Port Douglas stands high up on the visitor’s list from near and far. This is where the tropical rainforests meet the beach, a perfect setting for an Australian’Dreadlock Holiday’.
Palm trees line the beachfront, wildlife parks are nestled nearby and plenty of holiday resorts offer luxurious accommodation. There are many options to spend a day or two or three on the open water, as well as exploring gorges and waterfalls within a small radius off the town. There’s plenty to do and plenty to see, if you can afford it. Due to its popularity, Port Douglas has become the ‘hip’ place to be in the Northern Queensland Tropics. And that’s where my resentment for this small town starts. It always makes me wonder on how many tourist shops and trendy Cafés a small town can bare. Obviously, never enough. Low budget travellers have the option to stay in a caravan park nearby, if they have a spare extra 50 $ for an unpowered campsite per night in peak season. I don’t! And many others prefer the quieter surrounding areas for that exact reason.
However, with its idyllic location, Port Douglas is worth a visit for an early morning stroll along the waterfront.
There is lots to see if you are looking for it. I focused my camera and my attention to smaller details, the little things that make a big difference.
Most resorts and guest houses have an extraordinary variety of plants in their gardens. Big or small, most of them had a unique pattern in varied colours.
Early morning sunlight intensevies these colours and droplets gave my camera many alternatives to focus on.
Having 10 different camera settings on my OM-D means that I can take the same shot in different colour patterns, if I choose to.
The same photo in black and white gives you a different scope.
The focusing angle on the object can be slightly changed as a practice, giving a different viewpoint.
Adding to this technique is the aperture. This is the focus point on what part of the photo you want a crisp, sharp finish.
The focus point is closer to the camera while the background appears blurry.
This works the other way around just as well, which gives a diversified view again.
What I am trying to explain, is that I could take the same photo in many different ways with a different outcome each time.
And I don’t have to move my camera much at all. Funky stuff that is.
This is how I spend a lot of time with my camera. It is a funtastic way to enjoy the outdoors and gives you practice and ideas for a different object next time.
Like any toy tool, one has to get to know how they work. This will increase chances of a more satisfying picture frame.
Strolling onwards towards the Port Douglas river delta, I crossed over a fair sized peninsula park. Coconut palm trees lined the shore line to complete a tropical atmosphere. This is a great spot to embrace the early morning hours, overlooking an endless coral sea. Bliss.
The relatively small Harbour was packed with dive and fishing charter boats. On a calm morning like today, many will be heading out to sea for the day or two. But again, most people overlook the smaller things in life.
I noticed some tiny sparrows fluffing around the wooden jetty I was standing on. They seem to nest underneath the jetty. It was impossible to capture these speedsters in mid-air. But now and then, they rested right in front of my lens.
I aimed for different aperture again and caught a sparrow in flight in the background. The early morning sunlight brightened their feathers spectacularly. Too cute.
Cleaning their down is just as important for small birds. Parasites are a huge risk in the tropics and could lead to casualties, particularly on smaller birds.
Feathers are stragedicly singled out and checked for unwelcome visitors.
This turned into a circus act in front of my lens, which kept me highly amused.
Body parts that couldn’t be reached with their tiny beak were scratched with one foot, while the other foot and wing kept a fine balance.
Depending on how the body stood with the sunlight, different colours reflected from their tiny shiny body.
Their colourful feather was what really amazed me.
I never really noticed how kaleidoscopic these acrobatic birds are, fascinating what this camera reveals.