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Reflecting Back

It has been busy since I got back and I’m slowly catching up with everything. It’s been good to have some air to breathe.

I have been thinking a lot about my trip and how I still have so many photos to process, and I thought I might look at some that I have already done. Looking back really, it brings back so many great memories.

I’m off to take photos again today. I am going to go and take photos of something I should have done ages ago, so I am just going to leave you with a gallery of some of my favourite photos from my trip. I hope you have a great day.


MM 2-27: Themed Monochrome Madness

It is officially back and here we are with Monochrome Madness. It is a themed week again and I’ve received lots of entries. It’s been great to see that so many people are happy to have it back.

The next theme is going to be at the beginning of next month, MM 2- and it is going to be clouds. In focus or not, up to you. However next week we will be back to the usual MM with you sending in any monochrome image you like.

Shall we get on with the madness for this week?


My image for this week. I was out the other day with a friend taking photos and we saw this old house and I thought it would be great for our country theme this week.

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.


Getting Back into Things

My recent trip was the first time I’d ever done anything like that and one of the side effects that has taken me by surprise has been the trouble I’ve had getting back into normal life. It isn’t because I want to be away again, but I think I enjoyed doing nothing but planning photography trips for just over three weeks.

royal-botanical-gardens-macro-lens-119I’ve been trying to get back into it, and it is happening slowly, but please forgive me if I am a bit behind.

Monochrome Madness

I’ve been getting lots of emails, but I have struggled to reply to any, so I’m sorry, if I find time I will try and answer them all.

If you haven’t sent in your image there is very little time left, and remember the theme is country.

Digital Photography School

I have had another article published on Digital Photography School. This one is about Using royal-botanical-gardens-macro-lens-109Photography for Social Change and here is the link Using Your Photography to Create Social Change. It would be great if you could share it. Thanks.

Dynamic Range

I’ve been busy working on the next issue for the magazine. We have some of the same writers and some new ones. It seems writing for the magazine isn’t as easy as people thought and it has been interesting working with people.

I can’t say I find it easy, but I am enjoying it. I do really enjoy writing about photography, thoughroyal-botanical-gardens-macro-lens-118 I have to remember to keep reading photography magazines to get better at it. I remember being told that when I was at Uni, that if you want to write in a particular style then you should read material in it.


One of the things I enjoy about doing these posts is looking back on the photos I took a year or two again. Today I found some that I took of the Royal Botanical almost a year ago. I love the botanical  gardens and with a macro lens it is even better.

I hope you are having a good day, and I have a gallery for you now of some macro images from the botanical gardens.


Introductions: Stacy Fischer

It has been a week since I returned and over a month since I did an Introduction, so I thought I would start back with a mate. I know I can call her that now, even though we live half a world away, but when I was in New York I got to spend two days with her and I know I can say she is a friend. Of course I am talking about Stacy Fischer, from the blog Visual Venturing.

sunset-potomac-riverWe had such a great time wondering around the city of New York that I knew I would like to do an Introduction on her once I got back. I loved looking through her blog in its entirety, which can be quite different to seeing one post at a time. It was great to see the large variety of her work and also to go along with her on many of her travels.

I asked Stacy where in the world she was.

I live on the east coast of the United States in Virginia (technically called a mid-Atlantic state). To be a bit more precise, I’m only about 10 miles outside of Washington, DC. While I moved around quite a bit when I was growing up, I’ve lived here since 1980, so this really is home, though I could do without the humid summers.

brooklyn-bridgeI enjoyed seeing photos of many things that I also saw. In fact, the Brooklyn I was with her when I photographed it for myself. She, I believe did this early in the morning, which has given it lovely light.

How long have you been taking photos and why was the second question.

Creativity has always been the driving force in my life. As an adult, I spent my time creating and managing the content of websites, publishing e-newsletters, throwing parties with elaborate themes, and stage managing theatrical productions. Though everything I immersed myself in revolved around visual communication design, strangely, photography was never something I tackled.

It wasn’t until January 2014, spurred by an “ah-hah” moment after applying for and not getting a job in a communications department, that I decided to really put effort into learning about photography. My blog (an outgrowth from all the skills I had developed from all my other creative pursuits) was born at the same time as a way to track my progress and keep myself accountable. Now, I can’t imagine my life without photography. Every thing I see, I see from a photographic standpoint. Even when I watch movies or television, I take note of the composition of the scenes, the lights and shadows, the depth of field. Anyone else out there do this?


There is something quite iconic about many of Stacy’s images. I don’t know if that is something she intended, or whether it is something that we all seem to end up doing, which is to photograph the iconic and well known buildings of where we are. As I looked through her blog I found many of them, and it was great to see them photographed so well.

I asked about inspiration.

At first, because I really didn’t know where to start, I drew inspiration from various photo challenges on WordPress. If I didn’t have an opportunity to get out and shoot, I would look through old photos for ones I could use. I became aware of the role of post-processing and began to try my hand at that. I look back at so many of my earlier photos now and say “yikes!”; on the other hand, each one is part of my journey in finding and developing my photographic voice.

Today, my inspiration comes from the energy of urban centers. I enjoy shooting urban landscapes and architecture, with some street photography thrown in from time to time. I’ve become infatuated with New York City. The energy of the streets and the photographic opportunities are non-stop. I would love someday to live there, even if only for a short period of time. I would also love to return to Paris, knowing what I do now about photography.

No matter where I’ve been or where I continue on my photographic journey, though, inspiration from one source has remained constant: my fellow WordPress photographers. I am awed by what you see through your lenses and how you capture it.  Each of you continues to challenge me to develop my eye and my skills, and for that, I am forever grateful. In fact, I credit Leanne’s Monochrome Madness for challenging me to try my hand at black and white photography – a medium I have absolutely come to love.


I can’t help looking at some of her shots of New York and feeling a little jealous that I didn’t get the same. I guess it is good when you can visit a place often and I understand that Stacy does and I think it is fantastic that she really gets some great images. I guess what I am saying is that it is the advantage of living somewhere or getting to visit it often, you get more than one opportunity to photograph it. I think these images are great. I didn’t realize that lights came on, and if I had known I might have stuck around a little longer. Might have.

Was there any special about the way she worked was my next question.

There are so many photographers using so many different types of technology to capture so many different genres of photos from so many different corners of the world (have I used enough “so’s”?) – and the creativity of each never ceases to amaze me. But no two people will ever see the world around them in exactly the same way. So my work differs only because my photographs reflect how I see the world.


I like the way she sees the world too, and I find similarities with how I do as well, which is probably why I am very drawn to her work. She has a great way of seeing the world.

My last question was about gear.

I had a Nikon D90 for a number of years (left perpetually on “auto” mode), and moved into a D7100 last September. But I found carrying it around to be cumbersome. I kept hearing and reading about this wonderful little camera called the Fuji X100T. In April, I rented one for 10 days — and I am now a Fuji mirrorless devotee! I’ve taken shots from the top of the Empire State Building to landscapes at the beach; from long exposures to panoramas; from 200 ISO to 6200 – it’s an absolute gem! And it goes everywhere with me. Anyone in need of a Nikon?

  • Fuji X100T 23mm (35mm equivalent) f2.0 fixed lens
  • Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide Angle Conversion Lens (28 mm equivalent)
  • Fujifilm TCL-X100 Telephoto Conversion Lens (50 mm equivalent)
  • B&W 10-stop NDF
  • ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i Camera Bag
  • MeFoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod
  • NEC 24-inch wide gamut color calibrated monitor
  • Lightroom/Photoshop Creative Cloud

I did say if she had anything else to say to let me know and she added the following.

Many thanks to Leanne for featuring me in her “Introduction” Series. I was fortunate to spend two days with her in New York City just a few weeks ago – days filled with lots of adventure, lots of talking, lots of laughter, and lots of walking  – and she is as lovely and giving in person as she is on her blog! Looking forward to the next time, Leanne!

It was my pleasure Stacy, I feel fortunate too. I can’t wait for next time Stacy, I would love it if it was here, then I can show you around, but hey, anywhere in the world would be good.

I really want to thank Stacy, not only for her time in New York, but also for giving me permission to feature her and her photography on my blog. She runs her own challenge and I think you should go to her blog, Visual Venturing and check that out, plus all the other great photography that is there. I am going to include a gallery now of some of the images that I thought were fantastic.


Weekend Wanderings: Kinglake and Back

On Friday I had another One on One Photography Session and this time we decided to do some landscape photography. First we headed out to Kinglake to see what we could see.

It has been nice to see the countryside here again, especially as spring is happening all around. The weather has been warm, and that also means the snakes are going to be waking up, so care has to be taken as well.


We were looking at lighting and how it can make your images more interesting. It was getting late in the day and we were able to get some great shots of back lit trees. Also trees that are blossoming with the season.


With spring are also flowers and they were everywhere. Lots of wild ones, well they were growing out in the wild, so I assume they are. They are small, most of the ones we saw, and very beautiful.


We were also looking at how the light was hitting certain things. Breaks through the trees and then the light hits some things singling them out. I love light like that and look for it when I can.


My client also wanted to see Banyule Flats and to do the sunset there. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much of a sunset, but before it set we looked around some of the other places and got the late afternoon sun shining on the trees over the other side. It was so peaceful there and nice to see it in the late afternoon, I don’t tend to go there at that time very often.

I’m out today, escaping to the coast to get some photos. The weather here is getting warm and summer is definitely on the way, unfortunately. I miss winter already, hopefully there will still be some cooler weather. Still I’m looking forward to spending the day with my friend and seeing what we can find to photograph around the coast.

Here are some more photos from Friday. All the photos in this post were processed in Lightroom CC. I hope you are having a good weekend, and you will be going out to take photos as well.


Wanderings from the USA: Santa Cruz, Capitola and Monterey

Things are taking longer to get back to usual that I thought, and getting out to take photos here at home hasn’t been as easy as I thought. Still with thousands of photos from the USA I still have lots to show you. I also realized that while I was away I showed you some photos of places, but from the same place there are still many more I can show.

I visited Santa Cruz, Capitola and Monterey on my third day in the US. I also did a post on it back there, USA Wanderings: Santa Cruz to Monterey, so today I thought I would go through the folder and show you some more of those photos.

I’m not going to talk about them, I think you can see what they are.  It is the weekend here, and things have to be sorted out. I need to get on with some stuff, so I hope you have a safe and productive weekend.


Flatiron in Situ

It has been crazy since I got back, and I am trying to get the magazine ready to be published at the end of this month, or early next.  On top of that, family dramas, not much sleep and working, it is all getting on top of me. I also have quite a few articles I have to write for dPS, and one of them I need to get done straight away.

As I was thinking about that article and what to do I remembered the morning I had gone to the Flatiron building. When I was there I tried to take photos at different angles and to give it a sense of place, or to show it in situ. I used different lenses to help get that. I also wanted to remember the detail so I took some close ups of it. I might never get to go back and I want to remember how it was.

I used the 35mm lens from Nikon, then I put the camera on the Joby Gorillapod with the Tamron 15-30mm lens, and finally used the Tamron 28-300mm for the detail. The 15-30mm gives some weird angles, but I remember a lecturer at uni saying something about the nature of the thing you were working with. The odd leaning is definitely an element of that very wide lens and I’ve decided I should just go with it.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now, I hope it helps you to understand how the flatiron is and what it looks like in its surroundings.