The Great Reef



A close in view of both Hook Reef and Hardy Reef.

I spent four hours flying around Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays, choosing this reef because of the dramatic channel that separates the two reefs. The channel is 600 feet (200 meters) wide and 360 feet (120 meters) deep, from the shallow coral to the ocean bed. I spent the better part of a day flying in a plane at around 5000 feet. I was tightly strapped in with the door off, confronting the noise, engine fumes, and freezing cold. It was simultaneously nauseating and exhilarating. ‘Great Reef’ was captured at around 3000 feet.

On the left-hand-side of the photograph, three fingers of coral lead up to the edge of the reef; on the right, the sunlight sparkles on the water. In the centre, a boat is anchored and snorkelers swim on the reef wall.


location: Whitsundays,   camera: Tomiyama, lens Nikkor SW90,   film: Fuji 100ASA,   shutter speed: 1/125 seconds,   filters: polarized,   time and conditions: mid-day,   Limited Edition: 360


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Available as Limited Edition photographic prints, sizes from 100 x 32cm (6 x 20 inch) to 300 x 96cm (38 x 120 inch). Printed on the finest grade photographic paper, signed and numbered. Acrylic ‘Face-Mount’ framing is also available.



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