We visited on a wet winter day as part of our holiday through country Victoria. Not much was in flower, due to the time of year, but there were plenty of subjects for my macro lens to target.
I love the street trees of south east Queensland and have posted about lillypillies, frangipani, jacaranda, poinciana and ivory curl trees previously here: http://lightswimming.com/category/street-trees/.
The mock orange (Murraya paniculata) in my street is in full blossom at the moment, after the recent heavy rains, and the bees love it!
Here are some quick macro shots from my front yard:
This the first time that I’ve used my new flash + diffuser for macro shots – pretty happy with how it turned out!
While travelling in New Zealand’s South Island last year, we had a glorious “snow day” in Queenstown. At approximately 300m above sea level, and with a large glacial lake, Queenstown rarely sees snow in the town itself – but they had 30cm of fresh snow on one of the days we were there! A local shopkeeper said that it was the most snow he’d seen in Queenstown in 20 years.
Our plans for the day were cancelled – we couldn’t travel as we had planned, but once we managed to find accommodation for the night, we had the most glorious “snow day” – a great experience for the girls (and the adults).
The outside photos were taken (with very cold fingers) near the cemetery, at the base of Bob’s Peak, the hill closest to town.
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Above: Beautiful coastline at The Crags
We stayed in beautiful Port Fairy as part of our Victorian trip – we used it as our ‘western gateway’ to the Great Ocean Road. Just west of Port Fairy is this beautiful little coastal spot – ‘The Crags’ – it was a bit of an entree before the Great Ocean Road main course.
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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.
Photos from the beautiful Macedon Ranges area, taken on our Victorian trip.
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Above: Pro Sports photographer in action – Hockeyroos vs USA international
It’s fun to catch other photographers at work – I especially like to try to get them in action, with their subject matter in shot as well. Here are a few which worked out pretty well:
You might find the photographers a bit harder to spot in these next two ‘long exposure’ pictures. Hint: they’re the ones standing fairly still!
This is my second “Photographers at Work” story – the other one is here: Photogs at Work 1
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!
Above: The freakish looking “bat plant”
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:
These photos are from our trip to the South Island of New Zealand in August 2011 – I’m finally starting to go through them properly. We had the most fantastic winter family holiday; this is a small part of it.
Larnach Castle is located on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin. I was in two minds about whether it was worth a visit, when planning our trip, but it was a really good family outing and the garden was full of opportunities for a photographer.
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Photos are, unfortunately, not allowed inside (the interior photo above is taken in the cafe, located in the old servant’s quarters).
Lillypilly are another common and popular street tree of SE Qld. They have glossy dark green leaves, red or pale green new growth and are suitable for hedging, topiary or specimen trees.
When flowering they can be hugely attractive to insects and I was alerted to the fact that one of ours was flowering, by the buzz of hundreds of bees.
See my former posts in the Street Trees series here:
Newsflash: Insects are small. And they move. For these reasons (and others such as shallow Depth of Field for close subjects) taking macro shots of insects is, usually, just plain hard work. 90% of the shots are not good enough to share, but occasionally I get some that are worthwhile.
I’ve added the EXIF settings to the pics to follow on from a discussion with Jeremy about macro shots and depth of field etc.
click the pics for full size. In the full size pics you will see the pollen on the bee’s head and leg if you look closely (the web-quality pics don’t really do it justice so I have included a blow-up).
Truffula cactus? ;)
While visiting the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens today, these plants looked positively Seussian (or should that be “Seussical”).
If you’re not familiar with his work, here’s what you’re looking for:
His strange plants and landscapes — tops of mops, spikes, and feathers; elongated, twisty trunks; improbable angles, odd hills and rocks — form a visual vocabulary that we all understand and use routinely.
Cindy @ enclos*ure
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo DaVinci