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Tuesday’s Bit and Bobs: Getting in the Swing of it

This last week has been very busy and it looks like the following week is going to be even busier. That’s not a bad thing, but it is always a little crazy when it is like that. I will be going out to take photos on a couple of those occasions, so that will be relaxing.

Dynamic Range Magazine

All the articles are nearly finalized and it is about time to start putting it together. I have a new person doing that with me and we don’t know a lot, but I know with determination we will get melbourne-sunset-night-river-buildings-105there. We hope to have the front cover for you to see soon.  It is going to be another great edition.

We are also working on a new logo, which a dear friend is doing for me. So far I love what she has done.


I’ve had a few people ask me about subscribing to the magazine. I’m not offering that as yet. I wanted to make sure that I could do the publication and get it out to people. I know the first few are always going to be the hardest. I do hope that early next year we can offer that service for melbourne-sunset-night-river-buildings-118those that want to do it. I will have to figure out how to get it to work.

Book on Banyule Flats

I’m still working on that. It is a major project and I don’t think I was quite prepared for it. I have been rethinking some things about it, but nothing major. I want the book to be special, so I really need to research how I go about doing it.

Feeling Down After the Trip

I think I am finally starting to feel a lot better and life is getting very busy again. I do want to do a more in depth post about the trip, I know I keep saying that, but it will take me a bit of time tomelbourne-sunset-night-river-buildings-120 do it and there hasn’t been a lot of that. I will try and see if I can get it done this week. I think it will be good for me as well.

Digital Show

Last weekend they had the Digital Show here in Melbourne. Lots of the big companies in the photography industry were there and I went in. It was great to put some faces to the names of people that I have been dealing with at Nikon, melbourne-sunset-night-river-buildings-121Tamron, Lowepro and Joby. I’m looking forward to working with them in the future as well.


Today’s photos were taken last year at this time. They are from a later afternoon spent in the city and then into the evening. I love night shots of Melbourne and I knew you wouldn’t mind if I showed them again. It is lovely to revisit my old photos.

Here is a gallery with some of them. I hope you are busy too.

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.

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: Melbourne Bridges at Night

A couple of weeks ago I was given an opportunity to take some photos along the river at night. We started at Docklands and found a great place to take some photos of the Bolte Bridge. I’ve never been that close to it before.  We then wandered back and took photos at various places along the river till we got to Flinders Street Station. It was here that we said good bye and caught trains home.

I do love taking photos of the river at night, the best time. I am thinking of organizing a group outing to do it.

This morning I’m going out to take more photos in and near central Victoria. It should be a great morning/day for photography. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been wanting to get back to this place for while, but you will have to wait to find out where I’ve gone. There might be hints on Instagram.

Here is a gallery of images for you to see. I hope your weekend is going well.

Weekend Wanderings: Roadside Photography Around Marysville

The other day we went back to Marysville, intending to visit some of the places that we haven’t been too yet.  One was a waterfall, but a fallen tree across the road meant that we couldn’t get to one spot. We had also intended to visit another place, but forgot our map and couldn’t find it.  Still the trip turned out to be quite amazing because we found some other things to photograph.

The roads we were traveling on were dirt or narrow but we could see things like these.


With all the rain we’ve had and the dead decaying trees up there it almost seemed like you could see mushrooms or fungi everywhere you looked. It was quite incredible. It is something I love about having the macro lens, so good for this type of photography.


The views of the road were quite amazing.  There are still all the trees that died when the fires went through this area in 2009. If you look in the distance to the hills behind you can see the dead trees on the top just sticking up.  Of course one day you won’t be able to see in the distance like this, the trees will grow again and you will be surrounded by it.


We had planned on some long exposures, but in the end neither of us were feeling terribly excited and it was nice to just take photos of what we were finding. It was something that we had been been meaning to do on the last couple of trips there.


There is a lookout on Lady Talbot Drive and you can see Keppel Falls in the distance. I was still using my macro and couldn’t really get in close enough, but I like this.


After there we headed up Lake Mountain.  The clouds were low and you could see them among the trees, but it hasn’t quite shown that in the photos.  I do love wet rainforests, something very luscious about them.

Perhaps not the trip we had planned, but not one to be disappointed about either.  Just means we will have to go back again another time.  Not a bad thing. Are you traveling back anywhere this weekend?

As usual a gallery of more images.

Weekend Wanderings: Beautiful Afternoons Along the Yarra River

A couple of weekends ago I got to spend an afternoon taking photos along the Yarra River in Melbourne. It was a stunning afternoon and one of those perfect winter ones that we look for.  I had a lovely time along there.

I was teaching a One on One Photography Session and the person I was teaching liked photographing bridges and, well, Melbourne has some great ones along the Yarra River.  So there are lots photos of the bridges and from all different angles.

We also did a couple of photos going indoors to look at how to take photos in low light and what you can do to get the best results.  They were inside the Crown Casino complex where it is very flashy, lots of bling.

Most of the photos are things you’ve seen before, though I did take a couple of photos of Polly Woodside an old sailing ship that people can go on and take a look around.  I hope you don’t mind looking at more photos of Melbourne, I seem to be taking heaps along the river at the moment, what can I say, it has been great weather for it.

I’m just going to leave you with a gallery today. I’m in Sorrento this weekend and not sure how much time I will have to look at comments, but I will do my best to catch up with you all.  I hope you have some great things planned for this weekend. Have a good one.

Quiet Thursdays – Looking at Time

It’s been a productive week and I’ve managed to get quite a few things done.  I’m feeling less stressed which is great, and I’ve been keeping to my plan of working at home on certain days. I can feel myself getting a grip on things.  Now I just need to work on the blog some more and get some more posts done ahead of time.

Last weekend I was in the city taking some photos and some of the shots I really liked.  I haven’t done a lot to many of them, but I did play around with a couple for you for today.  I will do more soon.

Here are the ones I worked on.  The sky was lovely, lots of clouds rushing by, but more on those in a minute.

Speaking of clouds rushing by I decided to have a go at doing some time lapse photography. So I set up my camera to take a series of images over 10 minutes.  When I got home I played around with them and got this short time lapse video.

Then I noticed some clouds reflected in a building and so had to do another one.

Take a look, you might see more moving than you expect.

On Sunday when we went to Cranbourne for Social Snappers again I noticed the clouds and thought, why not do another one.  This one was done over 15 minutes.

They are all very short. They were fun to do, and I love watching how the world rushes past.  I will be out again this morning, all in the schedule.  I hope you have a great time and quiet time today.