Darren Stones Does The Featured Page

When embracing this opportunity to find nine images to feature on Redbubble, I chose to look for Australian travel-type images I could directly relate with.

The images chosen are of places I’ve been fortunate to visit and experience.

In a sense, I see this as an occasion to collaborate with fellow Redbubble artists and trust I can publicise their work to national and international visitors.

I trust you gain as much inspiration from your travels as I do.

Thank you Redbubble and fellow Redbubble artists for this opportunity.

Cheers.

1. Before and After by Mark Ingram.

Upon seeing Mark’s images of the iconic Darling River in New South Wales, Australia, I was inspired to visit the outback town of Bourke to record my own scenes of the river during 2007. Before I reached Bourke, I met Mark and his wife Bec for the first time in his hometown of Cobar. What a thrill.

The Darling River has been devastated in recent years due the long-term drought experienced in many regions of Australia. The Darling River provides a flow of water that farmers rely on to produce crops and graze cattle.

Farming is becoming an increasingly difficult occupation for Australians due to the lack of rain, financial pressures from bulk buyers and a general apathy amongst city dwellers to their plight.

In 2007, Mark was contracted to photograph projects that were funded by the Dept of Environment and Water, and the Western Catchment Protection Authority.

Mark’s excellent collage clearly portrays the transformation after rain of one of Australia’s most photogenic rivers.

2. Dog Rocks, Batesford by Joe Mortelliti

I’ve been to Dog Rocks. I have no idea of the origin of the name of the place, but it is a landscape photographers dream. If you visit this place late in the afternoon when the light is right, you’re bound to come home with a beaut photograph.

Having visited Dog Rocks in August 2007, I knew I was experiencing something special. Before visiting, the images I’ve seen from Joe and fellow Redbubble members of Dog Rocks provided tremendous inspiration to me.

Joe’s photograph depicts this weather-ravaged deciduous tree in leaf and the angle of sunlight kissing it is superb. Fine work from a master landscape photographer.

3. First Light by David Haviland

I don’t believe I can accurately put into words the way I felt when visiting Mount Buffalo in May 2008.

Mount Buffalo is a place which offers landscape photographers boundless opportunity. As seen in David’s stunning photo here, the steep rocky cliff face is being kissed by the morning light. To be standing at that area of Mount Buffalo at any time of the day is an experience to savour.

David has obviously been dedicated to rise early to capture the sheer beauty of this place. Mount Buffalo is more than a mountain – it’s an opportunity to experience nature at its finest. With picturesque forests, waterfalls and towering rock stacks, you can do no worse than set yourself the pleasurable task of visiting this gorgeous region in Victoria, Australia. I highly recommended Mount Buffalo to all landscape and nature photographers.

Congratulations David for producing a stunning image.

4. Apollo Bay Charm – Victoria, Australia by Cain Doherty

Apollo Bay is located along the world-famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. I’ve been fortunate to travel to this area and photograph it on numerous occasions, and to be frank I never tire of doing so.

Cain’s photograph of Apollo Bay pretty much sums up the way I see and remember Apollo Bay – beautiful green hills and moored boats in the harbour. On a fine autumn day, there is no better place to be than on top of those hills overlooking the bay. The 180 degree view of the coastline is mesmerising. Marriners Lookout is the place to head for with a mate and picnic basket.

Apollo Bay is a relaxed coastal village that is within easy reach of Victoria’s best waterfalls, the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse and Maits Rest Rainforest Walk. The local visitor information centre provides an insight to the region and information relating to the area.

Cain, your photograph is a beauty – a great advertisement for Apollo Bay.

5. Mechanical sun by jagart.

The Blue Mountains region of New South Wales is one of the most visited tourist areas in Australia and is located west of Sydney.

jagart’s well-taken photograph marries together two of the great attractions of the Blue Mountains at Katoomba – The Three Sisters and the Skyway cable car.

The Three Sisters is a stand alone image itself, however I chose this work because of the tourist element which displays how much this place can be enjoyed from above.

I visited this area about eight years ago and stayed at the aptly named Three Sisters Motel. I couldn’t resist the name of the place with its neon sign out front and easy walking distance to the local attractions.

The angle of light on these two well-known Australian attractions is perfect. A superb image which has commercial appeal. Excellent work, jagart.

6. MCG Boxing Day 2006 ~ Shane Warne’s 700th Test wicket

Shane Warne = Legend. He is the greatest cricketer in my lifetime. A man who commands attention when he steps up to the bowling crease. There was to be no better place than the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for Warne to take his 700th Test Match wicket.

Lisa Kenny has captured the moment in a single frame and a fantastic effort to do so from a high vantage point in the stand. Congratulations Lisa – a memorable image and a part of Australian sporting history.

Melburnians are world-renowned for being sports-loving people. The Boxing Day Test match is the biggest day in Australian cricket each year with crowds in excess of 80,000 in attendance for the first day’s play. Well worth booking a ticket in advance to experience the atmosphere of cricket at the MCG on Boxing Day.

For those who would like to see Warne’s memorable moment on video, check out this YouTube link. Spine-tingling stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7PXKXqWN4U

7. Surfers Paradise by Ben Hew

Who hasn’t heard of the Gold Coast in Australia?

Surfers Paradise is aptly named and it’s a place that thrives on tourism. If you want a cuddly koala souvenir, you won’t have any difficulty finding a store in Cavell Avenue to buy one.

There are mile after mile of high-rise apartment towers along this famous strip and the views from them are superb. The beach is a busy place with walkers, sunbathers and surfers almost every day of the year.

Ben’s photograph is perfectly timed and a classic example of what Surfers Paradise is all about.

8. Perth Twilight by Clinton Barnes

The city of Perth has been photographed superbly by Clinton from Kings Park.

Kings Park is located a hop, skip and a jump from the Perth city centre and it affords one of Australia’s best locations to view a capital city in the country.

On the right hand side is the Swan River where you can purchase a ticket for cruise between Perth and historical Fremantle.

The city skyline of Perth is one of those must-take shots when visiting this glorious and relaxed city.

9. Federal Parliament by Night by Xenedis.

Parliament House on Capital Hill in Canberra, Australia is an architecture photographers dream. The myriad of angles to take shots from is endless.

Xenedis’ photograph taken at dusk exemplifies the beauty of the building and has the nation’s flag flying.

A visit inside reveals a clinical-type atmosphere where Australia’s elected representatives partake in their responsibilities of governing the country.

I recently visited Canberra for two days during autumn and was gob-smacked at the deciduous trees that were ablaze with colour. It was truly a sight to see.

Canberra is a photogenic and pleasurable city to visit. Major attractions include: Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, National Carillon, the Australian War Memorial and Floriade flower festival.

Darren Stones

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