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Finalist in Photo Masters Cup 2013

I was fortunate to be awarded  as a finalist in the 2013 Photography Masters Cup.

There were 8,521 entrants from 86 countries, so feel pleased with my result.

The image is also from Karijini, but whilst it is a favourite the aspect ratio just would not fit into the collection for our current exhibition at the Milk Factory Gallery.

Emma & I were in Kalamina gorge (one of our favorites) just looking for mini landscapes under our feet. I spotted this & was immediately drawn by the shapes that looked just like mountains. After a couple of frames I then thought actually it looks more like a volcano!

I then decided it needed smoke puffing out the top, so I simply scouted around until I had gathered enough red pebbles of various sizes.

Later, I really got carried away & splashed water & slime from some nearby puddles to add the look of puffy clouds, however it was not as successful as I had first imagined.

Still, I did not really care as I was having fun playing around like a big kid…


MARK KELLY “Karijini Volcano”

this is the press release



LOS ANGELES (16th Feb 2013) – Photographer Mark Kelly of Australia was presented with the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in the category of Abstract at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow. The live online ceremony webcast Saturday, February 16, 2013 was attended by photography fans in 86 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from Phillips de Pury & Company in New York; Kunst Licht Gallery, Shanghai; XPO Gallery, Paris; Tasveer Galleries, India; BFN, Netherlands; to BBH in London who honored Color Masters with 239 coveted title awards in 18 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,521 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Mark’s “Karijini Volcano”, an exceptional image entered in the Abstract category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.photomasterscup.com.

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Contact: Mark Kelly
Email: mk@mkimages.com.au
Website: www.mkimages.com.au


Karijini Exhibition Is Ready!

Well – the time has finally arrived!

All the Karijini images are hanging in the MKImages Gallery (part of the Milk Factory Gallery Complex)

My daughter Emma is exhibiting for her first time, so this is very exciting for us both.

Here are photos of the exhibition. However, on-line they do not show any were near the quality of the actual printed works!

A big thanks to Sonja & Bob at ArtHead for printing & framing, especially the nearly 3m gigantic panorama.

Karijini Exhibition Gallery Panorama


Emma Kelly Karijini Images – collection #1


Mark Kelly Karijini Images – collection #1


Mark Kelly Karijini Images – collection #2


Mark Kelly Karijini Images – Panorama Centrepiece


Mark Kelly Karijini Images – collection #3


Mark Kelly Karijini Images – collection #4


Emma Kelly Karijini Images – collection #2









Karijini Exhibition Invite – Sat 16th Feb 4pm

An exhibition of photographic prints by father and daughter inspired by the wonderful rock formations of Karijini National Park.

Karijini Workshop Photos Published In Better Photography

In April this year (2012), my daughter and I attended a landscape photography workshop at Karijini National Park. It is centered in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in northwestern Western Australia. The surrounding rocks are part of the Banded Iron Formation. These rocks are probably some of Australia’s oldest and were formed on the sea-bed which geologists estimate occurred over 2.5 billion years ago.

Apart from the surround spectacular landscape, Karijini also features numerous Gorges that have been carved out by ancient river systems. A truly special place and well worth visiting. We stayed at the Karijini Eco Resort which was great.

The workshop leaders were Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt.

The level of image-making was outstanding from all participants, and it was fantastic to share time in such a wonderful place as Karijini with a group of like-minded people.

Every year Peter Eastway publishes images from the workshop. See the Better Photography Spring 2012 edition for this years contribution.


Better Photography Spring 2012 cover


Emma Kelly


Mark Kelly

A Different Sort Of Rock Art

I was editing some images from the trip to Karijini National Park for inclusion to my next exhibition. I have a range of different sorts of images from 6m wide panoramas, the result of stitching up to a dozen 80MP photos, to rock texture detail and water abstracts. Lately some of the rock textures have caught my attention and over the last few days I  have concentrated on assembling  a collection. I am still undecided how to present them in the gallery, but one idea is to have either a group of small images hanging together, or actually make a single composite image.

So tonight, I was scrolling past this image and was thinking it was “nice”, but I felt it could become much more than “nice”. I am not sure why I did, but something in the back of my head suggested using this single image as a reflection.

I opened the image in PhotoShop. I then expanded the drawing canvas by doubling both the width and height – in this case 174cm x 131cm. I then duplicated the layer, used transform to “flip” the image, then drag it to a spare corner of the canvas.

Next I did a “copy visible” which I remember as the “eagle claw” keyboard shortcut, as you press four keys (all at the same time) Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E (Windows), or Press Shift+Command+Option+E (Mac). This simply creates a new layer which is simply a copy of the current visible layers. This third layer I then flipped vertically, again using the edit, transform command.

The final combined image was really starting to interest me – suddenly I noticed that the image needed rotating – WOW! I could not believe this could come from a simple image.

Next, to start to bring out more of the features l as used curves to create a darker version on another layer and gently revealed parts of the darker layer with a mask and soft brush. I then flattened those layers and have been fine-tuning with a “dodge and burn” layer. There are lots of different ways to do this, but a simple way is to create a new layer and fill with 50% grey. After setting the blending mode to “soft light” use a soft brush set at 5-10% opacity. Areas you brush with a black brush will darken and areas you brush with a white brush will lighten. This technique allows you to gradually build up the effect, as multiple brush strokes are accumulative.

I am still learning to be subtle, but multiple light brush strokes are preferable over a single heavy one.  For this sort of editing a graphics tablet is invaluable.

The final image is still a work in progress, but I got excited over what I had created and had to share straight-away…


Karijini Rock Art Starting Image

Karijini Caged Monster Rock Art