…and a followup to my last post

We actually did get away a couple of times, we spent a week on the Gold coast and took the kids to all the theme parks, we also went to Sydney to catch up with family and took the young one to Taronga Zoo.

Here a a few shots from that trip.


Taronga Zoological Park


Sydney Harbour Bridge

Three Sisters

Blue Mountains Landscape

Blue Mountains Waterfall

Hello out there

Wow, ok so it’s been a year since my last blog post.

my bad. I’ve been really busy, it’s not that I haven’t been doing any photography, I have. In fact if you follow me on flickr you’ll see the stuff that I regularly upload. things have been pretty hectic at work and even at home.  Having a young family keeps me busy with pick ups, drop offs and football etc.

There have been a few new reviews and posts over on Thorley Photographics. My brother and I plug away at that whenever we can.

I’ll try to post here a little more often, to tide you over here are some shots I have taken over the last year.


Tanya Portrait

Townsville City at Night

Amelia and Linc

1949 Leica IIIc + 1937 Leitz Summar 5cm

Crystal Creek Falls

Sculling by Dusk

Weekend away on Magnetic Island

So on the 2nd June I turned a whopping 30 years old. Amazing I made it this far huh?

My wife and I decided it would be nice to spend a weekend over on Magnetic Island to relax and recharge after the busyness that had been May.
We brought our daughter and some good friends agreed to come along too.

We stayed at Hotel Arcadia right next to Alma beach. It wasn’t 5 star or anything but it was clean and comfortable and offered splendid views over the bay.

I brought an arrangement of cameras to tackle any situation, oveerkill I know. This IS me we are talking about though. I had my 4×5 Busch Pressman and a few film holders, although I didn’t shoot with it too much I did get a nice rocky foreground and sunset glow from the beach on Kodak Ektar, I’ve not yet processed those sheets.

I also toted my Nikon F100 for most of the general photography and my trusty Rolleiflex T.

We decided it would be a good idea to do the forts walk, since it’s something I haven’t done since I was a kid and the view from the tops of some of those military gun emplacements is just brilliant. So with kids in tow we set out on the 4km return walk through the forest and up the mountains.

Even the view along the track can be breathtaking as you can see from the below image, this was shot from a lookout on the trail, the golden light gives the image a wonderful warmth.

View from Magnetic Island


I was suprised how goods the kids were, not a whole lot of complaining and those little legs kept on pumping along the rocky track. From further up you can get some fantastic views of bays and islands around the area. I have only a few shots to share today as I have not finished processing and scanning the film from this trip but you can still imagine how nice it was.

View of Bay Amelia on the Beach

In the latter pic here you can see my daughter about to enjoy a quick dip in what was quick cold water, Winter here is a wonderful time of year, cool winds and water but warm days with nice cool nights, Living in paradise.

We also went for a drive around to west point, it is accessible by conventional vehicles but only in the dry season, during the wet you’d need a good 4wd to get there. We all have 4×4’s anyway so it wasn’t a problem and makes for some fun driving. Over on the untouched beach at west point we crossed upon what has to be the biggest starfish I’ve ever seen!

Giant Starfish

He was alive and well, looked to be waiting for the tide to come back in. I also made a shot on b&w film on the Rolleiflex (Below) the rest of the trip I had Kodak Ektar 100 loaded in the Rollei and yep you guessed it, those shots are still as yet unprocessed.

Giant Starfish


Magnetic Island makes for a nice place to get away and relax, especially in summer when the water is warm and the sea breeze so welcoming, with only a short ferry or car-barge trip across from Townsville it’s a place we should go more often!


Website update

It’s been a while since I’ve made any significant changes to my personal site, So for the first time for neal.thorley.biz I have decided to build from wordpress and blog here as well.

I will try to keep a more updated portfolio going here and also blog about the exciting things I get to photograph.

Stick around for the ride 🙂