sactyr photography

64/2 Eardley Street, Bruce, ACT 2617
+61 434 554 552

A fine art landscape photographer specialising in Australian landscape and nature photography.

In 2008 I picked up a Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot camera while on a backpackers trip in Melbourne, and I still remember gasping at the colours it produced of the Melbourne skyline view from Yarra River. 

Throughout my uni days I brought that humble point-and-shoot on the many roadtrips I went around the Canberran region – Snowy Mountains, Batemans Bay, Jervis Bay, Sydney etc and I realised there was something about photography in me. Having originally come from Malaysia, I was always attracted to the diverse landscapes that Australia offered – but somehow looking at Australian landscapes through lens gave me a whole new perspective and passion.

It wasn’t till 2010 I picked up my first DSLR camera – a Nikon D90 and kit lens. I started off as everyone else – used the Auto mode and took hundreds if not thousands at one scene. No regards to light affecting the scene whatsoever.

Light. It’s the single most important aspect in landscape photography. Take advantage of natural light in different times of the day and you will have yourself some amazing landscape photos that this earth has to offer.

As months passed by I started reading and experimenting on my own. Flickr helped a lot at this stage – I started following Australian-based landscape photographers and the camera settings that Flickr would give for each of the photo greatly helped in taking my own shots. Photography has a steep learning curve without a doubt, but I realised I had to understand light, and how the camera processes light – in order to start taking good photos.

In the past few years I became obsessed with chasing light and being at a particular location at precisely the right time – the magic hour time – this is roughly an hour before dawn and an hour after dusk. In December 2011 I travelled Tasmania with my cameras completing 3,500 km. In October 2012 I travelled 4,500km around North Island, New Zealand, from the extreme north – Cape Reinga – to the extreme south – Wellington. In December 2012, I travelled another 4,500 km between Sydney and Melbourne and back up to Sydney on the coastal route.

People usually ask me why landscape photography? Why not wedding or portraits where the money is at.

Honestly, there is nothing remotely as exciting as travelling a round trip of 1,200km for a single photo – for example this – a shot of Cape Reinga Lighthouse, or sleeping in the car at sub-zero temperatures while the camera is taking over 200 shots non-stop to put together this startrail photo. I guess it’s the extremity in landscape photography that pushes me to take exciting photos.

My equipment:
Nikon D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm lens
Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm lens, Nikkor 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 35mm 1.8G
Lee circular polariser and ND graduated filters

Feel free to contact me for any queries on my photos, licensing needs or if you would to hire me for other sort of photography i.e. real estate/interior etc. To view my photos, please see

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