Gaz Meredith Images: Blog https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog en-us (C) Gaz Meredith Images (Gaz Meredith Images) Sat, 17 Oct 2020 08:37:00 GMT Sat, 17 Oct 2020 08:37:00 GMT https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/img/s/v-12/u587127001-o567504846-50.jpg Gaz Meredith Images: Blog https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog 120 80 Resting Dragon, the whole story. https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/10/resting-dragon-the-whole-story Resting DragonResting DragonThis series of images shows a long-nosed dragon who was sleeping in an interesting way in an out building within a remote mining operation in the Western Australian desert. For more information on this series don't hesitate to contact me.

All prints are made on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm which is 100% cotton museum grade paper. Ink used is Epson HDR pigment archival rated to 150+ years and with a 1inch (2.5cm) white signature border, hand signed by Gary Meredith. All limited edition prints come with a certificate of authenticity and are individually numbered.
It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that my image "Resting Dragon" is included in this years Lumix People Choice Awards as part of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2020. Out of nearly 50,000 entries entered into this prestigious competition, there are only 25 images selected to be part of the peoples choice award.

This image "Resting Dragon" is not my only image in this years NHM WPY, I have another image "Peeking Possums" which has been awarded highly commended in the urban wildlife category. I am honoured and proud to have had two images selected to be part of this prestigious competition in the same year.   

I thought I would tell the story as to how this image came about so everyone interested in the image can be sure that it was captured ethically and without any manipulation. I must say it is exciting that a highly regarded competition such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year has accepted an image like this into its exhibition for 2020. Many people may question how such an interesting image came about.

Firstly, it is interesting to know that this image was captured on a gold mine in a remote area of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. I have worked on this mine site on and off for nearly fifteen years and I have always kept great respect for any wildlife found out there and have never touched or handled a single animal in my pursuit to document the wildlife that inhabits that area of Australia.

As part of my job, I work many shifts through the night at this gold mine, and as such, I find a lot of insects, reptiles and animals during my shifts that display different behaviour once the sun goes down. There are quite a few different species of lizard that inhabit the deserts of Australia, and the long-nosed dragon is one who many people know of. This particular dragon is sometimes known as the "ta ta" lizard. During summer, the ground in the arid areas of Australia becomes brutally hot, and therefore this particular lizard lifts its legs diagonally to minimise the amount of time its feet spend on the hot sand or rock. With one front foot off the ground at a time, it looks as if these lizards are waving at you saying goodbye, or in Australia, we often say "ta ta". 

On this particular night, I noticed that there were quite a few insects attracted to the light that had been left on within a shed that had been fenced off with mesh. I was so surprised to find this long-nosed dragon had positioned itself in such an interesting manner on the wire mesh. Another interesting thing about this little lizard was the obvious kink in its tail which was probably the result of a narrow escape from a bird or bigger lizard. I knew that this was a sight that had to be captured, and so hastily went and gathered my photography equipment.

As I said earlier, I had no intention of touching or disturbing the lizard. I just wanted to capture what I saw as best I could. I used a 400mm lens at first and then changed to a wide-angle lens with an off-camera, low powered flash to capture the images I had in mind. I minimised my time spent with the lizard to less than fifteen minutes and then left the lizard to sleep where it was.

I am constantly fascinated by how some wildlife takes advantage of human-modified environments. It was quite obvious that this lizard had positioned itself in a location where at sunrise, it would be able to pick off any insects that had settled on the wire during the night. I re-visited the same location every night for the next week hoping the lizard, who I affectionately named "larry the long-nosed dragon" would return, unfortunately, I never happen to see it again. I guess it's a good lesson to always carry your photographic gear wherever you go!

Cheers

Gaz

     

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(Gaz Meredith Images) Australian dragon Gary Gaz History long Meredith Museum Natural nature nosed of photographer photography the wildlife WPY56 year https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/10/resting-dragon-the-whole-story Thu, 15 Oct 2020 01:09:11 GMT
Highly Commended NHM WPY 56 https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/9/highly-commended-nhm-wpy-56  

I am extremely honoured and excited to share the news that I have been included in the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2020. My image "Peeking Possum" has been awarded highly commended in the urban wildlife category. Now in its 56th year, NHM WPY is the most prestigious and well respected nature photography competition on the planet.

 

To give you an idea of how big this competition is, this year they received just under 50,000 entries. Out of all of those images, only 100 images are accepted into the exhibition and only 50 will be awarded highly commended. Each category will have one winner and there is also the Lumix Peoples Choice Award where only 25 images are selected. The peoples choice award images are then voted on by the public with the top three voted images becoming highly commended.

 

Also, there are approximately 10 images that have been awarded highly commended that will be previewed early to promote the competition and exhibition. I am very proud to say that my possum image is one of these images! I have known about this exciting news since March and have been bursting to tell everyone since then. My media embargo was set until mid-October to coincide with the awards night, although because my image has been chosen to preview the competition my embargo date has been brought forward six weeks. How cool is that!

 

Right about now, I should be getting ready to fly to London for the awards ceremony which is held at the Natural History Museum. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a one in a hundred-year pandemic, to say that I'm disappointed about not being able to travel to London is a bit of an understatement. The opportunity to interact and network with some of the worlds best nature photographers at such a prestigious event would be a wonderful opportunity. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I take this slight disappointment as an extra incentive to make it back to London for another WPY awards ceremony in the future.

 

I have followed this competition/exhibition for quite a few years. I often visit the WPY website and head to the gallery to look through the many wonderful images. I find it very interesting when images are selected each year to be commended, highly commended, category winners or overall winners and what is it about those images that possibly made them stand out amongst nearly 50,000 others. I find myself firstly looking at the aesthetics of the images, then the lighting, and lastly, if the colours in the image are complimentary. The reason I always look to see if the colours in an image work together is, I believe nature photography is very similar to landscape painting and landscape painters often use complementary colours to bring a scene to life.

 

Natural History Museums Nature Photographer of the Year is more than just a competition, it is a wonderfully curated exhibition that tours to over 60 venues across 6 continents reaching millions globally. If you happen to make it into the exhibition, it's a really big deal and the exposure that awarded photographers receive is fantastic. If your image or images that are selected help raise awareness for a certain cause, it can make a huge difference to the amount of publicity that it would receive.

 

I need to say a huge thank you to my wife and children, they have put up with a lot from me over the years in my pursuit of wildlife/nature images. To everyone else that has supported me and my photography work up to this point, I thank you very much and I ask that you stick with me into the future as I believe it is going to be a wonderful photographic journey.

 

I have another surprise up my sleeve that I cannot tell you about just yet, you will have to wait 6 weeks...

 

Cheers

 

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(Gaz Meredith Images) art Australia Category Gary Gaz History London Meredith Museum Natural nature of photographer Possums prints. the Urban Wildlife WPY56 Year https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/9/highly-commended-nhm-wpy-56 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:09 GMT
A Peeking Possum https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/7/a-peeking-possum  

 

 

This week, the shortlist for the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year was announced and I am honoured to have another two images accepted this year. One of those two images is of a brushtail possum looking down on a caravan with a teenager sitting outside who is surprise, surprise, spending time on their phone.

 

I have had a few enquiries since the shortlisted entries were announced as to how I captured the image and what is the whole story with them living in the roof space of a building right next to my caravan. Because of the interest in the image itself and the story behind it I thought I would explain as much as I can.

 

Firstly, I think it is important to say that for me, one of the biggest joys of wildlife photography is the storytelling that can be achieved without the viewer knowing anything the image, yet gathering all the information they need simply by looking at it. I believe it is an art form that many social media platforms have contributed to its downfall simply because many people choose to show images that have a wow factor rather than telling a story. I have to say though, photography is not all about storytelling, it can be whatever you want it to be. What you photograph and how you do it is a personal choice.

 

 

The possums that I photograph, live in an area in the south-west of Western Australia where there is a high number of this particular species of possum. Every year, I take my caravan to a caravan park where they live in the treetops, and also, as I found out, in the roof spaces of some of the buildings there. One year I was sitting in my camper chair enjoying an afternoon drink when I noticed two little faces peeking out of the roof space of the ensuite building situated only a few metres from where I was sitting. I was amazed at the sight at first because it was such a surprise to see them in there and then my feeling turned to delight as I realised I could really tell a story with what I was seeing.

 

It has taken a few years of travelling to this particular location to work out how to photograph the possums without encouraging them to interact with humans and also pointing bright flashes in their faces to capture images. In my latest series of possums images, I ended up reversing my vehicle up to the tree that they exit the building from before they move up into the treetops. I then either set up a tripod or sat my camera on top of my vehicle. I realised early on that I could not leave my gear out there all night as the curious possums would probably knock it over or chew through some of the cables.

 

It also took me a couple of years to work out how to gently light up the possum as well as throw a heap of light onto my caravan to really complete the story. I ended up using a Godox remote flash triggering system where the flash that I positioned on the ground to light up the caravan would fire the same time as the low powered flash that illuminated the possum. Once I worked this part out my images really started to take shape. As I said earlier, I didn't want to leave my gear out all night. That would have been easier because I could have used a PIR (passive infrared sensor) so the possums would have triggered the camera without me being there. This meant I had to use a long remote shutter release cable and wait until the possums came down the tree and hopefully look at the caravan and not at the camera. It took quite a few images to get it right but I feel in the end, the image that was accepted into Australian NPOTY was the strongest out of all of my possum images so far.

 

As you can imagine, I have quite a few images that I would love to show, but there are just too many. In this blog post, I have added a few that I believe compliments what I have written and should give anyone interested in this image a more accurate idea of how I managed to capture that particular possum image. In my image gallery titled "Urban Wildlife" on this website, you will find more images of the possums who live in the roof space and hopefully will give you a better understanding of what I have been seeing over the last few years. 

 

This December, I will be heading back to the exact location with my caravan and with any luck, I can add more images to the story.

 

Cheers

 

Gaz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dawn of a Dingo Day https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/6/dawn-of-a-dingo-day

Dawn of a Dingo Day

I received a wonderful gift from the Australian Dingo Foundation today. I am so pleased to say that some of my dingo images have been used by Josef Lasarow from Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park in his wonderful new book on dingoes.

In the words of Josef "Most Australians are unaware of the vital role the dingo plays within the Australian ecosystem, and this lack of knowledge has led to ecological chaos today. DAWN OF A DINGO DAY takes an in-depth look at this remarkable animal and exposes the truth of the matter, a reality which we cannot deny any longer if we want to restore ecological harmony, back into this land".

Media Enquiries for the book are:
Kevin Newman – Australian Dingo Foundation
Kdnewman87@gmail.com
Yosef Lasarow – Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
dawnofadingoday@gmail.com

Cheers

Gaz

 

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(Gaz Meredith Images) Australian Blog book Dawn Day Dingo Gary Gaz Images Josef Lasarow Meredith nature of the https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/6/dawn-of-a-dingo-day Sun, 14 Jun 2020 11:21:34 GMT
A Rainbow of Bee-eaters https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/6/a-rainbow-of-bee-eaters

Have you ever wondered how and why I spend so much time out in the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia?

Ross Bilton, from "The Australian" newspaper caught up with me for a chat and explains everything in a well written piece in "Heart of the Nation". If you missed the article you can look for it online. The Australian newspaper has a massive reach both digitally and in conventional print form so this image has grabbed a lot of attention in social media circles and has resulted in a lot of sales of this limited edition print. Each print comes personally signed by me and with a certificate of authenticity.

Cheers

 

Gaz

  

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(Gaz Meredith Images) art Australian bee-eaters Bilton Blog fine Gary Gaz Heart Images Meredith Nation nature of photography prints rainbow Ross the https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2020/6/a-rainbow-of-bee-eaters Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:00:00 GMT
A new laptop and it's not a Mac! https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/10/a-new-laptop-and-its-not-a-mac If you are someone who constantly travels, rarely stays home for more than a week, and needs a high- powered computer, you will possibly not bother owning a PC. The need to have all of your creative or work programs on one computer will invariably force you to have a laptop, not just any laptop, a high powered modern laptop computer that can manage all sorts of tasks with ease and do this on the move.

 

For me personally, I am constantly on the move. I work in the Western Australian mining industry where I work a week on, week off roster. With so much travel I worked out that having a PC at home is not ideal for my needs. I actually purchased a wonderful monitor at one point to make sure my photography post-processing was the best it could be. The BenQ SW271 was a monitor that came highly recommended and so took pride of place at my home office for nearly a year.

 

I was running this monitor off an older Hewlett Packard laptop which was possibly not a great idea, although, without a PC tower, it would have to do for the time being. It did not take long to realise the covers on the BenQ monitor started to not come off on my week at home and that the purchase of the monitor was probably not the best decision I have ever made.

 

I sold the BenQ monitor a few weeks before I was due to submit images to the Australian Nature Photographer of the Year competition just after Christmas 2018. This proved to be a bit of a mistake on my behalf because two of the images I processed on the Hewlett Packard were accepted into this competition and I was not seeing the correct colours or brightness. When I attended the awards night in Adelaide in August, I was slightly embarrassed at the quality of my prints in the exhibition.

 

The colours were dull on both images and the brightness was not where it was supposed to be. I knew what had caused the inconsistency in the final print files, although, it was too late to do anything about it, and there was no one else to blame except myself. I have come to realise that life is about making mistakes and learning from them.

It was clear a new laptop was needed. I had always been a Windows user and although I knew that Apple Mac book pro's were the go-to computer for most professional photographers, I wasn’t interested in them, and I knew that there were some really powerful and colour accurate windows based laptops and that was what I was going to buy.

 

After researching for what seemed like a year, I settled on the highly regarded Dell XPS 15. The reason I was interested in this computer was the accurate colour display, the fact that it could handle multiple photography editing based programs running at the same time and the speed it could do all these things in. The most important factor in choosing this computer was that it displayed 99% of the Adobe RGB colour spectrum.

It took a bit of work to tame the vivid colour display after initially setting up the computer as it was set to really impress with a super bright screen and heavily saturated colours. As well as purchasing the Dell XPS, I made the decision to also change the program that runs my colour calibration. I changed from Spyder to Displaycal. After using both programs now, I believe the latter is far better.

 

Another program I downloaded, which is actually free off the internet, is Faststone image viewer. I felt that when looking at colours in lightroom or photoshop the colours were correct, although, when I viewed them with windows image viewer, they still looked slightly saturated which is the one thing that does annoy me about windows based computers. With Faststone, I feel that I am seeing images correctly when I am not viewing them in lightroom or photoshop.

 

In conclusion, the quality and accuracy of my post-processed images are now at a much higher level than ever before. I feel much more confident in submitting images to photography competitions around the world and also sending files to my printer for my limited-edition fine art print sales with the confidence of knowing the images are looking their best.

 

So, if you are in the market for a new laptop for photo or video editing, do not immediately think Apple mac, because these days there are some very powerful and colour accurate windows based laptops out there like the Dell XPS 15. I would recommend it to anyone.

 

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(Gaz Meredith Images) 15 accuracy art Australian Blog colour computer Dell fine Gary Gaz Images Meredith nature prints XPS https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/10/a-new-laptop-and-its-not-a-mac Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:03:00 GMT
Australian Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/8/australian-nature-photographer-of-the-year-2019  

Around August every year, the South Australian Museum hosts Australia’s biggest wildlife photography exhibition, The Australian Nature Photographer of the Year awards. These awards and subsequent exhibition celebrate Australia’s best wildlife images as judged by highly respected photographers from Australia and abroad.

 

The awards night is a wonderful evening where awarded and shortlisted photographers travel to Adelaide from around the world to not only see who has won awards but also to view the images on show and to socialise and network with fellow wildlife photographers.

 

Australia has a thriving community of wildlife photographers, many enjoy this activity as a hobby while some make living from it. There are some Australian wildlife photographers who are considered to be among the best in their field in the world!

 

This year I was honoured to have two images accepted for the exhibition. One image had two possums peeking out of a roof space and the other was of a zebra finch couple who had made a nest in a manmade structure. Both images were in the “our impact” category which is one of nine categories this year.

 

I have previously travelled to Adelaide for NPOTY in 2017 having one image accepted into the exhibition that year. This year I was just as excited to attend as I knew I would be able to catch up with many wonderful photographers who I normally only converse with on social media.

 

My wife and I stayed in Adelaide for a short time after the awards taking in the sights and visiting the winery region that sits on the outskirts of Adelaide. I look forward to visiting Adelaide again soon, hopefully for the wonderful Australian Nature Photographer of the Year awards!

 

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(Gaz Meredith Images) 2019 Adelaide Australian Gary Geographic Meredith Museum Nature of Photographer South the Year https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/8/australian-nature-photographer-of-the-year-2019 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:30:00 GMT
A desert dingo. https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/4/a-desert-dingo The Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia is one of the hottest and most remote places on earth. The wildlife that lives there must be able to endure harsh summer temperatures and freezing cold winters.

 

The Australian dingo, over a long period of time, has found a way to live in such a harsh environment and photographing such a mysterious, adaptable and intelligent animal in a location like the Great Sandy Desert certainly is a challenge.

 

This particular morning, I was out and about before the sun had risen, seeing what wildlife was about as the desert was waking up. There was no wind at all, perfectly still, although very hot even without the sun showing itself yet. The desert birds were up and about heading off on their quest to find a drink of water to start the day.

 

I heard a howl in the distance which confirmed there were dingoes close by, this is just what I was hoping to hear! Quickly, I headed in that direction as I really wanted to find them before the sun had risen. It didn't take long, I could see something moving through the low spinifex and in just a matter of seconds there in front of me was a beautiful desert dingo.

 

Dingoes are very curious and will stay at a distance they are comfortable with while checking you out. This worked well for me on this particular occasion as the sun had just popped up over the horizon and I had always wanted to capture a dingo in a wider shot in the desert with the sun rising in the background.

 

I had captured a few images that I liked at that particular moment although, it wasn't until something caught the dingoes attention and he looked to his left that I knew I had captured the image I had in my mind for so long.

 

Cheers

 

Gaz

 

   

 


 

 

  Dingo at DawnDingo at DawnA wild dingo in the Great Sandy Desert is drenched in golden light.

All prints are made on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm which is 100% cotton museum grade paper. Ink used is Epson HDR pigment archival rated to 150+ years and with a 1inch (2.5cm) white signature border, hand signed by Gary Meredith. All limited edition prints come with a certificate of authenticity and are individually numbered.
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Great Sandy Desert Sunrise https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/3/a-great-sandy-desert-sunrise What a way to start the day!!!

My place of work is an isolated gold mine in a remote part of the Australian desert and I feel privileged to be able to witness sights such as this as there are not many people who would get the chance.

To capture this image my 24-70 f/2.8 Nikkor lens is perfect for hand-holding landscape images as it allows me to shoot wide open and keep the entire image nice and sharp. There is a certain technique that is needed to handhold landscape images which involves tucking your elbows right into your rib cage and standing with your feet moderately apart but nicely planted on the ground or in this case squished into that beautiful desert red sand.

Looking at this image you could be mistaken for thinking that there is not a great deal of wildlife here but I can say there were many different species of birds singing, socialising and starting to find food which really added to the ambience of the moment.

The amount of animal tracks that wind their way through the red dirt in these dunes is amazing too. Some of the animal tracks I see regularly belong to Camels, Dingoes, lizards, and even little Hopping mouse tracks so it really is a wonderful place to watch the sun come up. 

If you ever get the chance, make sure you spend a morning watching the sunrise in the Australian desert, it's something you won't forget any time soon......

 

 

A Desert SunriseA Desert SunriseThe sun slowly rises over the red sand dunes of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia.

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A new chapter! https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/3/a-new-adventure So, a nature journal/blog. I thought creating a nature blog would help me connect with people who follow my work on a more personable level.

Rather than using Facebook or Instagram where I feel I cannot tell the real story of how I get my images, I figure with a blog I can describe exactly how I came to make an image.

What I mean by that is, an image should be more than just something you look at, it should have a real story behind it, something that connects what you see to what you feel when you look at an image.

To me, every time I capture an image of a bird, butterfly, snake, kangaroo or any type of creature, there is a connection with that subject. If I can describe those feelings to those who are interested in my image, that person may connect with what they see and how the image was made.

I look forward to having you come on a journey with me to see what I capture with my camera and listen to what I have seen with my own eyes.

Cheers

Gaz

 

 

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(Gaz Meredith Images) Blog Gary Gaz Images Meredith nature photography https://www.gazmeredithimages.com.au/blog/2019/3/a-new-adventure Thu, 28 Mar 2019 15:00:00 GMT