Voices of Australia November 2005
Autobiographical, page 25.
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The true story of the search for just one photo. This is one of those tales where fact really is far more bizarre than fiction. The story was selected from thousands of tales around the world for inclusion in Traveler’s Tales annual book, featuring in the top thirty-five stories for their annual ‘Best Of’ series. Download the original article (please note, this is an unedited submission to the publisher).
Images and feature story on the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in New Zealand’s World Heritage Area. This comprehensive articles is designed for students and educators at senior high school and university level. It covers geological and natural history, ecology, endemism, glaciology, Maori culture and legends, botany and geomorphology of the area. Key words also include volcanism, plate tectonics. Glossary included in article. This is only available online through a firewall. As the contracted withholding period is now past, the unedited article submitted to the publisher is available here.
From ‘Titan’ magazine: Cliff Simon’s role as the Goa’uld System Lord, Ba’al, has undergone a major metamorphosis since his character was first introduced in season five. Fandemonium author Sonny Whitelaw caught up with Cliff Simon in Sydney, for a glimpse behind the many faces of Stargate SG-1’s most charming villain.
Cover image and feature story on how to shoot those National Geographic photos of erupting volcanoes without getting yourself killed.
Photo details: Nikon F1 + 20mm lens (film – this was pre-digital era). F8-11 and exposure of almost eight minutes. No, that’s not a misprint. The time of night, cloud cover and absolute lack of civilization in any direction meant no ambient light other than what the volcano was producing. Because eruptions come in bursts followed by long, smelly, ash-filled periods of inactivity, you can find yourself in a situation where the shutter is open but you’re endlessly waiting for something to happen. My solution was a cable release to open the shutter just as the furthermost vent erupted. Then I cupped my hand over the lens until the middle vent began erupting, and did the same again until the vent closest to me in the foreground erupted. When the lava reached the maximum height and began to tumble back inside the vent — you can see this clearly in the ‘fountain effect’ of the red traces — I closed the shutter. Note: I did not touch the lens; I just held my hand very close in order to minimize residual glow and overexposing the film between eruptions. I admit it’s on offbeat — okay, bizarre — technique, but it works. Why not a multiple exposure? That generally requires touching the camera, which, unless you have a 50kg tripod, risks adding to the endless problem of camera shake every time a shockwave from the eruption hits the camera.
Skindiving 1985 – my first cover photo.
Kodak Award for Excellence in Photography
My first photography award in the late 1970s, published in Australian Photography. The chicks are young Tawny Frogmouths taken with a 500mm lens. This is an old scan of the page showing photos taken an era when Photoshop was just a dream in the developers’ eyes.
The Lost Squadron
Pacific Paradise 1990
Discovery and history of WWII fighter aircraft
Download a scanned copy of the articleOther publications for which I have no images or links as they predate the Internet. The original stories have long since been lost to various cyclones and other natural disasters.