Featured Photographer: Dave Hall – Surf n Turf Images

14 September 2015

When I landed in Australia from the UK in 1990, the thing that stood out to me most was the sheer vastness of the country. Massive skies and rich, sprawling landscapes, with an endless supply of glittering sea scenes dotted in between.

For me, the best of those sea scenes were the ones I discovered in Byron. When I arrived at Main Beach in a beat up Holden HZ panel van as a 20-year-old backpacker, I vowed that I’d try to get back to spend a bit more time there one day, and thanks to a little bit of planning and a lot of luck, that day arrived 10 years ago. This place has been home ever since.

Armed with a cheap-and-cheerful camera, it wasn’t long before I started to take photos of the area. I was hit hard by the photography bug when I was studying graphic design during the ‘80s, and, drunk on Byron’s endless supply of scenery, I suppose it was inevitable that I’d start snapping it.

About two years ago, I photographed the punchiest sunrise I’d ever seen, but my happy-snap camera didn’t come close to doing it justice. It was my wake-up moment. I invested in a semi-professional DSLR setup and sucked up every online tutorial I could find. And I practiced. The challenge now is to grow into a more well-rounded photographer and to develop a signature style. Although my guess is that challenge will never feel like it’s been nailed! There will always be things to learn and new styles to take for a spin.

Everything seems more intriguing and multi-layered now that I’ve taken up photography as a serious hobby. I think that’s because you start to look at things differently when you’ve got a camera in your hands. I’m always on the hunt for undiscovered vantage points, but the chase to find a different perspective or angle on some of Byron Shire’s most popular spots is also what gets me up before dawn, even if it’s frosty and way too early to buy coffee. But when I can manage to find that shot, perhaps I give other people a different way of looking at things, too. And I think if you can get a photograph to do that, you must be doing something right.

Here’s some of my latest handiwork, taken both in and around Byron and a bit further afield.

Cheers,
Dave

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Byron hinterland sunset

Byron hinterland sunset

Tenterfield, New England region

Brilliant orange evening sunlight illuminating farmland near Tenterfield, New England region NSW

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Walkway up to Cape Byron Lighthouse

Country town abstract Muswellbrook NSW

Country town abstract Muswellbrook NSW

Under the Pacific Highway bridge at Lennox Head

Under the Pacific Highway bridge at Lennox Head, North Coast

Bangalow hill folk! North Coast

Bangalow hill folk! North Coast

Rich golden sunrise captured on Cape Byron

Rich golden sunrise captured on Cape Byron

Sunrise on Tallow Beach Byron Bay

Sunrise on Tallow Beach Byron Bay

Yamba, North Coast NSW

A roadside stall in front of cane fields near Yamba, North Coast NSW

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Milkyway over the Cape Byron Lighthouse

Evening time Byron Bay

Evening time Byron Bay

Byron locals bonding session

Byron locals bonding session

Stunning morning Cape Byron

Stunning morning Cape Byron

Glen Innes, Country NSW

Freezing morning in Glen Innes, Country NSW

Bangalow fairground ride, Byron Bay Area

Bangalow fairground ride, Byron Bay Area

Lennox Head sunrise

Lennox Head sunrise

Bangalow, Byron Bay Area

Foggy lane in Bangalow, Byron Bay Area

Tallow Beach Byron Bay

Magical sunrise Tallow Beach, Byron Bay

Brunswick Heads NSW

A father and son moment Brunswick Heads NSW

Byron Bay paddlers

Byron grommets out practicing surf skills on a grey day