Photography 2021 – Seascape: “Portsea, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Photography

“Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another photography adventure back to Portsea, Victoria – Australia during our summer season and before the day’s stormy weather rolled in from the Bass Strait. We took a walk up to several lookouts where views of Portsea Surf Beach could be enjoyed.  A few locals engaging in their daily walks, and tourists strolling along the beach coastline taking in the natural beauty of the region helps to give scale to the vastness of this coastal beach.  We also visited the London Bridge Lookout where I managed to take a closeup shot of the surf creeping into a large cave-like rock formation.  A young person enjoying the location helped to give scale to its surroundings.  It was once more an enjoyable morning with mother nature, fresh air, beautiful sights, leaving us with a good to be alive feeling!

Above Photograph:  The above seascape photograph features a coastal view of Portsea Surf Beach.

Below Photograph: The below seascape photograph features locals and tourists enjoying the Portsea Surf Beach.

 

Below Photograph:  The below seascape photograph features a view from London Bridge Lookout of a cave-like rock formation with a young person enjoying the surroundings.

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – March 2021


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Photography 2021 – Seascape: “Sunrise at Williamstown, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another wonderful photography adventure opportunity to set about photographing a glorious sunrise at Williamstown, Victoria – Australia.  It’s New Year’s Day 2021 and as we wondered along the Bay Trail Walk, looking across Port Phillip Bay towards anchored yachts and boats, and the Melbourne City Skyline – couldn’t help feeling good!  And at this time in the morning, only keen walkers and photographers could be seen, so peaceful!

Above Photography:  The above seascape photograph was taken during the blue hour and at high tide which meant I was able to capture beautiful sunrise reflections in at the shoreline.  The sky rapidly changed in colouration as the sunrise developed.  A truly magical early morning experience, the temperature was mild and with little to no wind it made for a pleasant seaside environment indeed.

Below Photograph:  The seascape photograph below was taken just upon the sun rising over the landscape to the right of the photograph.  Now the warm tones emerged across the lower clouds, and across the still Port Phillip Bay waters.  Once more, beautiful reflections in the foreground help create this magnificent shoreline image.

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2021


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Photography 2021 – Seascape: “Brighton, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It’s summertime now in Melbourne – Australia and time to capture some beautiful sunrise shots at Brighton Beach. We arrived at the beach early morning to find a couple of people undertaking their daily exercise routine and a number of keen photographers seeking to capture a beach sunrise.

Above Photography:  After taking the photograph below, I turned around and sighted this above beach view.  It was just beautiful and the warm early morning sunrise poured orange into the clouds above and across the wide-open sandy beach.  Way in the distance the Melbourne City skyline was in sight and looking out over Port Phillip Bay.  Not a person in sight except for the occasional seagull.

Below Photograph:  While thinking about my approach for the morning I sighted this scene below.  As the ‘blue hour’ started to drift into the sunrise, the street lights lit up the sandy beach and one of the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes.  The view took in clouds hanging lowly in the sky with the Port Phillip Bay shoreline gently meeting the sandy beach. The lighting was gorgeous and something different for a beach photograph for me!

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2021


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Photography 2017 – Seascape: “Point Lonsdale Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographs by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late one afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit this region to capture seascape and sunset photographs. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson  NB:  My dear husband took this photo of me using my Samsung Galaxy 6 Mobile Phone as I was photographing the sunset from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture seascape and sunset scenes around Point Lonsdale region, Victoria – Australia; a small coastal town not far from Geelong where I had worked earlier on this particular day.  We arrived late afternoon at Point Lonsdale front-beach, which is a small beach located at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay.  Here I took photographs of the beach’s stone sea-wall, wide ocean views and of white crashing surf breaks, seaside bush vegetation and of local surfers taking advantage of high-tide waves. Then we moved on – towards the Point Lonsdale Pier where I was able to capture varying shots of the pier while the tide was coming in towards the coastline.  Once the ‘golden hour’ arrived I settled into taking photographs of shoreline rocks and then glorious sunset photographs looking out and across to Barwon Heads. Once more this occasion offered myself a wonderful opportunity to take photographs of our local region but also gave me precious time to spend with my husband – a win-win for me!

NB:  The ‘golden hour’ and also know as the ‘magic hour’ is the period just shortly after sunrise or before sunset where the lighting is just beautiful, soft and where a photographer really can feel like they are painting and drawing with light…

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT POINT LONSDALE’S SECTION OF ‘PORT PHILLIP HEADS MARINE NATIONAL PARK’

 

Point Lonsdale is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula.  The Point Lonsdale section of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National park is located between Queenscliff and the western side of the Port Phillip entrance. Many of the rocks that make up the reefs as well as rocks and cliffs above the water are made of ancient dune limestone or calcarenite. This readily weathered rock is made of sand grains that have been cemented together by the high amounts of calcium carbonate derived from shells. The outer limits of the park at Point Lonsdale can be subject to strong currents when water is moving in and out of The Heads.

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson

The intertidal reef is a great place for beginner and advanced snorkellers, as well as divers, to explore and experience a diverse array of Victoria’s marine life.

Visitors can find a channel through Lonsdale Reef, around 20m wide and 2-4m deep, which contains a small forest of Giant Kelp. This was created by fishermen seeking an easier entrance to the bay through the Rip in their small fishing boats.  Snorkelling around Point Lonsdale jetty and nearby reef is very popular in the summer months.

The deeper waters of the area contain fascinating structures including deep water cliffs, caverns, rocky reef walls, sponge gardens and kelp beds.

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson

The popular dive site, Lonsdale Wall, is composed of a series of ledges which mark the edge of the historical course of the Yarra River.  Starting at 15m deep, the ledges drop to 90m and extend for up to 1km. Vertical walls, sheltered caves, ledges and overhangs support dazzling sponge gardens, over 43 species of fish and encrusting algae. Other creatures include corals, anemones, gorgonians, hydroids and sea tulips.

Lonsdale Reef near Point Lonsdale has four visible and recognisable shipwrecks – the iron sailing barques George Roper, Holy head and Gang, and the gold rush steamer Conside (Parks Victoria 2016).

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this seascape photography exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  This was the second time I had used this new camera and lense. I am still getting use to understanding its abilities.  It was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson  NB:  My dear husband took this photo of me – he used my Samsung Galaxy 6 Mobile Phone as I was photographing the surf at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse with my Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame Camera and Lense Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

The experience of feeling fresh sea air brush across our faces, viewing the expanse of the open sea, hearing the waves crash onto the shoreline, and watching the beautiful sunset at Point Lonsdale rejuvenated out bodies and souls.  Photography is just another way I choose to 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 tried, but in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

 

 

 

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© Karen Robinson – April 2017

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Art Therapy Group Session 3 of 7 – “Taking a long hard look at one’s inner self can be childs play!”

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We are now into our third week of ‘Art Therapy Group Sessions’ and I have been finding them interesting, challenging and enlightening.  This particular session was smaller in numbers than the other two.  Having small numbers in the group made the experience of sharing a little more intense, as there is more time than usual to discuss our art therapy works.  Hence more focus on our individual thoughts, feelings and emotions which can be intimidating and confronting.

Art Therapy Session No. 3 - 'Mindfullness' 2-8 by Karen Robinson Materials - Soft Pastels & Watercolour Paints on butcher paper August 14, 2014 Images copyright .JPG

Art Therapy Session No. 3 – ‘mindfulness’ 2-8 by Karen Robinson Materials – Soft Pastels & Watercolour Paints on butcher paper August 14, 2014 Images copyright .JPG

There were a number of activities undertaken during this session and I have decided to discuss just the one.  We were asked to select a shell from a group of sea shells laid out before us; a sea shell that appealed to us, that we could connect with in some way.  After spending some time viewing the shells, I found myself drawn to a shell that was largish when compared with the other shells.  It was very solid with aging lines on the right side; barnacle type marks on its underside and brown-yellow in colour.  We were then asked to hold the shell and concentrate on its shape, size, smell, colour and feel; to be truly mindful of its presence.  I found my thoughts drifting to thoughts about when I was a child and the times I played with my brother and sister on the beaches where we lived.  Playing in the sand, sun and the sea; collecting shells, driftwood and little treasures to play with after leaving the beach and on our return home.

Once we had completed our ‘mindfulness’ about the shell, we were asked to paint a scene where the sea shell could be placed within.  I selected a small sheet of butcher paper, a set of soft crayons and a set of watercolour paints and proceeded to paint my beach scene using these materials and keeping in mind my personal shell story.

 

On completion we were asked to verbally share our story.   The art therapist had given me a sheet of paper where I wrote some words to explain mine and they are as following:

When I was a child, I spent a lot of time on the beach with my brother and sister.  Some beaches were placid and tame, some were wild and furious. My sea shell represents how it has been able to survive these earthy conditions and be able to land on the shore and nestle within a safe haven of rocks.  Although being small, it has still made its presence felt and found its way to here today…

This art therapy session took me back to my childhood, reminding me of the pleasurable times at the beach with my brother and sister.  I remembered how engaging with nature had been one of my joys during my childhood years.  Childhood was not an easy time for the three of us children but…we survive…just like my shell.

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