Thursday, 30 April 2015

Cabramatta's Moon Festival 2014

What's the biggest community event in Sydney? The answer is the Moon Festival in Cabramatta. There were over 100,000 people attending the event. I am ashamed of myself because I've never actually attended the event.

There was food stalls and entertainment all day and cap off with the big fireworks around Cabramatta. I did do a video of the event and you should watch it. I thought it was well put together, especially the time laspse piece in the middle of the event. I was using time-lapse to make a transition from day to night, check it out NOW.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mallacoota Lake Rocks

Shot this after a rain just passed. The rocks was wet and makes dramatic reflection. Somehow I couldn't bring it out in colour back in post. It probably lacks the sun to shine on it to make it pop out.

While I was shooting, my sister was busy exploring the creatures underneath the water. She showed me the shot she took and I was impressed with the vast diversity of sea creatures. I haven't photograph much underneath the sea landscape. One reason I have given myself is I haven't explore all the landscape above the sea yet. Once I feel that I have explore all the landscape about the sea then I'll start exploring below the sea.

It's an another art altogether shooting below the sea. You need different gear and camera techniques. So it could an exciting adventures. Another photo challenge awaits.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Mallacotta Lake, Victoria Australia

This was shot during Christmas Day 2014. First time exploring Mallacotta Lake, Victoria Australia. This lake is at the border of NSW and Victoria. A great escape spot for holiday makers. It is an effort to get here but the view is simply magnificent.

I camped here over Christmas Day before heading further down south to Melbourne. I wish I could stay here longer to explore further. Next time, I'll stay at least a week to explore all the natural beauties this part of the world.

Camping here is probably the best option as you basically walking distance to the lake. It doesn't matter where you camp, you still enjoy the best view in the world I reckon.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Nan Tien Temple Pagoda, Wollongong NSW Australia

One hour drive from Sydney is a coastal city of Wollongong with many wonderful beaches and many tourist attractions. One of those tourist attractions is Nan Tien Temple. It is the largest temple complex in the Southern Hemisphere.

A visit to Wollongong without visiting the temple is a misfortune. This kind of temple is closely resembled the old Chinese imperial court in ancient Chinese. Usually the temple was commission by the king of the era and the king want to show the appreciation of the Dharma that he wanted the best for the Sangha (monks). So the monk resident is quite a resemble of the King's court.

The pagoda on the other hand is purely Buddhism building. It is usually store the ash of the deceased and the monks in the temple. Some people don't know about this fact. Please show your respect when you visit the temple as you never know what beings you have offended. In Buddhism we believe in rebirth and the goal of studying and applying the Buddha teachings is to break this endless cycle of birth and rebirth.

Some people think what is there to be scared about about birth and rebirth? Have you though that the ham that you have for breakfast is your mother in the your last life? Or wife you married right now is actually your great grand father? The dog that you love so deeply is actually your brother in the past live. How interesting is that or to be more precise...SCARY.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

ANZAC Day 2015

Photograph ANZAC Day 2015 by Travis Chau on 500px

This year ANZAC Day Parade was special. It is 100th anniversary of Australia involvement in war. I remember in my history class of the movie Gallipoli and the ANZACs. The ending was sad and that was the reality of war.

Check out the song "Band Played Waltzing Matilda" below and you could feel the emotions and the reality of war. Every time I listen to the song I couldn't help myself but have goosebumps in my body. For more photos of the parade check out my Flicker Album.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Woolloomoloo Bay, Sydney Australia

First time I've noticed a walkway here. I usually photograph the Opera House and Harbour Bridge on the opposite side. Woollomooloo is an indigenous word. Try to say it. This is pretty close to Mrs Macqaurie Chair where the two attractions of Sydney can be seen at it best. Sunset is the best time for it and in Winter.

I have a lots of comments and pluses when I first post this on Google + and bring up a lot of emotions from people. Unfortunately I don't have the original RAW file on this photo any more only 500px has the full resolution file. 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Leura Village Blue Mountains Autumn 2013

Leura Village is a fascinating village. It has a small cosy charm of country town that is so close to the city. There many great restaurants and small vintage shop around the main street that you could just simply people watching all day long. 

Whenever I come to the Blue Mountains, I always visit Leura to have a bite or simply people watching and let the cold air or atmosphere catch you. The people are friendly which add to the charm of the place. 

I usually head up the the mountains around Autumn and Spring. Two seasons that make the mountain so unique in Australia. The flowers grow easily up here and every Spring it is a joy to go for Leura Flower Festival. There is no Autumn Colour Festival in Leura, but Mount Wilson have a similar event.

People usually have bring their lunch or coffee and sit down beside the tree and enjoy the environment of this unique street in the Blue Mountains. Leura Village a place to visit in Spring and Autumn. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Mount Wilson Driveway Blue Mountains NSW Australia

How come not many driveway in Sydney or Australia is like this with great garden? I once heard someone said just check the people surroundings and you can guess the social economic status. I guess it true that the people live up in Mount Wilson has more economic means and more important time to work on their garden. One of life greatest joy.

Autumn is a great time to visit Mount Wilson and enjoy the gardens that people has spend the time and money. It is a hobby that everyone everybody can enjoy. Start with a tree, herb or a flower plants today in your garden. And in a few years you have a garden.

I once remember my backyard a few years ago when I left everything to the man up stairs. He didn't do a great job then. It takes human effort to get anything done with the help of higher beings. But we need to do our part first. Plant and weed, leave the harder part to power greater than you and you will enjoy a garden in no time.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Cathedral Reserve, Mount Irvine Blue Mountains NSW Australia

The best way to get back to nature is camping. Cathedral reserve is a very popular spot in Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine to do just that. You have the National Park all around you. When you wake up you could hear nature. No need for an alarm, there's natural alarm around every morning up here.

I prefer Spring or Autumn to go camping, there's more interesting things to see and do during this time. When was the last time you get out in nature? 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Coonamble Rodeo Festival 2014 Central NSW, Australia

Have you ever photograph a rodeo? Let me assure you it is fun. There was plenty of actions to shoot. If you are into sports photography you're going to love it. This particular road trip, our end goal was at the Coonamble Rodeo Festival. A Queen's Birthday long weekend in the sleepy country town of Coonamble where the population quadruple for one weekend.

What was the most memorable moments during the festival? There was a horse that died on the day. That shook everyone that came to the rodeo for the first time and it certainly shook me up. I was having  a great time before the episode and after the episode my energy and enthusiasm about the sport of rodeo dropped significantly. It was an accident but it did happen in the kind of sports.

The other memorable moment was probably the charm of the country cowgirls. If I stay in the country for longer I probably fall in love with one of charms in the country. There was a kind raw innocent about them that I enjoyed considerably. Some are camera shy as well so use a telephoto if you going to photograph them. :) and it certainly more flattering to a female. Check out the only photo that I have left of one of them.
Coonamble Cowgirl

Monday, 20 April 2015

Mount Wilson Sunrise 2015

I woke up early to get up to the Blue Mountains to catch the sunrise. I am amazed every time of the beauty of nature. This location has been scouted last year and this year I know every spot for sunrise and sunset in Mount Wilson.

I'll keep this location secret for now. It is not that hard to find. Mount Wilson is not that big and a few drives around all the roads up there and you will discover this location. The view from here is simply breath taking. 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pearl Beach, Central Coast NSW Australia

A wide angle shot with a kit lens. I need a quality wide angle lens but that's not an excuse to not to use a wide angle lens. I'm looking at the Olympus 12mm f2 wide angle lens at the moment. Need to save up for that or a zoom lens f2.8. 

With a wide angle you get more things in and in this shot I want to add in the coastal houses. What a paradise they live in. I wish I could go back here for the perfect sunrise. Oh well another trip up the coast one day.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains NSW Australia Autumn 2013

The first time I came to Mount Wilson I was amazed at the beauty of the place. There was peaceful and tranquillity in the air around Mount Wilson. I've just bought into the M43 system with the Panasonic G5 and my first premium lens was the 25mm f1.4 lens. I know every photographer has a 50mm focal length in their bag so I though to myself that's where I start.

I didn't develop this photo until I have Photoshop to enhance it a little bit. Photography and Photoshop are two skills that can be mastered over a few years and I encourage everyone to play with both. Moose Peterson a famous photographer from America once said Photoshop is video game for adult. Let me warn you it could be addictive. My recommendation is to upgrade your computer and have a fast graphics card in there, it makes Photoshop more enjoyable.

I have since came back to Mount Wilson for the past few years but last year was a disappointment. I had too much expectation and I came out disappointed. So please don't raise the bar too high when out out there shooting.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Country Landscape, NSW Australia 2013

Photograph Country Farm, NSW Australia by Travis Chau on 500px
Country Farm, NSW Australia by Travis on 500px

On my way back from Canberra Floriade 2013, we stopped on the side of the road and capture a few photos. It was cold so only a few shots and I jumped back into the car and drive back home. There was not a sunshine on the field so the colours didn't pop out as much as I want. That's for next time isn't it. 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Mount Wilson Blue Mountains, NSW Australia Autumn 2015

Another day up in the mountains for a photo adventure. I woke up around 2am. Very excited to go up there I think so the early hours was alright for my body Try to get out that early for work? It's going to be tough on your body.

The only people that I saw up there early for the morning soft light were photographers. The tourists come up in the weekend for the gardens and just day trip. But for landscape photographer this is the time to be up early.

I photography the sunrise as well. It was beautiful this morning. The sun was so red up in the mountains. Too bad I didn't photograph it but I'll promise next time I do it for you guys. When you are in the middle of the forest you can hear the beauty of nature. The birds were singing loud and clear. It was a joy just to be alive and have all the senses to absorbed everything in. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

90 Mile Beach, Victoria Australia

What is the longest beach that you have set your foot on? Before the 90 mile beach it was the 7 mile beach down the South Coast of NSW. But after visiting the 90 mile beach, it makes the 7 mile beach looks tiny. If you know other longer beach let me know.

I'm not sure if this is the longest beach in the world or not. I have to Google that, but if there something out there in the world that's longer I will like to see it. Had googled it and the winner goes to Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil. It stands in at 150 mile long. That's really long.

But 90 mile beach is up there in the ranking. It is certainly the longest beach in Australia. If you are an Australian, then you own it to yourself to visit this beach and be in awe of the beauty of our nation. When I was at the beach I could not see the shore, I though to myself at the time this probably one of the longest beach in the world. And I was right and I'm glad I have make this trip. 

Below is a photo of me at the sign to the beach. It takes you another 20-30 minutes walk to get to the beach from this location. But it worth it, trust me. I need to post more photo of me in some of the shot, so you know I was there and it also act as a photo daily of myself. Hope you don't mind it.
Travis at 90 Mile Beach

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mount Wilson Garden, Blue Mountains NSW Australia 2013

I'm heading to Mount Wilson this year for another day of shooting the great gardens around there. There's free stuff as well but to enjoy the whole Autumn season you need to visit some of the gardens where people have poured their heart and soul into it. And it costs you a few gold coins. I think it worth every cents.

I usually like to go on my own and make the decision to stay or to leave more easily. There's people organise photo-walk or photo excursion and that's alright. But for truly enjoy the experience of nature you have to be there by yourself. It is a spiritual escape as well if you like. Look at nature and analysis your own life. See the mountains and realize how insignificant all of  us are. And see the changes in season to teach us the impermanent of things. 

There are wars, diseases and injustice in the world but that the nature of the world we live in. We inherited this world so we cannot complaint, but are we doing anything to make it better for the generations to come? Let's start with what ever we put into our mouth. What food sources destroy our natural habitat? It's not vegetarian and fruitarian that's for sure.  And if you decide today what you put into your mouth it might help you with your health as well. That's a bonus isn't it?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Lion Island, Mount Ettalong Lookout Gosford NSW Australia 2015

I have been photographed on the other side of the Hawkesbury river to capture the Lion Island. It was a cloudy day and I didn't come out with the photos that I dreamt of. 

One obstacle to that is the Ku-ring-gai National Park close it gate pretty early. So catching the sunrise or sunset is a challenge for a landscape photographer.

For this location, you need to pay closer attention otherwise you miss the turn on to it. It is called "Mount Ettalong Lookout". A young couples favourite spot to hang out. From there you have to hike for another 300 metre to get to this location. You be rewarded with the most spectacular view for you trouble. 

The beach in the photo is called "Pearl Beach" and I agree with the name. The high view of the beach is breath taking. You can see the drama in the waves and all the splendid of nature. I was marvel of the endless motion of the waves. It seems to have  a rhythmic movements. Nothing beat the sound of nature. Enjoy!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sorrento, Port Phillip Bay Victoria Australia

On the recent road trip to Victoria, one of the road we plan to go was across Port Phillip Bay by ferry to the Geelong and then further across the Great Ocean Road. My sister was very tired after four hours or so of driving from Sale. So the plan was get some cheap accommodation next the bay. 

Unfortunately when I called up all the caravan parks around the Mornington Peninsula all were book out. I wish I could stay for the sunset and sunrise the next day before leaving this magnificent location. But you cannot have every thing in your favour and you want to have a reason to go back. It keeps you going and inspire you to go further in your photography.

Mornington Peninsula is a great location for food and wine as well. It is a hot spot for food and wine enthusiasts. I'm not into food and wine but if you were then it a great holiday around the Mornington Peninsula. And a tip for if you want a cheap accommodation around Mornington Peninsula, go around off-peak season. Victorian loves their sun and when they have a chance to go outdoor they will. So go around off-peak, I say Spring and Autumn season, Winter is too cold and Summer the Melbournian come out to play, so the place is pack.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Lake Conjola B&W NSW Australia

Here's another shot of Lake Conjola, NSW. A road trip during the Christmas New Year holiday 2014. It was a cloudy and I was out looking for a perfect sunset but the sun didn't turn up. I was disappointed but that is the challenge of landscape photography.

Anyway I knew that I want to convert these photos to black and white. One black and white rule is if there lack of colour convert to black and white. So if there was a cloudy day, that's the perfect time for black and white photography.

I bracket my shots and have 3 shots for future if I want to do HDR. But I only convert the 2+ exposure as the water is smoother with a longer exposure and get the sense of calmness in my photo. I also using local adjustment in Lightroom to make adjustment as well. Envision in the field is one step to a good photograph then you have to make it better in the "light room" in the 21st century.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Saint Georges Basin, NSW Australia

The recent road trip down the coast to Lake Conjola, my sister and I decide that when ever we're seen something interesting we will stop by. Saint Georges Basin is one of those location It is just below Jervis Bay and a bit smaller. Not many tourists around, it is more of local attractions than tourist attractions and it all makes the basin more unique.

For the shot, I have spotted this yellow boat among the vast basin. It really stand out so I though it would make a great selective colour later on in post production. I did try it out in post production. And it was okay, but I decided to stick with colour and tone done the other colour a bit to make the yellow boat stands out. Hopefully it stands out.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Tent City, Mount Wilson Autumn 2015

As part of the 43rd Day 2015, I decided to head off to the Blue Mountains to check out the fall colours. I am about two weeks early I think. There was some colour changes happening in Mount Wilson already. This was a popular camping site. I was camping here to catch the early morning sun for the past two years.

Today was just a short day trip and it was a terrible day. Great for photography but as a camper it was terrible. I was very pleased that it rain, the colour came out better than I was expecting. More photos to come in a few weeks time. 

There are also a lots of undiscovered gardens around the area and there is chestnut and walnut farm opening it doors for foodies tourists as well. Great as a gift and a wonderful memory of the beautiful autumn places Mount Wilson is.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Canberra's 100th Birthday Sunset

I was visiting Canberra for the 100th Birthday of the Capital City of Australia. We plan to catch the sunset and the fireworks at the same time. I was lucky to have a great parking spot. It was cold but the anticipation of the fireworks and the sunset was the most spectacular I have ever seen until that point.

I have only taken up photography for less than 3 years and looking back through my photos how I have change and the memory of it. I was using a Canon 7D at the time, my sister camera. She lend it to me for the trip. I put on a 100-400mm lens to capture a small piece of the landscape. There was another photographer friend from Melbourne who saw the beautiful landscape as well. It was really far, I remember zoom out really far to get a piece of the landscape to share here.

The golden sunset changes colour about every seconds or so. I was waiting for the magenta to show up and it did. I have tone this photo differently, but I pretty sure there was some magenta in the clouds after the sun had gone down.