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Weekend Wanderings – Up Close to Rippon Lea

Rippon Lea is part of the National Trust.  I joined the National Trust for two reason really, one, so I wouldn’t have to pay entry into place like Rippon Lea and secondly, to support them.  It is great that we have places like Rippon Lea that we can go and visit.  We no longer have to “apply to the housekeeper” and anyone can go. Back on track, I went there the other day with my friend so we could try out our macro lenses.  She has just purchased one, and I had the one that Nikon had lent me, the 40mm Micro DX lens. One of the best things about going to Rippon Lea are the gardens.  It seemed like the perfect place to try out the macro.  So every shot in this post is done with the macro.  A macro can be used for normal images too.  I took my Nikon D300s with me this time because I didn’t want the cropped frame of the DX to keep confusing me.  It was also nice …

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Introductions – FATman Photos

Great name for a blog, reminds me of the movie Pitch Perfect when Rebel Wilson’s character tells people her name is Fat Amy, so people won’t call her that behind her back.  Sorry, I am digressing.  FATman Photos is the blog that is run by Adrian Lewis and he is in the United Kingdom (UK).  I’ve known Adrian for a while now, and he was a big help in helping me decide that I wanted the D800. When you go to Adrian’s blog, well when I go I am struck by a lot of black and white.  There is a lot of monochrome images there, which probably explains why I like it so much right now.  As I try and work out images for my own challenge, it is great to see a great variety of images and subjects on Adrian’s blog, it helps to see what is possible. I did ask Adrian my standard questions, the first being why do you take photos. I take photos because I have a deep-seated enjoyment for creating …

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Introductions – Anja Matko

Anja Matko is a new artist for me, I came across her work very recently and I was blown away by it.  It is very similar to work that I have tried to do myself, but she does it so much better.  I have seen other artists doing similar also, but there is a raw element to Anja’s work that the others don’t have.  Perhaps the darkness of the images is also what draws me in. There is something about entrapment to her work, a need to escape, I can’t quite explain it.  I look at her work and I want to know what she is thinking.  Many of the images, I think all, feature her and are self portraits. When I emailed her for permission to use her work, I ask if she would answer the questions I ask everyone.  The first, as always, why do you take photos. Well, since I remember I liked to express myself through art. First, in high school I was drawing. Now that I remember, I always had …

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Introductions – Fine Arts Journal

Robyn from Fine Arts Journal has a different sort of blog to the ones I normally introduce. She is like me in the reverse, I started putting up art things and slowly my blog became all about photography, whereas her blog seemed to be more about photography and now there is a lot more art on it.  She has been spending a lot of time learning to paint sculpt, I hope that is right Robyn. These images with the frost and the effect of it on things are something that really got my attention and I remember so vividly these images when she was doing them.  She is also Australian, though in a different state, further north than me, but I couldn’t work out how she was getting great images of frost.  We were not getting them down here, frost that is. You know I asked her why she takes photos. I think I need to. As a young person and as soon as I had access to a camera, I took photos. Of course …

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Introductions – Leanne Cole

Yes, it is about me today.  For a few of reasons really, and I hope you don’t think I am being too egocentric here.  The first reason was that some of the people I have introduced have spoken about how hard it can be to answer the questions, so I thought perhaps I should have a go.  The second reason, well, I’ve been a bit slack and hadn’t organised myself and had no one, so you got me.  The third reason was because recently when I showed all the photos of Melbourne and then the river, a lovely friend wanted to know where some of the other images were, but I told her I considered them my art images, so today I thought we could look back on all my art images. I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my earlier attempts at what I call art images, and some of the things I’ve experimented with over the last couple of years. So the first question I always send to people is …

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The Challenge of Black and White

Recently I have been doing a lot of black and white.  Challenging myself, trying to see what works and what doesn’t.  I have never been a believer that every image is better in black and white.  I always felt that you should take it image by image, however, that doesn’t mean that some images don’t just cry out to be black and white. I was talking to Laura Macky the other day and we were both talking about how we don’t do it enough.  That we really should push ourselves to attempt more.  I have always found this blog to be great for pushing me.  So we thought, let’s challenge ourselves. So today’s post is our first.  Of course the biggest hurdle to overcome was the time difference, she is in the US, so she will do her posts on Tuesdays, and I will do mine early on Wednesday morning. This is my image for our first challenge, the building is the Rialto Towers.  For many years this building was the tallest in Melbourne, it …

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Influencing Me – Trey Ratcliff

If you have ever attempted doing HDR photography, then you will almost definitely have heard of Trey Ratcliff and his website Stuck in Customs.When I started doing them I was told to go to the website to get information about doing HDR images. There is so much there to look at and check out. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and when you do a HDR image it allows you to do images that have very bright areas and very dark areas, so you can get an image that covers both.  It is good because you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. There is something quite amazing about his HDR photography.  I could never get mine to be quite the same, but I did see a course run by him on KelbyOne and I am ready to give them another try.  Doing some things the way he does them, and using some techniques I’ve learned from other instructors there.  I have to tell you, his voice is not at all what I expected, I suppose …