Archive | February, 2015

City at Night

17 Feb

Tonight I had the chance to photograph a couple of well known local icons.  The first is Wrest Point Casino, Australia’s first legal Casino.

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The second is the fountain in Franklin Square, fondly known locally as Franko.  It was a photo opportunity to grab while it’s there as the fountain does not always operate at night.  I was inspired recently by another local photographer who takes magical photos Wilkography.

As I didn’t have a tripod with me I had to improvise by placing my camera on the back of the seats and on the ledge of the water bubbler.  They may not be the perfect exposure or composition but I did manage to get the blurry water effect that I was after by experimenting with 5 – 15 second exposures.

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The camera on fully auto grabbed a pretty decent shot for a point and shoot effort too.

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We then had some fun with our phone flash lights.

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Suffice to say, watch out Franko, we will be back.

Sunset effects

16 Feb

Tonight the light was creating three different effects as the sun went down.

Looking west towards the sunset there is the hint of colour looking through he shrubbery.

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Next I’m not sure I quite got the photo right, but looking north you can see the fading sun bouncing off the hill

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Finally looking east.  A reflected sunset?  A moonrise perhaps?

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Image Manipulation

15 Feb

As part of my learning journey I want to learn about post editing.  I’ve downloaded the trial of lightroom and worked through some of the tutorials.  So it’s all well and good when someone is giving the instructions of what to alter to make the photo sing, but put me infront of one of my images and I freeze.

Tonight is a toe in the water type attempt at image manipulation.

The original is a shot of one of my current Knitting Works in Progress.

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Pushing the Hue towards Blue I get a Green project

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If I push towards Green I get a Purple project

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So now I might have discovered a trick a friend used to change the colour of my car.  Ok, so I’m a slow learner 🙂

Big Blanket Block Along

14 Feb

My local yarn store has been running a blanket knit along.  Each month two block patterns are released for people to knit, and by winter everyone will have a lovely, snuggly, hand knit blanket to keep warm under.  The original shop sample is in greys, but today we got to see some of the blocks customers have knit in some of the other colour ways.  I’m looking forward to June to see the finished projects come together.

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Photographing knitted garments is one of the skills I would like to improve.  It’s not always easy to capture the colour correctly but more importantly the stitch definition and positioning of the model.  I think shot composition is one of the most important factors.  So many interests, so little time.

Mt Wellington

13 Feb

The Mountain is an icon.  To those who live in and around Hobart most of us can see the mountain.  I grew up with the mountain as a backdrop and whenever we wanted to know what the weather was going to do, a look at the mountain was always our guide.  The one thing that I don’t have now is a view of the mountain – although He Who Suffers tells me if I stand on the roof I would see it just fine – be ok if I didn’t have a height phobia.  So today as I headed out on my errands I had lots of time to see ‘my’ mountain.  Of course the best picture taking spots were not conducive to stopping the car but I will work on that next time.  For now this will have to do.

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As I pulled into the driveway this afternoon I noticed a new flower.  Yay, I don’t know what it is, a little native that has just popped up, but it is rather cute.  I think I could happily spend all my time photographing flowers, I just might have a bit of trouble in the winter months.

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Flight Path

12 Feb

This shot was taken about 30 mins after sunset and as I went out I noticed a plane coming in ready to land, as it popped in and out of the cloud I managed to get this shot.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Passport

11 Feb

Maybe a small happy dance today – I collected my new passport.  Yay, I can go on my cruise now, only 6 weeks to go 🙂

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Luncheon with new friend

10 Feb

Today I met face to face with a new internet friend.  We both laughed and talked a lot.  We also both remembered the first time we met face to face with someone from the internet – Oh no, what if they are an axe murderer?  Suffice to say neither of us are axe murderers, but we did manage to polish off a long lunch, and maybe I forgot to take a photo before digging in to dessert 😉

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Tonight I had another play with night shots or late sunset photos.  I’m thinking I might be getting the hang of it.  I downloaded a trial copy of lightroom today, but that is a whole new world of skills I need to learn.  So for now, I’m sticking with simple crops as my only edit.

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Fireworks and night shots

9 Feb

This weekend we’ve had the Royal Hobart Regatta, which concluded tonight with a firework display.  So I headed out for my first attempt at capturing the perfect fireworks shot.  As it turned out, the lookout we headed to has become very overgrown.  I love trees but when you have an amazing lookout that is obscured by She Oaks that grow like weeds then perhaps some chainsaw action wouldn’t go astray.

Of course the obscured views meant that the viewing spots were very crowded.  And lets just say short people suffer in these kinds of situations.  Luckily a very nice gentleman had a big 4wd parked in the perfect spot with his mini tripod on the bonnet and was kind enough to let me share his bonnet space.

I was able to get a couple of shots that I’m happy with.  But like all things, I need more practise.  Of course this is kind of an issue with fireworks as they don’t happen all the time.

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As you can see from this cropped shot I didn’t take enough time to look at what else was on offer as far as great photo ops.  I really wish I had opened my eyes to more than just the fireworks space and gotten a better shot of the mountain.  There is always tomorrow night.

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As everyone left I had the viewing area to myself.  This shot needs to be looked at full size, I’m really happy with the light reflections on the water.

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I took this one while the fireworks were happening, I was so frustrated that my photo shots had been blocked by people moving in front of my camera that I gave up on the fireworks.  But the bridge makes a good shot.

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Going South.

8 Feb

Today my Baby Bear packed her Polo and headed North ready to board the Spirit tomorrow to head back to Uni in Adelaide.  A difficult day for me.

Then in a little over a week He Who Suffers is packing his bags and ‘heading south’ which is the ‘in’ lingo from those in the know who travel to Antarctica to work.  We have had amazingly warm weather this weekend, so it’s not really the ideal thing to be sorting and packing survival gear for the frigid temps of Antarctica.  I got to see each ‘piece’ modelled – one piece at a time, as to dress in it all at once when the sun is shining and the temperature is warm would mean ‘melt down’.

First we have Boots

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Next we have Mittens, but I want to know why the sheepskin is on the outside.

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Next we have a sample of our ‘water view’, also known as a dam or waterhole.  The local farmer uses the water from this for stock and crop irrigation.

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Then because it was a gorgeous day, I took a photo of the vineyard across the valley.  Where we live is in the Coal Valley wine region, we often joke that we live within staggering distance of the ‘local’.

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