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My Gift to You

It is Christmas morning now and as I wait for the family to wake up I thought I would write a quick post to you and present you with my gift for the year. As I have done in the last couple of years, my gift is an image. It was hard working out which one to give away this year, as it is every year. In the end I decided to go with the following one.


It had to be one from my trip overseas to the USA and when I was going through them this one stuck out. It brought back some wonderful memories. Yosemite National Park was one of the absolute highlights of my trip and therefore my year. I would have loved to have spent more time there, but feel so grateful that I got to see it at all.

This is a view of North Dome, if memory serves me right, reflected in the river. There was a fire over the other side of it and you can still see some of the smoke from it.

The photo is a high resolution image so you can right click on it and download it onto your computer and print it out it if you wish. It is for personal use only.

I’ve decided to take a short break from the blog. Just for a week, I feel the need to take some time to reflect on some things. It is only for a week, so I will see you again at the end of next week.

Take care, and be careful out there, Christmas is a busy time on the roads. It is the start of the summer holiday season here. Summer has certainly hit us, with too many hot days already.

Merry Christmas

Bits and Bobs Again on Friday

Friday again, and it’s been another busy week. I have been doing a lot more writing, and I’ve been working on photos. It’s been good to get back to that. I’ve also been continuing the search to promote the magazine. So big week.

Dynamic Range Magazine

As I just said I’ve been spending lots of time of promoting the magazine. I’ve been trying to use the DynamicRangeMagazine Instagram page a lot city-melbourne-christmas-lights-decorations-490more. It is working and slowly we are getting more and more followers, but it isn’t getting sales yet.

I’m starting to set up the subscription part of it so people can subscribe to the magazine starting from the next one.  Hopefully that will help. Then there is the other aspect of how long do we keep doing it. It is so much work, especially for me, but I’m willing to continue it for the time being.


I have been doing a lot more work on my other blog that is on my website. city-melbourne-christmas-lights-decorations-495I’ve using it to work with Instagram and Flickr. I should be using it more with Facebook and Google+, but that’s not happening yet.

As I’ve been using Instagram more I am in constant need for photos for it, so I have been working on a lot more photos. It has been fantastic to spend a lot of time on a photo. I feel like I haven’t done enough of it lately. I was talking to a friend recently and she said to me how much she was enjoying seeing the fine art images again.

I don’t think I will be showing them here. I am using the blog over on to show the art images. I am also starting to post again on how I do my images and why. I am enjoying doing that again, a great city-melbourne-christmas-lights-decorations-486record of my work and thought processes.

The blog is

I am doing different things there. So for Weekend Wanderings I pick a few images and then do a lot more work on them. It is interesting to see how they go side by side, almost. Take a look at it, I am liking the work that I am putting up there.

I’m also doing a lot more work on the website. I have a great theme, but since installing it I haven’t really set it up properly, so my plan is to start doing that slowly. I’ve added links to my Social Media sites now, though city-melbourne-christmas-lights-decorations-499not all. I have also started changing the slideshow at the start so it is a reflection of what is being shown on those media sites. It has to start being all about me I think, well that site, me and the magazine.

Back to the Mallee

I’m off up to the Mallee next week to see my mum. It feels like forever since I was there. The only downside is that it is going to be hot, really hot. So not sure how many photos I will be taking. I am going with friend and I know another trip to the pink lakes will be on the cards, so that will be nice. Hopefully we won’t see any snakes.

It’s Starting to Look a lot Like Christmas

Everywhere you go in the city right now you can see Christmas. Means I have to lay low for a while. Or find places that haven’t been tinseled over. When I took a look back at what I was taking 12 months ago, guess what I found? You’re right, a city decorated, so I’m going to show them to you. I hope you enjoy.

Have a great day everyone. Talk soon.

MM 2-35: December Theme 1 Bells

December has arrived, whether we want it to or not. For those that celebrate Christmas it is that far away. As stated in earlier posts we are going to do a theme each week until Christmas.

Here are the next three:

  • 2nd week, December the 9th – Santa or Elves
  • 3rd week, December the 16th – Angels
  • 4th week, December the 23rd – Christmas where you are.

You can a little colour to the images, as long as they are still predominantly monochrome images.

We didn’t get a lot of entries for the bell theme, I guess people are getting busy.


My image, if you want to find out more about it, then please go to the blog on my website. I also have an extra image there as well.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

Weekend Wanderings: Walking Around the Streets

On Friday I was going out to afternoon tea, but I had to get into the city earlier so I decided to take my camera. It’s nice just wandering around taking photos of nothing much at all. Things do catch your attention.

I also went into a couple of stores. The first one was Gewurzhaus and took photos of some of the great things in there. They sell lots of spices and small containers. A great smelling shop. They are in the Block Arcade across from the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.

The other store was a soap shop called The Australian Natural Soap Company. They had lots of soap, naturally. They were very raw and very textured. I like photographing them.

I did ask if I could take photos. I think it is polite when you go into stores and they usually don’t mind.

I was a bit shocked to see that Christmas decorations are up already. It is all happening too fast.

I’m just going to leave you there today. I have some photos of my wanderings here for you. I also have some other shots that I have worked on that I will put on my other blog.   I hope you are having a great weekend and the weather is nice where you are.


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?

Weekend Wanderings: From Bourke to Spring in Melbourne

Last weekend when I was wandering around the city with those people and taking photos, I showed you some of the images last weekend, but we did wander from the Bourke Street Mall all the way up to Spring street.  Last weekend I stopped the photos with the Christmas decorations, so today I thought I would show you more of what were taken at the Mall and to just before I left the city.


Being the first weekend of the 2014 Christmas Festival the city was packed with people, and there were buskers everywhere. Some on their own, or small groups like this entertaining the people.  Some are good, some aren’t, but it is nice to hear and see them.  I have to start making sure I have money or change when I go in so I can give them some.  I think if I’m taking photos I should leave some money.  These guys didn’t last long, well in this set, they had been there for a while and just after they started playing their power was cut off.  They were good too.


We ended up walking up Little Collins Street.  I haven’t really done that before, so it was great to see some new architecture.  One of the buildings I showed you the other day, and in the gallery I will include the original image with only minor adjustments.


When you come to the top of Little Collins Street, at Spring Street, you seeParliament House.  I loved the way the light was hitting it.  The glow from the afternoon light was beautiful.  I haven’t been down this way in a while, and the last time I was here they were working on the steps and they were all blocked off.  It is a great building, I have plans for more photos.


I have some photos of the fountain that I used for the AB Friday challenge.  It is hard to photograph, but I didn’t have my tripod with me and I think I would like to try some long exposure on it at some point.


In this image is a statue of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls and his wife. Lady Gladys Nicholls, he was the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and also the first appointed to vice-regal office, serving as Governor of South Australia from 1 December 1976 until his resignation on 30 April 1977 due to poor health. (from Wikipedia) I think it is a great statue, I love how they look like they are wandering down the street.

I have more photos for you, which I will put into a gallery.  Hopefully the problems WordPress were having yesterday are all fixed up and won’t happen again today.  I don’t think I have ever experienced WordPress breaking down that badly before, it was almost funny, couldn’t do anything on it.  I hope you all have a great weekend, it is raining in Melbourne this Sunday morning, it is refreshing after the heat and humidity we’ve had.

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.