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Weekends Wanderings Around the City

Well not really around the city, but close enough. Last week a friend and I went into the city for the Open House thing and ended up not seeing anything. Not that we minded too much. We walked around the city and down to Southbank and I took some photos of things I’ve some things I’ve never done before. It was great.

It is just a very quick post, I really must apologize, but I spent all day yesterday working on the magazine and trying to get my website set up, which unfortunately it still isn’t. I’m trying to set up a e-commerce thing on it, and I’ve tried two different ones so far, and both have different problems I can’t work out. Hopefully I will have more luck. Doesn’t help that I am coming down with a cold so my head is mush anyway. Having said that, the magazine looks great, and is around 60 pages, so that is really good.

I’m going to leave you with a gallery now, I hope everything your part of the world is good and you are having a better time.  Take care.

Influencing Me: Joel Tjintjelaar

If you love architectural photography then you will, I’m sure, know about Joel Tjintjelaar.  He is like a guru when it comes to architecture and long exposures. I know many of you already know his work and those that don’t will fall in love in love with it.  His work is something I aspire to be able to do and I plan work thinking of how he executes it. Shame he is in another country to me.


There is a rawness to his images, they are devoid of distractions. When you look at his work there are lessons to be learned on what you should include and what you shouldn’t include.


The work is about shape and form, and you look at the structure of the building. It is like an architects vision of what they thought the building would look like.


His work is predominantly black and white. It strips away more of the distractions. It helps make the buildings beautiful, but also very simple, if that is the right way of putting it.


Though I was also surprised to see that there are some colour photos. Actually one really, this was the only one I found, but still the image has the colour, but not much. It has been stripped of most and is just the bare essential colours.


His long exposures are also worth looking at. For someone who is experimenting with this process myself his work really is inspirational. Of course the water ones are, but so are the architectural ones.

Minimalism at its best really.  It is something I think many of us can learn as we compose our images and work out what to leave in and what to leave out.

Joel did give me permission to show you his work and I had to make sure that you knew that the work was his. I can’t find a website but he is on Google+, Facebook, and Flickr. I would also like thank Joel for allowing me to show his work to you.

Website: BW/Vision

I have a gallery with more of his images now.  Click on an image to get a larger image. I know you will enjoy them.

Weekend Wanderings: Early Morning in the City

A couple of weeks ago I joined some other lovely ladies and we spent the morning taking photos along the Yarra River in Melbourne. The river was calm and clear.  It wasn’t mirror like, but still very nice and we managed to get some lovely reflections in the water along with some great colours.  It was a very peaceful morning.

It was meant to be a Social Snappers Event, but many didn’t show up, so here is what they missed.

It is a busy weekend for me, so I am just going to leave you with the photos today.  My weekend includes lots of photography, and I hope you are going to have a similar weekend.

Quiet Thursdays: Taking it Easy

Really that’s what I’ve been doing?  It is a very lazy day for me, I just don’t seem to be able to get myself motivated to do much.  It could be a thinking day, do you have those?  Days where all I want to do is think and work out some stuff.

I have another article for the Digital Photography School being published early next week.  This one is on textures I believe, how to use them.  It is my first attempt at doing a tutorial for them, and it is something I need to work on.  I should be an expert at doing them by the time I am finished.

I have some other things I want to write about, but I need to think about it first.  Have the ideas going around in my head for a while.  Work out what I really want to say, take some notes and then start the writing process.

Today I have a couple of photos that have been on social media and were taken last Saturday at Healesville Sanctuary. I originally did the pelican for MM, but something about it, well, I don’t know.  Then I wondered if it wouldn’t be better in colour!

There is also a redo of the image that I did for last week’s MM.  I thought it was missing something so I’ve tried doing something else to it, I don’t know if you will notice, but I think it looks better now.  I also have one image that I did this morning, which is why this post is late.  I really wanted to try some things on another image.  If you stare at the tops of the buildings the clouds look like they are moving.

My mum is arriving this afternoon, so I’m going to leave it there for now.  I hope you get to have a lazy day as well.

Weekend Wanderings: Snapping Along Bourke Street

One of the first Social Snappers events this year was into the city to photograph Bourke Street.  Last year was so good along Collins Street so I thought Bourke Street might be good to.  It started off well, but toward the other end, near Southern Cross Station, it wasn’t so good.  Still it was nice to wander and take photos.

The weather wasn’t great, and the sky was bit washed out, so it was good to try and do some images that didn’t have the sky in it, which wasn’t always easy, but we managed.  It was a great day besides that, and I think everyone had a good time.


We started at Parliament House, and we just walked around the steps and took lots of photos of the different features.  I have more photos in the gallery and there is a plaque there with some information on when it was built and such.


Anyone who knows Melbourne knows about this place, especially if they like coffee.  It really is a Melbourne Institution.  Pellegrinis has been there for over 50 years.  I just read an interesting fact that said the first espresso machine delivered in Melbourne went there.


I didn’t know until recently, that apparently Australia is the only country that calls McDonalds Macca’s, is it true, I don’t know, but Macca’s is what we call it here.


Being a Sunday afternoon was interesting visiting places like this and seeing everything closed.  This is more the business end of the city and it really is dead on a Sunday.


I found this building really interesting.  It’s now a Hotel, but when you look more closely you can see the VR 1889, so it was built then, and above the doors it says Police Station, so it was one for some time.  The doors are large and I imagine they were like that for taking horse and carriages in and out. I thought the big bars across the top.

There are quite a few photos, so I am going to put them into a gallery for you, and will put some explanations underneath.  I won’t be around much this weekend, I’m off to the coast again so will be out taking lots and lots of photos.  I hope you have a very busy weekend planned, it is a long weekend here, so extra time for photos.

Introductions: Exploratorius

The Introduction this week is from someone I found in the reader, I kept noticing his work and I liked it, so I thought I would like to introduce you to Exploratorius and the photographer behind it, Mitch. He has some wonderful images on his blog and I really want to show you those images. Mitch has given me permission to show you his work and I hope at the end of this post you will follow the link back to his blog


There is a lot of architecture on Mitch’s blog, and I guess that is something that I am quite attracted to.  His work reminds me of how I photograph it, well the angles, I know we work differently, I think I do more digital.

I asked Mitch where in the world he was?

My wife and I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, within Maryland — a state dominated by the Chesapeake Bay, which was formed by the seventh largest meteor impact crater in the world (  We live just 27 miles (43km) from the White House, but you would never know it based upon the tiny rural community that we call home.


Then there are the black and white images landscape images, now this is an area I really want to get better at. I like the landscapes he takes and when I look at them I realise there is no reason why I couldn’t do similar images.

I asked him how long he had been taking photos for and why?

My earliest attributed image was one I took of my mother when I was three and a half years old (March 1965), though it was only later — around the age of nine — when I discovered this thing called “composition” and began to take image creation seriously.  Eventually I was able to become a professional photographer and graphic designer in the late 1970s, before changing my career to computer support in the early 1990s (it is quite easy to starve as a professional photographer, less so as an IT guy).  Photography for me is a way to share my specific vision of the world; it can be an actual record of reality from a specific point in space and time, or it can be how I think it ought to look, with natural beauty being the primary focus.


You could be mistaken to think that Mitch only took monochrome images, but it is good to see that he does do some colour, but they often aren’t the normal colour shots and you can expect something a little different with his.

I always ask about inspiration.

Ansel Adams is my primary photographic inspiration, but I believe I learned more about the importance of composition, lighting, and textures from the great painting and illustration masters — Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Russell, and N.C. Wyeth.


It was nice to see some close up work in his portfolio as well.  This is so soft and the colour is wonderful.  He has some other close ups too, but I don’t know that it is something that he specialises in, or does much of.

As usual I asked Mitch if there was anything special about the way he worked.

Compared to the greats?  No.  As I state in the tagline of my site, I am a photo hack; I may be a very good one, but I am still just a hack.  However, I continually strive to improve my work and I learn something new everyday.


The familiar colours we see at either end of the day, something we all try and get.  This is a great one, it is something I find hard to get, there never seems to be any when I try.

I always ask about gear.

I have shot images with just about every major brand of camera gear out there, both as a pro and as a prosumer.  The smallest camera I have ever used was the Kodak Disc (truly tiny negatives and awful image quality), while the largest was a 20 foot (6m) long 20×24″ (500x600mm) NuArc horizontal process camera.  My favorite cameras have always been the small ones, the cameras that no one takes seriously — so at present I am shooting with a Leica M7 (35mm film), a Sony NEX-5N (APS-C digital), Olympus Stylus Epic (35mm film point-and-shoot), and whatever iPhone I am currently carrying.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mitch for allowing me to showcase his work.  I would invite you all to go and take a look at his blog, Exploratorius and maybe say hello.  I have a gallery for you now of some of my favourite images, it is just some, as there were too many to choose from.

Starting the Year as I Plan to Finish

Happy New Year

It is the first of January as this post publishes, and I no doubt will be fast asleep, well I hope I am.

In the last 12 months I have concentrated on learning things and trying some things.  In between I did a few art images. Admittedly the year started badly with a bad back that meant I couldn’t sit for very long and wouldn’t able to spend a lot of time working on images.  As the year progressed I still didn’t do many, but it is something that I want to get back to.  Robyn’s One Four Challenge was great to help me get back into it and realised that perhaps I should be doing more.  So I am hoping to do a lot more of this next year.  It is something I love doing a lot. My back is so much better now and it is much easier to sit for longer periods of time.

I have gone through this blog and the one on my website and found images that I have enjoyed processing.  Some you have seen, some you may not.  Funny when I look at them now, they are nearly all architectural, I had really noticed that before.

Be careful with the celebrations, but I hope you all have a great evening bringing in the new year.


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