In photography, the Golden Hour is the first and last hour of sunlight – Sunrise, or Sunset are times when the quality of light makes it possible to capture magical shots. The addition of water, either sea or lake can result in the most beautiful images. Here are a few of mine from the archives…….it is mid winter and pouring with rain where I am, so there is no chance of something new!
These were taken in Tasmania, Queenscliff in Victoria, near where I live, and the lake in my own backyard.
As usual, clicking any image will make it larger.
At the end of June I spent a week in the Northern Territory, based in Alice Springs, on a photography workshop organised by Phototrekabout Tours. It was a fantastic experience – to see the country, take endless photographs and to learn from experienced and friendly tutors, while enjoying oneself. We spent time at the Desert Springs Wildlife Centre, travelled to the East and West McDonnell Ranges, visited Standley Chasm, Ormiston George, Emily Gap, Jessie Gorge, Corroboree Rock and many more interesting and beautiful places. We went all the way to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon, where I had an amazing helicopter ride over the canyon to see it in it’s full glory.
These are a few shots which cover some the the first few days, up to our time at Uluru – landscapes only, but lots more to come. Enjoy!
A while ago I purchased, very cheaply, several broken mechanical watches on eBay, specifically for the purpose of taking some close ups of their innards – these are a few of them. I think they have a certain beauty, and also meet this week’s brief of Curves.
There have been heavy frosts for the last few nights, with beautiful clear mornings and stunning sunrises. I was out early yesterday hoping to take some interesting shots, but came home with only a few worth keeping. These Alpacas were sporting frozen dreadlocks, but seemed not to notice – they were just briefly curious about the stranger who stopped to look at them. The light coloured on had the most amazing blue eyes.
This week we are asked to share a photo that means or represents those special fleeting moments that occur occasionally in our lives, that are enjoyed for a moment or two and are then gone…..leaving behind a sense of peace, or excitement, change or even sadness. I’ve chosen images from nature (as usual), and hope you enjoy them too.
I have written before about finding Ladybirds ( Coccinellidae ) inside my home, having been unwittingly carried inside on firewood, where they have gathered to begin their winter hibernation. The warmth inside wakes them up, and I find them clustered on the widows, probably drawn to the light. Yesterday when a carpenter removed some rotting timbers from near the roof, this is what I found when I went to clear the rubbish away. There were hundreds of the little beetles hiding away inside a groove in the timber that gave them a snug dry and dark place to sleep until Spring.
Being very fond of these helpful insects, today I collected a few that were wandering away from the cluster and moved them to my pot of moss for a photo session. They are not easy subjects to photograph – tiny, round and shiny, plus they do not stay still! The piece of timber will be moved to a sheltered spot, and the remaining Ladybirds left undisturbed. I hope they survive till warmer weather.
This Week’s challenge is about Signs. Funny, poignant, symbolic, incorrect, informative, foreshadowing…there are so many signs in the world.
Interestingly I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about signs and often take pictures of them – so these are from my archives and were spotted in Victoria close to home, Tasmania and Singapore.
My favourite is the Wombat one….. they obviously speed between dawn and dusk!
There has been over 60mm of rain in the last few days, most of the leaves have gone from the deciduous trees and the garden is beginning to look a bit bare. Few insects are around, and there is not much to photograph. The roses still have a few blooms though, and these photos were taken over the last week or so. Still practicing……this time with the 100mm macro to focus on water drops.
This somewhat weird photograph is in response to this week’s photo challenge:-
The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or the foreground, the center of attention.
This is a photograph taken through a window, through my house, and a window on the other side. There is a shadowy reflection of myself, but also a very clear reflection of the garden behind me. Weird for sure, but kind of interesting!
Another practice session with the new camera. This time specifically macro, using the 100mm macro lens to try and achieve tack sharp focus. The little brown toadstools were only about 3 cms tall, while the Fly Agaric were much larger. My favourite is the Red Fly Agaric with the water droplet. Click on any image for a larger view.
This is my 250th post on this blog – a minor milestone. I thank every one of the 80+ followers for being interested in the photographs I take – you keep me motivated!
Today I took my 5D and all my lenses that fit it to my son, for him to calibrate the lenses to the camera. I’m very glad to have this done as now the focus of each lens will be perfect instead of focusing behind or in front of where it should. He then took these photos of birds in his back garden, using a HUGE 300mm lens. I have cropped them a little to make the birds more obvious.
Click on any image for a larger view, or slideshow of the lot.
Maggie – my favourite big dog as taken today in my Autumn garden.
This cemetery has not been used for decades, and is now quite overgrown by bushland. There are probably many graves of timber cutters and families who lived in the area in the 1900′s, but the only ones still visible are of local families who are well known in the town of Trentham. Dominated by a huge Camphor Laurel tree, it is a quiet and peaceful spot near the top of the mountain, somewhere that will never be disturbed.
Blue Mountain is 837 metres high, and close by the town where I live. Today my weekend visitors and I went to the top, which is only accessible by a four wheel drive vehicle or on foot. We drove up the very steep and bumpy dirt track to the top where there is a watch tower used in summertime to spot fires in the Wombat Forest. It was a beautiful place with amazing views across the countryside to Melbourne in the distance.
Two of my favourite roses.
From the archives……
This morning I found a little skink in my sewing room…….on checking with the Museum of Victoria Field Guide site, this little lizard is a common Garden Skink of the Lampropholis species. It must have lost its way!
Gently caught and transported outside to my moss pot, it became the subject of practice with the 5D. I’m finding the numerous modes of auto focus a bit of a challenge, but managed to get some good shots. Some of these have been cropped a little, but all were taken with the 100mm macro lens. He was quite small, about 8-9 cms long. If you look carefully you can see my reflection in its eye!
Just a word about these galleries – you can click on any image and it enlarges, the whole then becomes a slide show. The gallery itself will show images in a different order each time it is opened.
I purchased this little number yesterday……..
A big splurge indeed, and now I have to learn how to use it to its full potential. Yes, that is Gaffer tape spoiling its beauty – purely a protective measure to prevent marks or bumps as I get used to its larger size and weight. Watch this space for some results!
Most of today was spent preparing three entries for a local photo exhibition that will be held in a couple of weeks, and the theme was “Our Town”. I unearthed this as one of the three, taken last year when we had a pair of black swans on the town lake. I used a slice of this image for a header some months back, so here it is in it’s entirety.
Another from around the garden this morning – quickly and without much thought. Apologies – inspiration lacking!
Just a few shots around the garden in our glorious Autumn weather.
There is going to be a small photography exhibition in town from tomorrow evening until May 9th. This is being staged by the local Wombat Forest Care Group and promises to have a great group of images of this precious place. This was one of a couple I submitted.