A setting: Surfers at sunset

Each month Australian Photography features an image of a member of the Australian Photographic Society. In the October issue of the magazine, John Hodgson shared the story of this image, which he captured on an unscheduled 10,000 km road trip in 2020.

Since I retired in 2012, the main driver of my photography has been travel, both within Australia and abroad. The outbreak of Covid in early 2020 ended most of my travel plans, but a series of border closures mid-year took me nearly 10,000 kilometers across six states and territories. .

It all started in June when my wife and I drove from Adelaide to Melbourne to see our daughter, who had just had her third baby. A Covid outbreak in Melbourne saw us heading north to NSW via ACT, to avoid having to quarantine on our return to Adelaide. Further border closures forced us to continue heading north into Queensland, then through Queensland into the Northern Territory, from where we returned to Adelaide at the end of July, thus avoiding quarantine.

Coolangatta in the late afternoon, towards Surfers Paradise. Nikon D7100, Nikon 70-200mm f / 2.8 at 70mm lens, 1/160 s at f / 7.1, ISO 400. Photo © John Hodgson.

The trip provided us with many photographic opportunities in all of the states and territories we visited, but the most productive stay was in Coolangatta, where we spent five days on the waterfront with lovely winter weather, highlighted by walks on the along the beach early and late in the day to watch and photograph the surfers.

This image was taken in Coolangatta in the late afternoon, looking across the water towards Surfer’s Paradise. What I would not give to be able to travel there again! ??

About Australian Photography Society
The Australian Photographic Society (APS) caters to photography enthusiasts and caters to photographers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. APS won’t just help you improve your photography, it’s a great way to build lasting friendships with other photographers in your area and across Australia. To become a member, you just need to follow two simple steps: first, join the Society; and second, get involved in some of the activities that the Society has to offer.
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