Category: Excursions

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Giving images names can be so hard and I try not to do it too often, but I think if the post is just going to be about one image, I should make an attempt to name it.

The Cape Nelson Lighthouse was a little like the Port Fairy one, out on it’s own and, perhaps, left to the elements. The cliff that this one sits on, I can imagine, would get very windy and there wouldn’t be a lot of shelter from the elements. Even the day Pam, Mike and I were there we could see that. It wasn’t a bad day as far as the weather went, but you can sense that it could be really rough and really cold in winter when the wind picked up.
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The 12 Apostles would have to be one of the most photographed natural wonders in Australia. They are right up there with the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. Over 2 million visitors a year, not bad for a country that only has 24 million people living in it. When you are there you will find loads of tourist buses arriving from Melbourne filled with overseas visitors who want to see the wonders of the Great Ocean Road and this spot is the main draw card.
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The trip along the Great Ocean Road was fantastic and I got to see many parts that I haven’t seen before, then others that I haven’t seen since I was a child. It is a magical part of the country and having two people in the car that have never seen it before saying “wow” over and over was quite wonderful. Pam and Mike loved it and thought it was special. 
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This time last week I was getting ready for 5 days down the Great Ocean Road. I was going to be traveling with Pam and Mike from California who had been in Australia for over 2 months and this was to be their last week here. I felt honoured that they wanted to spend it with me. It was going to be a lot fun traveling along the Great Ocean Road.
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This afternoon a friend picked me up so we could go to Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen for some macro photography. I am still trying out the Samyang 100mm lens and thought it would be a great opportunity to use it.

There were a lot of flowers out, so it ended up being a quick trip, but that didn’t matter. I still got some lovely shots, have coffee and a catch up with Suzzanna.
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Well, I’m still here up in the Mallee, but not for long. I heading home tomorrow, sadly. I have run out of time here. I didn’t get nearly as many things photographed as I hoped, but that is how it happens. Though, I know I will be back.

I have been to many places and been in all sorts of directions. I don’t like the computer I have here so I’m looking forward to getting home to work on them on my big monitor. However, I did go somewhere rather special today and thought I would share some of the photos with you.

In a small town called Brim they have some grain silos, like most places around here, but they have done something special to them.

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Artist Guido van Helten has painted on them and turned them into a work of art. There are 4 portraits on there and apparently they are all people from Brim. They are incredible to see. They were started in December last year and finished in January this year. They are beside the Henty Highway and lots of people stop to look at them.

I am going to put up a gallery with some of the photos I took. I took a couple from a distance and then some close ups of the details. It is quite amazing. I hope you like it too.

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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.

The weather was very warm and it seems up here mother nature thinks it’s still summer. Though there have been blue skies and amazing wispy clouds, they do look good in photos.

I have done a few photos to show you, just a few. I have a small laptop here and I can’t really see what I’m doing so hopefully they will look okay.

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Last week I was given an opportunity to spend a night down at St Leonards. I’m teaching a woman there and she kindly offered to let me stay overnight with her.

St Leonards is a great place to visit in the Bellarine Peninsula and close to may other places. I haven’t been there much, but I hope to change that in the near future.

In the morning we got up early and headed down to the pier to see if there was a sunrise. We were greeted with some lovely colours.

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While it wasn’t overly cloudy we did get some gorgeous colours. I’m learning enough in Adobe Photoshop these days that I can enhance what I get.

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I was reading somewhere recently that sunrises and sunsets are lovely, but you need to have something else in them to make them interesting. Piers at beaches can be so perfect for providing that interest.

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Turning away from the sunset can also provide some intriguing images. Just the mood that is set by the sunrise can give great photos. The light is darker, but you can get some very moody images.  I love that light and so do many photographers.

The sunset or sunrise is not the be all and end all, just think about how many other photographers are out there photographing it as well.

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This was a little shop on the pier. It is at the start of it, and you can see it is called the Sirens Boathouse Kiosk. I don’t know that it is still open, but it made a great subject for the image. I like how the colours of dawn are reflected on the building as well.

I much prefer sunrise to sunset, though both can be beautiful, but there is something very peaceful about the early hours of the morning.

When you go out to those lovely ends of the day remember to look around and see what else you can photograph.

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The other day I went out with a friend and we had a whole day planned of what we were going to do. Then once we got there we found that the waterfall we had planned on photographing had almost no water. We have had a very dry summer and with little water the waterfalls are drying up.

We had to come up with another plan quickly. It was overcast, very much so, and not far from the waterfall was the Lorne Pier. We had our filters with us, so it seemed the logical place to go, head there for some long exposures.

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It was a good spot for about 15 minutes and then the clouds parts and the sun came out. Just our luck. I tried to do more, but it wasn’t long before I knew I wouldn’t get anything else.

We headed back inland, but you will have to wait for the photos from there.

After a massive walk we went for lunch at one of our favourite places in Lorne, The Bottle of Milk. They do great burgers and the most amazing chips (fries), I know Martha would love them.  We decided to try Dog Rocks. We had been there once before, but it was on a clear hot day, so not good for photography. It was getting to the end of the day and on the way home.

When we got there the sun was going down and then the most amazing sun rays appeared.

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This is quite a famous tree around Geelong and you can pretty much bet every photographer around there has photographed it. It is hard to take an image that everyone else hasn’t, but when I saw those rays, I knew I could get something that would be more unique. I tried to do it so the rays appeared to be coming out of the tree.

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This was actually taken before the other one. The rays weren’t as prominent, but still there. I processed this image a little differently. I also took out much of the colour.  I like that look more.

For a day that didn’t seem to go to plan, I was really happy with what I got. It was lots of surprises and some gems.