Competition Results – Best Australian Natural Landscape Photo

Competition Results – Best Australian Natural Landscape Photo

After the success of our first photo competition, we were really excited to see how our second competition would go, and we weren’t disappointed.

The number of entries was even larger and the quality of the images was very impressive 😃

Each winner receives a Matted Print of their photo

A big thank you to all our entrants and without further ado, here are the judges (that’s Maggie & I) decisions …

First Place

First place goes to Gina Martinovich for her “Mulla Mulla Flowers” in the Pilbarra. A beautifully colourful & sharp image of this very striking flower 😎

Mulla Mulla Flowers by Gina Martinovich

Here are Gina’s comments:
“My husband bought me a gold detector, I sold it after the first time out and bought a Nikon camera and lenses.
I love to take pictures and teach myself how to adjust the light and take interesting photos.”


Gina wins:

  • 11” x 14” Matted Fine Art Print of her photo printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Photo Paper using Epson Pigmented Inks
  • High quality lens cloth & cleaning cloth with her image printed on them using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Gina’s “Mulla Mulla Flowers” as a Matted Print
Gina’s 1st Place Cleaning Cloth & Lens Cloth

Second Place

Second place goes to Tony Leh for his “Lake Retreat” in Gidgegannup. What a stunning image of an idyllic location in the Perth Hills.

Lake Retreat – Tony Leh

Tony wins:

  • 8” x 10” Matted Fine Art Print of his photo printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Photo Paper using Epson Pigmented Inks
  • High quality lens cloth & cleaning cloth with his image printed on them using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Tony’s “Lake Retreat” as a Matted Print
Tony’s 2nd Place Cleaning Cloth & Lens Cloth

Third Place

Third place is awarded to Anthony de Silva for his “Lancelin Sand Dunes”. A dramatic black & white image with some amazing tones & leading lines.

Lancelin Sand Dunes – Anthony de Silva

Anthony wins:

  • 5” x 7” Matted Fine Art Print of his photo printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Photo Paper using Epson Pigmented Inks
  • High quality lens cloth & cleaning cloth with his image printed on them using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Anthony’s “Lancelin Sand Dunes” as a Matted Print
Anthony’s 3rd Place Cleaning Cloth & Lens Cloth

Sponsors Prize

Finally, our sponsored prize is chosen by “The Northern Guide” and goes to Lelah McCuaig for her Whiteman Park” image.

Whiteman Park – Lelah McCuaig

Here are Lelah’s comments:
My name’s Lelah McCuaig and I’m 19 years old. Photography isn’t just a hobby for me it’s something I do daily. Especially Australia’s landscape and wildlife.

Lelah wins:

  • 108mm x 108mm Framed Ceramic Tile of her photo printed using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • High quality lens cloth & cleaning cloth with her image printed on them using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Lelah’s Framed Tile
Lelah’s Cleaning Cloth & Lens Cloth

Thank you again to all our entrants, we were really impressed with the quality of images and appreciation of our amazing landscapes here in Australia 😃

We plan to run these competitions on a regular basis so keep an eye out for our next competition “Best Photo of a Tree (or Trees)”. Further details will be announced on our Facebook Page, Instagram and here on our Blog soon 👍

Sleeklens - Dead River Rree, Murchison River, Kalbarri, Western Australia
“Dead River Tree”, Murchison River, Kalbarri, Western Australia

Environmental Issues

Always remember when visiting natural environments please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace :

“🌴 Take Nothing but Pictures 📷 Leave Nothing but Footprints 🐾 Kill Nothing but Time Keep Nothing But Memories 🌳”

Visit Our Gallery

Visit our Gallery at Shop 136 Wanneroo Markets, 33 Prindiville Drive in Wangara to see more of our Fine Art Images & Photo Products.

Also available at the Gallery are Greeting Cards, Magnets, Keyrings, Mugs, Scarves, Tote Bags, Wall Tapestries, Lens Cloths, unique 3D Printed Gadgets & Gizmo’s and much more …

Cheers,
Dave 🐾

Equipment – So I Bought a 600mm Lens …

Equipment – So I Bought a 600mm Lens …

I felt it was time to take my Wildlife Photography to another level so I bought a 600mm lens and WOW, what a difference!

Bird Photography - White-winged Fairy-wren, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
White-winged Fairy-wren, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia

Until recently I have focused more on Landscape than Wildlife Photography, I can’t exactly explain why as I have always loved animals but that’s just the way it happened. I have always had a 70-200mm lens which I would use to photograph wildlife when the opportunity presented itself but as a rule, I had my wide-angle zoom attached to my camera when I was out and about.

However, over the past few years, I have spent more & more time looking for and photographing wildlife. I guess the turning point was when we talked to Native Animal Rescue here in Perth about photographing some of their permanent residents with a view to helping promote the work that organisations such as NAR do to help protect & preserve our native wildlife.

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo, Native Animal Rescue, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo, Native Animal Rescue, Perth, Western Australia

I now have the Wildlife Photography bug, my wide-angle lens is on temporary leave & I have been doing my best to get wildlife photos using my trusty 70-200mm lens. Needless to say the more I did the more frustrated I became, getting close to wildlife is not easy and having to crop your images too heavily can cause quite a loss of quality, even for my incredibly sharp 70-200mm.

So I started looking at alternative lenses to give me that longer reach. Obviously the Canon 100-400mm L II was an option but I wasn’t convinced that 400mm would make enough of a difference so I started researching what long time pro Wildlife Photographers were using. Guess what, they were all using 600mm fixed length primes costing a tidy $18,000+ and weighing in at over 3kg 😲
I’m not quite brave enough to ask my wife to let me spend that sort of cash on a lens just yet 😱

After more research, I also discovered that Sigma & Tamron had started to introduce longer & longer zoom lenses culminating with their flagship 150-600mm models. What’s more these lenses were getting incredibly good reviews for image quality & being at a much more reasonable price point they were an ideal entry into the 600mm club.

Bird Photography - Silver Gull, Neil Hawkins Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Silver Gull, Neil Hawkins Park, Perth, Western Australia

Choosing the Right Lens

Both Sigma & Tamron have 2 lenses in the 150-600mm category with varying price points & features, although they all share a lot in common: f/5-6.3 / Stabilisation / Zoom Lock / Quiet AF Drive / Tripod Mount …
Here they are in price order:

My criteria for choosing one of these lenses:
  1. Weight: I want to be able to use the lens with or without a tripod and these lenses are not light so weight is very important.
  2. Image Quality: Obviously I want the best image quality I can get.
  3. Build Quality: I also want a lens that feels sturdy and well built.
  4. Features: Lens functionality is an important factor especially regarding Stabilisation & Auto Focus.
  5. Accessories: Not a big factor but something to throw into the mix.
  6. Support: I prefer to buy a brand that is known for good customer service.
Bird Photography - Pied Cormorant, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Pied Cormorant, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia
After much research, reading reviews, watching reviews on youtube & deliberation I decided to go with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens.
Here are my reasons based on my criteria above:
  1. Weight: The Sigma Contemporary was one of the two lightest lenses at 1.95kg
  2. Image Quality: The Tamron G1 (the other lightest lens) consistently came out at slightly lower quality while the other 3 all seemed very similar.
  3. Build Quality: All 4 lenses seemed to have good build quality with the Sigma Contemporary lacking in the weather sealing.
  4. Features: The Tamron G1 lacks a dedicated panning mode which is the biggest problem I could see.
  5. Accessories: Both Sigma lenses come with carry cases & straps, the Tamrons have neither which I would have a problem with.
  6. Support: From what I have read Sigma appears to come out top in the customer service area.
Bird Photography - New Holland Honeyeater, Gidgegannup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
New Holland Honeyeater, Gidgegannup, Perth, Western Australia

This is not intended to be a review of these lenses in any way, simply my subjective opinion based on the research I have done.
There is a lot of information about these lenses on the internet, some of it very conflicting, but the one consistent opinion I came away with was that you would not regret buying any of them and the differences are minimal.

All 4 of these lenses are amazing at what they do, especially when considering the price point and the image quality they produce for lenses with a 600mm reach.

I decided early on that I would most likely get one of the Sigmas due to their better reputation for customer service & the fact that they came with a case & strap (a more important criteria than I initially realised). Nothing I read about the Tamron’s was enough to change my mind, which in no way says Tamron are bad Sigma just seemed to suit me better.

In the end, it was the weight that swayed me towards the Contemporary model over the Sport which is almost 1kg heavier and really not suitable for hand-holding for any period of time. I would have liked to have the weather sealing but you can’t have it all ways and I don’t plan on going out in thunderstorms or traveling through the desert just yet.

Overall I think the Sigma Contemporary model is the best value for money for anyone who wants to get into some serious Wildlife Photography on a budget.

Bird Photography - Silver Gull, Neil Hawkins Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Silver Gull, Neil Hawkins Park, Perth, Western Australia

Initial Thoughts on Using a 150-600mm Lens

I’ve had my new Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens for a few weeks now and you can see some of the results I’ve been getting on this page.

Learning to get the best from a lens like this is a journey, you don’t simply buy a 2kg 600mm lens and get perfect results straight up. There’s a bit of a learning curve on how to use these monsters and I’m definitely still learning a lot.

Little things like changing how you carry your camera & transport it are all new. I’m so glad this lens came with a strap & case which allowed me to start using it practically straight away.

So far I’ve got some amazing images that I could never have taken with my 70-200mm but I’ve also got a lot of duds. Managing shutter speed, aperture & ISO create a whole new challenge with a 2kg 600mm lens so I’m now watching a whole new set of youtube videos on the best approach to handling & using these beasts.

I hope to be posting some more articles about my journey with this lens so keep an eye out and feel free to ask any questions you may have 👍

Bird Photography - New Holland Honeyeater, Gidgegannup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
New Holland Honeyeater, Gidgegannup, Perth, Western Australia
Bird Photography - New Holland Honeyeater, Gidgegannup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
New Holland Honeyeater, Gidgegannup, Perth, Western Australia
Bird Photography - Pied Cormorant, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Pied Cormorant, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia
Bird Photography - Silver Gull, Neil Hawkins Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Silver Gull, Neil Hawkins Park, Perth, Western Australia

Post Processing

These images were processed using a combination of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 & ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

Visit Our Gallery

Visit our Gallery at Shop 136 Wanneroo Markets, 33 Prindiville Drive in Wangara to see more of our Fine Art Images & Photo Products.

Also available at the Gallery are Greeting Cards, Magnets, Keyrings, Mugs, Scarves, Tote Bags, Wall Tapestries, Lens Cloths, unique 3D Printed Gadgets & Gizmo’s and much more …

Cheers,
Dave 🐾

Competition – Best Australian Natural Landscape Photo

Competition – Best Australian Natural Landscape Photo

Our first Photo Competition for “Best Australian Wildlife Photo” in October was a great success so we’re announcing our second Competition for December 2019 / January 2020 “Best Australian Natural Landscape Photo”, again run in collaboration with Heather at “The Northern Guide”.

The Australian Landscape is as beautiful as it is diverse, we have everything here from beautiful beaches, daunting deserts & snowy mountains to tropical rain forests & waterlogged wetlands along with everything else in between.

Mountains of Gold - Beachside Rocks, Shorehaven Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art (CRA1.1-V1-)
Mountains of Gold – Beachside Rocks, Shorehaven Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Living our busy lives in suburbia it’s easy to forget just how amazing this country is. Hopefully our Photo Competition this month will help bring your attention back to the natural wonders all around us and maybe inspire you to get outdoors and leave city life behind for a while 😎

To enter this months competition all you need is a photo taken in Australia that focuses on the Natural Landscape. Animals, people, buildings and man made objects are allowed but must not be the main subject.

Sunset Peninsula, Bunker Bay, Margaret River, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Sunset Peninsula, Bunker Bay, Margaret River, Western Australia

Ideas for subject matter include: landscapes (obviously), sunsets, seascapes, forest scenes, wetlands, lakes, abstract natural scenes (like my “Mountains of Gold” above), photos of your local park, beach scenes, waves, trees, flowers or even a closeup of a leaf …

Winery 1, Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Vine Leaf, Dave’s Back Garden, Perth, Western Australia
Forest Twilight 1, Boranup Forest, Margaret River, Western Australia - Photographic Art (BFV1.1-V3-TH1)
Boranup Forest, Margaret River, Western Australia
Red & Green Kangaroo Paw, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art (KPF1.2-V1)
Red & Green Kangaroo Paw, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia
Waves in Motion 1, Indian Ocean, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Waves in Motion, Indian Ocean, Perth, Western Australia

So what are you waiting for?
Get out there, start snapping and enter your best Australian Landscape Photos to be in the chance to win a professionally printed & matted Fine Art Print of your photo:

  • First Place: 11” x 14” Matted Fine Art Print of Your Image
  • Second Place: 8” x 10” Matted Fine Art Print of Your Image
  • Third Place: 5” x 7” Matted Fine Art Print of Your Image
  • “The Northern Guide” Additional Sponsored Prize will be a 4″ x 4″ Framed Tile Print awarded to Heather’s choice from entrants who have liked her Facebook Page
  • Plus all winners will receive a high quality lens cloth & a cleaning cloth to keep your camera smear & dust free with your image printed on them
  • Plus all winners will receive a 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery at Wanneroo Markets

The winners prints will be printed on Ilford Galerie Fine Art Paper using an Epson Large Format Printer with UltraChrome® Pigment Inks.
Lens Cloths & Cleaning Cloths will be Dye Sublimated using Sawgrass Printers & SubliJet-HD Inks

Matted Prints - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Winning Print from Our “Best Australian Native Animal” Photo Competition
October 2019

Conditions Summary:

  • Entrants must reside in WA & be able to collect any prizes from our Gallery at Wanneroo Markets in person
  • Up to 3 images per person that focus on the Australian Natural Landscape. Animals, people, buildings and man made objects are allowed but must not be the main subject
  • Please feel free to add an accompanying image title & short description associated with your images
  • Entries should be submitted by email to comp@madcat.com.au & received by Fri 31st January 2020
  • Important: Please read the full guidelines & conditions below:

If you have any questions then please contact us

We love promoting photography as a hobby (or profession) for young and old alike. Photography encourages artistic creativity, it gets people outdoors and encourages an active & healthy lifestyle. Photography also provides the opportunity for people to learn new skills using computer tools like Photoshop, Lightroom or many of the free alternatives available.

When visiting natural environments please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

The Sentry, Two Rocks, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Two Rocks, Perth, Western Australia

Terms & Conditions:

  • Promoted by MADCAT Digital Design ABN: 19 094 456 845
  • Each entrant may submit up to 3 images, there is no cost to enter
  • Entries should be submitted by email to comp@madcat.com.au & received by Fri 31st January 2020
  • Entries should be in JPEG format at the highest quality possible and not reduced in size (preferably at least 3MB in size)
  • All entries will be acknowledged by email
  • Information required for each entry includes:
    • Email Subject should read “MADCAT Photography Competition December 2019 / January 2020”
    • Your full name
    • Your email address for notification to winners
    • Your age
    • Your suburb in WA
    • The location the photo was captured at
    • Optional: Image Title & Short Description
    • Optional: Tell us what this location means to you (we love a good story 👍)
  • Entries must depict the Australian Landscape in a positive manner, be taken lawfully and with conservation in mind
  • Animals, people, buildings and man made objects are allowed but must not be the main subject
  • Images will be judged on technical quality, artistic quality & emotional response of the judges, Dave Catley & Maggie Catley
  • The judge’s decisions will be final
  • Images may be processed as the entrant sees fit but the judges reserve the right to judge images based on their subjective opinions. In other words if you go crazy you’d better do a good job of it 😊
  • You must be the legal owner to the copyright of any images submitted
  • All images submitted must be based solely on photographic images taken by the entrant
  • Entrants retain the full ownership of images submitted
  • Winners will be informed by email, announced in the next issue of The Northern Guide as well as on our Website & Facebook page
  • MADCAT Photography reserves the right to use submitted images in relation to promoting this or future competitions, recognition will be given to the entrant if possible
  • Any personal information received will not be passed on to third parties for any purpose, however entrants will be added to our email database unless explicitly requesting to be excluded
  • MADCAT Photography accepts no responsibility for entries not received, it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure their entry has been received
  • Legal Stuff: MADCAT Photography has no liability, in negligence or howsoever, for any accident, loss, illness, injury, damage, or inconvenience suffered by you or any individual or property arising out of or after entering the competition or collecting and using the prize. In other words “Whatever you do it’s not our fault!”
Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

Environmental Issues

Always remember when visiting natural environments such as these please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace :

  • Take Nothing but Pictures
  • Leave Nothing but Footprints
  • Kill Nothing but Time
  • Keep Nothing But Memories
  • Burn Nothing but Calories

Post Processing

These images were processed using a combination of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 & ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

Visit Our Gallery

Visit our Gallery at Shop 136 Wanneroo Markets, 33 Prindiville Drive in Wangara to see more of our Fine Art Images & Photo Products.

Also available at the Gallery are Greeting Cards, Magnets, Keyrings, Mugs, Scarves, Tote Bags, Wall Tapestries, Lens Cloths, unique 3D Printed Gadgets & Gizmo’s and much more …

Cheers,
Dave 🐾

Competition Results – Best Australian Wildlife Photo

Competition Results – Best Australian Wildlife Photo

It’s always nerve wracking doing something for the first time and running our first Photographic Competition was no different. What if no one enters? What if the entries all break the rules? What if …?

Thankfully we had no need to worry, plenty of great quality images came in and our main problem was picking the winners 😃

Most importantly many of the images came with a back story and an obvious love for our native wildlife and their survival, seeing this level of concern is heart warming ❤

Majestic Magpie - Australian Magpie, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia, Wildlife Photographic Art (AMP1.4-V1-TH1)
Each winner receives a Matted Print of their photo

A big thank you to all our entrants and without further ado, here are the judges (that’s Maggie & I) decisions …

First place goes to Corril Heaysman for her “Carnaby’s Cockatoo in Bottlebrush”. Great subject choice Corril, Black Cockatoos are one of our favourites too 😎

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo – Corril Heaysman

Here are Corril’s comments:
“The endangered animal close to my heart is the Black Cockatoo, particularly the red tail, with the amazing tiger like markings on the males.
My entry is a photo of the Carnaby Cockatoo taken in Alkimos, WA on 13 October 2019.
The Cockatoo’s often fly down from Yanchep National Park and visit the avenue of bottlebrush trees in my street for their morning treat.
It’s wonderful to watch them and they make such a mess!”


Corril wins:

  • 11” x 14” Matted Fine Art Print of her photo printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Photo Paper using Epson Pigmented Inks
  • Ceramic mug with her image printed on it using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Matted Prints - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Corril’s “Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo” as a Matted Print
Customised Mugs - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Corril’s 1st Place Mug

Second place is awarded to Anthony de Silva for his “Black Swan on Herdsman Lake”. A great image of one of our state animal emblems.

Black Swan - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Black Swan – Anthony de Silva

Anthony wins:

  • 8” x 10” Matted Fine Art Print of his photo printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Photo Paper using Epson Pigmented Inks
  • Ceramic mug with his image printed on it using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Matted Prints - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Anthony’s “Black Swan on Herdsman Lake” as a Matted Print
Customised Mugs - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Anthony’s 2nd Place Mug

Finally, third place goes to Sharon Bonnett for her “Honey Bee in Wanneroo”. Who wouldn’t agree that bees are so crucial to a healthy natural ecology.

Honey Bee - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Honey Bee – Sharon Bonnett

Sharon tells us “The endangered species close to my heart are bees”.

Sharon wins:

  • 5” x 7” Matted Fine Art Print of her photo printed on Ilford Galerie Prestige Photo Paper using Epson Pigmented Inks
  • Ceramic mug with her image printed on it using Sawgrass Dye Sublimation Inks
  • 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery
Matted Prints - Photo Competition, MADCAT Photography, Perth, Western Australia
Sharon’s “Honey Bee in Wanneroo” as a Matted Print
Sharon’s 3rd Place Mug

Thank you again to all our entrants, we were really impressed with the quality of images and dedication to our native wildlife 😃

We plan to run these competitions on alternate months so keep an eye out for our December competition “Best Australian Natural Landscape Photo”. Further details will be announced on our Facebook Page, Instagram here on our Blog and in “The Northern Guide” soon 👍

Carnaby Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Environmental Issues

Always remember when visiting natural environments please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace :

  • Take Nothing but Pictures
  • Leave Nothing but Footprints
  • Kill Nothing but Time
  • Keep Nothing But Memories
  • Burn Nothing but Calories

Visit Our Gallery

Visit our Gallery at Shop 136 Wanneroo Markets, 33 Prindiville Drive in Wangara to see more of our Fine Art Images & Photo Products.

Also available at the Gallery are Greeting Cards, Magnets, Keyrings, Mugs, Scarves, Tote Bags, Wall Tapestries, Lens Cloths, unique 3D Printed Gadgets & Gizmo’s and much more …

Cheers,
Dave 🐾

Competition – Best Australian Wildlife Photo

Competition – Best Australian Wildlife Photo

It’s time for our first Wildlife Photo Competition!

In collaboration with Heather at “The Northern Guide” we have announced a Photo Competition for local photographers here in Perth to showcase our amazing native wildlife.

Majestic Magpie, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art (WBL1.9-V1-TH1)
Majestic Magpie, Mindarie, Perth, Western Australia

Here at MADCAT Photography Maggie & I are all about wildlife conservation and love to do what we can to raise awareness of the many endangered species we have right on our doorstep here in Western Australia & all across the Australian continent.

We also love promoting photography as a hobby (or profession) for young and old alike. Photography encourages artistic creativity, it gets people outdoors and encourages an active & healthy lifestyle. Photography also provides the opportunity for people to learn new skills using computer tools like Photoshop, Lightroom or many of the free alternatives available.

Osprey, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Osprey, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

There is a lot of talk these days about conservation, whether it be concerning the environment or wildlife! The reality is that many species of wildlife are threatened and some way too close to extinction! If you want to learn more about the plight of our planet and it’s wildlife then simply go to YouTube and search for “David Attenborough”, his natural history documentaries are some of the best ever made and he is a strong advocate for protection of the natural world around us.

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

One native animal close to our hearts is the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. Classified as Endangered (“fauna that is rare or is likely to become extinct soon”) these birds are endemic to WA’s Southwest and their population has fallen by 50% in 45 years, mainly due to loss of habitat and breeding grounds.

Bonzai the Numbat, Perth Zoo, South Perth,Western Australia
Bonzai the Numbat, Perth Zoo, South Perth,Western Australia

Another native animal we have been closely involved with is the Numbat, native to WA’s Southwest and recently re-introduced to South Australia they are also classified as Endangered. At one point their numbers dropped to well below 1,000 Australia wide. The Numbat is also one of WA’s Animal Emblems which has helped greatly to raise awareness to their plight.

So, we’re asking all you budding photographers out there “What endangered animal is close to your hearts”?

Enter your best Australian (endangered or not) Native Wildlife Photos to be in the chance to win a professionally printed & matted Fine Art Print of your photo:

  • First Place: 11” x 14” Matted Fine Art Print
  • Second Place: 8” x 10” Matted Fine Art Print
  • Third Place: 5” x 7” Matted Fine Art Print
  • Plus all top 3 places will receive a ceramic mug with their image printed on it
  • Plus all top 3 places will receive a 10% Discount Voucher to use in our Gallery

Conditions Summary:

  • Entrants must reside in WA & be able to collect any prizes from our Gallery at Wanneroo Markets in person
  • Up to 3 images per person of Native Australian Wildlife with no people in the images
  • Entries should be submitted by email to comp@madcat.com.au & received by 31st October
  • Important: Please read the full guidelines & conditions below:

If you have any questions then please contact us

When visiting natural environments please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Black Swan, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Black Swan, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia

Terms & Conditions:

  • Promoted by MADCAT Digital Design ABN: 19 094 456 845
  • Each entrant may submit up to 3 images, there is no cost to enter
  • Entries should be submitted by email to comp@madcat.com.au & received by 31st October 2019
  • Entries should be in JPEG format at high the highest quality possible and not reduced in size (preferably at least 3MB in size)
  • All entries will be acknowledged by email
  • Information required for each entry includes:
    • Email Subject should read “MADCAT Photography Competition October 2019”
    • Your full name
    • Your email address for notification to winners
    • Your age
    • Your suburb in WA
    • The location the photo was captured at
    • Optional: Image Title & Short Description
    • Optional: Tell us what endangered animal is close to your heart? (doesn’t have to be the same as your photo)
  • Entries must depict Native Australia Wildlife in a positive manner, preferably in a natural habitat
  • NO people should be visible in the image
  • Images will be judged on technical quality, artistic quality & emotional response of the judges, Dave Catley & Maggie Catley
  • The judge’s decisions will be final
  • Images may be processed as the entrant sees fit but the judges reserve the right to judge images based on their subjective opinions. In other words if you go crazy you’d better do a good job of it 😊
  • You must be the legal owner to the copyright of any images submitted
  • All images submitted must be based solely on photographic images taken by the entrant
  • Entrants retain the full ownership of images submitted
  • Winners will be informed by email, announced in the next issue of The Northern Guide as well as on our Website & Facebook page
  • MADCAT Photography reserves the right to use submitted images in relation to promoting this or future competitions, recognition will be given to the entrant if possible
  • Any personal information received will not be passed on to third parties for any purpose, however entrants will be added to our email database unless explicitly requesting to be excluded
  • MADCAT Photography accepts no responsibility for entries not received, it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure their entry has been received
  • Legal Stuff: MADCAT Photography has no liability, in negligence or howsoever, for any accident, loss, illness, injury, damage, or inconvenience suffered by you or any individual or property arising out of or after entering the competition or collecting and using the prize. In other words “Whatever you do it’s not our fault!”
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Environmental Issues

Always remember when visiting natural environments such as these please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace :

  • Take Nothing but Pictures
  • Leave Nothing but Footprints
  • Kill Nothing but Time
  • Keep Nothing But Memories
  • Burn Nothing but Calories

Post Processing

These images were processed using a combination of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 & ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

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Explore – 10 of the Best Natural Experiences in Wanneroo

Explore – 10 of the Best Natural Experiences in Wanneroo

There’s a lot more to do here in Wanneroo than many people realise, if you’re lost for ideas then here are some great Natural Experiences you can find right here in Perth’s second largest City.

Disclaimer: I have to admit that a few of my recommendations are not literally in Wanneroo but they are literally on the border with Joondalup and too good to ignore 👍

Did you know it’s a proven fact that being out in nature is great for your mental and physical health, just a few hours a week can make a big difference to all our lives so why not get outdoors and start exploring 🐾📷

Here’s the list, click on one for more information or just read through the article …

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

10. A Swim in the Indian Ocean – Yanchep Lagoon / Quinns Rocks Beach

Most of us might want to take a rain check on this activity until the warmer weather returns but we really are spoiled for choice for places to swim in the Ocean here in Wanneroo.

From Mindarie up to Two Rocks there are 32 km’s of beach to choose from. Some areas are more accessible than others and some beaches are more appealing for swimmers, surfer’s, snorkelers or diver’s than others so depending on your swimming passion you might want to do a little research.

For your typical family day out at the beach stick to the one of the two beaches patrolled by our amazing Surf Lifesaving Organisations at Yanchep Lagoon & Quinns Beach. Yanchep Lagoon is a natural swimming pool built by nature and walled of from the rest of the Indian Ocean by a large reef while the waters at Quinns Beach are enclosed by a wildlife friendly artificial shark barrier.

Yanchep Lagoon, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Yanchep Lagoon, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

By the way, if you are overly worried about shark attacks I suggest you read this National Geographic article The Facts About Shark Attacks and take a good look at the room freshener you’re using which apparently is 200 times more likely to injure you than a shark 🤣 Unless of course you’re a cool surfer dude that doesn’t use room fresheners!

Quinns Rocks SLSC on Google Maps
Yanchep SLSC on Google Maps

9. Dog Friendly Walk Trail – Beenyup Swamp Boardwalk & Perrys Paddock

If you’re looking for a bush walk that’s not too long or demanding where you can take your dog then the Beenyup Swamp Boardwalk & the area around Perrys Paddock in Yellagonga Regional Park is a great spot.

Though dogs are permitted it’s important to remember to keep your dog on a leash as the area is also open to horse riders who may not appreciate dogs barking at their hoofs!

The boardwalk is a great spot to see & photograph some local bird-life and experience the wetlands environment on a short 2.4km loop.

You can park in Woodvale or just off Ocean Reef Road and don’t forget to check out the very photogenic Perry’s Cottage and the Bunkhouse built in 1850.
View the Beenyup Swamp Circuit at Trails WA
Perrys Paddock on Google Maps

Perrys Paddock, Yellagonga Regional Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
The Bunkhouse, Perrys Paddock, Yellagonga Regional Park, Western Australia

For all you dog lovers out there we also have 3 Dog Beaches here in Wanneroo where you can let your furry friend of the leash and watch them go crazy in the surf.

You’ll find our Dog Beaches at Quinns Rocks, Yanchep & Two Rocks.
Click here for Dog Beach locations.

8. Check Out the Biggest Rocks in Town – Two Rocks Beach

It’s not called “Two Rocks” for nothing, just south of the Townsite on Two Rocks Beach you’ll find 2 of the biggest rocks in Perth and they’re pretty damn big!

The Guardian, Two Rocks, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
The Guardian, Two Rocks, Perth, Western Australia

The first rock you’ll come across just as you enter the beach is just enormous. I nicknamed it “The Guardian” because all rocks need a name and it’s a great spot to see various seabirds flying around or sitting on the ledges.

The Sentry, Two Rocks, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
The Sentry, Two Rocks, Perth, Western Australia

Walk a little further south and you come across the second somewhat smaller rock that I called “The Sentry”, also a good place to spot some of the local birdlife 🦅

Two Rocks Beach, Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Two Rocks Beach, Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia
The Sentry, Two Rocks, Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
The Sentry, Two Rocks Beach, Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia

Both of these rocks are incredibly weathered and artistically so interesting. They both feature “windows” through which you can catch glimpses of the ocean and sky behind them and can only be described as gnarled & grungy.

The rocks make amazing photographic / artistic subject matter but make sure you bring your widest angle lens to fit them all in 😨

Two Rocks beach is also renowned for its seaweed that can cover this entire area of beach at certain times of the year, making it hard to walk on the beach and hard on the nose 😵

Two Rocks on Google Maps

7. Casual Walk Trail – Wetlands Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park

Another relatively easy wetlands walk trail circumnavigates Wagardu Lake in Yanchep National Park. Dogs are not permitted here as domestic pets are not allowed in our National Parks but the trail is well worth the effort and very different to Beenyup Swamp.

Wetlands Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Wetlands Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Although the lake does not have the water levels it used to it is still teeming with bird life. You can expect to see any combination of wading birds, ducks, pelicans, black swans and many other species so be sure to bring your camera and telephoto lens.

Sleepy Duck, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Sleepy Duck, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia
What's Up, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
What’s Up, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Plus, if you’re here late afternoon you will almost definitely spot a few Kangaroo’s (or maybe a lot of them) 👍

Even better hang around for the sunset over the lake …

Autumn Sunset 1, Yanchep National Park, Yanchep, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Autumn Sunset 1, Yanchep National Park, Yanchep, Western Australia

View the Wetlands Walk Trail at Trails WA

6. Get Up Close with the Wildlife – Visit the Koala Enclosure at Yanchep National Park

Whilst Koalas are no longer native to Western Australia they are still iconically Australian and incredible animals to see & photograph.

We are lucky enough to have had a Koala colony in Yanchep National Park since 1938 where we can view them in their natural habitat doing what they do best, eating eucalyptus leaves & sleeping. Mostly sleeping 🤣

Koala, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Koala, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

The enclosure is well designed so that the Koalas have their own personal space but can be viewed & photographed from the elevated walkways. If you want to learn more about these incredibly cute marsupials there is also a daily “Koala Talk” at 3:15pm.

However if you want to hold or cuddle a Koala then that is not possible here and generally not considered a good idea for the wellbeing of the Koalas, so it’s best just to get some great photos 🙂

If you’re lucky then you might even catch one on the move or with a joey, or even both at the same time if you’re really really lucky …

Koala and Joey, Yanchep NP, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Koala and Joey, Yanchep NP, Perth, Western Australia

View the Yanchep Koala Boardwalk on Google Maps

5. A walk on the Beach with the Local Wildlife – Burns Beach

Our beaches are not always thought of as the best places to go to see wildlife but Burns Beach is definitely an exception. OK, I know Burns Beach is actually in Joondalup but who cares right? It’s right on the border just south of Mindarie and a great beach for wildlife. If you like a bit of scrambling over rocks, investigating rock pools and watching the ocean waves crash onto the shore then it’s great for that too.

Apart from the obvious Silver Gulls (Seagulls) you can regularly see Oystercatchers, a mating pair of Ospreys, Kestrels, Cormorants, Terns, small crabs crawling among the rocks and maybe even a seal or a dolphin if you get lucky.

Pied Oystercatcher, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Pied Oystercatcher, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Osprey, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Osprey, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Burns Beach has ample parking, and a cafe should you feel peckish after your walk. The beach extends to the North of the car park towards Claytons Beach in Mindarie. At some point one beach ends and the other starts but I have no idea where that point is 🤣

View Burns Beach on Google Maps

4. A walk on the Beach in the Middle of Nowhere – Yanchep Beach

I grew up in Bournemouth on the south coast of England so I’ve had my fill of grockles (the local tourists) and sharing beaches with anyone who didn’t arrive with me and is not a native animal 👍

Grockles, Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset
Wall to Wall Grockles at Bournemouth Beach, Dorset, England

So for those of you like me who prefer their beaches pristine & empty there are many less populated beaches along the Wanneroo coastline that you can generally have all to yourself and are are still safe to swim at if you’re sensible and know what you’re doing. One such place is Yanchep Beach.

I’m not sure that “Yanchep Beach” is an actual place or where it starts and ends but it’s a good description for the beach north of Yanchep Lagoon and south of Two Rocks which includes the popular surfing beach called “The Spot”.

There are not many access points to this stretch of beach, you can walk north from Yanchep Lagoon, South from Two Rocks or park at The Spot and walk north or south. Google maps also shows a few small paths through the dunes but I have no idea how accessible they are.

Yanchep Beach, Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Yanchep Beach, Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia

If you look closely at the image above you’ll see a dark shadow near the very centre of the image, that is actually a Manta Ray that was swimming around the this particular bay near the old Club Capricorn 👍

Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

This stretch of beach is largely unpopulated due to the lack of access points and is the epitome of pristine. With mostly untouched sand and many near shore reefs it’s like a paradise just outside of suburbia ❤

The Spot, Yanchep Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
The Spot, Yanchep Beach, Perth, Western Australia

If you do decide to take a dip in the ocean please be sensible, keep an eye out for those killer waves, the Megalodon’s (if sharks scare you then do not follow that link!) and their smaller shark descendants like Great White’s 😱

The Spot, Yanchep Beach on Google Maps

3. Amazing Bird Photography – Lake Joondalup Circuit

Another spot just on the border of Wanneroo, Lake Joondalup, is a bird photographer’s heaven. The walk trail around the Lake is a must for any bird lover it’s an easy walk on concrete paths so you can really concentrate on the birds & the views.

The whole walk is 16.7km so you would need at least a few hours to do the whole thing. However you can easily do shorter stretches of it, just walk as far as you like then turn around and walk back 👍

Black Swan, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Black Swan, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia

Neil Hawkins Park in Joondalup is our favourite starting point because it is always teeming with birdlife, has lots of parking and a great lookout jetty but you can start anywhere on the Wanneroo side too.

Lake Joondalup, Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
View from the Jetty, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia

You can get some great photos just standing on the Jetty so make sure you take the time to enjoy the view, then just walk north or south and enjoy the journey. There are many side tracks that will give you extra views and photo opportunities (always be wary of snakes) and you’ll often come across “a mischief” of Magpies on the path. Seriously a group of Magpies is often called “a mischief ” among other things 😎

View the Joondalup Circuit at Trails WA

Magpie, Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Magpie, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia
White-Faced Heron, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
White-Faced Heron, Lake Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia

2. Serious Bush Walking – Ghost House Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park

If you’re into a more serious form of outdoor experience then there are quite a few longer walk trails in Wanneroo.

The 28km Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail is based on the movement of Yellagonga (the leader of the Whadjuk Noongar) and his people between Lake Joondalup and Yanchep.

Then there’s the 17.5km Cockatoo Walk Trail starting at Yanchep National Park. This is a great trail to see some flora & fauna including Wildflowers, Kangaroos, Black Gloved Wallaby’s, Quenda and Canaby’s Cockatoos.

One of our favourites is the 12.4km Ghost House Walk Trail in Yanchep National Park which takes you on a journey to discover the historic remains of the “Ghost House” itself and encounter the sights & sounds of the Park’s wetlands.

Ghost House Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Ghost House, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Officially known as the “Ghost House Ruin, Chauffeur’s Room and Garage” it was constructed in the 1930’s by L. E. Shapcott, Secretary of the Premier’s Office, as a holiday home and was only accessible via a 4WD track. It’s hard to believe that someone back then would not only have a holiday home in the middle of the forest but have a Chauffeur’s room and garage built there too!

However I’ve yet to find out why it is called the “Ghost House”?

Ghost House Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Ghost House Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

The Ghost House Walk Trail takes you through the forest surrounding the wetland areas, it is a relatively easy walk with a camping ground around the halfway mark. At various points you will get glimpses of the vast wetland areas within the National Park, I never realised just how big Yanchep National Park is and how little is accessible to the public.

Ghost House Walk Trail, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Ghost House Walk Trail Visitors Book, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

While you’re at the camp site don’t forget to leave it in the best state you can, also have a read of the visitor’s book and maybe leave your own message 👍

View the Ghost House Walk Trail at Trails WA

1. The Best Nature Has to Offer – Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos in Yanchep National Park

Finally to #1, the best natural experience you’ll find in Wanneroo is witnessing the grace, elegance and beauty of our highly endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos in their own native environment.

Carnaby’s are one of only two species of White-Tailed Black Cockatoos. Both the Carnaby’s & their cousins the Baudin’s are listed as Endangered and are endemic to Southwest WA, that means you will only find them in this region, so when they are lost from Southwest WA that’s it, they’re gone forever 😨

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

The main reasons for their endangered status is loss of habitat & native food sources, a decreasing number of suitable nesting hollows, illegal poaching and increasing competition from introduced species like the Western Long-billed Corella. In other words, Humans are to blame 😨

Luckily there are several local organisations working tirelessly to help protect these Black Cockatoos. Although not generally open to the public organisations like Native Animal Rescue in Malaga & Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in Gosnells host regular open days & private tours where you can see these magnificent birds up close and donate towards their protection at the same time. An experience not to be missed by any animal lover.

Carnaby's Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin, Gosnells, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin, Gosnells, Western Australia

What you will notice when you enter an open aviary containing these birds is that they are big, very big. They are also very gentle & social birds, they will swoop above you, land on your shoulder or arm, snuggle into you and you will fall in love with them 💕

With a wingspan of over 1m they can be intimidating, but you quickly learn that these beautiful Cockatoos not only want attention but they all have their very own personalities.

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Native Animal Rescue, Malaga, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Native Animal Rescue, Malaga, Western Australia

Both Native Animal Rescue & Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre receive injured birds which are then released back into the wild after an extensive rehabilitation program making sure they have the best chance of survival. When visiting these centres you will only get close to birds that are unable to be released back into the wild and are trained for educational purposes.

Carnaby's Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

So what’s all this got to do with Wanneroo? Well, we are blessed to have large flocks of Carnaby’s in our very own Yanchep National Park.

Carnaby's Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Finding these gentle giants of the bird world is not usually too hard, there are generally some flying around the main visitor area of Yanchep National Park doing their own thing in their small social groups. You’ll know when you find them, they have incredibly loud voices 👍

Carnaby's Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

But what is really special and not always easy to find is when you see (& hear) large flocks of Black Cockatoos in the Park. I don’t know haw many Canaby’s reside in the Park area but on several occasions we have been lucky enough to witness flocks of 1000+, and that’s when they get very noisy!

Carnaby's Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

But you just can’t beat being surrounded by these amazing birds, seeing their intricate social behaviour up close, and the experience of several hundred taking flight at the same all around you is simply breathtaking 😃

Yanchep National Park on Google Maps

Carnaby's Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Environmental Issues

Always remember when visiting natural environments such as these please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace :

  • Take Nothing but Pictures
  • Leave Nothing but Footprints
  • Kill Nothing but Time
  • Keep Nothing But Memories
  • Burn Nothing but Calories

Post Processing

These images were processed using a combination of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 & ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

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New Software Release – ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5

New Software Release – ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5

I’ve been using previous versions of ON1 Photo 2019.5 for many years now and I’ve watched its progress from a Lightroom / Photoshop Effects plugin to a fully fledged RAW Processing package.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5, Bunker Bay, Margaret River, Western Australia
ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5

ON1 Photo RAW is being touted as an alternative to Lightroom & Photoshop for Photographers and now supports many advanced features aside from RAW Processing & Effects Filters. Features like Layers, Layer Masks, Luminosity Masks, HDR Merging & Panorama Stitching to name but a few.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 – An All New Photo Editing Experience

I haven’t fully embraced the newest version yet, but I’m excited to take a closer look and see how I can make the most of this new release. I’ve always found that it has formed a solid part of my post processing workflow and I’m intrigued to see how much that will grow and whether it really can be a serious replacement to Lightroom.

ON1 also provide a Free Video Library as well as running a extensive training program called ON1 Plus:

“ON1 Plus provides in-depth monthly courses on using ON1 Photo RAW and courses from top photographers on the photography topics you care about most. All of it is easy to follow-along and fun. You can also join-in with other ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 customers to ask questions and share photos. That is ON1 Plus.”

ON1 Plus Coaching Community 2019

For those out there not happy about the current Adobe Subscription model or not able to justify the cost then ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 is available as a One Off Perpetual License at a very reasonable price. If you’re not sure if it’s for you then why not download the Free 30 Day Trial from the ON1 Website and give it a go.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 Try It Now
ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Buy Now

ON1 Webinar

On1’s recent webinar offers some interesting insight into using ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5:

Watch this space for more information on how I integrate the new ON1 Photo RAW features into my workflow 👍

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 Try It Now
ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Buy Now
ON1 Plus Coaching Community 2019

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Photos – Silver Gulls: Beauty or Beast

Photos – Silver Gulls: Beauty or Beast

Silver Gulls, or as they are more commonly known here in Perth, just plain old Seagulls are an enigma!

Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Fly Like a Bird! – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Our Seagulls are renowned for their annoying & scavenging lifestyle swooping down on unfinished open-air restaurant dishes and foraging through rubbish bins in their dozens.

Yet they are incredibly beautiful creatures, so pristine & almost picture perfect. Because of this they make very good photographic subjects 📷

These particular Silver Gulls were photographed at Burns Beach a few days ago in their natural environment not being a nuisance to anyone 👍

Burns Beach in Perth’s Northern Suburbs is a great spot for a walk, there is usually plenty of bird life and lots of rocks & rock pools to explore.

Besties – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

In a world where native wildlife is struggling to survive, mainly due to the irresponsibility of the Human Race, these Silver Gulls are thriving , mainly due to the irresponsibility of the Human Race 😱

As natural scavengers they benefit enormously from our increasingly wasteful “throw-away” approach to life in general and more importantly food & refuse.

In the animal world food is hard to come by and generally very little is wasted, in the human world food is over-supplied in abundance (except where it isn’t, which is another sad reflection on Human Society) and much of what we purchase / produce is cast aside.

Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
One Step at a Time – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

On the positive side, many people are now trying to live a waste free life by avoiding packaged food, growing their own herbs & veggies, reusing unused food scraps as compost and recycling wherever possible. That is certainly our approach to life, we keep our bins as empty as possible and our garden as healthy as possible 😃🍎

Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
On a Mission – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Bird photography can have it’s challenges but is also very rewarding when it pays off 🦅

Lots of patience & a fair bit of luck go a long way to getting some great images, but what I find most rewarding is seeing the individual character in each and every bird that I Photograph. Photography is as much about telling a story as it is the image itself.

Thinking of making some inspirational products soon, what do you think of my “I Love to Fly Like a Bird” Mug mockup❓

I Think I’ll get Maggie to print one for the Gallery.

"I love to Fly Like a Bird" Mugs - Wanneroo Markets
“I love to Fly Like a Bird” Mugs – Wanneroo Markets
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Prepare for Landing – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Preparing for Launch – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Houston, We are Go – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Chaos on the Rocks – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Are You Lookin’ at Me! – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Grace in Motion – Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia - Photographic Art
Silver Gulls, Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Human shortcomings aside, what do people think of our scavenging but pretty little friends? Beauty or Beast ❓

Post Processing

These images were processed using a combination of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 & ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

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Photo Tour – Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre

Photo Tour – Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre

Last weekend I attended my first Tour Day at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre and I must say it was amazing and worth every bit of the low $15 booking fee 😃

Tour Day, KaarakinBlack Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Tour Day, KaarakinBlack Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Located in the Banyowla Regional Park in the Perth Hills on a former tourism wildlife park site their purpose is to protect and rehabilitate our native wild black cockatoo species here in Western Australia.

As the tour begins we are given an introduction to the organisation, the work they do and how they are working to restore the site to it’s original native state along with several other revegetation projects in WA.

First stop is the Kangaroo enclosure containing a community of Red & Western Grey Kangaroos left over from the old wildlife park. Sadly these Kangaroos have been isolated for decades, they are suffering from inbreeding and cannot be released back into the wild so they are cared for as best as possible.

Kangaroos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Kangaroos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Next came the Emu enclosure, where we found that our Tour Guide had a strangely close relationship with the resident Emu’s. Personally I don’t think I’d trust getting up close & personal with an Emu!

Emu, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Emu, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Finally we arrived at the Dingo enclosure, something I was really looking forward to and I wasn’t disappointed.

On the way into the Dingo enclosure is an aviary full of beautiful Finches.

Finches, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Finches, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Apparently the Dingoes are walked around the site daily for exercise and also to help prevent / detect any rogue foxes attempting to enter.

Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Dingoes have had a bit of a bad rap over the years, including being threatened with removal from the protected native wildlife list (thankfully overturned) but these guys are seriously cute …

Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Dingoes, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Finally we arrived at the Black Cockatoos and were taught about all the different aviaries designed for different purposes and how injured Cockies are prepared and returned to the wild whenever possible 🐾👍

Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Having been told how we had to respect the Black Cockatoos space and be respectful, we were then told that they had no intention of doing the same (being wild animals) 🤣

We then had our feet sprayed, removed jewelry and entered the Aviary to play with the Cockatoos, or maybe for them to play with us 😎

Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

If you’ve never been up close and personal with a group of Black Cockatoos then I highly recommend an experience like this.

They will swoop over you make loud raucous noises and randomly land on shoulders (or heads), and they are a lot bigger than most people would imagine.

Black Cockatoos are, however, incredible social and gentle birds. They will not harm you and you will fall in love straight away ❤

Unlike cuddling Koalas, which should never be allowed as it is stressful and dangerous for the animal, interacting with Black Cockatoos is a two way relationship.

It is also worth pointing out that these “educational” Cockatoos are very familiar with humans and can not be released back into the wild for health reasons. You will never get near a Cockatoo that is being prepared for release as they need to maintain their natural caution of humans.

Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia – MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia - MADCAT Photography
Black Cockatoos, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre, Western Australia

Please remember that these magnificent Black Cockatoos are highly endangered, if you want to help protect WA’s Black Cockatoo population then support the local organisations that are working hard to keep these amazing birds alive:

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