Robert Whiteley

Photographer: Robert Whiteley

Shooting subject: Nature, landscape

Equipment: Canon Powershot G9, Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens, Canon EF 300mm IS USM lens, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, Canon Speedlite 420EX flash, Lowepro Mini Trekker AW, Manfrotto 055PROB tripod and RC322 head, Manfrotto 679B and 484RC2 head, Hoya UV, ND8, CP and IR filters.

Brisbane-based Robert Whiteley is a nature and landscape photographer who sees his hometown as the perfect photography location; accessible to beaches, mountains, and a bay of islands bound by the Pacific Ocean.

Beginning to shoot seriously in 2005, he uses photography as an outlet after spending his days in an office dedicated to predominately non-creative tasks. Although preferring his digital SLR for flexibility and creativity, he carried a point-and-shoot camera almost everywhere.

Robert is self taught and prefers to experiment in the field rather than page-turn books. He also prefers to get it right on the camera rather than spend time with Adobe Photoshop.

Since July 21, 2005, Robert has been posting an image a day on his photoblog, Neverhappen.com. The tag line of the site is "Photo daily from Australia, New Zealand and sometimes elsewhere".

Neverhappen.com was the winner of the Oceania division of the Photoblog Awards in 2006 as well as being nominated for Best Australian/New Zealand Photoblog in both the 2006 and 2007 Photobloggies.

Manhattan dusk
Taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, mid winter. When you're up 86 floors in the cold, time is of the essence. Tripods are not permitted so this 1-plus second exposure was held by jamming the lens in the viewing fence.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Snake in the grass
A diamond python in fallen petals. This was close, laying on the ground I waited as long as possible for the tongue to come out before moving. Shot handheld with a Canon EOS 5D and Canon 100mm Macro lens.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Gravel road
Located less than 100km from Brisbane CBD, this is the end of the tarmac. Shot wide at 17mm on a Canon EOS 5D, handheld.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Maybe a martian
Shot handheld with a Canon EOS 5D and Canon 100mm Macro lens.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Roadside
Across the Bruce Highway during a bush fire -- an example of taking the camera most places paying off. Canon EOS 5D with a 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens at 120mm.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Span
A Wedge-tailed Eagle at Lone Pine Sanctuary in suburban Brisbane. Shot handheld.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Dawn rise
Shot close to home at Dohles Rocks, meaning the painful early morning start to see the sunrise was slightly limited. Using a Canon EOS 5D on a tripod, this was shot at 200mm to accentuate the size of the rising sun.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Spooky pier
Shorncliffe Pier. Also taken using a Canon EOS 5D on a tripod, this one minute exposure was shot at F20 to ensure star effects from the lights.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Dual arch
Also shot with a Canon EOS 5D and tripod, stopped-down to ensure star effect from the lights. This was a 20 second exposure as the sun was setting over Brisbane River.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Anchored
Handheld, this was intentionally shot up the anchor line to draw in the viewer's eye. Brampton Island, Queensland.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Orange ball
This image was shot using a tripod, at 200mm to accentuate the size of the setting sun. Shot at Brampton Island looking up the Whitsunday Passage, Queensland.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Nursery
Inside a macadamia nut nursery, near Bundaberg, Queensland. This is an example of carrying a point-and-shoot camera everywhere.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Newspapers
Hanging over the pedestrian walkway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge provides a unique view of those enjoying the sunshine below. Taken handheld (with the neck strap firmly held!)

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Rainbow
A storm passed revealing an incredible rainbow -- I had a tripod but had forgotten the head. Although an image was captured this is a reminder to always check your gear before leaving home. Shot with a Canon EOS 5D, unfortunately handheld.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

Sand and spider
Noticed this from through a glass door catching bugs in the light. Shot with flash bounced off the ceiling, I had no idea the spider was there until seeing the downloaded image.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com

On fluoro
In my driveway "looking" for macro shots. Handheld with Canon EOS 5D and 100mm Macro lens.

Photo by: Robert Whiteley, Never Happen.com
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