Yesterday I was in Swan Hill to do a workshop teaching people how to get their cameras off auto. Afterwards we went out to Lake Charm, which is on the Swan Hill to Kerang road and took photos of the lake around the back. The back part has lots of dead trees sticking out and all along were some rickety old piers that I assume were there for fishing off. For me the highlight were all the pelicans.
There were so many of them, but of course as soon as we got close they moved further down. I wished I had bought the 150-500mm lens with me. It would have been nice to get closer to them. I do like pelicans. I put my 80-200mm lens on to get some photos and when they moved away I put the 24-70mm back on.
It was quite an extraordinary place. I loved all the dead trees. It would have been good if I could’ve used my ND400 but I left it at home in Melbourne. I will have to bring it back sometime and go over there again.
It was really windy and the lake was very choppy, and there were even little waves in it. Once I had changed to the 24-70 lens, of course, the pelicans started flying overhead. They were trying to fly into the wind, or were enjoying the way the wind just pushed them. I want to get photos so put the 80-200 back on, and of course, they stopped flying, so I had to wait.
Waited I did and then I got what I was waiting for.
At the end of the class a few us decided that it might be worth coming back for the sunset, the sky was looking promising. Everyone was invited, but only a few could stay. We decided to head into Kerang to have some dinner at a pub, and then head back for the sunset. As we were driving to Kerang a dust storm hit us. I know it isn’t a massive dust storm, but still, I had to get out and take photos of it. It isn’t something you see a lot. It was like fog, but brown.
It wasn’t the best Mallee sunset I have ever seen, but it was still pretty good. We stayed here for about an hour taking photos of it. It was nice with the lake. One of the women goes there a lot to take photos.
I am a bit tired, it was a big day yesterday and I have another workshop this afternoon in Hopetoun. Hopefully it will be just as good, though no reason why it wouldn’t be. I love being with people who love photography and are keen to learn more.
I have a gallery for you now, but first can I say thank you to those that have sent their MM images in already, I really appreciate it. Means I can get a lot of done while I still have the internet. I hope your weekend is going well.