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".
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.
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.
A Wedge-tailed Eagle at Lone Pine Sanctuary in suburban Brisbane. Shot handheld.
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.
Handheld, this was intentionally shot up the anchor line to draw in the viewer's eye. Brampton Island, Queensland.
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.
Inside a macadamia nut nursery, near Bundaberg, Queensland. This is an example of carrying a point-and-shoot camera everywhere.
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!)
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.
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.