Tokyo Nightscapes

In June of 2019, I had a four-day trip to Tokyo for work. I’d been to Japan before, but I always try to see something other than the hotel and office on work trips. That said, I wasn’t completely comfortable exploring on my own, so I looked on Trip Advisor and ended up booking a […]

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Spectacular Sossusvlei

We rarely go places more than once. Except when it comes to Mala Mala. Every time we visit, we know it won’t be the last. Living in Sydney, we’re a direct flight to Johannesburg (a 14 hour flight, but direct none the less). We’d planned the trip for June (beginning of their winter), and if […]

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Chasing the Milky Way in Lake Bonney

Sometimes, well, often, we see photographs and absolutely have to add the destination to our ever growing list. Lake Bonney is one of those places. Lake Bonney is in South Australia, about a two-hour drive from Mildura, Victoria (or a three-hour drive from Adelaide, or an eight-hour drive from Melbourne). The town of Barmera, which […]

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Exploring Cape Otway

We timed this overnight adventure with the new moon, hoping for a last glimpse of the full Milky Way arch before it sinks below the horizon for summer. From Melbourne, we took the Great Ocean Road, stopping in Kennet River for a coffee at the Kafe Koala. If you want some easy wildlife spotting, this […]

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Non Glamping Camping in Wilson’s Prom

The state had declared a new public holiday. The weather forecast looked good. The campground had availability. Wait. What? Yep. You read that right. We went camping. And not glamping either. Wilson’s Prom actually has fancy tents, but they book out a year in advance. Wilson’s Promontory is located three hours southeast of Melbourne. Unpowered […]

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Skunked at The Pinnacles

(Location: Nambung National Park, Western Australia) No, we weren’t sprayed by a skunk. There are no skunks in Australia. I was in Perth for work, coincidentally on the weekend of a new moon, so we decided to stay the weekend and head two hours north for some star trail pics. We had all our gear, […]

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How to Photograph Vivid (Without Losing Your Mind)

(Location: Sydney, Australia) I had a work gig in Sydney, so I was up there almost every week for a month. This synchronised nicely with Vivid, the annual light/music/etc. festival. What we learned Crowds are less at the beginning of the festival Crowds are less later at night Crowds are less on Tuesdays and Wednesdays […]

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Weekend in The Grampians

(Location: Victoria, Australia) The Grampians National Park is about a three hour drive north west of Melbourne. It was recommended by several of our friends, so we decided to so a quick overnight scouting trip. We stayed in the small town of Halls Gap, which is hopping with kangaroos around dusk. We did a little […]

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Flinders Chase National Park

(Location: Kangaroo Island, Australia) For Thanksgiving weekend in 2014, we spent a long weekend in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. We took the ferry when we visited in 2013, so this time we flew from Adelaide on Rex Air. The cost is about the same, but the flight is much quicker. There is […]

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Experimenting with Night Photography in Cape Schanck

(Location: Mornington Peninsula, Australia) After our night sky photography weekend at Lake Eppalock, we were itching to try it on our own. The weather forecast looked good, and the moon was rising late, so we headed down to Cape Schanck. We stayed in one of the lighthouse keepers cottages, which gives you great access to […]

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