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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for the landscape photographs – hand-held.  For the bird photography I used the same camera but with my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 mounted on a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

 

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – November 2018

 


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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens and my new bird lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held while desperately trying to work out suitable camera settings for fast-moving creatures! For the landscape photography, I used a tripod and I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

 

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – October 2018

 


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

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

 

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

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

 

Happy thoughts all!

© Karen Robinson – September 2018

 

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

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POEM INSPIRATION

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

 

 

 

Title:  “Ageing Old Is!” Poem

 

ageing old is…

bones creaking with osteoarthritis – as their new best friend

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

unsightly mottled skin – mirroring years of weather abuse

weakened eyesight tightening focus – while grasping visions with expiry dates

failing dulled memory – showing signs of future incompetence…

 

ageing old is…

menacing hearing loss – nursing awkward miscommunications

hunched aching back – engaging in old people appearances

arthritic disabling hands – struggling with finite activity

grey loose hair gathering up – in sadden hair brushes

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

 

ageing old is…

crusty masses of harden skin – mounting under feet once nimble

bulging belly fat – lazily lounging around body central

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

overburdened knees locking – halfway down and halfway up in indecision

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

 

ageing old is…

brittle coffee stained teeth – sharing smiles of endearment

a stumpy wrinkled ring finger – wearing sacred tarnished wedding band

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

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

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

 

ageing old is…

under-active misbehaving thyroid – causing socially unacceptable obesity

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

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

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

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

 

ageing old is…

a knowing

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

 

 

Poem © Karen Robinson – August 2018


 

CONCLUSION

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

 

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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Yarra Glen Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The last day of September on a beautiful spring day, hubby and I decided to take a drive through the Yarra Glen Region, Victoria – Australia for our next landscape photography adventure. At this time of the year, the valleys and hillsides are lush green and unlike during summer time where they will turn golden brown due to the hot dry weather conditions.  Vineyards feature widely throughout the region standing alongside of pastures where we found cattle happily grazing under the warm spring sunshine.  While we were there, dark ominous clouds progressively gathered up along the far distant mountain ranges as the day drifted towards its end.  We also discovered less travelled local roads where we found impressive panoramic views that had us gazing in awe at nature’s beauty!  

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

 

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – October 2018

 


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

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“Marvel at times that go well…and waste

no despair when they don’t!”

Happy thoughts all!

© Karen Robinson – October 2018

 

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Photography 2018 – Zoo: “Healesville Sanctuary” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Healesville, Victoria - Australia 'Healesville Sanctuary - Visit No.1' Photographed by Karen Robinson September 2018 NB. All images are protected by copyright laws. Comments - This was our first visit to Healesville Sanctuary (Zoos Victoria) for many years. On this beautiful spring day we managed to cover just part of the sanctuary with the intention to revisit again at a later date to photograph other animals and bird not covered at this particular visit. Photographing them was certainly a challenge for me! Photograph featuring Nankeen Kestrel Falcon! #Splendid #Nature #Wondrous #Care

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This was my hubby and my first visit to Healesville Sanctuary (Zoos Victoria) for many years.  It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia. The zoo specialises in the breeding of native Australian animals. On this beautiful spring day – we managed to cover just part of the sanctuary with the intention to revisit again at a later date to photograph other animals and birds not covered at this particular visit. Photographing these beautiful and curious creatures was certainly a challenge for me! 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this Zoo photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera hand-held while desperately trying to work out suitable camera settings for fast moving creatures! I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

Healesville, Victoria - Australia 'Healesville Sanctuary - Visit No.1' Photographed by Karen Robinson September 2018 NB. All images are protected by copyright laws. Comments - This was our first visit to Healesville Sanctuary (Zoos Victoria) for many years. On this beautiful spring day we managed to cover just part of the sanctuary with the intention to revisit again at a later date to photograph other animals and bird not covered at this particular visit. Photographing them was certainly a challenge for me! Photograph featuring bee busily collection pollen from flowering wattle! #Splendid #Nature #Wondrous #Care

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

 

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – September 2018

 


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

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“There are times when curling up in a ball

shutting the outside world out

can be a time to recharge life’s batteries…”

Happy thoughts all!

© Karen Robinson – September 2018

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

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“When the weight of daily living gets you down…

go forest bathing and come back renewed!”

Happy thoughts all…

 © Karen Robinson – September 2018

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

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“When the weather gets warmer…

and the days get longer…

it lifts the spirits and has them soaring”

Happy thoughts all!

© Karen Robinson – September 2018

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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Nulla Vale – Boulders” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

A lovely spring-day drive in the countryside around the region of Nulla Vale, Victoria – Australia.  Tall Black Wattle trees featuring small yellow pom-pom like flowers adorned the green rolling hillsides.  Mounds of huge granite boulders lay scattered about forming natural landscape sculptures – their presence demanding our attention!  Other views revealed lush green pastures where sheep and cattle stood contentedly grazing away their day.  Towards the end of our drive, we took the road that travelled alongside of Langley Nature Conservation Reserve.  One side of the road we sighted bush vegetation as it must have been before farmers developed this region.  On the other side of the road, we experienced beautiful views stretching across green pastures, dotted with sheep and cattle with far distance mountains and cloudy skies completing the picture!  As we drove deeper into the reserve, we came across a small pocket of green pasture which revealed a mob of Kangaroos busily grazing. They seemed mostly un-bothered by our presence which suggested they don’t see people here very often within this part of the reserve.  Photography adventure complete we drove back home. Once again, our time with nature left us feeling refreshed and ready to embark on life’s daily challenges.  We can’t wait until the next photography adventure

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera on the tripod with a remote control. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world 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 2018

 


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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Masons Falls – Kinglake West” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

A beautiful winter’s photography adventure day walking around the Kinglake National Park at Masons Falls, Kinglake West, Victoria – Australia!  I had the wonderful opportunity to also enjoy the company of my daughter, granddaughter and husband.  During our time here, we did the walk to the falls where from a large viewing platform, we were able to take a number of photographs.  It was difficult to obtain varying shots with trees obscuring the overall view of the falls but it was a very beautiful outlook.  Along the walk we found tall Black Wattle trees showing off their beautiful pom-pom like flowers.  My daughter and I also managed to photograph Superb Fairy-Wren that were easily found hopping amongst the ground vegetation within the picnic area but not so easy to photograph as they move very quickly.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera both hand-held and on the tripod with a remote control. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

The above photograph on the right features my daughter holding her Sony A7II camera with a lens – Sigma 150-600 contemporary suitable for capturing photographs of birds.  Here we found small Splendid Fairy-Wrens hopping around looking for morsels of food visiting tourists had left behind after their visit to the Masons Falls.  Below here is a lovely photograph of a female Superb Fairy-Wren which she managed to achieve. It has to be noted I wasn’t able to achieve the same result and my dear daughter has allowed me to show her photograph.  These little creatures were just too fast for me!

 

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world 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 2018

 


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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Baynton – Sheep Grazing Pasture” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Some days are just best to stay indoors and Sunday 19thAugust was one of those days, especially if you are a keen photographer! We took a short morning drive on this day to see if there were any good landscape spots to photograph. Unfortunately, the predicted looming bad weather followed us and eventually after some hail, snow and rainfall, we decided to head back home and do our photography adventure – on a better day. I did manage to capture this photograph though (featured above) at a spot in Baynton, a small rural community, central Victoria – Australia and near the Bourke and Wills track.  Here, the sheep had made their way up towards the top of the hill, after they had spotted our car pull-up beside their lush green grazing pasture.  I managed to take this photograph seated within the car, through the passenger’s window as the weather conditions were just too dismal to be standing out in the elements!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For this photograph – I used the camera hand-held as I took it from inside our car through the open car window.  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 and developed the photograph into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  During the process of developing it I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul – even if the weather is dreadful!  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 2018

 


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Photography 2018 – Cityscape: “Melbourne Docklands by Night” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure back in May this year involved visiting the Docklands Waterfront, city of Melbourne, Victoria – Australia with the Craigieburn Camera Club. Our goal was to gain a better understanding and experience of night photography.  It was a lovely evening, not too cold and a sprinkle of rain had wet the pavement surfaces just enough to help reflect colourful neon lighting which shone from surrounding city buildings.  Strolling through the city’s water’s edge during the night in a group felt most safe, and such a pleasure to be able to take night photographs without worrying about our safety…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this cityscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote and my camera settings involved using a low ISO with a slow shutter speed. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world 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 2018

 


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

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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Faraday – Mount Alexander Regional Park” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure came out of a need for my dear hubby to get-out-of-the-house after spending almost four weeks bedridden due to a back injury.  Now on the mend, he felt a desperate need to take a drive into the bush to do some forest bathing. As I had been his carer over this period of time, I too felt the same need!  We decided to visit a region we had driven through before, but hadn’t stopped at called Mount Alexander Regional Park at Faraday, Victoria – Australia.  Here we travelled to three locations, one called Dog Rocks and the other two – old historical Granite Quarries.

 

 

 

At Dog Rocks, which is a short stroll off Joseph Young Drive, we discovered a conglomeration of ginormous granite rocks.  Dog Rocks was named as such back in 1846 by the manager of Lockhart Morton of Sutton Grange Station as many dingoes were seen around the rocks during that period of time. Dog Rocks is a very picturesque location with native gum trees growing in mangled formations around these huge boulders.  The late morning sunshine dappling its way through the bush helped make for interesting photographic opportunities.  But the gale force winds presented me with a photographic challenge – that being to ensure my photographs didn’t experience any motion blur; with a high shutter speed and high ISO’s, mission accomplished! Small pockets of openings through the bush revealed expansive views of Harcourt farmlands which looked particularly green due to winter rains. We spent some time here photographing and just simply enjoying the beautiful, scenic surroundings.

 

 

 

After leaving Dog Rocks, we drove a little further along and discovered another track leading off Joseph Young Drive which lead up to a historical granite quarry.  Bathing in the late morning sun, we found monstrously huge chucks of granite, stacked around a large-scale quarry piece of machinery.  Opposite the quarry site we found an area where stunning panoramic views looking out across towards Harcourt could be easily photographed. After our departure from this location we spotted another track which lead us to the opposite side of the mountain.  Here we found a smaller granite quarry and once more panoramic views looking out across towards Sutton Grange.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mostly hand-held due to the high shutter speed and high ISO camera settings.  For the panoramic views I used low ISO’s and the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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