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pj1974 Jul 27, 2008 3:11 AM

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Australia is blessed with thousands and thousands of kilometres of unspoiled coastline, and with a great warm climate, can be enjoyed a lot!

Here are some "far / near" compositions using my Fuji point and shoot taken in Tasmania , Australia's island state.

St Helens, one of its beaches near the Peron Dunes. I was lying on my stomach to take this photo.

pj1974 Jul 27, 2008 3:15 AM

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And here is a cliff area, at West Beach, on the northern coastal area of Tasmania (not sure where the "west" comes into it... but let's not get into that!!)

The cliff is high (a couple hundred metres), and is a sheer drop into the ocean (well some rocks below for a few metres... then ocean). When I first saw the movie "Princess Bride" - the section of the film where Andre the Giant climbs up the cliff carrying 3 people on a big robe... well that cliff very much reminded me of this area of Tasmania, though I don't think it was filmed there!

Typically the beach is deserted and so clean. Nothing like salty sea water to freshen you up!


vsch1 Jul 27, 2008 8:03 AM

The first image is especially nice....from the grasses to themountains, perfect in every way!

calr Jul 27, 2008 7:27 PM

Both shuts meet the challenge in all respects. Your DOF is outstanding in both shots.

I was in Australia about 40 years ago but never saw anything like this. I was in the Perth/Fremantle area for several days. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Alan T Jul 27, 2008 10:01 PM

The first shot is exactly like many Hebridean beaches in Scotland, where I hope to be shortly. These would stand out among the many fine postcard scenes by famous photographers that fill the classier end of every gift shop! The light is exactly right.

smac Jul 27, 2008 11:07 PM

I completely agree with the others. Outstanding photos and DOF control. Bravo.

Walter C Jul 28, 2008 12:23 AM

#1 is extra special.

nhmom Jul 28, 2008 11:05 PM

Both are beautiful shots.

I know well the scene in the Princess Bride. My son used to watch that movie again and again.:-)


pj1974 Jul 29, 2008 8:40 AM

Thank you ALL for your kind, and so generous comments and compliments on these 2 photos. They are also kind of "Tasmanian coastal favourites" of mine now.

It's amazing what a little Fuji $200 point and shoot can do! I give credit to the great weather and lovely scenic places... hard NOT to get a good photo in those conditions...

Thanks again


Ps... Patty... glad someone knows what I'm talking about re: Princess Bride. I could have been your son. I've seen the Princess Bride many times. I have only watched very few movies more than once... I think Princess Bride wins the award for the movie I've seen the most!! (I could have be your son!) :G

smac Jul 29, 2008 11:31 AM

Paul, Both photos are posts card quality and Princess Bride is one of my all time favorites too. My wife and I are constantly citing quotes from that movie.

selvin Jul 29, 2008 7:51 PM


The first shot is exceptional. I think we (Hawaii) have a worthy competitor in Austratlia when it comes to beaches..

The near and far aspect especially in the fisrt shot is quite well done.


nhmom Jul 29, 2008 10:33 PM

If the 1974 is an indicator or your age, maybe so, Paul.

I have grown to like the movie. Kept seeing bits in the beginning and thought it was crazy. But, once I'd seen it from beginning to end, I loved it. That and Top Gun are movies watched again and again in our household. Quoted quite often.


pj1974 Jul 30, 2008 2:59 AM

Hi Steve

That's great you (like me) enjoy citing quotes from the Princess Bride film. One of my favourites: "Now, where were we? Ah yes, Australia!" (ok... I'm biased!)

Maybe I should try to sell as postcards to raise funds for more camera fun! :-)



You're right... Hawaii definitely has great beaches too... from what I've seen (including some photos of yours). Surfers rave about it too.

Thanks for appreciating the shots, esp the 1st one. Aloha


Hi Patty / Nhmom (or should I say "pjmum")... yes, 1974 is a very good indicator of my date of birth... :G In fact I can tell you I was born 31 August 1974... and strangely enough the same day as my twin (though not all twins are born on the same day!) I'm 60.5kgs, blonde hair, 172cm tall, etc, etc. Many more details available. But I won't provide you my bank details though... unless you want to put funds into it!! :blah:

I've only seen Top Gun one time (when I was quite young, I think it was soon after it was released on TV). I think that was the first movie I remember with Tom Cruise as actor. Maybe I should look up Top Gun again if it gets your recommendation.... Cheers.


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