Stroke of luck earns ku­dos

Pho­tog­ra­pher rapt with place in ex­hi­bi­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way

Rus­sell Cock­ing I love the land­scape, love the bush.

RUS­SELL Cock­ing cap­tured the mo­ment twin light­ning strikes siz­zled through a grey-or­ange sky to strike the ground be­low Archer’s Look­out at Gayn­dah.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing en­thu­si­as­tic at­ten­tion on Face­book, Mr Cock­ing ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion for the dra­matic photo’s in­clu­sion in From Coun­try to Coast, an ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing three years of lo­cal sto­ries shared with ABC Open Sun­shine Coast and Wide Bay.

Mr Cock­ing has been tak­ing part in the ABC Open pro­gram for a year and said he “ab­so­lutely” would be a part of the ex­hibit.

He ad­mit­ted to be­ing shy about en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions, but the ABC Open ex­hi­bi­tion had given him a buzz.

The self-taught pho­tog­ra­pher said his “good knowl­edge of the me­chan­i­cal side of the cam­era” from on­line tu­to­ri­als and his own anal­y­sis drove his choice of sub­ject and style.

“I love the land­scape, love the bush,” he said.

“(I spend time) on the in­ter­net hunt­ing down places, I look at aerial maps and (con­sider) dif­fer­ent shad­ows.

“(I iden­tify) a peak, but a nice val­ley (to pho­to­graph) fog set­tling into the val­ley for morn­ing sun­rise, then I go and scope it out, and work out a time of day.”

Mr Cock­ing said he took pho­to­graphs “at least ev­ery sec­ond day”, with his favourite sub­jects be­ing sun­set and sun­rise over Sun­shine Coast beaches.

He at­tributes his cre­ative side to his mother, “a bril­liant artist” in many art forms, and started off with a film cam­era at age 20.

“I did it for about five years un­til I wore the cam­era out, but I couldn’t af­ford a (new) cam­era, so took it up again about three years ago (at age 46).

“I’m still learn­ing all gen­res from macro pho­tog­ra­phy to land­scapes and por­trait, and next up is time lapse work.”

Biggen­den pho­tog­ra­pher Lesty Sam­son’s pho­to­graph of the white whale Mi­ga­loo sighted off Redcliffe also fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion From Coun­try to Coast.


NA­TURE A CAN­VAS: Rus­sell Cock­ing with his shot from Archer’s Look­out.

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