Photography 2020 – Black and White/Monochrome: “Images taken within the State of Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

Taking into account that hubby and I will need to put on hold any photography adventures that involve travel for some time during this year 2020, I have decided to blog about the black and white/monochrome photographs I have taken and amassed over recent years during our past photography adventures. They consist of many and varying subject matters from landscapes, garden, seascapes, city/streetscapes, abstraction, animals and birds, and people!  All photographs have been taken within the State of Victoria Australia. Details relating to each photograph above and below can be found by just hovering over the image where a small window will appear with relevant details about that specific image.

It is interesting when deciding to make a photograph into a black and white image – how it changes its story, focus and mood!  While I am a great lover of colour, there are times when I find myself really enjoying developing an image as a black and white.  Seeing how by taking away colour and introducing varying shades of black and white can transform an image into a completely different creative outcome!  Over time, this process has had me actually anticipating when a scene would work best in black and white rather than colour.  This approach has meant I have been able to do better at getting what I creatively want rather than just waiting to make the decision to do black and white during the development progress!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During these photography adventures – I have used my compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens or a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Also would have used my Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which has worked a treat.  I use a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod which helps make taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. During these photography adventures, I use an Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and to ensure I gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, my usual practice is to download all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I develop just the photographs I feel are the best and/or should be included because they help tell the story about that particular photography adventure. During the process of developing them, I am able to see what I need to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find here above and below all the black and white/monochrome photographs I have taken over the years and amassed here for you to view.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul. While during early 2020 we will be limited to how much we will be able to get out-and-about, I will endeavour to find other ways to undertake photographic creativity from within our home environment – hopefully!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – March 2020

 

 


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Photography 2020 – Landscape: “Trees on Huge Granite Boulders, Nulla Vale – Victoria” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

During this photography adventure hubby and I revisited a rural location called Nulla Vale, Victoria – Australia.  During a previous visit, I had spotted this composition just off the side of the Lancefield-Pylong Road.  Atop of a huge granite boulder, a tree grows somehow!  Its long dangling trunk and roots caressing the boulder and finding its way to mother earth.  We stayed for a short time here before heading back home.  My main objective was to just photograph this composition.  On my return home and during the process of developing the photographs, I decided to see how it would look like as a black and white photograph.  For me, the monochrome image tells a more dramatic story and can be seen below.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find here above, 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 2020

 

 


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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens. Recently I had purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

CONCLUSION

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

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – November 2019

 

 


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Photography 2018 – Miscellaneous: “Maldon Railway Station Trains and Carriages” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

With the Craigieburn Camera Club, hubby and I visited the region of Maldon, Victoria – Australia. I took the opportunity to photograph a number of trains and carriages located within the railway yard of the historic Maldon Railway Station set on the Victorian Goldfields of old! It originally opened on 16th June 1884 and closed to passenger services on 6th January 1941.  It is now opened for tourist services over a short 1km section of the line out of Maldon.  The weather on this day was unpredictable, one moment we had sunshine and the next we had rain, so a little challenging photography wise which limited our time spent photographing at this location.  But we did have a lovely lunch and coffee at one of the local Maldon cafes, and we also did a bit of sightseeing around the region’s best know tourist haunts.  Hubby and I had a lovely day, despite the weather conditions – always good to get out-and-about enjoying our photography adventures

 

 

 

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.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

Some of the photographs of the trains and carriages I felt would do better being developed as black and white images.  It also gave me a chance to experiment and be more creative.  Two of the photographs I left in colour and mainly because they looked better left as taken but also due to the fact they were both taken on my mobile phone and the quality wasn’t there to produce a fine black and white version.

 

 

 

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 – July 2018

 


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Photography 2018 – Seascape: “Port Fairy – Griffiths Island” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Our time at Port FairyGriffiths Island, Victoria – Australia was spent walking around Griffiths Island which is part of the Port Fairy Coastal Reserve. We experienced: picturesque beach scenes; sighted the Port Fairy Lighthouse and wide ocean views; natural vegetation where we spotted playful small wallabies; coastal water birds; and lots of fresh air!  This photography adventure was an add-on to our visit to Warrnambool during our attendance at the 64th Convention & Inter-Club Photographic Exhibition 2018.  We should have spent more time at this historic fishing port, but our need to get back home and rest up, after a long weekend away was needed!  Maybe one day we will be back…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this seascape 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 of 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 to help 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 and this process also helps me establish what I need to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took on this day and for information on camera settings, just click on the individual image to find said.

 

 

 

 

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 – May 2018

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Photography 2018 – Garden: “Mount Macedon – Rainy Day!” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Well…we decided to head out into a rainy, cold autumn day for another photography adventure!  Mount Macedon became our choice of locations, as it was only an hour or so from where we lived, and therefore travelling time, down to a minimum.  It’s truly a beautiful part of the world, and especially at this time of the year!  Trees and gardens are bursting with rich colours of bright yellows, oranges, varying shades of green, burnt browns and lipstick reds.  Most of our time was spent dogging rain, as I took photographs where ever possible. And some photographs where actually taken from inside the car, peering out of the passenger side window, while my hubby tried to position the car, so I could get the best composition.  Everything was wet; the sky heavy with grey clouding and parts of the Mount Macedon area was shrouded in fine mist. This made it challenging to ensure I was able to come away with a creative amount of photography that I would be pleased with.  During our driving about, we decided to get out of the cold and rain, and lunch at the Historical Mount Macedon Hotel.  Here we enjoyed some hot food that helped recharge our batteries. While we eat, we sat beside a beautiful open fire-place to warm up, before heading back out to see what other photography treasures, we could find!  All in all, it was a good day – despite the rain and cold…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this garden 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 these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer and for others I handheld.  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!

Some of the photographs I decided to develop minimally being the misty ones.  The truly autumn photographs I developed ensuring they maintained their colour bunch!  And some worked best as black and white photographs to help show off features better seen with a limited colour palette. NB:  Please click on each photograph to find the camera settings use

 

 

 

 

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 – May 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 – Miscellaneous: “C.C.C. Car, Truck and Bike Show” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Craigieburn Camera Club organised an outing to this event to give club members an opportunity to photograph an array of vehicles at Craigieburn Central, Victoria – Australia. Jess – the model came dressed in her best Rockabilly gear to pose for the club with the cars, bikes and trucks.  It was a challenge for me as I had not photographed at such an event before.  Trying to navigate around moving people and vehicles, posed some difficulty at times.  The day was very overcast which also presented another thing to consider!  But I was rewarded for my photography efforts I feel…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this miscellaneous 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 of the shots, I hand-held my camera.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and to 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 the photographs, I decided to ensure that the vehicles where the centre of attention within each photograph by darkening the background. Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about with my hubby, and the Craigieburn Camera Club gives me a chance to gain more experience photographing at different locations that I perhaps wouldn’t have considered beforehand. It helps broaden my photography skills and gives me an opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded people.  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, public speaking, blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!