Willow Versions

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I’m not really sure if this is a Willow tree, but it does remind me of the Willow plates that I used to eat off as a child. I think the ones from those days have become collectable in their sets. Anyway the tree is in the wetland area, not far from my house. The area is constantly under threat for road construction. While I know growth is a necessity, it may  be sad to see the area go. In the mean time the houses are reasonably cheap around the wetland due to the RTA restrictions. I say reasonably, this is Sydney after all.

The above is photographed on my 5D, and processed in LR and photoshop. The first image is the colours of the eve, pretty much as they were.

 

When the sun sets

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Friday 27/7/13, Sunset Botany Bay, With Micah. 1/125, f4 ISO100

Being out when the sun sets like this is always stunning, Botany Bay (even), is no exception.

On Thursday (at tech) we looked into photo merge. Between LR and photoshop you have some pretty smart programming. This is my first attempt, so there are areas to work on. I have about 50 images (joined) here, maybe I could of used less,maybe more in the outer corners, next time. Jim, (my teacher) recommended these tips:

1)Focus on your subject that you want focused, then turn to manual focus. 2) Take your image 3) move up and down your subject, either side to side , or up and down, taking images,MAKING SURE you overlap by 30%. 3) Import to LR, apply lens correction, white balance if needed 4) Resize your images ( or else it will take for ever in the alignment ) and open up in photoshop either through LR:photo, edit in, merge in LR as panorama, or import under Merge to Panorama which is somewhere in Photo shop, file,merge as panorama. 4) follow the pop upsThe program does the rest. Have fun.

Photographic study

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I took these images at the beach on Thursday. Some of it is really ugly. The chair has become a bit of a photographic study, but I’m a biggy for beach textures. I shot the night before and didn’t check the ISO which was set too 1000, and thought it strange the camera was metering at a fairly fast shutter speed in the gloom and rain.: I was really time pressed, but still the study turned out interesting for me. I always try and stick to the native ISO, but Ive got to say, I dont mind a bit of grain and I used to push process in film to create more grain. In some circumstances its nice. I was really surprised that before editing, the images picked up in strong sepia tones, but still, I opted mainly for the B&W. I suppose the different  colour rendition is partly from the jacked up ISO as well as  lighting conditions, it just renders differently.The 70-200 lens did a nicer job than my wide angle, and the chair has stayed in the same place despite the tides.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

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As most of you know I would not normally blog other peoples work, but the above images are a part of the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013, amongst travel trinkets from Canberra. The pink background image is by Katherine Bennet and the image on the 2013 catalogue is by Charlie White.

Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard opened the event along side Dr Helen Nugent and Louise Doyle, director of the National Portrait Gallery. The opening by these ladies was an honourable surprise. The winner of the event was Janelle Low, with her beautifully lit image of Yhonnie and Indianna. Congratulations to Janelle your image is as beautiful as your speech. The night kicked on with fantastic catering by the National Portrait Gallery, and it was great to meet some of the other artists, and some very hospitable Canberran’s….(Thanks for the Canberra tour Robyn and Vic).

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For those of you who would like to see, this is the image that I entered into the National Portrait Competition. I would describe this image as a journalistic style image. Ive used a wide angle lens, and the only appropriate way that I found to light this is with a flash at about 6.30 a.m. ( Thanks to my sitter, Michael).

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The following day I returned to the gallery to have my image taken with my portrait as I did not take a camera to the opening. The above image is taken beside my portrait of ‘Michael and the message’. I am photographed by my mum with Ivan,another lovely meeting.

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I had to put this view in. This is what I awoke to find the day after the exhibition opening. Hot air balloons flying across the city. Canberra is a really beautiful place, with many wonderful galleries and beautiful memorials. Make sure you visit if you ever get a chance.

Surf School

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The surf school at Mollymook was great fun, I really felt alive. I had a double take on reality when I got dumped and it felt like my spine went into my brain, but well worth the wake up. The coach and owner of the school is the famous Pam Burridge, a very nice woman who made me feel really safe, which helped my confidence. After the school she did this amazing head stand , three times, while I ran for my camera. This must of been the last wave on the set, cause where I was surfing it was big, I’m telling you.

A New Year Message

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The signs started back when Michael was in the police force. Not everyone has agreed with Michael’s outspoken ways. The signs are all hand made and have great messages.

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This is where Michael often works for community members, uncovering crime. Michael is also a justice of the peace.

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At 55, Michael enjoys professional long board surfing. He also finds time for his garden.

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Michael enjoys his chickens but has stopped eating their eggs recently due to watching protein levels.

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The window ornaments are also hand made, and Michael makes them for people he meets.

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As we all know its not easy to be calm or always kind, and even Michael admits this, yet it’s well worth the try.