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Weekend Wandering – Abbotsford Convent

On Thursday was another Social Snappers excursion, this time we went to Abbotsford Convent, an old place that was once the home of the nuns that belonged to the Order of the Good Shepherd. It is quite an amazing place.  The nuns sold it in 1975, and today it is more an art precinct, with many artists having studios there.  It is nice to have a place that you can just wander around.

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The buildings are much what you would expect a convent to be.  They are large, but they aren’t grand.  Of course they are beautiful, but they don’t have the ornate details that buildings of this size would often have.

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“If the walls could talk?” It must have been an incredible place at one time.  It is a very busy place now.

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There are some amazing out buildings, and if you are going to go there, then you have to walk around the outbuildings as well.  This one is quite popular and a lot of people have their wedding photos taken in front of this one.

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I had been there before, but not for many years.  The last time I was there to take photos I was using a compact camera and the photos I got were not very good.  I am much happier with the images I got this week.  I also don’t remember how the gardens were, which could just mean that I didn’t pay attention.  This time we were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful garden and many flowers blooming in them.

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We chased this butterfly around everywhere.  It didn’t stay still for long. We finally got it on a plant and it just stayed for a while. I got out the Tamron 90mm macro lens and had fun taking photos of the flowers in the garden.  I really do enjoy using the macro lens.

I have a gallery of images for you now. We had a great time at Abbotsford Convent, and I could happily go back there another time. I would like to explore the inside more, the public spaces.  I love buildings with lots of history.  I am going to have to go and do some research now.

On a side note, before the gallery, my daughter got her license yesterday.  She said she will still go out with me to take photos, I hope she does.  We need to plan another trip.  What are you planning this weekend?

 

 

Weekend Wanderings – Snapping Around Heide and Banksia Park

Last weekend was another Social Snappers Photography Excursion, hard to believe they have started for Term 4 already.  We were off to Heide and Banksia Park.  The weather was gorgeous, and people were out everywhere.  It was great to see how much our parks are being used.  Heide is a great gallery, with a coffee shop and beautiful gardens around it.  In stark contrast is Banksia Park, it isn’t sculptured and has been left pretty much to itself.

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The gardens of Heide are full of sculptures and some are really interesting.  I love this one, it was great to photograph, you could get some amazing effects.  Every time I go there are new sculptures to see.  It is nice that you don’t have to pay to go into the gardens, but you do have to pay if you want to see the art inside.

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Some of the sculptures are very famous, My children used to love going here when they were little, they always had to visit the cows.

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I took the macro lens with me and had to put it on when we were going through the kitchen gardens and then the gardens around the original house that the Reeds lived in.

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Banksia Park was gorgeous and we wandered around on the paths to look at the bushland around it.  The late afternoon sun was gorgeous, and I was trying to capture it as it was coming through the trees.

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In some places flowers were growing all over the ground as the trees were getting their leaves back after the winter.  As we were standing here, we heard something rustling in the bushes right in front of where I was standing.  I saw a thin thing, with strips and thought it was a snake, so we quickly stepped back away, only to realise it was a blue tongue lizard.  We were very relieved.

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This was the last shot that I took for the day, just before we left.  I couldn’t resist the long shadow with the sun hidden behind the trees.

We stopped at the coffee shop at Heide, the Cafe Vue, and had some afternoon tea. It was very busy, but the service was very disappointing, we couldn’t get anyone to take our order, and while others enjoyed what they got, I wasn’t so happy.  I had the strangest chocolate milk shake I have ever had in my life.  Sometimes I think they go over board with the fancy.  It was also late in the afternoon and there weren’t many snacks left.

It was a great afternoon, and I am really happy with the images that I got.  It is going to be very sad when I have to give the macro back. Here is a gallery for you now of more of the images I took there.  I hope your weekend starts well.

 

Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 2

Back to the Fitzroy Gardens today.  It was such a beautiful day and I got so many great photos that day, that as I said in last weeks post I am putting them into two posts and the second half of images I am showing you today. It is so amazing how late Autumn is this year, we are almost through the first month of winter, but the leaves are still changing, Mother Nature seems so confused now.

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In the gardens, near the coffee shop, is a miniature village.  Lots of pretend houses and gardens.  It is very cute.  There is a fence all the way around it, but the fence isn’t that high that it disrupts your view. Really only does that if you want to take photos at ground level, so we found out.

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Near the miniature village is the Fairy Tree.  I had heard of it before, but never really took any notice of it.  It is amazing.  It was carved in the early 30’s by Ola Cohn, I believe the artists name was.  There is a plaque underneath it and I will put a photo of it in the gallery for you.  There is so much detail in the tree that we spent ages just looking at it.

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This is behind the coffee shop, and I have taken the words from the website,

The “Temple of the Winds” rotunda is located north west of the kiosk and was constructed in 1873 under Bickford’s curatorship. The building consists of a domed concrete roof supported by ten Corinthian columns. The temple was erected by Thomas Julian and Co. at a cost of £275.

It is very similar in conception to the “Temple of the Winds” dedicated to Governor LaTrobe and erected by William Guilfoyle in the Botanical Gardens. Both temples are composed at 10 columns instead of the normal 8 or 12 which are more easily divisible by the four points of the compass.

I think that explains what it is better than me.  I just loved the way the light was hitting it.  I intentionally put the sun right behind it so I it would be blocked, but I love all the shadows coming my way.  I really like the contrast between the “Temple” and the bright green as well.

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It is one of those gardens that you have to keep your eyes open, you just never know what you are going to see or where.  There are fountains and water features through out.  Though some we saw when we first got there had no water in them, so it will be nice to go there again sometime.

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Technically this image was taken in the Treasury Gardens, which are right over the road from the Fitzroy Gardens.  We walked through as we were heading into the city.  We thought we were done with taking photos, but we found ourselves taking out our cameras once again to get more shots.  I love the idea of the garden with the city in the background.

If you missed Part 1, then click here to see the previous photos, Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 1 I am going to put the rest in a gallery for you now.  I hope you enjoy my wander around the gardens, and get to do some your self this weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Getting Close to Como house.

Today I took the macro that Nikon Australia has lent me to a National Trust Property in Toorak, Come House.

LC3_3243Part of the reason for going was that the house has lovely gardens and I thought I could do more macro photography there.  There were flowers there, but it’s really the wrong time of the year.  Australia, summer and flowers don’t really go well together. However with Autumn now coming and winter, flowers will start growing again.  That isn’t to say there weren’t any flowers.

LC3_3259There were lots, but just not as many as we would have liked.  It was a lovely day to walk around the gardens, and the house is rather spectacular.

LC3_3301There were lots of views of it and the fountain was really nice.

LC3_3265I took quite a few photos of this from different angles, and I am afraid you will see them in the gallery.

LC3_3263I think the time there was really about taking photos of things as close as I could get to them.  I did take the advice that people had told me to do, and I used a smaller aperture so I could get a larger depth of field.  (for my students reading this I used a bigger number, so more depth of field).

LC3_3308Once we had finished walking around we headed to the coffee shop there, The Stables, and had coffee and cake, in my case, a pastry.  I had to try taking a photo of it.  I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but I think I like food photography, so I might try doing more of it over the next week or two while I have the macro lens.  My friend was horrified that I wanted to do it, but I just had to.  It was also a very nice coffee and the pastry was very good.

It was lovely wandering around with the macro.  I do wish that I didn’t have to get so close and I did have trouble at times.  It is so different to what I am used to.  I think I really want a 105mm, no money at this time.  Oh well, maybe Nikon will give me one, haha, wouldn’t that be nice.  Not likely, but nice idea.

Here is the gallery for you.  Every image in this gallery was taken with the macro. Interesting thing, it is good to realise that the macro can be used as a normal lens as well.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne’s Own Monet’s Gardens

This week I have had to look at many architectural buildings and one that came up that I realised I had never been too was Ripponlea.  It is a National Trust site, and a really spectacular building.  So I went there to check it out.  We walked around going, OMG, OMG, OMG.  We hadn’t planned on staying long, but after being there for only 15 minutes we knew we would have to come back and visit again when we had a lot more time.

I took many photos, but today I am going to show you the photos I took of the gardens, and tomorrow the photos I got of the house and buildings around it.  I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the gardens were, and as soon as I saw the lake, all I could think of was Monet, and his garden.  I thought to myself, we have our own here, I don’t know why there aren’t lots of en plein air painters around the lake painting.  It was so beautiful.

A very busy weekend for me, so please enjoy the photos I have prepared for you from the gardens of Ripponlea.

Weekend Wanderings – Royal Botanical Gardens

On Wednesday my photography friend and I headed into the city to go and take photos of the Royal Botanical Gardens.  I have to tell you, that while I had a rough idea of where it was, we had trouble finding it.  Signs, they would have been good, you know little ones that would “Royal Botanical Gardens this way”.  I don’t know how visitors to Melbourne find it.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0570I thought for fun I would take the camera that the Living & Learning Nillumbik have purchased to check it out and see what I could get.  Of course the Macro setting on the camera was a bit of an attraction.

This above image is not part of the gardens, but part of one that we walked through to get to main one.  All the bulbs are coming out and there were tulips everywhere.  I think this was planted for the exhibition that was on recently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Monet’s Garden.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0584We found this little pond around the back of the Myer Music Bowl.  It was very peaceful, well sort of.  It is near a freeway and a busy road, but it looks peaceful.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0596This was in the Botanical Gardens.  It is such a great structure and I have no doubt that it is likely to be a replica of something that is in England.  We did that a lot here in the 19th century.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0625I had fun taking Macro shots of the flowers.  I wasn’t sure they were working, but I was happy to see when I got home that they had.  The camera is the Nikon D3200 and I used the 18-55mm lens.  I don’t think the images are perfect, but I did enjoy playing around.

On the same note I went to the Digital Show/Exhibition yesterday and Canon were running a special on a small compact camera, the IXUS 510 HS, so I got one to play around with.  I have been playing with the macro on that, I hope you have figured out you will be getting some photos from it soon.

Here is a gallery with more photos from the Botanical Gardens.

More from the Scouting at Heide

Several of you asked for more images from Heide and I thought I would do more images from the garden.  Perhaps look at some stuff that worked, or didn’t, then maybe when I go back for the real trip I will have a better idea of how to photograph some of these things.

Strolling AroundThe gardens at Heide are just as famous as the Gallery.  They are well worth walking around and checking out.  The paths are so lovely.  Beautiful trees.  In the morning it is perfect.  I must go back one evening to check out the evening light on the gardens.

Cows GrazingThese cows are in a large area.  The artist who made them is Jeff Thomson and the cows have been there for a long time.  When my girls were little a visit to Heide wasn’t complete until we went to see the Corrugated Iron cows.  They aren’t looking as good these days as they did when we first started visiting.

When I go back I would choose a different angle to photograph the cows.  Perhaps from the other end.  It is too hard to work out what the one closest to us actually is.

Rick's Running ManI tried to get a good image of Rick Amor’s Running Man sculpture, but I really wasn’t happy with any of the ones I got.  It is a hard sculpture to photograph.  I suspect to get a good one of this, I am going to have to try a few different things.

The gardens are so lovely and peaceful, I think they would be perfect for some portraits, so I am going to see if one of daughters and her friends will come and let me take photos of them.

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