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Weekend Wanderings – Looking Back on a Couple of Other Visits to Lorne

Since yesterday I looked back at Inverleigh and Lorne, I remembered that at around the same time I went to Lorne on couple of mornings, very early, to take some photos of the sunrise.  Of course both mornings the sunrise was not great.  That is one area I very rarely get lucky, sunrises and sunsets.  So you do what you can.

sclorne-5hpm8073-3You can see there were no clouds, so the sun just came up.  Now I have shown these images before, and like yesterday’s post, many of them disappeared, or rather, were deleted from the blog when the upgrade was done (read yesterday’s post).  So as we were looking at Lorne yesterday as well, I thought we could look at it again today, early morning ones.

I am not going to talk too much today, just show some photos and hope you have a great Sunday.  Relaxing one for me I hope, well until the younger daughter wakes up and says “where are we driving too today?”

The photos are from two early, early morning trips, one done in February this year, the other in March.  So it was 3.30am wake up to get to Lorne before 6am.  We photographers can be strange people.  LOL

Weekend Wanderings – Revisiting Inverleigh and Lorne

Back in February this year I took a trip to Inverleigh with a friend and we stayed with her cousin.  I showed you the images on the blog at the time, but it was also the same time that I was trying the self hosted blog.  The photos were posted on that blog, and when we were changing that to make a new website for me, well, all the images and posts had to be deleted.  I didn’t realise that images would then be basically deleted from this site as well.  So today I thought I would redo one of those posts, actually it might be a couple, and put the images up again.

sclorne-3hpm6348We went on the Saturday and stayed overnight, returning on Sunday.  We did go to Lorne for lunch, and we got some photos of some amazing skies I do remember that.  It was the wrong time of day to be taking photos, but the clouds were too amazing to ignore.

scinverleigh-3hpm6026We saw some fantastic ideas for what to do with tree stumps when trees are cut down. These were amazing.  I can’t remember which town they were in, sorry, they were on the way to Lorne from Inverleigh.

scinverleigh-3hpm6516There was lovely sunset to enjoy, before getting ready to get up early to take photos in the morning, then more photos at the Winery we went to for lunch.  There are so many beautiful spots around Inverleigh.  I was there again recently, just briefly, to photograph the Inverleigh Hotel, but I didn’t really get a chance to go out and take other photos.

I am going to put all the ones from that weekend in a gallery for you to enjoy now.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  I am off to teach some classes today, should be great and relaxing.

Weekend Wanderings – The Mornington Peninsula Revisited

It is almost two years now since I first went down to the Mornington Peninsula to take photos, and this coming November will be two years that I went down there to stay with my photography friends for a weekend of photography.  November, 2011, was also the month I started blogging everyday, just as a challenge for myself.  When it finished I couldn’t stop doing it and did it until just recently.  I still try to post 4 or 5 posts a week, sometimes 6, but it was a great challenge.  I will always think of the Mornington Pensisula and my photo-vember together, they are connected.


Haven’t been down there much since, I would like to, as there are places that I would very much like to visit again, like the place above.  I don’t know if I would stay down there again, or just go down for small trips.  I might have to get my daughter to drive me there.

I won’t talk much today, it is a big day.  I have a class on today, and also today is Election Day in Australia.  Everyone over the age of 18 has to vote.  Big day for my daughters as it will be their first time voting, so we are going as a family down to the voting booths.  No idea what the outcome will be, if we will have a new Prime Minister or not.

So I have all the photos from that weekend, plus a few extras.  Here they are in a gallery for you.  Have a great weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Cape Schanck

During the week my photography friend and I took a day trip down to Cape Schanck.  Cape Schanck is right down past the Mornington Pensisula on the Victorian Coast.  It is easy to get to from most parts of Melbourne and is only a one and a half to two hour drive from my place.  I’ve been down there a few times.

LeanneCole-capeschanck-7625Cape Schanck is known for its rock formations, or what is left of them.  There are rocks everywhere, dark black rocks.  Not much sand really.  You also have to be careful if you start climbing around on the rocks, make sure you know what the tide is doing as it would be pretty easy to get cut off.

As you can see it was wild when we went.

LeanneCole-capeschanck-7401We were so surprised that it wasn’t raining, it had been earlier, but it was still very windy and the ocean was really rough.  There were some great waves crashing on the rocks.  It was really windy, and I mean really windy, blow you over kind of windy.  I got blown off a rock I was standing on, and I know my tripod would have been useless, it was too windy for that.  It was hard standing there against the wind to get photos, definitely a day for a fast shutter speed.

LeanneCole-capeschanck-7764If you look on the right of this image you can see the walk way we had to walk down.  It is a long way down, and it isn’t a place for the faint hearted.  It is a big climb back up, but I have some advice, and it worked well for us.  DO NOT stop on the way down, look around and think of places you want to photograph, but go straight down.  On the way back up, stop and photograph all the places you saw as you were going down.  That way you get little stops on the way up.  The first time I went I stopped on the way down, and then had to climb all the way back up, it was hard work.

I have selected some images for you to look at.  They are in a gallery, sorry many of them seem the same, but the waves and water were a little different.


Weekend Wanderings – Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove

Our weekend started in Ocean Grove, that is where we were staying, but we didn’t really take any photos there, surprisingly.  We seemed to head more for Barwon Heads, except for the one morning at Point Lonsdale.

We booked our accommodation with  Ocean Grove and Barwon Head Stays.  They were fantastic, and did what they could to help out, especially when it turned out the place we were booked into had an unexpected problem and we had to stay in other accommodation.  The other accommodation wasn’t great, there were issues, but nothing to do with  Ocean Grove and Barwon Head Stays and hopefully they have spoken to the owners about that.  I would definitely recommend  Ocean Grove and Barwon Head Stays if you were looking to stay down there.

Beach DunesI have already shown you photos of the first night we were there, and the second night we went to the same place.  It was different again.  One of the problems we found with this area is that is seems to be largely beaches and finding really interesting places to go and photograph was hard.  We didn’t know the area enough.  We did try google maps to see if we could find places, and found some, but they weren’t really what we wanted.  It is hard when you go to a place for the first time and try to do this, you really need to go on multiple occasions drive around and just see what there is.

The above image, and most of those today were taken on the Ocean Grove side of the river, looking over towards Barwon Heads.

Reflections and Pink CloudsWith a place like Barwon Heads, it isn’t that far away that you couldn’t drive there during the day and spend some time looking around for places to photograph.  We should have done that during the first day, but we were so tired, that we ended up back at the town house and slept or read.  That’s our fault really and I think the next time we go away I might make a point of going up early on the first day, just so I can do that.

In the above photo you can see a white building on the left side of the image.  I have photographed that building before, though from the other side.  The building was made famous by the Australian television show “Seachange”, and was Diver Dan’s shed.  They have made some extensive renovations to it now and it is a restaurant called the At the Heads.  We ate here twice, once for breakfast and then for dinner.

It is a great place to eat, you can sit and watch the ocean and the river.  The staff are friendly and well, the food was brilliant.  They don’t offer the usual breakfast fair, but it was great to be given some different options.  For dinner two us shared a seafood platter, one of the best I’ve ever had.  It was great because it didn’t have so much seafood that you felt guilty for not eating it all, we did eat most of it, and the price was good for it.  I love watching people’s faces when they see a platter like that bringing brought out.  So if you go to Barwon Heads try At the Heads.

Sun Sets on Another NightAnother place we ate at was Barwon Orange.  It isn’t the first time I have eaten there, and hopefully won’t be the last.  We ate there another time when we went for a day trip to Barwon Heads.  The food is fantastic, and while they seem to specialise in pizzas, the mains were to die for.  I recommend booking though, or you might be disappointed, it is a popular place to eat.

We did have breakfast at a place called Annie’s, it is a farm store.  I didn’t like my breakfast.  I ordered poached eggs and they were really well cooked, I like soft yolks. The plate was too small for what I got and the bacon was, well, there wasn’t much of it.  I was very disappointed with mine, though my friends really enjoyed what they had.  It was an interesting shop and seemed popular, so maybe my meal was just an oddity.  I wouldn’t go back to eat though.

I have a heap more photos, so I will put them in a gallery for you to look at, and then will give you some conclusions.

It was a good weekend and I got some nice images, but I haven’t come away thinking oh wow, what a great weekend.  I think we need to do more research before we go somewhere.  I do love Barwon Heads though, and I know I will go back.  I might see about contacting some people before I go again.  Do some research.

If you just want to go for the day, then the areas around the river and bridge will give you plenty to photograph.  Try and get there for the sunset or, if you do it, the sunrise, both give you different light and different things to see.

The Point of Lonsdale

As most of you know I went away last weekend.  I went to Ocean Grove to stay with two friends who I have been helping learn photography, or to take better photos, not that I have to do much now, but I still get asked the odd question.  On the first early morning we went to Point Lonsdale.  I have to confess I love Point Lonsdale and it is fast becoming a favourite place for me to photograph. To the End 1It is the first time I have been back since this jetty was opened and now all the work is done on it.  It does have that new look, but I am sure it will age with the weather.

We were there for sunrise, but it wasn’t much of one, though the clouds got some good colour in them.  It was great to be able to work out onto the jetty and take photos and make the jetty the focus of some photos rather than trying to avoid showing the work being done on it.

Near the end of the post I am going to put a gallery with a number of images.  The images in this part are the reasonable straight images, meaning I have processed them basically, but the ones in the gallery have all been through Color Efex or Silver Efex and have been given treatments with those.

At the End 1The sun had come up a lot more and I was almost at the end here.  I love the light in this image, it could be morning or evening.  I have enhanced it quite a bit.  Behind me, the sky was full of clouds and the light wasn’t so good.

Back to the Point 1This is a image I strived to get for some time, one with the jetty and the lighthouse all in the same compositions.  I know the light house is in the middle, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to do this, and perhaps it’s something I will have to go back and try sometime.  I just to play, though I wonder if it wouldn’t be a better image when the sun is going down, it would go down behind the lighthouse somewhere.

Through to the Point 1

I was tying to be more creative with this one, what do you think?  I like the idea of the jetty framing the lighthouse, it almost becomes two images.  The nice clean lines of the jetty, then to the white lighthouse with a stormy sky behind.  You know, I like it.

I have the gallery for you now.

There are some interesting conversions there, take a look and see what you think.

Etsy and Red Bubble

I have been adding more images to both accounts, I hope you will all take a look at them.  I have been trying to work out which ones to put up, but am not quite sure, so if you have any ideas, then let me know.

Here are the links for both

Etsy Shop

Red Bubble

Sun Sets on a Trip Away

Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads is a memory now with only the photos left to say I was there.  I returned home and this afternoon I have been preparing some photos from my first night there, Friday night.

Barwon Heads 185We headed around the heads, so we were on the opposite side to Barwon Heads, and we realised we were in the right place for the sunset, though we didn’t expect a lot.

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This was one of the last images I took that evening.  It was quite nice.  I like the way the sunset reflected in the place where the water comes in and then goes out.  It was fun to see what we could get reflected in that area.

It was very cold and very windy, but it was good to be back there.  Here are some more images.

It was nice to be back in Barwon Heads to take photos, though I didn’t quite get what I thought I would over the weekend.  I am not going to go into the weekend now, sorry, but I want to rest first and gather my thoughts,  I will do a wrap up later on.  So, please, take a look and I will prepare more images for you to show another time.