A NEW WEBSITE!

Hi to all blog followers. I just wanted to announce that my website is Officially ready! I am so excited :). You can head on over to take a look. From now on all new blog posts will go through my site, therefore if you wish to keep receiving updates on new posts you will need to click here to be taken to the last post on my site and click on the subscribe link at the bottom of the page (in the pages footer). While you are there please feel free to look around and let me know what you think of the new site!! Shout out must go to Melissa at Mind Your Own Website, who has done a fantastic job, and worked tirelessly getting it just the way I wanted.

Enjoy

Beck xx

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Sydney Shoot

Our Harbour

Living only 45 minutes from central Sydney, it’s a little strange that I haven’t found the time to make my way in there yet for a photo shoot. Last weekend however I finally pulled my finger out and made the effort. On the Friday afternoon I headed into town early to make sure I didn’t miss sunset time by sitting in traffic. I knew the spot I wanted to be in. It had been on my “to shoot list” for some time. That location was the gorgeous Hornby Lighthouse at South Head. I have long been in love with this quaint little lighthouse in all its original 1858 candy stripe glory. I had only ever seen it it pictures and not in person so was really looking forward to it. Coming around the footpath on south head and seeing it for the first time I was not disappointed. It is in my opinion, PERFECT. Then all that was left to do was hope for some awesome colour in the clouds, and my wish was granted.

Sunset at Sydney's South Head with Hornby lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse

The light house was commissioned in 1857 after the loss of two ships. The first was the “Dunbar” in August 1857 killing 121 onboard, the second was two months later, drowning 21 onboard the “Catherine Adamson”.

Sun reflecting on Hornby Lighthouse, Sydney

Sailing Boat leaves Sydney Harbour past Hornby Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Keepers house from back in the day

After the sun had set and getting some dinner it was time to find a perspective for shooting the harbour bridge at night. I was hindered by the rain and wasn’t at all happy with the results below.

By the time I travelled home it was 11pm, got into bed around 1pm only to wake at 4am and retrace my steps back into the city for sunrise. It was fine weather, that is until I got to my key position at Mrs Macquaries chair. Thats when the rain started to come down and a think blanket of cloud settled over Sydney. I had a whole morning of shooting locations mapped out and wasn’t really impressed with Mother Nature letting the team down. However I was fortunate enough to fire off a couple of good shots before it started belting down and I was forced to tuck tail and run back home.

An overcast pre-sawn photo of Sydney Harbour

Before the rain

Next week I hope to get out to Turimetta Beach and possibly down to Jervis Bay in the next month.

Catch ya next time

Beck xx

Commercial Work

This week saw me help out a personal training business. Hired to come up with some candid images from around the gym. It was a fun morning, especially considering I was NOT the one doing the exercising! A couple of hours was spent taking pictures of people being put through their paces. As difficult as it was with the dim lighting we got there in the end. Here are a few of my favourite images from the day.

Now on to a new week. I can’t wait to go into Sydney Friday next week. Where I will be doing some sunset shots on and around the harbour. I will then travel back into the city on Saturday Morning to follow up with some sunrise shots and to spend the whole day trying to find little nooks and crannies that interest me. I won’t be alone however, and I hope me and my pal from Canberra can find the time to stop for some pub grub and a catch up. I must admit, every time she and I meet up  we pretty much spend the whole time shooting and driving and grabbing some food on the fly, despite our best intentions to slow it down and add some downtime. I guess that’s just what happens when you share a passion, it kind of just takes over. Time flies when your having fun, and before I know it, I am saying goodbye and driving home with itchy palms dying to see what my images look like on my iMac screen.

Digging through my old files this week, I found this one that I took back in May at Kiama. It was one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen (and i have seen a few). I couldn’t quite figure out where the best vantage point was to capture it. There was a sign for a lookout over the sea and rolling hills so I pulled in there. The view was facing the other way with no colour in the sky and my pet hate, power lines running through the scenery.

Home with a view

A little leg work brought me to a gate that was wide open but read “construction site- keep out” and “Private property- Trespassers yadda yadda yadda” My 2 thoughts were this A) Who’s going to be constructing anything at 5am? and B) If they didn’t want me to go in and take pictures, why would you leave the gate wide open?” Those two thoughts mixed with my fear of missing the best sky ever left me no choice but to enter. Needless to say I soon found out why the gate was open……. There were two houses down the long driveway with a cattle grate across it, and two dogs who were barking as they snarled and chased me further into the property. As I approached the 2nd house they stopped following me and trotted back to their house.

Setting up my tripod as quick as I could I snapped away happy about the shots and the sky, and crazy Jealous of the people who live in the white house that get to spend everyday waking up to this view. As the bright hues started to subside in the sky I had to pump myself up for the fact that the only way out of here was back up the communal driveway and past the dogs that didn’t take a shine to me at all. Arming myself with my tripod just in case  i needed to protect myself , I took to sneaking as quiet as I could past their home. They heard me at the last moment and came running. I followed suit and ran too, but combating the cattle grate with a torn meniscus in my knee was a little scary. Once over it the dogs wanted nothing to do with it, for which I was grateful. Way to get the heart pumping in the morning I can tell you.

That’s it for me for another week,

Take Care X

Shortlisted

Hi all,

Yet another week has gone by and unfortunately I haven’t had the time to get out on location. However I have spent some time with my NEW web designer and the ball is now in motion. The plan is to be up and running in 4 weeks time. Thank god, I say as i have had quite a bit of interest in purchases of late. and have sold several prints via Facebook page messages and emails. Let me tell you it is NOT the easiest way to take orders and transactions.

One good thing came out of organising my website. I had to google myself in order to test how I would rank with google for the new site. Apparently due to blogging and flicka I am quite well covered, but something unexpected came to my attention in this search. Apparently back in April I entered a picture into Australian Photography Magazine competition with the theme “decay”.  It seems in their article that I was shortlisted to the top 25 entries out of roughly 500 for my “Monster House” entry. I had no Idea as they did not inform me at the time, so it was a nice surprise.

I am so pleased to finally have the website on its way after the stuff around I had with the last Host. I promised to name names but for fear of being sued for defamation I will let you work it out this way. Lets Just say I asked the host to remove my name from her website as a listed client of hers as she isn’t going to be designing it at all, and in fact should not be in this business if she isn’t able to provide the services she claims to know how to do. Let me also say that the unnamed host has not yet done so and my name remains on her site. Therefore IF you google “Beck Dunn Photography” you will find the web design and hosting business that claim to be designing my site but who are most Definatly NOT. I urge you all to look elsewhere when considering Website hosting and SEO etc.

I have a commercial photography job this weekend and a Sydney shoot the weekend after, where I’ll be catching up with my Canberra Buddy for more adventures.

Looking forward to bringing you more images………

Until Then I will leave you with some Autumn shots from Mudgee that I really like the end results of.

Beck X

What’s New?

Hi Everyone!

Not much has happened this week in the way of travels and adventures. However I have been extremely busy editing photos from my last Blue Mountains trip, and planning my July Portrait sessions. I have around 7 to shoot and the ideas are out of control in my head and keeping me awake at night. I cannot wait to get stuck in and show you all what I come up with. I do love a good outdoor family portrait when they are done well. There are some great portrait photographers around whom I greatly admire. Personally though, my heart lies with Landscapes. However I have come up with my own brand of family portraits that excite me and will be announced late July early August. Lets just say, it will be different…….

I have had a lot of trouble this week getting my website up and running Not just mine but my husbands Truck Washing Business. We decided to change hosts this month in the effort to reduce costs to Google adwords. We were told that SEO Searching would be part of the 2 year package and closed down an already successful website and made the move. The host who for now shall remain nameless, cannot work out the SEO searching and thus leaving us with a website that cannot be found! What good is that? I have to say I am seriously NOT happy, as now not only is it going to end up costing more, but we are losing potential new business everyday. I will name and Shame in a future post if this is not rectified ASAP. I have a half built website for my photography, but feel I would be stupid to put a second site through this company. I need to cut my loses and run!

To cheer myself up I created a slideshow of my images put to some beautiful music which can be watched on my Facebook page. If you haven’t already checked it out please do so, and “like” my page whilst you’re there! I am also spending a couple of days in Sydney in July with my good pal Louisa, to shoot our Sydney Skyline at Night and Day. I am looking forward to that very much. Nothing beats great company while doing the thing you both love.

I leave you now with some new pics taken in the Mountains on the long weekend……

Talk Soon xx

This Week……..

Hi all!

It’s been such a busy week. I have filled my Winter portrait sessions and spent the long weekend doing what I love most. Shooting landscape photos! I had received a message on Facebook from a good friend from Canberra whom I met whilst on my Central Coast adventure with Ken Duncan. She asked if I would be interested in spending a weekend taking photos with her up the Blue Mountains. Since I was a local I came up with an itinerary of places to take her. What better way is there to spend a weekend? Taking photos with someone with an equal passion for it and when not taking photos, talking about taking them. Where will our next adventures take us? Up in the air is Western Australia, Tasmania, travelling back to the Central Coast, and a quick overnight trip to Sydney. For me its fun to talk F stops, composition, lighting, and photoshop techniques. Its not exactly dinner table conversation for my husband, so it is good to relate to someone on that topic.

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

We arrived at Leura on Friday afternoon and checked into our suite. After a drink and a quick catch up we took off to Echo point to photograph the famous Three Sisters at sunset. Then it was back to our lodgings for Chinese take-away and drinks. By 5am Saturday we were on the road again to see if we could find some snow in Oberon or at least some nice low lying fog. Although the air was chilly and 0 degrees celcius there was no snow. However there was ice and fog so we considered ourselves lucky anyway. I myself was happy to travel in Louisa’s car as she has heated seats ahhhhhh. Such is life eh?

We started off in Mayfield Pine Forest where we found a skull (Not human thank god) and then we stopped on the side of the road on the way to Jenolan Caves as we saw a beautiful Valley with layers of fog, that was too good to drive by. (Photos will follow in a future blog). We hit Jenolan Caves by 9am and proceeded straight for the Awesome Blue Pool. Its vibrant colour is due to the minerals that flow out of the caves. As we were about to go on a hike down stream, Louisa shouted out “There’s a platypus!” I was so excited as I know how rare a find this is in the wild. The Australian Platypus is in fact “near endangered” as it is constantly under threat by dingoes, red foxes and fungal disease. WWe were given quite the show as he appeared several more times to chew his food on the surface.

I got several shots of him, this is just one of many. I had to brag to my mum, as she spent a whole day in Tasmania trying to see a platypus in the wild and towards the end of her day caught a 2 second glimpse of one before it ducked under the water. Whereas we pretty much tripped over this one.  Ha Ha.

Plenty of beautiful sights surround the Jenolan Caves. We photographed many. Here is one such waterfall and blue pool that if it wasn’t so cold I would love to jump in.

We headed straight from the Jenolan caves to Empress Falls in Wentworth Falls. It was after 3 pm when we arrived with the sun due to set around 5pm so we set off down those killer stairs. For those of you who remember, down the bottom in the Valley of the Waters was where I injured myself back in January. I swore I would never return, but alas here I was. Once down there Louisa was happily surprised by how spectacular they are.

The Empress Falls are actually my favourite falls. It’s beauty is such that I am yet to find it’s equal. After some snaps it was time for the gruelling walk up. Horror flashbacks of January came through my mind. Climbing up last time with mediocre fitness and a fresh Meniscal tear was not something I like to remember. This time however was different. The injury is almost non existent and it was only my fitness that I had to worry about. For those of you who have never done it, it is around 850 steps up a cliff. But we took our time stopping for water and a breather, and made it up in time for sunset. We met a woman down there who had injured her ankle and was struggling up also, and it made me think just how many people have done the same? Although I still say it is worth it.

Here is a picture I took back in January which won a silver award in The International Better Digital Camera Awards.

Empress Falls

We were planning to take another bush walk in the morning around the Grand Canyon Track, but we awoke to pouring rain and some tired muscles from the day before. Lou and I will be back however probably early next year, where I hope to show her a lot more of the Blue Mountains.

Stay tuned for more pictures from our journey. 🙂

Flood Damage

Recently I met with a photographer friend whom I met back in high school to have a bit of fun with our Cameras ( look her up at http://www.timeslikethesephotography.com.au ). We had our young children with us on this particular day so we couldn’t be too adventurous. We decided to take a trip down to Penrith Weir so we could shoot photos whilst the kids enjoyed throwing stones into the water. What we did not expect was just how many trees and debris had been washed down the river from the floods a month earlier. The water was still running quite high and tress were laying down in piles, roots and all. It was even more interesting to see the strands of dead grass wrapped around the tree trunks along the shore line. It was wrapped around the trunk at least 2 and a half metres off the ground. Indicating just how high the water actually rose.

We noticed one particular tree that was covered in weeds which looked like a man. To me, one man in particular. It reminded me of the Uncle sam poster “we want you” for the U.S. Army.  I know I am a little crazy but Ill let you be the Judge 🙂

Well that’s about all from me today. I have just returned from Mudgee where I was visiting my brother, sister-in-law and there beautiful new baby girl. Of course I never miss a photo opportunity so I ventured out at to take some photos even though it was raining on and off. I will be sorting through the images this week and hopefully have some pictures to post next week. Till then, Stay Safe.