Friday, 24 March 2017

Feather Reflections


It's hard to make feathers look dramatic in photographs but I was mucking about taking shots of  feathers floating in the bird bath and I found that amazing things happened when I converted some of them to monochrome...









Have good weekend everybody.
I'll be linking to my favourite meme, James' Weekend Reflections,
Val.

















Saturday, 18 March 2017

Chasing photos in the rain


Yesterday I took off in another direction, a fairly unfamiliar route up the mountains toward Richmond and further along the Bells line of road. There are beautiful homes with open gardens. The weather was dismal with fairly steady showers all day but I thought if nothing else I can suss it out for later and maybe get a few bedraggled shots. Here are some of my favourites.


Old petrol bowsers for sale


Me in a store window in Richmond. First time I've worn boots this season!


Every town's got to have a Ritz!



The road through eucalyptus and temperate rainforest, at the moment soaking up all the rain!


A closer look at the eucalypts (gum trees) shedding their bark and having a growth burst.

It's interesting that the oil from eucalypts gives the air a slight bluish tinge, which is why our Blue Mountains look blue and the introduced trees lean towards a yellowish haze whenever a bit of light hits them. I tried to google just which variety these gum trees are and found out we have 894 recognised species! They are not Stringybarks which are a lot rougher so for now they'll remain a mystery.  I do love the smell of them in the rain. It's Australia in a bottle. Then there's the Englishness of the gardens and avenues of Mt Wilson. I did not get out to explore any, which means I'll be back!


 Oak trees at Mt Wilson


Gateway to one of the grand homes.

There's so much more to go back to see when the weather is better.
Have a good week, or the rest of your weekend!
Val.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Light, salt water and the pull of the Sea


There is a jagged rocky point an hour down the coast that is one of my favourite spots to photograph surfers as they pick their way through the rocky platform and then plunge with their boards into the sea. I am after silhouettes, I don't yet own a sporty enough zoom to photograph them in action. To make sure there are surfers the tide has to be high and the swell has to be right with the wind coming from the north east. I google all this beforehand on the surf sites. Then I set my alarm for four thirty, drag my unwilling body into the car with my gear and go to my favourite spot. I took my swim gear for a dip later. This is the in-between season I like best until the air becomes cooler than the water. We are lucky, the sea will stay relatively warm for another month.
But back to the photography. I am still experimenting with all the various ways to get the effect I want. These were shot with a wide angle lens. Hopefully next time I will use a zoom lens to get in a little closer on the silhouettes of the surfers. My aim is to get silhouette against the sunrise shots without that much haze! Here I was experimenting with a fairly high shutter speed to 'freeze' the figures into clear silhouettes than I'd managed previously.
Click on photos to enlarge.










Have a good weekend,
Val.