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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.

Weekend Wanderings: Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement

Last week when I was up in the Mallee it was hot and while I think taking photos when it’s hot is okay it really isn’t fun. When we realized one of the days was going to be hot we thought a trip to Swan Hill on the Murray River in Victoria’s north might be nice.

I have to say Swan Hill was disappointing. For a town or city that was founded in 1846 they have done their best to make it look new. I grew up around there and I know there were historical buildings, but many of them are now gone. The city looks like it began in the 60’s. I don’t understand the mentality.

They are missing an opportunity. People think of tourists as people who will take photos of anything, but what about the tourists who are photographers? As photography gains momentum they want to travel to places to take photos. I wouldn’t recommend Swan Hill, it is ugly now, there is no sense of the place as it was. I love old buildings, and it is hard to see any.

We also went to the Pioneer Settlement.

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I haven’t been there for about 30 years, but it is still very much like it was. There were some differences. The paddle steamer in the above image used to be the entrance. Now they have a shiny new building that is in stark contrast to what the place is meant to represent as the entrance.

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The settlement is like a little town set back in 19th century. You can see what the shops looked like, and homes, see how people lived.

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You can walk inside to many places. Though, it was sad to see how some things were set up. Like old cash registers with the keys facing behind the counter, the most interesting part of them and you can’t see them.

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This is a dunny, what Australians would call it anyway. A toilet outside in a little room like this.

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There is a paddle steamer that you can go for a ride on as well. You can’t see it here, but they have put air conditioning on it and right on top of the boat are the ventilators for it, so ugly and makes photography of something that is meant to be authentic, completely unauthentic.

It was a strange place. It was almost like it was meant to be old, but they didn’t really like old, much like the whole of Swan Hill. If you want to photograph a historic river town I would recommend you go to Echuca, they have hung onto their past.

I  have a gallery of more photos and you can see what the place is like. It might have been nicer if it wasn’t so hot and humid, but I don’t know that I would go back again. I do understand now why the photographers I see from up there do more landscapes.

Bits and Bobs Again

city-melbourne-architecture-sights-508Time to round up my week and what I’ve been doing. It might be what you think. I did manage to get away for a couple of days, and the rest well, more of the usual.

Social Media

I seem to be spending a great deal of time learning more and more about how to use it and planning posts and what I can do. It is hard to weed through all the information, but I think I am getting better at all of it.

I’m starting to realize there is a lot more city-melbourne-architecture-sights-505involved than just posting photos. It seems to be all about planning and working out when you want to post things. It is a lot tougher than I hoped. It is teaching me to be organized, which has to be a good thing.

I do hope that with what I am learning I will be able to market Dynamic Range a lot more effectively and maybe myself.

One on One Photography Lessons

I was talking to someone recently and I realized that I might be too cheap city-melbourne-architecture-sights-509and that could be part of the reason why I’m not getting many people. It is picking up, but I have decided to make some changes.

From now on a One on One Photography session with me is going to be for 3 hours and cost $360. The photo editing sessions are now going to be $900 for 5 sessions with me. It isn’t going to hurt to try it. There seems to be a common thing that if you charge too little then people think you don’t know what you are doing. Time will tell.

If you are interested here are the links

Dynamic Range Magazine

Don’t forget both issues one and two are still available to purchase.

Trips Away

I was finally able to get away this last week up to my mum’s place in the Mallee. It was nice to be back there, though it was hot and I never like city-melbourne-architecture-sights-522that. We went to Swan Hill to take some photos, but you will have to wait until the weekend to find out more about that.

I am finding my focus is changing. I don’t think that is a bad thing, but my reasons for wanting to go to the Mallee and take photos has changed. I do want to keep going up there, but I think what I take photos of could change. I’m excited about it, I hope you are too.

Photos

The photos in the post today were taken 12 months ago and were in a Weekend Wandering post. The images were from a day around the city of Melbourne. I hope you enjoy the look back as much as I do.

As I’ve stated before I’m doing a lot more fine art images over on my other blog, so take a look there as well.

 

 

Weekend Wanderings: Foggy Country Roads

Fog is a great thing to see in winter. It is cold, but it is also very atmospheric and when you see it it’s like you’re separated from the rest of the world. If you are out there on your own it can feel very isolating.

When I was driving back from the Mallee just after I left Woomelang I couldn’t resist the fog anymore and had to pull over. I didn’t want to stop too many times because I had to get to Bev’s house, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to stop a few times.

I do love fog, so it wasn’t a hard call to stop. I hope you like the images as well.

Can I just say, 2 days to go?

Weekend Wanderings: It’s in the Book

Apparently all the wildflowers that I took photos of the other day up in the Big Desert in the North West Corner of Victoria are in the book. I had a lovely day out with Jocelyn Lindner and she took us up into the Desert to show us where the flowers were. She has written a book on the Flora and Fauna of Victorian and South Australian Mallee. I will include a photo of the book cover in the gallery.

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Desert Phebalium

Jocelyn was amazing, she knew the names of all the flowers and would keep pointing them out. We all need a Jocelyn when we go out. I would look at her, she would name the flower and I would think I’m not going to remember that, then she would look at me and say:

‘It’s in the book.’

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Desert Baeckea

Nearly all of these flowers are very small, these ones are maybe a centimetre across. Then when you photograph them with the Macro lens and blow them up on the computer you discover a lot of detail, I mean a lot of detail. It is incredible how much is in these images. So Jocelyn what is the name of this flower?

‘It’s in the book.’

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Early Nancy, Harbinger of Spring

This was one of my favourite flowers and finds that day. The Early Nancy, apparently announces the arrival of spring. Again another very tiny flower. I’m not surprised I’ve never noticed them before.

I found it in the book.

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Mallee Groundsel

Some were harder to find. These were everywhere, and I’m not sure I got the names of all them right and some I couldn’t work out.

It was a great day out and something that I really enjoy doing. I love photographing the flora of Australia and again I got to photograph more of it. I would like to get a lot better at photographing them and naming them. I’ve been doing it a lot with the birds, but I think I would like to do it with the flowers more. It would be nice to know the difference between the weeds and the native flora, so I’m on a mission.

Thanks to Joyce I have a start with her book and I will be going through it over and over. Jocelyn is selling the book for $40 and it is packed with information. If you are interested in purchasing it then please go to the website of Kow Plains. Very interesting website as well.

I have a gallery for you now of the images I saw, and where I’ve been able to I have named the flower. I hope you enjoy the photos. These are the early flowers, and lots more to come as spring approaches.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs:Not That I Am Counting

But I am. Only three weeks to go and I will be boarding a plane.  More on that in a minute. Busy time ahead, I have so much to do in that time, but that’s okay. I am getting on with things, which is great. Staying with my mum has proved to be quite good, no distractions so I got lots of work done yesterday. No photos yet, but got one article finished.

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Three Weeks to Go.

Did I mention that my plane leaves in three weeks?

Everything is coming together, I have my travel insurance, passport, ticket, and well only one more thing to organize, my LC3_3290Visa Waiver and that’s it. Well besides packing and that sort of thing. Plans are being made and meetings are being set up, it is all very exciting. It is where most of my concentration is at the moment.

I’m trying to get lots done before I go so I don’t have to do too much while I’m there. I have some articles planned for Digital Photography School that I will work on while I’m there, but not much else I hope. I’m not sure how the blog is going to go. I might have to wing it, I hope you’ll all understand.

Dynamic Range

Well after our first week for the magazine being on sale it has been good to hear what people think of it. So far the LC3_3265feedback has been really positive. Many people have described it as looking very professional. Others have spoken how good the photos are in it and others have said they have enjoyed the articles. It is wonderful and really encourages us to make the next one even better.

I’ve had some inquiries about various things and I think I need to clear up some things.

We have had a budget of zero and therefore everyone has given their time to make the first one happen. The sales, have been nice, but won’t pay for writers, so those wanting to write for it should do so because they like the idea of the magazine and want to see it succeed. I do hope that at some stage we can all be paid, but not now.

Something else we forgot to say is that Dynamic Range will be a quarterly publication, so the next one will be out in about three months, around the end of October.

The magazine is still available if you haven’t had a chance to pick up your copy. It is only available in digital form and you need to make sure you save it when you download it. Here is the link if you want to LC3_3255purchase it, Dynamic Range.

Other Business

Not really any, I’m up in the Mallee again and hoping to get out to take photos, not sure yet. Tomorrow an excursion is planned, but you will have to wait to find out about it.

Photos

Today I thought I might show you the first macro photos I took, well among the first. I had a lend of a Nikon 40mm macro lens and I went to Como House in Melbourne. I had a lot of fun taking the shots and it is nice to see some of them again.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Things Progressing

It is funny how some things just start falling into place and you start to see some clarity about what you should be doing. I think that is happening to me.  I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m really enjoying the journey.

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I am starting to get to the point where it is almost time to start thinking about putting the book together. I have taken so many photos and the trick is going to be which ones to use.  Then there is also the problem of me being worried that scshed-hsi03893-3-2I don’t have enough or the right photos.

I’ve had a meeting with a publisher recently who is going to help me bring the book together.  I don’t know anything about this part and I think it’s best to get help. I want my first book to be beautiful.  I’m going to use Busy Bird for this. They do a lot to help people self publish, and that can only be a good thing.

I have a meeting with the Wurundjeri Council on Thursday to talk to them about the possibility of using the Aboriginal seasons for the book to show the images.  It is going to be an interesting meeting I think and I’m looking forward to it.

Learning Astrophotography

I have my class for Astrophotography in Sorrento this coming Saturday night.  The weather is looking really good for it scwoomelang-hpm0490-3so far.  I am going to be teaching people how to take photos of the Milky Way.  I had thought that this would be a popular class, when I mentioned it last year so many people said they wanted to learn how to do it.

There are places available for anyone who would like to learn how to do it.  It should be a great evening.  We are starting at 4.30pm and doing the sunset, getting our camera ready for the evening.  We will go and dinner and wait for it to get dark before heading out again to find the milky way and take some amazing photos of it.

I am charging $120 for this class and if you would like to come and do it send me an email.

Dynamic Range Magazine

railway-0709-1scAlways things to discuss about this.  Right now I’m researching and trying to find out about some software that will enable you to purchase the magazine and download it at the same time.  I would also like the same software to enable people to subscribe and look after those so I don’t have to do it.  So if any of you know some software that is like that, I would love to hear from you please.

Photos

Todays photos are some of the very early ones I took up in the Mallee when I was just getting into digital photography. I saw them and immediately thought I have to get back.  I really do.