Photography 2019 – Garden: “Forest Glade Gardens at Mount Macedon” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It took two separate visits to the Forest Glade Gardens for hubby and me to view the entire 6 hectares of this well known beautiful private garden. At this time of the year, Autumn, the gardens have grandiose leaf displays of yellows, oranges, reds, pinks backdropped against lush green lawns. There was lots of walking involved, up and down stairs throughout its four distinct garden themes:  large English section with huge exotic trees and ornamental plants, the Japanese garden, rolling green lawns, and the cool, shady fern gully.  We also sighted many garden statues, fountains, pergolas and ponds throughout the gardens which gave us an opportunity to stop, catch our breath, take some photographs and just enjoy our surroundings.  On both photography adventure occasions we left feeling most tired but happy we took the time to visit these beautiful and unique gardens.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – May 2019

 


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Photography 2019 – People: “Craigieburn ANZAC Ceremony” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

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INTRODUCTION

It was a true privilege to join some of my fellow Craigieburn Camera Club Members at this year’s Craigieburn ANZAC Ceremony at the Craigieburn Garden of Remembrance.  We were invited by Kevin O’Callaghan (President of the Craigieburn War Memorial & Remembrance Committee Inc) to take photographs of the event for their members and families. The early morning was beautiful for an Autumn day, no rain or wind which meant we could all stand outdoors without fear of bad weather.  The mood of the crowd respectful and serious as they took time to remember those who served in the defence of their country.  As I developed this range of photographs, I took note of the solemn looks on the faces of some of the men and women who proudly wore war medals of great merit.  And others huddled in small groups to share the company of those who understood, understood what it meant to go to war, to come home again, to leave behind so many – to remember…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

As stated above…it was a true privilege to be able to take photographs during this event.  I felt very humbled to be in attendance and grateful – thankful.

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – May 2019

 


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Photography 2019 – Garden: “Duneira Heritage Garden at Mount Macedon” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Autumn time has arrived in our part of the world Victoria, Australia where deciduous trees lose their colourful display of leaves.  Therefore – time again for hubby and me to revisit the Mount Macedon region which is renowned for its beautiful gardens, especially at this time of the year. This photography adventure involved visiting Duneira Heritage Garden located not far from the Major Mitchell Lookout.  At the lookout, we experienced a stunning view that encompassed a rocky foreground, tall lanky gum trees saddled each side of the view leading down towards far distant farming properties. And completing this stunning picture, a pretty blue sky dotted with white fluffy clouds!  At Duneira Heritage Gardens we discovered 16 acres of garden that showcased “a staggering variety of exotic trees and shrubs”.  At the completion of our wanderings, we stopped for a coffee and seated ourselves on one of the wooden garden benches overlooking expanses of green lawn dwarfed by ancient trees.  Another photography adventure achieved and once more ticking the happy box

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – April 2019

 


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Photography 2019 – Seascape and Birds: “Barwon Heads” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

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INTRODUCTION

We hadn’t been to the seaside for some time and due to the fact that country Victoria has been very dry this summer, a return to the beach and ocean scene seemed a good idea.  So this photography adventure’s chosen location was Barwon Heads (Victoria – Australia); a popular seaside resort for family holidaymakers and, an old favourite of ours going back many years when our children were little. It was an early rise for hubby and me on this day – so we could catch the sunrise at Barwon Heads, and we were not disappointed. It was glorious!  We also took the time to revisit Thirteenth Beach where magnificent views of the coastal sandy beach and ocean coastline could be seen. At the mouth of the Barwon River, watercraft travelled amongst paddle boarders enjoying the beginning of a beautiful weekend day.  The Barwon River Bridge offered interesting architectural visions with locals fishing and playing near it on the river’s edge.  During our walk back towards our parked car through the Barwon Caravan Park, flowering gum trees attracted local bird life looking for a feed such as the Red Wattle Bird and Rainbow Lorikeets. Before the crowds came, we left this location and headed back home feeling refreshed and glad we made the effort to revisit this lovely family holiday retreat…

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – April 2019

 


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Kinglake Jehosaphat Gully Walking Track” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

On this beautiful mild summer day, hubby and I decided to visit the recently re-opened newly restored Jehosaphat Gully wilderness track at Kinglake National Park, Kinglake, Victoria – Australia. Our long slow walk along this picturesque track gave us the opportunity to view typical Australian bush consisting of local gum tree vegetation and lush green fern-treed gullies.  Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 had destroyed this part of Victoria, so it was so good to see that after 10 years of having the area left to regenerate back to its near original state has been a success. From the blackness of ash, “the vegetation is now lush and diverse, and animals and birds have returned to the landscape” (National Feb 2019).  Another wonderful photography adventure experience!

 

 

 

 

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. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 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 – February 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: “Mount Tassie Views” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During our car drive back home after visiting my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided to take the long drive back to Melbourne via Tarra Valley Road – Tarra Valley, Victoria – Australia.  Further along and past Tarra Valley we came across Mount Tassie lookout situated on Callignee S Road where we viewed expansive panoramic views of Mount Tassie State Forest and surrounding region. The views were spectacular – white and yellow wildflowers dotted the green grassy foreground with deep green tree covered mountains in the background, topped with a beautiful blue sky.  It was a perfect day to be at this location and the last leg of our photography adventure for the day!

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens and my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 – February 2019


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Tarra Valley Road” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During our car drive back home after visiting my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided to take the long drive back to Melbourne via Tarra Valley Road – Tarra Valley, Victoria – Australia.  It was so worth the effort!  We encounter some of the most beautiful, stunning and breathtaking farming countryside and rainforest region. At one end of the Tarra Valley road, we viewed farming pastures with cattle grazing quietly around golden hay barrels that lay randomly across lush green grass fields.  Tree covered hills rested in the background, while blues skies carried white fluffy clouds.  It was such a peaceful, beautiful location with little-to-no-traffic venturing along this road which made it even more special as we stood – gazing and appreciating the stunning countryside.  Further along this road that partially hugs the highly meandering Tarra River, we discovered a part of the Tarra Valley Rainforest region which forms a section of the Tarra Bulga National ParkHere we experienced a completely difference natural environment.  Varying massively tall trees sheltered gullies of diverse understory lush green ferns.  When we stopped, stepped out of the car to take in the beauty of this region, we were completely dwarfed by the sheer height of the trees.  There was such an air of seclusion and solitude – it was truly breathtakingly beautiful, one of the most impressive environments we have visited over the years during our photography adventures within Victoria, Australia. We were so glad we took the long way back home!

 

 

 

 

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. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 – February 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 – Insects: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Australian Butterflies” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Hubby and I decided to spend another photography adventure at The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts towards photographing the native Australian tropical and subtropical butterflies situated within the zoo’s renowned Butterfly House!  I wasn’t sure what to expect and how I was going to set about taking photographs, but we have learnt through other photography adventures that taking one’s time is important.  To stop and observe, take-in the ambience and really look.  These delicate, colourful and beautiful winged creatures danced and fluttered throughout the glasshouse allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.  While photographing them I thought about how their life span is so short with some living only one day, others around two weeks and some species living up to nine months.  Their life cycle starts with the adult butterfly mating, the female laying eggs, the eggs hatch and the life cycle starts over once more. Photographing them close up truly allowed for us to appreciate their beauty and the importance of their presence in our earthly world.

 

 

 

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 some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – February 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 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Western Lowland Gorillas” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting, once again The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Western Lowland Gorillas! They are classed as ‘critically endangered’ as their numbers are falling in the wild due to habitat loss caused by mining, logging and the illegal bush meat trade.  It took two separate visits to the zoo for me to be able to photograph these engaging creatures.  As we waited, watched and studied them it became evident just how much we and these animals have in common.  Their facial expressions, body language and moodiness all too familiar to us as humans.  We enjoyed our time with them and so appreciative of being able to see them close-up, but saddened at the same time to see them enclosed and without freedom.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2019

 


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

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

Photography 2019 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Sumatran Tiger” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia for the 4th time. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Sumatran Tiger! They are classed as ‘critically endangered’ as their numbers in the wild are dwindling on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  We spent a number of hours observing and photographing this beautifully marked animal while it paced within its enclosure.  There was something sad about the way it constantly walked the same path over and over again.  While I understand and appreciated that these animals receive the best of care and treatment, and the importance of Zoos helping to prevent the extinction of these animals, it still had me feeling poorly for the animal.  It was a very warm day and we were lucky enough to see the tiger take a swim in its small lagoon.  Many people came and went to see the tiger during the time we were there which was good – but I found myself wishing they stayed longer to truly appreciate the importance of acknowledging the tiger’s existence…