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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.

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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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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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I have just popped on to my computer before going to work to find a massive heap of comments on my blog…what a delight…thank you all !

Some of the comments asked about how I process my work, so when I have my next day off…Monday, I will write a post about long exposure and split toning…both of which I used in my ‘Mangrove’ post.

And thank you WordPress team for freshly pressing me !

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Some of the shots I took a little while ago whilst walking around my home city of Melbourne.
These and other works can be viewed and bought at http://carolineg.redbubble.com/







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When the email dropped into my box asking me this I thought…why not? I love my life. I made my life..something that I am grateful to have been able to do. My husband is my best friend, I moved from the UK to Australia where I have made a beautiful home and I have a good job as a psychiatric nurse. During my career, I have met people who have little control over their lives and whose only power can all too often be self destructive.
However, on reflection I think it is selfish to want to live forever…even if it was possible.
We have our allotted time, and instead of wishing to live forever, we should make the most of that time. ‘Treat each day as though it is your last’ is a worthy goal to try to attain.

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