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Aussie Pride

“Everybody get over here and check this out!” It’s first thing Monday morning in the creative studio and the boss is enthusiastic for us to check out something on his computer. And when Peter gets enthusiastic about something, he just about gives off light. And there’s no saying “no.” “Get a load of this band: Rose Tattoo. Classic Aussie stuff!”...

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Kickoff!

All of America knows that the pro football season kicks off for real on Thursday night when the New Orleans Saints travel to Lambeau Field to take on the defending champs the Green Bay Packers. Yep, the meaningless pre-season games are over and it’s time to get serious. That’s right, it’s time to stock up on beer and cheese platters,...

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Perfectly Out of Focus

Most of the time, photography involves getting your settings and available light just right so that you get a clean, sharp image. But there are times when focus isn’t everything. In fact, if done correctly and intentionally, being out of focus can take some shots to a whole new level. To begin with, you have to consider the effect you...

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Fit for Photography

Landscape photography can make real demands on your body. Long hikes, tough terrain, extremes of temperature – they all take their toll. And then there are those unexpected things like freak weather events, slips and falls, and… quicksand! (Remember the scene in “From the Edge with Peter Lik” where Peter’s “world” started sinking?) Not to mention the fact that you...

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Stylishly Practical

You’re not likely to catch Peter wearing a suit. He’s not too fond of them, and besides, they don’t fit his lifestyle. “I like to be comfortable,” said Peter. “I like to be able to move easily, stay cool and wear the clothes that fit my work. Anyway, I bloody hate suits and ties and all that stuff.” Peter is...

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Turning Back the Clock

One of the things Peter enjoys most about his work is returning to happy hunting grounds. Places where he’s taken shots in the past and enjoyed special moments. For him, these places are inspirational and rarely let him down in getting yet another great shot. “There’s something special about turning back the clock like that,” said Peter. “When we went...

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The Romance of Shooting Film

Today everything is digital. From our computers to our phones to our cameras. The digital era has made things easier, faster and, generally, more efficient. But that isn’t to say that the “old ways” have been completely abandoned....

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The Value of a Wingman

We’ve been talking quite a bit in “Exposed” about building confidence and becoming a better photographer. Having another photographer (or a few) to go on shoots with you can be a real advantage. And it’s something that’s been a big part of Peter’s experience as a photographer over the years. “My mate Michael Plumridge and I grew up together and...

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Looking Back From the Edge

While the first season of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” is now in re-run phase on The Weather Channel, many of the highlights of the experience are still very fresh in Peter’s mind. There were many highs, the occasional low, the risks, the camaraderie, the new discoveries, and the funny moments. “Oh mate, it was such a mixture of...

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Getting the Ink

When Peter took his first photo at age eight, and even as he developed his skills as a youth, fame was the furthest thing from his mind. He just wanted to be a photographer. But sometimes, events have a way of overtaking us, and that’s the case with Peter’s astronomical success: 46,000 collectors of his work; numerous major international awards...

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A Lonely Profession?

To many people, photography seems like a profession for loners. You have to get out there and get it done and nobody else can do it for you. But is it really like that? “Yes and no, and it depends a bit on your situation,” said Peter. “There’s no doubt, a lot of it is solo work and the buck...

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Everything Old is New Again

Peter just returned from yet another trip to Arizona and Antelope Canyon. Antelope, as you probably know, has been a very happy hunting ground for him over the years. “Angel’s Heart” and the highly acclaimed “Ghost” are his two most famous shots from Antelope. But if you think the well is dry, you’d be wrong. “Every time I go there,...

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Living the American Dream

By Adrian Zupp It’s ironic. You couldn’t meet a bloke more Aussie than Peter Lik. The way he talks (obviously!), the way he thinks, the way he dresses, and his points of reference from growing up in the Great South Land reflect his cultural background as well. All his sensibilities are very Australian: roll with […]...

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Yosemite Reprise

In 1989, Peter made his second trip to the U.S. During his visit, he went to Yosemite National Park in California and took a photo that he sold to a San Francisco post card company. It was one of the turning points of his career. “That was a big deal for me,” said Peter. “I think I got paid fifty...

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As Grand as Ever

The Grand Canyon has been one of Peter’s true happy hunting grounds over the years. Iconic shots like “Edge of Time” and “Heaven on Earth” bear witness to that. He’s been going there for years and in this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” he ventures to this natural marvel again. “I moved to the States because...

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A Lifetime Fascination

In previous posts on “Exposed,” we’ve referred to Peter’s fascination with the stars, which dates back to his childhood. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” the second filmed in Alaska, Peter goes in search of the Northern Lights. “I’ve been fascinated with the Northern Lights for as long as I can remember,” he said. “The...

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A Return to the Beginning

1984 was a turning point year for Peter Lik. He was a young, up-and-coming photographer from Australia making his first trip to the United States. And it was on that first trip that he went to Alaska and spent a few months, working as a fish packer in a cannery and taking photographs of “The Last Frontier.” It’s well documented...

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California Dreamin’

As a kid, beaches, rivers and fishing were important parts of Peter’s life – and early subjects of his photography. Family vacations to the coast of his native state of Victoria, Australia, meant the chance to get some great shots. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” called “California Coast,” Peter got reacquainted with those early...

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Jurassic Adventures

Chasing waterfall shots on the lush island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, isn’t easy. Much of the island is still pristine (read: “almost inaccessible”). That’s the attraction and the challenge of shooting there. But that was okay by Peter, when he was there filming for “From the Edge with Peter Lik” – you could say it’s in his blood. “I’ve always been...

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A Taste of the Tropics

The trip to Puerto Rico, featured in Thursday night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” was Peter’s first trip to the U.S. territory – but tropical locations are nothing new to him. Much of Peter’s early career in Australia was spent shooting the vast state of Queensland, a considerable portion of which is tropical. Those times are captured...

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From Sea to Sky

When Peter headed up to Washington State and the Olympic Peninsula at the wettest time of year, he was facing some unique challenges. He was also going to see some places he’d never seen before. What also made this trip – and the related “From the Edge with Peter Lik” episode – different to most was that it took in...

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Arch Photographer

Surely you’ve seen Peter’s award-winning photograph “Sacred Sunrise” featuring Mesa Arch in Utah. And hopefully you’ve now seen his latest masterwork “Timeless Land.” These photographs and many others (“Echoes of Silence,” “Stone Temple,” “Majestic” etc.) show what a passion Peter has for shooting natural arches. “Natural arches are wonders of nature,” said Peter. “They’re formed by erosion over long periods...

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When the Going Gets Hot…

Death Valley. Few place-names have such an ominous ring to them. But in some ways, this slice of the Mojave Desert gets a bum rap. Yes, it’s hot as fire and generally inhospitable. But it’s also a geological wonder and incredibly picturesque. “There’s a beauty to the desert that a lot of people never get to see because they think...

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Going Big in Big Sky Country

In his early years as a professional photographer, Peter was given the advice “Go big or go home.” Needless to say, that’s how he’s done things ever since. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” on The Weather Channel, Peter keeps that spirit going as he heads to Montana’s Big Sky country. The episode is called...

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A World Below

Slot canyons have been both a fascination and a rich source of stunning photographs for Peter for many years. Stunning photographs? How about “Angel’s Heart,” “Turn Scarlet,” “Antelope Canyon” and the multi-award-winning “Ghost.” A slot canyon is defined as a narrow canyon that’s been formed by rushing water wearing away rock. They are considerably deeper than they are wide. “Slot...

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Taking Aim at the Stars

Each Tuesday we’ll be running a new blog series called “In Focus” which will be specifically about Peter. Some entries will be quite biographical, others will discuss his work philosophies, while others may include insights from friends and colleagues. In this first installment, we look at Peter’s fascination with the stars and capturing them on film. Some of Peter’s most...

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