Tag: Mallee


Today for Weekend Wanderings, I thought we could look back at another post that was done on my old blog. I am slowly hoping to bring them all here over time, at least the ones that are still relevant. We are going back to Swan Hill and the salt or salinity problems they have around there.
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A Shearing Shed

Those of you that have been following me for a long time will have seen what is in today’s image many times. I’m up at the mallee visiting my mother again and to get my car serviced.
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Welcome to another Weekend Wanderings, today we are going to look more closely at the Silo Art Trail. In the past I have shown you photos of the silos that they are painting up in the Wimmera/Mallee areas where my mother lives. It is all part of getting people up there and so far it seems to be working. The idea is to create a Silo Art Trail.

They have completed all of them now, however, I’ve only seen four, but will be up that way again soon to do the other two.

Weekend Wanderings: Silo Art Trail

Let’s take a look at the ones done so far. I have been to four of the six, as I get the others this page will be updated.


These silos were completed about 12 months ago and were painted by the artist Guido van Helten, from Queensland. The four figures on the silos are local people.

They have been very popular and there always seems to be people stopping to take a look at them.




Fintan​ Magee​ painted the portrait of local Nick Hulland on the Patchewollock silo. This is a small town on the way to no where really, but it has some great things in it to photograph and I love going there.

Sheep Hills

You could be mistaken for missing Sheep Hills, there is almost nothing there, especially no public amenities, however it is where the last lot of silos were painted. For these Melbourne street artist Adnate was commissioned to produce some portraits on it. Adnate does a lot of indigenous portraits around Melbourne and anyone who loves street art knows his work. I was lucky and got to meet him a couple of times.


The last one that I was able to photograph was the one at Lascelles. It is a strange one as they have painted both ends, so you can’t get them all in one image, but have to take two. Of course, they gave the image of the man the best side. Whereas his wife is around the back on the messy side. It is quite strange how they were done. I couldn’t get a good one of the woman, so she will have to try again next time I am there.


Two remaining silos

Another two were commissioned, and have been completed. I don’t know who the artists will, but I do know which ones they are going to paint. The other two were painted in Rupanyup and Rosebery. Hopefully I will get up there soon to see the complete silos. Once I have, I will add them here.

To finish off here is a map of Victoria and you can see where the Wimmera and Mallee are.


This is a quick post and an apology. I’ve been very busy, but will explain all on Friday. I do need to get into a rhythm with this blog again, and might have to consider going back to daily. I keep forgetting about it, and I really don’t like that.

Here are four photos that have been on Instagram this week. I hope you like them.

My mother’s garden to be more precise. On my recent trip to my mums the first day there was horrible, it just rained and rained. My friend and I tried to get out to take photos, but it really wasn’t good for it, so we decided to just do some macro shots. My mothers garden always seems to have flowers, helps that she loves gardening.

We had thought that we would have to set up on the back verandah, but an incredible thing happened, as we were starting to get our gear ready the rain stopped. It was almost like a sign.

I have been watching lots of tutorials on macro photography and have got myself quite a collection of gear now. I have a lot of Lensbaby gear for doing them, and my extension tubes of course. Then there is my macro lens and I took my 50mm lens as well. We experimented a lot and tried lots of different combinations. I was even using her Tamron macro lens.

I will be upfront here, I know it frustrates some people, but I have no idea what the flowers are. It’s not something that really interests me, I just love photographing them and seeing how they come out. If I love a flower, I will find out its name so I can get it for my garden, but it kind of stops there.  Sorry if that annoys you.

For the photos I have left the file names so you could see what lens I used and with what, but for some reason the default gallery with this theme does not show them. I am starting to find too many faults with this theme and am at the stage where I might need to start looking for a new one. The galleries are too sensitive and don’t show what I want, unfortunately.  The joys of self hosting I suppose. Of course, the best solution would be to pay someone to do a web design for me that is exactly what I want, but I don’t have the money for that, maybe one day. I am putting the photos into a gallery that I purchased a plugin for. You should be able to see what they were shot with in this one.

I will continue working on ideas so you can find out and comment on galleries. The search continues.

I hope your weekend is going well. I’m getting excited about the next installment of Dynamic Range which will be out on Sunday. It looks great, and I’m so proud of it.

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Comp-Pro Composer Pro

Doubleg Double Glass optic

MacroC macro converters for the composer pro

Extension tubes come in difference size.

It has been a while since I did a post showing you the photos that I have had up on Instagram. I usually do it with a catch up post, though all I’ve been working on recently is Dynamic Range, but I did want to tell you about something that I have decided to start offering.


I think it is time to offer it as a service. Mentoring is something that can be done online and it is a way for me to help people improve their photography.

I will critique photos, give advice, answer questions, in the form of emails, and we can have two skype sessions to discuss what you like. For this I am going to charge $300. However, I am also offering the above without the Skype sessions for $180 as well.

Mentoring can be a great way to learn without having the hassle of formal classes. If you like my photography and want to learn more about it, this can be a great way to do that.

If you are interesting click on Mentoring.


The photos have been taken in lots of different places, but I have given each one a title with where and how they were taken. Again, if you want to know more, go to my Instagram feed and you will also pick up some tips.


Following are the two images that have been on Instagram in the last two days.

The first is one of the pink lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park. It is from my time in the Mallee earlier this year. I’m looking forward to seeing it again next week.


This next one, which went up today, is from an early morning trip into the city a couple of weeks ago. The morning was so still and the water had almost no movement, great opportunity to get some fantastic reflections. This was a five image HDR image.


Don’t forget to check out the Instagram feed to see what my daily tips are.