Nature & Wildlife

20.10.17

CUTE AUSSIE NATIVES!

It’s been four years since our last visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania, and while there we met these three adorable orphaned baby animals. The Bonorong team rescue, rehabilitate and release hundreds of animals each year and work tirelessly to save our precious natives. I am so excited to announce that we’ve just planned our next project with Bonorong for early 2018 and we have a very special fundraising print in mind. We can’t wait to share it with you!

HUGE thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of World Expeditions and Seagate who are our partners for this venture. So grateful that these precious creatures are as important to them, as they are to us.

We’ll also be stopping in to see our dear friends at Brightside Farm Sanctuary to shoot an epic portrait pic.

Watch this space!

11.10.17

WOOHOO!

‘Reptilian’ made the shortlist of the top 75 images for the Wildlife category of the Australian Photography Awards. This little guy is a bearded dragon, and lives at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. He was photographed in the studio then I converted the image to black and white.

05.10.17

FRANCINE THE SHEEP!

Yesterday Deb and I visited Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary with a group of lovely friends, to meet and photograph (and cuddle) the resident animals. The sanctuary is run by Chris and Mark, two dedicated humans who have created a haven for rescued farm animals and native wildlife. From alpacas to chickens, pheasants to possums, cows to goats, peacocks to donkeys, the animals now have a safe and happy place to live out the rest of their lives.

This pic of Francine the sheep was my fave of the day. I felt it did more justice to her watchful gaze to change the image to black and white. This is only my 4th B&W conversion and it’s a treatment that’s definitely growing on me. Some photos, and subjects, are just made for it.

Thanks so much for a lovely day out Chris, Mark, Deb, Dave, Di, Angie, Lorri, Linda, and Cath. And Francine.

Taken with Tamron Australia 70-200mm f 2,8 Gen 2 lens. #TamronProTeam#TamronCreates

05.10.17

EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT!

Last Saturday an array of eleven amazing subjects visited the studio. I photographed Moo Moo the 2 week old emu chick, two Wood Duck ducklings (emu’s ‘crew’), and Big Friendly Guy the White Striped Free Tail Bat, all from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre; 20 week old Golden Retriever puppy Willow; 5 year old ginger cat Ninja with 11 year old Border Collie x Labrador Deni; and Thelma and Louise the Marbled Velvet Geckos, Bart the Stimsons Python, and Fluffy the Carpet Python, from Roaming Reptile Education. At the end of the day I had a well deserved nap!

Thanks to my clients who took these BTS pics.

22.09.17

WINGS AHOY!

Here’s an out-take of Bluey the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo in flight from today’s photo session held at Perth City Farm. We have another image to release soon, and something special is built around that one, but in the meantime I must shout out big thanks to Peta, Mitch and Bluey, Ben from Team Digital, Julian from Julian Masters PhotographerElinchrom LTDTamron AustraliaSpider HolsterLaCieSeagate and Ilford Imaging Australia. Oh and my new Tamron 24-70mm f 2.8 Gen2 lens worked like a dream. It was so smooth!

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11.09.17

NEW HORIZONS!

Last Wednesday Deb and I hosted our last Perth photography workshop. We ended on a high with 19 keen photographers and a day of perfect weather … and a few dozen delicious cruelty-free cakes. Bliss!

Our courses have run for the past 5 years and have been held in front of hundreds of attendees in Perth, Sydney, and Hobart – with one more pencilled in for Canberra in 2018. It will then be retired fully in its current form.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and helping enthusiasts understand that photography can be easy. A real highlight is seeing the moment it clicks for people and this is something I want to continue to nurture.

We are now exploring three amazing new opportunities in photography education – watch this space. Thanks to all of our past course participants, sponsors Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park, and supporters. We are looking forward to announcing our plans soon.

Image: Taken with 70-200mm f2.8 VC Gen 2 Tamron Australia lens and converted to B&W.

#TamronCreates #TamronProTeam Spider Holster

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09.08.17

10,000 BEARS!

Join Animals Asia for their Animals Asia presents: Jill Robinson’s 10,000 Bears Tour – Perth on Saturday 2nd September at the Pagoda Resort & Spa. Over 10,000 moon bears are currently trapped in tiny cages on bear bile ‘farms’ throughout Asia. You can join the 10,000 bears project to share the Animals Asia message, and to help fold the entire bear bile industry.

Tickets (and further details) are available online at www.10000bears.org

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03.08.17

CALLING ALL KNITTERS!

Our friend at WIRES need our help. They have many orphaned joeys in care and with spring just around the corner, their volunteers have an urgent need for larger knitted pouches.

If you don’t knit, but can sew, they also need pouch liners to keep the joeys snug and warm. The instructions and sizes for the pouches and liners (including where to send them) can be found at http://bit.ly/2w4sUEg

If you have any questions about the pouches, please email support@wires.org.au

Lets help the rescue joeys!

#DigitalWildlifeAmbassador

 

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19.07.17

FINAL COURSE FOR 2017!

Over 200 people across Australia have participated in our workshops and due to popular demand, we are running one final Beginners Outdoor Photography Workshop in 2017.

DO YOU WANT TO MASTER YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ANIMALS? We can help! Our next workshop will be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Our workshops always fill fast, so don’t miss out.

WHAT: Photography CAN be easy and SHOULD be fun. Enjoy a relaxed, practical, full day of learning and photographic discovery with Alex Cearns, Houndstooth Studio’s multi-award winning, internationally renowned animal and wildlife photographer.

Learn Alex’s steps to stunning outdoor animal photography in the beautiful Woodlands Reserve Room at Whiteman Park, before finding prime photo locations for the incredible wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park. This is an excellent opportunity to discover how to bring out the best in your animal subjects.

Alex’s workshop is aimed at beginner to intermediate level photographers and consists of a combination of theory and practical instruction delivered by one of Australia’s most respected animal photographers.

We invite you to come along and learn how to get the best from your DSLR camera. It’s a fun day with like minded people, hosted in a beautiful environment perfect for learning.

You can check out the latest selection of Tamron Australia lenses and see the Spider Holster Pro Camera Holster in action.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 18 people, with bookings in advance essential to secure your spot.

WHO: Do you have a DSLR camera but struggle to use it? Want to improve your animal photography? Keen to learn how easy and jargon free photography can be? Alex can help you! We personally guarantee you will see an improvement in your photography on this workshop.

WHERE & WHEN: Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park on Wednesday 6th September from 8:30am until 4:30pm

COST & INCLUSIONS: Cost is $495 per person and includes expert tuition, set of flash cards, meals, drinks, entry to Caversham Wildlife Park. Laughs are free.

LIMITED TO 15 participants – 10 places still available.

TO BOOK OR FOR MORE INFO – Please email Colleen from our office on info@houndstoothstudio.com.au or call 0413 174 069.

Here’s what participants had to say:

“This was a great refresher course for me. Alex’s energy is infectious and she is a wonderful presenter. I loved her explanations about how to get the shot and the examples were excellent. Great day! Thank you.” Fran

“This is a fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone needing inspiration and confidence with their photography. Alex is a great teacher – down to earth and easy to understand. I have attended several photography courses in the past and left feeling confused about the technical details. I’ve already put into practice the things I’ve learnt, with great results! Thanks so much.” Joanna

“Somehow Alex is able to explain and demonstrate how to use and control your camera much better than any other course I have attended before! Thank you so much for a fabulous day. I have learnt so much that I know I will be able to remember.” Liz

“It was great! I loved the anecdotes and examples. Was so relieved it wasn’t full of hard to understand technical stuff. Am recommending it to all my friends who have a DSLR.” Beth

“I had some real “Aha!” moments today. The practical session was excellent and the afternoon session was awesome. Thank you!” Anne

“What a joy! This course exceeded all my expectations! I finally understand aperture. Finally! Thank you so much.”
Mel

“A fantastic day. Thank you. It’s hard to single out a favourite part of the course, it was all fantastic! I think the shift in my understanding about the technical side of things was a huge help for me. Also loved the food, the jokes and above all the tips! I can’t wait to get out there to put everything into practice.” Steph

“Excellent value – worth more than the price!” Todd

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17.05.17

CAMERAS HELPING TURTLES!

As our Sri Lanka tour drew to a close, we visited Victor Hasselblad Turtle Conservation Research Center. Supported by camera company Hassleblad (a nice tie in to our photography trip), the centre aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. Their staff patrol the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles who come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. They protect her during the nesting process, and once she has returned to the sea, they relocate the eggs to the safety of their hatchery.

Since it opened, the centre has released over 3 million baby turtles into the ocean, giving them a greater survival rate than if they were left to fend for themselves. The turtles are released at 3 days old and we saw hundreds of them swimming in their tank, about to embark on the biggest journey of their short lives.

Watching these vulnerable, adorable babies touched our hearts. We worried for them, almost died from the cute of them and wished them safe passage. They made me think of the many creatures who fight hard to survive, either in the harsh domain of nature or from the cruel hand of man. From the smallest to the largest, they all deserve our protection and care … as does our planet as a whole.

These powerful words by Carl Edward Sagan seemed apt.

Farewell Sri Lanka. xx

“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” Carl Edward Sagan

Image taken with #Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC lens. Tamron AustraliaTamron Lenses USA Tamron New Zealand World Expeditions Stemish Travels – the elite way to discover Sri Lanka #SpiderHolster #Lacie#OnTourInSriLanka

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