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Up Before the Birds and Catching up

This last week hasn’t been any different to others. It is all go, but that isn’t a bad thing. I like being busy, it is really nice. I’ve also had a wonderful opportunity to meet some bloggers, which is always lovely.


This Blog

I have just discovered that I can transfer all my followers to the blog on my website. I am unsure about doing this, but it seems like a logical thing to do. It is easy for you and for me. You won’t get email updates on what I’m doing unless you sign up for that, but my posts would still appear in the reader.

I haven’t made a decision about it yet, but would like to hear what you think about it. If I decide to do it it will be in a few months.



The trip is really happening. Yesterday we booked all our accommodation and I’m so excited about going. The trip is affordable, and I think the idea of going in winter is really in our favour. We have been finding deals all over the place. We can’t believe that we got 11 nights accommodation for under a thousand dollars each.  As far as I am concerned that is brilliant. Now we can do a couple of things that we weren’t sure about.

It is going to be interesting photographing Tassie in winter. I’m hoping for lots of moody images. Being able to take my car is good too.


The Mallee

I am heading back up there and my posts this week will be from there. I am really looking forward to getting back. One to see my mum, I love seeing her. Then the second reason because I have some shots I really want to get while I’m there.

I am hoping to get to Lake Albacutya again. It has been a year and a half since I was there and I am curious to see how it looks now.

The pink lakes are also on the list. I want to see if I can do some new photos. They are always a challenge.

I am taking my ND Filters with me and I have plans for many long exposures. The weather is looking cloudy, so perfect for what I would like to do. I can’t wait to start.


Meeting people

I’ve met a couple of people this last week which has been great. I had coffee with one the other day and then yesterday morning I went out with another one, Janice Meyers Foreman from Canada. I had to get up very early to meet her in the city, hoping for a sunrise, but the cloud cover was too thick. We got some lovely shots of the blue hour before dawn and as the light appeared. The sad thing was that as the day dawned it was a rather grey and uninspiring one.It was great meeting Janice and I hope she enjoys her time in Melbourne.


As you can guess the photos are from the morning. I did something I haven’t done in a long time, I converted them into HDR images in Lightroom. I had to do some reworking in Photoshop for some of them, but it was fun to see what I could get. The very calm reflective river was great to capture the early morning lights into as well. I hope you enjoy them and are having a great weekend.

It’s been a funny time

It seems I’m a bit all over the place at the moment. The blog is taking a bit of a back seat and while I don’t mean it too, I am finding myself distracted by other things. So let’s have an update and see what is happening.


Banyule Flats Book

Things are coming to a head with it and I feel like we are on the run to the finish line. I don’t have a date for completion, some things that are out of my control have happened, but I continue on and get it as close to completion as I can. We have a layout, we just need to work on that now.

So, right now I don’t know when the book will be published, but hopefully you and I won’t have to wait too long.


Dynamic Range Magazine

I’m also very busy getting the next issue of the magazine ready. I realised the other day that the magazine has been a reality for over 12 months now. The idea was conceived about this time last year. Took a while to get the first issue out, but we did. Now we are getting the fourth issue ready to publish.

Writers Wanted and Ideas for Articles

We just wanted to let you know that we are always looking for writers. There are guidelines on my website, or here is the link. Not everyone can write for a magazine, but if you are happy to work with us, we are happy to work with you. That might mean that you have to rewrite your article several times, but we want the best we can get from you.

We are always looking for suggestions too, so if you have any ideas for articles, then let us know as well. You can send your ideas to


Changes to the Blog

I’m thinking of making some more changes to this blog. Time is short and I’m finding the Introduction posts hard to do. I have trouble finding people sometimes, so we might just do them once a month.

I think I want to do more on my other blog, the one on my website. I like the idea of sharing ideas and my artwork with you there. It has been great to see lots of you over there, so please keep going. The rest of you, would love to see you there as well.

I might even start doing monochrome madness over there. I don’t know at this stage. I have more space and more control over on that blog. Someone here said recently that they are getting sick of all the changes that Automatic are doing and I have to say I am too. You never know what you will wake up to.

So please, if you like my work and like what I do please consider subscribing here.



Last weekend I spent Sunday night teaching someone how to use a DSLR. They had never had one before, so it was all new. Still good fun, which leads me to the photos for this article.



The photos were taken in the city last week. We started late in the afternoon and we went until it was dark. We spent our time along the river, which is always a great place for photos, especially at night.

All images were taken with the Nikon 28-300mm lens.

Camping and catching up

It has been a very busy couple of weeks. So much happening and many days I have no idea where to start. I just keep plugging along, that is all I can do really.

Dynamic Range Magazine

The next issue is coming together nicely. It has been lovely once again seeing the amazing articles and images being sent in. We might have the front cover for you soon to see.

Some of the articles you can expect to see in Issue 4 are, one on Underwater Photography, Architectural Photography, Birds of Costa Rica, Using Instagram, Coming to Photography Later in Life, and another article on long exposure photography.

Now, if you haven’t got either the last, or the last three issues, it isn’t too late. You can buy them here, Shop.

Subscriptions are also available and you can get those at the same place.

It is great to see so many of you supporting this magazine.


The Six Seasons of My Backyard

My book on Banyule Flats through the seasons is coming together wonderfully. All the photos are done and now we are working on the layout. We have had a small hiccup and hopefully the issue will be resolved soon, but it looks like it could mean the book will take longer to publish that I had thought. I am hoping the issue is resolved soon.



I’ve been away a bit teaching as well. I do love doing the One on One Photography lessons. It is a great way to meet people and get out to take photos. I love being able to go to new places, and often the people who start as students end up becoming friends as well once the formal classes are done.

I’m going to be working on some checklists for my students this week. Something small for them to carry around and use to help them work out what they need to do.



Well, that was something very new, I have to say. I had to get a tent, a mattress and not much else, which was good. A friend and I decided that for some places we really need to be able to camp. We got our gear together and planned our first trip.

That first trip was to Mount Sterling and Craig’s Hut. It is a very famous hut that sits on top of the mountain. It was made for the movie The Man from Snowy River in the 1980’s. It has been built to look like the huts that many of the cattlemen and horsemen used for shelter when they were allowed to graze their animals up there.

It was quite incredible. You can see across the top of the mountains. It was quite hazy, but okay for photos. The area around the hut was cleared so you could see it. There were also places for picnics and toilets, always good. It was a hard place to get to and you really need a AWD or 4WD to get up the road. It was an experience.

The camping part was okay. I mean I wouldn’t want to do it every night, but to do occasionally wouldn’t be too bad. I like the idea of being able to set up close to a place and then waking up early to get a sunrise. A lot better than getting up several hours before hand and driving somewhere.



The photos are all from the camping trip. You can see the hut and some of the area around it. We had hoped for a sunset, a sunrise, maybe the milky way and perhaps get a star trail. We got none of it. It was too overcast to do anything. Still clouds can be great in photos and I couldn’t be disappointed with these. In the morning was watched with fascination as the clouds crawled over the neighbouring mountains. We were also drowned out by the currawongs as they ate and flew around us.

I hope your weekend is good. It is still very grey here, but that is supposed to change soon.


MIFGS and Catching Up

This past week has been a bit of blur really. I mean that in a good way, but it went so quickly and now I am finding I’m doing catch ups all round.

Dynamic Range Magazine

If you haven’t purchased your copy, then you can do it now at the Shop.


Work Experience

The week was also very busy because I had my first ever work experience student. It was certainly an experience for both of us I think.  It was great fun and I really enjoyed teaching her and showing her around. I loved how involved she got and was so interested to learn. It was funny watching her diving into Photoshop and getting hooked. I know that feeling.  I hope I will see her again in the future.


Digital Photography School

I have another article for you to look at. This one is a tutorial on stacking light trails. Here is the link:

Stacking Light Trails for Night Photography Special Effects

If you enjoy it consider sharing it.



Or to be more precise the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. It has been on this last week. I went in on Wednesday and had planned on going again, but the weather really took a turn for the worse. I enjoyed what I saw, and you will some of that as the photos today are from there.

I love how you can just go and take photos of the flowers and there isn’t any pressure to buy. There are always some very interesting ones to see as well.

If you are in Melbourne today it is the last day to see it.



As I said the photos today are from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. They were taken with the Tamron 90mm macro 2.8 lens and the Nikon 28-300mm lens. I was very happy to have had both those lens with me, it was like I had everything covered. We went around once, so I could take photos with the macro lens, then went back to take some photos with the other one.

It is a great opportunity to see display gardens, new flowers and what’s new for the garden. It is a photographers feast.

I will be doing some more work on some of the macro shots and will show them in a post soon.

I hope your weekend is going well. We have a few days of colder weather, rain and it has been lovely. So nice not having to turn on the air conditioner.

Finding new places and catching up

This next week is set to be a very busy time for me. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, and there are places to go and take photos. Though first let’s start where I always do.


Dynamic Range Magazine

Issue 3 can still be purchased at the shop on my website. At the same link you can also subscribe. Please buy your copy if you haven’t already.

Thank you to everyone who has, the feedback has been fantastic.

I need to clear up some things, firstly, the magazine is digital and you can only get it that way.

The magazine is published digitally 4 times a year.

We have had questions about that, so I wanted to sort it out.

Work has now started on the next issue, it is very exciting when we start getting the articles and seeing what people have written.  Looks like another great issue to come.


Book on Banyule Flats

I went out the other morning and got my final images for the book. I have done nearly all I have to now. On the morning I went out I was greeted with the most beautiful sunrise, which I took photos of. I now have the cover shot for the book and I’m really happy about that. I did take some long exposures as well.  Now I have to coordinate the book being put together and get it published.


Work experience Student

A first for me, I will have a work experience student with me this following week. Should be interesting. I’ve been asked before, but never felt like I was in a position that I could do anything with them. This week is going to be very busy, so I hope she enjoys her time with me.


Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

It starts this Wednesday and part of the reason why the week will be busy. I plan on going a few times and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can get there. One thing I like about it is all the different flowers. Such a variety.

I have a loan of the Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro lens which I’m looking forward to using again for the show as well. It will be nice to compare using it after I’ve had the Nikon one for over a year.



For those of you who read my post on my other site know that when I went to Lorne and Dog Rocks the other day. I spoke about a new place I saw and said I would talk about it later, well it’s later.

We went to an amazing place up the back of Lorne called Lake Elizabeth. I have to say it was a lovely surprise. When we got to the car park I kept saying, are you sure there is a lake here, as we were in the middle of rainforest. We had to walk a bit, and do some not so nice uphill, but it was worth it. As I am sure you can see from the photos. Of course, plans are being made for a return trip. I believe camping was mentioned as well. Mmm, I’m doing some of that in a couple of weeks, will see how that goes first.  The things we do for our photography.

The photos are the walk to and from the lake and the lake. I do love how the light comes through rainforests and catches foliage. All the images were taken with the Nikon 28-300mm lens, the perfect lens for a walk like this.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. It is Labour Day here on Monday, so a long weekend for us. Nice to get some rest in before the busy week.  I hope it is lovely where you are.



Melbourne Star and Catching Up

It has been a busy week, and I’m running very behind. I almost thought I wouldn’t get a post done today, but here I am, late, but here.

This last week I’ve been out a couple of times to take photos and if you follow my blog you will know that I went on the Melbourne Star, but more on that later. Let’s catch up on other things.


Dynamic Range Magazine

Yes, the magazine is still available for sale. It has been fantastic to hear from several people how much they have enjoyed, so thank you to those.

If you wish to purchase your copy then follow this link.



I have had two articles published in the last week.

First of all, one for Digital Photography School:

Tips for Minimizing Reflections When Photographing Through Windows

The second article has been for

Taking a look at Social Media in a General Way

I hope you find them helpful.



I’m planning another trip. Somewhere a lot closer to home this time. I have wanted to go to Tasmania for a long time and now I think the time is right.

The trip is planned for June, winter. I have had a lot of people say I’m crazy to go then, but I love the idea of winter there. I think I will be able to get lots of moody images.

Now I am starting to look for sponsors. I need to work out some things, but once again, as I did with my trip to the US I will keep you updated with the trip and what sponsors I manage to get.


Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

It is on again and starts on the 16th of March. I really enjoyed it last year and I’m looking forward to going again. I have been getting the macro lens out again to practice so I can get the best shots possible.

I’m also hoping that Tamron Australia might lend me a macro lens for the week. It would be nice to try it again. I hear it is being updated and there is a new version of it, but not sure I will be able to get it in time for the MIFGS.


The photos today are from my trip on the Melbourne Star. A friend and I went up on it earlier this week. You can see from the photos that it was a very warm day. It was also hazy. I used the rubber lens hood idea for taking photos on it, you can read about how in the article above about Photographing through Windows. I still have the Nikon 28-300mm lens and it has hardly been off my camera, so as you can probably guess all the photos in this post were taken with it.

I hope you have had a good weekend. It is almost over here.

Weekend around Docklands and another catch up

Last weekend I had a lovely time catching up with Ezekiel from Stupidity Hole while he was in Melbourne. We wandered around Docklands and took photos. I showed him how to do long exposures, and all round was a fun evening.

This last week has been busy, but mainly with writing, but let me catch you up.

Dynamic Range Magazine

It is going well and it has been great to see the people who support the magazine. Work has started on the next issue as articles are starting to come in already. It is nice to see one finish and have a break until the work starts for the next one. Not much of a break, but enough to catch up on some other things.

If you haven’t got your issue yet then please press here.

Buy Dynamic Range Magazine

Buy Dynamic Range Magazine

I have to mention as well, as there seems to be some confusion, the magazine is digital. You can only get a digital version.  I know many would prefer that it was in print form, but it is not something that we can afford.

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe, use the button above to take you there as well.


The Six Season of My Backyard

The book is really coming along now. All the photos have been pretty much been taken and now I’m trying to get a great image for the front cover. I’m hoping that I will get what I’m after in the next couple of days.

I went down there the other day when it was really hot to take some photos. I am hoping it looks like it was really hot too. Summer is definitely here right now, just as we are about to start Autumn.


Learning Long Exposure Photography

I am going to start teaching people how to do long exposure photography. In 2 or 3 hour sessions. It seems to be a popular type of photography now and I think I am pretty much set up to do it. I have two filter holders and enough filters, so it should be good.

I’m going to charge $250 for the two hours and $350 for the three hours. If you are interest send me an email.

Photo of Docklands

As I said in the beginning I spent some time with Ezekiel last weekend and we took photos around Docklands. Some of them are long exposures as we were playing with the filters. There are also some of the sunset.

Have a good weekend.