Photography 2017 – Garden: “Rippon Lea” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”







Recently I decided to join the local community based photography group – Craigieburn Camera Club with members’ photography skills ranging from beginners to advanced. The club’s atmosphere is credited to be friendly, offering a way for members to share photography experiences, knowledge and advice.  My hubby and I joined them at a group outing at ‘Rippon Lea House and Gardens‘ located in Brunswick, Melbourne – Australia.  “Rippon Lea House and Garden is one of Australia’s finest grand suburban estates and the first to achieve National Heritage Listing, recognising as unique significance.  The historic mansion is located within a vast pleasure garden of sweeping lawns that cover more than 34 acres and features a windmill, lookout tower, heritage orchard, lake, waterfall, fernery and more! (Rippon Lea 2017).

My hubby and I hadn’t been to Rippon Lea for many years!  The last time we were at this location was over 30 years ago where we had our wedding ceremony. Many of our wedding photographs were taken on the sweeping lawns, lakeside and within the gardens throughout the estate.  It brought back many good memories and added greater value to our house and garden photography adventure.







During this house and garden 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.




My favourite photographs I took on the day are featured here below. The first being of a well established Camellia Japonica shrub.  Its striking red/crimson flowers – a wonderful contrast to the yellow-green leafed tree behind it.  The other two photographs I particular liked were taken within the Mansion’s Conservatory which had recently been restored and used by Sir Frederick Sargood to display his prized exotic plants.




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 below is one of the photographs I felt looked good turned into a black and white photograph.






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; it ticked the ‘happy box’ for sure!  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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2 thoughts on “Photography 2017 – Garden: “Rippon Lea” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

    • Hi Jan, Thank you, am trying to improve my photography skills and capture a story with each photography adventure. My hubby and I are now in our sixties, so we figured it was time to get out-and-about and our home state seemed like the best place to start! Appreciate your supporting and encouraging comments…warm regards Karen


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