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MM 2-31: Theme Week – Clouds

It is the beginning of the month and it is time for our theme. Lots of great entries again and I’m sure you will enjoy them.

We have to find another theme for next month. It will be the start of December and while that usually means Christmas, I don’t know that we really want a Christmas theme so soon. Maybe we can do a sort of theme, and then each week have a different theme until Christmas.  Not a bad idea, tell me what you think.

For the first week of MM in December we will make the theme bells, or bell. Your interpretation.


A long exposure with the clouds behind the silos. I took this shot quite a while ago and never did anything with them. When I couldn’t find anything for today, I remembered them. So this is my interpretation of clouds.

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.

USA Wanderings: San Francisco

Some much needed sleep has been had and I am feeling so much better now. I slept for 12 hours the other night, it was great.  When I woke the following morning I felt more myself and ready to get out to take photos.

I had prearranged with Dan Shehan to catch up with him and take photos in San Francisco on the third, the Wednesday when I arrived. So into San Francisco I went to meet him. I love meeting people that I have known on the blog, it is fantastic.

I have to admit the only thing I really wanted to see while there was the Golden Gate Bridge. Dan had asked me how I wanted to see the city, as a tourist or a photographer, and I said definitely as a photographer. So he picked a few places for us to go and see the bridge.


My view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I took this out the car window.  Not a great shot, but I kinda like it.  I can’t do too much processing here, the laptop I have with me is very small and it is hard to see exactly what I am doing, so I will have to wait until I get home and my 27inch monitor.

I used the Nikon D750 for most of the day, I think the last night shot I have to show you was taken the D800.


Perhaps having the fog or low cloud is not what a lot of people would like to see, but I loved it. For me it said welcome to San Francisco. I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to get something like that.  This was taken with the Nikon D750 and Dan lent me his 28-300mm Nikon lens, it will be good to compare it with the Tamron one, which I also used a lot. The Tamron 28-300mm is most definitely the lens I seem to be using the most here.

We took lots of photos of the bridge from different angles, but I won’t bore you with them all now, I do have more for the gallery, but not many. I will bore you with them over the next couple of months.

There are things that I want to do here, and one is to try foods that I’ve heard about, but we don’t really get in Australia. So I asked Dan about an American Cheeseburger, and he suggested we go to Mel’s Diner.


A Diner, such an American thing to me. I loved it, and the cheeseburger was fantastic. I felt like I was in the movie Grease. It seemed a bit like stepping back in time and our waiter really fitted the image I had. Brilliant experience.

We did drive around the steep streets and I saw a cable car, well a couple really. We didn’t go on them, we just looked. We went to the most crooked street in the world. though it was really hard to see it.


Dan took us to the Palace of Fine Arts. I tried the Tamron 15-30mm there on the D750 and it is a great lens. Also a beautiful place to take photos. We were getting the late afternoon sun coming through it and it was giving lovely shadows. Dan and I changed lenses again and I tried taking photos with the Nikon 28-300mm as well.

Then we went down to Crissy Field to see if we could get a sunset image behind the bridge.


We got a little colour, but not a lot. It was because I was there, really. I never seem to get really amazing sunsets. I did like the image above with the container ship heading out to sea.

Our final destination was to take some night shots of the Bay Bridge.


I used the D800 and my 24-70mm for this, as I wanted to do a 4 minute exposure and my intervalometer won’t go on the D750. I was pretty happy with this.

I guess one of the challenges when you are travelling is knowing that you may only get one chance to take photos so you have to take as many images as you can, but at the same time enjoy the experience as well. I think you have to be content with what you get, you might get the perfect conditions, but chances are you won’t, so go with it, it will be your experience of the place.

The time went so fast, and it was sunset before we knew it. It was a great day and I want to thank Dan for showing me around his place. I can tick the Golden Gate Bridge and a cheeseburger off the list now.

I used a lot of the gear that has been loaned to me. The Lowepro Pro Runner AW II is working out well. The Tamron Lens was brilliant and the Joby camera strap I’m trying out has been amazing. I can’t forget my Merrell hiking shoes which were a godsend and kept my feet comfortable all day.

I am way behind in approving comments and responding, but I will get to them. Sorry for the delay.  I’m off again today to Santa Cruz, so another day of taking photos.  Here are the above images and a few more from yesterday.

Weekend Wanderings: Top of Mount Alexander

Sometimes when you go to places you just have to look, and this is one of those places that is all about looking. You can walk around all over the place and just take in the views.

Again it was Bev from FOZZIE.M that showed me around. I had a lot of fun on top of this mountain and I laughed a lot. She was good fun to go out with. Thanks Bev.

I’m not going to talk much, but I have written small descriptions with each image to help explain what they were or were of. Here is a gallery for you. I hope your weekend goes well.

Quiet Thursdays: Playing with Images

One thing I have been doing a lot in the last week is playing with a lot more images. Nearly every day I’ve done at least one which has been wonderful. It is something I really enjoy doing, but really haven’t been doing enough of lately. I need to start making more time for it. As a consequence I only have a few photos to show you.

When I show these they are usually ones I’ve done a lot more processing on. I don’t do that with my weekend wanderings post, well, not much anyway. So it is nice to just play and see what I can get.

This is my monochrome madness photo of Hopetoun Falls but I had to do in colour as well. The colour version seemed to get a lot more attention on Google+ which was interesting. I think I like the colour version too, there is something about the greenery.

Last Thursday when I was on my way back to Melbourne from the Mallee I stopped off near Castlemaine and spent some time with Bev from the blog FOZZIE.M. She showed me around where she is. I have been there before, but it is always better when you find someone who knows the area to show it to you.

The first image was an Instagram one. I took some photos of the top of a ‘mountain’ and while having lunch put this one up. We stood there and watched a bank of clouds come rolling in. The second image was taken further down the hill. It was very foggy and when I saw this and made her stop so I could take photos. I love the moodiness of it.

These have been taken from Seaford to Mordialloc at different times this year. I’ve been experimenting with my processes and I like what I’m starting to get from the more landscape style of shots. All of these were done with my reverse processing, and I really like the results. Still doesn’t always work out, but I’m getting there. Another thing I need to get better at is working on small parts of the image, I tend to still look at the big picture and not break it down.

They are all the images I’ve had on Social Media this week as well. A slow week, but lots of writing and organizing has been happening. I’m staying home today to do more and hopefully the Tamron 28-300mm will arrive. The 15-30mm and the Gorillapod arrived yesterday. New toys to play with, I can’t wait. Take it easy today.

Weekend Wanderings: Night Skies Along the Coast

This last week there have been lots and lots of reports of the Aurora Australis, our version of the northern lights. Ours are red and greenl, though I wouldn’t know. I’ve never seen it regardless of two trips to the coast, it was too overcast. There was always clouds around the horizon.

First I wanted to show you some photos that were taken during my Astrophotography class. We went to Sorrento to do them. We have some cloud, but overall it wasn’t too bad. We certainly got to see the milky way. Here are the photos from that evening.

My first attempt at trying to get the Aurora was in Sorrento. We couldn’t see it but I still took some photos. I love how you can see everything and the photos look like they were taken during the day, but it was dark. You can see the stars in the sky.

I’m down at Jan Juc at the moment and the other night we went out to see if we could see the aurora, and still nothing, too many clouds. We even got up early the next morning, and nothing, again clouds. What is it with the clouds? We did go and take some photos, first at a beach here at Jan Juc, then Bells Beach and a bit further along to Southside Beach. Again, some great photos, I think, of the milky way.

It hasn’t been a total waste of a weekend, and I’ve certainly enjoyed it. Got lots of photos today and lots of exercise, we walked about eight kilometres, I blame Chris, from sv-takeiteasy, it was all her idea and now I’m really tired. I hope you have had a productive weekend.

Weekend Wanderings: Traipsing Around the Beaches at Jan Juc

Recently I was given an opportunity to spend some time on the beaches at Jan Juc.  It was fantastic and I had a great time with Chris from sv-takeiteasy and she showed me around the beaches there.  I’ve never been there before and it was great to explore a new area.


The weekend was full of opportunities for both of us to take lots of long exposures.  We were both learning to how to do them, so it was a great time to experiment.


Staying not far from the beach there were opportunities to get out take photos of the sunrise.  It was a great spot to take them and it was nice basically rolling out of bed and a short walk to the beach.


Walking along the beach we were able to find some interesting things.  I’ve never seen a jellyfish like this before.  I loved the colours in it.


A trip to Aireys Inlet to try some long exposures around the lighthouse.  It was here or rather after this trip I discovered just how dirty my sensor was.  It was sent in for cleaning and I’m happy to say, all those annoying little dots are now gone.


Great weekend or weekends all round.  There were so many great places to go and take photos.  I am hoping that I will be able to go back some time and see what else I can get there.  It was such a wonderful spot for long exposures.

My weekend is happening so fast.  I have been busy doing more writing and today I am out again taking photos.  I have been very lucky being able to go and take photos all the time.  It should be nice.  I hope you are having a good Easter so far, for those that celebrate it, and for those that don’t I hope you are getting to enjoy the long weekend. Here is a gallery with a lot more images for you.

Weekend Wanderings – Point Lonsdale Through Grad ND Filter

Yesterday morning I got at up 3am to drive down to Point Lonsdale to get the sunrise.  My main reason for going was to try out the Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filters that Maxwell International Australia have loaned to me to try out.  They have also sent me two extra ones, the grad ND8 and the full ND8, so I thought I could also try some stacking.

We left home at 4.30, my daughter wanted to come too, a chance for a road trip and another chance to listen to Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 in the car.  I don’t know why, but she loves listening to music in the car.  So we headed out with Taylor Swift singing in the car and me driving in the dark.  I had thought that we would be too late for the sunrise, and I was right.


I could see it happening as we were driving down, so I stopped in Geelong and took this photo of it over the bay.  It was nice, not a great spectacular one, but I do want to get more of them.

We still had over half an hour to get to Point Lonsdale so I pretty much knew that I had missed the sunrise there.  I need to plan these things better. When google maps tell you that it will take 2 hours to get there, then it is a good idea to remember that and not think you know better.  I also found it so hard to get up that early so I think I am going to start trying to get up earlier each day, and once a week go somewhere to get the sunrise.  I am hoping if I get used to doing it, then I will not have as much trouble doing it.

Part of the reason for going, as I said, was to experiment with the filters I have.  I didn’t experiment with the coloured ones, just the Neutral Density Filters.

The images in the gallery above are all of the same thing, but had different filters, or different combinations of filters.  I have put a caption under each one so you will know what I did for each one. It was good to see how they all work, and I’m still trying to figure out what I am doing.  I did notice that when you stacked the ND8 filters I got some magenta colour casting, but then at the end I tried it again, but closed the eye piece on the camera and I didn’t seem to get much colour casting.

Once I did this I pretty much left the grad ND8 on the camera and just took some photos around the area.  I didn’t move off the jetty as the tide was in and I couldn’t really get down on beach, but I am happy with the images I got.

I am going to leave you with the other images today in a gallery.  It is raining here this morning, so no photos today outside, well not now.  I hope you have a good weekend.