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Updates and musings from my recent photographic adventures.

Migrating Humpback Whales off Sydney Beaches

Last Friday, a friend and I went to capture some ocean footage off Long Reef, Sydney. While we had our drones out there, we came across two adult humpbacks and a calf heading south for the southern Antarctic feeding season.

The Australian East Coast Humpbacks travel north from April to August to give birth in the warmer waters of the Coral Sea. From October to December, they slowly make their way south, often stopping in protected beaches and coves en route to the Antarctic waters.

Enjoy the footage in 1080p resolution. 

Footage: Matt Lynch and Jonathan McFeat

Music track: 'Extrospection' by kxmode licensed under a creative commons license. 
https://soundcloud.com/kxmode/extrospection?in=coder-chuck/sets/creative-commons-ambient

a rally legend reborn

Coffs Harbour local Mal Keogh has spent a long time building this incredible Audi S1 quattro replica, and it visited Canberra recently for the 2016 National Capital Rally. Far from being a showroom piece (as viewed here), the owner/driver pushes this 5 cylinder beast hard, much to the delight of rally fans. I grabbed these shots while the car was resting at Audi Centre Canberra. I also managed to photograph the car with it's contemporary, the new Audi S1 quattro in Imola Yellow. 

Braddon Tailors' Autumn/Winter Collection

This week, I shot a few pictures for Braddon Tailors, with new suits and mens accessories. Many thanks to Rolfe Classic BMW for supplying the car. Despite the cool conditions in Canberra, we found some fantastic settings to really show off the products!

Model: Gavin Jeffries

Stylist / Assistant: Aidan O'Sullivan

 

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

New Acton Precinct, Canberra

New Acton Precinct, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

muse canberra | a new experience

I can already hear you quip "but the bookshop-cum-cafe has been done before!". So what's so new about the offerings at Muse?

Paul and Dan, owners of Muse, invited a small group of us to lunch to sample the menu, learn about the kitchen's philosophy, and find out exactly what Muse will be offering the residents of Canberra. They boldly invited us to review our experience 'warts and all', but in all honesty, Muse is completely without lumps and bumps.

Situated on the ground floor of the East Hotel, Muse features a split-level design, and comprises a small but excellent bookshop on the lower level that is light-filled and airy. The restaurant is slightly elevated above the bookshop, and divided by minimalist hand-made hanging bookshelves in a warm timber. It's a clever design; upon entering the restaurant from the front entrance, the symmetry of the tables, banquettes and light fixtures draws the eye through to the wall of books and just invites you to peruse their selection. 

While small, the range of books is refined and representative of the Canberra demographics; specifically the latest drool-worthy cookbooks and must-have political biographies. Muse will also begin a series of Tuesday night literary events on September 29 with former political speechwriter and Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane. These events are $10, and include a glass of wine.

As we're guided through the expansive beverages list, it is evident that much care (almost to the point of obsession) has been taken. We notice the distinct absence of international labels. Paul and Dan wanted to maintain an all-Australian wine/beer/spirits list, and have been to the majority of vineyards on their list. The eclectic and comprehensive selection includes a robust selection of red and white varieties, ranging from Canberra District Sangiovese from Four Winds Vineyard and McLaren Vale Grenache from Ochota Barrels to Adelaide Hills and Barossa whites such as the David Franz Riesling Semillion and Massena Viognier. We commence our lunch with a Canberra District Riesling from Surveyor's Hill; a crisp, bold wine, with a lovely mineral note and a beautiful balance between acidity and natural sugars.

By this stage, our table is starving, and thankfully Muse provided the goods! Lunch options include either a choice of beautiful, fresh salads full of pulses and herbs starting from $16, or a main course with salads from $26. The style of food is hard to pin to one particular influence, but think Bill Grainger meets Yotam Ottolenghi, with an emphasis on seasonal, fresh produce. The menu changes based on what's available. For our lunch we sampled twice-cooked pork belly, grilled ras-el-hanout prawns, lamb shoulder sausage rolls, vegetarian lasagna, and a beautiful array of salads and desserts. Chefs Sam and Lucy must be credited for their skill and vision

I could describe the food ad nauseam but you really must sample this place. Open for breakfast on weekdays from 6:30am, and offering an a la carte dinner and share plates seven nights a week, there will be something for everyone here. Coupled with the plan to host acoustic gigs in the space, Muse appears to be aiming to create a unique cultural and culinary destination in Kingston. Whilst the marriage of literature and larder is not a new concept, the love and care put into Muse along with the daily changing menu and weekly events make for a refreshing concept, and one that is particularly welcome in Canberra's crowded restaurant scene.

muse web site | muse wine list | muse sample lunch menu | where: east hotel, 69 canberra avenue, kingston ACT

Note: Jonathan dined as a guest of Muse.


 

 

 

Canberra Architecture

Some interesting buildings have sprung up around Canberra over the last couple of years. The latest to catch my attention is One Canberra Avenue, designed by local firm the Willemsen Group.  Purported to feature a 200kW solar array on the roof and a 280,000 litre rainwater storage system, its central atrium with spiral staircase were the features that caught my attention.