A weekend in Port Macquarie NSW

A weekend in Port Macquarie NSW

Ok, so technically this wasn’t a weekend but it made for a better title to describe the 2 night/3days I recently spent exploring this vibrant stretch of NSW coastline on a recent shoot for Port Macquarie and Visit NSW. For those who follow my work,...
Learning Photography – Aperture and ISO

Learning Photography – Aperture and ISO

Shooting in ‘manual’ mode can be daunting at first but essentially there are only 3 main elements to control and adjust; your ISO, aperture and shutter speed.  In the tutorials below I outline what both ISO and aperture are and how adjusting them will...
2017 – The First 6 months

2017 – The First 6 months

Already half way through 2017, it’s scary how fast this year (and time in general) seems to have gone. With the birth of my daughter, trips and workshops in New Zealand and Canada as well as a solo venture to Patagonia, it’s been an incredibly busy start...
Patagonia – mountains of storms

Patagonia – mountains of storms

My eyes are tired but under the moonlight I can faintly make out the faces of the immense mountains that pierce the cloud right before me. After 30+ hours of transit and a 4 hour drive through the night, it’s 4am here in Chile and time to briefly rest my eyes. As I...
5 NSW landscapes that’ll make you feel small

5 NSW landscapes that’ll make you feel small

Ever since I took up photography as my full time profession I’ve been blessed to have done a lot of travel to some amazing destinations around the world. But what a lot of people may not realise is that there is so much beauty right here at my doorstep. I live in New...
Shoot First, Questions Later – Podcast

Shoot First, Questions Later – Podcast

So we started a podcast Yep. My mate Cameron and I have just released our first episode of our new photography podcast ‘shoot first, questions later’! All the details are within the podcast itself, but essentially this is just a fun project we are doing...
5 tips for shooting sharper images

5 tips for shooting sharper images

A common question people ask me is how to get sharper photo’s. There is of course, no one direct answer to such a question however here are 5 tips that will help ensure your photos are as sharp as possible. 1.Invest in quality lenses – It doesn’t...
A new beginning

A new beginning

Almost 2 months into 2017, I figured it was time for a quick blog update on what’s new and in store for the year ahead. On February 13, my wife and I welcomed into the world our healthy and happy baby daughter, Aurora Jade Patino. All is well and she’s fit...
2016 in 90 seconds

2016 in 90 seconds

2016, what a year. Thank you all who joined me on my workshops and personal trips. Here’s a short video with a few stand out moments. 2018 workshop details...
New work and personal favourites from 2016

New work and personal favourites from 2016

On both a professional and personal level, the past 12 months has been engaging, challenging and rewarding, all of which I’m grateful for. Running workshops across several countries and locations as well as being a husband, father and son has left little room...
Hong Kong – Locations for nature lovers

Hong Kong – Locations for nature lovers

It’s mid December and I’m seated on a Cathay Pacific flight to Sydney, returning home after 5 days exploring the natural landscapes of Hong Kong. Yes, Hong Kong. Much more than a vibrant, bustling city, HK boasts some incredible natural scenery from the...
East Coast NSW – A family road trip

East Coast NSW – A family road trip

After a huge year traveling abroad, I was more than eager to hit the road recently with my wife and son on a road trip for the guys at Britz and Maui. This wasn’t my first time traveling by camper van, however it was my first time doing so with a pregnant wife...
Castaway Island Fiji – A week in paradise

Castaway Island Fiji – A week in paradise

After a busy year and a new born baby on the way, a family vacation was well overdue. Now despite being a sucker for cold, rugged landscapes, I really owed my wife some quality time in the sun. So with that in mind we headed to the vibrant turquoise waters of Fiji for...
Bombo Quarry – Photography Location Guide

Bombo Quarry – Photography Location Guide

When it comes to landscape/seascape photography locations, Bombo Quarry is easily up there with the best in the world. A short drive from my home, Bombo is a place that has inspired much of my early coastal photography and after countless visits I’m still more...
‘Reflect’ – August & September highlights (video)

‘Reflect’ – August & September highlights (video)

It’s been a busy and enjoyable past few months running some of my workshops in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Here is a brief video showcasing some of the incredible sights I’ve been able to witness alongside some awesome people. If you attended some...
Memoirs of Canada

Memoirs of Canada

Looking at the scene before me, my mind can’t help but wander. Back to a time before roads and trains, when a cell phone wasn’t checked every 5 minutes in case we might be missing out on something. Although it is our modern necessities that have helped...
A weekend on Hayman Island

A weekend on Hayman Island

With all the travel I do, quality family time is something I really cherish. So when any opportunity comes up for my family to travel with me, I am more than stoked. Thanks to Mastercard AU, I recently spent a few days on the stunning and iconic One&Only Hayman...
Outback Australia – Exploring Kings Canyon

Outback Australia – Exploring Kings Canyon

In the heart of Australia, about 300kms from Uluru, across vast stretches of red sand, rises the pre-historic sandstone walls of Kings Canyon. A thriving home to numerous plant and wildlife and expansive skies that stretch from east to west, this special part of the...
Behind the shot – Resurgence

Behind the shot – Resurgence

To avoid coming across as pretentious, I don’t often describe my images or what goes into capturing them. Sure, it’s not often that a piece truly resonates with me personally, perhaps half a dozen times a year, so I’m happy to make an exception when...
Snowfall – Laurel Hill Sugar Pine Forest

Snowfall – Laurel Hill Sugar Pine Forest

Somewhat of a rare occurrence, capturing snow at Laurel Hills Sugar Pine Forest has plagued my mind ever since my first and only shoot here back in 2014. After some missed opportunities and a failed attempt, July 2016 saw the vision become reality. Keep an eye on my...
Alberta Canada – Photographing Banff and Jasper

Alberta Canada – Photographing Banff and Jasper

The clock has ticked over to 1am, I’m sitting on a plane soaring back to Australia after an unforgettable 10 days in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada. Exhausted, my mind is spinning reflecting back on what would have to be one of my most memorable trips to date....
Photography Tip – How To Shoot Sun Stars

Photography Tip – How To Shoot Sun Stars

Ever since I discovered that some people assumed my sun stars (aka sun bursts) were added in Photoshop, I’ve been meaning on writing a blog on how to shoot them. I’m passionate about getting an image right in camera and whether sunrise or sunset,...
Mountain Designs Hiking Gear Review

Mountain Designs Hiking Gear Review

I consider myself a pretty light hearted guy but there is a couple of things I do take seriously, namely my photography and outdoor equipment. These are the two things I completely rely upon when I’m out in the field and need to be able to trust, particularly...
5 must do’s in New Zealand’s Mackenzie Region

5 must do’s in New Zealand’s Mackenzie Region

One of the most common questions I’m asked is ‘what’s the one place to visit in New Zealand?’ Now it’s not an easy task to narrow all of NZ’s goodness down to just one place but if there was one location that summed it all up for me...
The Budawangs – Morton National Park NSW

The Budawangs – Morton National Park NSW

Despite having spent my whole life living on the South Coast of NSW, the Budawangs in Morton National Park is an area I’d only heard of recently. After stumbling across some inspiring 1970’s film images from Dennis Rittson, I was more than surprised to...
Iceland Road Trip

Iceland Road Trip

There’s not much to say about Iceland that hasn’t already been said. Its raw, rugged and diverse landscape is like no other and I can tell you now that this video certainly doesn’t do justice to my experience here. I ventured to Iceland at the end of...
Tasmania – The Great Eastern Drive

Tasmania – The Great Eastern Drive

I recently travelled with my family along one of Australia’s greatest drives, the ‘Great Eastern Drive’ in Tasmania and let me tell you, they really have it all down there. From mountains and forests to white sandy beaches, cosy cafes and miles of...
Cathedral Rocks Kiama – Location Guide

Cathedral Rocks Kiama – Location Guide

Cathedral Rocks is located in Kiama Downs on the South Coast of NSW Australia. It’s a place that I have frequented many times since picking up a camera, in fact I’d say well over 100 times now! I’ve captured some personal favourite images here over...
Arise – Kirkjufell Iceland

Arise – Kirkjufell Iceland

As the year comes to an end, I wanted to share here an unreleased image from 2015 and what is now one of my all time personal faves. I often avoid detailed explanations and stories behind my work, perhaps to avoid coming across as pretentious. However this one holds...
The Northern Lights – Time Lapse

The Northern Lights – Time Lapse

During my road trip in Iceland, I captured some brief time lapse footage of the aurora. There really is no words or images that can do justice to what these moments were like to experience first hand but I hope you get a sense of how incredible it was. Please watch in...
After 10 days in Iceland, my life won’t be the same

After 10 days in Iceland, my life won’t be the same

Iceland is a country that has long been on my bucket, a place that I’ve seen thousands of images of but needed to witness with my own eyes. After day 1 all my expectations were met. After a full 10 days I knew life wouldn’t be the same again. Being exposed to such...
12 Photos that will make you want to visit New Zealand

12 Photos that will make you want to visit New Zealand

From rolling green hills, cloud piercing mountains, forests, waves and way too many attractions I can mention in an opening sentence, it’s just not fair that one little country tucked down on the Tasman can boast so much natural beauty. Alas, this is New Zealand and...
Milford Sound – Definitely Worth The Drive

Milford Sound – Definitely Worth The Drive

Milford Sound is a place that really needs no introduction. Located in the Fiordland National Park on the South West of New Zealand’s South Island, this slice of pre-historic paradise is raw, dramatic, captivating and remote. After almost two years since my last...
Swimming With Turtles – Tropical North Queensland

Swimming With Turtles – Tropical North Queensland

Finally! Over the past couple of years I have been privileged to snorkel in some amazing locations off the east and west coast of Australia, all which have regular turtle sightings. Despite this, I never had any encounters myself. I was beginning to lose hope. But all...
New Zealand’s Must See Region

New Zealand’s Must See Region

So you’re heading to New Zealand’s South Island but not sure exactly where to go? I’ve visited enough times this year to raise some alarm bells at customs, memorise the AirNZ safety vids and make a few mates at the local supermarkets. With that in mind I feel like I...
A Family Holiday To New Zealand

A Family Holiday To New Zealand

A big part of my job involves travel and although it can be amazing, I certainly do miss my wife and son whilst on the road. After a handful of trips to NZ this year I still couldn’t get enough, so Renee and I decided it would be a perfect place to take our son...
Adventures along the Central Coast of NSW

Adventures along the Central Coast of NSW

After a few interstate and international trips, I was stoked to recently work on a campaign much closer to home with DNSW. The Central and North Coast of NSW boasts some of the most beautiful and underrated landscapes in Australia. From tropical beaches, golden...
The Real Christmas Island

The Real Christmas Island

My skin glistens in a fusion of sweat and fresh spring water as the late afternoon light filters through the thick jungle surrounds. I’m standing before a remote waterfall 2600 kms west off the coast of mainland Australia, on an island known more for it’s political...
My Top 3 Places To See in South Korea

My Top 3 Places To See in South Korea

I recently returned from a week long trip in South Korea on a campaign with Samsung. Here I was a part of the NX Traveler tour and had the privilege of exploring some amazing locations, great company and absorbing the Korean culture. Although I obviously didn’t...
My Top 3 Photography Locations In The Blue Mountains

My Top 3 Photography Locations In The Blue Mountains

The below post and images are now quite dated. Please feel free to contact me for any information on the Blue Mountains or to arrange your own private tour to some of the best photography locations. I have just returned from a weekend spent in Australia’s Blue...
5 things I learnt in New Zealand

5 things I learnt in New Zealand

I recently returned from photographing a short campaign for Tourism New Zealand, which involved exploring the west coast of the south island. This was my second time in this country and really solidified my belief that this is one of the most beautiful places on...
Arms Of The Almighty

Arms Of The Almighty

“Keep comparing yourself to others and you’ll forget who you truly are”. I wrote those words to accompany an image on Instagram a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if I had heard those words somewhere else before but either way, they came to mind...
The Ancient Of Days – Cathedral Rocks Kiama

The Ancient Of Days – Cathedral Rocks Kiama

I debated with myself about writing this because it has become somewhat a cliche. Describing the lead up to finally photographing a much anticipated scene has become common place. However,  I’ve succumbed, and decided to spend few minutes of my life to pen some...
New Life

New Life

Whoa, 4 months since my last blog post. Time has seemingly flown by lately. As much has photography has been close to my heart, my attention has been elsewhere as Renee and I have been preparing for our first child to enter the world. After 40 weeks of pregnancy, I am...
The Hand Of Thor – How To Photograph Lightning

The Hand Of Thor – How To Photograph Lightning

Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and rewarding type of light to photograph would have to be lightning. With an average duration of just 30 microseconds, catching a lightning bolt is not as hard as you may think in regards to camera settings. It’s being...

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