Tag: rain

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For today’s Weekend Wanderings I thought I would give you a look around some of the exhibits at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show. For most of the days I went I was using the Tamron SP 90mm macro lens, but on the first day I left the Nikon 24-70mm lens on the D850. Sorry this post is a day late, I find myself really exhausted from going in there so much. On top of that going to Calamity Jane at the Arts Centre added to the tiredness. Fantastic play, if you get a get chance, go and see it.
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The city from a boat

This image is, from my day of sailing with Take It Easy, has been a hard one to do. The buildings were really flat and trying to get more detail into them and make them stand out was harder than I thought it would be. It is the problem, sometimes, with using a telephoto lens.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Mentoring

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.

Photos

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.