ANDREW Millner likes to walk to Lake Doonella with his camera every afternoon, looking for a sunset shot. On March 4, 2008, at 5.53pm, something special happened.
The cloud-dusted sky turned a rippling red as the sun gave up its grip on the day.
The still waters of the lake turned crimson in reflection.
And the self-taught amateur photographer took one of the best photographs of his life.
The photograph, which he has dubbed Now That's a Sunset, has been chosen as part of the Living Australian Sunset Postcard Series available from Australia Post outlets from this week.
The photograph is not Andrew's first stunner.
In 2009, his photograph of a jabiru at Lake Weyba won him the VIP WetlandCare Australia Merit Award in the WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition.
Andrew said he knew straight away when he had taken a good photo.
“It's a real magical moment,” he said. Andrew, a golf course attendant at Noosa Springs, got into photography about 10 years ago.
He would take his camera to the course with him early every morning to capture the wildlife, and was soon taking photographs for Noosa Springs' publications and website.
The former carpenter, 49, would love nothing better than to pursue his hobby full-time, perhaps as a press photographer.
For those who would like to emulate Andrew's sunset success, he said the trick to taking a good sunset photo was to wait until 10 minutes after the sun had set to capture the reflective glow in the water.
Andrew said sunsets on cloudy days made the most interesting photos.