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A Photo That Inspires Words

In the past I have presented images and then invited people to write a response to them, either in the form of a short story or a poem, and I thought I might try it again.  I have picked an image, that I took in the local park the other day and I thought I might invite the many writers who follow my blog if they would like to write something for it.

I am not sure how this will work, perhaps you can leave a link to what you have written in the comments and then next Friday when I do my bits and pieces post I will put the links in the post, though depends how many I get, or I might just refer people back here.  We will work it out.


I hope this image is okay.  You can download it or copy it, but if you put it on your blog please remember to give me credit for the image.

I am not going to say anything about the image, that is up to those who want the challenge.

Week 2 – Black and White Challenge

Here we are again with another challenge.  I have had quite a few people send me images, so we have more to look at this week.  I am not going to talk much today, I just thought I would show the images.

Just one or two things quickly.  Firstly the challenge needs some sort of name.  Since it started as one between Laura and myself, I had thought of Laura and Leanne’s B&W Challenge, but I am open to suggestions.

Now, if you wish to participate, you must email me the image you want to include with a link to your blog, or website. My email address is The image size should be as small as it can be, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.  You have until the following Tuesday morning to get your entries to me.  Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.

At this stage it is manageable, if I start getting too many entries I might have to rethink the whole thing.

LeanneCole-banyule-0787-4hpm-2This is my entry this week.  Not sure about it, actually I was having a lot of trouble with Photoshop tonight, that will teach me to leave it to the last minute.

Laura has sent me an architectural image.  I think she might be very good with black and white.


Here’s the link to the post on Laura’s blog Laura Macky.

Here are the other images from everyone else.  A great range of images.  The links are underneath each image, and at the end I will put all the images into a gallery for everyone to look at.


Brooklyn Bystander 

Grubbensringen Freddy’s Photo Projectshaker-villagerkpowersphoto

plaza-lights-black-white4blogKKEITH, PHOTOGRAPHER: THE PHOTOBLOG



filigree1DREAMS AND ZEROSDSC_4869highlighting the good and the beautiful around us

SONY DSCNia Simone, Author

charcoal-windowTHE FOTOGENIUS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Blinded By Light092012_ColoradoRiverG2r_9007Loinfraredrobert

The gallery, don’t forget to go and check out all the blogs here too.

“Rain, Rain, Rain, Go Away. . .

Come back another day.”  That is the saying and I think a lot of the people doing the Baw Baw Challenge this morning were thinking that exactly.  I woke up at 5am to the crumble of the weather in the distance.  It wasn’t long before the thunderstorm hit our home.  It rained all the way to Warragul, which is in the municipality of Baw Baw.

I am not going to show any cycling photos tonight, maybe tomorrow.  I really haven’t been through the images yet, but I did take some others that I couldn’t wait to get up here.

This is part of a side road, if you believe it.  I was in my car today, which meant there weren’t many places for me to pull over and photograph the riders.  I had to find driveways and side roads.  The riders were fun to photograph, but at this spot I just wanted them to go past so I could take photos of the landscape.  In every direction I saw stuff.  The overcast sky just make it all so much better.

The cyclists rode on this road towards me.  There was a light rain falling and they kept riding.  I was sitting in the boot of my car to keep dry, well, to keep the cameras dry.  I loved the mountains in the distance and the mist at the base of them.  The clouds, looked like they could have been a wash out, but this really was a series of images that needed to be HDR’s.  There would have been no other way to get that much detail in the clouds without it.

The clouds in this image are so amazing, well I think so.  I really wanted to capture the power lines going through the image on the horizon line.  Everywhere you go, or so it seems, in this part of the country you see more and more of these.  I really want to document their path, and will have to start doing more research into them.

The sky in these images is what I saw while I was out taking photos of the cyclists.  When I came back to the finish line, the sun started shining and it turned into a lovely sunny afternoon.

It has been a long day, so if you don’t mind, I might leave it there.  I will tell you more tomorrow, if that is okay.

Day 30 – Photo-Vember Ends

It is the last day of the month and I guess the last day of my challenge.  I thought, instead of finding some new photos to post, I was thinking a recap might be nicer.  Actually, I thought I would post some photos again, the ones I loved.  I am going to do five of them.  You can agree or disagree with my choices.  It is all so subjective, and I do love hearing what you all think.

My first favourite:

This was a surprise for me, if you remember, I didn’t know I had this one until I went looking for it.  It was posted on Day 8.

There is that lovely coloured water again.  This morning was so surreal to me.  This is from Day 13.

I quite liked the treatment of this.  I enjoyed playing with one image and changing it several ways.  I should try and do that more.  This was from Day 19.

Photographing the BMX was fantastic and I just love the photos I got from it.  Really want to do more of it.  This was on Day 22.

This one I like, because I finally got around to taking some photos of it after so many years.  It was careful planning, but got there.  This from Day 1.

I have enjoyed doing this challenge, and I would like to thank those that also participated.  I like a challenge, so I might do something similar next month.  I like posting each day, so might see if I can keep that up as well.  Thanks for reading the blog this month.

Day 29 – When There is Nothing But Chaos

I have picked photos today that are calming.  It is very chaotic around here and I need to be calmed down.  I have picked some images with calm waters.  I hope you find them calming too.

Till tomorrow.

Day 28 – Different Perspectives

Sometimes you just have to get a different perspective.  On my last trip to the Mallee I took some photos of a subject that I had taken before, but this this time I was a lot further away and I had to decide how I would take a photo, one for being so far away, and two so it wouldn’t look the same as every other shot I have taken.  This is what I came up with.

I don’t know that it is that interesting as an image, you can decide that.

I spent all weekend taking photos of people on bikes going around around in circles.  Great catching up with people.  I copped some flack from some for not being there the weekend before to take photos of the Omnium.  They are nearly always people who never buy photos from me, I don’t know, do people still think I get paid to go these events?  Would be nice if I did, but the reality is, if people don’t buy photos I don’t get paid.  I can’t believe after doing this for 3 years, people still think like that.  My whinge for the day.

Day 27 – One Town Away From Yesterday

From the photos yesterday, and how foggy it was in the morning, well, on the way to the racing that morning, Shirley told me about a bridge in the next town, Taradale.  She aid it was also a railway bridge and still being used today.

It was really foggy in Malmsbury and there was no point of taking any photos there.  On the way to Taradale there were patches of sun, and it gave me a glimmer of hope that Taradale might not be as foggy.  Here is the bridge as I found it that morning.

As you can see it was foggy there.  Normally if it very heavy fog I don’t bother taking photos.  What is the point?  The photos will be dull and there will be no life in them, so I usually try to only do it if there is some sunlight trying to break through.  The sun was trying to break through, but the fog was too dense.  I don’t mind this image, there is a feeling of isolation, yet you know the bridge is for travelling on.  Fog can make things very enclosed.

The bridge, itself, has a similar history to the one that I showed you the photos of yesterday.  I took a photo of the history.

If you are interested in how it was built, there you go.

I went to photograph the racing at Harcourt after that.  Day spent mainly on my own, and for not much reward, but I suppose that is how it goes.  On the way home, I could have just got on the Calder Freeway and headed straight back to Melbourne, but decided to stay off the freeway for awhile and go back to Taradale and the bridge and see what it was like in the afternoon.

It was a completely different scene.  The sun was setting, but was still high enough to get some photos.  It looked so different to that of the morning.  I was really happy with the photos in the afternoon.  Though it is still just a bridge.

I am always amazed at things built like this.  There is something beautiful in them, that the bridges and stuff they build today don’t have.  It is functional, but also great to look at.  The bridges they build today are not so beautiful.  Perhaps Engineers like them because the understand the maths or whatever behind them, but I wish we could build things again that aren’t ugly as soon as they are built.

I am back to the cycling today.  Day 2, today is the Country Track championships.  I am very sore from yesterday and still very tired.  Usually they put all these events over 2 days each, but this year they have crammed each into one day.  I didn’t even stay for the whole session yesterday, but think I will have to today.  I left at 5.30, so I have no idea what time they finished.  So long day ahead.  I hope your Sunday is being spent doing stuff you enjoy.