Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Greenvale CCC” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

A beautiful day at Woodlands Historic Park, Victoria – Australia which is located just a short distance from my home.  Hubby and I with other members of the Craigieburn Camera Club engaged in a ‘free format photograph shot’ where we wandered around this nature preserve taking photographs that were of interest to the individual photographer.  We experienced glimpses of landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840’s (Park Victoria 2018).  A 150-year old homestead stands on the property; indigenous canoe trees, native woodland and grassland are all part of the reserve’s offering.  A fenced ‘Back Paddock’ is where we spotted mobs of kangaroos and numerous native birds (Park Victoria 2018).  It was a very pleasant experience, and we finished up having coffee and scones at the Historic Homestead.  Returning home involved just a few minutes drive which was a lovely change for us!

 

 

 

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 all these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  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 – June 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…

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

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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure was just part of a day visiting Glenrowan, Victoria – Australia. Hubby and I spotted a number of beautiful scenic spots within this region to stop and take photographs.  On the tail end of Autumn, cherry trees at Smith’s Orchard and grapevines at Morrison’s displayed glorious brightly coloured leaves. Local farming landscape scenes hidden away from mainstream roads revealed countryside enjoyed by local farmers and for those who adventure away from the usual beaten tourism track.

 

 

 

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 all these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.  NB: My camera remote decided to fail during this photography adventure which caused me some grieve in not being able to successfully use the ‘bracketing’ option on my camera.  Lesson…bring a spare camera remote!

 

 

 

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 – June 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…

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

Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Cheshunt – King River Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure was just part of one day visiting the region of Cheshunt, Victoria – Australia.  The area has many vineyards nestled in and around the edge of the mountain ranges and alongside of the King River.  Hubby did some fishing while I engaged myself in taking photographs of this beautiful part of Victoria.  The day was hot so pottering around alongside the water’s edge of the King River was cooling!

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 all these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  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!

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

© Karen Robinson – April 2018

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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Mt Wombat Lookout Sunrise” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Hubby and I – for this photography adventure, travelled up to Mount Wombat Lookout, Strathbogie, Victoria – Australia. I wanted to capture the sunrise as it came up and over the mountain range.  Mount Wombat Lookout is situated on a mountain plateau which offers 360 degree views of breathtaking landscape – a photographers dream! On our way back home, I was also able to capture some beautiful shots which took in the views around the ‘Kevin View’ farming region and of a small lake in Euroa.  Early morning is such a beautiful time of the day, and watching it unfold and seeing the light change as the morning processes – just magical!

 

 

 

 

 

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 most of these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer and for some, I handheld the camera, ensuring I had engaged the camera’s stabiliser.  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!

My favourite photograph of the trip is this particular one featured here below.  Taken from the very top of Mount Wombat, looking out above natural Australian bush, towards the mountain ranges and directly into the sun – made for a magical photograph.

 

 

The photograph featured here below didn’t work well in colour, so I decided to see if it worked better as a black and white photograph.  I was pleased with the results, especially after using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC’s ‘dehaze’ tool within the ‘Develop’ module.  It gave the image a soft magical look which I like.  The towers, wire fencing, the shed and tubing on the ground where my hubby is standing, gives the image an industrial feel. Interesting, when taking into account, it is situated at the very top of Mount Wombat which has 360 degree landscape views of the Strathbogie region.

 

 

 

 

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!

 


 

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

© Karen Robinson – March 2018

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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Lang Lang Sunrise” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Capturing a sunrise can be an interesting photography adventure! I managed to photograph this beautiful sunrise from a ridge located near McDonalds Track, Lang Lang, Victoria – Australia.  My hubby and I, were at the time, getting concerned that we were going to miss it, and searched the region desperately to find a location where access and position was just right. We finally found this spot just as the sun was rising. Hubby surveyed the area ahead and found a suitable place to set up the tripod, all that was needed was me with my camera. But it required me and hubby to climb a steep embankment. I know, you are all saying right now, don’t do it, it’s not worth the risk, but all thoughts of our personal safety were gone from our minds as we pursued our thoughts of capturing the glorious morning sun. So – as I was climbing the steep embankment and as my hubby was helping me, he lost his footing and fell from the near top directly backwards, landing like a turtle with head, arms, legs in the air and then rolled down the rest of the embankment. Upon reaching the bottom, he just bounced back up declaring that he was OK! We then spent moments capturing this beautiful sunrise while hubby’s back proceeded to swell. By the time we got back to the car hubby declared that he thought he needed to go home and on our way stop off at the Hospital Emergency Department.  I took a look at his lower back that by then, had ballooned to a large melon – off to emergency we went where hubby was in great pain by then, as the swelling cramped his lower back function. After spending so hours there and after a series of scans, hubby was cleared of any back damage other than severe back muscle trauma. As the days moved on, his back began to feature what was a very impressive, and very large bruised lower back which is still persisting and will take weeks to subside for sure. Upon developing these photographs in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC some days later and after showing hubby the results, my darling dear husband declared “well it was all worth it then”. I laughed and said “no it wasn’t worth him being hurt”. The lesson learned, was that we need to be more careful, remember that we are no longer young! And this has also been reinforced by our daughter – who was horrified when she sighted her dad’s back bruising. Photography adventure for sure – but not to be repeated…safety first!

 

 

 

 

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 all these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  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!


 

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

© Karen Robinson – February 2018

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Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Paradise Falls and View of Mt Bulla” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

On our way to photograph Paradise Falls located within the region of Cheshunt, Victoria – Australia, we drove along a gravel road which featured a stunning view of Mt Bulla, far in the distant skyline.  Upon stopping to take a photograph, a beautiful black cow with a hide that glistened in the bright sunlight, standing alone, became very curious as to why we were there!  We took time here to enjoy the expansive views of the grazing field and mountain ranges while at the same time, stretched our old legs!  We then continued on with our drive to find Paradise Falls.  After parking the car, we then engaged in a lengthy walk along a man-made dirt path that showcased some magnificent landscape views.  Upon reaching our destination we discovered a fall with no water running over-and-down the rocks, which was disappointing.  Being the peak of summer in Victoria, we both noted that we would need to revisit during winter-time, where winter rains would ensure we had the opportunity to sight a curtain waterfall.  It was still a very beautiful location, which featured stunning red rock formations and native wildlife that could be seen, and heard, close by and afar, due to the isolation of the region.  We enjoyed not only the opportunity take photographs, but also enjoyed the sights and sounds that the Australian bush can offer…

 

 

 

 

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 all these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  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!


 

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

© Karen Robinson – February 2018

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

Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Whittlesea/Mount Disappointment Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson's husband www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  In the background can be seen the skeletons of trees which had been burnt during 2009 bushfires.  Above photograph taken by © Karen Robinson’s husband with Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone – http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture landscape scenes around the Whittlesea and Mount Disappointment region, Victoria – Australia; a location not far from where we live.  My first visit to the Whittlesea region was with my daughter who loves to capture photos of small birds in the bush.  This can be most frustrating because they are so well hidden and take flight as soon as they sight a human stepping towards them.  My second visit on another day to the region was with my husband where we travelled along dusty, rocky roads within the Mount Disappointment State Forest.  Both occasions offered wonderful opportunities to take photographs of our local region but also gave me the opportunity to spend time with my husband and daughter – a win-win for me!

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  Daughter taking photos of small birds well hidden amongst Australian native bush.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

ABOUT WHITTLESEA AND MOUNT DISAPPOINTMENT REGION

 

“Before European settlement, the Aboriginal people of the Wurundjeri Wilam clan lived on the land that now forms the City of Whittlesea and the northern suburbs of Melbourne.  Many of the names in the City of Whittlesea were inspired by the Wurundjeri culture and traditions.  Place names that remain today include, Bundoora, Yan Yean, Mernda, Merri, Wallan and Wollert.  George Sherwin is recorded as the first European settler taking up land in 1837 (Whittlesea Historic Society Organisation 2017).”

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia – Featuring Mount Disappointment in the far background and Whittlesea farmlands in the foreground.  It is late summer and the landscape is dry.  Autumn is coming soon where winter rains will completely transform this region into lush green fields with overflowing lagoons and water holes.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

“Nestled within the Great Dividing Range to the south-east of Broadford, the Mt Disappointment State Forest was a popular bush-walking, mountain-biking and horse-riding area prior to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, when the region was extensively burnt.  By mid-2012 an extensive government-sponsored bushfire-recovery program had been implemented, including the rebuilding of visitor facilities and the reopening of campsites.  The regeneration of the forest is also well underway, aided by some wet winters following the bushfires (Explore Australia 2010)”.

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia.  Featuring above is a dirt road leading into the depths of Mount Disappointment State Forest.  In the foreground lush green Australian Native trees have taken on their regrowth after bushfires have ravaged the region.  In the background tall bare lifeless trees stand tall as a constant reminder of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots.  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and used it to gain GPS location readings.

 

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  On our way out of the Mount Disappointment region and back into farmland areas we stopped to take in views  featuring dry grass fields with towering Australian Gum Trees scattered throughout the landscape.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during these two days.

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  To the left of this photograph stands a tall, strong gum tree leaning against a wire wooded fence.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

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Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’.  My husband sits and ‘posses’ as I take a photograph of him on the huge tree stump.  I had him do this so that viewers of the photograph could appreciate just how wide some of the Australian gum trees can grow in width.  Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

 

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

Being out in the open farmland region and amongst the Australian bush really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

Whittlesea, Victoria - Australia 'Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region' Photographed by © Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

Whittlesea, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmlands & Mount Disappointment State Forest Region’ Photographed by © Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com March 2017

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

 

 

© Karen Robinson – March 2017

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

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

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

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT LERDERDERG STATE FOREST

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

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

The Wurundjeri and the Wathaurung are Aboriginal tribes known to have lived in the area.  European occupation of the area commenced during the 1830s when squatters took up large pastoral runs around Bacchus Marsh.  Gold was first discovered at what is now the township of Blackwood, in 1851.  The area was rich in alluvial gold and large nuggets were found chiefly in the bed of the Lerderderg River and its tributaries in what is now the Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and to also gain GPS location readings.

 

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

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

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

MacKenzies Flat, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Blackwood River Crossing, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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

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

 

 

 

Shaws Lake, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

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

Happy photography all!

 

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

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

 

 

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© Karen Robinson – March 2017

 

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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Malmsbury & Newham – Hanging Rock” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Karen took photos around and on Hanging Rock, Newham, Victoria - Australia. Accompanied by her husband on the day. Wonderful rock formations, natural Australian bush, native life and expansive scenic views from the top of Hanging Rock itself. NB: Karen's husband took this photo of her using a Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone - January 2017.

Karen took photos around and on Hanging Rock, Newham, Victoria – Australia. Accompanied by her husband on the day. Wonderful rock formations, natural Australian bush, native wildlife and expansive scenic views from the top of Hanging Rock itself. NB: Karen’s husband took this photo of her using a Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone – January 2017.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This was my first serious landscape photography adventure! My dear husband came with me to help with lugging some of the equipment, to assist with the driving, and to keep me company.  He’s good company my hubby.  It was an early morning start, as all I had read and watched about Landscape Photography on YouTube videos, indicated that to get the best photos with the best lighting, a photographer needed to be on location for the ‘golden hours’. This being an hour before sunrise and/or one hour after sunset.  So we were up at 4am to be on location by 5.30am.  Armed with little ‘manual mode’ camera operational experience and lots of enthusiasm – we managed to visit two locations.  These locations were just outside of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), and just a little over an hours travelling time from home which was perfect.  The first being Malmsbury ‘Viaduct’ and ‘Botanical Gardens’, and the second being ‘Hanging Rock’ at Newham. ‘Hanging Rock’ provided to be an amazing location and I managed to take some lovely landscape photographs.  I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone for quick spontaneous photographs and one short video.

 

Karen Robinson took photos around and on Hanging Rock. Accompanied by her husband on the day. Wonderful rock formations, natural Australian bush, native life and expansive scenic views from the top of Hanging Rock itself. NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.

Karen’s husband walking down the path leading back to the base of ‘Hanging Rock’, Newham, Victoria – Australia.  Wonderful rock formations, natural Australian bush, native life and expansive scenic views from the top of Hanging Rock itself.  Photo taken with Karen’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone.  NB: Please click on image to view in full.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

BLACK SWAMP WALLABY VIDEO

We spotted a ‘Black Swamp Wallaby’ on our way back down from the top of ‘Hanging Rock’ and I used the video mode on my mobile phone to quickly capture its presence before it saw us and hopped away back into the bush.  My husband and I were joking around and talking to one another while I was taking the video, so you can hear us talking – note to self “don’t talk while doing a video”!

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6. This too was a new experience for me using Lightroom.  It required a lot of patience on my behalf and time, in order to gain some ability to develop a small selection of photographs. Please find below the best of what I took on the day. Hopefully over time and with much more practice using the ‘manual mode’ on my camera, I will be able to take and develop photographs of a higher standard.

 

 

Malmsbury Viaduct, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Malmsbury Botanical Gardens, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Newham Hanging Rock, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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CONCLUSION

We had such a lovely day together my husband and I.  Immersing ourselves into the Australian bush and re-experiencing nature’s beauty and peacefulness was great pleasure.  And then having had the opportunity to take photographs, just seemed to be a bonus.

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

Karen took photos around and on Hanging Rock. Accompanied by her husband on the day. Wonderful rock formations, natural Australian bush, native life and expansive scenic views from the top of Hanging Rock itself. NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.

Photograph taken by Karen Robinson with Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone of pathway leading back down from the top of Hanging Rock, Newham, Victoria – Australia. Wonderful rock formations, natural Australian bush, native wildlife and expansive scenic views from the top of Hanging Rock itself.  NB:  Please click on the image to view in full.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

© Karen Robinson – January 2017

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy, photography and storytellingby Karen Robinson