Australian Landscape & Nature Photography by Michael Boniwell

Australian Landscape & Nature Photography by Michael Boniwell


Cape Liptrap Lighthouse sits bravely at the top of a wild and rugged cliff on the Cape Liptrap peninsula, in an isolated stretch of the South Gippsland coastline about 160km south east of Melbourne. First established 1913 as steel construction it was replaced in 1951 out of concrete and converted to electrical power in 1970. Warning ships of the rocks in treacherous Bass Strait, its beacon can be seen for over 34 kilometres.

Creating this image took a considerable effort in travel and persistence. I first visited this location two or three years ago and was immediately enamoured with the photographic potential of the tiny lighthouse against the huge, bleak cliffs and remote coastline. In my mind the scene promised to be epic, but every attempt I made was met with frustration, primarily from near constant and ridiculously fierce winds in combination with a lack of suitable clouds that would allow just sliver of low angle, direct golden light to create the look I wanted.

I have lost count of the number of times (maybe 15 or so), that I waited in position, hunkered down against the rocks whilst the wind howled and raged. I thought I could out smart it and a few times planned the 10-hour return drive solely around the forecast wind factor. I recall sometimes doing the walk from the carpark to the lighthouse in high hopes, barely a light breeze blowing, only to discover the cliffs and the ocean had whipped up their own weather system. On one occasion the gale was so strong crawling was required to make any progress.

Eventually I gave up, no longer able to justify the travel costs, and tried to put it out of mind. Then one day, whilst travelling through the region with our boy to work on new images, we found ourselves with a day spare and nothing planned. My expectations were so low by now, I was treating it as just an adventure, thinking I will pack the gear for the exercise. As we walked down, I kept thinking, the wind will kick in any minute. But no, it was eerily still. Below the cliffs there was only a breeze. Nothing a fast shutter speed could not overcome.

The sky was heavily covered with storm clouds, but a thin gap existed so I knew there was a chance of getting the light and cloud combination I wanted. We waited, and as luck would have it, there was a moment, lasting only a minute or two in which the scene was illuminated in gold. Yes! I had to work fast, but I got it, right down to the details in the grass and motion of the waves. My favourite image of the year.

This image is capable of being enlarged to enormous proportions while retaining fine details.

Michael Boniwell

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Small Framed Prints from "Red Bubble" (Australia)
Solid timber framed prints with your choice of frame colour and mat colour are made by Australian based printing company "Red Bubble", who deliver world-wide in 5 to 10 business days (Standard) or 3 to 7 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. Each print, when matted and framed, is three inches larger on all sides than the sizes shown below.

Print Size within Frame Australian Dollars
4" x 12" 10cm x 31cm $150 AUD Order Print
6" x 18" 15cm x 46cm $215 AUD Order Print
8" x 24" 20cm x 61cm $265 AUD Order Print
Large Framed Prints from a Printer Local To You (Australia & Overseas)
For prints up to 90 inches (228cm) you can order using the Print Only option. (The US printer "Smugmug" can also provide frames). Alternatively, for larger prints, or simply for your convenience we can organise a printer and framer local to you. Under these circumstances the photographer requires a single print license fee of $100 AUD, regardless of the product size, whilst your printer is paid separately. Please email for payment details and a list of recommened printers and framers.

Print Size within Frame Order Details
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm Please Email
michael.boniwell@gmail.com
To order using a local printer & framer.

Photographer's Fee: $100 AUD per print regardless of the print size.
(Your printer is paid separately).
16" x 48" 41cm x 122cm
20" x 60" 51cm x 152cm
30" x 90" 76cm x 228cm
33" x 100" 84cm x 254cm
40" x 120" 102cm x 305cm

Matte Colours

White    Off-White    Black

Canvas Prints from "Red Bubble" (Australia)
Canvas prints are made by the Australian based printing company "Red Bubble", who deliver world-wide in 5 to 10 business days (Standard) or 3 to 7 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. All canvas prints are mounted on hardwood for a sturdy frame. They have a water-based clear lacquer applied to them as a UV barrier and to protect the canvas prints from scuffing.

Canvas Print Australian Dollars
4" x 12" 10cm x 31cm $115 AUD Order Print
6" x 18" 15cm x 46cm $150 AUD Order Print
8" x 24" 20cm x 61cm $195 AUD Order Print
10" x 30" 25cm x 76cm $250 AUD Order Print
For Larger Print Sizes Use Smugmug below OR...
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm Please Email
michael.boniwell@gmail.com
To order using a local printer & framer.

Photographer's Fee: $100 AUD per print regardless of the print size.
(Your printer is paid separately).
16" x 48" 41cm x 122cm
20" x 60" 51cm x 152cm
25" x 75" 63cm x 190cm
33" x 100" 84cm x 254cm
40" x 120" 102cm x 305cm
Canvas Prints from "Smugmug" (America)
Canvas Prints can also be made by an American printing company called "Smugmug". Prices are therefore shown in US dollars. They ship worldwide in 10 to 15 business days (Standard) or 5 to 10 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. SmugMug offer three Canvas Printing options: Stretched, Wrapped or Board. Click Here for a full description of each option. See also: Additional Help with SmugMug orders.

Canvas Wrap: Wrapped around a stretcher frame so the edges are visible on the sides.    Canvas Stretch: Stretched to the edge of a wooden frame and stapled, leaving the full image on front.    Canvas Board: Mounted onto Gator Foamboard, a very rigid and lightweight backing with a white finish.

Canvas Print US Dollars
10" x 30" 25cm x 76cm $150 US Order Print
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm $180 US Order Print
Poster Prints from "Red Bubble" (Australia & US)
Poster prints on durable 180GSM matte stock are made by the Australian based printing company "Red Bubble", who deliver world-wide in 5 to 10 business days (Standard) or 3 to 7 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. Poster prints to Australia will ship from their US branch, but postage is minimal, typically $5 AUD or so.

Poster Print Australian Dollars
8" x 23" 20cm x 59cm $22 AUD Order Print
11" x 33" 28cm x 84cm $35 AUD Order Print
15.6" x 44" 40cm x 112cm $60 AUD Order Print
For even larger sizes try Print Only
Cards from "Red Bubble" (Australia)
Greeting Cards and Postcards are made by the Australian based printing company "Red Bubble", who deliver world-wide in 5 to 10 business days (Standard) or 3 to 7 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. Cards are printed on Durst Theta, bonded to high quality 200 gsm card for the best internal writing surface. Greeting Cards are also creased and packed with an envelope.

Greeting Cards Australian Dollars
4" x 6" 10cm x 15cm $4 AUD Order Print
5" x 7.5" 13cm x 19cm $6 AUD Order Print
16 cards = 30% discount


Postcards Australian Dollars
4" x 6" 10cm x 15cm $3 AUD Order Print
16 cards = 30% discount
Prints on Glass & Other Materials
For prints directly onto glass, face mounted acrylic, wallpaper, or any other material / size not otherwise available on this website simply email or phone and we'll organise a printer local to you.

Under these ad hoc circumstances the photographer requires a single print license fee of $100 AUD, regardless of the product size, whilst your printer is paid separately.


Above: Photo Printed on Glass for Kitchen Splashback

Prints from "Red Bubble" (Australia & US)
Silver halide prints on archival quality Kodak Endura paper with a lustre finish are made by the Australian based printing company "Red Bubble", who deliver world-wide in 5 to 10 business days (Standard) or 3 to 7 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. Photographic prints to Australia will ship from their US branch, but postage is minimal, typically $5 AUD or so.

Print Size Australian Dollars
4" x 12" 10cm x 31cm $24 AUD Order Print
6" x 18" 15cm x 46cm $28 AUD Order Print
8" x 24" 20cm x 61cm $60 AUD Order Print
10" x 30" 25cm x 76cm $80 AUD Order Print
For Larger Print Sizes Use Smugmug below OR...
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm Email michael.boniwell@gmail.com
To order large prints using a local printer.

Photographer's Fee: $100 AUD per print regardless of the print size.
(Your printer is paid separately).
16" x 48" 41cm x 122cm
20" x 60" 51cm x 152cm
30" x 90" 76cm x 228cm
33" x 100" 84cm x 254cm
40" x 120" 102cm x 305cm
Red Bubble's "Art Prints" use thicker 240gsm natural white archival paper with archival ink in set sizes with a generous "white space" around the printed image making them useful for self-framing without the need for a matte. Note, a panoramic photo will have a considerable amount of top and bottom space.

Art Prints (Paper Size) Australian Dollars
15.7" x 19.7" 40cm x 50cm $70 AUD Order Print
17.7" x 23.6" 45cm x 60cm $85 AUD Order Print
23.6" x 31.5" 60cm x 80cm $115 AUD Order Print
Prints from "Smugmug" (America)
Prints on high quality Kodak Professional Endura paper with a lustre or glossy finish are made by the American printing company "Smugmug", who deliver world-wide in 10 to 15 business days (Standard) or 5 to 10 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. See also: Additional Help with SmugMug orders.

Print Size US Dollars
8" x 24" 20cm x 61cm $35 US Order Print
10" x 30" 25cm x 76cm $50 US Order Print
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm $60 US Order Print
16" x 48" 41cm x 122cm $100 US Order Print
20" x 60" 51cm x 152cm $160 US Order Print
30" x 90" 76cm x 228cm $185 US Order Print
Metal (Aluminum) Prints from "Red Bubble" (Australia)
Prints on aluminum are made by the Australian based printing company "Red Bubble", who deliver world-wide in 5 to 10 business days (Standard) or 3 to 7 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. Lightweight, cleanable aluminium is literally infused with the chosen artwork. Available in high gloss or satin.

Metal Print Australian Dollars
6" x 18" 15cm x 46cm $130 AUD Order Print
8" x 24" 20cm x 61cm $220 AUD Order Print
10" x 30" 25cm x 76cm $375 AUD Order Print
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm $500 AUD Order Print
13" x 40" 34cm x 102cm $620 AUD Order Print
33" x 100" 84cm x 254cm Want a really big print?
We'll organise a local printer.
michael.boniwell@gmail.com
40" x 120" 102cm x 305cm
Metal (Aluminum) Prints from "Smugmug" (America)
Prints on aluminum are made by the American printing company "Smugmug", who deliver world-wide in 10 to 15 business days (Standard) or 5 to 10 business days (Express), and offer a money back guarantee. Dyes are infused directly into a specially coated aluminum sheet to create a print with incredible luminescence, detail and durability. Each print has rounded corners for your safety and the surface is waterproof, weatherproof, and ultra scratch-resistant. See: Metal Prints for more details.

Metal Print US Dollars
6" x 18" 15cm x 46cm $125 US Order Print
8" x 24" 20cm x 61cm $150 US Order Print
10" x 30" 25cm x 76cm $200 US Order Print
12" x 36" 31cm x 91cm $250 US Order Print
16" x 48" 41cm x 122cm $400 US Order Print
20" x 60" 51cm x 152cm $550 US Order Print
30" x 90" 76cm x 228cm $850 US Order Print
33" x 100" 84cm x 254cm Want a really big print?
We'll organise a local printer.
michael.boniwell@gmail.com
40" x 120" 102cm x 305cm
Frequently Asked Questions
Email: michael.boniwell@gmail.com or Phone: 04 3473 0828

Will the copyright notice appear on my print?
No, the copyright notice will not appear on your print.

What shipping or freight charges apply?
Shipping charges apply with both printers and vary depending on the size of the prints and destination. The freight fee will be shown during your check out process. As a rough estimate, using the Australian printer (Red Bubble), a small print sent to Australia might incur shipping of only $5, while a large framed print might be $20 or more. The US Printer (Smugmug) charges more to ship to Australia, with fees going over $45 US for some larger items.

Can I purchase a commerical use license?
Yes, see Commercial Stock Prices for advertising, editorial and web use.



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