Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Dunkeld – Mount Abrupt” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

On our way back home from Warrnambool to Melbourne after spending a number of photography adventure days photographing around the region, we stopped to take some photographs of Mount Abrupt, Dunkeld, Victoria – Australia.  The day was overcast with grey skies but I tried my best to capture and develop photographs that highlighted the beauty of this region and the majesty of the mountain peek itself!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find here 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 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Acheron – Goulburn River Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

Some of our photography adventures take us to places where my hubby can do a spot of fishing.  One of his favourite locations is Acheron, Victoria – Australia where the Goulburn River runs closely alongside local farming properties.  While hubby fished I photographed points of interest along the well-trodden path beside the river.  It was a beautiful spring day, the temperature just right for being out-and-about.  No fish for dinner but still a most enjoyable photography adventure for sure!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find here 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 – October 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…

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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Strath Creek – Valley of a Thousand Hills” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During our driving trip up to Bright, Victoria – Australia, we stopped at a number of scenic spots during this photography adventure. Our very first stop for the day was a spontaneous one!  We stopped to take photographs at the Murchison Gap Lookout. I was able to capture a magnificent sunrise with early morning mist drifting throughtout the valleys.  It’s a region titled Valley of a Thousand Hills. Cool blue skies and early morning golden sunlight bathed the region giving it a mystical feel and look.  It was truly a beautiful sight.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find here 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 – September 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…

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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Scenic Drive to Bright” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During our driving trip up to Bright, Victoria – Australia, we stopped at a number of scenic spots during this photography adventure. Our first stop was at a farm on Snow River Road, Markwood where old gum trees were growing in a shallow pond that was supporting local native wildlife. We then took a small detour along Nug Nug Road, Nug Nug where we discovered cattle happily grazing on bright green pastures that were backdropped by heavily forested mountain ranges, set far in the distance.  Then onto Myrtleford next to the Ovens River.  Here my hubby discovered a beautiful part of the river. Freshly melted aqua blue snow from distant mountains flowed endlessly across river rocks making them bright orange.  From here it was onto Mount Buffalo along Mount Buffalo Road up in the high mountains to the Mount Buffalo Lookout region. We found stunning panoramic views across valleys and beyond.  On our way back home we eventually stopped at Bright. We had a great dinner at the local hotel and then back home later that evening.  It was a very big day for us both but I was able to capture photographs of our beautiful Victoria – Australia at one of the best times of the year-end…

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, 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 – September 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…

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Photography 2019 – Street: “Stairwells – Light and Shade Abstraction” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Stairwell: The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery Ballarat “

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure was not going to be about taking photographs, so I thought beforehand, it was going to be about visiting and exploring the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.  A short drive to Ballarat, Victoria – Australia with hubby lead to walking from one location to another viewing many artists photography works.  During this outing, it required us to walk up many flights of stairs, all historical and interesting.  I was inspired to take a set of photographs of them as the lighting within these stairwells was just so beautiful. In taking these photographs I found the light and shade helping to create forms of abstraction. Once again – it was with my iPhone but so enjoyable and easy – an on the go creative endeavour…

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Town Hall”

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – I only used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Regent Cinemas”

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Regent Cinemas”

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Town Hall”

 

“Stairwell: The Art Gallery of Ballarat”

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat National Centre for Photography”

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about doing Street Photography of a sort, I found interesting and a wonderful way to be creative!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – September 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Street: “Melbourne City” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Man re-arranging hats…”

 

INTRODUCTION

This wasn’t a planned photography adventure but a welcome change from my usual creative endeavours!  On my way to meeting up with a friend for lunch within the heart of Melbourne CBD, Victoria – Australia, I had a little bit of time on my hands before meeting up and I decided to take some street photography style shots.  I only had my iPhone with me on this day but it was for me a better choice of photography equipment.  Most people these days use mobile phones for photography and don’t become distracted by another in a crowd using one.  So it meant people just went about their daily business unconcerned about me taking photographs.  I found it very interesting and provided me with a new photography challenge trying to work out what worked and what didn’t…

 

“Mother and daughter making a big decision…”

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – I only used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

“Man with a suitcase…”

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

“Shadow city walkers…”

 

“Lunchtime in a big city…”

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about doing Street Photography in a big city is challenging but very interesting and a wonderful way to be creative!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – September 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…

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Photography 2019 – Seascape: “St. Kilda Pier – Port Phillip Bay” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During this photography adventure hubby and I visited the St. Kilda Pier at Port Phillip Bay, Victoria – Australia, not once but twice in the one day!  We came during the earlier morning where the light was soft and blue and during the late afternoon with members of the Craigieburn Camera Club to photograph the sunset where the light was golden.  We really enjoyed our time at this location.  During the earlier morning there were only a few local people populating the Pier and surrounding area but by mid to late afternoon, the area was crowded with tourists out-and-about enjoying this iconic Melbourne location.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.  NB:  And part of the photography equipment as featured below is us – and especially my dear hubby who helps lug around the equipment for me!

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, 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 – September 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 – Landscape: “Wallan – Yellow Fields of Canola” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

On this day, one beautiful spring morning, I decided to visit the region of Wallan, Victoria – Australia.  During the year, my hubby and I regularly drive past these fields on our way to visit our daughter and her family.  During September magnificent Canola fields of bright yellow stretch out across the landscape as far as the eye can see.  I have always wanted to see if I could photograph them while they looked their best!  The morning light was beautiful and we were able to drive to a location where mountains could be included in the composition along with a scattering of clouds set against pretty blue skies.  A mini photography adventure

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, 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 – September 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!

ARTIST TALK 2019: “Artist Talk – Road Trauma” Presentation at TAC written and presented by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

Late last year 2018, I had offered the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) a series of 7 (is actually now 9 ) paintings I had done about my road trauma experience and about my grieving process.  About how painting for myself, group art therapy, creative writing and volunteer speaking played a major role in helping me improve my sense of wellbeing.  How it gave me meaning and purpose to my life.

 

Earlier this year 2019, Stephanie Wood of TAC Geelong whom I have known since 2010 when I first exhibited some of my paintings at TAC’s ‘Picture This Exhibition – Melbourne’ – asked if I would like to do an Artist Talk. Stephanie also asked if I wouldn’t mind speaking about my volunteer speaking I had done for the first 5 years with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) and about the paid work I now undertake with the organisation. I was pleased to agree and grateful for such an opportunity! The presentation also included a live broadcast to TAC staff at their Melbourne Office as well.  Afterwards, I did a short podcast with Stephanie about the presentation on the day that could be viewed by staff members who were unable to attend and may be interested in viewing the PowerPoint Presentation and listen to the podcast at their leisure. NB:  Please find said podcast here below.

 

 

 

There were approximately 35 plus TAC staff in attendance between the Geelong and Melbourne Offices. They were genuinely attentive and asked many questions at the end of the presentation, which was very pleasing for me personally.  It was truly an honour to have had such an opportunity! Both Stephanie and my dear hubby Mark supported me before, during and afterwards which was greatly appreciated.  NB:  Please find towards the end of this blog the ‘Artist Talk – Road Trauma’ presentation slides and basic presentation wording I delivered on that day.

 

 

After the presentation, Stephanie took us to the area where all seven paintings were hung. Mark and I were blown away with the fact that Stephanie had all the paintings professionally hang with accompanying painting stories within the corporate part of TAC head office Geelong.  They looked amazing – it was thrilling for us to see them on the walls of TAC!  At last these paintings have found a good home where they will be viewed by many and hopefully help with conveying the importance of being a safe and responsible road user.

 

NB:  Recently Mark and I delivered to Stephanie Wood at TAC Geelong the two last paintings that now form 9 paintings in the series (painting no. 58 ‘A State of Mind’ and painting no. 60 ‘For One’s Wellbeing!’).

 

 

 

‘ARTIST TALK – ROAD TRAUMA’ POWER-POINT PRESENTATION SLIDES

Here below are the Power-Point Presentation slides and the wording that I basically presented on the day. During the live presentation, I did add additional information as needed and/or as seemed appropriate for the audience.

 

Slide 1: Introduction

Today I have been asked to speak about my artwork and about RTSSV. I have to confess – that it had me really thinking before coming here today, about how best to put together a presentation that was inclusive of both subjects! I have chosen to use a timeline throughout this presentation which expands over a 10 year period. At times these endeavours of mine have been very challenging – but have definitely been most worthy undertakings.  They have been a lifeline that has transformed my life, and thus influenced my relationships with others in a most positive and fruitful way. I came across a quote the other day on Facebook that stated this:

“One day you will tell your story, of how you’ve overcome, what you are going through now, and it will become part of someone’s survival guide.” I feel the work that RTSSV’s volunteers and paid staff do – does just that – for many within our community.

November 2008, my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma, and I became his carer during the twelve-month period of his chemotherapy and recovery process. On the 5th November 2009, just twelve months on, our 25-year-old son Ben was killed in a single-vehicle car crash. I poured all my effects into painting as a way of being able to stay sane!  When I look back over my paintings and re-read the accompanying stories, I realise now, that I was using painting to work through a torrid of emotions. This process of painting and writing the corresponding story for each painting – became a very powerful tool to express emotions and feelings that were too hard to say out loud.

NB:  Here below I have included a short video that was produced by TAC about my art practices and about why I paint.  I didn’t show it during my presentation but feel it appropriate to include within this blog.

 

 

Slide 2:  Road Trauma Story

My family’s road trauma story began on Friday the 5th of November 2009. Early that morning, a knock at the front door, revealed a young police officer who asked me, was I Karen Robinson, Ben’s mum and I said yes.  With words that stumbled around, he said they were not sure, they had the right address.  He then stated that Ben, my son had been killed in a single-car crash.  Ben was 25, travelling at 140 kilometres per hour on a straight stretch of country road, in the early hours of the morning, with a BAC level of .08, hit a kangaroo, lost control of his vehicle, hit two trees and was killed instantly – the coroner’s report stated.  I want to say here, that he was not a bad person, he was well-loved and liked by many, but he did engage in risky driver behaviour for many years, and on the night of his death, made some choices that tragically cost him his life.  Ben is greatly missed and especially by me – his mum, his dad and sister. My family’s grieving process was different, for the each of us, but for myself, I wanted to see if I could connect with like-minded people – to give purpose and meaning to my life that had been completely shattered, by the sudden and tragic loss of our son Ben. Connecting with RTSSV proved to be, one of many steps I undertook during this decade journey of mine. RTSSV’s Volunteer speaker training back in 2011, lead me to spend 5 years as a volunteer speaker, sharing my life experience with road trauma, at Road Trauma Awareness seminars to repeat road traffic offenders – people just like my son. Someone asked me one day “you must feel great after sharing your story” and I thought at the time that, that was not the case.  After thinking about it for some time, I thought it was the worthiest of tasks I do in my life and still is! What has enhanced this journey of mine has been also through the paid work that I now do with RTSSV.  My volunteering has led to opportunities given to me by the organisation, to undertake the role of Regional Coordinator and RTAS Facilitator.  The RC role entails connecting me with other facilitators and other volunteer speakers.  My job is to help them stay connected regionally and with head office, help with training and give support where needed.  My role as an RTAS Facilitator is to facilitator sessions about road safety and road trauma, for traffic offender participants, in the hope they will become, safer and more responsible road users in the future.  It also gives me the opportunity to present at Schools, local businesses, and at Community Road Safety Forums.

 

Slide 3:  Using painting and storytelling about grief, loss and despair – the beginning…

PAINTING   45A – Title      “The Life of Our Son Ben” Acrylic on Canvas  Jan 10/June 10    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: Our only son Ben was born on the 16/11/83 and died in a car crash 5/11/09 at the age of just 25, just before his 26th birthday.  I had to do a painting to celebrate his life.  To know that the time Ben was here with us was a treasure shared with so many. Ben was loved and cherished and will be missed so much by all but mostly by us his mum being me, his dad and sister. In memory of Ben and his life with us – we love you, Ben. Each band of colour represents a year of Ben’s life from a baby, toddlerhood, small child, older child, teenager through to becoming a fully grown young man. Each colour represents the different emotions, feelings, experiences, growth Ben achieved in his 26 years with us. The spheres represent the worlds of people he had in his life from his own family of us (mum, dad and sister and his sister’s partner and now husband), extended family of nana, pa, aunties, uncles and cousins, work colleagues, first love, last love, other girlfriends and the best of mates.  In loving memory of our Ben…

PAINTING   45B – Title      “The Death of Our Son Ben”  Acrylic on Canvas  Jan /Jun 2010    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: Our son Ben was killed on the 5/11/09 in a car accident. Ben had just finished a 7-day shift at the Fosterville Gold Mines in Bendigo and was out with his Crew 3 work colleagues at their local drinking haunt. At approximately 1.30am Thursday morning they headed off from the bar to home. Ben was able to get a cab but his boss was not able to get one. His boss said for Ben to take the taxi and he would start walking home. Ben reached home safely but was concerned about his boss walking home alone. It was then that Ben decided to get into his car and go and pick up his boss and drive him home. This was a fatal decision Ben made. After picking up his boss, Ben headed back home via the road back to his work. This road was out through bush and farmland and Kangaroo area. At approximately 1.30am Ben travelling at approximately 140 kilometres and over .08 hit a kangaroo. Ben lost control of his car and at high speed collided into trees set on the side of the road. Ben was killed instantly. It was not until approximately 5am that Ben was discovered by one of Fosterville Gold Mine People. Ben made a terrible decision to get into his car that night but for a good reason to ensure his boss got home safely. When we went up to see where Ben had his crash it was incredibly emotional, distressing and heartbreaking. The decision to do a painting of Ben’s crash was all about trying to communicate to all young people about drinking and driving and how in just one split second, a life can be taken. That a young life taken is such a tragedy and that so many other people’s lives are deeply affected and changed forever as well for this loss. This painting shows the split-second of our son Ben’s death. The impact of his car of silver and crimson into the trees, the shattering of his car and his life. The road through what is very beautiful county Victoria, a strange contrast to the tragedy we were all facing! The blue in the crash is our boy’s soul, the gold is our treasured son and the blue triangles are his sole reaching for the night heavens. There is the road stretching into the distance and the gums in the bush fields.

 

Slide 4:  TAC Picture This Exhibition opportunity to show paintings…

November 2010, I participated in the TAC exhibition called “Picture This” along with other artists who had somehow been affected by road trauma.  It was located at Atrium Fed Square – Melbourne, Australia.  The exhibition provided people who had been affected by road trauma to use the artistic expression, whether it was drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography or textiles, to share their experiences.  The exhibitions showcased artwork by people who have either taken up art since being involved in a transport accident or who were artists before their accident (TAC 2019). Making the decision to be part of TAC’s “Picture This” 2010 was both difficult and important for myself and for my family.  When I painted these paintings, it was very much for me.  I was painting my way through my grief.  It was a way of being able to express my thoughts and emotions which I found very difficult to say out loud.  Our family were deeply sad during this period of time in our lives; and at times, just talking to each other was at times almost too hard to do.  So for me, painting became a form of therapy, I way to tell my story about grief, loss and heartache.

 

Slide 5:  Trying to accept our son’s death…

PAINTING   45C – Title “The Loss of Our Son Ben” Acrylic on Canvas  Jan/June 2010    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: This painting was all about the loss of our son.  The deep grief of this loss and the terrible emptiness felt by us.  How we felt that without Ben we were left with nothing of his future.  No hope, no marriage, no children of his and no Heritage of our son forthcoming.  As parents the loss of our only son is unrecoverable.  There is only the past we have of him which we will cherish forever but no present and no future. I was only hoping by painting this that young people could understand more fully about the issues of ‘drink driving’. Our son was just like any other young man who was trying to make a life for himself.  But tragically Ben was not able to continue on with his.  Hopefully, we may be able to save a young person’s life by sharing our son’s tragedy.

PAINTING   45D – Title      “Rest in Peace Ben”       Acrylic on Canvas  Jan11 /June 2011    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: It was not until earlier in 2010, that we were able to place Ben’s ashes and plaque at Fawkner Memorial Park. At the time, the roses were not in bloom, the grounds were dry and colourless and the day was cloudy and grey. It was a very sad, solemn day for us as parents and for Ben’s sister and her partner. Later that same year, we returned on the 5th November 2010, the first anniversary of Ben’s death. On this day of sad memories of Ben and our hearts full of grief, we found ourselves visiting a strangely beautiful place. The sky was bright blue; the colourful roses were in full bloom! The old elms trees were still bare but just starting to bud again. And all the shrubbery and grass was green again after the winter rains. We placed fresh flowers, in the small vase, set on his plaque and sat on the small seat overlooking the beautiful garden. We were one year on….it made it no easier to bare, the loss of our son, but we gained a small comfort, that he was at peace in a beautiful place, that we had done everything possible to pay respect to his memory. Ben would be in our hearts and minds forever. In this painting, I have tried to capture this spirit of our day, Ben’s first anniversary. I needed to remember Ben, at peace in a beautiful place….for my sake … as his mum…..I couldn’t paint another painting full of pain, I wanted to be able to look at this painting and think of the beautiful day, we spent remembering him, remembering our son and the 26 years, Ben was in our lives. Ben was killed in a motor vehicle crash, just outside of Bendigo 5th November 2009, at the age of 25 just before his 26th Birthday – In memory of Ben…

 

Slide 6:  Another form of therapy – volunteer speaking…

At the beginning of 2011, I undertook the volunteer training process. It also became a form of therapy and an important part of my life and still is. Volunteers play a significant role within RTSSV with many having personal experiences of road trauma and the impact it has on people’s lives. For a 5 year period, I shared my family’s road trauma life experience at RTAS sessions.  RTAS participants can be one-time road traffic offenders but most often are repeat road traffic offenders directed by (1) the Magistrates Courts to attend; (2) Solicitors pre-court attendance; (3) Community Corrections; (4) and some self-referred.  The volunteer’s story has proven to have the greatest impact on the participants in getting them to rethink about their risky driver behaviour, and in turn, this will hopefully save lives, reduce serious injury and reduce the ripple effect caused by road trauma.

 

Slide 7:  Using painting as a way of expressing feelings and thoughts…

PAINTING   45E – Title      “Reaching out to Sons” Acrylic on Canvas   Jan 11 /Jun 2011    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: This painting has been inspired by  “Road Trauma Awareness Seminars” and the people who attend them. There are 15 black circles, each being a driver and within the circle of colours. The black circles (participants) sit around a set of tables, all looking towards the presenters. The SES presenter is in the high left-hand side of this painting, with the RTSSV Educator, down at the front next to SES presenter. And there is me, Ben’s mum, telling my family’s Road Trauma Story. I painted myself in grey because it is very hard to tell my story. I have my arms in pearl white and reaching out to these sons, sons just like my son Ben. The circle of colour placed up on the top right corner of the painting is part of my presentation and is the ripple effect of Ben’s death. Ben being the centre with the ripples coming out, like when you drop a pebble into a pond and the water ripples out! Within this ripple effect are Ben’s Dad, Mum (me), his Sister and her Partner, his Girlfriend, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Best of Mates, his Work Mates, Previous Work Mates, Old School Friends and people I have come to understand have also been affected by road trauma; the workmate whom found Ben dead at the scene of the crash; the police officer who came to our home’s front door in Melbourne and told us Ben had been killed, the police officer who attended Ben’s crash, the SES people who removed Ben out of his car, the ambulance driver who took Ben to the Coroners, the Coroner and many others within our communities. The colours in the painting are about how these drivers (mainly men), how they come into the room full of life and hope. We share a solemn message about the outcomes of road trauma – death and serious injury. But the team of “Road Trauma Awareness” are reaching out, to try and get these drivers to change their driver behaviour in the hope that they don’t end up like Ben – my son.

PAINTING   45F – Title      “A Fractured Life”       Acrylic on Canvas         Feb /Oct 2012    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: The black square in the centre of the right top corner is the grief I hold in my life for my son’s loss.  The shapes coming out from his grief is my life as it was then, fractured!  It no longer fit the way it did before.  My life would never be the same.  To say I needed to build a new life…doesn’t fit either.  The loss of my son had left a gaping hole in my heart.

 

Slide 8:  Work or study?

2011 – 2013 “Advanced Diploma of Justice” – Equips the student with skills for employment in supervisory or management positions within the justice industry
2 years of full-time study 2011-2013 – thankfully achieved with High Distinction 

 

Slide 9:  Volunteer speaking and study leading into paid work opportunities…

2014 “Regional Coordinator Training” – The role consists of training, supervising, supporting
volunteer speakers and RTAS facilitators, also making connections with regional road safety stakeholders (RTSSV 2014) – completed and still in the role today 2019.

2015 “Group Facilitator Training” – Areas concluded: The impact of road trauma the RTAS program, supporting volunteers, dealing with challenging behaviours and delivery of the program (RTSSV 2015) – completed and still in the role today 2019.

From 2014 I have facilitated approximately 150 RTAS sessions consisting of approximately 1,500 participants!

 

Slide 10:  Getting to the other side of loss and looking for better days…

PAINTING   58 – Title  “A State of Mind”  Acrylic on Canvas                      Dec 2014      100cms Length  x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story:  This painting was inspired by a sketch I did during an art therapy session in August 2014. During the session, our art therapy facilitator asked us to sketch within 5mins about ‘how we feel right now’.  My life, my state of mind right at that moment was best described as being more ‘cup half full’ as opposed to being half empty during earlier years.  The bright yellow is representative of sunny feelings; the blue and green colours representing cooler feelings and emotions; the orange and red being representative of rage and/or being upset; and lastly the black is representative of the loss of my son and the sorrowful feelings I have which will never go away.  During my art therapy session, I explained that my sketch and now in this painting, once turned upside-down, is representative of some days where it is not all sunny, they can be dark and looming such as the early years after the loss of my son. But these kind of days were few and far between now, as it had been nearly five years on since the loss of my son Ben in 2009 (it was August 2014 at the time the sketch was done).  Within the painting itself, I created scaffolding type lines in black which signify how my daily life, months, and years can be complicated by depression and anxiety. But I am in a much better place now than I have been My wellbeing has improved greatly with the use of art and creative writing therapy.

PAINTING  60 – Title   “Brick Wall”                        Acrylic on Canvas          May 2015      100cms Length  x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: We get a life to build and each brick in that wall of life represents our struggles and our successes – our human endeavours.  In my wall, the black represents grief, despair and sadness, the yellow represents sunny joyous happy days, the orange/red represents anger and frustration, the pink represents passion and love, the green represents steadiness and security, the brown represents the ‘done-and-dusted’ and the forgotten, the grey represents dullness and boredom, the purple represents adventure and secrets I have shared, and the pale blue represents ‘the sky’s the limit’!

 

Slide 11:  Being thankful to those who helped me through my journey

PAINTING   64 – Title: “For One’s Wellbeing” Acrylic on Canvas         Feb 2016                                                                                         90cms Length x 90cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: This painting titled “For One’s Well-being” has been inspired by the groups of people I have brought into my life through activities such as Art Therapy and Creative Writing provided by Mind Australia; and also my volunteering and paid work that I do with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.  For the sake of my own well-being, I have found over a course of time, that being part of community groups such as these organisations, has truly helped me gain a better sense of well-being.  Within the comfort and security of such organisations, I have witnessed how people have been empowered to voice their feelings, share, reveal, support, encourage each other during times of great difficulty alongside professional support systems. I have also witnessed how when participants choose to come and join such organisations they grow strong and more able to deal with day to day difficulties and I am one of those people. My painting 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 such as my dear husband and my darling daughter, friends, workmates and community group members who have been an integral part of my life over recent years and all have contributed to my ability to reach a healthy mindset.  It also includes TAC! 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.

 

Slide 12:  About Road Trauma Support Services Victoria

 

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation contributing to the safety and wellbeing of road users (RTSSV 2019).

Counselling:  Our counsellors are specially trained to help people manage the thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with road trauma.  Our counselling sessions are – free of charge – confidential – unlimited in number. You do not need a referral to access our services.  Sessions may be conducted face-to-face or by telephone.  Our clients include bereaved families, friends and colleagues; injured people and carers; drivers and passengers; and people who were first on the scene – witnesses, citizens who offered assistance, and emergency service workers.  This service is fully funded by TAC (RTSSV 2019).

Education:  We deliver a range of educational services that reach more than a thousand people each year.  For traffic offenders – Road Trauma Awareness Seminars are delivered in conjunction with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria – as part of traffic offenders sentencing options.  These seminars now 10 years on are delivered at over 30 locations across Victoria each month.  We also present varying other programs at schools, community and corporate organisations and sporting clubs (RTSSV 2019).

 

Slide 13:  Voices of those who have been somehow impacted by road trauma…

 

Volunteer Speakers – people who have been personally impacted by road trauma play a critical role in our education programs. They undertake a training program with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria that is especially designed to assist them in preparation to become a speaker (RTSSV 2019). They are also able to receive ongoing support from Road Trauma Support Services’ counselling team, when and if they feel the need to! Volunteers share their deeply personal life experiences with road trauma, to help address the attitudes and behaviours of road users. This sharing of theirs is without a doubt, a most worthy community contribution, and we should all be grateful, for their selfless generosity…

 

Slide 14:  Time for Remembering Event…

The 3rd Sunday of November is the World Day of Remembrance for people who have life experiences with road trauma!  It allows attendees to commemorate the lives of loved ones lost on our roads, celebrates their lives and gives thanks for those who survived. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to those agencies and individuals who work tirelessly to reduce the road toll and the associated trauma and grief (RTSSV 2019).

11.45am for a 12pm start
Sunday 17 November 2019
At Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
RSVP by Friday 15 November 2019 to office.manager@rtssv.org.au
Phone:  1300 367 797

 

Slide 15:  Get involved – Shine a Light on Road Safety Event…

RTSSV is the driving force behind the ‘Shine a Light on Road Safety’ yearly national campaign – alongside the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.  It’s a way for the organisation to highlight the importance of the work that we do, and the part we play in road safety.  Please come and join us in our campaign to raise awareness, to stop deaths and injuries on our roads, and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma.  You can support road safety by during Shine a Light week – landmarks across Australian are illuminated in yellow for road safety; Illuminations:  Monday 6th May to Sunday 12 May 2019 – perhaps you could look at having landmarks illuminated in your area? On Friday 10 May 2019 turn on your headlights to demonstrate a commitment to road safety; and join the community walk and BBQ from 11am to 1pm on Sunday 5 May 2019 at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne (RTSSV 2019). SUPPORTER – TAC

 

Side 16:  Conclusion and question time  – and there were many – just so good!

My volunteering experience with this organisation RTSSV has been lifesaving for sure! It has improved my sense of self-worth after our family’s tragic event. It helped me rebuild and re-energized my life to give it meaning and purpose. It has given me opportunities to connect and develop meaningful relationships with likeminded people, and opportunities to take up training to enhance existing skills, and learn new ones.

As a mother, a wife, a grandmother, a friend, a work colleague and community member – I am truly appreciative of this and thank you…

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

In conclusion to this blog and now some 9 years on since the death of my son Ben, I have with the support of so many people been able to achieve much that has been important to me and my family.  My dear husband who has been clear of cancer now for these years is enjoying good health for his age.  My darling sweet daughter married a good man and they now have a beautiful little girl who we care for two days a week while my daughter works. Our little granddaughter brings us much joy into our daily lives.  Life is good and we are very grateful for what we have in our lives.  The loss of our son and his memory is never too far away in my thoughts, but I know he would be pleased to see we are all doing the best we can.  Love and miss you my dearest son – wish you were here to enjoy this life…sincerely your mum…

 

In memory of our beautiful son Ben – © Karen Robinson – Sept 2019

No. 1 of 5 Creative Writing - Poem Titled 'Crying Roses' written and photographed by Karen Robinson 5th November 2015.JPG

No. 1 of 5 Creative Writing – Poem Titled ‘Crying Roses’ written and photographed by Karen Robinson 5th November 2015.JPG

 


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Photography 2019 – Street: “Docklands from Marvel Stadium to Southern Cross Railway Station” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This was an unexpected, unplanned photography adventure.  We had just finished watching the Australian Boomers playing the USA Basketball team at Marvel Stadium when on our way from the Stadium to the Southern Cross Railway Station, I decided to take some photographs on my iPhone.  Only had my iPhone as no cameras were allowed in the Stadium with the exception of our mobile phone cameras.  Some of the 52,000 people who attended the game were now heading along a pathway to the station to catch a train back home.  I have to admit, I do love street photography but it can be a little intimidating for both me as the photographer and for some of those who find themselves within the shot.  What I liked most about this experience was the ease of being able to take a photograph on my iPhone, even though the quality of said isn’t the same as my Sony Camera and lens, it just makes the whole process much easier to do.  Featured within these photographs are people from all walks of life who came together to watch a game of basketball; and the wonderful architecture that can be found within this region of the city of Melbourne, Victoria – Australia.  Its got me thinking and wanting to do more street photography in the future for sure!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure –  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone handheld for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the wonders of the world and the creatures (that being us humans) 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 – August 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Seascape: “Mornington Peninsula – Portsea and Sorrento” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During this photography adventure, my hubby and I decided to take a trip to the coastline.  We ended up at the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria – Australia. We stopped at three locations being Portsea back beach at the London Bridge Lookout, Sorrento’s back beach at Jubilee Point, and also Portsea Pier front beach.  It was such a beautiful day and our early morning start meant we were at Portsea back beach for the sunrise.  Expansive panoramic views of the open seas and long stretches of golden sandy beaches with historic rock formations became the stars of our photography adventure for the day.  We stopped off at a little cafe near the Portsea Pier for a cuppa and bite to eat before heading back home. It was a long day and we were tired by the time we got there but once more, our photography adventure was worth the effort!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY ABSTRACTION

The photographs below are my attempt at being more creative!  I wanted to experiment more during the photo processing/development stage in Lightroom Classic and these are the results.  I feel they will come under the title of ‘Photography Abstraction’ in the future for me.  It’s a lot of fun playing around in Lightroom Classic to see how photographs can be manipulated – hope you like them.

 

 

 

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 – August 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Eildon – Goulburn River View” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During this photography adventure, my hubby and I stopped at Eildon where views of the Goulburn River were magnificent.  The early morning light created beautiful river reflections of Wattle trees in bloom!  Their bright yellow colouring against the blue of the river was just magical.  I was pleased to be able to capture these images knowing that the wattle will only last a few months and by the time we would come back to this location – they would no longer be flowering.  Such a beautiful day and near the end of this year’s winter. It’s the best time of the year to come and visit this region as it is looking it’s best…

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, 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 – August 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Thornton – Goulburn River” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

For this post, I am just showing the one photograph I took which is not like me but I felt it so beautiful that not sharing it would have been disappointing.  It’s a view from the bridge crossing over the Goulburn River, Thornton, Victoria – Australia.  We decided to get up early for a photography adventure that being 4am which meant we were able to catch the sunrise at this location.  Within minutes, the sunrise changed colour with wonderful water reflections of the sky above on the river’s surface.  The riverbanks curled along and up into the distance giving the effect of lace edging as the sunlight bathed the surrounding landscape in warm golden yellow and orange.  Just wonderful being able to witness the beginning of a new day…

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above only, 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 – August 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Toorongo Falls Walk – Toorongo” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It’s winter and on this particular photography adventure day, there was a weather forecast consisting of much rain and snow around the higher regions of Victoria.  We decided not to allow this to deter us from venturing out-and-about.  So at 5am, we headed off to visit Toorongo, Victoria – Australia Toorongo Falls Reserve which took us approximately 3 hours to reach.  A number of roadblocks caused some delays due to minor flooding of country roads which meant we had to take alternative routes. We also encountered light snow as temperatures dropped.  On our arrival at Tooronga Falls Walk Reserve, we found ourselves the sole occupants.  The walk itself took up 3 1/2 hours which was inclusive of photography time frames.  Because of the heavy rain and snowfall both the Toorongo and Amphitheatre falls were spectacular! Toorongo River and the Little Toorongo River had expansive amounts of water flow. This is not usual and clearly demonstrated just how much rain and snow had fallen within the last couple of days and overnight.  It was a very beautiful region with thick natural vegetation.  The walking track was in good condition and not too hard to manage.  Despite our fears of getting drenched and freezing, none prevailed.  The rain held off and our extra layer of clothing meant our time at this location was most enjoyable.  Another successful photography adventure

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then 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 – August 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Seascape: “Ferguson Street Pier – Williamstown” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My hubby and I decided to go back to a location that had a view across Port Phillip Bay from Ferguson Street Pier in Williamstown, Victoria – Australia for this photography adventure.  Fortunately for us, the early morning was pleasant – no wild winter winds to bother our walk along the pier and shoreline! From this advantage point, I was able to photograph across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne’s city skyline while the last of the night’s street and city lights glowed before sunrise.  Anchored Yachts rested in plain sight with a couple of exceptions, one being a keen yachtsman heading out for an early morning joy ride around the bay and the other, a large container ship heading in from the open seas towards Port Phillip Bay’s container shipping docking area.  After I had satisfied myself that I had taken enough photographs of this location, we headed off for a much-needed cup of coffee and a chat about how we had enjoyed the fresh sea air and the sunrise – the birth of a new day…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then 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 – July 2019

 

 


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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 – Landscape: “Bonnie Doon – Lake Eildon Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another cold, wintery early morning start for this photography adventure!  We decided to visit another part of the Lake Eildon region, Victoria – Australia, that being Bonnie Doon. We drove to a part which was quite different from the other locations we have covered this winter being Devils River, Howqua Inlet and Jerusalem Creek.  There were views that extended out across the lake towards snow-covered Mount Buller way in the distance.  We were there for the sunrise where I was able to take some photographs of the sun rising over the distant mountains.  As the morning progressed, mystical clouds covered the region periodically which gave the surrounding region interesting lighting and photographic challenges for me.  Beautiful and peaceful Lake Eildon is and especially during winter when only the locals living in the area are out-and-about.  After taking photographs lakeside, we travelled up along Sunnerg Drive to the Skyline Road Lake Eildon Lookout where I was able to capture panoramic views of Lake Eildon. What a stunning view – then it was off back home, another fantastic day and photography adventure!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.  NB:  Below I have included a photograph of our car’s portable GPS which shows the car in on the lake its self.  This just shows how low the waterline is at Lake Eildon this July!

 

 

 

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 then 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 – July 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 – Landscape: “Jerusalem Creek, Eildon – Lake Eildon Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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

 

 

“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another cold, wintery early morning start for this photography adventure!  We decided to visit another part of the Lake Eildon region, Victoria – Australia, that being Jerusalem Creek. Jerusalem Creek while wet and cold offered some surreal photographic opportunities.  Some moments we experienced dark rainy conditions, and then within minutes, we experienced moments where the sun peeped out from behind clouds to illuminate the newly sprouted green grass river bed.  Darkened trees that during good seasons would be partially submerged in the lake’s water, now stood blackened by the morning rain, a stake environment.  My dear hubby was a great help during the morning, assisting me to keep the camera dry, and lugging the equipment around and over the rain-drenched river bed.  On our way back home, we travelled along Mt Pinniger Road, Eildon to Foggs Lookout where I was able to photograph panoramic views of Lake Eildon.  While we were rain-drenched ourselves, the morning was a great adventure and a wonderful time to be out-and-about exploring what nature has to offer…

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – 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. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. 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 then 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!