also get the chance to use my favourite long exposures (I just posted a blog about them, check it out).
We'll be checking out one of my favourite areas along Nightcliff Foreshore.
To win a place on this first tour, all you have to do is:
GO TO --> www.louisedenton.com
Go to the Contact form and send me your name! That's it.
Each name will be entered in to the draw once, and the winners will be randomly selected.
Competition closes on the Friday 21st June.
There are 8 places available. Prize is only valid on the 24th June 2013, not transferable to any other Photo Tour at a later date.
Winners will be notified by email and also be sent an itinerary/details of meeting place.
There are a lot of people out there who wish they knew more about taking great photos - please share this blog with any friends you think might be interested!!
What should I bring with me?
- A camera (d'uh). Any cameras are welcome, but a DSLR is preferable.
- A wide angle or landscape lens
- A zoom lens or telephoto for walks around parks
- A tripod for landscape photos
- For afternoon/day tours, there could be a little walking, so wear comfy shoes, use a comfy bag and bring a bottle of water
- A smile and a creative mind!
This is a brand new service I am offering to people who want to learn more about their camera, and interact with other photographers.
They are a great opportunity for people visiting Darwin on holiday, to find great photographic locations without the trouble of finding them!
Let me know what you think - leave a comment below with any questions and ideas.
I will start offering this in my market stall this weekend. Come down for a chat - I am at Parap Markets on Saturdays (8am-2pm)and Mindil Beach Markets on Thursdays (5-10pm) and Sundays (4-9pm)
Or, contact me on my Facebook Page.
Basically, I want a platform to share photography and ideas with on a regular basis.
When I store my photos on my computer, I file them by date and I have a file for every single day of the year. There are a LOT of photos that I do not post or even look at, because another one or two photos from that day are "better". I want a platform to share the "unseen" photography, or to share photography from a trip, and to share photography from others, share other blogs.
I think this blog will fulfill that.
My passion is the ocean, and the sunsets that go with it, here. So what better way to start than to share my favourite sunset photos from Darwin, over the last twelve months or so? These are all photographs that I have taken myself, found at Louise Denton Photography.
Some of my images are custom, panoramic sizes too.
As you can probably see, I like trees! I love just getting outdoors: the Territory is a perfect place for it.
What colours are your favourite? I love the reds and purples, but have found most people really like the blues and calmer colours. Darwin wet season sunsets can be unpredictable - sometimes bright and sometimes very calm.
I think these photos summarise what my work is about!
If you simply like landscape photography, sunsets and beaches to look at, you can subscribe to this blog.
If you live in Darwin and want to see great photos from our area, you can subscribe.
If you are interested in photography, or learning to take photos - subscribe, as I can share tips, ideas and discuss ways to do things. At the moment, I am researching in to types of torches best for light painting.
I want to visit so many places in the Top End - you can follow this blog to follow my journey. And this can be a place to share ideas - you can comment on my blogs. Before the year is out, I am planning another trip to Kakadu, a trip to Uluru and the Red Centre, via the Devil's Marbles. If I get time, I would LOVE to go through Arnhem land to the Cobourg Peninsular. If anyone has been to these places, share ideas and locations and I can share them back with you!
If you are visiting Darwin, I will be talking about great places to see and go, and events upcoming in the area.