It is wet in Melbourne, really wet. The forecast is for heavy rain over the next few days, flash flooding and more flooding. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I mean the way we are being prepared for it. My husband was sent home at lunch time, so was a friend, and I’ve heard lots of others have been as well. It could be serious.
It has been raining here quite a bit and the flowers in the garden are suffering from it a bit. They seem a bit soaked, or drenched, not sure. It is also nice to see that many things are starting to flower. I planted quite a few bulbs, so I’m looking forward to them flowering. I want to be able to have a garden that I can photograph all the time. It would be nice not to have to spend too much time travelling to other places to get photos of flowers.
This is an image I took one evening in the city of Melbourne when I was using the Canon 5D Mark IV. It has been raining so it was quite wet. I took this image as I walked through this arcade near St Paul’s Cathedral.
There were a lot of things about the original image that I liked. The walkway at the top of the stairs was free of people, which was unusual as it is often a place that homeless people sleep, it can give them some protection.
Earlier in the week a friend and I had planned on going to a small town up in the old goldfields of central Victoria. While we got there, it was like three steps forward, one step back. We have been having a lot of rain and I mean a lot, so with that rain has come a lot of flooding. Thankfully, not where I live, but up around the centre and to the north of the state.
As we were trying to get where we wanted to go we ran into a bit of this:
Water over the road. We had to turn around and find another way a few times. We are warned not to drive through it, and we didn’t, well except for the last time. We didn’t have much choice and others were driving through it. Though I don’t know if that van in the water near the bridge got caught out when it was raining, or tried to drive through. It didn’t seem like anyone was in it. We weren’t going to drive up to see.
The Loddon River was overflowing. You can see from the trees, they are normally well out of the water. We had no idea what the white stuff floating on top of the water was. My husband said it was protein foam, someone else said it was phosphorus from fertiliser, which sounds right. The rain washing it into the river. It did make amazing patterns on the top of the water and as the water moved, they changed. It was quite mesmerising.
Part of the reason for the trip was to photograph some churches. We travelled to a town called Tarnagulla that has a heap of churches, but they are all now privately owned, so getting access to them was not possible, but we were able to take photos from the road. This is the Wesley church, lost its roof in some fires in 2000.
We found our way to Newbridge and this Church, which didn’t have any “private property” or “no trespassing” signs. I had the fisheye on here and was enjoying getting lots of funny angles and curves. I like how the fisheye can make a building like this look like a building from an Enid Blyton book. Has that fairytale appearance.
It was a good day, we didn’t get what we planned, but got some other things, so all good. We hope those in the flood affected areas are okay. We aren’t hearing a lot about it on the news, or maybe I just aren’t seeing it. I’m hoping to get up to my mums soon, but at the moment I can’t go the way I usually do because of them, so hopefully the water will recede before I go.
I have the photos from above and more that I will put into a gallery for you. I hope you are having a good weekend. We are expecting more rain, but hopefully not too much.
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.
It has been over a month now since I went to Tasmania and there are still many photos that I would like to process more, but time seems to be against me right now. I thought today I might give you another look at some that I did while there. A look back on the trip.
One thing that both my friend and I were sure about is that we wanted to go in winter. People said we were crazy, but to me it seemed like the ideal time to go.
I guess the big question is was it? Yes, I think so. The only thing that was bad was the rain really. The east coast of Australia was battered with storms and rain at the start of our journey there. While it did flood in parts of the state, it didn’t where we were, we did get quite a bit of rain. For the first half of the trip we hardly saw the sun. That wasn’t a bad thing and I do quite like many of the images that I got.
First time there
Being the first time anywhere means that you really don’t know what you are going to be in for. If I went back to some of the places, there are things I would do differently. I would plan to go at different times of the day. When you haven’t been somewhere before it is often hard to cage when the best time is. I have to look on the trip as a good scouting trip and next time plan things better.
Next time I would do more research myself about places. I really regretted not knowing more about Queenstown. I would have loved to have spent more time there.
Ten days was not enough time and we are already planning another trip there. Perhaps in the spring, we don’t know yet, but it won’t be until next year. We do plan on going back to Port Arthur, but other than that we haven’t thought about much else. I do hope Queenstown will be included again, maybe for a couple of days.
Tasmania, while one of the smaller states of Australia, is still quite a large area. It would be impossible to do the whole place in that short amount of time. Luckily for me, it isn’t that far away and I can get there by boat or plane. So basically there is plenty of time to see all of it.
Here are some reminders of the trip.