Photography 2019 – “My Favourite Photographs for the Year!” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

There have been many photography adventures in 2019 and all in the state of Victoria, Australia, and within car travelling distance from where we live in Melbourne. Most of my photography adventures have been with my hubby, but on some occasions with my daughter and granddaughter, and at other times, with the Craigieburn Camera Club.  Throughout each season during 2019 – I experimented and experienced photographing across numerous genres that being:- Landscape, Seascape, Animals, Birds, Butterflies, Garden, Street and People photography.

 

 

With each photography adventure, I have learned more about photography, about how to use light and contrast to enhance the images, how to improve my composition through really looking, how to use my equipment better, and also how to improve my skills while developing the raw images using Lightroom.

But overall, the most important part of this ongoing journey has been and hopefully will still be – time spent with loved ones while enjoying the great outdoors!  It has truly helped improve our sense of well being. It has deepened our appreciation for how fortunate we are, and about how important it is to value and care for this beautiful and wonderful blue planet we share with all living creatures…

 

 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED AND ADOBE LIGHTROOM FOR DEVELOPING

During my photography adventures – I use a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens. During 2019 I 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 use my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

On my return home after each photography adventure, I download all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I develop just those photographs which I feel will best either tell the story and/or will develop well. The progress allows me to assess my photography process and work out what I need to work on in the near future.

 

 

 

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 – December 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!

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

 


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!

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!