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Follow your dreams... Live the life you have imagined!
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Sunrise over New Zealand’s Roy’s Peak

Want some solid early morning exercise? Then try the hike up to Roys Peak on New Zealand’s southern island. It’s an absolute killer. Especially when you’re carrying kilos of photography equipment, haha! But it was absolutely worth it. Getting up there before sunrise, a mere 6 of us had it all to ourselves. Roys Peak, while it’s beautiful, it’s the surroundings that make the hike up, worth it…

For those of you whom want to make the hike up, it’s a super easy to follow path, with no difficulty (except for some steep calf leg muscle hammering sections).

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Explosive Skies over New Zealand’s South Island

Probably THE most epic sunset I’ve ever seen! During the day, it was a storm, with 100% thick cloud cover. Every local in the area said “nope, no chance of a sunset tonight”. But I made the 1.5hr journey to my previously scouted location and hoped for the best. WOW was I rewarded. Sea fog drifted over the shore, creating a thick atmosphere that lit up when the sun poked through the clouds at the right moment. Combined with one of the best seascapes I’ve ever seen, I was one happy chappy!

The location wasn’t the easiest to find, and can be quite dangerous once you do. Entering down to the beach through a small unmarked gap in the dense tree line on the side of the road, down a steep mud path, at points completely covered by foliage, using old ropes and rusty ladders to climb down a few vertical drops, I finally found it. Once there, the situation can also be quite dangerous. Being surrounded by vertical sea-cliffs, the high tide rises 3m (10ft) extremely rapidly. So you only have an hour each side of low tide to get in and get out before the beach is swallowed up by the rapidly moving water. No mucking around for this one.

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Twilight in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

We had done our hike into the mountains, and taken our sunset photographs. But as we were trekking out, the clouds opened up one last time to let through some amazing twilight glow behind the mountain range. I quickly found a nearby river, and set myself up to capture this enchanting scene. Twilight can be really amazing for those really cool tones combined with a soft magenta glow.

This photograph was taken somewhere in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

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Devils Punchbowl Falls, New Zealand

On the way driving from the east to the west, on New Zealand's southern island, I had to stop off at the Devil's Punchbowl, one of the highlights of Arthur's Pass National Park. It's a super easy walk to do up a few hundred stairs, that can be done in any weather. The result is a beautiful waterfall, with a series of cascades as it makes its way down the mountain valley.

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Mount Cook Sunset, New Zealand

Heading into the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park for some night shooting, I couldn't help but pull the car over for this sunset shot. That road driving into the national park is just incredible. Pulling the car over, I jumped the fence and scrambled down the small cliff to the valley below to take this photograph.

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WOOO! Getting ready to travel to Indonesia this afternoon :-D

Here's a snap from when I was there last time... Sunrise through the mist of Borobudur Temple

Getting up super early to climb and explore this magnificent 9th century Buddhist temple was pretty surreal. As the sun crept over the horizon and started dissipating the mist, it slowly revealed the surrounding forest and backdrop of mountains. A beautiful scene!

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The unique and incredible Trolltunga, Norway

Sometimes you have to live life on the edge! For this early morning photo shoot, it was a very literal edge… Trolltunga (the Troll’s Tongue) hovers 700m above the lake below, and had my heart pumping as I crept towards one of the most unique cliff tops I’ve seen. It’s a solid 6 hour hike up to the top of the mountain over some difficult and frozen terrain (we went as winter was kicking in – naughty us). We decided to hike up to Trolltunga in the afternoon and pitch a tent on top of the mountain and stay the night. As winter had just started to arrived, the top area of this mountain was covered in snow. I can’t describe how freezing it was that night, and got down to below -10 degrees celcius. But having the sunrise all to ourselves the next morning, made all the pain the previous night worth while. One of the most memorable mornings I’ve had.

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Hidden Pyramids in Guatemala

Here's a pic of me exploring some of Guatemala’s pristine national parks. You can occasionally stumble across something unexpected, and amazing! Of course, I knew there were pyramids in the area, I was exploring Tikal :-P However, when you're aimlessly walking through the jungle all alone, and you stumble upon something like this. It's an incredible feeling. Standing alone with the pyramid, with no one else around and just the sounds of the jungle to accompany me, it felt like I had been transported back to another epoch. A really unique experience.
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Mountain of Ice at Everest Base Camp

21 days trek in the Khumbu and Everest region in northern Nepal was fantastic. Part of that high altitude trek was to drop in on the Everest Base Camp. That whole area is pretty spectacular! You can even stumble across mini ice mountains, such as the one in the photograph above.

I took a stroll down a small stream of glacial melt-water to do some photography, and came across this interesting scene. The mountain in the back isn’t actually Everest (that’s just off screen to the left of the camera), but one looking back down the valley.

It’s a very alien environment, up there.

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Amazing sunrise over Mount Bromo

I stand at sunrise on the rim of an ancient volcano, gazing over it's caldera to a series of 4 smaller active volcanoes within it's interior. A truly impressive site!

This entire scene looks like it's been computer generated for some sci-fi movie. But, it's real and it's absolutely stunning.

The active volcano you can see on the left, actually erupted only three weeks prior to me taking this photograph and was in high alert status, ready for another eruption. Naturally we had to climb up to it's rim and look down into it's caldera :-P Up close, it was raining ash and we got absolutely covered in it.

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