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Sometimes I have to be realistic and let’s face it, Christmas is less than a week away. I’ve decided to slow down with the blog and take a small kinda break. I will still do Monochrome Madness on Thursday, but that might be it until the new year. I hope you guys don’t mind. Things are a bit crazy here and I’m being pulled into lots of directions.
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Recently I had a day out at Trentham. It is a small town, but very nice and very quiet, almost laid back. It is close to another town Daylesford, which has a reputation for spas and relaxation. While Trentham isn’t quite the same it is still a lovely town and very relaxing as well.

The main reason we went was for Trentham Falls. It is quite amazing and is Victoria’s largest single drop waterfall.


Photographing waterfalls in bright sunlight is a nightmare and that is pretty much all we got. It was a bit annoying. Why are there never clouds when you want them? This waterfall has been photographed so much lately, I am almost sick of seeing it.

We headed into town for lunch after the waterfall. It is a quiet town and if you go during the week there are many places that will be closed.

After lunch we headed to the old train station.

trentham-trainstation-waterfall-pub-victoria-3801Train stations are always interesting. There are no running trains here anymore. The station is used for a market on the weekends. We were able to just wander around and take photos.

We then headed back into town and saw this.


The Cosmopolitan Hotel, really is a throw bad to the past. We don’t see many pubs like this anymore. I mean check this out.


I’m sure the stables aren’t really for horses anymore, but who would’ve thought?

It is such a pretty town and one that is great to visit. It is a very popular place on the weekends as it is only a couple of hours from the city. It is very easy to go there for the day. There is a bakery that makes great bread, but there is always a long queue, so get there early.

I have some more photos of the train station and the hotel for you to look at now. We did photograph some other places, but I think these are enough for today.  I hope your weekend is going well.

Today reminds me that it has been twelve months to the day, pretty much that I met some amazing people in New York and had an incredible day looking around some of the sites. I wanted to remember that day, and thought I could do it with you.

I’m going to give you links to two previous posts and give you a collection of some of the photos.

USA Wanderings: Starting at Grand Central

USA Wanderings: Walking and Viewing the Brooklyn Bridge

I have a busy day ahead, so that is all I have for you, sorry, but I am sure you will love looking back on my trip as well.

Just recently I’ve been asked to do a few One on One Photography Sessions around Melbourne. It has been great to get people who want to learn how to photograph Melbourne like I do. It is also challenging. I met a lovely man from Sydney the other day and we spent a couple of days exploring Melbourne. On the second day I tried to show him some places that perhaps the average tourist wouldn’t really know about.

We met at Federation Square and went to Birrarung Mar, a local park near the city. You can get some great views of the city from there.


The sun was going down and we really were at the wrong end of the city to be making the most of the sunset. It always seems to be the way with me, unfortunately.


I love the images you can get from this bridge, I’ve been there a view times, but these are the first ones that I can say that I really liked.


We also took photos of the trains going in and out of the city, I took lots so I could stack them. Two in the gallery are stacked, this is one and the other is just one image.


To finish off the night we ended up Hosier Lane. A place that is usually photographed during the day. I’d seen some great shots of it at night and thought I would like to try, so I got this.

It was a fun evening and I think my client enjoyed what I showed him and what he got to photograph. We finished off the night with a drink and a bowl of chips with aioli at Young & Jackson, another Melbourne institution. I think he enjoyed his time and got some great shots too. I love showing my city to other people.

I have a gallery of a few more images, plus those above, I hope you enjoy them. Weekend here, and the weather is looking nice. Enjoy.

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It is the last week of Robyn’s challenge, ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 4, and I have my image ready for it.  I have to admit I was a bit lost with the image this week.  It is hard to come up with four different ways to do an image.  Anyway here is my image.


I don’t really know what I was going for here.  I think when I do my next image I am going to have to find a better image. I decided to try using some blur to create an effect.  I don’t know if it really works, but it was fun to see something a little different.

I am making this short, I will also include a gallery with the original and the other images, so you can see which ones I’ve done.  Robyn has also suggested that we include a poll, I would like to, but this blog won’t allow it, so no poll here.

So you can go to Captivate me and check out ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 4 – POLLS.. AND DECEMBER’S CHALLENGE, there will be pingbacks there so you can also see the images from other people.



Week 3 of Robyn’s challenge, from her blog Captivate me, and her challenge ONE FOUR CHALLENGE  NOVEMBER WEEK 3. I have gone back to my original image and had another go at trying to process the same image a different way.

Week 3


I did the reverse thing again this week, like I did for Monochrome Madness last week.  So I got the original image, and made it black and white and worked on it as a black and white image, and then when I was done, I went back to where I had converted it to monochrome and made it colour again. It doesn’t always work well doing this, but sometimes it really makes the colours stand out, I like that.

I’m not pleased with everything I did to it, that is normal, but I think one of the things that I love about this challenge is how you can learn things.  It is like you get to just play and it doesn’t have to be serious.  Robyn did well coming up with this.

One week to go, and then I think we start again, will have to check with Robyn on that.  It has been good fun and I’m looking forward to finding another image to work on.  I don’t think I picked well this time, but that has made it more of a challenge which hasn’t been bad.  I will have to spend some time working out what I will do to this image for Week 4.

Remember to go to Robyn’s blog and her post, ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 3 and look at her post, and the others who have participated in the challenge.

I thought I might do what Robyn has done and give you a gallery with the original and the different changes.

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It is week 2 of Robyn’s challenge the One Four Challenge and I thought I would put it over here on this blog this week.  I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with each week for it.


This week I tried to give the image a vintage feel.  I have made it sepia and put some textures over the top.  It hasn’t all worked out the way I had hoped but I don’t mind it. I love textures and like the way they can transform an image.  Though they have to be used sparingly, not good to use them too much.  They are great for making images look vintage.

There are details on Robyn’s blog Captivate Me about doing this challenge, and if you want to see other great entries then go to ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 2.

If you want to see my first weeks entry into the challenge then please go there, Quiet Thursdays – Robyn’s One Four Challenge.