Capturing the Magic of Mount Johns at Sunrise in Alice Springs

Alice Springs, located in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, is a photographer’s paradise. With its diverse landscapes and natural wonders, this remote outback town offers an endless array of opportunities to capture the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. One of the highlights of any trip to Alice Springs is visiting Mount Johns at sunrise, a time when the mountain is transformed into a magical wonderland of colors and light.

Mount Johns at Sunrise

Photographing sunrise can be a challenging but rewarding experience. To get the best results, it’s important to be prepared and to have a plan in place. Here are some tips for capturing the magic of Mount Johns at sunrise:

  1. Get there early: Sunrise is a busy time, and you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of time to set up your camera and find the perfect spot. Arrive at Mount Johns at least 30 minutes before sunrise to give yourself enough time to find the best location and set up your camera.

  2. Use a tripod: Sunrise is a low-light situation, and you’ll need a steady camera to get sharp images. A tripod will also allow you to use slower shutter speeds and capture the movement of the clouds and the changing colors of the sky.

  3. Experiment with compositions: Sunrise is a time of dramatic changes in light and color, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different compositions. Try shooting from different angles and perspectives, such as shooting from the top of the mountain or from the base, to capture the unique beauty of Mount Johns at sunrise.

  4. Use a polarizing filter: A polarizing filter can help to reduce reflections and increase the saturation of colors in your photos. This is especially useful when photographing sunrise, as it will help to bring out the vibrant colors of the sky and the surrounding wilderness.

  5. Use a long exposure: If you’re visiting Mount Johns at sunrise, consider using a long exposure to capture the movement of the clouds and the changing colors of the sky. A long exposure can also add a dreamy effect to your photos, making them more interesting and engaging.

In conclusion, Mount Johns at sunrise is a must-see destination for any photographer visiting Alice Springs. With its magical light, diverse landscapes, and natural wonders, this mountain is sure to leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, capturing the magic of Mount Johns at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. So, pack your camera and hit the road – you’re in for an unforgettable journey!

The Light Within The Storm

Hey, can you see that….  Yes that my friends is the end of the year fast approaching and boy what a year it has been.

This time of the year can be very stressful for a lot of people for many reasons but let me just say that within ever storm there is light and the sunshine at the other end.  So as we get into the silly season do take some time out to think of others. <3

This photo was taken looking over Lake Burley Griffin here in Canberra after a light storm rolled through the area a bit before.  It is made up of about 40 individual images to give this final image.

All my images are for sale and can be found on my on-line store and if you want to learn how to take these types of photos I conduct a one-on-one workshop and will be posting up a few workshops over the Christmas break so stay tuned.


Sunshine through the storm
Sunshine through the storm

Oh So Many Posts In One Day…

Yeah, I know I don’t want to overload you guys with post but WOW….

Look at this sunset!!!!! Fair dinkum it is freaking awesome.  Man, I just love this time of year.  It is warm but not hot, you can have your doors and windows open and don’t need air conditioning but the best part is are the sunsets.  They are truly spectacular!!!!!

WOW - What a sunset???
WOW – What a sunset???



Say Goodbye to the Snow!

I would love to hear what you think of this image?

With the onset of spring and hopefully warmer weather, it’s a great time to go back to process some of the images I captured over the colder months.

This photo was taken as the sun was rising and hitting the Brindabella mountains as seen from my backyard.

The whole week was cold but not quite cold enough to get snow here in Canberra but it was cold enough to keep a good dusting of snow as you can see.

Snowcapped Brindabella mountains
Snowcapped Brindabella mountains

I figured if I can edit this photo I may as well record it so you guys can get to see the process and hopefully it will help you to improve not only a landscape photography but also your post processing.


Of course, if you want to learn more about landscape photography and post-processing keep an eye out for my workshops or send me an email.

Now onto the weekend. 🙂

The Walls Where You Can See for Miles

At the top of the stairs there is a fantastic lookout that looks over the magnificent Kanangra Walls.  These walls form the southernmost and of what is a spectacular valley and gorge that goes on for miles and miles from this location and believe it or not I had the opportunity to watch the new years eve fireworks from there.

Now for anyone that knows where the Kanangra-Boyd National Park is, they would know it is miles and miles and miles and miles away from Sydney so imagine my surprise when some of the other people there who have been regulars for years asked if I was hanging round to watch the fireworks. Now considering only had to wait another 40 minutes hell yes I was going to wait.

And to my surprise i could in fact see the fireworks from there!!!!! WOW

Before it got dark and the fireworks started I snapped this picture below and you can see why they call it the Blue Mountains!!

Kanangra Walls
Kanangra Walls

There are varying stories as to why the mountains seemed blue however one smart little cookie scientist put it down to the fracturing of light and the fact that only the blue light is disbursed due to atmospheric conditions within the gorges. This is not a unique to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales it can be seen in other places around the world which share similar characteristics.

No matter what the reason the view is spectacular and one I will definitely go back and see.

It was kind of a shame to leave this place but my journey and travels were taking me north up to the Jenolan Caves.