Katamama, a new boutique hotel in Bali, translates age-old Indonesian traditions into a contemporary classic. BY JENINNE LEE-ST. JOHN. Photography by MARK LANE.Read More
A sneak preview of a series of photographs taken for Injidup Spa Retreat. This was taken outdoors between wild rain storms coming off the Indian Ocean at Injidup Beach.
New shots for Outshine Beauty + Medi Spa based in James St, Brisbane. Following her acquisition of Outshine, owner, Meaghan South was keen to refresh the brand images and show more of the story of the services available and the enjoyment they all have in delivering the Spa & Beauty treatments.
During a visit with Kurt in Yallingup, Western Australia we were having a beer in the afternoon discussing macro lenses in his outdoor dining area and over his should noticed this frog in the buses behind him. There was a fair bit of elbowing to get in close enough to get the shot - duelling 100mm macros - the frog didnt seem to care.
Great idea for Mother's Day at spaQ @ QT Hotels & Resorts. Very happy to see my images used by Vogue Australia for this promotion.
Cosmetic Beauty & Laser based in Sydney won Spa Australasia's competition for a one day spa shoot with me. Thanks to Anne-Marie Cook (editor) for assisting for the day and even modelling for a couple of shots.
Walking through part of the Daintree on a visit to Mossman Gorge, I came across this part of the river. The Daintree is a truly amazing place with an estimated age of 140 million years. It combines raw beauty and the ever present danger of crocodiles just to keep you on your toes. You have to really want the shot to leave the tracks as I did here to get to water level. Shortly after I was reminded why it is called a "Rain Forest" with what sounded like a plane landing, the rain pelted the canopy, and then shortly after, me. I stuffed my camera gear into my bag and walked another half an hour back to shelter.
I just came across the bargain of the week! All the Nik Plugins from new owners Google for $149, with another 15% off from the bottom of this link to Northlight:
I just picked up the whole suite for just over $126 the lot, but offer seems only valid to end of Easter, so hurry if you want them. I was struggling to come up with the $499 for the original price, but very happy to grab them under this deal.
Here is the link to Nik:
Best beach spa
Injidup Spa Retreat
This coastal spa near the Margaret River wine region is the ultimate in luxury, peace and quiet. All you'll hear is waves crashing on the beach beneath your private villa's deck as you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean - perfect enhancements to the relaxing treatments at the retreat's spa. The three-hour Revive package - a sea-salt body exfoliation, green-clay body mask, foot treatment, detox bath and 90-minute massage - is a good indication what's available.
Yallingup, Western Australia; see injidupsparetreat.com.au.
Inspirational band Sacred Earth perform music for inner peace. Prem & Jethro were looking for new imagery that expressed their music and outlook on life - "relaxed and something more intimate than we have done before". The opportunity to photograph the band was combined with Sacred Earh's recent visit to Byron Bay for the Byron Bay Spirit Festival. We attempted the shot during some of the biggest rain events in 30 years in Byron Bay - not exactly beach weather! So I have opted to combine a shot of Prem & Jethro with a shot of Belongil beach at golden hour taken a few weeks earlier. Belongil beach is on the north end of the main beach at Byron Bay. I shot the band image indoors with an Elinchom Quadra Ranger RX with full CTO gel as a backlight to replicate the sunset lighting. The two shots were composited in photoshop using a range of techniques to match colours (particularly in the shadows and highlights).
Connect with Prem & Jethro at http://www.sacredearthmusic.com
Scoop magazine hunted down the best spa retreats in WA and Injidup made the Top 10 list. Images by LANEWAY Photography.
Shot with a combination of natural light, small flash and a great location in the hills of Byron Bay. I was trying for a gritty image with grounding to the texture of a building that shows history and life. The props were all from within the space.
Incorporating flavours of Dub, Electronica, Hip-hop, Jazz & many forms of world music, OKA’s sound can sometimes be hard to describe. A better way to define OKA is by the three interesting characters that make up the outfit, bringing together a variety of influences, backgrounds & talents. Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), the big man behind the electronic beats & keys brings raw didgeridoo & vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage. Chris Lane (foreground) plays captivating melody on slide guitar, harmonica & woodwinds including bamboo, flute & sax. Making up the trio is Samoan-Australian Charlie Zappa (the FRO) – a rhythm specialist with beats of Polynesian fire & deep pocket. Together they blend many pieces that is the OKA puzzle - A sound & force that touches the heart & feeds the soul.
Equipment: Canon 5dmkIII 1/160s @ f/5 ISO1250, 16-25mm f/2.8L II USM @ 16mm, odin flash triggers, 2 x 580exII flashs.
My first Mullum music festival - it was a blast. Here is a selection of shots from the festival, some of the performers and my favourite - the "Magic Bus".
WA based chef & restaurateur has created new venues at Smiths Beach Resort in the South West of Western Australia. Chef Jim Mailes shows off some the fantastic local produce which he sources. The deli has a range of excellent ingredients and produce which guests at Smith's Breach Resort can create their own great food.
I just completed a shoot for Smiths Beach Resort in the fabulous South West of Western Australia. This is in the Margaret River wine region which in my past life as a winemaker have spend many great seasons. The coastline and beaches are some of the best in the world and we wanted to showcase the beauty and colour of the area for one of the best holiday destinations in the area. We gave the Canon 5DmkIII a good run and used a Lastolite sunfire 2x1m reflector which provided a lovely skin glow.
Model: Shayla White
Assisted by: Kurt Nigg
A Noosa Beach sunset - this shot was taken along the point towards the popular surf break in the national park. There is a little bit of HDR in this, but it is mostly a combination of 0.6s exposures to capture the movement of the surf.
Canon 5DmkII ISO100 f/5, EF16-35mm L f/2.8 II @ 35mm various exposures from 0.6s to 10s.
I just received a set of new Pixel King E-TTL radio triggers and I must say am very impressed. I purchased transmitter/receiver pair from eBay for about AUD$150: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PIXEL-KING-E-TTL-Wireless-Flash-Trigger-CANON-F369-/150659391128?pt=AU_Flashes&hash=item2313ffde98
I set them up with my Canon 5D mark II and 580exII speedlites. The E-TTL works really well and supports A,B & C groups in normal & high speed sync. Second curtain sync dent work and group ratios are not supported making the use of multiple speedlites less than ideal for creative work. One other odd thing is the hotshot on top of the transmitter doesn't function, so you can't use an on-camera fill flash with this setup. BUT...manual mode is awesome! You can use the 3 groups and set individual power settings and zoom settings for each group all from the back of the 5DmkII menu system. This is fantastic when using the Westcott soft box that normally requires a wrestling match to change a power/zoom setting on the speedlite inside. You can swap between E-TTL & manual from the camera as well - everything plays along.
These units use a radio frequency of 2.4Ghz and so don't suffer the issues that the Pocket Wizards have with interference when using 580ExII speedlites.
A USB connection is supported to allow firmware upgrades, so I am hoping the E-TTL group ratio aspect will be fixed in time.
This is my favourite image captured at Orpheus Is. We hiked over the island pre-dawn through the dense rain-forest for about an hour and a half to get to this beach. The track was steep and frequently diverted due to fallen trees from Cyclone Yasi. I was scouting around the beach when I saw the sun breaking through - a mad scramble to setup the tripod and capture a series of images.