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Weekend Wanderings: Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

This last week I had an opportunity to go into the city and take photos of the Christmas decorations.  I wasn’t alone, there is a woman who does Social Snappers and her 5 year old daughter who keeps wanting to come with her camera and take photos as well.  I love to encourage anyone who wants to take photos, so I sent her a special invitation and last Wednesday I want into the city with Lola and her mum.

We had a great time wandering around taking photos of everything that we saw.  She was using a small Crayola camera that her parents had given her, one that could handle dropping.  I was so impressed with how she took photos, she would compose them carefully before taking them. It was obvious that she knew what she wanted to take.  Her mother has given me permission to show you her photos,

Lola’s images of Melbourne.

Didn’t I say she was good, when you consider the camera she was using and being five years old, the photos blew me away.  Certainly someone that I hope doesn’t stop taking them.  It was great fun seeing the Christmas Festival through the eyes of a five year old.  My daughter came as well, my eldest Briony, but she has grown out of this sort of thing.  It is always nice to see things like Christmas through the eyes of a child.

I took lots of photos as well, but no where near as many as Lola, mine are pretty boring compared to hers, but I will show them to you anyway. Christmas is very close now and we have a tree up and there are presents under it, so I guess Christmas is going to happen here this year, whether we are ready for it or not.  Here are my photos, I have kept a couple to myself for the MM splash of colour, is yours ready?

Introductions: Jim Worrall

Today I want to introduce you to Melbourne based photographer Jim Worrall.  It is nice to show the work of someone who is local and takes photos of our amazing coastline.  I think the coastline around Melbourne and Victoria is extraordinary, and when I look at Jim’s photos on his blog, , I realise there are many spots around the coast that I know nothing about.  I am going to have to start exploring a lot more.


There are stunning black and white images that show the harshness of the coastline, and how wild the ocean can be.  Much of the coastline along Victoria is called the Ship Wreck coast and when you see these images it is easier to understand why.

I asked Jim how long he had been taking photos and why.

I took up photography in 2006.

At that time I had a sense that something was missing from my life and I found that photography filled that void nicely.

Photography provides me with an escape from the mundane.   It allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and provides me with a creative outlet that I can share with others.


While most of Jim’s work is monochrome there are some images here and there that will surprise you with their brilliant colours.  There are some wonderful colour images of the ocean, and I love the way he has captured the colours in this image and the way the clouds seem to be coming out to get you is just amazing.

Inspiration is something we need, it helps us get out there to take photos, and so I also asked Jim where he got his inspiration from.

My inspiration comes from my fascination with the natural world.  I’m particularly intrigued by the ever changing shoreline areas where violent oceans meet the land.  I’m always in awe of the power that Mother Nature can display in these areas.


I have to say I was surprised to find a calmness in many of his images, like a sadness of what has gone before.  It is something I’ve tried at times, to stop the ocean with images, to do some long exposures that make the ocean seem calm, even though we know it isn’t, and never can be.

I asked Jim if there was anything special about the way he worked.

I don’t think there’s anything special about the way I work.   I like to often use dark ND filters to give an ocean scene a slightly surreal feel.   I also like to use a wide angle lens and position myself as close as possible to the action if it’s not ridiculously dangerous. 


While most of Jim’s images are of the ocean and the power it yields, there are some photos that are completely different. It is nice to come across some other images, though most of his images are taken near the ocean, or on the ocean.  It is great to see his photos.

My final question, was about gear.

I don’t think that gear is terribly important. Any modern DSLR camera is capable of capturing amazing images.

I’m currently using a mid-level Canon camera with a Sigma widey (10-20mm) for most shots.

I’ve had the same Manfrotto tripod since 2007, although the salt water is taking it’s toll on it now so I’ll need to buy a new one soon.

I would like to say thank you to Jim for allowing me to showcase his work here on my blog for you all.  I hope you will all go and visit his blog, , there are a lot more images there.  I have a gallery with lots of the images that I really liked for you now.

Weekend Wanderings: Looking Back at the Photos of Melbourne Part 2

Today I have the second half of the year and lots of the photos that I have taken in the last six months.  It has been fantastic going back over the shots.

It is 12 months ago now that I really hurt my back and was unable to sit at the computer for a long time.  My back has improved and it was interesting to see that some fine art images were slowly creeping back in, as I was able to sit at the computer again. I am starting to get right back into editing my photos again and seeing what I can do.  Some of the challenges that people run have been good to get me back into it, I have enjoyed the push to get me to try some things again, which in turn has made me want to go and try some new work.  Plans are under way, just as soon as I get my energy back.

So today the images are all architectural again, I believe, a few of the river, but I have explored some new areas of the city in the last six months and it has been good finding new places to photograph and then take photos of.  It is going to warm here today, not too hot, which is nice, but still warm enough that the best place to be is inside.  I hope you are experiencing nice weather where you are today.

Weekend Wanderings: Looking Back at the Photos of Melbourne Part 1

This last week has been busy and tiring, very tiring, and I haven’t been able to get out and take photos like I would have liked, actually if I am truthful, I haven’t been out at all and now I find myself with the weekend being here and no photos for Weekend Wanderings.  I had hoped to get out and take some photos, but it hasn’t been possible, so I thought I might start looking back on the year that has almost ended, seems like a good time to do that sort of thing.

I have been into the city so many times this year to take photos of Melbourne, so this weekend I thought we might just look back on some of the photos I have taken.  This post is going to be the first six months of the year.  I love going back and seeing what I have taken, I have usually forgotten half them, so it is good to see them again.  Tomorrow I will put up the second half of the year, and then over the weekend I will have rounded up the year and my photos of Melbourne.

I am just going to put the images into a gallery for you to look at. I am going to take it easy this weekend, and I hope you get a chance to do the same.

Quiet Thursdays

I really look forward to Thursdays, it means Monochrome Madness is done for another week and I can just relax, or play with some photos on the computer, which is what I have been doing.  Actually I did more of it yesterday.  I like seeing what I can get.


I’m afraid it is not a very exciting image.  It is the doorway to ANZAC House in Collins Street in the city of Melbourne.  I took this image one Sunday during a Social Snappers Photography Excursion.  I do love the opportunities I get to take photos on these excursions.  My photography catalog has grown so much because of them.  I know I go on about them a lot, but I do want them to be successful. Funny how people in Melbourne are so hard to find.

Oh well, back to the image.  I’ve been trying a few things, incorporating some old techniques and then looking at some new ones.  Trying to decide what I want to be important in an image.  I am happy with quite a few aspects, and glad that I finally found some time to try them out.  I know I will have more time in the weeks to come with things winding down for Christmas and January is often a slow time for me.

I have also done a great deal of work on another image for Stacy’s AB Friday, but you will have to wait around 36 hours to see it, and it will be on my other blog.  You will also be able to see most of the entries on Stacy’s blog, Visual Venturing, again, you will have to wait for Friday where Stacy is.

I plan on taking it easy for the rest of the day, I hope you can too.

Weekend Wanderings: Christmas in Melbourne

The other night I had a Social Snappers Excursion in the city and part of the reason for it was to photograph the Christmas decorations and lights into the city. Everything is up now in the city of Melbourne, and it is almost the same as it was last year, and the year before.  It was a little disappointing.  Last year I was given the job of photographing the display for the City of Melbourne, and this year, they said they would contact me, but I never heard from them, and perhaps it is because nearly everything was the same.


The Elves look the same in the City Square, but the tree doesn’t look quite as good, it was nice, but it wasn’t the same as it was in previous years.  We came back when it was dark and I got no inspiration at all, I didn’t even take a photo. There was no maze for the kids, and not even sure if they had activities for them.  Compared to previous years it was a bit boring.


We tried to get the sunset alone the river with the mistletoe bridge in the foreground, It wasn’t much of a sunset, but I’m okay with it.  I did enhance the sunset quite a bit.


One of the things I do like is how I don’t have to worry about getting images for the council, so I can play, I like that.  I’ve been trying to think of different ways of getting images of the Christmas lights and such.


The lights are on the Melbourne Town Hall again, but they are different lights from last year.  I did really enjoy them this year.  I just set my camera up to take a photo every few seconds, and then I could just watch.  It was a great way of doing the shots.

I took a video with my phone, wasn’t so great, but if you want to see it, here is a link to it, Melbourne town hall Christmas 2014. As I said I did it with my phone, so it isn’t great, but it does give you an idea of that is there.

I have some images for you now, I will put them in a gallery for you.  It was a great night for taking photos, I have to go again on Sunday night with another group of Social Snappers, so it was good that I have been there before, so now I can get a better idea of what we can do in there.  Have Christmas arrived where you are?  I hope you have a good weekend.


Quiet Thursday in December

It is getting here, summer has definitely arrived and December is bound to be a very busy month, what with Christmas and most of us, well in Australia, not wanting to go out much in the heat.  I like these quiet Thursdays, it means a peaceful day.


This is an image I took last weekend while I was in the city wandering the streets.  I loved the way the sun was hitting it, but I also liked it in black and white so much more.  It did have a beautiful sky, but I replaced it, and part of the reason for doing that was to get rid of some of the distractions that were around it.

Just quickly, I have started the one four challenge again, well my entry for it, though it is over on my other blog, go here, One Four Challenge for December Week 1.

I have also done another image for Stacy’s AB Friday, well I have sent it to her but it won’t be published for another day or two, so keep an eye on my other blog, and Visual Venturing.



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