What a Dish!

What a Dish!

In 1961, in central west New South Wales, Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) built a 64m high radio telescope, one of three that make up the Australia Telescope National Facility.  Today, affectionately known as The Dish, nobody could have predicted her meteoric rise to fame.

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Sun Sets on the Final Day of Autumn

Down Under, Autumn closed with one final flourish; a beautiful sunset. Now it's into the cool months of winter. For some it will mean snow and skiing, others it will be a respite from the relentless heat. Whatever, your winter brings, we hope you get to enjoy it.

Image: Sunset, Settlement City Canals, Port, Macquarie, NSW

© Robert Oates | BALLANTYNE Photography

BALLANTYNE Photography, Travel and Events Photography and Photojournalism


Patience, Determination and Mother Nature

Patience, Determination and Mother Nature

It's been a very long time coming! Each morning starts with a search of the skies over the Pacific Ocean around our coastline. A coastline that has a unique factor that  presents a constant and frustrating challenge for photographers.

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The Best Camera

The Best Camera

There are many times, when as a professional photographer, I am asked which is the best camera to use? Honestly? It is the one you have with you.

Yes this sounds glib, but here's the point.

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The bounties of the Pacific Coast

The bounties of the Pacific Coast

On a walk with the faithful hound in tow, along a section of Australia's Pacific Coast, we arrived at a beautiful beach, backed by a hill with lush trees and plants alive with birdsong. To the front a fortress of rocks that look like they were from the set of Armagedon.

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Dangar Delights in Downpour

Dangar Delights in Downpour

It was threatened, but still they came as a surprise! All week the skies were blue, the heat bordering on oppressive and barely a breath of wind. Then right on cue the clouds built, the winds increased and the rains broke.

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Big Nellie, benefits the bold

Big Nellie, benefits the bold

Australia's Eastern Seaboard is backed by the Great Dividing Range, the third longest range of mountains in the world. At the time of their creation they would have been formidable. Some suggest they may have been taller than the Himalayas.

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What a Review to Ketch!

What a Review to Ketch!

In gentle winds five sailing vessels, with a collective age of over 400 years, collected in the Derwent River, Tasmania. Crews quietly readied sails and sheets and their craft took the strain. A tack or two, to reach an upwind mark was all it took and then it got serious. 

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Escape to the Rainforest

Escape to the Rainforest

Whilst New South Wales basks in the summer heat, there are places that hide luxurious pools and cool quiet respites. Rawson Falls in Boorganna Nature Reserve rainforest, part of the network of National Parks, is one such place. 

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