Album 1. "Morning Twilight" Prior to sunrise

Just as the following images indicate, Tin Can Bay is subject to tidal influences, but with this, many local and migratory coastal birds flock here at various times of the year. So it is a haven for naturalists and bird watchers alike. Some of our visiting bird species come from as far away as Siberia to roost and nest, then return for the northern summer. Some even stay all year round, but then, who could blame them? Read more about Tin Can bay as you glance through my photos. At the time of writing this, talks are currently under way with Gympie Regional Council and Gympie Birders to erect a viewing hide at the Mullens bird roost. It is hoped at this stage this will go ahead some time in 2015.

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"Morning in Colour"
When there is a combination of low tide and high cloud the magic can begin at least half an hour before sunrise. Being prepared and ready for this type of event can take a bit of research a few days beforehand, but as you can see, it is worth it.

"Then there was light!"
In this case (below) there was no cloud, but with careful selection of foreground elements and creative placement of subjects, strong interest can also be achieved throughout.

A good little tip - try to create as much interest in your images with the least amount of elements.

"Colour is life"
As I build my composition I am constantly adding and subtracting elements, but always at least trying to think of my emotive elements in terms of three, because the emotional side of the brain is comfortable with the number three.
When you think of three you are reminded that: three is a crowd, three of a kind, the three pigs, the three wise men, third time lucky, three wishes, first, second and third place-getters, disasters come in threes, I'm sure you will be able to think of many more, but there is also one of the rules, or guidelines (as I prefer to call them), of art and photography composition that relates to threes and is known as, the Rule of Thirds.

"The daily grind begins"
A flat photograph is a two dimensional object and to create that 3D look we need to build a sense of depth into our images. Again, thinking in terms of three, we should have a well defined foreground, middle area and of course, background. In this next image, you can see clearly the tied up boat with its yellow interior, the masted yacht and the rising sun. The other elements in the scene just add more interest without being too busy ore cluttered.

"Paint me a picture"

Adding that human element can also add that emotional interest.

"Tide's in!"

"Reflections on the day"

"Done Fishing"

"The Artist's Brush"

For a clearer idea of where Tin Can Bay is in relation to Queensland's capital, Brisbane, we are on the Cooloola Coast about 40 minutes drive NE of Gympie; which is about 2+1/2 hrs drive North from Brisbane. Tin Can Bay township is on a peninsula of land bordered by Snapper Creek and Tin Can Inlet. And the end of the road for some, so to speak is Norman Point. The inlet makes up part of the Great Sandy Straits National Park and the Straits extend north to Hervey Bay and border the mainland and Fraser Island. The waters of which are very popular for house-boating, sailing and fishing. Please read more as you proceed through the photos... 

"High and dry"

"Pretty sky"

"Out of the Mist"

"In the Pink"

"Tide's on the Turn"

You are probably wondering why such a pristine little township could possibly have a name like Tin Can Bay; well, it is thought to have been derived from local aboriginal terms such as, Tinkin, Tunkin, Tincun or Tuncunba. 
To the then local natives it meant either, place for big fish, Dugong (Manatee) or plenty tucker (food); which also included sea turtles and big mud crabs. The area was also once rich in sea grass, so the Dugong thrived here until they were hunted down and processed for their oil at a processing plant on site. Those that managed to survive after the hunting ceased, moved away because the chemicals that filtered into the waters from a timber mill eventually killed off the sea grasses, which was their staple food.

"Two Tenders"

"Purple Dawn"

"Early Birds"


Please go to album 2 "The  Golden Hour"

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