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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.

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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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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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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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The use of textures in digital photography can enhance an image, add a new mood and even turn a rather mundane photo into a piece of art!

Here is one simple way of using layers in Photoshop, with some examples of how I have transformed a few of my images.

Step 1) Open up the canvas with the texture on it. Select the entire picture by right clicking on the picture with the lasso tool or the rectangular marquee tool (both located on the main vertical menu). The “moving ants” all the way around the picture indicate the picture is selected.

Step 2) On the top horizontal menu, click Edit and then Copy on the drop-down menu.

Step 3) Now open up the canvas with the photo you’re going to applying the texture to. Again, go to Edit on the top menu select Paste. This should put the texture on top of the photo you’re applying the texture to. At this time you should not be able to see the photo, only the texture on top. You may have to resize your texture image, as it must cover the whole of your photograph.

Step 4) Open up the layers menu on the right side.

In the layers box you need to right click on the layer with the texture. (There should be only 2 or 3 layers here). Next, select Blending Options.

Step 5) You will now be at a large menu. Highlighted in blue on the left side should be Blending Options: Default. We are going to use both the Opacity and Blend Mode under General Blending at the top. Click the drop-down menu under Blend Mode and select Overlay (towards the middle of the menu). This will now make the texture over the photo more transparent. The default Opacity should be 100%.

Have a play around with the Opacity to get the effect you want, and remember you need to flatten your work and save!

You can obtain ‘textures’ from various sites – for example, or you can go out and take photographs to make your own..a fun job in itself!

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