Photography 2017 – Seascape: “Point Lonsdale Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographs by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late one afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit this region to capture seascape and sunset photographs. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson  NB:  My dear husband took this photo of me using my Samsung Galaxy 6 Mobile Phone as I was photographing the sunset from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture seascape and sunset scenes around Point Lonsdale region, Victoria – Australia; a small coastal town not far from Geelong where I had worked earlier on this particular day.  We arrived late afternoon at Point Lonsdale front-beach, which is a small beach located at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay.  Here I took photographs of the beach’s stone sea-wall, wide ocean views and of white crashing surf breaks, seaside bush vegetation and of local surfers taking advantage of high-tide waves. Then we moved on – towards the Point Lonsdale Pier where I was able to capture varying shots of the pier while the tide was coming in towards the coastline.  Once the ‘golden hour’ arrived I settled into taking photographs of shoreline rocks and then glorious sunset photographs looking out and across to Barwon Heads. Once more this occasion offered myself a wonderful opportunity to take photographs of our local region but also gave me precious time to spend with my husband – a win-win for me!

NB:  The ‘golden hour’ and also know as the ‘magic hour’ is the period just shortly after sunrise or before sunset where the lighting is just beautiful, soft and where a photographer really can feel like they are painting and drawing with light…

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT POINT LONSDALE’S SECTION OF ‘PORT PHILLIP HEADS MARINE NATIONAL PARK’

 

Point Lonsdale is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula.  The Point Lonsdale section of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National park is located between Queenscliff and the western side of the Port Phillip entrance. Many of the rocks that make up the reefs as well as rocks and cliffs above the water are made of ancient dune limestone or calcarenite. This readily weathered rock is made of sand grains that have been cemented together by the high amounts of calcium carbonate derived from shells. The outer limits of the park at Point Lonsdale can be subject to strong currents when water is moving in and out of The Heads.

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson

The intertidal reef is a great place for beginner and advanced snorkellers, as well as divers, to explore and experience a diverse array of Victoria’s marine life.

Visitors can find a channel through Lonsdale Reef, around 20m wide and 2-4m deep, which contains a small forest of Giant Kelp. This was created by fishermen seeking an easier entrance to the bay through the Rip in their small fishing boats.  Snorkelling around Point Lonsdale jetty and nearby reef is very popular in the summer months.

The deeper waters of the area contain fascinating structures including deep water cliffs, caverns, rocky reef walls, sponge gardens and kelp beds.

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson

The popular dive site, Lonsdale Wall, is composed of a series of ledges which mark the edge of the historical course of the Yarra River.  Starting at 15m deep, the ledges drop to 90m and extend for up to 1km. Vertical walls, sheltered caves, ledges and overhangs support dazzling sponge gardens, over 43 species of fish and encrusting algae. Other creatures include corals, anemones, gorgonians, hydroids and sea tulips.

Lonsdale Reef near Point Lonsdale has four visible and recognisable shipwrecks – the iron sailing barques George Roper, Holy head and Gang, and the gold rush steamer Conside (Parks Victoria 2016).

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this seascape photography exercise – I used my new 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.  This was the second time I had used this new camera and lense. I am still getting use to understanding its abilities.  It was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson  NB:  My dear husband took this photo of me – he used my Samsung Galaxy 6 Mobile Phone as I was photographing the surf at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse with my Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame Camera and Lense Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS.

 

 

 

 

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 this particular late afternoon at Point Lonsdale.

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

The experience of feeling fresh sea air brush across our faces, viewing the expanse of the open sea, hearing the waves crash onto the shoreline, and watching the beautiful sunset at Point Lonsdale rejuvenated out bodies and souls.  Photography is just another way I choose to 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 tried, but in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

 

 

 

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© Karen Robinson – April 2017

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

 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 – March 2017

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Photography 2017 – Seascape: “Williamstown/Port Phillip Bay” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ Williamstown Pier.  © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017 Photo of Karen taken by her husband using a Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Once more my hubby and I packed up the photography equipment and headed out for the day! The aim of this photography adventure was to capture seascape scenes along the shoreline of Williamstown, Victoria – Australia.  The first visit was after sunrise, early to mid-morning and mostly around the Williamstown Pier where numerous boats and yachts were anchored within the safe harbour of Port Phillip Bay.  From this advantage point we could see Melbourne’s cityscape in the far background.  My second visit on another day was at a time where I could capture the ‘before and during’ sunrise views.  This time we located ourselves a little further alone from the Williamstown Pier; a location that gave us a clear view across the harbour and allowing us to see some of Melbourne’s cityscape with the Dandenong Ranges deep in the background.

 

 

Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ featuring the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ Passenger Ship at sunrise coming back from its Tasmanian voyage – Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017 – Taken with Sony Camera & Lense

 

 

 

 

ABOUT WILLIAMSTOWN – Today!

 

Williamstown is the oldest continuous settlement on the shores of Port Phillip and is an area rich in maritime history (Parks Victoria 2016).

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this seascape photography exercise and during my first visit to Williamstown, I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots.  The second visit – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a new lense Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS hand-held. It was the first time I had used this new camera and lense, but once I got the hang of it – it was such a pleasure to use.  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ looking back towards Williamstown.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017.  Taken with Sony Camera & Lense.

 

 

 

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.  But considering it was my first time out using my new Sony Camera – I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  The Sony Camera was easy to use and made my old camera feel like a dinosaur in comparison.  Most of the photos required little adjustment out of the camera which was pleasing. But I did decide to turn some into black and white photographs that I had taken on my old camera in order to gain the best raw photographic details – using Lightroom 6.  Please find both above and below the best of what I took during these two days.

 

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  • Williamstown, Victoria – Australia  NB:  Looking out from Williamstown Pier across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne Central Business District
  • Photographed by Karen Robinson taken with Canon Camera & Lense
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  • Williamstown, Victoria – Australia  NB:  Looking out across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne with the Dandenong Ranges in the background
  • Photographed by Karen Robinson taken with Sony Camera & Lense
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Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ featuring a local fisherman at dawn – Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017.  Taken with Sony Camera and Lense.

 

Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ featuring Cargo Container Vessel heading out towards the ‘Heads’ of Port Phillip Bay at sunrise – Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017.  Taken with Sony Camera and Lense.

Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ featuring Cargo Container Vessel heading into towards Melbourne’s Container Terminal at Sun-raise – Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017.  Taken with Sony Camera and Lense.

 

 

 

 

  • Williamstown, Victoria – Australia   NB:  Looking out across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne with the Dandenong Ranges in the background
  • Photographed by Karen Robinson taken with Sony Camera & Lense
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  • Williamstown, Victoria – Australia   NB:  Looking out from the Williamstown Pier across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne Central Business District
  • Photographed by Karen Robinson with Sony Camera & Lense
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Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ Williamstown Pier.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson just after sunrise – http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

Being on location before sunrise and by the sea – was such a beautiful experience.  Watching the sun creep up and over the horizon, releasing its glorious colourful display of golden yellows and mellow oranges was visually breathtaking.  And the fresh salt sea air brushing across our faces made us feel good to be alive!  Thus using photography to improve my sense of wellbeing definitely works for me; we left in high spirits!

Happy photography all!

 

Williamstown, Victoria - Australia 'Port Phillip Bay' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Williamstown, Victoria – Australia ‘Port Phillip Bay’ Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

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 – March 2017

 

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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Lerderderg State Forest” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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Lerderderg, Victoria - Australia 'Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area - Lerderderg State Forest'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria – Australia ‘Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area – Lerderderg State Forest’_Karen Robinson tucked away within the natural vegetation taking photographs of Australian Gum trees.  Photographed by ©Karen Robinson’s husband using a Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – Feb 2017

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture amazing river and bush scenes within the Lerderderg State Forest Park.  It is a 14,250-hectare park located between Bacchus Marsh and Blackwood, an hour’s drive from Melbourne – Australia.  The Lerderderg river itself “has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park” (Parks Victoria 2016). To our surprise, the Lerderderg stony river bed was mostly dry with some occasional small water holes and lagoons to be found – as we ventured by foot along the expansive stony river bed.  My husband explained to me that some 50 years ago and when he was a young man, he would trek this area; and back then – there was no shortage of water flowing through this river’s watercourse way.  It was a shock to view this once mighty river so dry!  We will probably need to come back over winter and at the beginning of spring to see what difference the winter rains have made on this region of Australian bush.   The native wildlife surrounding the river greatly depend upon its water resources for daily sustenance, and this lack of water must mean that animal and bird wildlife would be suffering.  It is a beautiful region to visit; its isolation added to our overall experience, it was a magical day…

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT LERDERDERG STATE FOREST

Lerderderg State Park encompasses scenic and geological gorge formations surrounding the Lerderderg River as well as the volcanic cone of Mount Blackwood.  The adjacent and separate block called the Pyrete Range forms part of the park.  The park is known for its remote setting and the 300 deep Lerderderg River gorge is a dominant feature.  Private land abuts the park to the south and the Wombat State forest abuts to the north and west (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 2017).

A range of vegetation types, including a riparian Blue Gum and Manna Gum community of State significance and 23 significant plant species present in Lerderderg State Park, together with nine significant animal species.  The vegetation changes dramatically from north to south in accordance with the rainfall gradient.  Dry Stringy-bark-box forests are found near the gorge mouth, and Box-Iron-bark woodlands along the high ridges of the south.  There is a change to taller, damper Messmate-Peppermint-Gum Forests along the northern boundary of the park.  The river margins support Blue Gum and Manna Gum, while grevilleas, wattles and hakeas are found in steep and rocky sections.  Late winter and spring are best times to see the spectacular display of wildflowers.  The Lerderderg River is a proclaimed Heritage River and there are 3 reference areas in the park (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 2017).

The Wurundjeri and the Wathaurung are Aboriginal tribes known to have lived in the area.  European occupation of the area commenced during the 1830s when squatters took up large pastoral runs around Bacchus Marsh.  Gold was first discovered at what is now the township of Blackwood, in 1851.  The area was rich in alluvial gold and large nuggets were found chiefly in the bed of the Lerderderg River and its tributaries in what is now the Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 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 to also gain GPS location readings.

 

Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'River Crossing - Lerderderg State Park'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘River Crossing – Lerderderg State Park’_Karen Robinson taking photographs within and along the stony river bed.  Photographed by ©Karen Robinson’s husband_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs.  It was once more a new experience, especially developing the landscape photographs where some of the skyline was over exposed.  A number of the photographs I decided to crop the sky out of the photograph itself. I also decided to turn some into black and white photographs in order to gain the best raw photographic details – using Lightroom 6. Overall though I was happy with my efforts and feel that the essence of the natural Australia bush was captured. Please find both above and below the best of what I took on the day.

 

 

 

MacKenzies Flat, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Lerderderg, Victoria - Australia 'Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area - Lerderderg State Forest'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria – Australia ‘Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area – Lerderderg State Forest’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria - Australia 'Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area - Lerderderg State Forest'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria – Australia ‘Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area – Lerderderg State Forest’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – Feb 2017

 

 

 

Blackwood River Crossing, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'River Crossing - Lerderderg State Park'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘River Crossing – Lerderderg State Park’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

 

 

 

Shaws Lake, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'Shaws Lake - Lerderderg'_Photographed by Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_Feb 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘Shaws Lake – Lerderderg’_Photographed by Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_Feb 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

Another magical day taking landscape photographs.  I would encourage anyone to take up photography as a way of tapping into one’s creativeness; a way to reconnect with nature. Photography as an art form used as therapy – helps to improve one’s sense of well-being and gets a ‘thumbs up’ from me…

Happy photography all!

 

Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'River Crossing - Lerderderg State Park'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘River Crossing – Lerderderg State Park’_Karen standing in the river bed taking photographs. Photographed by ©Karen Robinson’s husband with Samsung Galaxy 6 mobile phone_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

 

 

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© Karen Robinson – March 2017

 

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Photography 2017 – Garden: “Cloudehill Gardens” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  Here in this photograph, I (Karen) was setting up my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod and photographing the lower meadow of Cloudehill where bulb flowers are in bloom.  It was such a pretty location.  Featured in the background is my daughter and son-in-law.  My husband took this photo of me with my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another photography adventure! With my husband, and this time joined by our daughter and son-in-law, it involved visiting the glorious Cloudehill Gardens.  We drove through the highly scenic Dandenongs to reach our destination.  It was hard not to want to just stop every few minutes to photograph this beautiful region of Victoria – Australia. During this garden 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.  The aim of this photography adventure was to gain some experience taking garden photographs during a time of day not ideal – being late morning and over mid-day.  I found it particularly difficult to work out how to shoot sky and garden together without over exposing the sky.  Although shady spots proved to be interesting – as filtered light offered soft lighting photographic opportunities.

 

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.   As I (Karen) was setting up to take this photograph the lighting changed a few times as the clouds covered and uncovered the sun.  At one point the clouds uncovered the sun allowing for it to filter through the over arching tree branches and leaves.  The dappled lighting was just beautiful which help create this wonderful natural tunneling effect.  The location for this particular photograph was just behind the Marquee Lawn area. The trees run alongside of Woolrich Road section of the gardens.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright.

 

 

 

ABOUT CLOUDEHILL GARDENS

 

“Cloudehill Gardens is located at the top of the Dandenongs, has an altitude of 580 metres with deep volcanic loam soil and 1.25 metres of rainfall which falls throughout most of the year with February, March and April being drier.  Sometimes there is a little frost and snow (Cloudehill 2017).  Not many have the chance to make a garden out of an old flower farm.  Cloudehill’s original planting goes back to Jim Woolrich when he began planting shrubs and trees and bulbs for the cut flower market and florist trade in the ’20s.  The flower farm thrived through to the ‘6os then, after 20 years gently resting, Jeremy Francis bought what was now something of a sleeping beauty’s garden and began making Cloudehill in 1992.  Cloudehill’s design derives from Italian renaissance gardens, English arts and crafts gardens, and from contemporary meadow gardening.  Compartments threaded along axes incorporate themes such as ‘expectation and surprise’.  Deep volcanic soil and moist mild weather allow plants to achieve majestic proportions; for example, the two weeping maples at the heart of the garden.  These glorious trees are historic, they came from Japan in 1928″ (Cloudehill 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs.  It was once more a new experience, especially developing the garden photographs where some of the skyline was over exposed.  A number of the photographs I decided to crop the sky out of the photograph itself. I also decided to turn one into a black and white photograph in order to gain the best raw photographic details using Lightroom 6. Overall though I was happy with my efforts and feel that the essence of a beautiful garden was captured. Please find both above and below the best of what I took on the day.

 

 

OLINDA, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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FLOWER BEDS AND GARDEN FEATURES – Locations (throughout)

 

 

 

 

HEDGES, LAWNS AND GARDEN FEATURES – Location Quadrangle (I)

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMER HOUSE – Location (H)

 

 

 

 

SUMMER HOUSE WALK – Location (H)

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  This particular photograph I decided to turn into a black and white.  I (Karen) had a problem with the skyline being over exposed and I had read that these kind of photographs can make good B & W’s.  So I gave it a go.  I do love all the different textures of the plantings and how the light and shade have a wonder creative effect.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

FLOWERING BULBS & GRASSES – Location (S)

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  During the processing of these photographs I (Karen) decided to experiment with a black and white look but keeping the colour of the flowers prominent within the image.  To soften the overall look I also added some post-crop vignette which I think works well.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

COOL AND WARM BORDERS, PATHWAYS AND ARCHES – Locations (T – J – E)

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEECH WALK THROUGH TREES AND GARDEN FEATURES – Location (R)

 

 

 

 

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  The Beech Walk (R) was just so beautiful.  Looking through this tree-lined pathway down towards my daughter and her husband who had strolled ahead of us, just seemed to be the perfect photo.  The dappled light that manage to creep through the over arching trees made this photograph seem intimate and personal I feel.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DAY

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  This is my favourite photograph of the day that I took!   It is located just near the Summer House (H).  The lighting and leaf foliage is just beautiful and I think because I was standing up on a pathway that looked down over this area, just gave the photograph a more interesting perspective.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

 

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CONCLUSION

This day was more than just a time where I got to spend together as a family, it was also a time where we remembered my husband’s brother, also being my daughter’s Uncle who had passed away late last year 2016.  These moments truly reinforce that we only have a short time in this world and I am trying to spend it well…

 

“In memory of Greg Robinson – a lover of fauna and flora”

 

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© Karen Robinson – February 2017

 

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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Mickleham and Beveridge Farmlands” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Beveridge - Old Sydney Road, Victoria - Australia - photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.

Beveridge – Old Sydney Road, Victoria – Australia © Karen Robinson – Jan 2017.  Karen photographed getting set up to take photographs with her EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera.  It was late afternoon, the ‘golden hour’ time of day and during Australia’s summer time. NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This was my second serious landscape photography adventure! And once more my dear husband came with me to help with lugging some of the equipment, to assist with the driving, and to keep me company.  He’s good company my hubby.  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 for one short video.  The aim of this photography adventure was to gain some experience taking ‘golden hour‘ landscape photographs around sunset.

 

 

Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham Farmland, Victoria – Australia.  Photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  Australian Gum Trees line and arch over a road leading to isolated farm houses within the Mickleham area.

 

 

We ventured out into Mickleham and Beveridge farmlands located just on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.  Being summertime – the farmland landscape is mostly dry golden grass fields, dotted with Australia Gum trees, and various large water holes filled to their capacity.  There is the occasional sighting of cattle and sheep with the sounds of a variety of Australian native wild birds soaring within the darkening blue skies. As the sun starting setting, it shed a simmering of soft warm light across the wide expanse of these farmlands.  It took two separate occasions for me to gain the photographs I wanted to achieve.

 

 

WEDGED-TAILED EAGLE VIDEO.

During our driving around the Mickleham farmland area, my husband spotted on a fence post, a large beautiful Wedged-tailed Eagle.  I managed to quickly video the eagle before it took flight into the high winds. These birds were once considered as pests by farmers. It was thought that they use to prey on their sheep.  This was found not to be the case; often the Wedged-tailed Eagle was just feasting on already dead sheep carcasses.  They are now a fully protected species in all Australian states and territories (Bush Heritage Australia 2017).

NB:  Sorry about the quality of the video – had to do it very quickly and forgot to focus my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone!

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs.  It was once more a new experience, especially developing the sunset photographs.  Please find below the best of what I took on those days.

 

 

Beveridge, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Mickleham, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham – Farmland – photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  Looking out into the farmland grass fields with the sun to the left at the beginning of the ‘golden hour’.  The sunlight hits the side of a shed sitting at the top of a hill to the right.  Featured in the valley, a large waterhole filled to its capacity.

 

 

 

Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham – Farmland – photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  Looking through a row of Australian Gum trees at the ‘golden sun’ setting on the crest of a grass field sloop.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH SLIDE-SHOW

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CONCLUSION

We had such a lovely experience together my husband and I watching the sunset on the horizon as the day came to a close. Immersing ourselves into the golden coloured farmlands, and re-experiencing nature’s beauty and peacefulness was a great pleasure.  And then having had the opportunity to take photographs, just seemed to be a bonus.

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