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 – 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

 


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!

Creative Writing 2018: “Thought for the Day!” Written by Karen Robinson

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“When the weather gets warmer…

and the days get longer…

it lifts the spirits and has them soaring”

Happy thoughts all!

© Karen Robinson – September 2018

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Photography 2018 – Garden: “Tieve Tara at Mount Macedon” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

One grey cold autumn day in May this year, hubby and I travelled to Mount Macedon, Victoria – Australia for another photography adventure.  This region is best known for its19th century gardens and associated collection of extravagant large homes.  On this day, we just concentrated on the Gardens Of Tieve Tara – a truly beautiful and picturesque garden consisting of 7.5 acres of lush grounds, sweeping lawns, a whimsical playground, lakes, geese and fountains (Tieve Tara 2018).  As a hobbyist photographer, these gardens during autumn provided me with an incredible variety of opportunities to capture the magic of autumn; there was so much beautiful vibrant colour and variations of textures to enjoy!  We had a lovely time walking about and photographing these gardens, and will definitely be back in years to come to visit other wonderful gardens within the region of Mount Macedon.

 

 

 

 

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 these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod and also handheld when needed. 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

 


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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 – Garden: “Greenvale Living Legends Homestead” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Craigieburn Camera Club ran a workshop on Macro photography with Bob Winers at the Living Legends Homestead, Greenvale, Victoria – Australia.  Not having a macro lens myself, I used what I had and took closeup photographs instead. There was a lovely small garden featured beside the homestead and this is where I put all my efforts into taking closeups of different varieties of flowers.  Afterwards my hubby and I enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee, and some freshly made scones at the homestead.  It was a beautiful day to be out-and-about in favourable autumn temperatures…a good “to be alive” day for sure!

 

 

 

 

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 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: “My Favourites for 2017” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The decision I took to take up amateur photography more seriously, at the beginning of this year, has proven to be profound.  It has been an incredible creative endeavour which in turn, has had a positive influence on my sense of wellbeing.  The inclusion of my hubby’s company while I photographed various locations around the state of Victoria, Australia has been such a lovely way of spending time together. Learning to master my new camera and lens, and then learning the ins-and-outs of Lightroom 6 – has also been an enjoyable challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During the latter part of 2017 – 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 the shots, I used the camera hand-held, and for others, 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

After each photography adventure, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  From this point I selected only those images I felt worthy of development and below are my photographic favourites for 2017!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details