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Check my new collection on 500px!
http://500px.com/DanProud


In the local paper today

The local paper in Toowoomba printed a story on me today – read here
http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/06/08/stunning-images-captured-local/


Flash Flood hits Toowoomba

Toowoomba was hit by the worst flood most people have seen in a lifetime today. Twisted cars were strewn about the city and shops have been destroyed, after a huge surge of water smashed through the CBD this afternoon. More rain and flooding expected tomorrow. Click here to see the latest photos.


Landscape 500 Competition – top ten

Recently I entered a collection of images into the Landscape 500 photography competition. This image from Longreach in outback Qld managed to score 10th place! There were some unbelievable photographs chosen in the top 10, congratulations to Jamie Nicolaou for his stunning Pilbara lightning shot which won the competition. Check it out here. Five other images I had entered scored silver, and three bronze.

For me this image really captures the feel of the stunning wide open spaces that can be found in Western Qld. Anywhere from Longreach to Birdsville scenes like this are a common sight – I hope it inspires you to get out there and experience some of the amazing scenes we have on our doorstep!


Power Station Shoot in the Pilbara

As much as I love shooting landscapes, industrial photography is a lot of fun and a great excuse to travel too. Recently I was asked to shoot a power station construction project in The Pilbara. The cool thing about this power station is that the heat generated from gas turbines, is recycled and captured to create electricity from a steam turbine – this is called the Heat Recovery Steam Generator. If that’s a bit technical, it just means this power station is really efficient!

Thanks to the team at AE&E for opting for professional photos (Engineers often think they are skilled photographers, sometimes this puts me out of work!)

AE&E’s combined cycle power station, part of the Sino Iron Project in The Pilbara, WA.

An image from the early morning aerial shoot in an R44 – thanks to Pilbara Helicopters


Brooding Storm | Longreach Qld

I’m always on the hunt for an image like this, and you’ve got to drive a fair distance to find a spot where the view is un-hindered for as far as you can see! So I guess you’d say I was fairly excited when we pulled up here with a storm brewing to the north. Had a few minutes where the sun decided to sneek through, and it just went pop!

5D2 & Nodal Ninja head, 6 images stitched in PS.
(The thumbnail looks terrible, please click!)


Condamine Power Station

I’ve just finished off an industrial shoot of Condamine Power Station near Chinchilla in Qld. The client, AE&E required a library of images of the various components, as well as overall site shots from an EWP. The cloud cover was disappointing through the day, but the place really came to life on dusk when the lighting fired up. The second image is a panorama of 6 images, shot hand-held from an 80ft cherry picker swaying in the breeze. Amazingly photoshop stitched it up without a drama.


The Barcoo

Finally some new images to work with! I’ve just returned from a week in Western Queensland checking out places like Windorah, Jundah & Longreach. It was great to photograph some huge wide open spaces, and meet some classic characters too. If you can ever get out there I recommend it, only 14 hours drive from Brisbane… Here’s a couple of quick snaps, but stay tuned for more to come soon!


Western Star

Desperate for something to ‘blog’, I decided to see what I could do with this truck that was about to hit the road. Nothing more to say – surely a picture speaks a thousand words, even in a blog??


Olary wrecks

A compilation of shots of old wrecks in Olary SA. This town is full of old cars & houses, colours & textures. Population of 8 people here in the middle nowhere! Let me know what you think of the colour – too much magenta?