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A Quick Look at Lake Albacutya

Here I am up in the Mallee again and I’m trying to get out and take photos as much as I can.  Yesterday I got to go out to Lake Albacutya and have a look around. Jonesy from Yaapeet is great and often takes me around. He has a 4WD that can handle the very sandy roads. I would’t be able to see it otherwise.

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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.

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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.

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Tasmania

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.

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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.

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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.

Photos

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.

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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.

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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 dynamicrangemagazine@gmail.com.

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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 WordPress.com 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.

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Teaching

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.

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Photos

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.

Tamron Macro Lens

I have a macro lens that is for sale. It is the Tamron 90mm macro for a Nikon Camera. It is for sale for $250. If you live around Melbourne and are interested send me an email.

It is missing the lens cap, but does come with a UV filter.

This image was taken with the lens.

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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.

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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.

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Teaching

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.

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Camping

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.

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Photos

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.

 

Doing things for fun

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by a group to go into the city and do some night photography in the lanes. A couple of the guys brought along some steel wool to burn and then spin around. I have seen so many photos of it in the past, only tried it once, so I was quite excited to try it again. It wasn’t as easy as I thought, but lots of fun.

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Walkabout Around the City

Usually I do this post with a catch up and let you know what I’m up to, but to be honest time is running out this weekend. I’m off tomorrow on a small camping trip. I know, hard to believe, but yes I’m camping. Nothing too much just overnight. I will tell you more when I get back.

Today I am just giving you some photos from a walkabout I did around the city last week when I had my work experience student, Alainne. I will leave it here and put some descriptions under the photos.

I hope your Easter has been nice.