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On Saturday the 8th of November 2008, Michael’s Photography Workshops were featured on “Weekend Extra” on Channel 9. The segment, shown throughout Queensland, was hosted by Joseph May and featured our “Brisbane Wildlife” workshop. To see the segment, please click on the You Tube link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOIYxWHr_GA

Michael signing books at his book launch. Photo - Karen Palmer

Michael signing books at his book launch.
Photo – Karen Palmer

On Sunday the 9th of November 2008, I launched my book “Wildlife of Australia – a nature photographer’s journey” in conjunction with Wildlife Australia Magazine’s 45 year celebration (WAM45). The event was held in the evening at the Griffith Eco Centre in Brisbane and was attended by nearly 80 people. The master-of-ceremonies was Simon Baltais, current President of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and the night included speeches by Adrian Caneris (past President of WPSQ) who spoke about WAM’s 45 year history. Glen Threlfo, my photographic mentor in the early days, a respected wildlife photographer and nature documentary-maker, did a brief presentation on some of our photographic experiences together. My presentation was last and featured an audio-visual display of images from my book, with explanations on how I achieved particular photos. I ended the night with some book sales and signings. WPSQ also had stalls and displays set up, food and drinks were served and the weather was kind to us. A great night had by all! To see some photos from the night, please click here: http://www.wildlife.org.au/news-wam45.html

On Monday the 17th Of November 2008, I was guest presenter at the Brisbane Camera Group’s “Digital Sub Group”, with over 130 people in attendance. My audio-visual presentation was titled “My journey so far” and included a selection of wildlife images taken over the last 11 years. The third and last presentation was a series of nature-based audio-visuals by my friend Darren Jew, who also worked tirelessly on the image preparation for my book.

The next day, I headed to the Bunya Mountains in Queensland, for a three day photo-shoot, with nature photographer Paul Huntley. The weather over the three days was quite varied and included thick mist, evening thunderstorms, blue skies and amazing sunsets. Highlights included photographing a male Satin Bowerbird displaying at his bower.

Satin Bowerbird displaying in front of bower

Satin Bowerbird displaying in front of bower

Rainforest - the secret of life

Rainforest – the secret of life

Respected nature documentary-maker David Warth’s latest documentary “Rainforest – the secret of life” features my photography on the front and back cover of the dvd jacket. David has been a friend for many years and I was with him during the filming of many segments of this documentary, photographing along side him. It also features footage by my photographic mentor, Glen Threlfo. The documentary will be shown prime time on the ABC in the not-too-distant future and is also now available as a dvd in ABC shops throughout Australia. It also recently won a “Gold Award – Wildlife and Nature Films” at the Australian Cinematographer’s Society Awards. Congratulations, David!

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Wildlife Australia cover

Wildlife of Australia – book cover

On the 1st of October 2008, my new book “WILDLIFE OF AUSTRALIA – a nature photographer’s journey” was released.

The book has been extremely well-received from all quarters. It is a 200 page hard-covered, coffee table book featuring Australia’s diverse wildlife species.

The October 2008 issue of Australian Photography Magazine features my photo of a White-lipped Green Tree Frog as their cover shot.

Australian Photography cover - Oct 08

Australian Photography cover – Oct 08

S.A. Museum

S.A. Museum

The South Australian Museum has used my photo of an Eastern Pygmy Possum as the “hero” image for their exhibition titled Balancing the Energy Equation, using it on the exhibition entry panel, large posters throughout the exhibition, invitations and museum newsletter. The exhibition runs from the 27th of September to the 16th of November 2008.

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BBC Wildlife Magazine published my article and photos on the Albert’s Lyrebird in their September 2008 issue. This magazine is read by over 500 000 readers in 87 different countries. It was a pleasure to deal with such a professional magazine and I was very pleased with the final layout of the article. Please click on the link to view a pdf version of the article. “Longing for Lyrebirds” – BBC Wildlife Magazine – Sep 2008. Please click on this link to see BBC Wildlife Magazine’s website.

Wingspan magazine (Birds Australia) has used my photo of an Osprey powering out of the water with a fish, for their Wingspan cover – September 2008.

Wingspan Osprey cover

Wingspan Osprey cover

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During August, I took a number of trips to the Gold Coast, Queensland to photograph the majestic Humpback Whale. I did this onboard the 24 metre catamaran “Spirit of the Gold Coast“and at different times was able to photograph these majestic creatures performing various behaviours, including breaching. An amazing experience and one I hope to repeat in the future.

From Tuesday the 19th of August until Friday the 22nd of August 2008, I presented a “Nature Photography Break“at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, in Lamington National Park. It was great to be presenting a photo workshop in the mountains once again. Participants learned numerous photography techniques over the 3 days and nights, in the stunning surrounds of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, Queensland.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

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In the winter of 1997, I started photographing nature and my first major project was photographing the male Albert’s Lyrebird displaying. I finally succeeded after 7 laborious weeks of sitting daily in a cramped hide (blind) and was only the fourth known photographer to achieve this feat. A few weeks ago, I decided to try and replicate this achievement again, but this time using a digital SLR camera, a higher quality lens and better, state-of-the-art flash units. As with the first time, I arose daily well before dawn, set up my equipment in the dark and sat and waited in my tiny hide, in the cold. After many days of trying over 2 weeks and numerous near-misses and mishaps, I finally succeeded once again in photographing the Albert’s Lyrebird male displaying . The time, effort and frustrations that went into photographing the lyrebird were at times very taxing, but well worth the end result.

Albert's Lyrebird displaying

Albert’s Lyrebird displaying

Two of my feature articles appear in magazines this month. Australian Photography magazine has published my four page article on outdoor photography techniques titled “Improving Outdoors” in their June 2008 issue. Wingspan magazine (Birds Australia) has also published my three page article on Satin Bowerbirds, titled “The Playboy of the Forest”, in their June 2008 issue.

Display Board.  Osprey House, Queensland

Display Board. Osprey House, Queensland

Osprey House Environmental Centre , in Griffin, Queensland has used four of my osprey photos on a large, three metre display board. The four images show a sequence of events, starting with the osprey ready to pounce for a fish and finishing with it flying away with its catch. I visited the centre recently to look at the final product and it certainly looks impressive hanging on their feature wall.

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Masked Boobies – Norfolk Island

Masked Boobies – Norfolk Island

After a successful photographic trip to Norfolk Island in February 2007, I returned there with my wife, Dena in April this year. My main aim was to concentrate on photographing Masked Boobies, a seabird that inhabits only one part of Norfolk Is. For one week, I awoke before sunrise and photographed these delightful birds as they roosted on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I also spent many hours capturing these birds in flight – the experience was simply magic.
Masked Booby – Norfolk Island

Masked Booby – Norfolk Island

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I have joined forces with a Victorian-based company, Auswalk, to act as leader for their 4 day “Lamington Nature Photography Walk” in October 2008 and again in Feb 2009. To read about the tours, click on this link: http://www.auswalk.com.au/lamington-nature-photography-walking-holiday.html

In September 2007, Michael’s Photography Workshops was featured on the Great South East, a popular Channel 7 lifestyle program. The program is shown throughout Queensland and featured a segment that revolved around our nature photography workshops. I’m pleased to announce that this segment was repeated on Sunday 13th of January 2008 at 5.30pm .

Channel 7 - Great South East, Sunday at 5.30pm

Channel 7 – Great South East, Sunday at 5.30pm