Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Yan Yean Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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One cold winter’s day my husband and I travelled by car along Ridge Road within the Yan Yean Region where I managed to capture rural landscape photographs featuring lambs resting under huge gum trees, cattle grazing on expansive grass fields and Purple Swamp-hens prodding the grass for food at the Yan Yean Reservoir Park.  We also sighted many Black Wattle trees which are prolific at this time of the year and found throughout the bush and in local residential gardens.  On this particular winter’s day the weather was challenging!  It rained, hailed and then the sun appeared revealing beautiful blue skies decorated with white fluffy clouds.



During this landscape photography  exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots, I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  Each photography adventure helps me learn more about my camera and lense; and hopefully helps me becoming a better photographer. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.




On this particular day and as we were leaving the Yan Yean Top Lookout Reservoir Park area, I spotted these Black Wattle trees.  “They are among the tallest of the wattles, this fine species has dark-green bipinnate leaves, numerous and are smooth.  The fragrant golden flowers are produced in long heads in spring.  It occurs naturally in New South Wales though it has been extensively planted in other States of Australia.  It is considered to be one of the best of our wattles (Thistle Y. Harris 1980)”.  NB:  I particularly like this photograph because of the angle I was able to achieve.  The Gum Tree trunk in the foreground leads the eye up towards the pretty blue skies whilst the yellow flowering Black Wattle trees in the background steal the show!  And the small puddle of water reflecting the image of the wattle and sky above, just adds that little bit more of interest to the overall shot.





In future, I will be selecting some photos from each photography adventure and be a little more creative during the development within Adobe Lightroom 6.  Here is my first creative attempt!




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 this travel and photography adventure!


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Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world 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.  NB:  Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

Happy photography all!




Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…


© Karen Robinson – August 2017

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9 thoughts on “Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Yan Yean Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

    • Thank you … I am beginning to really understand the process of developing photographs within Lightroom 6. Getting to know my camera better is also happening as well – takes time but such a creative pleasure! Warm regards Karen


    • Thank you … it was an interesting day for sure with the weather being rain, hail and then beautiful sunny skies. We managed to be in the car during the rain and hail. As the sun appeared, it gave me a chance to capture some good shots. Always an adventure! Warm regards Karen


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