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Weekend Wanderings: Night Skies Along the Coast

This last week there have been lots and lots of reports of the Aurora Australis, our version of the northern lights. Ours are red and greenl, though I wouldn’t know. I’ve never seen it regardless of two trips to the coast, it was too overcast. There was always clouds around the horizon.

First I wanted to show you some photos that were taken during my Astrophotography class. We went to Sorrento to do them. We have some cloud, but overall it wasn’t too bad. We certainly got to see the milky way. Here are the photos from that evening.

My first attempt at trying to get the Aurora was in Sorrento. We couldn’t see it but I still took some photos. I love how you can see everything and the photos look like they were taken during the day, but it was dark. You can see the stars in the sky.

I’m down at Jan Juc at the moment and the other night we went out to see if we could see the aurora, and still nothing, too many clouds. We even got up early the next morning, and nothing, again clouds. What is it with the clouds? We did go and take some photos, first at a beach here at Jan Juc, then Bells Beach and a bit further along to Southside Beach. Again, some great photos, I think, of the milky way.

It hasn’t been a total waste of a weekend, and I’ve certainly enjoyed it. Got lots of photos today and lots of exercise, we walked about eight kilometres, I blame Chris, from sv-takeiteasy, it was all her idea and now I’m really tired. I hope you have had a productive weekend.

Weekend Wanderings: Traipsing Around the Beaches at Jan Juc

Recently I was given an opportunity to spend some time on the beaches at Jan Juc.  It was fantastic and I had a great time with Chris from sv-takeiteasy and she showed me around the beaches there.  I’ve never been there before and it was great to explore a new area.


The weekend was full of opportunities for both of us to take lots of long exposures.  We were both learning to how to do them, so it was a great time to experiment.


Staying not far from the beach there were opportunities to get out take photos of the sunrise.  It was a great spot to take them and it was nice basically rolling out of bed and a short walk to the beach.


Walking along the beach we were able to find some interesting things.  I’ve never seen a jellyfish like this before.  I loved the colours in it.


A trip to Aireys Inlet to try some long exposures around the lighthouse.  It was here or rather after this trip I discovered just how dirty my sensor was.  It was sent in for cleaning and I’m happy to say, all those annoying little dots are now gone.


Great weekend or weekends all round.  There were so many great places to go and take photos.  I am hoping that I will be able to go back some time and see what else I can get there.  It was such a wonderful spot for long exposures.

My weekend is happening so fast.  I have been busy doing more writing and today I am out again taking photos.  I have been very lucky being able to go and take photos all the time.  It should be nice.  I hope you are having a good Easter so far, for those that celebrate it, and for those that don’t I hope you are getting to enjoy the long weekend. Here is a gallery with a lot more images for you.

Weekend Wanderings: Sorrento, Summer by the Sea

There was a fairly late start to summer here, we actually thought perhaps it had skipped us this year, not that I minded, it is probably the season I like the least, but alas it has found us and it is making up for lost time. It is going to be very hot today and tomorrow and forever, if you ask me. It has been very hot here the last week or so as well.  I don’t like the heat and it is terrible for photos.

I did get a chance to go to Sorrento and Blairgowrie recently for Social Snappers and the weather, while warm was really perfect for the day.  First we headed to one of the back beaches at Blairgowrie.



There are some small cliffs there and the waves hit them and the water sprays everywhere.  This is a series of photos put together so I could make the wave look much bigger than it actually was.  I think it is about 15 to 18 photos.  Gives it a great effect.


I tried doing this for MM, but in the end decided against it.  I put a ND8 on the lens to slow the shutter speed down so I could get lines instead of the usual water spray.  I like how it looks with a slower shutter speed.  There will be more in the gallery.


After lunch we headed to the bay side of Sorrento to take some photos along a beach.  The water is very different on this side, much calmer, that would be because it is inside the bay as well. The colour of the sky and the colour of the water was just stunning. I think the water was very cold though, judging by the people trying to swim in it.


The clouds in the sky were amazing too, they looked like they had been struck by the soft wind that was blowing.  Perhaps I should have tried some long exposures.


These all say summer and what most people think about when they think of summer in Australia. Though it is rarely this idyllic, it is hot and the sun just burns.  Hats, sunscreen and covering up is what we should be doing. Getting burned is not ideal, beside the pain that comes with it, there is also the added threat of skin cancer every time it happens.  I got burned so many times growing up that I try to minimise it happening now.  Besides, red really isn’t my colour.

I have a map for you, you can see the shape, so the bottom part is what they call the back beach, it can get pretty wild there.  The top part is the bay area, so it is always much calmer there, you don’t get the big waves in that area.

I wouldn’t be going anywhere near the beach today, it is going to be 36°C here today, think I will stay indoors and try to keep myself cool.  I hope the weather is nicer where you are, though I hope people in Queensland weren’t too badly affected by the cyclones that just hit them, thinking of them.  More photos now, enjoy your day.


Weekend Wanderings – Point Lonsdale Through Grad ND Filter

Yesterday morning I got at up 3am to drive down to Point Lonsdale to get the sunrise.  My main reason for going was to try out the Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filters that Maxwell International Australia have loaned to me to try out.  They have also sent me two extra ones, the grad ND8 and the full ND8, so I thought I could also try some stacking.

We left home at 4.30, my daughter wanted to come too, a chance for a road trip and another chance to listen to Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 in the car.  I don’t know why, but she loves listening to music in the car.  So we headed out with Taylor Swift singing in the car and me driving in the dark.  I had thought that we would be too late for the sunrise, and I was right.


I could see it happening as we were driving down, so I stopped in Geelong and took this photo of it over the bay.  It was nice, not a great spectacular one, but I do want to get more of them.

We still had over half an hour to get to Point Lonsdale so I pretty much knew that I had missed the sunrise there.  I need to plan these things better. When google maps tell you that it will take 2 hours to get there, then it is a good idea to remember that and not think you know better.  I also found it so hard to get up that early so I think I am going to start trying to get up earlier each day, and once a week go somewhere to get the sunrise.  I am hoping if I get used to doing it, then I will not have as much trouble doing it.

Part of the reason for going, as I said, was to experiment with the filters I have.  I didn’t experiment with the coloured ones, just the Neutral Density Filters.

The images in the gallery above are all of the same thing, but had different filters, or different combinations of filters.  I have put a caption under each one so you will know what I did for each one. It was good to see how they all work, and I’m still trying to figure out what I am doing.  I did notice that when you stacked the ND8 filters I got some magenta colour casting, but then at the end I tried it again, but closed the eye piece on the camera and I didn’t seem to get much colour casting.

Once I did this I pretty much left the grad ND8 on the camera and just took some photos around the area.  I didn’t move off the jetty as the tide was in and I couldn’t really get down on beach, but I am happy with the images I got.

I am going to leave you with the other images today in a gallery.  It is raining here this morning, so no photos today outside, well not now.  I hope you have a good weekend.

Quiet Thursdays – Moonlight in Banyule Flats


I took this shot a while back when I was photographing the moonlight in Banyule Flats.  I love the way the light from the moon shows everything. I was also trying to get the stars.  I thought maybe since I was in a valley that maybe I might be able to get the milky way, but there were too many lights from the city.  Also being a full moon I didn’t like my chances.  I might try again when there is a new moon.

I did play with this a little bit, trying to bring more out of the sky, not sure I succeeded much.  It really isn’t a great photo, but it is a trial for something else.  I think experimenting and trying things is so important, you just never know what might work. That is something about digital that I do love, that you can experiment and not have to worry about wasting film.

If the clouds weren’t there I suspect it would be a very boring image, so in this instance I am glad it was there.

I am leaving it there today, I have been out taking photos all day, so I am a bit tired now, I need to be quiet for a while.


Weekend Wanderings – Looking for the Stars at Aireys Inlet

Searching for the Milky Way and places to photograph it have become a bit of an obsession for me, I think.  I have been out to take photos of it with John Holding a couple of times, and we had scheduled a trip down to Sorrento, but he saw the images I had taken at Aireys Inlet and expressed an interest. I didn’t mind going back, so on Monday we went there to see what we could find.


The plan was to get there earlier, check some places out around the lighthouse, photograph the sunset, have some dinner some where and then back to do the milky way.  After looking around the lighthouse, we went down to the beach.  The wind was really strong and I was trying to get the sand flying over the beach.  You can see it so easily with your eyes, but it is so hard to capture it with your camera. We also photographed the waves as they crashed in.  I was using my 80-200mm 2.8 lens to photograph these.


The sunset looked so promising.  We had gone back down to the beach to get the sunset.  It was an okay sunset, but it was what was happening behind that got the best images.


It was so pink.  I loved it.  I should have taken a lot more images from here.  The cloud cover was larger and the colours were so intense.  I can’t wait to get some filters to try doing this more.  I had change my lens back to the 24-70mm, though when I put the Cokin Neutral Density filter on to slow the water down, I noticed I couldn’t use 24mm, I had to zoom out until you couldn’t see the filter ring, which is a bit annoying.  So, yes, we did photograph water as well, then it was off to dinner. There aren’t a lot of places to eat in Aireys Inlet, but the local pub, The Aireys Pub, was friendly and the meals were really nice.


Then back to the beach for the milky way.  There was some cloud initially, but we didn’t let it bother us.  We took some on the bit of beach we had been to earlier.  I changed my lens again to the 14-24mm to take the milky way.  I can’t believe I went out in one day and used three different lenses, that must be a record for me.  It is something I need to get better at doing, changing my lens and not being lazy.


This one was taken at the bottom of the lighthouse, something John really wanted to try. So I thought I would give it a go too.  Looking straight up the side of the lighthouse to the milky way.


Though, I think this may have been my favourite in the end.  I love the way the milky appears to be coming out the top of the light house.  I do love it when you go out to take photos and have a great time and get some great photos.

I am looking forward to seeing John’s photos and we decided that we would link to one anothers blogs today, so you could see them as well, his blog is John Holding.  If you are interested in Astrophotography John did an up for discussion post on it a couple of weeks ago, Up for Discussion – Astrophotography.  I am going to put more photos in a gallery now.  I hope you enjoy my trip to Aireys Inlet, and plan on some doing some wandering yourself this weekend. It is getting too late to do the milky way, but the full moon is next week, so I have started planning trips around it.



Quiet Thursday – In the Air Again

Different kind of air this time.  Last Saturday night was the new moon here, unfortunately it was also a really bad night, we had lots of rain all day, so it was obvious that it would be too overcast.  I don’t like travelling an hour and half to get nothing, so I stayed home.  On Sunday night, I told my daughter I would take her driving.  We went to Sorrento and I thought if I can get some shots I will, if I can’t, no hassle.


As you can see there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, well almost.  I didn’t stay long, I just took some shots of the milky way over the ocean.  This is the back end of it, really.  the heart isn’t in this part.  I didn’t mind, I was really interested in capturing the ocean as well.


I think this is my favourite.  I love the ocean and how it looks.  This image was actually two images, the ocean is from one image and then the sky from another.  Both taken at about the same time.

I am going to leave it there today.  I hope you are having a quiet day too.


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