|Opera House as viewed from Circular Quay ferry|
|Total Solar Eclipse near Cairns, QLD|
We started our trip in the far northeast city of Cairns, Queensland, where we lingered for a couple weeks to explore the tropical beaches and rainforest, and to be in position to view the Total Solar Eclipse of November 14th, 2012. We were extremely fortunate that the clouds parted where we were (Ellis Beach) just before and throughout totality. The moment of totality is so brief (2 minutes!), so I was both trying to enjoy the moment, and to capture it on camera. I set up the LX-5 on my Gorillapod, hoping to get the both of us viewing the total eclipse, but I under-estimated shutter time required and ended up with only a ghost of myself as I got up prematurely to check on the camera.
|Port Douglas, QLD|
|Blue Mountains, NSW|
|Limestone cliffs along the Great Ocean Road|
|Australian Open tennis in Melbourne|
I took hundreds of photographs with my LX-5 while in Australia and I feel the camera served me well. It was freeing to be a "lightweight photographer" in such a faraway land.