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Something for Friday

Some decisions have been made recently and one of them is to do my posts on two blogs. This one and the one on my website. I would like the one on my website to become my main blog, and in time I hope everyone will find their way there.

Some other changes are going to happen as well. I plan on cutting down on how often I blog. I think I will go to four times a week, and see how that goes. I need to find some time to do some other things, which I am excited about. My posts on Friday are going to combine my Bits and Bobs post as well as looking at images I have put up on Social Media.

Social Media seems to be a very important aspect for any photographer these days. With that in mind I’ve been trying to use it a lot more and putting more photos on certain platforms. I have been building up Instagram and trying to put one or two photos up there each day. It has been good going through all my older images and seeing what I can put up. I have also worked on some new images. I really like how my Instagram account is looking. I hope you enjoy the new and old photos.

There have been some people who have asked that I show some images of what the inside of the magazine looks like. Here are four samples of pages that can be found in the latest edition. If you haven’t got your copy yet then here is the link.

Dynamic Range Magazine.


MM 2-33: Monochrome Madness

Some clarification needs to be made. Monochrome Madness is predominantly a black and white challenge, so we only accept those photos. Colour images will not be accepted unless they look B&W or monochrome.  Also, you can only send one image, or rather only one image will be accepted. If you send more than one, then I will choose one.

I think that is all for that, shall we look at the themes for Decemeber? Remember there will be one each week.

  • 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.

It is all up to you and your interpretation.

Let’s take a look at MM 2-33.


This is a long exposure I took last week when I went to Aireys Inlet. I love the lighthouse there. The clouds were moving very fast, but there weren’t a lot of them. I don’t mind what I got.

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.


Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

It is Tuesday again and as I start writing this I see WordPress have changed the editor yet again. Seems we now all have to start learning yet another new system. I am getting a little tired of always finding these little surprises as I go to use the system. It is so time consuming and who has the time to keep learning. I want to learn things about photography, not how to post a blog over and over.

Dynamic Range Magazine

We have had the magazine out for a week now. I wish I could say the Dynamic Range Magazine - Issue 2, Nov 2015 - cover  pageresponse was overwhelming, I wish. It seems this blog is not my audience for it, so I am going to have to start looking elsewhere. I have to learn how to market it. I am starting conversations with some others now. It seems the main thing I am hearing is that I should be concentrating my efforts where my market it. It is something to consider.

For those of you interested in the magazine, don’t forget you can order it from my website, the link is Products.

Instagram and Facebook for Dynamic Range

patchewollock-mallee-fowls-179There is also an Instagram account now and a Facebook page. We are also going to start doing the Newsletter again. The email will have some extra information that won’t be in the magazine or on this site. It won’t be massive, but will accompany the magazine nicely. The first one will be sent out soon.

1on1 Photography Lessons

I’ve been spending time with another person teaching her how to take photos with her camera. It has been wonderful getting out with people taking photos and seeing the light go off as they work out aspects of their cameras.


These are the ads on the bottom of the pages. I’ve been doing them for awhile, but what they pay you is so bad, I am thinking of getting rid of them. They won’t pay you unless you make a $100, but it takes forever to get to that one hundred. I get a few hits with my blog, but I really have no idea how others go. I can’t help thinking the whole thing is a bit of a scam. It think it is time to stop.


There was something else, but I can’t remember. I will leave it there today. The photos are from Patchewollock up in the Mallee. I love seeing these sculptures of the Mallee Fowl again. I was there about twelve months ago and took these shots then.

Introductions: Peter Hill

When I went to Aireys Inlet on Friday I was discussing with my friend Chris how I didn’t have anyone to introduce to you today. She often gives me the names of people and she came up with another suggestion. She said why don’t you ask Peter Hill. She said his work was amazing, so I looked and she was right. So I asked Peter for permission to feature him here to you.


I wasn’t at all surprised to find lots of black and white images, or waterfalls. If Chris recommended his work then there would have to be a lot of those types of images there. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, there were lots of images like that. Beautiful atmospheric images.

I asked Peter where in the world he was.

I am based in the Blue Mountains, in NSW, Australia. My wife and I have a 100-year old farmhouse on half an acre of gardens and fruit trees. We are surrounded by huge oak trees and clouds. I also spend a lot of time living in inner-city Melbourne.


Recently Robyn Graham mentioned how she liked to see how others photographed New York where she is. I have to say I feel the same way about Melbourne. I like to see how people take photos of my city. I get a lot of inspiration from the images. The infrared that Peter does are just amazing.

The next questions were how long had he been taking photos for and why.

I first got into photography in the mid-1970s when I was awestruck by some landscape and landscape “extract” monochrome images of Ansel Adams in American Photographer magazine. His compositional fastidiousness and control of light was a revelation, and being very young at the time I wanted to “be like Ansel”. I wanted to photograph the natural world and capture its beauty and power and I wanted to do it well, with images that deserve being printed large and hung on walls to be looked at. I am greedy in that respect.

My first serious camera was a just-released Olympus OM-1, which I bought in 1978 and still have and took with me on several treks in the Himalayas in the early-1980s, shooting with Ektachrome slide film.

I was on the verge of creating my own darkroom when I discovered girls and rock’n’roll, which led to my photographic urges taking a back seat. However, the emergence of digital photography 10 years ago saw me succumb once again.

Before long I was regularly arising before 4am to either head to the coast to capture seascape sunrises or, increasingly, to the Blue Mountains to trek down into its many valleys and capture waterfalls and the like. I am never more than happy then when emerging from a long morning shoot soaked wet and covered in mud but knowing I’ve got one or two moments of magic safely stored on a CF card.


You think you know what you are going to find and then you find images like this. I love symmetrical shots and this is a great one.

I asked Peter about inspiration.

Nature being awesome is my main inspiration. When the light is of the dawn or early-morning type, crisp and interplaying with a rich natural environment in some minor or major way, my lens will always be drawn to capture it. Knowing the outcome has only minutes, sometimes seconds, to be captured before the light changes just makes it even more a drug to take right there and then. When at home in the Blue Mountains I am constantly reviewing the prevailing light, cloud and wind for that wonderful mixture that I need to grab the gear and head off and do some shooting, whether it be 5am or 5pm or anywhere in-between.


While most of his work is black and white,  there are quite a few colour ones as well. The lush green of a rain forest around a waterfall. The ferns fanning out. So beautiful.

The third question was if there was anything special about the way he worked.

My work has been described by Paul Burrows, Editor of Pro Photo, as “real photography”. That is, I eschew manipulating images with a computer and prefer to focus on the craft of photography as it is done with the camera. Ansel Adams, my first and greatest inspiration (along with Eugene Atget), is sometimes labelled (by ignoramus’s) as a great manipulator, but this is rubbish. Adams was a perfectionist. In the darkroom he used dodging and burning to correct over and under exposures of light on his plates to bring the print back to what his eyes saw. He never replaced a bland sky with a dramatic storm-cloud laden one, or removed a fence line or indeed any objects from the images. He never bracketed or created composite images. He shot what he saw and developed and printed what he saw.

It seems that adopting the same principles in the digital realm, as I do, is “old school”, and it is a bit sad that my photography is labelled as different for that reason. But it does rile me to routinely see photographs I know to be fake to be published, misleadingly labelled, marketed and awarded as “photographs” when in fact they have been created by a computer program. The problem then for me is that when people come to one of my exhibitions and see my images printed large on the highest quality paper and carefully framed, they often ask me what photoshop techniques I used to create them.

The viewer of landscape photographs is becoming attuned to visions of natural perfection – where nothing is out of place and the colours are ….. amazing. It saddens me that this visual vomit is becoming accepted as the norm, as more and more so-called “photographers” seek the nadir of “perfection” in an image when the real natural world is nothing like that.

For example, I often shoot rainforest creeks with tree ferns and such in abundance. The real composition naturally includes some dead brown branches or limbs. I don’t clone such clutter out of the picture in some twisted desire to make the scene “perfect” – I leave them there. At worst my composition of any given landscape photograph will take such things into account. As a result I get suspicious about any rainforest landscape “photograph” that is all green green green.

It is all about the light. And light creates shadows. And light and shadows create depth and body and mood and mystery and contrast and emotion. If I can convey those things in my photography then I feel I have captured something special.

I am creating more B&W photographs and less colour ones. Indeed my next exhibition, in June 2016, will be exclusively B&W. Whilst it grates me to be told “great conversion” when I publish B&W photographs on-line, the truth is I have learnt to visualise my B&W images, I shoot them in B&W (Infrared camera) or in B&W Mode (normal DSLR), and I process them in B&W.


I do love the architectural shots especially. I find them incredibly inspirational and I can’t wait to get out there and start doing some of my own. It has been strange lately I am so drawn to the city. A few months ago I was sick of it.

The last question, as always, was about gear.

I started my digital renaissance with a Canon EOS 10D, and have stuck with Canon bodies ever since. Currently I shoot with full-frames – a beat-up, cracked, old EOS 5D Mark II, a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, and a rather special EOS 5D Mark II – this one was converted when near new to shoot Infrared. It has a Deep B&W Infrared Filter inside the body.

In terms of lenses I use Tilt+Shift lenses a lot, mostly the Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L II, but also the TS-E 45mm f2.8 and the TS-E 90mm f2.8. After curating my last exhibition I realised that every single photograph had been taken with a 24mm Tilt+Shift lens, either the original (which I still have) or the new model. the reasons are simple – when engaging the Shift function I can create distortion free landscapes at 15mm focal length equivalent. I also use the Tilt function (with or without the Rotate function) to carefully select the right field of focus depending on the particular landscape scene I am shooting.

For landscapes I also use the EF 24-70mm f2.8L (when I can get it off my son’s camera!), the EF 24-105mm f4L (when I can get it off my wife’s camera!), and the beautiful Zeiss Distagon 21mm f2.8 lens.

I have a large collection of filters. My favourite filter is the Hoya ND x400 filter which I use to create long exposures. But I also use B+W ND filters, the Lee “Big Stopper” ND filter and about 20 different Lee Grad Nd and other filters, e.g. Coral.

I use 2 Manfrotto 190XB Pro tripods. One is salt damaged which I keep for seascapes, the other I use in the mountains.

I would like to thank Peter for giving me permission to Introduce his work to you, but also for doing it last minute.You can find a lot more of  his work on his Flicker page and on his Facebook page, Peter Hill Photography. I have a gallery for you, as usual and I know you are going to love his work as much I do. These are the ones I loved.

Weekend Wanderings: The Streets of Melbourne

It is a sad world we live in and while I don’t think my views of it should be said here, I did find myself reacting to it. I had planned on doing a post on something else, but as I started to do it I realized that I wanted to show other photos. So I have prepared a heap of photos of people. Not something I normally do. They are people just going about their day, being normal as it were. Good or bad. So I leave you now with a gallery. Take care.

USA Wanderings: Walking Around the Financial District in New York

When I spent the day with Stacy and Robert we covered so much of New York. We walked so far. It was fantastic. I think it was the day I realized that New York really was huge. I had heard it was, but I think until you actually go there and try to get around you don’t really understand. I imagine London would be the same too.

We walked over 8 miles that day, or 13 kilometres. It was a massive day, my feet were killing me at the end of it, but it was also worth it. I really enjoyed it and will always remember it as one of my favourites.

I am just going to leave you with a gallery now. I will put captions under the photos so you know where they are, if I know. I did get a bit lost really, but I had people who knew where to go, so that was good. These photos are from when we got off the train at the new Fulton Station, and until we got to the Brooklyn Bridge.

It is Saturday here now, I’m planning on having a quiet weekend. I was out most of yesterday taking more photos around Aireys Inlet. It has been strange since I got back, the place I keep itching to take photos of is the city. I think New York helped me to find architecture again. Take care and enjoy your weekend too.  Remember if you like the post, please share it.

Something for Friday

The last few days have been spent sorting things out for people about the magazine and getting more writing done. It has been nice just concentrating on my own work.

The magazine has been great. The responses and comments have been really good. I think the best comments have been about the photos and how good they look. That is nice to hear because we really wanted the photos to stand out. I wanted people to look through it and just love the photos, I think we achieved that.

If you haven’t purchased your copy then you can get it here, Dynamic Range Magazine.

I’m still trying to build up my social media coverage, concentrating more on Flickr and Instagram so I have for you some of the photos I’ve put up. They are not new and you will have seen them before, but it was nice to share them and give them some light again. I hope you enjoy seeing them again. Take care.