Dicky Wreck Removal: Sad Day For Photographers

SS Dicky Beach Removal

The removal process of the SS Dicky Wreck on Dicky Beach (the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck) has begun today. A Sunshine Coast Council task force deemed the wreck a public safety risk for swimmers a couple of years back.

At 30 metres in length, Steamer SS Dicky was shipwrecked on a Caloundra beack way back in February, 1893. The beach was then named in her honour, and more recently the skeletal remains of the Dicky wreck had become a popular spot for Australian landscape photographers and international visitors alike. It was a great subject to photograph during the right conditions, depending on the tide, and rarely would a sunrise or sunset go by without the wreck being photographed. The wreck has found a place within some of Australia’s finest landscape photographers portfolios.

My SS Dicky Experiences

During my time living in Queensland I have shot the wreck on a number of occasions. A couple of my favourite photographs of the wreck from the past few years are below.

SS Dicky Lighting Storm

SS Dicky Wreck, Sunset

Port Willunga Pylons – Photo of the Week

Port Willunga is located on South Australia’s lovely Fleurieu Peninsula approximately one hour drive south of Adelaide. The Port Willunga jetty is a well known destination among Australian landscape photographers.

Port Willunga, SA

Photo Story

I took this photo in March last year. It was during a South Australian road trip with my good buddy Simon Beedle. Port Willunga was one of our last shoot locations after driving through the Flinders Ranges, Burra, Adelaide, and Kangaroo Island. The overcast weather we had on the day was perfect for some slow shutter, moody black and white photos.

I really like the way this particular photo turned out. Waiting for the water in the foreground to flow back in towards the pylons before pressing the shutter created a solid leading line into the photo. Due to the overcast sky diffusing the light, the colour wasn’t overly vibrant so I opted for a black and white post-process and increased the contrast significantly.

Later on we experienced a nice lightning storm on the horizon. It was a special afternoon out there shooting the Port Willunga pylons.

A Byron Bay Sunset

It has been a while, I know! I haven’t completely fallen off the face of the Earth. I’ve still be working hard on my photography.

Earlier this month my girlfriend, Allanah, and I were fortunate enough to spend a little over a week visiting various locations around South-East Queensland. For the first 4 days we were based on the Gold Coast staying in the amazing Q1 Resort and Spa, and for the remainder of the trip a good photographer friend of mine, Simon Beedle, was kind enough to let us crash on his sofa in his apartment at Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

We kept busy during our quick trip to the East Coast and managed to visit a heap of locations around the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. One of the first evenings of the trip we shot down to Byron Bay and managed to capture some nice light from The Pass at sunset which you can see in the photo below.

The Pass, Byron Bay, NSW, Australian Landscape Photography

I will be posting more regularly here from now on, hopefully including some tutorials, hints and tips style blogs, and also sharing more of my new photographs with you all.

Eastern Guardian

Byron Bay Lighthouse, Byron Bay, NSW

I’ve recently returned from a trip to the Gold Coast to catch up with a good friend of mine, Darren Tierney. We were lucky enough to head south and spend a day at Byron Bay in New South Wales under perfect weather conditions.

Watching the clouds build a couple of hours before sun set, we suspected it was going to be a ripper. After shooting Wategos Beach for a short while, we headed up to the lighthouse to watch the sun set. We weren’t wrong with our suspicion, as the light cloud cover lit up a nice pink hue.

I am very happy with the result after attempting to shoot this location many times and coming away with nothing spectacular. Persistence pays off!

Sugarloaf Rock

After a bit of a hiatus from blogging and photographing, I have just returned from an epic, although short, trip to the South-West of Western Australia with something to share.

Sugarloaf Rock is one of my favourite spots to photograph around Dunsborough, and a few days ago I had the opportunity to photograph it at sunrise. It was windy as anything, but I was determined to get the shot. After scrambling around in the dark to find a composition, I found this angle and set up my gear. I fired off just a few frames and packed up my gear. This was one of those times when I was confident I had something special.

I also shot some photos of the surrounding areas – Meelup Beach, Wyadup Beach, Cape Naturaliste, Canal Rocks. These photographs will be uploaded to the galleries shortly.

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