July 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I put a couple of photos on the Overflow yesterday of beaches and waves pounding on the rocks.

I guess at this time of the year when the cold north-westerly winds have been blowing for a few days and its hard to keep warm, my thoughts tend to head toward the Top End.

It’s my winter dream…Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Sweers Island is about 7 kilometres long and 3 wide. It’s not far off the coast north of the town of Karumba – a fantastic getaway and the fishing is just the best.

I have two lovely friends who run the place, Mick and Lee Davies who will ensure a visit to the island is a memorable experience.

Even if you are not into fishing, there’s plenty to see and do….. but the sunsets are like a giant valium…guaranteed to calm the most shattered nerves.

Off My Beat

July 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

For probably very obvious reasons it’s not often I get to see the ocean.

A bit of a novelty really. So this may be a bit blase for some but I just liked the waves and the rocks in this image of Middleton Beach south of Adelaide as a storm rolled in from the sea

It was hand held. f13 @ 1/125th sec ISO 200.

I seem to remember getting a little damp as well.

Winter Colours – Apology

July 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

The photo from the previous post “Winter Colours” didn’t come through for a lot of people.

A little step in prepping the picture for the web was missed which resulted in it not transmitting properly.

Here’s the photo again for those that missed it and thanks to those people who let me know of the problem.

Jet Trails in the Sunset

June 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

An image to celebrate a milestone.

The Sentimental Bloke passed the three year mark a few days ago.

Who would have thought that thousands of people from all over Australia and 63 countries around the world would visit the website or follow on Facebook through drought, floods, spectacular changes in the landscape and just everyday life.

Here’s to finding enough photographs of the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia to keep ‘The Bloke” going for another 12 months.


February 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Say a Little Prayer

February 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

This photo is a bit off my normal beat but I went to the funeral of a friend’s mum recently.

The light falling on this lady was striking but lasted but a minute or two.

Taking the photo without being disruptive was essential.

I have a Fuji X100, which is just about perfect for the times when you either don’t have a camera with you and there’s a great photo staring you in the face, or it’s best not to be obtrusive.

f2.8, 1/640th sec, ISO 800

Summer Showers

January 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Floating Along

November 21, 2011 at 7:31 am

There’ll be a short break in new work being posted by the Sentimental Bloke from today.

Workshops are pretty full on and there’s not much time for anything else while they are in progress.

More photos later in the week.


November 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Posting a photo yesterday was always going to be a problem – I was having too much fun.

I had the good fortune to spend part of the day chatting with and showing rock legend Leo Sayer around a small part of the Flinders Ranges.

I wanted to get a portrait of Leo, and the only opportunity came in the evening at the Nilpena Woolshed.

Having available light only in what is a fairly dark environment, I had given myself a bit of a challenge.

Leo, on a day off sightseeing, had been exploring the woolshed with his own camera so he was pretty cool about the photo idea.

I was using a Canon 50mm L series prime lens at f2.8 on my 5D MK II, ISO 1600 at 125th of a second.

Day off it might have been, but there was the inevitable jam session with fellow musicians Harry Hookey and John O’Day.

The setting was almost as black as the inside of a cow’s stomach so getting a good photo, again in available light, was difficult.

This is one of the few successful results shot at f4, 1/100th of a second at ISO 3200 – anything to get a reasonable shutter speed with a little depth of field.

Apart from being an internationally famous entertainer with his signature shock of hair, Leo is a charming bloke, witty, interesting to talk to and really laid back.


October 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm


October 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Rock Pool

October 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

A Burst of Spring

September 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Rainbows the Next…….

August 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm

There wasn’t a lot of time to get this shot at the Arkaroola Village. It was hand held with mostly the settings in the camera that were there when I grabbed it from the case. The ISO was cranked up to the maximum because of the fast fading light.
F22 @ 125th sec ISO 6400

Munyalana Valley on Wooltana Station, northern Flinders Ranges.

This one was shot on a tripod with a little more preparation time.

f22, 1/18th sec, ISO 100

Morning – Patawarta Hill

August 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

The old shearers quarters on Angorichina Station, near the town of Blinman in the central Flinders Ranges.

The Patawarta Hill in the background was first first brought to prominence by renown painter, Hans Heysen in his work “Land of the Oratunga, a water colour painted in 1932.

Additional Workshops

August 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I am please to be able to now do photographic workshops at Arkaroola.

If you are visiting the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, these will be done on an ad hoc basis any time of year depending on my availability. It’s just a matter of letting Arkaroola know before or when you get there.

Check out the details under the ‘Workshop’ heading on the top row of the page.

Spring Catalogue

July 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

You might remember this photo which was taken back in May.

R M Williams, the Aussie bush outfitter has featured it on the cover of their Spring/Summer catalogue.

Apart from the beautiful gum tree, Mt Aleck,  part of the Elder Range is in the background.

Train Spotting

July 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Barrarina Gorge II

July 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Barrarina Gorge in the northern Flinders Ranges is one of those places created by untold amounts of rushing water over countless centuries.

The water has gradually cut a twisting ravine deep into a mountain to reveal the geological events on earth over many millions of years.

The height of the walls of Barrarina Gorge are impressive.

They too have a story to tell.

It’s hard to imagine this sheet of rock, pointing straight to the sky, was once the sea floor complete with all the ripples and swirls of sand you’d find on a shallow beach today.

Because the walls are so high, the winter sun does not light up the floor of Barrarina Gorge until late in the morning.

This is a bit of a handicap for taking good photos, but not impossible.

I had to abandon the tripod and there were a few apprehensive moments carrying an expensive camera and lens while teetering over a rock pool, but well worth the effort

Gone to God……

July 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Or where do old trucks end up? The lorry spent its declining years in an Outback collection of old vehicles until some civic minded citizens decided it was an eyesore.

It was, I suppose, originally destined for spare parts but it seems not too many of it’s ilk are still running.

The town’s looking a lot better for the old girl’s departure but it had a certain charm even in dilapidation.

It’s now just a photographic memory.