Tuesday, July 28, 2009

oh strange little photo file

Ever wonder what happens to the photos that don't make the cut?

They sometimes end up in the rubbish pile file...
simple really
and they are gone.

But sometimes I'm feeling generous and if not in my case they end up in the strange little photo file.
You never know when you may need them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The right place at the right time..

"I look behind and after
And find that all is right,
In my deepest sorrows
There is a soul of light."
Swami Vivekananda

There is something to being said about being in the right place at the right time.
Just after a storm and just before sunset.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fireworks - colour that goes boom shackla

Fireworks are so pretty.

I love trying to capture the light, the colour and the shapes.

Some professional and enthusiasts that shoot fireworks like to have people, silhouettes of buildings or reflections of buildings over water in thieir shot.
For me
I just love the colour and the reflection from water if there is any around.

Really plain and simple.
Pity I cant capture the gun powdery smell...
love that too!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blurry pictures can be interesting images

no flash, 50mm, f/5 3 sec exposure.
Shutter prioty,iso 200, manual expsure.
floodlit from below.
Subject: tree branches.

no flash, 18 mm, f/5 2 sec expsure hand held ( can u tell>?)
iso 200, shutter prioty
lights were on in room.
Subject: french woman with camera as it flashes.
Im not one for showcasing the techy bits behind a photo but today I thought I would.
Art is life and life is art.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Reflections (3) Just add water

Recipe for Reflections

Ingredients: natural density filter, sunny day, not too many clouds in sky, pretty landscape,trees, ensure little or minimal wind.
Just add water.
Take deep breath and shoot.

Friday, July 17, 2009

DPS – digital Photography school

Darren Rowse is the creator behind this vastly growing site that is kicking major website butt.
According to the mastermind behind this online gathering of photographers and photo enthusiasts the DPS site is breaking records.

From the latest post under milestones:

- Our photography forum has just passed signing up 50,000 members in the last week.
- Our subscriber numbers (the total of those who subscribe via RSS or via our daily and weekly email newsletter) is fast approaching 300,000 - it looks like we’ll hit that magical number in the next couple of weeks..
- Twitter follower numbers are up over 13,000.
- Monthly traffic to DPS continues to be solid. This month we’re on track to hit 2.5 million visitors with over 5 million pages of the site viewed.

more? check out:

On line communities are the fastest growing of all time, peoples lives are busy and if a blog or a website is ever changing, informative and interesting the followers follow.
DPS has great informative tips and tricks and is a real environment on line to learn, share and answer questions. The site has three major sections, Photography tips and tutorials, camera and equipment and post production, making it easy to navigate and seek out those stories you may find of interest.
Darren encourages regular stories, tips and tricks from guest writers and semi regular writers and this formula works well to ensure a large variety of topics are covered.

Congrats to Darren & keep up the good work I say!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Drought and summers

Australia can have some of the worst summers on record.
Victoria where I live has seen many years of drought.

Its evident when you walk where there used to be metres of water and you see the wide cracks in the dirt/ground and the dead trees in only a few inches of water.
It makes for an interesting subject matter.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Frost - Jack Frost

"In English folklore, Jack Frost appears as an elfish creature who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather; a variant of Father Winter or Old Man Winter.
Tradition holds Jack Frost responsible for leaving frosty crystals patterns on windows on cold mornings." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Frost

Winters here in the Upper Goulburn leave mornings crisp and frosty.
Grass, fences, stock, animals, trees, leaves and infact everything outside is a photographers paradise.

Up early and camera firmly tucked under jacket you can take great photos of Jack Frosts' work.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


There are 70,900,000 mentions of corn when Googled.
That is amazing for sweet corn or Indian corn.
Corn is actually in every aspect of meals in our lives, cornflakes, corncobs, creamed corn and as a movie favourite: popcorn.

Once our planted corn had produced many husks and had produced many golden cobs of silky milky kernels, the plants themselves started to fade in colour and then looked really bedraggled.

Rather than ripping them out, I waited for a warm day with lots of light, with a shadow underneath the sheds eaves - I photographed them.
A bit of tweaking for a slightly barren look and Ta Dah!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Sometimes in our landscape some colours are more outstanding than others.
I like to find red in flowers and trees as I find it the most challenging to photograph.
" In human color psychology, red is associated with heat, energy and blood and emotions that "stir the blood", including anger passion and love." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red

This photo was taken on a local property and I was fascinated by the colour of very young gum tree leaves.

I upped the ISO, used fill in flash and I like the result what do you think?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Make hay while the sun still shines

For me hay means almost Christmas and hay fever.
Okay well it really means the stock will have food when the food gets scarce.
Plus a great subject to shoot.
I enjoy taking photos of the round bales in the dusk of the warmer months.
The long shadows and the yellowness of the hay, the iridescent green of the new grass, that just freshly mowed look is a wonderful subject matter.