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This is post number 7 in my 12 part series of top posts for last year. As I say, better late than never. Haha. As many of you know, last year I went to Zimbabwe in February to do a complete run through of my planned itinerary for running tours. I needed to make sure that my trip would be life changing, beautiful, humbling, overwhelming and organized! Haha. During this trip I was mainly focused on making a promotional video, but I also got some of my favorite shots of the year. This is a pangolin from one of the sanctuaries we will visit when my first tour kicks off in April. ️
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens
 Hand held
 ISO 800
 F 2.8
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 Marimba is a very special girl, a representative of her species and a shining beacon of hope for pangolin’s around the world. She’s a rescue, a lucky girl considering pangolin’s are one of the most heavily trafficked mammals on the planet. I wanted to capture her being cradled by her beloved handler, to showcase her trust and vulnerability. I also didn’t want to scare her by being too close, hence the telephoto lens. I tried different settings, and the light was low, but eventually went for f2.8 and focused on her expressive eyes. 
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This is post number 7 in my 12 part series of top posts for last year. As I say, better late than never. Haha. As many of you know, last year I went to Zimbabwe in February to do a complete run through of my planned itinerary for running tours. I nee

Wild Is Life
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@elissasursara So cute I could cry. Okay I’ll cry 😭

This picture was a complete surprise to me! I was in Tasmania on an actual holiday with Dreamboat! As in, I didn’t even have to take photos but of course I wanted to because ... photos rock! I was on the West Coast doing the new Gordon River Cruise. It was fairly overcast but we rounded a corner and were faced with ... 
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens
 Hand held
 ISO LOW (64)
 F 2.8
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 Since I wasn’t on an official job I had my camera, but wasn’t that serious about using it. The light was pretty low so my aperture was wide open, not ideal for landscapes. But ... the sky opened and the light was shining and it all happened in the blink of an eye so it was a quick snap and then it was gone again. Even though my settings were technically wrong, it’s the shot that matters. And I love this shot. ️ This is proof that sometimes being in the right place at the right time is more important than nailing all the technical stuff. 
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This picture was a complete surprise to me! I was in Tasmania on an actual holiday with Dreamboat! As in, I didn’t even have to take photos but of course I wanted to because ... photos rock! I was on the West Coast doing the new Gordon River Cruise.

Gordon River Cruises
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@youngadventuress Wow that makes me so happy!

This is a really fitting image to post tonight as thunder and lighting storms tear across the Gold Coast. ️️ You’ll see that a number of my top 12 images from 2018 were shot in Zimbabwe, this is the first one I’m sharing. I’m SUPER excited to be heading over to Zim in just over a month to run my first ever tours! 
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
 M. Zuiko 12-40 mm PRO lens
 Gitzo Tripod
 Live Composite Mode  ISO 400
 F 4
 20 seconds (multiple times)
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 I took this image in Victoria Falls on the deck of my lodge. We had come back from a day of sightseeing and I was personally very happy to be packing my camera away for the day, when this started! I reluctantly set up my camera on the tripod and activated Live Composite mode, AKA miracle mode, and let the Olympus do its work. When I checked it after about 10/15 minutes this was what I saw! Meanwhile, I was sitting down enjoying a glass of wine and dinner while my camera did all the work. 
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This is a really fitting image to post tonight as thunder and lighting storms tear across the Gold Coast. ️️ You’ll see that a number of my top 12 images from 2018 were shot in Zimbabwe, this is the first one I’m sharing. I’m SUPER excited to be head

Masuwe Lodge, Victoria Falls
I’m sure that most of you probably won’t even remember this shot, taken last year in Slovenia on an actual holiday! It made it to my 2018 TOP 12 because it was such a fun and unexpected adventure. Dreamboat and I got talking to a couple of locals and they took it took themselves to show us around! This was one of their secret spots, just over the border into Italy and GORGEOUS! And, in fact, I still follow Peter. I’ll tag him in!
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens
 Gitzo Tripod
 Lee Filters  ISO 200
 F 16
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 This was one of the rare instances where I really needed a wide angle lens to fit everything into the shot, and I opted for my little utilized Olympus 7-14mm PRO lens. Although the water was super calm I wanted to smooth it right out so I used both a graduated neutral density filter and a neutral density filter to darken down the scene. Apart from that, not much was required. It was a pretty stunning location! 
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I’m sure that most of you probably won’t even remember this shot, taken last year in Slovenia on an actual holiday! It made it to my 2018 TOP 12 because it was such a fun and unexpected adventure. Dreamboat and I got talking to a couple of locals and

Slovenia
As many of you know, visiting Borneo last year was a life changing experience for me. I had the absolute privilege of working with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and the work was absolutely heartbreaking. And yet, it gave me the opportunity to spread awareness of a worthy cause and massive mental clarity on where I want to make a difference in this world. For that alone, this image makes it to my top 12. 
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens
 Hand held
 ISO 800
 F 2.8
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 This was the first day I had a chance to see orangutans in long term cages and I was feeling very emotional, and very aware of my opportunity to take a powerful image. The orangutans were volatile, some spitting and others rattling bars. Who wouldn’t be angry to spend a whole life behind bars thanks to habitat loss and inability for release? I opted for a long lens and had to watch my exposure as the scene was very dark and there wasn’t a lot of light in my environment either. As soon as I clicked the shutter I knew I had her. Her name is Roslyn. This is her life. Forever. 
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As many of you know, visiting Borneo last year was a life changing experience for me. I had the absolute privilege of working with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and the work was absolutely heartbreaking. And yet, it gave me the opportunity

Borneo Orangutan Survival
Continuing on with my 2018 countdown of top posts, it’s better late than never!  I’ve actually just finished editing all my photos from Namibia and have a lot more to share with you, however this was a fave with I posted it and well received so I wanted to share the settings. ️
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens
 Hand held
 ISO 200
 F 4
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 It was hot AF (excuse my language) in the middle of summer in the Namib Desert and I was cruising around in a safari vehicle listlessly hanging out the window. My amazing guide Castro finally pointed out the famous Dune 45 and it was so impressive that I snapped this image from the car before getting out to explore alternate compositions. As is often the case, at least with me, I went to enormous amounts of effort to improve on the shot only to end up liking the first one I took. This was Literally. Taken. While. Leaning. Out. The. Car. Window. 
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Continuing on with my 2018 countdown of top posts, it’s better late than never! I’ve actually just finished editing all my photos from Namibia and have a lot more to share with you, however this was a fave with I posted it and well received so I wan

Kulala Desert Lodge
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I know it’s literally March but there was no way I was going to skip my annual round up of my favourite shots from the previous year. I’m doing a series of 12 with settings, gear and field notes. Let me know what you think, and feel free to save. ️
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 @olympus_au  E-M1 Mark II
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 I was in Tasmania shooting the tulip fields but I was getting increasingly frustrated with the way my wide angle shots were turning out. We were close to the road so there were lots of distractions from power lines, nearby houses and the road. I made the decision to switch to a telephoto lens to attempt to compress what I was seeing and isolate the rows of flowers, and I loved the effect! Even if you are happy with how your shots are turning out, you should always experiment with different focal lengths and settings. ️
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I know it’s literally March but there was no way I was going to skip my annual round up of my favourite shots from the previous year. I’m doing a series of 12 with settings, gear and field notes. Let me know what you think, and feel free to save. ️ _

Table Cape Tulip Farm
Happy International Women’s Day 2019! I’m a little late, and I almost let it slide again this year, but I actually have something to say... I’m incredibly lucky that I am in the position to work with some truly inspirational women. This year in particular I am drawn to women that are kicking ass and it’s my absolute pleasure to empower them, and be empowered by them. When I was a chef I worked in a male dominated field and I’m guilty of complicity when it comes to sexism in the workforce. I was always made to feel that I had to “go along” with jokes against women in order to fit in in the kitchen. For the first time in my life today, someone close to me said something demeaning and inappropriate about women and I dug my heels in and said “no more”. It’s not a joke, it’s not funny, it’s not lighthearted. Women should have each other’s back always! I’ve tagged in just some of the women I’ve worked with this year. Powerful, motivating, inspiring, strong, vulnerable, flawed, amazing women. I love you all. ️ Photo by: @jillmillerphoto
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Happy International Women’s Day 2019! I’m a little late, and I almost let it slide again this year, but I actually have something to say... I’m incredibly lucky that I am in the position to work with some truly inspirational women. This year in parti

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@youngadventuress You’re amazing and I’m so thankful you’re in my life!

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It’s my last Sculpture by the Sea Post! I’m sad! I actually took a lot of pictures this year so I’m thinking I need to do a Steller story or FB album or something ... 🤔. In the meantime, this is my actual favourite shot from my time in Cottesloe. It’s a truly beautiful sculpture called the “The Circle Game” by Akira Kamada and it’s made predominantly from bamboo and rope. I captured it from the air, against a gorgeous backdrop of ocean, and crowds of people out enjoying the show. I hope you get to visit, it’s such a beautiful event. ️ @SculptureByTheSea #SculptureByTheSea .
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It’s my last Sculpture by the Sea Post! I’m sad! I actually took a lot of pictures this year so I’m thinking I need to do a Steller story or FB album or something ... 🤔. In the meantime, this is my actual favourite shot from my time in Cottesloe. It’

Sculpture by the Sea
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More Sculpture goodness, this is “Thoughts of Pinocchio” by Bongsoo Kim and it was easily one of my favourite pieces. Although sunset at Cottesloe is awesome, sunset over the ocean = , I also loved the early morning light and lighter crowds at sunrise. To me one of the best aspects of this event is to see people from all walks of life appreciating art. To be honest, how many of us regularly check out sculpture or go to galleries? I saw so many people appreciating, questioning or being challenged by the pieces and THAT is what this event is about. Making art accessible to the masses. ️ @SculptureByTheSea #SculptureByTheSea .
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More Sculpture goodness, this is “Thoughts of Pinocchio” by Bongsoo Kim and it was easily one of my favourite pieces. Although sunset at Cottesloe is awesome, sunset over the ocean = , I also loved the early morning light and lighter crowds at sunris

Sculpture by the Sea
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@thekangaroosanctuary Wish I was there! Would love to see it one year

So, I’ve just gotten home after being in Western Australia for the launch of Cottesloe’s annual Sculpture by the Sea, how lucky am I? I spent four days on the beach with the art, except for this one afternoon where I was in the helicopter!  There’s a lot of favorites this year for me, and the event is running until the 18th March. So if you weren’t one of the thousands of people in this photo then don’t miss out. The most recognisable sculpture in this shot was the set up for “Miyarnu Bundara”, Star Knowing, by Nicole Monks. This piece is a celebration of the connection of First Nations people to this land. I caught the activation and it was beautiful. ️
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So, I’ve just gotten home after being in Western Australia for the launch of Cottesloe’s annual Sculpture by the Sea, how lucky am I? I spent four days on the beach with the art, except for this one afternoon where I was in the helicopter! There’s a

Sculpture by the Sea
Well my friends, this is my last post from Tonga and it’s not a whale photo! Haha. I wanted to share what it’s like to be in the water being present with what’s going on around you. This is a perfect example of one of the many times you’ll be waiting for whales and pinching yourself for what’s going on. Thanks for your patience with me for this series, I can’t believe I was in Tonga in August last year! Lol. Massive thanks again to Olympus for hosting me on this trip, and to Scott Portelli for running such amazing tours. Xxx @Olympus_Au  #OlympusInspired 
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Well my friends, this is my last post from Tonga and it’s not a whale photo! Haha. I wanted to share what it’s like to be in the water being present with what’s going on around you. This is a perfect example of one of the many times you’ll be waiting

Vava'u , Tonga