Tag: moody

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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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Previously I’ve spoken about the salt pans up around Swan Hill and in the Mallee, but today I have some more photos to show you. They are ones that I have done more processing too. It is a dilemma images like this. Do we do little to them to show how they really look, or should we process them in an attempt to highlight the problem and the environment.

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I did a bit to this. I don’t know if it adds to it or not. I think it turned out darker than I had expected. The colours are very much true to how I think of the Mallee. It is really not a colourful place and everything does seem washed out. In summer it is brown everywhere, or as a friend put it recently, golden. Even the trees seem a bit brown.

I loved what the salt has done to the fence posts. Really shows how destructive it is.  While I think it is beautiful, I know it is not natural. I mean the salt pan is a not a naturally occurring phenomenon and we should be sad about this.

The area in the image above was taken near Sealake on the way to Nyah West up in the north of the state of Victoria.

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This photo was taken from the road between Nyah West and Chinkapook. It is a quiet road and you can just stop and take photos. We did and that’s when I captured the above image.

Again, I have done more than the basic processing. I really wanted to show the environment a lot more. Bring out the fence and the ground it is surrounded by. It really was that colour too. I guess the algae is still on the ground. It hasn’t been dry for long, you could tell when you walked on it that it was soft and still moist. You do have to be so careful walking on it you can sink into it before you know it.

Sometimes it is better to let a scene talk for itself. While some processing is okay, I think sometimes it is better left alone. I wouldn’t do a lot of processing to these as then the message would be lost. I think they still ask you to think and react to what you are seeing.

 

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The other day I spent the day walking around the city with my camera. I had a plan and was looking for things for some new work that I want to do.

I have already done a post with images I took, but it is on my other blog and I will add the link if you want to see them. However, for here I wanted to show you some other photos that I have done a lot more work on. I enjoy playing with the photos and it was nice to see what I could do. Instagram has really been encouraging me to play more with my photos.

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First I went to the State Library of Victoria. When I got there to the Domed Reading Room there were almost no people there so it seemed like a good opportunity to get some photos of the tables and lights.

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I love the old chairs that are in there. I think they are original and it seems rather incredible that they are still being used. They are very comfortable.

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I have been playing with photos of the city. I’ve been experimenting with more things that I can do. You will see a lot more of these with time.

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Christmas decorations are starting to appear on many things now, including this bridge. I took out the colour on the big bow on the bridge so it would blend in more. Seems to be a scene that people like.

I’ve been experimenting with making the images seem almost surreal. I’m not there yet, but I do want to keep playing and will see how I go with them.

It is the weekend now and I hope you are having a great time. I don’t have a lot planned, but it seems another trip into the city is on the cards.

 

 

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Some decisions have been made recently and one of them is to do my posts on two blogs. This one and the main one I’ve always used. I would like this one to become my main blog, and in time I hope everyone will find their way here.

Some other changes are going to happen as well. I plan on cutting down on how often I blog. I think I will go to four times a week, and see how that goes. I need to find some time to do some other things, which I am excited about. My posts on Friday are going to combine my Bits and Bobs post as well as looking at images I have put up on Social Media.

Social Media

Social Media seems to be a very important aspect for any photographer these days. With that in mind I’ve been trying to use it a lot more and putting more photos on certain platforms. I have been building up Instagram and trying to put one or two photos up there each day. It has been good going through all my older images and seeing what I can put up. I have also worked on some new images. I really like how my Instagram account is looking. I hope you enjoy the new and old photos.

Dynamic Range Magazine

There have been some people who have asked that I show some images of what the inside of the magazine looks like. Here are four samples of pages that can be found in the latest edition. If you haven’t got your copy yet then here is the link.

Dynamic Range Magazine.