During our stay at my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided one morning to get up early and take a 4 wheel-drive into a nearby State Forest to an area called Deptford. The historical Deptford Township – which in 1866 consisted of a hotel, post office, general store, school, blacksmith’s shop, chemist and bakery, now only feature historical remains; and one being the ‘Baker’s Oven‘ which I photographed and is featured below. Our photography adventure had us follow the bush walking track alongside the Nicholson River. It winds its way through some of Victoria’s most beautiful natural bush vegetation. Nicholson River was an early gold mining site back in 1852. The now bush walking track named Slaughter Track was originally used by drovers moving cattle up the river to waterholes. It was also used as a goods route taking vegetables to settlements; and local Deptford children used it to walk to school. As we wandered along the track, I stopped to take photographs and as I did, I couldn’t help feel the magic of this forest. Birds called from high up in spindly Australian gum trees, the bush crackled as the day warmed up, and the Nicholson River with its fresh water meandering through thick vegetation – offered a much-needed cooling retreat for holiday makers. My hubby enjoyed his one-on-one time with his brother. I enjoyed seeing them together being able to catch-up and share precious time. It was a good day that ended up with joining my hubby’s family members at a campsite alongside of the river. Here we got to watch the children engage in water-play to help them cool down during the hottest part of the day. It was a great way to complete our small holiday break, we were thankful for the opportunity!
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED
During this 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 lens and my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. I handheld the camera or mounted it on a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.
On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. 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 photography adventure!
Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul. Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!
Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2019
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