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I’ve not been shooting much recently,  the usual colds and flu of winter time…however got out yesterday and came back with a few reflections which I’ve had a play with – somewhat abstract but hope they work ??:

 

 

 

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Phillip Island is a wild place ..wild weather, with fluctuations which can catch you by surprise and a place of wild beauty. Philip Island is attached to the mainland of Victoria, Australia by a sweeping bridge which initially takes you into the holiday resort of San Remo. Quickly going through there, you come to the roads which – in my opinion – lead you to the more interesting parts of the island…rough coastline, little bays and expanses of dunes, cliffs and moorland. Living within all of this is one of the reasons that Philip Island has become so popular – Little Penguins. There is also a Fur Seal population and also sharks abound (the sharks like the seals)

With an unseasonally cold autumn being experienced big jumpers and beanies were the order of the day. My friend and I decided to first go to Cat Bay – the sun popped out – right in line to where we wanted to shoot, though we did manage to save some photos due to the lovely sheen on the water:

Next was Cowrie Beach where we spent the majority of our time …clambering over slippery rocks, getting splashed by waves, feet soaked by a rogue wave and buffeted by the cold wind – as a good friend has often said on these excursions …”you know you live”

However, weather like this is a blessing for you get the full range of contrast and mood:

As the afternoon wore on, the mood changed ..mellowed and the sea became softer:

Walking home across the cliffs, the sun came out again and the wind freshened – allowing my to take a long exposure of the clouds:

With a hungry tummy, salt matted hair, wet feet and a filthy camera (!) I went home thinking ‘I’ve lived’

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Well, it’s been a while ..what with a broken computer and a hectic time at work, I have been sorely lacking on the WordPress front – anyway, the other day I finally got out with my partner, Carl – who by the way does a very nice blog about coffee, cafes and chess http://gorkachc.blogspot.com/

We decided to go to an old family Estate 5 minutes away from where we live … We have been here over 6 years and never been there…how many times does that happen with tourist attractions on your doorstep ?!

Ripponlea is the largest family estate in Australia; built in 1868, it was first owned by the Sargood family ..clothing and drapery merchants who made their fortune in the Goldrush era.

It remained a family home until 1972 when it was passed into the care of the National Trust following the death of it’s last owner Mrs Louisa Jones – I found this wonderful old wedding photo of her and her husband Timothy …hope they don’t mind !

While we did not go in the house itself, we did take a peek into the stables, kitchens and cellar

As well as the stately home, the estate also has some wonderful gardens

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A little while ago, I did a short tutorial on using textures and thought I would add a few more photos I have added a texture to.

Much as I love simple shots, with little or no real editing, I do sometimes enjoy playing around with Photoshop.

Work for sale can be seen here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It Lensbaby’s 7th birthday in a couple of days

Not so long ago I bought a Lensbaby,  and have since had lots of fun! I bought a basic Lensbaby Muse with a plastic optic which comes with aperture rings (though I do tend to stick with the f4 ring which I personally like) The bendy lens – which also comes in the  ‘lockable’ Composer and Control Freak and the static Scout; and single and double glass optics – can be tricky when you first use it, as the only way to focus is to pull, push and tilt the lens to get focus and effect.

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Trees are great…they grow older than we will ever do, they are the homes of countless birds and other animals, they help the earth to breath..

Here are just a few of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

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I recently tried Split toning for the first time and showed you the results in my Mangrove post.

Split Toning began in the darkroom, where tone was added to a grayscale images to produce warmth, depth and mood…different tones are able to be used for shadows and highlights. This effect is now is in the grasp of the Digital photographer with the magic of Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture

A few days later, I have managed to have another little play around … now, I will admit that apart from texure work, layers,  cloning and the odd dodge and burn, I never use photoshop – I find it laborious ..so I’m going to cheat on this one, and send you a link to a PS tutorial – I don’t have a Mac either – so here is a link for Mac users

I mainly use Lightroom …it is where I learnt to edit my RAW images when I started photography 3 years ago – and I love it’s simplicity, but great workability.

There are basically 3 stages to producing a Split Toned image.

First start with your original shot – I have chosen this particular photo as it has lots of different textures..the sea, sand and wood – and I wanted to see how each were affected by the changes to take place :

Next convert your image into Grayscale  (Development page..right hand side at the top):

Now is the time to play ! You will find the Split Toning feature down the right hand side of the development page. Use the slider to work on your highlights, followed by low lights or shadows.

Personally, I feel the need to be subtle with the saturation ..a steady hand (or a sensitive mouse) is a must!

Here are 3 examples of different tones which can be achieved in minutes – however saturated with tones you want your photos to be, the result is smooth and seamless:

Experiment until you get the tones you want:

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