The city of Melbourne is one of my favourite places to photograph. Though I am always trying to find new ways to do it, sometimes, I just you just have to go with it and see what I can get. I am understanding more and more what I want to do with my work, what I want to show.
Last weekend I showed you some photos of the grounds at Alowyn Gardens and I said I would show you some of the flowers. I forgot until Julie mentioned it, so thought I should do some. I haven’t done many, if I’m honest a lot of the flowers were past it, and you could tell winter was starting to set in. I do love winter, but it isn’t a good time for flower macro photography.
This afternoon a friend picked me up so we could go to Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen for some macro photography. I am still trying out the Samyang 100mm lens and thought it would be a great opportunity to use it.
There were a lot of flowers out, so it ended up being a quick trip, but that didn’t matter. I still got some lovely shots, have coffee and a catch up with Suzzanna.
Things are almost settling down, but then other things pop up. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be bored again.
The Six Seasons of My Backyard
We have a launch date, so it seems. It is going to be launched on the 24th of November, more details will follow.
I have done a page for the book too. I am still fine tuning it, but it is almost done. Take a look, “The Six Seasons of My Backyard“.
Photo Editing Classes
I was talking to a potential client yesterday and when I looked at the page for online editing I realised the prices didn’t make sense. So I have fixed them up and put them back to Australian dollar prices. Which for many of you, if you wanted to do them would mean they would be cheaper since our dollar is doing so badly.
The other thing I offered this client was to pay for each lesson as he went, but discount the classes accordingly so by the time he had paid for the 5th class he would have paid the same amount. I know how hard it can be to find all the money at once.
Teaching a Class about Macro Photography
I have decided to try teaching Macro photography. I have found a place that is okay with me doing it and will host the class. It looks like it could be really good. It is going to cost about $150 for 4 hours and will include lunch. Pretty good deal I think. I will start advertising it properly soon when I have all the details.
Today it seemed appropriate to look at some photos I took last year. It was winter and a very foggy day. We really don’t get many days like this anymore. We seem to get lots of rain, but not fog and now that summer is definitely on the way, not much chance of getting any this year. On this day a friend and I were going to Bonnie Doon for the first time to check it out and we took lots of photos along the way. I hope you enjoy seeing them again, or seeing them for the first time.
Recently I’ve had a couple of articles published, one a while back and the other today. I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know about them.
The first was written about taking photos in the off season, or about photographing in winter. We all look for great weather to take photos and forget that bad weather can give some great and unique opportunities.
The other article is one on using the software program On1 Photo 10. I’ve been wanting to try it out for a while. I think it would be great for some of you, so take a look and see what you think.
Hopefully not too much reading for you. Remember if you like them, please share them.
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.
Yes, that is correct. I’m not playing it, but my husband is. It is funny how he is very keen to come out with me when I want to take photos now that he is playing the Pokemon Go game. We wondered around the city until just after dark so he could catch and fight the Pokemon on his phone and I could take photos.
I do love the city in winter, especially in the late afternoon light. There is a kind of golden glow to it. We didn’t get any sunset, but I still had fun. I will have to see where I can get him to go next time.
I’m just leaving you with a gallery today. I hope you are enjoying the weather where and the weekend where you are.
When I got up yesterday morning I was treated to a nice sunrise. It was the first one I had seen here. We haven’t seen the sun a lot while we have been here.
Yesterday started with a trip to the Cascade Female Factory, or in other words a prison for female convicts when they arrived in Tasmania.
I don’t want to say too much about it right now. I will do a full post on it and what you can see there when I get home.
I thought I would be walking around the area where the Salamance market is held on Saturday’s in the rain, but after a few minutes the sun come out and it was so nice.
The sun was coming through the autumn leaves to give a lovely light. It is winter really and you would think the leaves would have left the tree by now, but they were still there.
Everywhere I went I saw that all the statues had been covered up. I have no idea why. Must be part of the winter festival that is happening here at the moment.
I went into the city area and can’t help myself. The buildings were incredible. Hobart is a much older city than Melbourne and being a convict settlement it has buildings from that period. I would love to explore them more and spend time learning about them. Unfortunately time is running out this trip.
Last night I was invited to a Instameet, something I’ve never done before. There was a big event on, run by Tourism Tasmania, I believe. It was pretty amazing. They had a mirror maze, OMG, that was scary. You can’t see where you are going and it is so easy to get confused and lose your way. It was good my friend knew how to get out so we managed to do that.
This has been a rather relaxing day. We didn’t do a lot. We did go to the Salmanca Market and bought gifts to take home, well I did. Then after we went on an adventure, well sort of.
We could see Mount Wellington from the market and there was snow on it, so it had snowed overnight. We were going to the Huon Valley and this is one of the photos I got with my phone.
Not a great photo, but you get the idea. It was interesting driving in the snow. Not something we have done much of in Australia. We don’t get a lot of snow here, so it is always fun when we do. Well they might here, but from where I’m from, never.
We went driving to the Huon Valley to go to Frank’s Cider place in Franklin where I found an interesting Church, St John’s. It is no longer used as a Church, but they are trying to save it so it doesn’t get sold and turned into a home.
There are also some interesting old graves around the Church. It isn’t often you see a church with a graveyard, well not in Melbourne or Victoria, they are nearly always in completely different places.
We saw some great mushrooms there as well. Love the red ones, I hardly ever see them, so this was a great treat.
On the way to the Wall of Lollies we saw some great boats moored in the river.
What do you think, think you will take it up.
We ended up home earlier and have been resting and taking it easy, tomorrow is set to be a massive day. Our last full day here before we get set to go home. Can’t believe the trip is almost over.