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Up Before the Birds and Catching up

This last week hasn’t been any different to others. It is all go, but that isn’t a bad thing. I like being busy, it is really nice. I’ve also had a wonderful opportunity to meet some bloggers, which is always lovely.


This Blog

I have just discovered that I can transfer all my followers to the blog on my website. I am unsure about doing this, but it seems like a logical thing to do. It is easy for you and for me. You won’t get email updates on what I’m doing unless you sign up for that, but my posts would still appear in the reader.

I haven’t made a decision about it yet, but would like to hear what you think about it. If I decide to do it it will be in a few months.



The trip is really happening. Yesterday we booked all our accommodation and I’m so excited about going. The trip is affordable, and I think the idea of going in winter is really in our favour. We have been finding deals all over the place. We can’t believe that we got 11 nights accommodation for under a thousand dollars each.  As far as I am concerned that is brilliant. Now we can do a couple of things that we weren’t sure about.

It is going to be interesting photographing Tassie in winter. I’m hoping for lots of moody images. Being able to take my car is good too.


The Mallee

I am heading back up there and my posts this week will be from there. I am really looking forward to getting back. One to see my mum, I love seeing her. Then the second reason because I have some shots I really want to get while I’m there.

I am hoping to get to Lake Albacutya again. It has been a year and a half since I was there and I am curious to see how it looks now.

The pink lakes are also on the list. I want to see if I can do some new photos. They are always a challenge.

I am taking my ND Filters with me and I have plans for many long exposures. The weather is looking cloudy, so perfect for what I would like to do. I can’t wait to start.


Meeting people

I’ve met a couple of people this last week which has been great. I had coffee with one the other day and then yesterday morning I went out with another one, Janice Meyers Foreman from Canada. I had to get up very early to meet her in the city, hoping for a sunrise, but the cloud cover was too thick. We got some lovely shots of the blue hour before dawn and as the light appeared. The sad thing was that as the day dawned it was a rather grey and uninspiring one.It was great meeting Janice and I hope she enjoys her time in Melbourne.


As you can guess the photos are from the morning. I did something I haven’t done in a long time, I converted them into HDR images in Lightroom. I had to do some reworking in Photoshop for some of them, but it was fun to see what I could get. The very calm reflective river was great to capture the early morning lights into as well. I hope you enjoy them and are having a great weekend.

Walkabout Around the City

Usually I do this post with a catch up and let you know what I’m up to, but to be honest time is running out this weekend. I’m off tomorrow on a small camping trip. I know, hard to believe, but yes I’m camping. Nothing too much just overnight. I will tell you more when I get back.

Today I am just giving you some photos from a walkabout I did around the city last week when I had my work experience student, Alainne. I will leave it here and put some descriptions under the photos.

I hope your Easter has been nice.

Work Experience from the student’s point of view

This last week has been interesting for me as I have had a work experience student, Alainne. She has been great and very willing to learn. I told her that part of my job is writing, so I had her write a post for this blog on how the week has been.

From Alainne and how her week doing work experience has been.

Over the past week I have had the pleasure of doing my work experience placement with Leanne Cole. I have learnt so many new and exciting things about photography that I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn if it wasn’t for this experience.

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The first photographs we took were around the Eltham library. We took some photos of the building and photos of the trains as well. The train driver actually stopped the train to tell us that we were supposedly trespassing and weren’t allowed to take photos. Despite that I still managed to get a good shot of the train.

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The next thing I leaned was how to process photographs. After I finally downloaded Photoshop and Lightroom onto my laptop that is. I had only ever used Photoshop a couple of years ago and even then I had no idea what I was doing. I can now say that I am definitely a lot more comfortable with using Photoshop and Lightroom to edit my photos.

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On Wednesday we ventured into the city early in the morning to go to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show. I learned how to use the macro setting on my camera to take close up photos of the beautiful flowers that were on display. I got to see the effects of changing the ISO, aperture and shutter speed on the camera which helped me to understand what Leanne had taught me about them the previous day. I now know that to have a good photo you must have a perfect balance of all three settings on the camera.


Wednesday night was my favourite part of the whole week so far, we got to go back into the city at night to meet up with a group of regular night photographers. We took long exposure photos of Flinders Street Station and also photos of steel wool being lit and twirled in circles inside alley ways. It was so much fun and interesting to talk to that many photographers. It was good listening to them as they shared and compared tips and techniques. I used a tripod for the first time that Leanne was kind enough to lend me. I also a remote shutter release trigger that one of the night photographers kindly let me borrow. We only took a few photos over the course of the night because once the steel wool was a-light you only had one chance for a photo. This night was definitely an eye opening experience, I had never seen anything like the steel wool trick and I am now also in love with long exposure photography.


For me work experience has been an exciting, eye opening and a great learning experience. I have seen into the life of a photographer and I now know that it is something that I am most certainly interested in for myself. Leanne has been an amazing mentor, she has taught and shown me so many things about photography that I will now be able use for the rest of my life.


Introductions: Ross Spirou

Funny how you can know people, they live not far from you, but you have never met them.Ross Spirou is like that for me. I know we photograph the same areas, but have never got around to meeting. I’m sure we will one day.


We both take photos of Banyule Flats and as a local I am sure he would like to see the place left as it it. You can tell it is summer here and the water is going down. I’ve been noticing that myself.

My first question about where he is, has sort of been answered, but here is what he said.

Physically, in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Mentally, retirement is a long way off so will have to endure the 9-5 for a little while yet. As to where I am with my photography, it has taken a few years and it is now that I know who I am, what I enjoy and which way I am headed and loving the journey.


There are some great photographers around Melbourne doing some stunning work and Ross is one of them. It is amazing to see the work at places along the coast of Victoria.

I asked Ross how long he had been taking photos for and why.

I bought my first camera some 34 years ago  and it was then that I  studied photography for six months but left to get a paying job.  Put the camera down for a few years, then some 15 years ago, picked it up again and it’s been full speed ahead since.

Six years ago, I went back to school and studied photography at NMIT/Polytechnic and that was an incredible experience!

As a teenager, I was very artistic and used to draw and I think I was actually pretty good at it but when I bought the first camera, I put the pencils down and have not touched them since.

Photography has become my creative and artistic outlet, it is my way of capturing moments in time, the way I see the world and this planet, it is my way of changing something as simple as the very common Dandeline into a work of Art and I guess it is here that I need to explain a couple of things…
I love abstract Photography and I love turning whatever I am photographing into something totally different and to use an example, a recent picture of mine was taken at the blow hole down at Flinders and down there, the waves can get a bit crazy but using neutral density filters, I manage to turn a seascape into a “moon scape”
Other times I turn Dandelines into drawings, still very much a picture but with a twist and I guess this is where I answer the following question.


It is also nice to see that he does a variety of subjects too, and this bird is quite amazing. Bird photography is not something I thought I would get into, but I have shot so many over the last year.

I asked about inspiration.

I have always been a very earthy and grounded individual.  I love being outdoors, in a forest, in a paddock, around a lake etc and it is what gives me inspiration!

Most of my artistic nudes are taken outdoors and against the ruggedness of nature for I love the contrast between human skin and natural textures such as rocks, bark etc.
Inspiration comes from landscapes, seascapes, the tiny shells on the beach, the early morning dew, the bird on a branch, people walking down the street…


He also does a lot of model work as well. When you go through his work there are many shots of models and I see he is also on model mayhem.

As usual I asked if there was anything special about the way he works.

If I am to succeed as both a photographer and as an artist then I need to be different from everyone else for doing the same thing as everyone else does get boring and it defeats the purpose of trying to break into the market and this is why I am so lucky that my photography takes me from seascapes to architecture to micro to artistic nudes to long exposures and the list goes on.

As to whether there is anything special about my photography, yes, of course and it is why so many of my images have been given awards but what I do is not about getting awards but it is about the pleasure that it gives me, both while on the location and when I am sitting at home editing images.


There is some abstract photos as well. He has mentioned that he loves the idea of the abstract and what you can do with it.

My final question, as always, was about the gear he uses.

I am a Nikon man and I use full frame cameras and enough lenses to cover focal length between 16mm and 600mm. Also use the Nikkor 105mmf2.8gvr which is an absolute must have lens for any nature lover or even one who enjoys taking portraits!

I would like to thank Ross for agreeing to let me showcase his work for you. If you would like to see more of his work you can find him on Viewbug and at Model Mayhem. I hope you will go and see more.

I have some more images for you, and will put them into a gallery for you to enjoy.



More Shots of Melbourne as We Catch Up

This last week seems to have gone by in a blur. I can hardly remember what I’ve done. There were meetings, images to organise and other things. The weather hasn’t been great, so it has been good not to have the temptation to get out and take photos.


Formatt Hitech Featured Artists

I am very proud to announce that Formatt Hitech invited me to be one of their featured artists. I knew the week before, but couldn’t say anything until everything had been put into place. I am now on their website with some of my work. You can look at it here, Leanne Cole.

It was quite a hard thing to work out which images to use, but I’m happy with the ones that are now there. The bio was also interesting to write as well. I always find those things hard.

Long Exposure Photography Lessons

I’ve been asked a couple of times recently if I could teach that person how to do long exposure photography and I have to say, I think I’m ready to do it.

I now have two brackets and a selection of step up rings, so the time has come that I can start doing individual lessons on how to do them. I need to get some information up on it, but if you are interested in having me teach you, then please email me,


Book on Banyule Flats

We had a meeting with the Wurundjeri Elders the other day to show them the images and to work out how they can put some stories to some images.

It is all coming together now, it is quite exciting. I can’t wait for it to be published.


Instagram and your email

This is more a warning, but the other day I was trying to log into my Instagram account and couldn’t remember the password, so I pressed the Forgot Password button. I was putting in my email address and getting to reset the password, but I still couldn’t log into it. The I realised that when they were sending me the emails they were saying Hi to someone I didn’t know.

I eventually clicked that I was using the wrong email, but the mystery remained, my everyday email had an Instragram account and the name on it wasn’t mine. Someone had stolen my email address to set up their own Instagram account. I initially let them know that I knew by changing the user name to include email stealer, and the bio to say that the person had stolen my email address.

Then I had a thought, why not use the account myself. I thought it could be fun to have a place to experiment and try things out and if no one ever saw it, who would care. So I changed the name to


So now I have somewhere to put old art work and things I’m trying out without having to put it on my main one. I like this.

The warning

If you have an email account and don’t have an Instagram account attached then check it out. Someone might be using it for porn, or waiting to use it. Shut them down by changing the password.



Today’s photos are from a trip to the city last Sunday morning. We were hoping to get a nice sunrise, but we got a strange one instead. Then we just wandered around the city and the river.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.




Birrarung Marr at Night and a Catch up

It is nice that Sunday is here and the week is basically over. It has been an exhausting one, but also good. It will be nice to have some time for me for a little while.


Dynamic Range Magazine

It is out and I know most of you are aware of that. I did a post yesterday on one of the changes we’ve had to make, and so far it seems to have been a good one.  I will need to change all the links.  Now when you buy the magazine you need to go to the shop.  Here is the new link:

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Don’t forget to buy your copy.

The other option is to Subscribe and so many have done that so far. You can do that on the same page.


I will now be putting all my focus into the book. I need to get that done before things heat up again for the next issue.


Taking Photos

This is something I’m looking forward to as well. I have missed going out and taking photos, and when I have gone out I’ve often been too tired to really enjoy it. I am looking forward to going out and really concentrating on some new things I want to do.

I am going to leave it there for now. I do have other news, but I don’t want to talk about it just yet, you might have to wait, but not too long.

I have photos for you that carry on from the photos I showed you last weekend. These are night shots taken at Birrarung Marr. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Fun in the Sun as we catch up

Summer has arrived back in Melbourne and I’ve been out in it seeing what I can get with my camera. I don’t normally like going out in the sun, but the breeze in the shade has been good so it makes it bearable. The sun here can be so hot. My daughter had some citronella candles outside in the sun and they completely melted. I was almost tempted to buy some eggs to see if they would cook on the concrete. The strange thing is that it isn’t really that hot, it’s just the sun.

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On Sale Wednesday


We aren’t far away from publishing. I thought it was today. I got myself very confused. It seems our publishing date is Wednesday. I think the problem is I just can’t wait for you to see it.


Don’t forget you can now subscribe for a year and get a link sent to you for each of the four issues as they are published. You will also get your magazine a day before everyone else.

To subscribe go to Products Page.

If you are considering subscribing please do it now, will make my job much easier. I’ve worked out how to do this in a simple way, but if people start subscribing here and there it will mean that I have a lot more work to do.

If you don’t want to subscribe you will be able to buy each issue individually, and they will be on sale for $7 on the same page.

Printing out Articles

I’m a big one on trying to protect the environment and doing what we can to make sure things don’t get worse. I like that this magazine is digital, it means we don’t have to use a lot of paper having it printed out.

To make it easier we have done the layout so it will print one page per piece of paper so you can print the articles you are mostly interested in.

Please consider the environment and the trees when you are printing, and only print what you absolutely have to.


The gallery is full of photos that I took the other day while in the city. It was a very warm day and wasn’t great for photography, but I got some interesting effects with the Nikon 14-24mm lens. I think I am going to have to get myself some Formatt Hitech filters for it. I just have work out which ones.

Please enjoy Melbourne in the sun.


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