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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: More Opportunities

Things are seemingly to be moving in fast motion around me and whizzing past, but I feel like I’m in slow motion, straining to keep up. It is a weird feeling. I know I can keep up and the key is going to be staying on top of everything. I’m sure I can do it.

Weekend Notes

I don’t know if many of you have heard of this or if it is more a Melbourne or Australian thing, but it is a great place to get information on events or places to go.  I have just started writing for them and just had my first article published.  I scpointlonsdale-hpm7810-2wrote it on waterfalls around the back of Lorne, surprisingly it is called Waterfalls Around Lorne. I was there on the weekend and got some great photos of the waterfalls.

They are more a subscription based thing and you subscribe and get emails about what is happening. I think they are hoping to go the wider community. If you want to visit the site, go to Weekend Notes.

Pro Blogger Podcast

The guy behind Pro Blogger and the Digital Photography School is doing some podcasts to help people work out how scpointlonsdale-hpm7850-3to blog. You can find the introduction to it here ProBlogger Podcast: Blog Tips to Help You Make Money Blogging.

Basically he is going to start a challenge for people starting on the 1st of July and will go for 30 days. Might be interesting to see how it goes and if it helps get your blog some more coverage. I am going to try it for my other blog, which I haven’t done anything on for a while. Hopefully I will have the time.

Digital Photography School

I’ve had another article published on the Digital Photography School. It is one that I sort of hinted at recently on Time scpointlonsdale-hpm7925-1Lapse Photography and I have written a tutorial on how I did it for dPs. Here is the link to it, How to Shoot and Process a Time Lapse Movie – Quick Method. It is a very quick way of doing it and I hope those of you that wanted to know how to do it will find it useful.

I also believe that today another tutorial I’ve written is coming out and when I know I will add a link. This one is on Watermarks, quite an extensive tutorial on a number of ways of adding watermarks to your images using Lightroom and Photoshop.  I hope you like it.

It has now been published and  you can find it here, How to Watermark Your Images Using Lightroom and Photoshop CC.

Meeting Up with People

In a couple of weeks I’m really excited that I will be meeting Kaz from daysandmonths. She is coming down to scpointlonsdale-hpm7805-2Melbourne and we are going to go to Apollo Bay for a few days to take some photos. Then we will be back in Melbourne to do some night photography and some other things. I’m sure we are going to run out of time, too much to do, it is going to be great.

Speaking of meeting people, there are plans for a bit of a WordPress Meet Up next year here in Australia, not in Melbourne, but in Sydney. We don’t know when yet, but we are starting the conversation now. One suggestion has been June next year.  This is for anyone who wants to come. Could be a great event. So don’t be shy, start saving and come and meet us.


Today I have some photos that were taken almost three years ago on a couple of trips to Point Lonsdale. Lovely lighthouse there.  I hope you are having a great time, maybe not as busy as mine.  Take care.

Tuesdays Bits and Bobs: Sorting Through it All

It has been a complete surprise to me how busy the start of the year has been.  The last couple of years it has been so slow at the start and taken a couple of months to get going, but this year I feel like I have started the year running.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done.  I keep forgetting things I have to do, and then I remember later on.  It does feel like there isn’t enough time in the day.  I just need to start being more productive with my time.  Of course, being busy doesn’t mean I don’t love it.  I do, and most of what I’ve been busy with has to do with taking photos, and there has been a lot of that.


It is coming together.  I have to do some videos for it, well tutorial ones, but should get those done in the next couple of days.  I was having a hard time trying to work out if I should do Lightroom, Photoshop, or Elements, but then decided maybe I can do all three.  If I can work out how to get GIMP onto my new scmont-4869machine, then I might do one for it as well.  I thought I would start with some basic things.  So that should happen soon.

Hopefully it will come out at the end of the week or early next week. Don’t forget if you haven’t signed up for it yet, there is a button in the side panel that allows you to do that.


I think I have found somewhere down here to teach some photo editing classes, I just need to work out when I will start and hopefully find enough people who want to do them as well.  I find it hard to really put myself out there, as it is so difficult to find the people to do scmont-hpm4971bwthese things.  People keep telling me they want to do them, but when push comes to shove and they have to fork out money, you never see them again.  I know that people think I shouldn’t charge money, but it has cost me a lot of money to learn as well, so that doesn’t seem fair either.

Social Snappers

I have been advertising Social Snappers on Melbourne Meetups and I had my first person from there the other day.  It was great having her along and I really hope she decides she wants to come back.

We had our biggest group yet.  We went to Hanging Rock, a rather weird looking rock formation just out of the city. It was a great place for photos, but it was so hot, and I think we all struggled with the heat a bit too.  We did it, and I have the photos to prove it.

The next outing is to Healesville Sanctuary on the first of March. I went there when my girls are little and I remember seeing a great live presentation of the raptors, so I hope they still do that.scmont-hpm4965


I’m off to Wadonga for a couple of days with my daughter.  She has to go up there a two day course.  I don’t know what I will do while she is there, take my camera I think.  If anyone has any great ideas of  what to photograph up there please let me know.

Camera Bags

scmont-4814I got a new bag recently, the LowePro Flip side 15L I think it is.  I think I am in love with this bag.  It can carry enough gear for me to use, that I still have choices.  My tripod, I mean my big tripod will fit on it, and it has a place for a bladder to carry water.  I got a Camel Bak insulted bladder and used it for the first time at Hanging Rock, it was perfect.  You have the end right near  your head so you can just drink anytime you want.  The other thing is that the bag might be heavy, but it doesn’t feel heavy on, it sits really well on my back.

If I had any problems with it, I think my biggest issue is that there is no where really in it for a wallet and phone.  I don’t always have pockets for those, well I never put my wallet in a pocket, so it would be good to have somewhere for that, and somewhere where it was easy to get to. I sometimes wonder if they think scmont-hpm5038of women when they are designing these things.

Photos Today

Time to leave it for today.  I have some photos for you, they were taken almost three years ago at Montsalvat. I love taking photos of Montsalvat, but I really dislike how much they charge people to take photos there.  You get charged an hourly rate, something like $20 an hour, and then you can’t do anything with the photos.  It is so outrageous.  No where else in Melbourne, not that I have found, will do that.  Anyway, I thought I would show these again.  I hope you are busy too and have lots of photography going on.  I better start working on Monochrome Madness.


Back to the other end of the city today and the Webb Bridge.  I wasn’t totally happy with the image I processed the other day.  I thought the first photo, which is, let’s face it, just a documentary shot of the bridge was much better.  I had thought I wouldn’t do any more “art” photos of it, but when I was looking at them, I had an idea that I wanted to try.

I had this idea that I could make the mouth of the bridge shine and invite you into it.  I wanted to make it warmer than the rest of the image, but I also wanted to be careful because I know I can overdo the warm bit.  I hope this is okay.  I also blurred the sky, and then blurred the background so the sky has been blurred twice.

If it is alright for me to say this, but I am rather happy with this image.  I like the tones and the lighting, though it is hard to believe it was taken at about 2 in the afternoon.  I should just show you the original, well the original HDR image.  Oh, it has also been cropped a little as well.

This image turned out so strange, even in the original HDR the lighting is quite surreal.  I think it suits what I had in mind so much.


  • Photomatix Pro – 4 image HDR
  • Layers on layers
  • Normal layer layered on top of warmed layer and blended
  • Mask added and only certain parts were masked so the warming layer could come through
  • new layer added, then blur added, masked so only sky was blurred
  • another new layer, then more blur, masked so only highlights were not blurred
  • Image darkened with curves, then a certain section lightened
  • finally a vignetting was applied

I didn’t really do a lot, not compared to some, and I think that is probably why this one worked and the other didn’t.  I just wanted the entrance of the bridge to be more.  I think I knew what I wanted before I actually started on this one, and somehow, I knew what I needed to do.  I love that the image also looks like it was taken at night more.


I hope you have been enjoying the tutorials I’ve been doing.  I don’t know if they are helpful, but many of you do seem to enjoy them.

I just wanted to say that I have added a new page at the top called Tutorials and there you will find a list of ones that I have done.  Hopefully that will make it easier for people to find them.

I am behind in everything again, hopefully can catch up tomorrow.  I spent a lot of time today getting some handouts ready for my first real class this Saturday in Eltham at Living Learning Nillumbik.  Still some places if anyone is interested.

Red Wine with Grapes

While I had everything set up yesterday, I tried some other set ups.  I didn’t want to put them all up yesterday,  today I thought I would show you one without so much fruit.  I am going to do the same as I did yesterday, start with the original image and then show the HDR image, followed by two other images where I have tried other things.

I have done some editing with this one.  Had to do a bit of work to the tablecloth because it was too bright.  I am also not happy with how all the glass just blends in and doesn’t stand out.

This is the HDR version.  I am a lot more pleased with this.  I think the glass pops out more.  The cloth didn’t need any  work and I didn’t even notice it too much.  I like how this one works so much better than the original.

I have been doing a lot of reading on how to grunge up images, wondering if that is what I need to do to get the type of image that I’m looking for.  Of course, it doesn’t help that I don’t really know what I’m looking for.  I don’t know if I would continue doing this, but I have learned some new things, and that is never bad.  Often I have to try things, go away, think about them, and then decide how I would use them.

That is what I have done for this image.  I wondered if I followed most of the steps, well just a couple actually and then did something on its own would it work.  I blurred the image, and then added some sharper bits, much like what you would do with a painting.

When you are painting, you don’t give everything the same amount of sharpness that you often get with a photo.  You decide what is going to be your point of focus and then work out from there. I want to do that more.

I don’t know know if you are able to see any differences between the four images.  I hope you can, maybe try clicking on them for a larger image.

The experimentation continues.