2020 Calendar Available Now!

I’m pleased to announce that my 2020 calendar is now available for purchase!

The calendar features 12 landscape images from around beautiful Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and The Hunter. All of the photos were taken this year and the calendar includes several photos I haven’t shared before.

I’m very proud of all the photos – they’re some of my very favourites and I think they show different sides of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie which is what I wanted to achieve.

The calendar is A4 size and costs $25, including free postage worldwide. The first 20 calendars will also be signed and include a personal message as a thank you.

You can buy the calendar through my Etsy store or below via PayPal.

Makes a great Christmas gift if I do say so myself! 😉


CJ Levinson Photography 2020 Calendar

2020 calendar featuring 12 images from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and The Hunter.

A$25.00

The Pole, Newcastle

Went to see Newcastle’s newest tourist attraction yesterday – the Pole!

It all started when Newcastle City Council widened the curb before energy provider Ausgrid moved the power pole. While they’ve been trading blame back and forth, the power pole has been left in the middle of the road and, naturally, it’s gone viral and become a bit of a tourist attraction. It’s even in Google Maps!

I’m sure eventually it’ll be fixed but it was fun seeing it first. A different kind of street photography for me! 🙂

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Belmont Sunset

Beautiful sunset over the lake at Belmont yesterday evening. There were some very interesting cloud formations and at one stage a plane went across as well, leaving a trail in its wake. It was a lovely sunset.

I decided to shoot a couple of panoramas to capture a bit of a different, wider perspective. Panoramas can be quite tricky to stitch with water but these ones came out well and they work well with the other shots.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Honeysuckle Drive Photowalk

The photography group I run went for a photowalk along Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle last weekend. It’s one of my very favourite parts of Newcastle, with so much character and fantastic views, and the walk was a lot of fun.

I did the walk as a photo challenge as well. My challenge was to use a 50mm lens which isn’t my favourite focal length for this kind of a shoot – I love a 50mm for portraits but I prefer something a bit wider like a 35mm for street and environmental photography. So it was definitely a challenge but I like how the photos came out overall.

I did both colour and black & white edits as I enjoyed the contrast between them and I wanted to do something a bit different with editing as well. I hope you like them.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Harlequin Bug

I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.

~ Forgiven by A A Milne

A harlequin bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus) on the outside of our house. I grabbed my camera and macro lens when I saw it and took a few quick shots, this one came out well. Nice and sharp.

It’s very pretty, gorgeous colours. Looking at it reminded me of the poem Forgiven by AA Milne which I used to love as a child.

Photo © CJ Levinson 2019

Around Newcastle

I took these photos during a walk in Newcastle yesterday afternoon. I didn’t think I was going to get much of a walk in originally as it was very overcast when I left but it cleared up quite nicely by mid-afternoon.

The water was very wild though and the waves at the Bogey Hole were huge and a lot of fun to shoot. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of trying to shoot a gigantic wave smashing into the rocks while not getting drenched yourself!

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

2018 Favourites

With today being the last day of 2018 I thought it’d be fun to post a collection of my favourite photos from the past year. I hope you enjoy them.

2018’s been an interesting year for my photography. I actually didn’t start taking many photos until about April but it’s been pretty much non-stop since.

Part of that’s been that I decided to do a calendar for the end of the year. I thought it would help inspire me to get out and shoot more, which it did. It ended up being a really fun project.

Along with my landscapes I started doing more portraits as well, particularly studio portraits which have been fun and have helped my understanding of flash. I’ll be doing more paid work in 2019 so it’s been good practice for that.

In general I think my photography has improved a lot this year. In particular I’ve refined my editing a lot and I’ve found myself focusing on combining long exposures with movement which has created some really interesting images.

I also won the Lake Macquarie Float Your Boat photo competition and my calendar sold much better than I expected it to – it actually sold out twice and it came together very well in the end.

I also switched to Sony from Olympus midyear which was a bit of a learning curve at first but has worked out really well in the end.

So all in all 2018’s been a pretty productive year. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring. 🙂

Happy New Year! Hope it’s a good one for you.

Summer Sunset

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A fiery sunset
A beautiful end
To a day

I will not forget

Lovely sunset over the lake a couple of nights ago. When nature puts on a show as beautiful as this, there’s really not much more to do than point and shoot.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018