The Mallee is now just another memory, as I arrived home yesterday. It was another successful trip for me, and I have told you about things that I have done there, but the photos will be shown over the next few weeks.
I thought perhaps I should show you a map of the area that I have been talking about.
For those that don’t know where the state of Victoria is, well, it is in the bottom right corner of Australia. I live in Melbourne, and since so many have asked where the Mallee was I thought I would show you. I have circled it in Red, and in purple circled where many of the places that I go to take photos are. I hope that helps you understand where it is, maybe I should have done it with the satellite, then you would be able to tell what the country is like.
Nyah West Workshop
The workshop I ran just out of Nyah West went really well, and well overtime, but it was great. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and going out and taking photos with them. Where we went in the afternoon was fantastic, and we basically stayed there for the rest of the afternoon. After the sunset we headed into town for dinner at the Nyah West pub. Nice meal, shame about the manners of aome of the staff, hopefully that gets sorted. Then after dinner we went back out and took photos of the milky way over the salt lakes. It is only the second time I have taught night photography like this and it was fantastic. I think I have worked out the best way of doing it. Once everyone had decent shots of the night sky, then we started adding some other elements with light. It was a lot of fun and one of my favourite photos came from that session. I have attached it here for you to see.
I really enjoyed running this workshop and it is something that I think I would really like to do a lot more of. It is good to have a specific goal. I love seeing peoples faces when the penny starts dropping on taking photos. I might have to see if I can drum up some business to run some more. I think one workshop that would be good would be something like learning your DSLR and how to use it to get the best from it. I think it is something that people in the country might miss out on, and it is what I have noticed that people seem to struggle with the most as well.
I’m no real expert at taking star trails, I’ve only done two, and the second one was only done the other night. I was asked how I did it, and really all I did was set up the camera for 30 second exposures, at f/2.8, ISO was, I think, 1250, and then off the camera went for an hour, oh I locked the shutter release so it would just continuously take photo after photo.
I was going to do it for 2 hours, it was really cloudy, and I didn’t think the photos would work. When I stacked them I was so surprised that the clouds hadn’t mattered, so now I wish, of course, that I had done it for longer. Daylight savings starts here soon, so not sure how much of this I will do, will have to see. I also don’t like the idea of being bitten alive by mosquitoes either.
Since I have been away, I’ve received lots of emails with submissions, and I’m afraid I probably won’t have time to respond to them. I am so sorry, but I have to go to Kinglake National Park again, testing the macro out there this time. I will have to spend the time when I get back on the post and getting it ready for tomorrow morning. I hope you forgive me.
That is about it for today, I think, I need to get a move on with some things. I am going to leave you with some images of the milky way, and the above ones in a gallery. The other milky way shots were done when I had finished doing the star trail over the silos in Woomelang.