my (amateur) photography adventure



Timelapse: Nerima Gardens

This timelapse was shot at Nerima Gardens on a couple of weekends recently.  We have had so much wet weather that photography opportunities have been limited, but I overcame this by shooting 2 of the 3 sequences in this timelapse from undercover.

The first sequence is shot from underneath a bridge, the second shows reflections in the lake (shot on a brighter day), and the third is shot from the Japanese teahouse.

Music is “Prelude No. 16” by Chris Zabriskie (  This is the first time that I have used music in a timelapse; I think it really enhances it, so thanks to Chris and other talented people who make their work available for free.

This video was complied from 1085 RAW still photos using Lightroom 4.  (There is one ‘dud’ frame rendered in there, but I am too impatient to wait another 6 hours or so to re-render and re-upload it!).  The in-sequence movement and deflickering is done with the assistance of LR Timelapse, which basically tells Lightroom what to do using metadata, which is a LOT faster than me doing it manually!

Settings: LR4, using 12fps 720p @24 LRTPro preset.

Hope you enjoy it.


Nerima Gardens

More photos from yesterday’s wet weather trip to Nerima Gardens.

See yesterday’s pictures here: Teeny Tiny Wet Worlds

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock (Mt Diogenes) is a weird volcanic rock formation in country Victoria – near the town of Woodend.

We visited quickly on a rainy afternoon in winter – enjoy the pictures:

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Garden of St Erth

The Garden of St Erth is a historic garden at Blackwood, Victoria maintained by The Diggers Club.

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.

Garden of St Erth 6 x 8

Snow Day!

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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The Crags

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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Macedon Ranges

Photos from the beautiful Macedon Ranges area, taken on our Victorian trip.

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Point Cartwright

Above: Mooloolaba Skyline, from Point Cartwright, ISO100, 22mm, f/14, 79s + exp comp.

Another great night walk & long exposure shoot with my equally photography mad sister, at Point Cartwright.

Surf at Point Cartwright, 2s exposure
Pine trees silhouetted by the last light of the day, 30s exposure, with a bit of iPhone torch in the foreground.

Drops on a leaf (2)

All the way back to the same leaf:

Drops on a leaf

2 metres from my back door :)

The Buderim Studio, part 2

Grevillea ‘Lyrebird’ above

More photos from my parents’ tropical garden at Buderim.

Ginger flower
Clivea flowers in the afternoon sun

For more pics from the “Buderim studio” look here:  Buderim pictures

The Buderim Studio

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:


Gum tree leaves in silhouette, at dusk

Lillypilly: Street Trees

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.

Profuse lillypilly blossoms
One of the many bees going crazy
Lillypilly buds opening, tiny native stingless bee collecting nectar

See my former posts in the Street Trees series here:


Jacaranda, Poinciana and Ivory Curl trees

Nerima Gardens – still wet

It’s a rainy weekend once again. The kindest way to describe my week at work would be ‘extremely challenging’ so, despite the rain, I didn’t want to just sit inside and stew about it.

So, the girls and I decided to visit the (free) Queens Park nature centre, a favourite of theirs, to see the wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, emus, bilbies and other animals, even though umbrellas were definitely required.

We also revisited Nerima Gardens (it was raining last time we went there too) and I was able to get some pics which I am quite happy with (considering that they were one-handed under an umbrella) :).

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That Camellia flower (above) is the first one for the year (a bit early in March), hopefully there will be plenty more to see soon.

Jeremy, you asked me a few days ago whether I was happy with the sharpness of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 zoom lens – those 3 Eucalyptus photos above are all taken with the 18-135 at 135mm (one handed in the rain so I wasn’t necessarily all that steady), and they are all pretty sharp, I think.  Hope that helps.

Here is a link to my last visit to Nerima Gardens —> Nerima Gardens, wringing wet.  I plan to visit again through the year and keep an eye on those Camellias.


Pure ferniness, in the Fernhouse at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

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For other pictures taken at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, see my other posts:


Seussical Succulents


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