All posts tagged: tree

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Sometimes You Have to Play

After doing the post yesterday on Mark Simms I found myself inspired by his black and white images and the touch of colour in them.  I have been sitting on the images that I took up in the Mallee, thinking about what I could with them, then I thought maybe I should try making them black and white and adding a touch of colour. I played around with the highlights and the colours in the images.  It was an interesting thing to do.  I don’t do a lot of black and white. I have struggled with the idea of doing black and white, as I don’t always know which images to use.  I don’t believe every image is better in monotones, but some can be. It would be easy to just convert them, but I wanted more control than that.  I have the Nik software silver efex, and was going to use that, but in the end I just used Photoshop. I also wondered how the fire photos would turn out, so I played with …

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Weekend Wanderings – Christmas in the Square and 18 Days

The Christmas Festival has most definitely begun in Melbourne and when you go into the city Christmas does seem to be all around us.  I do love it when there is that sense of Christmas, and how it can be, I don’t know how to describe it, almost spiritual maybe, or infectious, where everyone seems happy and wants to share that joy of the occasion.  People seem to be smiling more, or maybe that is just me.  I always smile at people, can’t help it.  It is nice to do, people nearly always smile back.   The tree lighting ceremony was just over a week ago and today I thought I would show you some of the photos that I took at that.  I was taking photos for the City of Melbourne and all these photos were taken for them.  The images still belong to me, but they were taken for the city and they have exclusive use of them, however, I am allowed to show you here.  The event was starting at 7pm and you can …

Crowding Christmas

Today I have the first set of photos I took the other night when I was in the city.  The first place we went to was the Bourke Street Mall.  It was, as most of the city was, very crowded.  The windows in front of Myer were packed with people. I wanted to get the lights that were over the top of the Mall.  I should explain that our Malls are not like other countries, this is a street that was closed off to cars many years ago, and now it is for pedestrians and trams.  The middle is always clear, you really don’t want to go one on one with a tram, you will lose. It had just gone dark, and as you can see from the clock on the Myer building it was about ten to nine.  I was hoping the lights would show more, or stick out more, but they didn’t really.  It was a little disappointing,  but hopefully you get the idea of what it looked like.  The rain made it …

Hollows in the Country

Cottages of Spirits

The image that was put up on Friday is from the same place as the images today.  I saw this little house on the way to Daylesford, but decided that I wouldn’t photograph it then.  I stopped on the way back to get some shots, and have shown the tree. It would appear that it has been many years since anyone has lived in this cottage.  It looks really quaint, it is such a shame that these pine trees are in front, they are so dominant.  I couldn’t go into the property, that would be trespassing, so you will just have to make do with the trees in the way, I had to. I have been doing more of what I was doing for yesterdays images.  Lots of layers, and lots of different things put on top of each other.  This image was originally processed as a B&W HDR and then a colour image was layed over the top, well other things as well. The front door, or what is left of it.  The rendering …

Scraggy, Craggy Tree

Scraggy And Craggy

What a day.  I was going to post the photos that I took last night at rehearsals, but I was out all day and have only just arrived home, and well, I need to put my feet up and play with my new phone (just got a Samsung Galaxy SIII).  I got up at 4.30 this morning and went for the road trip with my daughter.  We have been to so many places and I will show them to you over the next few days, though tomorrows post will most definitely be about the theatre. So only one photo today, but I hope you agree with me, it is a good one.  I actually stopped at this place, on the road from Daylesford to Kyneton, to photograph a house, and I did photograph it, but then this tree caught my eye.  I took a series of shots of just the tree and windmill, and some others with the house in the corner, but I liked this one. I wanted it to look sinister, so I …

Roots And All

Day 18 – Roots And All

This tree was on the beach at Flinders.  When we walked down the very steep path there were signs all along saying to be careful because the walkway had been damaged by high tides.  There certainly was damage and there were no steps at the bottom, we had to climb off the platform to get onto the beach. I didn’t notice the above tree until we were heading back, it was right beside the steps, but back a little.  I thought at first it had been dumped there, but I can see now the roots have become exposed due to tidal damage.  It was a little tree, and I don’t hold out much hope for it if it gets more really high tides. I haven’t done a lot to this image.  I have added sepia to it to give the monotone impression of the image, though the original had very neutral tones, so it wasn’t difficult to change the colour a little. That’s all for Day 18.  Hopefully have a post tomorrow on using ISO and some …

Working on New Ideas

It has been a busy time, I’ve been to Sydney and photographed the Australian Junior Track Championships.  It was nice going somewhere different to take photos.  New challenges and trying to work out how it will work.  I got some great shots and I hope people are generally happy with them. I still have my exhibition on in July at Cafe Racer and need to get a move on working on stuff for that.  I don’t really want to do anymore linocuts for it as I think they could be a waste of time.  My target audience don’t get what they are, so is there any point in doing them. Perhaps if I can get people to understand them there might be a place for them in the future. I have been working on my garden as well, and the area that needs the most work is where the tree was, and of course in front of my studio.  I showed you photos of the tree coming down, but I didn’t show the aftermath. I …