PS Melbourne Centenary video.

If like me you couldn’t get to the Paddle Boat Festival at Mildura over the weekend. You should check out the video posted to YouTube by O-Line video. goes for about 13 minutes and is a must see for all those people out there who savour  our history and especially the history of our early river trade here in Australia. Couple of familiar faces there as well. Captain Frank Tucker, like many of the Captains at the event has spent the best part of his life around river boats on the Murray River. first came across Frank at a little town upstream called Nyah. Then later as the education officer at the Swan Hill Pioneer settlement. The other face you might spot is yours truly as I sail past in the SS About to Sink.
Yep I missed the main event but had a bit of a crack at shooting the boats on Saturday in appalling light. Such is life.

To view the O-Line Video PS Melbourne Centenary Video click here.

Black and White photo of PS Adelaide steaming upstream on the Murray River near Mildura. Dull gloomy day.
146 years old and still looking good, PS Adelaide steaming up stream from the Abbotsford Bridge

Rose gardens, Renmark

Had the great pleasure of photographing Monica and Gary’s wedding on Saturday. I’ll post a couple of pics from the wedding at a later time. But just had to tell you about the fabulous location they had for their  Riverland wedding. Ruston’s Roses, first time I visited the place back  around 1983 I reckon. I was there as a cameraman on a small regional TV doco. We shot and interview with David Ruston and a bit of overlay stuff of the roses.

Well I have to tell you a few things have changed since then. Gardens are still there, with thousands of roses of course. However, now they have a great little gift shop, museum and serve meals. Really didn’t have time to check things properly. From what I saw, I’ll be sure to call in there on my next trip through Renmark. Here’s a link to Ruston’s Roses

If you’re planning a wedding in the Riverland area, then I highly recommend Ruston’s Rose as a photographic location. oh and please invite us along. We have so many more shots we’d like to do in the gardens.

Rose "Flamingo"  tied to weather worn board. (Ian Mckenzie/Excitations)


Now this rose didn’t come from Ruston’s Roses. Instead out of the excitations studio garden. Photographers we are, rose growers not. but I like to have a picture with every post and it obviously had to be a rose so there you are. One pink rose all tied down so that it couldn’t get away.