Last weekend I showed you some images that were taken when I went to the Piggery Café a couple of weeks ago, however on the same day we went for a walk through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens which are right next door. They are the gardens that were part of the Burnham Beeches Mansion which is in the same grounds. They are very extensive and while I went into them, we didn’t spend a lot of time there, I would like to go back and explore it more one day.
There are flowers everywhere. I used the Nikon 28-300mm to take these images, but if I went again I would be sure to pack my macro lens.
There are ponds up near the top.
The gardens are on the side of a hill and as you wander you go further and further down.
At the bottom you will find a small lake with some great wooden arch bridges and a funny boathouse. It was autumn when we went and the trees were beginning to change. They made the lake very beautiful.
They are beautiful gardens and I have a friend that I know will especially want to go there and wander around with me. She loves photographing flowers and we often visit gardens together.
Here are some more images for you. I hope you enjoy them. Winter seems to have finally arrived in my part of the world and it has been cold and wet. Hopefully when I travel to Tasmania next week the weather won’t be wet.
It has been a very busy week, again. I know I must say that every week, but this week has been very busy with One on One’s. It is funny how you can get a run of them. It is also very nice.
Dynamic Range Magazine
This latest issue hasn’t quite had the success that others have had. I really need to learn about marketing and working out how to get people to commit to buying it. I’ve made myself decide to stick with it at least until the end of next year, but may have to reassess that. It has been a good experience doing it, but I can’t keep doing things for nothing. I do want to thank everyone who has purchased it. It has meant a lot to me.
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Not much to report, except I’m leaving next week. While I’m away I will post about the trip, small things really. I don’t know how much time I will have at this stage, but will do what I can. There won’t be any Monochrome Madness while I’m away, but it will just be for one week.
Learning from Me
As I said at the start I’ve been getting lots of inquiries for One on One Photography Sessions, which has been fantastic. Though another thing I’ve been noticing is that many people on Instagram have been commenting on my editing. When I was out with a client the other day he suggested that I should teach photo editing. I’ve been trying to do that for a while, but don’t seem to be able to find people who want to learn how to edit photos with my Skype sessions. Then he suggested I put a course together and sell it.
It is an interesting idea. I thought maybe from the point of view of fine art editing, or how to give your images that fine art touch. I could do some video tutorials and then add some reference notes, maybe give away some images for editing purposes. Perhaps a beginners guide. I have the software to do the videos, so it could be worth a go. Then all I need to do is find my audience. Instagram could be good for that.
To try out the idea I did a video of my processing and then sped it up, so you can sort of see what is happening. I’ve had it all over social media, so thought I may as well let you see it too.
Photos from the Piggery Cafe
I’ve done something a little different this time. I often take photos like this, but wouldn’t normally show them on their own.
I love Masterchef Australia and I think Shannon Bennett is amazing. I’ve never tried his food, mind you. His restaurant in the Rialto Tower sounds incredible, but out of my price range. I would love to go up there and take photos, however. He now has a place in the Dandenongs, in a town called Sherbrooke. He has purchased the old Burnham Beeches mansion and plans to renovate it. It is a beautiful old art deco building that needs a lot of TLC. I sent an email to see if I could take photos of it, but never heard anything back, which a little disappointing.
I’m digressing, really we went to the cafe near the mansion, it is called the Piggery Café. I don’t know if they have made it from the old piggery that was there or not, though it does have that feel, but definitely not the smell. It was rather quaint and they didn’t seem to mind me taking photos, so I did. Here is a selection for you.