“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

It pays to visit the same place a couple of times.  It might be because the light didn’t play ball on your first visit, or it was pouring rain when you arrived and it also pays to visit the same place in different seasons.  You see, the sun rises and sets in a different place every day.  So, the difference between shooting in summer and winter can be quite dramatic due to just the location of the rising or setting sun.

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” 
And, so it was the case when I visited Nudgee Beach a this morning.  The two previous occasions that I had visited this location was in the winter months, when the sun rises a lot further to the north.  Now after visiting in the summer, I would say that the winter months definitely have an advantage just because of the position of the sun.
Now, it wasn’t the best of conditions, with patches of heavy cloud around, but as the minutes ticked by the clouds where moving on.
What surprised me on my arrival was that I had been beaten to the location by another photographer.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” 
I set up my  tripod and camera in the best position I could find allowing for the position of the rising sun and the couple of mangroves that I wanted to be the main focal point of my compositions.  I also set my GoPro up to grab a little time lapse sequence of sunrise.

“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” 
There wasn’t a whole lot happening, so I wandered around a little while the setting moon was still casting a bit of light.  I found a couple of big blue jelly fish, but the one thing that really caught my eye was the ripples and patterns in the sand peeking out from the perfectly still water.  It was amazing just how much light that the moon
was casting on the scene. Finally, a little bit of colour did manage to make the clouds light up a little, and I was joined by a couple of horses and their trainers going for a run along the sand flats and having a swim.
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”

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We started our blog “tony&”, in 2015 after our great 5 week adventure in Europe. We’ve had so many adventures, we decided to start a blog to capture and show our family and close friends in Australia and many Overseas on what we get up to. On our sometimes long work days we realized most of the travel blogs we were reading were people who had quit their jobs, sold all of their belongings and travel full-time. While this way of life is admirable, it’s not reality for a lot of people so we created this space on the internet as a way to show others you can have the best of both worlds. We are happily married for 10+ years and both of us have great challenging and rewarding jobs and a house almost paid off. Plus in 2016 we added our Kelpie pup Shari to our Adventures. Travelling is an expense that brings us happiness, joy and helps create lasting memories. Travelling with that special someone in your life makes those adventures all the more memorable. Our Adventures are all about taking each experience, regardless if you know the outcome or not and facing it head on. Its about seeing the world from a different perspective, even if you’ve seen it a million times before. It is choosing to see the beauty from the ordinary and finding ways on how to do it differently. We get out every opportunity to explore our Town of Brisbane, State of Queensland and Country of Australia; Markets, Festivals, Concerts, Stage Shows, Beaches, Hinterland, Rainforests, History and Shopping. We also love getting 2+ hours out of the City of Brisbane to Camp, explore and enjoy the quietness. We enjoy putting technology away and enjoy the company of each other. We have already explored many parts of Australia from Cape York in Queensland to The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Tasmania, Perth-Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne, NT, many places in Queensland and Queensland Outback. We have enjoyed overseas destinations in London, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France, Spain, Dubai and Singapore. We also take time out to give back to the community in volunteering. We were privileged to be chosen as Games Shapers for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. We also help out many Breast Cancer charity walks and rides. Giving up our time is rewarding and uplifting experience some people will never experience. With many day and weekend trips away we always set aside a major trip each year. We are looking forward to our 12 Day New Zealand Cruise at the start of 2019.

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