Featured: 'Summer Holidays on the Gold Coast with the GX7 & LX100' by Livnius

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  1. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    I've posted a handfull of these up already in various threads, done and dusted with the post processing of the whole set so here they are.

    Spent the summer holidays on the Gold Coast with family and friends, Coolangatta to be precise...this was my first time back since 2005 when I spent almost 2 years living and working up there before returning home to Melbourne, so in many ways this holiday felt like a bit of a homecoming too. To be honest I didn't shoot as much as I'd hoped, but then again, with these beaches and surf its not surprising. Still though, I think I got some decent shots out of it. My kit for the trip was the Panasonic GX7 and LX100. This trip was my first outing with the LX100 and I have to agree with internet sentiment...it's not perfect at any one thing, but it is very very good at many things, in my eyes that makes it a pretty decent package and I'm certainly happy with the results. Regrading the GX7, although I had a bunch of lenses I used it mostly as a digital back for my telephoto lenses to capture some surfing action, a job it and the lenses did well.

    This was my first attempt at Surf Photography and I have to say, it's an incredibly fun thing to do, although admittedly it was difficult at times resisting the temptation to get in there myself ! These surf shots were all taken at a place called "Snapper Rocks"....a world famous reef break and a very photographer friendly location as a long rock formation protrudes into the surf allowing the shooter to get in nice and close...the Panasonic 100-300 hardly got pushed out further than 200-250mm ( I used the PZ 45-175mm a bit too) ...it was also a bonus that with good positioning one can get the city of Surfers Paradise in the background of a shot.

    Can't wait to go back....we've rebooked our accommodation for summer holidays next year already :) 

    1. (LX100)
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    Summer Holidays Snapper Rocks-1
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    Summer Holidays Snapper Rocks-2
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    3. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Surf 2
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    4. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Surf 1
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    5. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Surf 3
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    6. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Rocks Surf 10
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    7. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Rocks Surf 9
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    8. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Rocks Surf 11
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Snapper Surf 8
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Snapper Surf 4
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Snapper Surf 5
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    12. (GX7)
    ......I'm a huge fan of Black & White surf photography so thought I'd try a couple myself.
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Rocks Surf 6
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    13. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Snapper Rocks Surf 7
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    Out 'local' beach for the 2 weeks we were there, the southern tip of Greenmount Bay.

    14. (LX100)
    Summer Holidays - Greenmount Bay Headland
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    15. (LX100)
    Summer Holidays - Poolside Spider
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Dragon
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    17. (LX100)
    Summer Holidays - Kirra Beach
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    18. (GX7)
    Summer Holidays - Kirra to Surfers Paradise
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Surfers Paradise
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Rainbow Bay Photographer
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    21. (LX100)
    Late afternoon at Rainbow Bay.
    Summer Holidays - Rainbow Bay
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays - Greenmount Bay to Kirra
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    23. (GX7)
    Watching the sun set over Greenmount Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland.....a great spot to chill out.
    Summer Holidays - Greenmount Bay Sunset
    by Livnius, on Flickr

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    Summer Holidays Snapper Rocks-4
    by Livnius, on Flickr

    25. (LX100)
    Summer Holidays Snapper Rocks-5
    by Livnius, on Flickr
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  2. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
    Great set! Makes me wish I was still on holidays :) 

    I like the variability in the post processing.
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  3. Jay86

    Jay86 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    Great set Joe… #17, 19 & 24 being my faves.
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  4. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
    Damn, those are really great shots Joe. Really good work.
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  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    So many great shots here, Joe. The first black and white surfer shot is phenomenal.
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  6. Joon525

    Joon525 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    #12 is my favorite. Very nice!
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  7. FreightTrain

    FreightTrain Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2015
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Lots of great shots here, looks like a great spot for a vacation. I like 12, 16 and 17 the most but they are all well executed .
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  8. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Stunning set Joe :2thumbs:
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  9. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks guys.

    Great place to spend the summer holidays for sure...we've already rebooked for next summer :) 
  10. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Lots of great shots but this time I somehow liked the b&w ones more. Usually it's the other way around. :2thumbs:
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  11. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    A nice bunch of interesting shots Joe. It's nice to see your photos and it looks like you had a ripper holiday. I visited Australia Zoo and went to the beach around Mooloolaba last weekend, absolutely brilliant.

    The LX100 seems to be doing a good job in the right hands. Late afternoon at rainbow bay has a collection of nice colours.
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  12. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Great to hear you had a nice holiday, and great images as well. I'm assuming your surf shots were hand-held?

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  13. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2011
    Great work. #12 is money.
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  14. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    Especially like the B&W images. Great set!
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  15. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    These are really lovely. I think my favorite is the one with the helicopter. Well done.
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  16. peterpix

    peterpix Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010
    So. Maine
    Peter Randal
    No. 13 is the one! An art print if ever i saw one.
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  17. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    I like 13, 21 & 24 the best. Good job!!
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  18. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks everyone....yeah I really like the two b+w surf shots as well, I tried the mono treatment on a few of the shots but it worked best for those two and they are both on my shortlist of images to print.

    Thanks Ken, many were handheld but I did also use a monopod on occasion, I don't recall which was which....i know that the OIS of the 100-300 is famously good so I had complete faith in it (at the extreme tele end some even suggest that it's more effective than the Oly 5 axis IBIS). Next summer when we go up again I think I'll take my light Benro Travel Angel tripod just for good measure.
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  19. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    It looks like a beautiful place, Joe, and you captured it well. And thanks for answering a technical question as well. We are heading to Hawaii this spring, and I was hoping to catch some surfers in action, but as telephoto zooms are not as compact as primes, I do not want to bring more than I need for the job. Perhaps I should just leave the gear at home and hire you to shoot my photos? Those are some really great images!


  20. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Done. When do we fly out? :) 

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