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After a long while, I finally managed to not only get out, but also managed to get some photos on here ….some of these have been basically processed in Lightroom, and some of them are ‘as is’ – nevertheless, they are photos that I personally like – hope you enjoy looking at these special animals.

This is Mali (Jasmine) – Female, born 16 January 2010

and this is Ongard (Bold) – Male, born 10 September 2010

One of the mums

I loved this claw….

….belonging to this chap

This snake was very active

Whereas this one wasn’t quite a boistrous..

This beautiful Serval was a joy

and this lion had just finished his dinner …one of four brothers who live together

last, but not least – a Zebra…in black and white !

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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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Blogging…or rather not being able to when you have lots share !
I have been so busy with work recently…then finally got a day when I could go out. I found a lake with mirror like water, surrounded by white barked eucalyptus trees…perfect for abstract photos.
So off I trotted, with camera and tripod in hand, and took a heap of photos I was desperate to process once I got home.
Turned on the PC..good start…then noticed the monitor was black…nothing, nowt, zilch !

Anyway, will do what I can to remedy this..even if it means a nice shiny new monitor….then just have to find some time to do the processing !

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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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Today went I along with a couple of friends went to visit the Polly Woodside – a Tall Ship built and launched in Belfast, Ireland 1885.

After no less than 17 round the world trips she eventually resided in Melbourne where she is a now a protected museum ship.

I was particularly entranced by the rooms and articles I found inside – and so this post shares some of the things I found.

I shoot with a Pentax K200D, and I used a 50mm Prime lens, generally set at f1.4 or f1.8.

Captains Bed

Captains washstand

Notepad

Sea Tale

Another Deck

Pastimes were important !

Wash time ..think that soap and brush would be a bit rough !

The silverware

All sailors need to learn to tie knots

Most important for a round the world voyger

Sailors bunk

The 26th

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Today I thought about a beautiful pen which was passed to me after my Dad passed away over two years ago…since then it has been sat in a drawer…not used because I was scared I would damage or lose it…this pen had probably got used to being hidden away…for it has been sitting in my Dads wardrobe – at least since he had retired, and as I don’t remember him writing with it..probably some time before that. I have cleaned it, filled it, and written with it.

It’s a Onoto 6235…made in the late 1940’s by De la Rue (Onoto) London

Made of black resin, with a sage green pearlised inlay..gold banding and a 14k gold nib which writes like a dream.

It won’t stay hidden in the dark any longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Link to my website

 

 

 

 

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Ok, I’m a psychiatric nurse and a photographer…of course I love people watching and photographing them !

The suggestion of Candid Photography often throws up a myriad of responses .. Can I photograph people without their knowledge? Should I photograph people in this way? Am I being sneaky, invasive etc?

The way I look at it is that I am photographing people as they are … yes, sure you can ask them if it would be ok…but you won’t get anything natural – and people being natural are interesting..

 

Melbourne is a city of Festivals which celebrate our multi-cultural diversity ..Greek, Italian, Spanish, Asian, Jewish ..this photo was taken at a Turkish Festival – I had been watching her for a while..her face was so expressive:

 

This was taken in a park …the couple had been deep in conversation – maybe not the happiest..

 

People can be alone in a crowd:

 

This was taken at Melbourne’s Exhibition and Conference Centre – locally known as  ‘Jeff’s Shed’  after former Premier Jeff Kennet – this being one of his pet projects whilst in office. He is now a Director of ‘Beyond Blue’ – a national depression initiative

 

I just loved watching this girl twirling her ribbon around..

 

A full face image of a Palestinian girl on a rally against the war in Gaza.

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You can also find more of my work here

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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