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

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

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

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – November 2018

 


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Photography 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.

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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

 

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