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Weekend Wanderings: Spring Morning in the Bellarine Peninsula

When I wrote the title to this post I almost said summer morning because it seems like summer here. It has certainly arrived very early. Apparently we are going into an El Nino which is the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere. It will bring hot temperatures and no rain, at least for the next few months. Early October has broken more records with days around 35°C or 95°F.  I’m not looking forward to summer at all. It is going to be too hot to do anything. For those of you that live near snow, lots of photos will be greatly appreciated.

Another change is how I take photos has to change again, so it will mean lots of early mornings and late afternoons. I will have to get used to getting up very early in the morning to drive to places. Last weekend was the first time I did it since I got back. Though we didn’t try to get anywhere for the sunrise, but still we arrived at Queenscliff quite early.


It was a very clear sky and the day was going to be warm, so we knew that there wouldn’t be a really magnificent sunrise, so opted  not to try for it. Queenscliff was lovely and so peaceful at that time of the day. The water was calm, though it is inside the heads of Port Phillip Bay which is part of the reason for that.


The water was also quite clear and I enjoyed watching the seaweed that clung to the leg of the pier dancing around in the water.

I took the Tamron 28-300mm lens with me which has become my go to lens at the moment. It doesn’t leave my camera very often. It is such a great length or range. The 28mm gives you some wide angle, not always as wide as I would like, but a great compromise, and the 300mm means I can zoom in quite a bit. No lens is ever going to give you the best length, but hey, I think this one is pretty good. It is one I would definitely recommend. I know I will miss it a lot when I have to return it to Tamron Australia.


The tide was out so we walked around the cliff and saw some unusual man made structures. I think left over from the WWII when we were terrified of being invaded, though nothing happened this far south, well except something about a German cargo ship that wasn’t allowed to enter. Fair enough really. Still, we were ready for it. One thing about being so far away from the rest of the world is that our distance does tend to protect us from what is going, most of the time.


After breakfast at Belsize & Co in Queenscliff we decided to drive around the coast to St Leonards. Here we found another pier, and possibly my favourite of the day. It was getting warm and towards midday when we got here so people were everywhere. You can’t see it in this photo but there were lots of people swimming and doing the summery type things you expect for a warm day.


It was certainly a pier with a lot of character and one I would love to go back to at some stage. There was a lot to photograph around it. It also had some many different elements. Yes, a return visit at a better ‘photography’ time of the day is needed.

We did go on to Port Arlington but you will have to wait for those photos another day. We knew the light was going to be harsh and we wouldn’t get good photos so we decided that it was going to have to be a scouting day. We found a few places that we want to go back to so now we just need to organize when.

I’m going to leave it there, I’ve talked enough today and will leave you with a gallery of more photos. It is Saturday here and we are expecting a storm, apparently, it was meant to happen yesterday, so who knows if it will rain or not. I hope you are having lovely ‘photography’ weather where you are. Take care.

Weekend Wanderings: Kinglake and Back

On Friday I had another One on One Photography Session and this time we decided to do some landscape photography. First we headed out to Kinglake to see what we could see.

It has been nice to see the countryside here again, especially as spring is happening all around. The weather has been warm, and that also means the snakes are going to be waking up, so care has to be taken as well.


We were looking at lighting and how it can make your images more interesting. It was getting late in the day and we were able to get some great shots of back lit trees. Also trees that are blossoming with the season.


With spring are also flowers and they were everywhere. Lots of wild ones, well they were growing out in the wild, so I assume they are. They are small, most of the ones we saw, and very beautiful.


We were also looking at how the light was hitting certain things. Breaks through the trees and then the light hits some things singling them out. I love light like that and look for it when I can.


My client also wanted to see Banyule Flats and to do the sunset there. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much of a sunset, but before it set we looked around some of the other places and got the late afternoon sun shining on the trees over the other side. It was so peaceful there and nice to see it in the late afternoon, I don’t tend to go there at that time very often.

I’m out today, escaping to the coast to get some photos. The weather here is getting warm and summer is definitely on the way, unfortunately. I miss winter already, hopefully there will still be some cooler weather. Still I’m looking forward to spending the day with my friend and seeing what we can find to photograph around the coast.

Here are some more photos from Friday. All the photos in this post were processed in Lightroom CC. I hope you are having a good weekend, and you will be going out to take photos as well.

My Melbourne – Things Returning to Normal

Yesterday I had my first One on One Photography Session since returning and I guess it means the holiday really is over. In some ways it was nice that everything is getting back to normal, but then again I feel like I’m in a strange place as well, in my head that is. I don’t know how to explain it, but I think having my client being someone from the US was really good. We talked about my experiences there and she talked about her experiences here. It is always different to see your country through the eyes of a visitor, the good, and the bad.


We met under the clocks at Flinders Street Station, a very iconic meeting place, and then caught a train to Southern Cross Station to take photos around Docklands. I think that is a place that visitors hear bad things about and might not go to, so I thought it would be a great place to start.


We walked around there and eventually ended up at the Yarra River where we decided to stop for an early dinner. The point of this One on One was do some night photography, so we ate early and got ready for the sunset.


It wasn’t a spectacular one, but it was nice to see what we could get something where we were.


As more and more lights came on we started our journey back towards Flinders Street Station, stopping along the way to see what images we could get. The Yarra River is a great subject for reflections for night photography.


We tried to get as many reflections as well, however the water wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. Still, I know I can go back and do this again, anytime I want to.


We finished off near Flinders Street Station. I had a great time, and I hope she did as well. She seemed very happy with the night shots that she took. I am looking forward to seeing the shots she gets when she gets back to the States, though I think her husband might be upset with me when he realizes she might want a new tripod.

Quite a few of these are HDR’s that I’ve processed in Lightroom, actually nearly all the sunset, and all the night ones are. I think I like HDR’s for night photography, and I do think they come out better. I’ve been experimenting with the HDR photo merge in Lightroom, but should compare it with Photomatix at some stage, but at this point I think it does a pretty good job. I do have to go and change some of the settings, but it is good that you can do that.

I have more photos from the afternoon. It was nice photographing something familiar again. Some things have changed since I was in this area last, but much is the same. I do love Melbourne, so it was nice to be back in it, it seemed like it had been a long time since I was there last.

USA Wanderings: Henry Cowell Redwoods

It’s been hot here in California, they are temperatures I am used to, but I have never experienced them in September before. It really doesn’t seem fair that I come all this way and it is so hot. I suppose it is better than having lots and lots of rain while I was here,. So today with the temperatures set to soar again it was decided that we would go to the redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Henry Cowell Redwoods.


They are big, as you can see here, and some are over 2000 years old. I did this image with the cottage so you could see how big they were.

We went there to go hiking through it and just look around. It was so incredible. It was another place where everywhere you looked you were saying ‘oh wow’.


Places like this can be incredibly hard to photograph. How do you take photos that will be interesting? You don’t just want lots of trees there. I tried to find things that would make them more so by looking for things like paths that ran through the trees.


Or by looking for the light and how it caught the trees or went through them. Initially we didn’t get a lot of light, but slowly the sun started breaking through.

They really are so amazing. I’ve never really seen anything like them before. I am so glad we went to see them. I went with my sister in law and two of her friends, and I promised them I would do a post to show them how the photos came out.  I’m afraid there are quite a few, I hope you don’t mind.

I am just going to put the selection I have for you into a gallery now. Don’t forget you can click on any of them to see them larger.

Quiet Thursdays

Quiet Thursday or Frantic Thursday, I wasn’t really sure what to call this post. I have five days left to get things organized for my trip so I’m busy trying to some things finished.

While I haven’t had a lot of time to go and take photos there has been a couple of opportunities. I’ve also done some work on some other photos taken at different times. I’m trying to build up my Flickr profile so I’ve been trying to get more photos up there. I like the way my page is starting to look and how it showcases me. So I thought I would show you some of the photos that I’ve had up there this week.

A lot of the photos I put up there I have already had on this blog.

I also put up the image from Monochrome Madness yesterday, but the colour version.

I think it gives it a very different look. I like the lushness of the green.

The same day that I took the above image I also took a lot more, but decided to do a couple for you here.

It was a morning and early afternoon of looking for the light. We were inspired by it and trying to see it everywhere. When we got to the Yarra River it was great to see the tree roots trying to find the water. There were so many and it was like a city of roots.

Another thing that I’ve been challenging myself to do is to post at least one photo a day on Instagram. I want to get a lot better at using it for when I am away. I’m sure I will be posting lots of photos on it and Flickr really.

Today I thought I would leave you with a gallery of photos I’ve posted on Instagram. All these photos were taken with my phone, I don’t tend to put photos I’ve taken with D800 on it, but might start doing some. Have a nice relaxing day.

Weekend Wanderings: Off to Flinders Pier

Today’s post really is a continuation on from yesterdays. After walking all the way back up the steps at Cape Schanck Chris and I went to Flinders for breakfast. We went to a place that I’ve been to many times, Flinders Village Cafe. I like their french toast. After breakfast we headed down to the pier.


I like this pier as there are lots of things around it to photograph. You just don’t know what you will see. It was one of those places that when I think of it I think of textures, it really is full of them. Look at those on the rails of the boat ramp.


There has to be a photo under the pier. There are two piers here, the original one and a newer cement one. It is always great when you can get underneath, though the wood ones are far better and you can see how the wood has worn with the water,


There are patterns on the beach from the water. Because this part of Flinders is around the corner, so to speak, from the ocean it doesn’t get those crashing waves, so I think it you get interesting patterns, of course I could be wrong.


There are the rocks intermingled with sand and seaweed. The morning light on the sand was incredible. Wandering around these areas was great. Trying to photograph everything we could, trying to photograph funny shaped things under rocks, is that right Chris?


The water was stunning and look at that colour, it was so beautiful. I love water when it is like that. There were parts out on the pier that you could go down and get very close to the water. It was fun to get under the pier, well almost, out in the water.

It is the second or third time I have been there and it never disappoints. It will be nice to go there one day when the weather is stormy, but not raining. I have some photos for you now to look at, all taken at Flinders. If you want to see a bigger image just click on it. I am off to the Mallee today and I’m looking forward to seeing my mum. I haven’t been up there this year so it should be good. I hope you have great plans today.

Weekend Wanderings: Autumn Mornings in Banyule Flats

Yesterday morning I took another trip back to Banyule Flats.  I have to return the Tamron 150-600mm next week to Maxwell International Australia and I want to get lots of use out of it before it has to go back.

It was a gorgeous morning, the perfect autumn morning. I started at the swamp taking some photos of the birds with the Tamron lens.


There was a white faced heron feeding there, that was a treat for me.  I’ve been enjoying watching the herons. There were also lots of ducks, lots of Pacific Black Ducks, I think they were.  banyule-flats-autumn-birds-macro-1050

I loved this, I think these are Eurasian coots walking on the water, quite funny.


I really like it when the moon is out during the day. It is quite surreal this view of the moon, it almost looks like it is blending into the background.


Once I was done with the birds I put the macro lens on and went for a walk around.  As I said the light was just stunning, it was a perfect autumn day.

banyule-flats-autumn-birds-macro-1101The walking path, the bike path, the way we all go when we go to the park.  Great park to visit, especially on a day like yesterday.  I was cold at the beginning but by the time I got back to the car I was feeling very warm.

I’m going to leave you with a gallery now.  I did take a lot of photos of the autumn leaves and other macro type images, but I will leave those for Sunday I think.  I’m off to Healesville today, back to the sanctuary/zoo and then lunch at a winery. Of course I am planning on taking my camera and a couple of lenses. I hope you have a great Saturday planned, and hopefully some opportunities for some photos.