1. Music by Poolside - Fly Away (Poolside Edit)

    This morning outside our studio pulled up a 4WD.

    Out bounced five people who seemed relaxed but excited.

    It turned out to be Josh and his triple j road trip crew, they stopped off to say hi.

    Josh, Jess 1, Jess 2, Nat and Brad are all Uni students taking a well deserved break by hitting the road, starting in Perth and finishing up in Coral Bay - 1136km one way.

    The crew seemed like a bunch of fun for a long distance drive, especially with Jess's quirky questions to ponder along the way!

    Josh is using his go-pro to shoot a timelapse of the road as they drive up the coast.

    I look forward to seeing their photos, stories and timelapes when they get back.

    Are you on the road this summer? Why not get involved with triple j Road Trip Relay, make a timelapse, take some photos, record a funny story, take some selfies or show us the diverse landscape that makes up Australia.

    Thanks for stopping by Josh and crew, drive save and have fun!

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  2. Music by Not.a.Number - Horizontals In The Sky

    Some people call me a timelapse addict, maybe I am. I just find something special in seeing time pass by on film.

    There are many ways to produce a timelapse, you can use a smartphone using apps, a point and shoot or sports camera, a standard issue video camera or even a DSLR taking thousands of photos which can then be compiled to make a moving image.

    Up until recently the trusty old tripod was my only method of holding a steady shot, which is important for timelapsing.

    A couple of years ago I came across a timelapse film where the camera was moving, it looked truly amazing! I was inspired and I instantly wanted one.

    I researched different models and investigated various techniques but to my dismay most of the slider models were very expensive.

    So I saved my coins anyhow hoping that one day I would be able to afford one.

    That day came closer when I came across a website that helps people to fund their ideas through what is known as 'crowdfunding'.

    One particular entrepreneur in Canada created an affordable design to make the camera slide across a beam very very slowly.

    I sat on the idea for some months before I took the plunge and purchased it.

    Two months later it finally arrived and for the past couple of weeks I’ve been experimenting with moving vision.

    Moving a camera along very slowly creates another dimension to timelapse and although it can take a while to shoot, getting back to the computer and compiling the images is exciting.

    As with most timelapses, it’s important to hold the tripod, or in this case the slider in a strong and steady position so it won’t move.

    Wind plays a big factor as it can sometimes create little tiny nudges, which you can see, from time to time in the above video.

    Now that I finally have my slider, I'm wondering what technology might be next in the timelapse world.

    Perhaps a very slow moving aerial contraption or underwater slider?

    Who knows what the future might bring.

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  4. Meet three young Austria backpackers exploring Western Australia for the first time.
    Photos supplied by Claudia, Birgit and Christina.

    It's great hitting the road and meeting new people.

    A few weeks back I drove up to Kalbarri to hold a workshop.

    On the way I stopped to view Red Bluff - a beautiful place where the sea has cut into the red rock, carved and sculptured the giant rocky face.

    Just as I was hopping back into my car, a young lady raced up to me and asked if I could take a photo of her and her friends over looking the ocean.

    I agreed cheerfully as she passed her camera to me. It was a DSLR, a nice camera to use and so I asked if she enjoyed taking photos. With a foreign accent, she replied that she loves taking photos.

    I asked the three travelers where they were from and where they were going to which they were more than happy to tell me.

    They were all from Austria, exploring the Coral Coast before going to Perth for study and work.

    Their passion and enthusiasm for exploring new places and their love for the Western Australian coast was inspiring and contagious.

    I asked if they were willing to talk about their journey and share some of their best photos with ABC Open, which as you can see they were more than happy to do.

    Meeting Claudia, Birgit and Christina made me realise how lucky I really am, to live in such a beautiful yet diverse landscape.

    One I never want to take for granted.

    What are your thoughts?

    Do you think it's easy to take for granted what we have here in Regional Australia?

    Let us know the places you find spectacular, or send in your best photos through for our monthly project Snapped.

    Alternatively get involved in the triple j Road Trip Relay.

    See you out there!

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