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Introductions: Adrian Donoghue

A couple of weeks ago I told you how my friend Chris is always telling me about great photographers and she has found another great one today as well. I’ve only known of Adrian Donoghue for a short time, but I am very impressed. His work is quite different to what I normally show.


My first thoughts when I saw his work was that it reminded me a lot of the work by Edward Hopper. I asked Adrian about Hopper and he said that he loved his work and had one of his books. I think you can definitely see the influence.

I asked Adrian where in the world he was.

I live in the leafy surrounds of Eltham, a suburb North East of Melbourne. However when photographing, I am drawn to cityscapes, so I spend many weekends exploring the streets of Melbourne.


He has some very iconic buildings of Melbourne in his images, and often you see them in ways we don’t normally. The image above, very rare to see an image of that with so few people in it.

As you know, the second question was how long had he been taking photos for and why.

Like many photographers, I have loved photography since my childhood, however career, children, music and a mortgage occupied much of my adult life. I returned to photography in the early 2000’s, when life became a little quieter, and just at the start of the digital revolution.  As a result, digital capture and Photoshop post processing seemed a natural seamless combination.


While I think many of images are composites, there are some, like this one that I don’t think is. It seems like a real scene that he has given his unique look to.

I asked Adrian about inspiration.

My inspiration comes form a number of sources. I love the Australian artist Jeffrey Smart  for the way he ‘stripped bare’ the urban landscape to create a feeling of surreal reality. His inclusion of a single human form would suggest a narrative, often left up to the viewer.  In addition, the ‘film noir’ movie genre has inspired my use of my ‘hatted protagonist’, who is often set in dark and threatening urban scenes.  Finally, Australian artists like Charles Blackman and Arthur Boyd; these artists focussed on figurative art with many works being part of a series. Much of my recent work  forms part of a series, as a result, a theme or idea can be explored in many settings.

ADRIAN-DONOGHUE-PHOTOGRAPHY002So many of his images have been taken of places I recognise and it is nice to see them. I find the work quite inspiring and the you could be forgiven for thinking they were paintings. They really do have that look about that.

My next question was to ask him if there was anything special about the way he worked.

A hard question to answer from the inside looking out. Others have commented about my ‘style’, so I guess there is something ‘special’ about my work. Maybe a slightly dark, surreal, movie poster look.


There is a real sense of theatre and drama in his work. It looks like it has been set up, and we know that it has. Many of the images are like stills from a movie or play. They demand you pay attention.

My final question, as always, was about his gear.

I use a Canon 5Dii,  with either the Canon 17-40 mm or 24-105 mm lenses. I own a 70 – 200 F2.8,  however I rarely use it these days, as I am mostly after wider angle streetscapes with good depth of field. I am increasingly using a tripod, to get more interesting evening light, and have the potential to apply HDR processing.

I want to thank Adrian for giving me permission to feature his work here and show it to you. I think it is quite amazing. You can find a lot more of his work on his website, Adrian Donoghue Photography. I do hope you will go and visit, sit for a while. I have a gallery for you now of my favourite images from his site.


USA Wanderings: Riverside Park in New York

When I was in the USA, over two months ago now, I took so many photos. I’ve tried to show you a selection of all the places I went to, and I can’t believe there are still photos to show. Today I have some photos that I took the day I spent with Robert in Riverside Park in New York.

Riverside Park is between the Hudson River and the Upper West Side. It was a great park to wander around. I think it is quieter too and seemed to have more locals in it. I didn’t get the whole tourist vibe while there. It was really nice.

We had planned on going to Central Park but since I went there the day before we decided to walk to the river. We also passed some amazing homes, brownstones, I believe they are called. I was also fascinated with the fire escapes. We don’t have them here, so I enjoyed seeing them as well.

I will leave you with a gallery now. I will put captions under some of them if they need some explaining. I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been working on photos for my book. I think I needed to start. I am so happy with how the images are looking.





Bits and Bobs on a Friday

It has been just over a week since I changed my blogging pattern. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I have enjoyed having time for some other things. I’ve been working on photos again, which I have really enjoyed, I missed doing that.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I’m still trying to promote the magazine and get the word out there for it. It is a hard job, but it has been wonderful to get all the lovely comments melbourne-atrium-building-459from people who have purchased it. Good to see that everyone has thought we produced an fantastic product. I have to keep reminding myself of that.

I’ve been pushing the social media side and have welcomed a new person to the team that is going to help with that aspect of it. It should be good.

We are also now planning the next issue which will be out in February. With that issue we will start to offer subscriptions, so you will be able to subscribe for a year. You will still be able to buy individual issues however.

We are also going to introduce a newsletter for subscribers as a reward. melbourne-bourke-street-mall-christmas-467The newsletter will have added information, tips or tricks that won’t be available anywhere else. We are excited about this idea.

Book on Banyule

It is time to start sorting photos for the book so I will be making the most of my time to go through all my photos of Banyule Flats and work out which ones I want to use. I have to then start processing them and get them to the person who is going to put them together in the book. We are planning on doing it season by season.


I’m off to the city this afternoon for a march. Marches have been melbourne-hosier-lane-graffiti-452organized all around Australia to show our Government that we do care about Climate Change. They need to start doing something. We should be looking at renewable energy. I’ve been to a few marches and I love the energy of them. They are quite inspiring.

Photos and My Other Blog

The photos today were on my blog 12 months ago. I was going to show my photos that I have had on Social Media this week, but in the end decided to do a post over on my other blog about social media and put my photos up there. Here is the link for that post, Something for Friday – Social Media.

MM 2-34: Monochrome Madness

This is technically the last non themed Monochrome Madness before Christmas. Next week we start with our first theme of Bell or Bells. I have also had a request about putting colour into the images. I think it is okay to have a touch of colour coming through, but we have to remember it is a monochrome challenge.

Here are the themes again for December.

  • 1st week of Decemeber the 2nd – Bells
  • 2nd week, December the 9th – Santa or Elves
  • 3rd week, December the 16th – Angels
  • 4th week, December the 23rd – Christmas where you are.

Let’s take a look at this week’s Monochrome Madness.


I’ve done something a little different this week and if you want to find out what type of things I did to process this image you will need to go to the Blog on my Website.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

Reposting an Introduction – Hoof Beats and Foot Prints

Normally I have people to Introduce to you, or I find something else, but I was thinking that maybe I could re-post one. I decided to re-post the one on Bella Remy Photography because Emily writes for Dynamic Range and I thought it would be nice to show you some work from one of the contributors.  I know some of you will be seeing this for the first time, while others might remember it. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s featured photography blog is from Emily, or Bella Remy Photography and her blog Hoof Beats and Foot Prints.  I have been following her work for quite some time and was happy when she agreed to let me feature her on my blog for my Introductions post.  I am sure many of you know her work and I hope those that don’t will enjoy the introduction.

img_43511When I think of her work, I think birds, but not only birds.  She does many things, but I do love her bird imagery.  I am not a bird person, I rarely photograph them, and the only time I do is if it is a bird that is rare or unusual to see.  So, to see someone else really dedicated to it is wonderful.


I have some words by Emily, but will include them at the end for you.  In them she talks about the patience that is needed, I can imagine how patient you would need to be.  Patience is not something I have, so it is another reason to really admire what she does.  I can remember posts where she talks about crawling on her stomach to get shots of birds, now that is dedication.

gettysburg05jul13-2928-editOne of the things I really enjoy is the colour, I love how colourful her images are, but they aren’t oversaturated or in your face that you see coming from a lot of photographers.  The colours always seem to be true to what you are looking at, or what she is representing.

sunsetmm16may13-2480-editThe colour that I just talked about is present in much of her work.  She doesn’t do just birds, but also does flowers, a lot of nature and landscapes.  I chose not to do the flowers because I felt I had done enough of those the last few weeks, and since Emily’s work is very varied I thought it would be a good chance to focus on other things.  Though you should take a look at her blog, she does beautiful close up work as well.


She describes herself as a nature photographer, and I think when you look at her work you can understand why.

I have put together a gallery of some of my favourite images from her blog.

As I said, Emily has put together some words to describe why she photographs and what inspires her.  Once you have finished, please go and visit Hoof Beats and Foot Prints to see all her amazing work.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Emily for allowing me permission to do this.

“As a child, I was always interested in photography. As a teenager, I remember borrowing my father’s Pentax K1000 in the Andes mountains of Bolivia. Having only 36 shots, one had to make each image count. Even back then I gravitated to landscape, nature and travel photography. There is something about adventure and discovering the world through a lens that makes it special.

The sense of exploring and discovering new things was bred into me. I have always been inquisitive and like learning. Each moment in every new place, and new experience should be treasured. Photography provides a venue to being able to capture the moment and share it with others. The world has always been a place of wonderment for me and walking with a camera causes me to slow down and really appreciate the experience.

When reentering the photography world three years ago, my first idea was to try to get into the stock photography market. Little did I know that the market is over saturated and requires a lot of discipline. Not only in creating a portfolio, but also in the creation of a stock image. I quickly found out that stock wasn’t for me. I’m too creative to work well in a rigid craft.

Starting with a photo walk with a professional photographer and photo coach, I learned that it takes time to find out where one’s true passion lies in photography. Vowing to try different types of photography, I spent two years taking a variety of classes that ranged from sports photography to food photography. Portrait photography was never something I was interested in. I quickly learned that there are three aspects to photography. Composition, the camera’s technical aspects, and the post-processing and editing of the images.

In addition to the several photo classes I attended, I also took field trips with a friend to a variety of venues, with most of them gravitating to travel or nature interests. In the second year, I upgraded my camera and continued my effort in improving my craft. There were many things that were “user error” and had nothing to do with the camera itself. Developing an eye for strong composition, knowing how to hold the camera steady for sharp images and learning how to use the camera settings for proper exposure was the focus.

That fall, I had heard about a place called Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River between Delaware and Maryland. In the winter, over 100 American Bald Eagles are known to gather at the dam for several months. Renting a large 400mm telephoto zoom lens, and a tripod, I went on my first visit the dam to capture the eagles. Instantly I was hooked. Seeing the fence lined up with serious photographers with their huge telephoto zoom lens, waiting for the perfect moment to capture a bald eagle in action was inspiring.

Bird and nature photography requires special skills. The first and foremost is being willing to deal with harsh conditions. Whether it’s hot or cold, wet or dry, the wildlife is there. These bald eagle photographers would go to the dam on numerous occasions, beginning at dawn and spending hours standing and waiting for some action to occur. Then observing the behavior of the eagles helped to know when something was worth capturing. I left that first day with a 1000 images. Most of them out of focus, many of them bad. So the challenge was set, I became determined to master the art of bird and nature photography.

The second year of capturing the eagles went much better. I rented a longer 500mm lens, and spent three days standing in the cold waiting for up to eight hours to get that ‘gallery shot.’ Meeting more bald eagle photographers, they shared with me several trade secrets that improved the success rate of my images. The 500mm lens was incredible, and I quickly fell in love with the lens. I was able to add it to my arsenal of photography equipment and this year has been mostly focused on bird photography.

One of the most crucial skills I had to learn was to slow down and wait. And wait, and wait. I remember trying to capture some kinglet birds in a bush at home, and I stood there for about an hour and a half. That’s when I finally understood how those wildlife and bird photographers get their beautiful photos. They spend an enormous amount of time waiting. The next skill was learning how to be quick on the draw. Having a good eye to capture some slight movement and be ready to shoot is essential. Combine these skills with the technical knowledge of how to freeze motion, and it all began to come together.

These days, when I return to landscape and travel photography, I find this style of photography to be quite easy. After trying to capture birds in motion, something that is still is easy to photograph. I’ve learned to take my time and really think through the shot. Both with the composition, as well as the camera settings. It’s better to have two excellent shots, then 20 not so great ones.

To complete the triangle of photography: composition, camera technical aspects, then post processing/editing, this year has been concentrated on learning the software available to post process my images. I shoot exclusively in RAW format, and have a digital image that can be processed in multiple ways. Using Adobe Lightroom allows me to try different styles for the same image without affecting the original file. My next goal for the upcoming year is to delve into the world of Photoshop CS6.

The camera gets me out exploring the world around me far more than I ever would have if I hadn’t gotten back into photography. I’ve learned how to slow down and relax and to really enjoy the moment. Photography opens doors that you never knew existed. Happy shooting!”


Weekend Wanderings: Walking Around the Streets

On Friday I was going out to afternoon tea, but I had to get into the city earlier so I decided to take my camera. It’s nice just wandering around taking photos of nothing much at all. Things do catch your attention.

I also went into a couple of stores. The first one was Gewurzhaus and took photos of some of the great things in there. They sell lots of spices and small containers. A great smelling shop. They are in the Block Arcade across from the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.

The other store was a soap shop called The Australian Natural Soap Company. They had lots of soap, naturally. They were very raw and very textured. I like photographing them.

I did ask if I could take photos. I think it is polite when you go into stores and they usually don’t mind.

I was a bit shocked to see that Christmas decorations are up already. It is all happening too fast.

I’m just going to leave you there today. I have some photos of my wanderings here for you. I also have some other shots that I have worked on that I will put on my other blog.   I hope you are having a great weekend and the weather is nice where you are.