"The Cosmos is all that is, or was, or ever will be. Our contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the grandest of mysteries.

The size and age of the cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding, lost somewhere between immensity and eternity.” Carl Sagan

It is through this wonder of our universe I find it an ever pleasing and motivating task capturing the world around us. Both the beauty and mystery of life shows itself in many forms. It is complex, it grows and it evolves in a causal web. And in the eternal fight for survival the most beautiful and bazaar oddities emerge, not least of which - the lyre bird, of my home country - Australia; watch it in all it's glory in the video to your right. I guarantee you'll be amazed. 

The old saying: "Seek, and ye shall find", to me, is more relevant in this day and age than ever. We have access to more tools and technology than ever before. Using them to seek out subjects and landscapes to photograph should be easy. The learning, and overcoming the limitations, of the tools and technologies of our day is the only barrier. Understanding the ways in which technologies work, understanding their evolution, and how they can be applied and exploited to reach their full potential.

Photography is and will always be learning to me - experimenting, failing and overcoming. Describing it perfectly is my favorite photographer Trey Ratcliff: “To me, it is better to "guess" at how something works, experiment, fail, guess again, fail, and keep repeating that process over and over again until you either figure it out or you discover a multiplicity of other cool tricks along the way.”

Adam Israel

In real life I am the following...

• Senior Web Applications Developer for Gieman IT Solutions, Australia

• Lead Applications Developer for Sony Music Entertainment, Global

I grew up in country Victoria, Australia - in a hot oases town called Mildura. I spent my childhood playing sport and enjoying the great outdoors on the banks of the mighty Murray River, camping and fishing. Throughout my 18 years in Mildura we traveled annually to a place called South End, a tiny town on the Limestone Coast in country South Australia, where we would, as a family, fish for the tasty Southern Rock Lobster, among many other varieties of fish.

After moving to Geelong for University the beach and the ocean were now at my feet. Like gazing at the stars, or looking into an open fire - the ocean has always captured my imagination. The ever changing conditions of the sea has you chasing the perfect moment - the perfect swell, offshore winds, hot days, and fish biting. Those fleeting moments have always been conscious to me. And the urge to seize the day. Photography to me - is a real extension of that. Capturing something, expressing the mood of the moment and being about to look back.

I now work in IT and have done so for 6 years now. Seeking new things and new places is high on my radar. I don't know where, or if photography will take me anywhere, but like everything it's always about the journey...

My camera equipment includes:

• Sony NEX 7, with 18-55mm kit lens, 55-200mm lens, various filters including ND's

• Panasonic Lumix DMC-5 16mp tough camera, depth of 14m

• Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Kit with 498RC2 Ball Head

My computer equipment includes:

• Macbook Pro i5 Retina, 8gb RAM, 256gb flash HD,

• NETGEAR Nighthawk Router, with 2tb network storage

• 1tb 2.5inch portable hard drive partitioned with 500gb timemachine and 500gb free.

My software includes:

• Lightroom 5, Photomatix Pro 4, Photoshop with NIK Collections

My favorite Photographers include:

• Trey Ratcliff

• Christian Miller

• Renee Robyn

• Ken Duncan

• Thomas Hawk

• Karen Hutton

My own super simple tips/ideas for capturing images.

• Hide the sun behind the tip of an object - eg. A rock pointing up on a coastline.

• Create a natural border for an image - eg. By stepping within a door frame, or within a cave facing outwards.

• Create a blanket of running water, this can be created using something flat like a frameless mirror and run water over it from above, then capture small objects being thrown through the wall of water. Things like strawberry's and fruit look great. Use a fast shutter speed and fast focusing. Continues shooting should work.

• Try to incorporate veins of black throughout an image, this often counteracts the feeling of over-saturation of HDR photos.

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