Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Whittlesea/Mount Disappointment Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson's husband www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  In the background can be seen the skeletons of trees which had been burnt during 2009 bushfires.  Above photograph taken by © Karen Robinson’s husband with Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone – http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture landscape scenes around the Whittlesea and Mount Disappointment region, Victoria – Australia; a location not far from where we live.  My first visit to the Whittlesea region was with my daughter who loves to capture photos of small birds in the bush.  This can be most frustrating because they are so well hidden and take flight as soon as they sight a human stepping towards them.  My second visit on another day to the region was with my husband where we travelled along dusty, rocky roads within the Mount Disappointment State Forest.  Both occasions offered wonderful opportunities to take photographs of our local region but also gave me the opportunity to spend time with my husband and daughter – a win-win for me!

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  Daughter taking photos of small birds well hidden amongst Australian native bush.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

ABOUT WHITTLESEA AND MOUNT DISAPPOINTMENT REGION

 

“Before European settlement, the Aboriginal people of the Wurundjeri Wilam clan lived on the land that now forms the City of Whittlesea and the northern suburbs of Melbourne.  Many of the names in the City of Whittlesea were inspired by the Wurundjeri culture and traditions.  Place names that remain today include, Bundoora, Yan Yean, Mernda, Merri, Wallan and Wollert.  George Sherwin is recorded as the first European settler taking up land in 1837 (Whittlesea Historic Society Organisation 2017).”

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia – Featuring Mount Disappointment in the far background and Whittlesea farmlands in the foreground.  It is late summer and the landscape is dry.  Autumn is coming soon where winter rains will completely transform this region into lush green fields with overflowing lagoons and water holes.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

“Nestled within the Great Dividing Range to the south-east of Broadford, the Mt Disappointment State Forest was a popular bush-walking, mountain-biking and horse-riding area prior to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, when the region was extensively burnt.  By mid-2012 an extensive government-sponsored bushfire-recovery program had been implemented, including the rebuilding of visitor facilities and the reopening of campsites.  The regeneration of the forest is also well underway, aided by some wet winters following the bushfires (Explore Australia 2010)”.

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia.  Featuring above is a dirt road leading into the depths of Mount Disappointment State Forest.  In the foreground lush green Australian Native trees have taken on their regrowth after bushfires have ravaged the region.  In the background tall bare lifeless trees stand tall as a constant reminder of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots.  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and used it to gain GPS location readings.

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  On our way out of the Mount Disappointment region and back into farmland areas we stopped to take in views  featuring dry grass fields with towering Australian Gum Trees scattered throughout the landscape.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during these two days.

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  To the left of this photograph stands a tall, strong gum tree leaning against a wire wooded fence.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

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Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  My husband sits and ‘posses’ as I take a photograph of him on the huge tree stump.  I had him do this so that viewers of the photograph could appreciate just how wide some of the Australian gum trees can grow in width.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out in the open farmland region and amongst the Australian bush really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’ Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

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© Karen Robinson – March 2017

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