Photography 2020 – Landscape: “Cattle and Sheep Grazing Landscape, Tooborac, Tallarook and Pyalong Region – Victoria” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It’s summertime and the Australian rural landscape can present some very dry conditions, a vast contrast to the greenness of winter landscapes. The bushfire smoke-filled sky finally gave way to some clear blue sky during this particular photography adventure!  We drove through Tooborac as featured in the photograph I took above.  Far in the distance, you can see cattle grazing along the hillside.  In the below photograph, cattle wander through huge granite boulders, some boulders perched in ways that seem impossible to maintain their position.  At Pyalong we sighted a herd of sheep.  Usually, when I try to photograph sheep, they muster off in the opposite direction.  But this time they eagerly came towards us which was a clear indication they thought we had food for them.  A sign of the times.  Tallarook drive revealed some native Australian bush where it became possible to see why bushfires race through such areas of vegetation.  It was very dry with plenty of debris ground coverage and bone dry river beds.  Our day trip proved to be an interesting outing revealing once more just how climatic conditions are problematic and global warming a huge challenge for humankind…

 

 

 

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 2020 – Landscape: “Woodlands Historic Park Gum Trees, Greenvale – Victoria” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Exposure 1/45 sec at f/8.0, Focal Length 34mm, ISO 50, Camera Make Sony, Model ILCE-7M2, Lens FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and developed in Adobe Lightroom Classic

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We decided on this photography adventure that we would keep it near to home.  This decision was based on recent and current bushfire alerts within our state of Victoria. So with a 15-minute drive to our local Woodland Historic Park, Victoria – Australia I was able to find some satisfying nature compositions!  Large old gum trees majestically sat proudly amongst Australian native bush like grand abstract sculptures.  While the time of day, being near midday should have been too bright normally, the dappled lighting through the limbs and leaves of these gum trees offered some beautiful natural soft lighting.  There was little to no breeze which was also good, meant I didn’t have to worry too much about fast shutter speeds to freeze movement.

I came away surprised to find such beautiful subjects to photograph.  It had us once more reflecting on how important it is to preserve our native environment.  It also had us feeling sorrowful for all the native bush that had recently been destroyed by bush fires across the State of Victoria and other States within Australia. People, animals, homes, vast swaths of native vegetation – all devastating loses.  Hence how important it is to understand we share this Blue Planet with all living matter and we have a responsibility to preserve and greatly value its resources and inhabitants…

NB:  Here is a link to a Poem I wrote back in 2016 and very much relates to how I am feeling right now – during our Country’s recovery from the devastating bush fires.  There is an air of pensiveness as emergency services personnel wait to see how the rest of our summer fire season will pan out…

 

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.

 

Exposure 1/60 sec at f/11, Focal Length 24mm, ISO 50, Camera Make Sony, Model ILCE-7M2, Lens FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and developed in Adobe Lightroom Classic

 

 

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!

 

Exposure 1/60 sec at f/11, Focal Length 24mm, ISO 50, Camera Make Sony, Model ILCE-7M2, Lens FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and developed in Adobe Lightroom Classic

 

 

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

 

 


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!

I Do Art Discussion No. 14 – “Arctic Pole Flatlining”

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INTRODUCTION

 

National Geographic. (n.d.) Polar Bear on Ice. [Photo I.D. 28044.jpg]. Retrieved October 19, 2014.png

Education National Geographic. (n.d.) Polar Bear on Ice. [Photo I.D. 28044.jpg]. Retrieved October 19, 2014 from education.nationalgeographic.com.png

 

My ‘art as therapy’ journey, has had me paint, about world-wide issues for which I am greatly concerned about.  Global warming is one of these matters; it can cause the rising of seas, change rainfall patterns, increase likelihood of extreme weather events, lead to the melting of glaciers, contribute to the widespread vanishing of animal populations due to loss of habitat, assist in the spread of disease such as malaria to new, now warmer regions, lead to the bleaching of Coral Reefs due to warming seas and acidification due to carbonic acid formation and loss of Plankton also due to warmer seas (NMSEA.ORG. n.d.).  In action or not enough action will devastate our planet.

The health of polar bears is an indication to the health of their environment (National Geographic. n.d)  According to some researchers, the melting of Arctic ice is ‘stranding and starving polar bears’ which will therefore threaten their future existance (National Geographic. n.d). It was after watching a documentary about the loss of Arctic Polar bear habitat due to the melting of ice at the North Pole, that I really felt compelled to do the following painting.

 

PAINTING No. 29 – Title “Arctic Pole Flatlining” Acrylic on Canvas Oct/Nov 08     1.2cms Length x 84cms Wide x 3cms Deep

 

PAINTING STORY

This painting represents the drastic changes to glaciers, an ominous sign of global warming. The Arctic’s ice shelves are melting away and causing rises in sea levels which in turn is changing the home environment of its Arctic animals.

The first upper section of the above painting represents glaciers in their full form and the in between section of the painting represents the gradual melting of them. In the lower section of the painting, the glaciers are melting down; they are flatlining! This ‘flatlining’ as I decided to call it, is a terminology that means ‘to die or be so near death that the display of one’s vital signs on medical monitoring equipment shows a flat line rather than peaks and troughs – to remain at a continuous low level’. The title that I assigned to this painting, seemed most appropriate to me, when taking into account the impact global warming is having and will continue to have, on our planet for generations to come…

 

ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

In these two documentaries following, Sir David Attenborough highlights the truth about climate change.  I have so must respect for him in the way he has, over so many years, brought to us in our homes via many documentaries, a deeper insight into the importance of valuing our planet and all its inhabitants.

THE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE – David Attenborough (BBC – Part 1)

THE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE – David Attenborough (BBC – Part 1)

 

Greenpeace International Cartoon titled 'Save the Arctic' Image ID: 10898088_10152757856183300_4632952528617693216_n Reference: https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international?fref=nf

Greenpeace International Cartoon titled ‘Save the Arctic’ Image ID: 10898088_10152757856183300_4632952528617693216_n. Retrieved 5th May 2015 Link:  https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international?fref=nf

 

CONCLUSION

It is interesting to view the world through the eyes of Sir David Attenborough and how over many years he has witness alarming global changes to our planet, just as I have in my own home land of Australia.  His artful documentary productions showcase the wonders of our ‘blue planet’ and just how important it is that we all take care of it for now and for future generations to come after us. It’s our greatest responsiblity…

 

EcoWatch. (2014). Celebrating small blueplanet.Retreived from Ecowatch.com.jpg

EcoWatch. (2014). Celebrating small blueplanet.Retreived from Ecowatch.com.jpg

 

 

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