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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Bruthen – Wards Road” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During our stay at my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided to get up early and take a drive along the picturesque Wards Road. It winds its way though beautiful green local farming properties that have views that stretch for miles.  Despite the fact the morning was overcast, we found the temperature just right for this time of the year! Cool for a summer morning and perfect for enjoying such a treasure trove of quietness, fresh air and remoteness.  While we were there, we spotted some wild emus strolling across a grass field where they had been drinking from a watering hole.  They were then heading back towards thick bush up alongside of the property.  The photographs I took of them are not the best, but felt it important to include as we don’t get to see them very often.  This photography adventure lifted our spirits and had us feeling good for the rest of the day!

 

 

 

 

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 mounted 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.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2019 – Birds: “Westmeadows – Sulphur Crested Cockatoo” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

On this photography adventure day, we only had to take a 5 minute drive from home!  Beside one of Westmeadows, Victoria – Australia local backstreets there stands a tall old gumtree with a large hollow.  At this location each year, around November, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos come and nest at what is perhaps an unusual location.  Cars and people busily pass by daily under their nest, but they seem to have adapted to the suburban lifestyle.  I cannot help feel sad for our bird wildlife.  Melbourne’s ever emerging urban sprawl means that tree felling of large areas of land is therefore – stripping large areas of bird habitats.  Thus leaving birds to find unusual locations to subsist or not at all – hence bird numbers dwindling.  So I hope in years to come to continue to find these iconic Australian native birds revisit this old gum tree…

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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 a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used 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.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Seascape: “Lakes Entrance Shoreline and Harbour” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We decided for this photography adventure that we should visit my hubby’s brother who lives in Bruthen – a small township near Lakes Entrance, Victoria – Australia.  On our way there, we made a slight detour to visit the Lakes Entrance area, a seaside location occupied at this time of the year with many holiday makers! The weather on our arrival was generally overcast but still pleasant.  It was difficult to photograph scenes I wanted, and I realised that aerial shots would be best, so we went to a couple of lookouts to help capture some overview shots of Lakes Entrance.  On distance sandy islands and dunes, Little Black Cormorants, Pied Cormorants and Australian pelicans flocked in abundance, far enough away from human contact, and too far for me to photograph close-up with my existing camera equipment.  Numerous small and medium-sized pleasure water-crafts zoomed throughout the waterways, while shoreline tourists spent time sightseeing.  My hubby spent a little time fishing to-no-avail but he enjoyed the process despite this fact.  It was easy to see why water-loving families migrated here for the holiday season, especially if they had access to a boat!

 

 

 

 

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 a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used 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.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Creative Writing – 2018 “Collective Union of One for All Poem!…” Poem by Karen Robinson

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“The above painting, one I painted back in 2016, I have chosen to accompany the below poem. It reflects an image of myself in the foreground, with my support networks in the background. They come from all walks of life; they are family, friends, work mates and community group members whom have been an integral part of my life over recent years, and all have contributed to my ability to reach a healthy mindset. Hence varying colours of difference; and colours with commonality. I couldn’t have got to this place where I am now without their support and this painting is a tribute to them all.”

 

 

 

POEM INSPIRATION

Last year 2018 – I received an email from the Overland with a request for poems.  The 2018 Poem theme was to be based around: ‘new collective, old struggles’; up to 88 lines; and entry to the Fair Australia Prize was free.  The poem was to be about: “What does unionism mean to people today? What should be its objectives? How can we come together to make real change, now and into the future? (Overland 2018)”.  I struggled a little with this theme.  Sadly it was not a successful entry but does not matter, it still serves as a way to be creative

 


 

Collective Union of One for All!

Show us a place where – we can be more than an isolated one
Show us a place where – we can be part of a greater us
Show us a place where – imaginings become real possibilities
Show us a place where – our future is stable kind and meaningful
Show us a place where – we can find a collective union of one for all…

Bring us to there – so we can fight our struggles not alone but united
Bring us to there – so we can realize our life in full
Bring us to there – so we are both humble and strong
Bring us to there – so we are valued for our human worth
Bring us to there – so we can find a collective union of one for all…

Let us – shed old selfish ways of thinking
Let us – give up on wealth for needless material accumulation
Let us – share our advantages of experience
Let us – have grandiose ideas about equality for everyone
Let us – be a collective union of one for all…

Now we are – believing what seemed illusive
Now we are – capable of enriching the lives of those united
Now we are – seeing real justice with an intent to nurture
Now we are – being what we dreamed in the dead of night
Now we are – a collective union of one for all…

Our future is – rich with expectations of a life that generations will treasure
Our future is – a union of people who care about what truly matters
Our future is – an investment in humankind
Our future is – a collective union of one for all-and-all for one!

 

Poem © Karen Robinson – August 2018


 

CONCLUSION

These days I only write poems when I feel a great need to!  Photography has filled the gap in my heart – thus ticking the happy box whenever possible.

 


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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “East Warburton Redwood Forest and Cement Creek” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Our photography adventure on this day had us travelling to just outside the township of East Warburton, Victoria – Australia, visiting the mysterious and spectacular Redwood Forest.  The forest’s exotic Californian Redwoods being the tallest tree species in the world, planted by the Board of Works around 1930 means they are now nearing a century of growth.  There are over 1476 trees ranging from 20 metres to the tallest being 55 metres. During our stroll through these magnificent trees, we felt dwarfed by their sheer height!  Because we came on a clear sunny day, and around mid-morning, the sunlight was gently filtering through the tree tops thus allowing for perfect photography conditions. Towards the end of the plantation, we discovered walking trails that took us to Cement Creek East Branch.  Here we found the fresh water creek babbling through lush green vegetation where numerous well established Lacey Tree-ferns stood like elegant umbrellas. Their large leaf canopies filtered warm yellow sunlight onto small green ground level ferns.  Further in from the creek’s edge, lanky tall gum trees housed noisy native birds. Finding this magical environment alongside of the Redwood Forest was truly a bonus, and unexpected. We enjoyed our discovery of this location and the time we spent there…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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 Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Elephants” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia for the second time this month. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Asian Elephants! These gentle giant mammals gracefully drift to-and-fro throughout their home – “the award-winning Trail of the Elephants which allows the elephants considerable scope to roam and forage: it is estimated they travel as far (or further) than elephants living in natural non-extreme environments (6.21–15.00km/day vs. 5–10 km/day)” (Zoos Victoria). The decision to restrict myself to just photographing this mammal gave me the opportunity to better capture their features — their essence I feel. We enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning soon…

 

 

 

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 a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used 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.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – December 2018

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Birds/Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

Above Photograph Story:  During my time photographing the Giraffes – I noticed this one staring into the far distance.  It had stepped up into a patch of dirt surrounded by large rocks positioned as the highest point within its territory. From here it craned its neck towards the view.  I couldn’t help ponder “what must it be thinking?”.  This elegant Giraffe appeared forlorn as it studied the far distant terrain over tall green tree tops and towards the clouded blue skies’.  As I stood there observing, I suddenly found myself feeling sad for this beautiful long-legged, long-necked creature…

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia.  It had been decades since our last visit and probably with our own children when they where small. We spent a morning there with the intention of returning many more times during 2019.  I decided to concentrate my photography efforts on just the Giraffes.  As the Zebras lived with the Giraffes they too were photographed.  I also managed to photograph some noisy colourful Rainbow Lorikeets while they feed at the Zoo’s bird feeders, and a Bell Miner more commonly know as Bellbird because of their beautiful call.  Making the decision to restrict myself to just a couple of zoo animals and birds gave me the opportunity to better capture their features — their essence I feel.  We enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning soon…

 

 

 

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 a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used 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.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – December 2018

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Garden: “Victoria State Rose Garden” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Victoria State Rose Garden Werribee, Victoria – Australia proved to be a lovely photography adventure for hubby and I.  Not far from where we live, and not too difficult to get around – with lots of beautiful blooming roses to view with they delightful scent to appreciate.  It took two different visits to capture this selection of photographs.  The first time we came a number of weeks before the opening show, and the second time, on the actual weekend opening, where we found most of the roses in full bloom!  The Rose Garden has been in existence for 25 years. During that time it has been awarded the ‘Garden of Excellence’ which is easy to see why when strolling through its maze of rose garden beds. There are more than 5000 roses in the garden and approximately 600 rose varieties. Upon our departure and just outside the rose garden, we also spotted Masked Lapwing birds also known as Spur-winged Plovers stalking across green lawns, looking for embedded insects; and Red Wattle-birds high up in beautiful Silky Oak trees feeding on its bright yellow/orange flowers.

 

 

 

 

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 for the landscape photographs – hand-held and fixed to gimbal.  For the bird photography I used the same camera but with my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 mounted 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.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – December 2018

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Landscape/Birds: “Goulburn River – Seymour” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure took place on my hubby’s 66th Birthday.  Our daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter took us out for a fishing day for his birthday along the Goulburn River, Seymour, Victoria – Australia.  It was a beautiful day, hubby caught a fish and I managed to take some photographs of the river, birds such as Masked Lapwing also known as Spur-winged Plover, Crimson Rosellas, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, a pair of Sacred Kingfishers and a native honey beehive that was housed in a gumtree trunk knot!  Daughter Kelly enjoyed some time with her father while her hubby looked after their baby daughter.  We enjoyed our time together creating importance family memories…

 

 

 

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 for the landscape photographs – hand-held.  For the bird photography I used the same camera but with my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 mounted 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.

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – December 2018

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Birds/Animals: “Greenvale – Woodlands Historical Park” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

On this photography adventure day, my hubby and I were accompanied by our daughter and grand-daughter at Woodlands Historical Park, Greenvale, Victoria – Australia.  This woodland is a short distance from home and most convenient to both our families.  Here we managed to take photographs of a number of Jacky Dragon Lizards that we had spotted on old dead tree logs.  Martin Tree Swallows swooped above our heads from tree to tree, they were hard to photograph due to their speed but I managed to capture one shot where a parent landed on the end of a hollow in the gum tree where a pair of swallows were nesting.  Laughing Kookaburra’s iconic bird calls alerted us to their present and I was able to spot one high up in one of the many gum trees.  Also managed to photograph an Australian Magpie with food in its peak.  There were also numerous Kangaroos in mobs throughout the woodlands, mostly lazily resting during the warmer part of the day which allowed us to get close enough to photograph without disturbing them.  We had a lovely time with our daughter and grand-daughter while spending time with nature…

 

 

 

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. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held while desperately trying to work out suitable camera settings for fast-moving creatures! For the landscape photography, I used a tripod and I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – November 2018

 


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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2018 – Landscape/Birds/Animals: “Bulla – Organ Pipes National Park” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

One overcast morning, hubby and I set out for another photography adventure!  Our destination this time was the Organ Pipes National Park, Bulla – Australia.  The spring weather gave us conditions just right for a pleasant bush walking experience.  The Organ Pipes formation, the Rosette Rock, and the Tessellated Pavement sites proved to be interesting and great spots to stop and take some time out to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Varying birds could be heard and seen alongside of the Jacksons River which gently meandered through the reserve.  We spotted and I manage to photograph:- tiny Superb Fairy-wrens that bounced around the lower bushes and ground coverage; high up in riverside gum trees, Masked Wood-swallows called out to their partners; a young Fantail Cuckoo rested on a bare tree branch, overseeing his territory; a White-plumed Honeyeater hung upside-down from the bow of a gumtree while pecking at the bark, searching for insects; black and white Willy Wagtails darted from one tree to another in the process of protecting their nest from would-be intruders; a Dusky Wood-swallow perched on a dead branch as it stared at us with mild interest; an elegant White-faced Heron stood tall on a river gum tree limb, scanning the waters for a fish feed; a beautiful Tawny Frogmouth Owl slept wedged within the bow of a gumtree; a Black Swamp Wallaby busily munched on a small native bush while we quietly observed; and a mother Kangaroo lazily lay across a patch of short grass while her joey rested beside her, during the hottest part of the day.

All these sights and sounds combined with fresh air and the warmth of the sun was just wonderful and reminded us both about how fortunate we are to still be able to do this together.

 

 

 

 

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 for the landscape photographs – hand-held.  For the bird photography I used the same camera but with my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 mounted 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.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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!

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – November 2018

 


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Photography 2018 – Landscape/Birds/Animals: “Greenvale and Mickleham” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Here I have combined three separate photography adventures as they were all located short distances from where my hubby and I live which was a bonus – no long kilometres of travel!  Gellibrand Hill Lookout located in within the Woodlands Historic Park region offered panoramic views of Melbourne City Skyline, Melbourne Tullamarine airport and the Great Dividing Ranges.  Here I was able to photograph a Square-tailed Kite with two crows attacking it in order to protect its nest and fearless Grey Fantails fluttering from tree branch to branch.  The Woodlands Historic Park offered me opportunities to photograph nesting Black-faced Wood-swallows, Eastern Rosella Parrots, Laughing Kookaburras, Red Rumped Parrots nesting, and resting Grey Kangaroos.  A local Nature Reserve ‘Mt Ridley’ provided me with an opportunity to photograph tiny Striated Paradalote Birds which perched high in magnificent old gum trees.  Also a the young hungry Magpie perched on a stringy lower tree branch, calling for its mother for food.  We enjoyed our time at these locations, just strolling through these local woodlands where the quietness and solitude feeds to soul!

 

 

 

 

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. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held while desperately trying to work out suitable camera settings for fast-moving creatures! For the landscape photography, I used a tripod and I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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 these photography adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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 – October 2018

 


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Creative Writing 2018: “Thought for the Day!” Written by Karen Robinson

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“When there’s nothing to complain about…don’t!”

 

16 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

16 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

Happy thoughts all!

© Karen Robinson – September 2018

 

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Creative Writing – 2018 “Ageing Old Is!…” Poem by Karen Robinson

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POEM INSPIRATION

Each year, I receive an email that reminds me to think about writing a poem and entering it into the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize.  So I gave it a go, once more, for this year 2018, with the hope that one day I might be lucky enough to be a finalist.  Well not this year for me!  But on saying this, it really isn’t about writing for a poetry prize but about getting me to sit down and think about putting together a group of words to express a feeling, thought, a moment!  Here below is this year’s effort and it’s about ageing!  It’s about the process of losing one’s youth, about the acceptance of growing old, and about reaching the end of one’s life with the hope that its been a worthy one…

 

 

 

Title:  “Ageing Old Is!” Poem

 

ageing old is…

bones creaking with osteoarthritis – as their new best friend

aged exhausted muscles constantly reminding the body – not to over stretch

unsightly mottled skin – mirroring years of weather abuse

weakened eyesight tightening focus – while grasping visions with expiry dates

failing dulled memory – showing signs of future incompetence…

 

ageing old is…

menacing hearing loss – nursing awkward miscommunications

hunched aching back – engaging in old people appearances

arthritic disabling hands – struggling with finite activity

grey loose hair gathering up – in sadden hair brushes

smelly wee collections – in places once pure clean and sweet…

 

ageing old is…

crusty masses of harden skin – mounting under feet once nimble

bulging belly fat – lazily lounging around body central

facial life lines time-sharing with emotions – of laughter and sullenness

overburdened knees locking – halfway down and halfway up in indecision

flabby weaken arms – gratefully receiving hugs of love and attention…

 

ageing old is…

brittle coffee stained teeth – sharing smiles of endearment

a stumpy wrinkled ring finger – wearing sacred tarnished wedding band

black annoying hairs on long gone youthful slender legs – now meandering on old

once expensive manicured nails – now surrendering to lack of significant care

blood pumping at high rates of pressure – finding solitude in cholesterol tablets…

 

ageing old is…

under-active misbehaving thyroid – causing socially unacceptable obesity

vitamin D lacking skin – demanding a daily show-down with the holy sun

unsaddled mammary glands hanging – as a constant reminder of motherhood long past

periodic kind verbal reminders to loved ones – that this time span is limited

a tiredness not of lack of sleep – but from nearing the end of one’s existence…

 

ageing old is…

a knowing

that this old human ruin – now approaching depletion – has endured a life well spent…

 

 

Poem © Karen Robinson – August 2018


 

CONCLUSION

It’s another day now and the sun has come out and dried up all the rain … time to go out and play, rejoice and enjoy the one and only life we get to live…

 

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