Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Sunrise at Lake Wendouree

Grabbed a few images at sunrise on Friday morning up at Lake Wendouree. Some pretty nice colours made for a good show, and the criss cross patterns in the clouds were quite unusual. There were a few other photographers around for a change making the most of the mild morning, including one of them who was content to sit in just the right spot for me!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yes It's Back! 2015 Calendar

I'm pleased to announce the Andrew Thomas Photographer 2015 Calendar will soon be ready...so get in now with your orders. Once again there is a stunning range of images all captured within the last 12 months from all around the Ballarat and Central Highlands district. I've managed to keep the costs the same as last year. This full colour calendar is A3 in size and is still only $20 each. And I have  some special deals his year.......2 for $35, 3 for $50. The EXTRA Special this year is if you order 3 calendars I'll include postage, and even include your own (or a friends) birthday noted inside. Make sure you let me know ASAP so I can get these well under way. They make great, unique Xmas gifts!
Here's some sample pages to whet your appetite...........




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Granite Falls Going Well

On Thursday afternoon I made a trip down to the Moorabool Gorge, just so see if there was any flow in the Moorabool River West branch, which is the river that feeds Moorabool and Granite Falls. I was quite surprised to see some reasonably good flow, as these couple from Granite Falls shows. You actually get a glimpse of Moorabool Falls upstream from near here and there looked to be some reasonable flow there as well. I was expecting there to be minimal flow as the rainfall for the last couple of months has been well below average.....one good downpour would really get this going strongly again.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Katmai Cub

Today's Alaskan image comes from the day we spent with the bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve. This is one of 2 cubs that was having a great time whenever mum caught a salmon. They'd come bounding over and grab whatever they could, usually after mum had made that big crunch into the salmon. 
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Wow ! Way Out West

On Wednesday evening I had full intentions of heading north to Smeaton to check on Birch's Creek, however the sky looked very promising out west. I had actually passed the turn-off onto the freeway when I had another look and realised this was something special. I had to travel a lot further than I thought and ended up way out west, and north, of Trawalla. Luckily its still within my 42km radius, too! I found a nice shearing shed to give some foreground focus to the amazing skies that developed over the next 39 minutes in this series. And as if the skies weren't enough, the added bonus was a very nice double rainbow. It was great to get such fantastic conditions, and especially as it was in an area I have never been to before. The current weather pattern of warm days with a bit of humidity often leads to epic conditions...I'm really looking forward to the upcoming warmer months if this is any indication of whats likely to happen.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazing Scale

Todays Alaska post is from our all-day boat tour at Glacier Bay National Park, our last new USA National Park on this trip. (That makes it 56 out of the 59 parks!). This day was one of the highlights of an amazing trip, and though the day started off very wet, it had cleared nicely a few hours into the trip, giving me many amazing scenes to capture ....I spent most of the day running around with 2 cameras around my neck...one with the big zoom lens, and the other for the overall scenes. We stopped at the John Hopkins Glacier for quite a while and just listened to the silence, interspersed with the huge cracks of the ice calving off the front of the glacier. The last one of the visit was the most epic....luckily the 2 seals in the lower left corner of this gives you an idea of the scale. You really gotta click on this for a bigger look!
After this it was off to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon for an epic sunrise..........!!
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An Eerie Evening

Tuesday in Ballarat was fine, warm and very windy, until later in the day when the wind dropped. I headed off around an hour before sunset and realised that I wouldn't be going too far in my travels....a huge amount of smoke had moved in from (I think) some burn-offs and Lake Wendouree was looking quite eerie. So I spent my time on the north shore watching as the light turned more intense the lower the sun got.



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