When you get up close to these fungi, they seem to exist in tiny little worlds of their own.
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It has been a very wet summer in Queensland and it is not showing any signs of abating yet. We are averaging 250mm per month at present – almost 1/4 of normal annual rainfall. These fungi, at Nerima Gardens, seem to be enjoying the weather.
For previous posts on these Japanese Gardens, look here —> Nerima Gardens
While travelling in Victoria we stayed at a lovely farmstay, Laurimar Glen, in Kyneton. The girls had a fantastic time even though it was coooold and wet. The hosts were very welcoming, especially Farmer Eric who was very patient giving a farm tour and letting the girls ‘help’ to feed the llama, deer, pigs and donkeys.
Farmer Eric also grows beautiful daffodils and jonquils and supplies wheelbarrows full of daffodils for the annual Kyneton Daffodil Festival. I had a chance to take some photos in his beautiful garden.
I finally bought a tripod. I’ve been ‘making do’ with a Joby Gorillapod for almost a year – it’s pretty great but you can only do so much with a 30cm tall tripod.
So, my “industrial strength” Induro AT413 tripod arrived in the mail today. It’s a heavy beast but I wanted something really simple, tough and stable. It weighs nearly 4kg but I have small kids so I’m used to carrying stuff around everywhere :).
Naturally I had to give it a go:
I turned off all the lights and set up a couple of candles for lighting. You can get some fascinating effects with flickering light and long exposure. Here’s the result:
That’s interesting but the red / orange glow wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Fortunately I use Lightroom 4 for developing my pics and when shooting in RAW, this is an easy color temperature adjustment.
Here is exactly the same picture – the only change here is a slide of the color temperature down by 1200 Kelvin (i.e. shifting color from red towards blue):
That pink is pretty close to the original gerbera colour. Lightroom is cheap to buy, simple to use, powerful and pretty amazing.
Oh, the tripod was (naturally) solid as a rock :). I look forward to using it in much more challenging circumstances, soon!
My parents have an extensive tropical garden on a steeply sloping block, at their house at Buderim. It is their recreation (seems like a lot of hard work to me!) and their pride and joy. It really is of show /”open garden” quality, though they don’t open it for show (except for a few flower entries in the local garden club show).
When I first bought my DSLR I spent a weekend learning to use it in their garden and I have shot there regularly since. Here are a few pictures from the Easter weekend: