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.
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 three so far, with another three set to also be painted. the most recent one was finished last Thursday. Lucky for me I was up there, at least, it was my intention to be there when it was finished so I could be among the first to capture it.
Let’s take a look at the ones done so far.
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.
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.
Three remaining silos
Three more have been commissioned. I don’t know who the artists will, but I do know which ones they are going to paint. The next one to be painted is in Rupanyup and the painting will start in March. The other two that will be painted later on are Lascelles and Rosebery. I’m looking forward to getting up there and seeing them when they are finished.
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.
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.
This went up on most of my social media sites this morning. It is an old car that sits on a hill at the Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park up in the Mallee.
When the image went up on Instagram I also put a tip with it. If you want to see that you will have to take a look at my Instagram page.
I have decided that I will start posting photos like this here on days I don’t normally blog. For the Catching Up posts I will be posting photos that have been on my other blog. I have to start deleting files over there as at the end of the year I will lose my extra storage, domain name and a few other things. I need to get the media down below 3 GB, so I have been deleting many photos, mainly the ones that aren’t mine, like Monochrome Madness and the Introduction posts. It will be nice to see some of the older photos here. I might even repost some of the Weekend Wandering Posts. I hope you will enjoy seeing them again as well.
Someone asked me the other day what was with the Week number with these posts. I really didn’t know what to call them, so that is the number of the week of the year. Scary I know, we are that far along in the year already.
There are only 4 images today. I do post every day on Instagram, but I’ve already shown you quite a few. I hope you enjoy them.
It has now been a week since I did the last post on the photos I’ve had up on Instagram. I have to say it has been an interesting week. I plan on doing this each week so you can see the photos that I put up there that wouldn’t normally be put on here. Some of the photos that I put up on Instagram I won’t show in these posts because they have already been on here.
This is a short post, so let’s just look at the photos.