Full moon above Mt Gillen at Alice Springs

Alice Springs, in the heart of the Australian outback, is a photographer’s paradise. With its vast, rugged terrain and unique natural features, it offers endless opportunities for both portrait and landscape photographers. One of the most spectacular sights to capture in Alice Springs is the full moon rising over the radio towers that sit on Mt Gillen.



Mt Gillen at Alice Springs with a full moon setting in the background

PRO-TIP: “A telephoto lens can help capture the moon’s details and make it appear larger in the photo.”


The radio towers that sit on Mt Gillen also offer a dramatic backdrop for portrait photography. These towering structures provide a contrast to the natural beauty of the outback and can create an industrial, urban vibe in photos. Photographers can capture the towers from a distance to create a sense of scale.

For landscape photographers, the full moon rising over Mt Gillen offers a breathtaking sight. The stark landscape provides a dramatic contrast to the soft, glowing moon, creating a stunning image. 

Mt Gillen at Alice Springs with a full moon setting in the background

For those who are interested in improving their landscape photography skills, I offer both private and group lessons.  These are a great way to learn new techniques and explore the unique beauty of the Alice Springs region. I have the experience and knowledge to provide you provide guidance on camera settings, composition, and framing. Private lessons can help photographers of all skill levels improve their craft and capture stunning images.


In conclusion, photographing the full moon and the radio towers that sit on Mt Gillen in Alice Springs is a unique and rewarding experience for both portrait and landscape photographers. With the right techniques and equipment, photographers can capture the beauty and drama of this unique location, creating unforgettable images. Whether you are an experienced photographer or just starting out, Alice Springs offers a wealth of opportunities to explore and improve your craft.

Want to know more about photography workshops?  Contact me now to find out.

The Sounds Of an Orchestra In The Outback

The Alice Spring World  Chamber Orchestra is a talented group of musicians who play a variety of instruments from around the world. Their music is a unique blend of cultures and styles, and listening to them play is an unforgettable experience. And what better way to enjoy their music than by watching the sunrise while nestled on the dry river banks at Trephina Gorge just outside of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory ?

Photographing the orchestra as they play is a challenge, but it is also a great opportunity to capture the beauty of the music and the surroundings. The soft light of the sunrise adds an ethereal quality to the photos, while the colors of the sky change and deepen with each passing moment. With the orchestra in the foreground and the gorge in the background, the resulting images are breathtaking.


Of course, it is not just about taking pictures. Listening to the orchestra play is a sensory experience that cannot be fully captured in photographs. The sound of the music in such an amazing place is awe-inspiring, and the sight of the musicians playing in perfect harmony is mesmerizing. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the warmth of the morning light blends with the music to create a truly magical atmosphere.


The experience of watching the Alice Spring World Chamber Orchestra play at sunrise while nestled on the dry river banks at Trephina Gorge is one that will stay with you forever. It is a moment of pure joy and beauty, where the music and the natural world come together in perfect harmony. Whether you are a photographer looking to capture the moment or simply someone who wants to experience the magic of the orchestra, this is an experience that should not be missed.


If you want more information about the Alice Spring World  Chamber Orchestra you can visit their website at https://www.alicewco.com/

Alice Springs Backyard Birds

Photographing wildlife is a thrilling and rewarding experience, especially when it comes to capturing images of rare and elusive species. Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph a Brown Goshawk in my backyard in Alice Springs, and it was an incredible experience.

Brown Goshawks are medium-sized birds of prey that are found throughout Australia. They are known for their striking brown and white plumage, powerful beaks, and sharp talons. Photographing these birds can be challenging as they are quick and agile, but with some basic photography techniques, it is possible to capture stunning images.


The first step in photographing the Brown Goshawk is normally finding a good location. I, however, was lucky enough that this magnificent bird came to me in my very own backyard here in Alice Springs. Like how good is that!!!!


Generally, I would have to set up my camera in a position where I had a clear view of the bird and enough distance to avoid disturbing it. I would also have made sure that the background was clean and simple, which would help to highlight the bird.


Once I had the location set up, I would experiment with different camera settings. I would use a telephoto lens to get a closer view of the bird, which would allow me to capture its intricate details. I would as I did in the photo above would set my aperture to a low value, which created a shallow depth of field and helped to blur out the background, drawing attention to the bird.


When it came to composition, I tried to create a balance between the bird and its surroundings. I used the rule of thirds, placing the bird on the left-hand side of the frame and placing the tree on the right. This composition helped to create a sense of depth as it had incorporated a foreground (the tree), middle ground (the bird), and background (the trees behind the bird)


Finally, I made sure to focus on the bird’s eyes, which helped to create a sense of connection between the bird and the viewer. By focusing on the eyes, I was able to capture the bird’s expression and bring the image to life.


In conclusion, photographing a Brown Goshawk in my backyard in Alice Springs was an incredible experience. By using basic photography techniques such as composition and camera settings, I was able to capture stunning images of this elusive bird. By paying attention to composition, I was able to highlight the bird in the image, creating a sense of balance and dimension that draws the viewer’s eye towards the subject.

Using Storytelling in Photography

Photography is more than just capturing a moment in time. It’s about creating an emotional connection with the viewer and telling a story through the lens of a camera. This is why storytelling in photography is so important. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur hobbyist, incorporating storytelling into your photos will take your images to the next level. Here’s how you can use storytelling in photography to create powerful, impactful images.

Sunrise Hiker Walking Up Mount Johns at Alice Springs
  1. Identify the Story You Want to Tell

The first step in incorporating storytelling into your photography is to identify the story you want to tell. This could be a personal story, a fictional story, or a factual story. The key is to think about what you want to convey through your photos. For example, you may want to tell a story about family, nature, or a particular event. Once you have a clear idea of the story you want to tell, you can begin to think about how you want to tell it.


  1. Use Composition to Tell Your Story

Composition is one of the most important elements of photography. It’s what helps you to create the visual elements that make up the story in your photos. You can use different techniques such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing to help you create a visual story. For example, you could use a photo of a path leading into the distance to symbolize a journey or a series of photos to show a change over time.

Snow Hiking
Snow Hiking
  1. Utilize Light and Shadows to Enhance Your Story

Light and shadow are two powerful elements in photography. They can be used to create mood and atmosphere in your photos, helping to reinforce the story you want to tell. For example, you could use light to create a sense of hope or shadow to create a sense of mystery. By playing with light and shadow, you can take your photos from simply capturing a moment in time to telling a story that captivates the viewer.

Using lights and shadows to tell a story in your photos
  1. Use Color to Emphasize Your Story

Color is another important element in photography. By using color to your advantage, you can create a visual story that evokes emotions in the viewer. For example, you could use warm colors such as red, yellow, and orange to create a feeling of warmth and comfort, or cool colors such as blue and green to create a feeling of calm and serenity.

  1. Include People and Objects That Help to Tell Your Story

People and objects play an important role in storytelling in photography. They can be used to create a visual story and reinforce the message you want to convey. For example, you could use a photo of a person to represent a particular emotion, or use a specific object to symbolize a particular idea.

In conclusion, storytelling in photography is an important tool that can help you to create powerful, impactful images. By combining different elements such as composition, light and shadow, color, and people and objects, you can create a visual story that will captivate your viewers and leave a lasting impression. So next time you pick up your camera, think about the story you want to tell, and let your images do the talking.