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Weekend Wanderings: More Early Mornings at Banyule Flats

Recently I went back to Banyule Flats to try and get some more early sunrise shots.  It wasn’t the best morning for a sunrise, but I still had fun there.  We got to see some white faced herons sitting on some fence posts near us.

I hope you don’t get sick of the places, but I have to keep taking photos down there as I try to get the best shots for the book on the area.

As I am writing this I am trying to get photos of the lunar eclipse, so I am going to make this a quick one today. I am catching up with a friend tomorrow morning.  I don’t get to see her very often and then we are going to go and play with the macro lens.  The autumn colours are all appearing so it will be nice to get some of that.

It will be Easter Sunday, make sure you don’t get too sick on the chocolate eggs.  Have a great day.  Here are the photos.

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.


Weekend Wanderings – Lake Charm

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.

Weekend Wanderings – Getting Dark in the City

Yesterday I was in the city doing some photos with someone.  We started in the late afternoon and took photos until just after 9pm, it was really getting dark in the city then, so I thought I would do some of those photos as my Weekend Wandering post today.


Melbourne Town Hall, it is looking rather ordinary at the moment, but in a month or two I’m sure it will be decorated for Christmas.  I like photographing the same buildings over, they are always different, whether it is the light, or what they have on them.  I would like do a great fine art architectural shot of this building.  I realised yesterday that I will need to use my wide angle, otherwise I can’t fit in the tower.


Stopping at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade is almost something I can’t stop doing.  I didn’t get many photos as by the time we got there they were clearing the window.  I might have to try getting a shot of that one day.  I did ask some questions about the window, so will try some more photos soon.


Can you see the bright lights in the water, something reflecting off the bridge.  It was really strange, but we had fund trying to get photos of it.

These two photos look the same, well they are really. except one has a blue sky and the other one is browner.  Maxwell International Australia has let me keep the filters a little longer so I could experiment a little more.  The sunset we got in the city was terrible, really, not much colour, so I thought it would be interesting to try the tobacco graduated filter.  It really warms the image up.  I have been playing around more and on Tuesday will show more photos and talk about the kit a little more.


We saw the gas going off outside the Casino.  We got there hoping it would happen at 8pm, but then some other people who were there looked it up and said that it wouldn’t be on until 9.  We thought, oh well, and just kept taking photos of other things, and then all of a sudden, on they came.  I hope the people who thought it came on later still saw them.  Unfortunately for us, we didn’t think it was going to happen, and so weren’t really prepared, still we got some shots, I just wish I had got a little more of the reflection.


Then it was time to do some night photos of the city.  I love photographing the city at night.  I love seeing how it looks.  So I love it when people say they want to do it. I especially love doing One on One Photography Lessons for people who want to learn night photography. I don’t know that I will ever tire of it, there are always different places along the river to go.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now, I need to start planning a driving trip today for my daughter to get in some more driving hours, but also so I can go somewhere to try out the filters again.  Have a couple of ideas, but you will have to wait and see.  I hope you have somethings planned for the weekend.  I am back into the city tomorrow for Social Snappers, we are doing architecture along Collins Street, should be great.


Quiet Thursday’s


It has been a very busy week, and well, I’m trying to catch my breath, so today I just have one image for you.  One that I took in Woomelang the night before I left. I used my neutral density filter and the image was a 10 minute exposure.  I love the way the sky went.

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


Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

It hasn’t been a very exciting week and there isn’t a lot to share today.  Things have been quiet.  Too quiet really.  Though I will try and see if I have some things to share.

The Mallee

I think I will be going back up there in the next few weeks.  I will have access to a car in November and it seems a logical thing to do to plan another trip up there.  I might also see if I can get something together and try teaching sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-463another class up there.  Thought I might start running some basic photography workshops.  I think lots of people up there have DSLR’s, but they have no idea how to use them, and not much opportunity to learn.  It has always been one of my most successful classes, teaching people that, so I am going to try and see if people are interested in that.

I also really want to get back out to the salt lakes.  I am fascinated by them and the surrounding areas, though not sure I want to be out in the evening with the mozzies.  I will have to take sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-462lots of insect repellent with me.

The Hand of Man

I have never been a straight forward landscape person, I used to find it boring to take photos of just the landscape, however, recently, that has changed.  I do enjoy doing them far more than I used to.  Though, I can still walk around places and not find anything that inspires me.

So how do I find inspiration in the landscape?

I try and find my story, what I want to convey.  Often the story has something to do with us, whether that is a building that has been left, or waves-crashing-rocks-water-sorrentoin an unusual place.  Sometimes it is the environment that we have helped create.  When I go up the Mallee these days, one of the things I notice is the strong influence that man has had on the environment up there.

The original settlers changed what it looked like completely and now the consequences of those things have started happening, like the salt.  Once the trees were removed the water table rose, and then the salt did.  There are many places in the Mallee, and other regions, that are trying to solve the problem of the salt in the ground and land that is now unusable because of it.

So, each time I go up there I am starting to understand that impact and the struggle that farmers and other people trying to make a living are having.  My story is unfolding and revealing itself.  It means I have a project to work on. I really want to keep going up there now to take photos and explore this area more. I want to find people who can help me with the history of the land, and others who can help to explain what is happening.  This is my environmental project.

The biggest problem I have is from Parks Victoria, the government organisation responsible for maintaining all the National Parks in Victoria.  I have been sending them emails to get sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-460information, find out if I can put the photos I take in the parks in a book or something like that, but so far they aren’t responding.  It is so annoying, as I am trying to do the right thing, but then I get nothing back, no help.  I will just have to keep trying.


Last weekend, remember I told you I was going to go to the beach to get some photos of waves.  I had planned on going to Aireys Inlet, but then we got down the road and I realised I had forgotten my tripod, so we turned around sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-466to get it, and in the end decided to go to Sorrento instead.  It was closer.

I played around there taking photos of waves in slow motion.  I took a lot and some worked really well, some not so well. I am including some of the photos in this post.  I made a couple into black and white to see how they would look.  There is one with blurred clouds, I used my ND400 for that, it was a 3 minute exposure at sunset.  Interesting how much the clouds move, I could have sworn they were staying still.

Monochrome Madness

This reminds me to remind you that if you haven’t got your image in, then you are running out of time.  I will start working on the post very soon.

Weekend Wanderings – Sorrento Beach in Daylight and at Night

This last week I had a great trip down to the coast with a great photography friend. We decided to go and take some photos on the various back beaches at Sorrento.  We did more of the car boot photography, which means driving to the beach, just taking the camera with us, or what we thought we might need and leaving the rest in the car.  I like photographing this way, that way your back isn’t burdened with all your gear, and let’s face it my back doesn’t need that.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-rocks-2At the first stop we took some photos from the look out at the top and then we went down to the beach.  The tide was coming in and we couldn’t get too close to the water.  We could see the scene in the above photo, and lots of white fluffy waves were coming in, right up the beach, but just as we noticed it, the battery in my camera died.  I had another one with me, but it was in the car, so my friend got all the photos and I watched her taking them.  I might need to take a little bag with me that has things like spare batteries, lens cleaners, that sort of thing in it.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-rocks-4This was another part of the beach.  I have made a lot of the beach images and waves into monochrome images.  I wanted to see how they would turn out.  I have seen some fantastic black and white beach shots and I would like to get better at doing them.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-rocks-6Check out this rock, how incredible is it.  I was taking something else, using the rock, but when I got it home all I could see what the animal head.  It was so weird.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-sunset-2There wasn’t a great sunset, but there was some, so I took this shot. I like the light coming through the arch, might have to see if I can repeat this one day, and do different images.

We decided that we really liked this space and that if we were going to take some night shots we would come back here.  We went into Sorrento and went to the Continental Hotel there for dinner.  The staff were nice, but I don’t know why every time I’ve been there we get put into the bit on the side or the front, but right near the front door. We’re usually the only ones in there like there is something wrong with us.  It is not very nice.  Then there is another section, that is warmer, and lots more people are there, but we don’t get to sit in there.  Maybe they can tell the strangers to the area and that is what they do to them. I’m not sure I will go back there.  The menu is pretty limited, and if you are a vegetarian you get one choice and that’s it, so if you don’t like pasta or tomato, then don’t eat there.

beach-sorrento-water-night-stars-2Then after our dinner we headed down to the beach again.  We had hoped the moon would rise and since it had only been a full moon a couple of days beforehand, well we thought it would still be bright enough to get some night moonlight beaches.  The moon didn’t rise and I forget to look to see what time it would, so we had to do what we could with available light.  I love shots like these.  I might have to work on them some more, though if the moon had risen it might have been nicer.

I set my camera up to do some star trails and just let it go taking all the shots I wanted for that.  While it was doing that I helped my friend set up her camera to photograph the milky way.  The expression on her face the first time she did it was fantastic, I imagine much like mine was the first time.  She was really happy to just keep trying things while my camera did it’s thing and took lots and lots of shots.  My camera went on for an hour and when I got home I tried stacking the photos, and it worked, sort of, but I had trouble.  I did a post on it yesterday on my other blog so if you would like to see what I did, here is the link, Trying Things for the First Time.

I have a few more images for you, and will put them into a gallery for you.  It was a great afternoon, no wind and while it did get very cold that evening, we didn’t notice, well until we were going to the car, then we were freezing.  It turned out to be a very cold evening, with frosts.  I love how I don’t feel cold when I am taking photos.  Enjoy your weekend.


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