The Back Streets of Crete

During our visit to Crete in Greece, I had the opportunity to spend some time walking around the old city of Chania – a city which has been a part of both Greece and the Ottoman Empire over the centuries, although in the modern era it is firmly Greek.

I was really taken by the colourful meandering back streets, with the eclectic architecture, cobblestones, and the evident pride the people take in keeping the streets looking good.

I have to admit that I had few expectations for Crete, and was looking forward to visits to places like Istanbul. Chania was charming and pretty, and made for a great first stopover in our journey.

I would recommend it as a lovely, laid back place to visit, with a rich history and a beautiful cityscape and seascape.

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A Return to Australia

A return to Australia

My posting has been a little light on here over the past few months, but I have a good excuse — I’ve been deployed as part of my Navy duties for five months on a journey that has taken us to some ten nations on three continents (not including Australia).

I am a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) in the Royal Australian Navy, and since late last year I have been the embarked PAO in the helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac for NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 (NT15).

NT15 had several key aspects – commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, international engagement and interoperability with international navies.

It was a very busy and successful deployment, and was one which allowed us to visit some amazing places, including Greece, Turkey, Italy, Malta, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Morocco, South Africa and Mauritius. I personally really loved Malta in particular, with Mauritius, the UK, Crete and Cape Town being great visits also.

The above video, shot by our embarked Imagery Specialist, supported by colleagues ashore and compiled by Defence Multimedia, tells a short story of our return to Sydney last Saturday (8 August 2015).

Now that I am back, I look forward to getting back into posting my personal photos, and posting about photography and diving.

Valletta by Night

Valletta in Malta has to be one of the most stunning cities I’ve ever had the luck to visit.

Sailing into Valletta seemed a lot like arriving on a Game of Thrones set. It is a spectacular city in a beautiful nation, with a people that was very inviting.

I will add more images from Malta over time, but I would certainly recommend it as a place to visit.

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Trojan Odeum

Trojan Odeum

This odium (a smaller version of an amphitheatre) is part of the ruins excavated at the ancient city of Troy (Troia or Troya), located near Canakkale in Turkey.

Troy has multiple ‘layers’ of ancient cities, dating back to 3,000 BC, with this odium being in the relativelly recent ancient Roman ruins.

Canakkale was a great surprise for me. I expected it to be a logistics stop, and a stepping off point for a battlefields visit to Gallipoli, but found it to be so much more.

Apart from Troy, the Gallipoli visit was brilliant, and sobering, and the city of Canakkale was a pleasant place to wander around and explore.

Canakkale was also interesting in that it straddles two continents, with the main township on Asia, while just across the Dardanelles lies the European side of the city.

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What is Ello

What is Ello?

Ello founder Paul Budnitz provides a beautiful description of what Ello is – why it is not Facebook. Or any other social network. It is simply Ello.

I like Ello for its simplicity and the fact that it is genuinely focused on providing a creative outlet. The lack of ‘Likes’ and ‘+1s’ means that people give actual feedback (comments) or nothing at all. And the actual comments are more likely to be balanced.

If you want creative feedbck, give Ello a go. Let me know if you need an invitation.

The Jetty

A photo in Smithsonian Science

Wrasse in the BlueChuffed that one of my photos, Wrasse in the Blue, has been published in Smithsonian Science.

All my images are published with a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license, and I love it that one of them has been chosen in such an incredible source of science based learning.

The Jetty

It is always amazing to discover the photographic opportunities that lay waiting in your home area.

Living in the Sutherland Shire, I often drive straight down the Princes Highway when getting up early for sunrise photos, yet one beautiful opportunity is a private jetty in nearby Sylvania Waters.

The jetty is under a private lease and is private property, but the beach is public access, so I tend to wander down to the beach and shoot from the the sand immediately adjacent to the jetty.

This image has been created with a touch of blur added in MacPhun’s excellent ‘Focus Pro’ app, which I use as an add in in Aperture (still).

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Central Station

Central Station

Sydney’s Central Railway Station is the main hub for interstate and country trains.

The grand old building is the hub of the station, and makes for some interesting street photography opportunities.

I love the architecture here, and could spend hours exploring the station, the platforms and nearby pedestrian tunnels.

This image was made using my Panasonic GX–7 and the 20mm f1.7 prime lens – my favourite street photography setup.

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The Old Brewery

The Old Brewery

The Southern Highland’s town of Mittagong is the home of the Old Tooth’s Brewery, a location that is full of magical photo opportunities.

Run down and sporting a lot of graffiti, the Old Brewery is a wonderful photographic subject, but should be entered with caution due to the dilapidated state of the buildings and the presence of asbestos on the grounds.

The day we visited we were greeted by the sounds of drum solos from the building, and it turns out a drummer was being filmed and photographed in performance. Made for a bizarre setting.

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The Old Tunnel

RIP Lotte Hass

As a diver and underwater photographer I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Lotte Hass. She was a pioneer of women in diving, and together with her late husband, Hannes, a pioneer of underwater photography and filmography.

The Old Tunnel

Helensburgh is a small town that at the northern end of the Illawarra region and just south of the Greater Sydney area.

Helensurgh was historically important as part of the original rail line down to the Illawarra coal fields, and some of the original single line tunnels and tracks dating back to the late 1800s are still in place.

The original rail line has since been replaced by a double track line. The original line, tunnels and even an old station platform serve as a historical reminder of life in the late 19th century.

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