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Something for Friday

It is another wet day here in Melbourne. A good day to stay home and write. I have more articles to write for Digital Photography School and I’ve been asked to write a post for someone else, which is always nice. I may have mentioned that already.

Speaking of Digital Photography School another one of my articles was published today:

10 Tips for Better Landscape Photography

Please take a look and share it on your social media, that would be great.

It seems we live in a world of share share now. Everyone is sharing on Social Media. It is wonderful looking at amazing photos. I get so many ideas.

Today I have some more photos for you that have been on, you guessed it, my Social Media sites, many Instagram and Flickr. I will write captions for them so you can see where they were. I hope the weather is nice where you are.

Introductions: Margaret Preston

It has been a while since  I did a non photography introduction and while I was searching for someone for today I came across Margaret Preston’s work. She was a prolific painter and printmaker here in Australia. Most Australian artists know who she was and I thought maybe I could tell you about her as well.

Looking back on artists like Preston can help with our photography. They saw the world in a unique way and it is good to explore that when we are taking our own images. We can see the possibilities and how anything is possible.


I mainly know her because of her linocuts. Though, I didn’t really realize that she did a lot of landscape paintings and prints as well.

Here is a little information about her from Wikipedia:

Margaret Rose Preston (29 April 1875 – 28 May 1963) was an Australian artist. She was known during the 1920s to 1940s for her modernist works as a painter and printmaker and for introducing Aboriginal motifs into contemporary art.

If you click on the link you can read a lot more about her.


What I know her for mostly are the linocut flowers. She did a lot of these using flowers that we grow in our gardens here. They were very detailed, and considering how hard it is to do colours in printmaking it incredible to see how many she has done.

Here is some more information about her from the SAHistoryHub site.

In 1885 she moved to Sydney with her family, later studying painting there with William Lister Lister. In the 1890s she studied at the National Gallery’s school of painting in Melbourne under Bernard Hall before coming to Adelaide to study with H.P. Gill at the School of Design, Painting and Technical Arts. It was during the 1890s in Adelaide that she first exhibited professionally as an artist, showing paintings at the South Australian Society of Arts. From 1899 to 1904 and again from 1907 to 1912 Preston taught in Adelaide. Her concentration on tonalism in her early work influenced the art of her students, the most notable of whom were Bessie Davidson, Stella Bowen, May Grigg and Gladys Reynell. Her still-life The tea urn (c. 1909) is typical of this style of painting.


While she is known for her landscapes she is more commonly known as a still life artist and when you look her up you will find many more still life images.


She died in 1963, but is still remembered well here. She is one of Australia’s most talented artists and it is wonderful to see that a woman is also represented in the history of Australian art.

I have a gallery of her work for you now. Many of the images are from Sydney where she spent a great deal of time.  I hope you enjoy her work.

Weekend Wanderings: The Side of a Mountain Near Castlemaine

Travelling back from the Mallee recently I stopped off near Castlemaine, I told you about it a couple days ago,and how I caught up with Bev from FOZZIE.M. She took me for a drive to a local mountain and we stopped at some of the places for photos. It was foggy and I love it when it is like that. You can get some great photos with it.


The area we went to, for me, is really what I think the Australian bush is really like. The fog helps create some atmosphere in it as well.


A bare tree in the fog is even better.


What Bev wanted to show me were the rocks up there. They are big and really dominate the landscape. They are also very odd, and I think Bev loves them. They are also very strange the way they just sit there and the shapes of them. Quite intriguing.


There are also some wonderful trees with amazing textures on the bark. The fog makes the environment very damp so the grain of the bark just comes out. I like the saturated look you get from wet and damp conditions. It is such a contrast to what it will be like in summer.


This is one of Bev’s favourite rocks, but I think it might be one of mine now as well. Have to love a big rock that just hangs there. It is quite amazing. Nature is wonderful, not something I really appreciated when I was younger, but the older I get the more I want to explore it, share it and protect it.

I have a few more photos from that day, but not from the top. I’ve decided to leave those for another day. It was a great day driving around with Bev and I really want to thank her for taking the time to see me and do that. I am really looking forward to going back up there. I know there is a lot more to see. I hope your weekend is going well. I’m trying to get organized for my trip, can’t believe it is just over a week away.

Influencing Me: Joel Tjintjelaar

If you love architectural photography then you will, I’m sure, know about Joel Tjintjelaar.  He is like a guru when it comes to architecture and long exposures. I know many of you already know his work and those that don’t will fall in love in love with it.  His work is something I aspire to be able to do and I plan work thinking of how he executes it. Shame he is in another country to me.


There is a rawness to his images, they are devoid of distractions. When you look at his work there are lessons to be learned on what you should include and what you shouldn’t include.


The work is about shape and form, and you look at the structure of the building. It is like an architects vision of what they thought the building would look like.


His work is predominantly black and white. It strips away more of the distractions. It helps make the buildings beautiful, but also very simple, if that is the right way of putting it.


Though I was also surprised to see that there are some colour photos. Actually one really, this was the only one I found, but still the image has the colour, but not much. It has been stripped of most and is just the bare essential colours.


His long exposures are also worth looking at. For someone who is experimenting with this process myself his work really is inspirational. Of course the water ones are, but so are the architectural ones.

Minimalism at its best really.  It is something I think many of us can learn as we compose our images and work out what to leave in and what to leave out.

Joel did give me permission to show you his work and I had to make sure that you knew that the work was his. I can’t find a website but he is on Google+, Facebook, and Flickr. I would also like thank Joel for allowing me to show his work to you.

Website: BW/Vision

I have a gallery with more of his images now.  Click on an image to get a larger image. I know you will enjoy them.

Weekend Wanderings: Cape Otway Lighthouse

It is hard to visit Apollo Bay and not take a trip to Cape Otway Lighthouse. At first Karen and I were disappointed with the weather as it was raining on and off, but once we got there we realized the white buildings were going to be set off really well against the dark brooding sky.


The lighthouse is the hero there, but unlike other lighthouses I really didn’t want to take photos of it up close. I like the surroundings it was set in and with the wet weather it really set it off.


If you have paid all the money to go in you should go up the lighthouse. It is quite amazing what you can see from it. There is the long path to it and one of the volunteers as they finish their shift in the top.


They turned on the light for us, though it is no long used, there is a newer smaller light in front of the old lighthouse now.


It was quite amazing watching the storm out at sea, you almost couldn’t tell where the horizon was. I love the way the sky morphes into the sea almost. This had just past, but it wasn’t long before more passed over us.

The weather wasn’t great, I think I said that already, but we were thankful that while it did rain, it wasn’t a consistent rain. We knew if we headed indoors when it was raining it wouldn’t be long before we could head out again. I have to say, and I know  you will agree, that the stormy weather really added a lot more drama to the images.

It feels like the weekend is over, but I know it isn’t. The last few days with Karen have been wonderful and now I feel like I could sleep for quite a while. I plan on taking things a little easy today and catch up on few things.  I hope you are having a great time where you are, maybe taking some photos.

Here is a gallery with the above images and some others that I took at Cape Otway Lighthouse. Don’t forget you can click on the individual images to see a bigger version.

Introductions – Jeff Sinon

The person I would like to introduce you to today is someone I don’t really know, but would really like to.  Kaz from Days and Months has been telling me about some of the photographers she really enjoys and Jeff Sinon, and his blog Jeff Sinon Photography was one of them.  I was blown away when I saw his blog and knew that I had to seek permission so I could shoe you his work, though I am pretty sure many of you already know him. I could tell he photographed an area that was nothing like where I lived, so he told me he lives in the lakes region of New Hampshire. “Putting me a short drive from both the seacoast and the mountains. Most of my photography is focused on New Hampshire with some time in Maine as well.”

Autumn On The Isinglass

One of the things that really get to you first is the colour, or the colours in his work, they are very warm.  There is something very inviting about them.  So different to my own work in that respect.  I seem to make everything dark.  I love the way Jeff portrays what he sees.

As usual I also asked Jeff how long he had been doing photography and why he takes photos.

I first picked up a camera back in 2008. I’m not sure how to answer this one. I love being outdoors, and since getting my first camera and realizing I had a knack for nature and landscape photography, I feel almost compelled to capture and share some of the amazing things I’ve seen. I can’t not photograph.


I imagine living where he does he would see a fair bit of the white stuff, snow.  Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I love photos of snow.  It fascinates me, and intrigues me.  We get snow in Australia, but only in a small part and not a lot, and we certainly don’t get rivers and lakes freezing over, it never gets that cold here.  I was so happy to see that Jeff has lots of “winter” style photos on his blog.

I asked Jeff about inspiration.

Like most of us I’m inspired to create great photographs. As primarily a landscape photographer I spend a lot of time chasing the most dramatic weather and light. I’ll take storm clouds at sunrise over clear blue skies every time.

Mad River Falls, Farmington, NH


After reading about his inspiration it makes sense when you see his photographs.  Who wouldn’t be inspired if they lived this close to such beauty.  I think, I sometimes look at images like this and feel a sense of sadness for myself, that I don’t live near this sort of thing, but I have to keep reminding myself that I am lucky that I live in a different country that often offers landscapes that are so different.  I do think we should all make the most of what is around us and see the beauty there and I think Jeff does that so well. It is a good reminder for all of us.

Is there anything special about how you work, is always one of the questions.

Is there anything special about my work? No, I don’t think there is. I would like to think that my photos showcase the natural beauty of New Hampshire, yet I often tell people that my biggest talent as a photographer is the willingness to put in the effort to be there when Mother Nature is showing off.

Winter Nubble, Pastel Sky

I don’t do that enough, being where Nature is showing off, it is something I will take from this and try and make more effort to do. There is something so pristine about his images, it is wonderful.  I love the way Jeff sees and the way he takes photos, it is very good, there is a calmness about it, it is very relaxing to look at.

My final question, what all photographers want to know, what gear do you use?

I’m a Canon guy. Currently I’m shooting  7D Mk II and my go to lenses are the Canon 17-40 F/4L and the 70-200 F/4L IS. I never leave home without my tripod and prefer to use filters in the field as opposed to trying to duplicate them in the computer.

The point about filters is a good one, and one that we have been exploring here quite a bit recently.

I would like to thank Jeff so much for allowing me to show his images to you here.  I have rather a large gallery, I was finding it hard to stop picking images, so there are still a lot more for you to go and see over on his blog, Jeff Sinon Photography, I know you will find lots to love there. Here is a gallery of some of the images that I really liked.


Influencing Me – J.M.W. Turner

In my own art practice lately I’ve noticed that I have been doing a lot more landscape images than ever before.  Landscape images were something I detested doing, I wouldn’t plan trips where that is what I would have to take, but slowly over time that has changed.  I think one of the greatest landscape artists of all time was Joseph Mallord William Turner. He was a painter that did the most amazing landscapes. I have seen a couple of his paintings and the thing that I remember the most about them was the incredible detail in some of them, but also the emotion that came from them.  His work was hard to walk about from.


Turner was born in 1775, but the date of his birth is unknown, and this is what Wikipedia had to say about him:

Joseph Mallord William Turner (baptised 14 May 1775 – 19 December 1851) was a British Romantic landscape painter water-colourist printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light” and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. Some of his works are cited as examples of abstract art prior to its recognition in the early twentieth century.



He was such a major influence on landscape painting of the day.  I don’t know all the reasons, why he changed landscape painting, though I suspect it was because of his style, he was very different to anyone else painting at that time.

Turner’s talent was recognised early in his life. Financial independence allowed Turner to innovate freely; his mature work is characterised by a chromatic palette and broadly applied atmospheric washes of paint. According to David Piper’s The Illustrated History of Art, his later pictures were called “fantastic puzzles.” However, Turner was recognised as an artistic genius: the influential English art critic John Ruskin described him as the artist who could most “stirringly and truthfully measure the moods of Nature.”


There are paintings that Turner did that resemble what many of the artists of that time were doing, though I think he will always be remembered for others scenes.


His use of colour was extraordinary.  When I think of painters of that time, a dark palette comes to mind.  They often painted dark scenes, but Turner changed so much of that.  He used so much yellow, with touches of oranges and reds.  It is like he wanted to include the sunset in many of his paintings.


I can certainly understand why he is considered a major influence for the Impression movement and there is a lot of that impressionist style in his work.

Most of us have heard of Turner and I am sure many of you have seen his paintings.  I love the drama in them and the emotions that you feel when you look at them.  They aren’t just pretty pictures.  It is something I would dearly love to get into my photographs.  We can learn so much looking at paintings.  There is something in them that image makers today can appreciate.  I was listening to Nature Photographer Art Wolfe the other day and he was talking about how important it is to look at the masters, and to see what they did.

If you want to read more about Turner Wikipedia have a good page on him, J.M.W. Turner, and to see more of his paintings, then Wikipedia Commons has a great page of his paintings. I have more to show you and will put them into a gallery for you.



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