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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Things Returning to Normal

Whatever normal is these days. It has been a strange time. This isn’t going to be a long post, not a lot has been happening around here.

Travelling and Strange Side Effects

I’ve been home for just over two weeks now and I have to say it was such a great adventure.  I coast-8998really enjoyed travelling around parts of the USA. I saw some amazing things and I intend to do a wrap up post at some stage. I was surprised at well I seemed to adapt to everything and it never seemed a problem. I just went with it. It was all good until I got home.

Home has been another story and one of the things that I’ve found difficult is the depression, I guess that is the word for it, that I have felt since arriving back. I had an amazing experience and now it is almost like it never happened. I’ve been told by many people that it is a very common thing. I had no idea about it and it seems to be something that people don’t talk about until you are experiencing it yourself. Having the magazine to come back to has been good.

Dynamic Range

It has been funny working on it again. We didn’t plan it, or intend it to be like this, but it seems the next issue is going to have a bit of a travel flavour. Not all the articles are about travel, but coast-8850-3hpmabout half. Don’t get me wrong the other articles are still very interesting.

We are still finding our way with the magazine. We have a new editor, so there are three now. It is nice to see the team growing. I’m also learning InDesign so I can help or do the layout if necessary.

Not everything has been great and there are definitely parts that I haven’t enjoyed. I suppose it will be like that with lots of things. I had to deal with something that was not pleasant and got blamed for something that was beyond my control, however, it is sorted now.

It is still on track to be published early in November.

Merrell Shoes

I purchased some new shoes from Merrell today. It is a sign I think, of what I will be doing a lot of this summer, or hope to. The shoes are the women’s Maipo waterpro shoes. You can walk in coast-8832-3hpmthe water with them so will be perfect for taking photos down at the beach to take photos. I won’t have to worry about my shoes getting wet. I am really looking forward to trying them out and with the weather we’ve been having I won’t have to wait long.


Today’s photos were taken almost two years ago on a special day when some visitors from the US were here and I took them out to see some of our coastline. We had a great day and it seemed appropriate to look back on those now. As we head into summer, and now that I have my new shoes, I will be visiting many of the places in these images again.

USA Wanderings: Santa Cruz to Monterey

On my third day here Anne from SLOW SHUTTER SPEED picked me up and we went down to Santa Cruz and finished the day in Monterey getting a sunset. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Anne, she was a lot of fun.


The place we went to was the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Lots of games, rides and colours there. We didn’t go on any rides, but it was gorgeous place by the sea. The weather was stunning and in complete contrast to what we had the day before.

It was my first time to a broadwalk, it was a lot of fun.


We went down to the pier and walked along it and then went to see the sea lions underneath it. They were lying around resting around, they were fun to watch.

We went to Olitas for lunch and I had my first taco there, and they are nothing like what we get in Australia. I did put a photo of it on Instagram. I had a blackened fish taco and it was so nice, really good. I can’t believe, a taco and a beer for $6, best lunch ever. Olitas have that special every Tuesday and Thursday.


On the way to Monterey we stopped off at Capitola. A quaint little seaside town with colourful buildings. We didn’t stay long, but it was beautiful. Would have been nice to do a sunset there, but in the end we decided to go to Monterey instead. If I ever get back here this is one place I would like to see again and explore more.


We got to Monterey just as the sun was setting. We found this beach that was very rocky, but the rocks were really nice and sculptural. I liked taking photos of them. I was using the D750 but because I don’t have a remote shutter release for it I couldn’t really do any long exposures for it.

The above photo was taken with my  Nikon 24-70mm lens, while the rest of the images were taken with the Tamron 28-300mm. I am loving that lens, I love how versatile it is. I am finding myself favouring it quite a bit.

I’ve been using the Nikon D750 most of the time and finding it great, though not having the right cables for some things can be annoying, but that’s to be expected when you are only borrowing it. I have had trouble connecting the wifi and my phone so I can send photos to my phone to load up to Facebook or Instagram, but finally got it working yesterday so will try and see if I can get it working again today.

The Merrell shoes have been fantastic and have been on my feet everyday. I am so glad I got them for this trip and everywhere I go and tell people my shoes are Merrell they tell me they love their Merrell shoes as well. It is like we are a little club.

I also got a new camera strap from Joby and I’m really enjoying that as well. I like how it feels when I am wearing it and how it is easy to slide around to use the  camera.

I have a few more photos for you now. Theses are the photos from Santa Cruz, Capitola and Monterey.

USA Wanderings: San Francisco

Some much needed sleep has been had and I am feeling so much better now. I slept for 12 hours the other night, it was great.  When I woke the following morning I felt more myself and ready to get out to take photos.

I had prearranged with Dan Shehan to catch up with him and take photos in San Francisco on the third, the Wednesday when I arrived. So into San Francisco I went to meet him. I love meeting people that I have known on the blog, it is fantastic.

I have to admit the only thing I really wanted to see while there was the Golden Gate Bridge. Dan had asked me how I wanted to see the city, as a tourist or a photographer, and I said definitely as a photographer. So he picked a few places for us to go and see the bridge.


My view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I took this out the car window.  Not a great shot, but I kinda like it.  I can’t do too much processing here, the laptop I have with me is very small and it is hard to see exactly what I am doing, so I will have to wait until I get home and my 27inch monitor.

I used the Nikon D750 for most of the day, I think the last night shot I have to show you was taken the D800.


Perhaps having the fog or low cloud is not what a lot of people would like to see, but I loved it. For me it said welcome to San Francisco. I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to get something like that.  This was taken with the Nikon D750 and Dan lent me his 28-300mm Nikon lens, it will be good to compare it with the Tamron one, which I also used a lot. The Tamron 28-300mm is most definitely the lens I seem to be using the most here.

We took lots of photos of the bridge from different angles, but I won’t bore you with them all now, I do have more for the gallery, but not many. I will bore you with them over the next couple of months.

There are things that I want to do here, and one is to try foods that I’ve heard about, but we don’t really get in Australia. So I asked Dan about an American Cheeseburger, and he suggested we go to Mel’s Diner.


A Diner, such an American thing to me. I loved it, and the cheeseburger was fantastic. I felt like I was in the movie Grease. It seemed a bit like stepping back in time and our waiter really fitted the image I had. Brilliant experience.

We did drive around the steep streets and I saw a cable car, well a couple really. We didn’t go on them, we just looked. We went to the most crooked street in the world. though it was really hard to see it.


Dan took us to the Palace of Fine Arts. I tried the Tamron 15-30mm there on the D750 and it is a great lens. Also a beautiful place to take photos. We were getting the late afternoon sun coming through it and it was giving lovely shadows. Dan and I changed lenses again and I tried taking photos with the Nikon 28-300mm as well.

Then we went down to Crissy Field to see if we could get a sunset image behind the bridge.


We got a little colour, but not a lot. It was because I was there, really. I never seem to get really amazing sunsets. I did like the image above with the container ship heading out to sea.

Our final destination was to take some night shots of the Bay Bridge.


I used the D800 and my 24-70mm for this, as I wanted to do a 4 minute exposure and my intervalometer won’t go on the D750. I was pretty happy with this.

I guess one of the challenges when you are travelling is knowing that you may only get one chance to take photos so you have to take as many images as you can, but at the same time enjoy the experience as well. I think you have to be content with what you get, you might get the perfect conditions, but chances are you won’t, so go with it, it will be your experience of the place.

The time went so fast, and it was sunset before we knew it. It was a great day and I want to thank Dan for showing me around his place. I can tick the Golden Gate Bridge and a cheeseburger off the list now.

I used a lot of the gear that has been loaned to me. The Lowepro Pro Runner AW II is working out well. The Tamron Lens was brilliant and the Joby camera strap I’m trying out has been amazing. I can’t forget my Merrell hiking shoes which were a godsend and kept my feet comfortable all day.

I am way behind in approving comments and responding, but I will get to them. Sorry for the delay.  I’m off again today to Santa Cruz, so another day of taking photos.  Here are the above images and a few more from yesterday.

USA Wanderings: Packing

Well I’m still not there, but I will be on my way tomorrow. So starting from today my posts are all going to be about my trip, at least for the next 4 weeks.

There is going to be one exception, and that will be tomorrow’s Monochrome Madness. I am ferry-williamstown-nikonD750-river-1131going to do it a day earlier and then will start my posts on my trip when I get to the USA. I will be working on MM today, and so far the entries for Urban look fantastic.

I’m a bit nervous, but overall very excited and really can’t wait to get there. I feel all over the place today. Hopefully I can get what I have to get done done.


That is what I am planning on doing today. I’ve got a list, and I’m slowing adding things to the ferry-williamstown-nikonD750-river-1027bag. It is almost full and almost everything is in it.

It is all the camera gear that I’m worried about the most. The Nikon D750 arrived the other day, along with a 35mm lens. I went out yesterday and played with it. I wanted to make sure everything was good with it before I went. I was rather impressed with it.

I was checking out the Joby website, they made the gorillapod I am taking and saw they had some rather good camera straps, so I am waiting today and hoping the one that has been sent to me arrives. I think it will be perfect for the trip.

My new Lowepro Pro Rnner II bag is filling up nicely. The two Tamron lenses are already in it, along with the D750 and the 35mm lens. I’m taking my 24-70mm as well. I have also decided to take my own camera as well . There are some things that I want to do and I don’t have the cables for the D750 to do them. They ferry-williamstown-nikonD750-river-1282haven’t taken up a lot of room in the bag, which is good.

The gorillapod and my friends travel tripod will be with my check in luggage, along with my some of my Formatt Hitech filters.

My Merrell hiking shoes have been packed and ready for some serious hiking, I don’t know if I’m ready or up for it, but I will see.

Digital Photography School

I’ve had another article published. I did one on my favourite or my go to lens, which is my Nikon 24-70mm, most definitely the lens I can’t live without.

Here is the link to the article, Writer’s Favourite Lens – Nikon 24-70 mm F2.8.


The photos today, as I said were taken with the Nikon D750 and I had the Tamron 28-300mm ferry-williamstown-nikonD750-river-1465lens on it. They both performed rather well. So I thought I would show you a selection of the images. A friend and I did a ferry ride from Southbank to Williamstown. It takes about 55 minutes for the trip and the same back. We got off at Williamstown and had lunch there, wandered around a bit and then caught it back.

It was a great way to spend the day and I would really recommend it. The best thing was that you go to see some places that you wouldn’t normally see.

I going to leave it here now, I have to get MM done and finish packing.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: The Countdown Starts

Another busy week ahead, but everything is definitely going in the right direction and moving on. It is quite an exciting time really. With the book moving along, the magazine getting put together and then there is my trip to the US coming up quickly. It is also a scary time, I really am embarking on things that are completely new to me.

Dynamic Range Magazine

It is all coming together and now it is time to start assembling it. The articles are all in and most have been edited just waiting on a couple, but all good really. It is getting really exciting but also really scary. I’ve never done this before and I really scbmx20111105-0195want it to look good. It will be good if people really like it as well, that’s the scary part.

My Book

We have made the decision to put it back a little, because while I have photos for nearly all the seasons, I need some more for the summer period. I am a bit relieved that I have that now. I love the idea of the seasons, but I knew I didn’t have many photos with summer, so I will have go looking for them.

Another thing with the book is that all the natives are flowering down in Banyule Flats. I am going to have to spend some time down there and get som20110103-0925edsce images. I think that will be really good too. The wattle is coming out everywhere and I’m told there are 11 different species down there, so I will have to see how many I can find. There are some other things to find down there too.

Going to the US

Are you ready for it?

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I fly out in 5 weeks from today. I can’t believe it is almost here, and now I have to start getting things finalized and worked out. My friend has lent me her suitcase that she uses when she travels, though I told her I would probably pack the night before I go. Okay maybe the day before.

Travel Insurance, I remembered that I needed to get some, so have a quote I am happy with. Though I was a bit worried about my photography gear and how much it was going to cost me to insure it, but it seems the insurance I already have for it will be fine. Seems it will cover my gear all around the world, so score one for me. Now I can save just over two hundred dollars, that is fantastic.

Getting sponsors for the trip has been interesting. I managed to get some, Tamron, Lowepro and Merrell. I haven’t sccrits-3906been able to get any others, not sure why, though I am starting to suspect that I am the wrong sex for it. Perhaps if I were a man I might get more attention.  I’ve seen men who have less exposure than me get sponsorship. Hopefully the magazine is going to help women everywhere.

A few people have said they want to meet me when I come and so I have been thinking about having a get together, well two really, one in San Francisco and one in New York. So if you are interested, please let me know.


I try and show old photos, but I feel like I’ve shown everything. Then I came across some BMX photos I took a few years ago and thought why not show them. Then I saw some of the cycling ones, ones from the Bay Crits and thought why not.  So here is a selection of some of my cycling photos. It is nice to look back.

Quiet Thursday: Social Media Images

On Tuesday I mentioned what a busy week it is has been and it would seem that it isn’t slowing down. I’m away again this weekend and I have to get posts ready before I go. I also have articles to write and articles to read, as ones for the magazine start to come in. They are looking good.

I should have mentioned the other day that Merrell did agree to sponsor me for my trip to the US and a new pair of hiking shoes have arrived. I wore them to Bonnie Doon the other day and they were great. I love that they are waterproof and because it was so wet and foggy I really didn’t have worry about my feet getting wet in the long grass. It amazes me how my feet stay dry.

I have tried some other companies, Sandisk never got back to me. Three Legged Things, tripod company said no to me. I suspect I’m the wrong gender for them as all their tripods are named after men. They tried to tell me it wasn’t true, but they aren’t doing much to show that they support women’s photography. I also never heard back from Nikon, I’ve sent two emails now and got no response from either.

There is another company here too, CR Kennedy, they are distributors and I’ve dealt with them before. The first guy I dealt with there was fantastic, but the guy I have to deal with now is horrible. He is so dismissive of me. I really dislike it. He accused me of being unAustralian once, because I didn’t want to pay over inflated prices for what I was buying. That if I’m Australian I should support the local industry and pay double for everything, be happy about it. Silly really. Then when I asked if they would help me out on my trip he said they only support Print Media, like magazines. I asked why don’t they support blogs and he said they do, but he just said they didn’t. It was very confrontational and I really hate dealing with him. I don’t think I will deal with CR Kennedy again. I never know how I will be treated, oh I do know, like I’m a pain in the butt and not worth the effort. Thankfully other companies are much better to deal with, though I’m sure it is just this guy and not the company.

I just have Instagram photos and a couple from Facebook for you today all taken with my phone, I hope that is okay. I’ve been away a bit and here are some photos from some of my trips. I’ve been to the coast again, but some of these photos are from trips into the country, one of which, as I said, was to Bonnie Doon where it was a very foggy day. We took advantage of the fog and you will see some in the photos.

I will be spending today trying to get more blog posts done. I hope you are planning some great photography trips.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: A Slow Week

There’s no point pretending that it has been a busy week, it has, but not really in the ways you would normally expect. I’ve been spending more time writing for Digital Photography School. I think I just had a few days too where I just wanted to relax and not take much in. I was feeling quite lazy. Let’s see what I’ve got to tell you.

Trip to the USA

I’ve been trying to see if I can get some sponsors for the trip. I will be borrowing a couple of Tamron Lenses, and I have a ripponleal-20131011-8956Lowepro bag to try out on my trip. So I decided to see if I could get some other sponsors.

One thing that I thought would be good would be a travel tripod.  I sent an email to Gitzo to talk to them about the possibility and got nothing back, never heard from them.  I sent an email to Manfrotto and got some generic email back saying if they were interested they would let me know, needless to say I didn’t hear anything back. Then I sent an email to Right Stuff, and they were quick in their response, they couldn’t help me, but at least they responded.

I have to wonder if I am in a good position to get things like this. I did try sending an email to Merrell about maybe lending ripponleal-20131011-8905me a pair of hiking shoes for the trip, but I did only send it today, so who knows. I do love their shoes, well, I’ve only got one pair, but I wear them everywhere these days when I’m going to take photos. I can’t believe how comfortable they are.

It seems that I’m set for the trip and today when I looked at my tickets they said that I was leaving in 70 days, wow, so soon, I will be there before I know it.


I’ve spent a lot of time this afternoon trying to get my computer working. Seems I have a small problem with shutting it down and then getting it to turn back on. I had a technician here all afternoon and it seems the problem isn’t quite fixed, but shouldn’t take too long.

Learning from Me

I’m supposed to use this day to remind you that I can teach you photography as well, so if you are in Melbourne or coming here then you can book a One on One Photography session. I can teach you photography as we wander around the city taking photos. For more information click here.

ripponleal-20131011-8896If you can’t get here then I also do online courses, you can book, one, three or five sessions with me. For more information then please click here.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

I don’t usually talk about television here but I’ve been watching Miss Fisher on television and I find it such a thrill when they have buildings in it that I recognize. It is filmed in Melbourne, and set in the 1920’s. It is not a very serious show, but I love it. the costumes are great, but what I love is the architecture. I especially love it when it is a building that I have been too and love or recognize.

One of those buildings is Ripponlea. I’ve been there a couple of times and today I thought I might share with you some photos that I’ve taken there of the gardens. They are always so beautiful and they photograph so nicely.

Today I’m just going to leave it there today. I hope you enjoy the photos.