Had I not been charged with capturing the photographs for Coral Expedition’s 2024 promotional collateral, I’m confident it would have been me receiving the accolades from Mr Nakashima (below) for making the best chopsticks Japan had ever seen (of course, those who know how practical I am, may beg to differ)…….


The Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival is over for another four years …. it’ll take me that long to recover and get ready for the next one.


I meant to post a preview of my three week trip through Micronesia but as soon as I got back I was heading off to Fiji to do a resort shoot.

So, here’s a small selection of some of the images captured from Pohnpei, The Marshall Islands and Kiribati……

Paradise for foodies – Papaya Villa, Vanuatu

I’ve just finished-up a shoot at Papaya Villa – a remote bed-n-breakast nestled in palm trees on the north-east coast of Efate in Vanuatu.

While its location would have to be its biggest drawcard (you feel like you have the entire coastline to yourself) – its unique selling feature is that it caters to foodies – handsomely….

Sydney Sojourn

I’ve just returned from spending Christmas with my family in Canberra, taking a week off at Bondi Beach on the way down to have a play with the camera.

Lightening the load – Camera Gear Upgrade

I’ve just upgraded my camera gear in preparation for the “next chapter” I’ve been rabbiting-on about

So, gone is the medium format camera and the range of lenses I previously used with my 35mm Nikon. My priority now is to travel light and limit myself to just one camera and my three most frequently used lenses….

The Power of Post-Production

After more than 20 years of being a professional tourism photographer, it’s only now – largely as a result of the time I’ve served in lockdown – that I’ve discovered there’s so much more I can do to improve my photographs in post-production.

I’m Selling-up and moving to the beach

For more than 12 years I’ve enjoyed my “Writer’s Pad” in Brisbane but I miss the beach and it makes sense to sell now (while prices are outrageous😉) and re-settle nearer the surf before borders finally open and I’m able to head overseas again.

Pics that would never have seen the light of day

A silver lining of this wretched virus is that I’ve had some spare time to dive into my digital archives to strengthen my commercial Photo Library and expand my range of Limited Edition Prints (it’s also given me the chance to practice some of those advanced post-production techniques I’ve been rabbiting on about in the past few posts).

The Land Divers of Pentecost Island – A Personal Work

My intention is to leave “big picture tourism photography” over the next five years to concentrate on photo essays like this one I’ve just drawn from my archives on the land diving ritual of Pentecost Island. So much tends to be overlooked rushing around in search of that one big promotional photo. So, I look forward to slowing it all down, spending longer in the countries I visit, and capturing images like these that tell a deeper, richer story.

Lest We Forget – an Anzac Day essay

I’ve just spent a couple of hours photographing the Anzac parade in Brisbane.
Apart from wanting to show my gratitude to those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy, I thought it would be a good opportunity to play with my new Nikon f2.8, 200mm zoom lens…..

Colour grading for that “Cinematic look”

I had no idea that movies were colour-graded, and that the same applications could be applied to still photography (more evidence I’ve been sitting under a rock for the past 20 years when it comes to advanced post-production techniques)……

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