All posts tagged: summer

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UfD: Themes and Challenges

It has been a challenge coming up with todays Up for Discussion Post, but then I thought maybe we could talk about whether or not we like themes and challenges. Some people love them and others hate them.They can be great to get people doing something, or if you have no trouble making work then you might find it too hard to do. Having to stop what you do so you can do a special image for the theme can be a different kind of challenge. Themes You can see where themes can be great for people who are starting out in photography. It helps them to work out what to take. When many people first start photography they know they want to take photos, but have a hard time working out what they are going to shoot. Themes can help solve that problem. If you are told what to take photos of then your problem is solved. They can also be to broad for some people. If you are working on a particular body …

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Weekend Wanderings: Yackandandah Part 2

Here is the second part of my trip to Yackandandah.  The man from the Spiritus Art Gallery and gave me some directions and ideas of where to go.  I knew I had to get a move on, as I would have to head back to Wodonga soon, and also the sun was starting to get to high for any decent photos, so they aren’t great, but they do give you an idea of what was there. This was part of the road into town, beautiful scenery really, the whole drive, from Wodongo to there. After leaving the main street I went to find petrol for the car, and saw a lovely park that I went for stop in. It had a small creek or something at the bottom and they had built steps that you could walk down and then go and walk around.  It was really nice in the morning light. At the back of the petrol station I saw this building, another art place, only this one is fall of studios.  My friends who told me about Yackandandah had …

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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. …

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Weekend Wanderings: Melbourne in the Summer

This last week I took a trip into the City of Melbourne to do some photography with a friend, Christine Wilson. Our aim was to get some photos for that exhibition that I was telling you about the other day, the one on street photography or urban photography.  I thought all the images had to be in black and white, but I have since found out they can be colour as well.  I will get you a link to it soon. Anyway,  we were in there to take photos of the city, well to help me find some images.  I love walking around the city taking photos, but not sure I like it when the sun is glaring down and it is quite warm.  We did out best, and perhaps what I got was Melbourne in the Summer. Summer in Melbourne is about getting out of the sun, sitting in the shade.  A couple of guys sitting in the shade in Hosier Lane. Some kids playing in the water in the City Square, we even …

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Weekend Wandering: Warburton and Lala Falls Part 1

Can you believe it he waterfall is really called Lala Falls?  I was there yesterday, my first trip out for the new year.  I don’t know that I would call it a great trip, but it was nice to be taking photos again.  As I said yesterday the weather has been heating up and while it wasn’t really hot when we went to the waterfall, it was warm, and then walking to the waterfall was hard work, it was uphill all the way. It wouldn’t normally be considered a long walk, but when you are doing it in the middle of summer and the uphill is never level, or any down, it was hard.  I was so glad when I got there. I used the macro for most of the walk.  It was wonderful to keep looking for little things to photograph and I think I got quite a few things.  You do have to walk and look all around you.   Then there were the things you didn’t expect to find in a rain …

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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 …

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Weekend Wanderings – Dog Rocks

The other day I was sitting around home and I got a text message with a very interesting invitation.  Christine Wilson had decided at the last minute to go to Dog Rocks and wanted to know if I was interested. My response was where is that, but at the same time, I was thinking new place to take photos.  I loved the spontaneity of the invitation, and hope it happens again.  I was to find out that Dog Rocks a small place near Bateford, and near Geelong.  I googled it before I went, got something about something for dogs, but then I started to see some incredible images. When we go there it was bright and sunny, and our hopes of lots of clouds for some long exposures were dashed, but I was so pleased to have been introduced to this place. So, what is it?  It seems to be a paddock that is now a park, but the land is very barren.  There are lots of rocks, and big rocks on it, and a …