Photography 2017 – Garden: “Tesselaar Tulip Festival” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

For a lover of colour and photography, Tesselaar Tulip Festival gave me the opportunity to photograph swathes of beautiful blooming tulips.  Despite a late start this year, the lovely warm weather had resulted in a stunning display of tulips for all to appreciate.  The Tulip Farm is situated within Silvan’s soft rolling hills. With my husband, daughter and son-in-law we meandered through what seemed to be an overcrowding of these fields. It was a Sunday, and people had come from far and wide to see the tulips before the end of their season.  At one point, it felt like there were more people than tulips!  I managed to be able to take some photographs I was happy with on the day…

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE DUTCH ARRIVE IN SILVAN – ALONG WITH THEIR TULIP BULB

In 1939 Cees and Johanna Tesselaar arrived in the Dandenong Ranges from Holland. They had left on their wedding day and brought with them little else except a willingness to work hard and a love of Tulips (see the About Tesselaar page for more information). Over the next few years they settled into the area and began growing Tulips. News of their “little piece of Holland” spread and so many of the ‘Dutchies’ who arrived during the 1950s flood of immigrants headed straight for the Tesselaar farm where they found a place to stay and a steady job. Many of these people stayed in the area and began their own farms so that today the area is dominated by the “Dutchies” and their beloved Tulips. (It is also the home of the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival).

Thanks to the many stories like these being mirrored around all around the globe, the popularity of the Tulip remains strong almost world-wide. Thankfully today there is also a ready international supply of the bulbs to ensure that these graceful and elegant blooms are readily affordable for most gardeners.” (Tesselaar 2017).

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this 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 Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

MY PICK OF THE DAY PHOTOGRAPH

My favourite photograph I took on the day is featured here below.  It is the best of the close-up photographs.  I like how the background is darkish which in turns helps to highlight the wonderful colour and form of the in-focus tulips.

 

 

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY APPROACH

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 two photographs where I used the ‘Clarity’ setting in the ‘Development Module’ within Lightroom 6, as a tool to ‘mystify’ the image.

 

 

 

 

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 travel and photography adventure!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

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!  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 – October 2017

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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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 PICK OF THE DAY PHOTOGRAPH

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.

 

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY APPROACH

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.

 

 

 

 

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 travel and photography adventure!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

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

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

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

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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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.

 

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 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 PICK OF THE DAY PHOTOGRAPH

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.

 

 

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY APPROACH

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!

 

 

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 travel and photography adventure!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

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

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

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

Photography 2017 – Seascape: “The Great Ocean Road – Part One” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Spending time with my husband taking photographs along part of The Great Ocean Road around townships of Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Lorne – Victoria, Australia was such a pleasure.  I enjoyed taking photographs of the seascape while my husband enjoyed using his new binoculars to search out the local wildlife.  On this particular winter’s day the weather was perfect!  As we travelled along this scenic iconic road, we discovered stunning beaches and ocean views.  The fresh, softly blowing sea air, filled our ageing lungs; the whole experience rejuvenated our bodies and souls…

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this seascape 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

Here below are three of my favourite photographs that I took on this particular photography adventure.  Each drawing the eye into the middle scene with interesting landmarks to give the image overall character and interest.

 

 

The above photograph was taken at Point Addis looking towards Bells Beach which is halfway between Torquay and Anglesea – Victoria, Australia.  I managed to capture the shimmer of the morning sun across the ocean while still managing to keep all the foreground vegetation features.

 

 

The above photograph was taken at Aireys Inlet.  The winding gravel path through green shrubbery lead up to Split Point Lighthouse – Victoria, Australia.  I love the cloud formation and how the lighthouse peers above the shrubbery.  Having a person strolling into the depth of the photograph offers perspective.

 

 

The above photograph was taken at Lorne near the mouth of the Erskine River.  Peering through Pine trees I was able to capture a mirror image of the Golden Monterey Cypress trees.

 

 

 

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

A couple of the photographs taken on the day were better off as black and white images.  The first being a dog that scampered across the water at Aireys Inlet.  The other a view from a sand dune looking towards Point Grey at Lorne, Victoria – Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 travel and photography adventure!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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