Photography 2019 – Birds: “Werribee River K Road” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure became a family affair with my daughter, granddaughter and hubby visiting the Werribee River, Werribee South, Victoria – Australia.  We stopped at K Road where local bird photographs had been photographing a rare sighting of an Eastern Osprey.  Fortunately, we were able to photograph her as well!  The Eastern Osprey was perched on a tree limb while she pecked away at a fish she had just caught that morning from the Werribee River below her tree location.  It took two visits to this location to sight enough birds to feel I had enough to blog about.  I managed to photograph a Little Pied Cormorant, Pacific Black Ducks, Australian White Ibis, Crested Pigeon, White Faced Heron, Royal Spoonbill, Common Starling, and a pair of Red-rumped Parrots.  We enjoyed both visits to this location and value the fact this natural resource is just an hour from home!

 

 

 

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 DG OS 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 – March 2019

 


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Photography 2019 – Birds: “Spavin Drive Lake – Sunbury” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Early one morning, hubby and I decided to take a drive to Spavin Drive Lake in Sunbury, Victoria – Australia.  A location that is not too far from home and an easy drive for us as well.  Here we spent a couple of hours photographing local bird wildlife while enjoying the early morning sunshine.  Spavin Drive Lake was originally made to provide water to the historic Rupertswood Mansion.  Now it’s a diverse habitat for varying water birds and a popular fishing spot for local residents. I was able to photograph Greylag Geese, Pacific Black Ducks, Australian White Ibis, Crested Pigeons, Common Indian Miners, Eurasian Coots, Orange-bellied Parrots, and Yellow Throated Miners while feeding their babies.  It was a pleasant morning’s photography adventure and at its end, we only had a short drive back home – good for us oldies!

 

 

 

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 DG OS 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 – March 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 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Lemurs” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting, once again The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Ring-tailed and the Black and White Ruffed Lemurs! We were lucky on this day as the temperature was just right for these delightful creatures.  They were out-and-about socializing, sunbathing together and relaxing in yoga-like positions, and spent a lot of time grooming each other.  “Unfortunately, habitat destruction from farming and logging has caused the Lemur to be listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List (Zoos Victoria 2019).  It was saddening to realise this fact and it made our experience studying and photographing them even more meaningful and special…

 

 

 

 

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 – March 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 – Craigieburn Camera Club: “Federation Square Hunt ‘n’ Shoot” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another photography adventure day with the Craigieburn Camera Club!  Hubby and I with other club members went about fulfilling the required photography task which was to find a composition to photograph that was inclusive of the following: music, reflections, people, angles and movement.  Federation Square, Melbourne – Australia was the Club’s choice of locations. Due to the fact it was a weekend and lots of community events where underway while we were there – it wasn’t hard to find things to photograph, but being creative demanded extra attention from us as photographers.  It was also hot which made it even more challenging!  But our afternoon finished up with us all joining up together to have dinner at one of Federation Square’s Cafes.  Here we got to cool down with a much-needed cold drink, exchange stories about our experiences during the afternoon and just enjoy each others company.  It was a great way to end the day…

 

 

 

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. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 then 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!

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

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the world through the lens of my camera with my hubby and this time with other club members was an enjoyable undertaking! Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – March 2019

 


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Photography 2019 – Landscape: “Kinglake Jehosaphat Gully Walking Track” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

On this beautiful mild summer day, hubby and I decided to visit the recently re-opened newly restored Jehosaphat Gully wilderness track at Kinglake National Park, Kinglake, Victoria – Australia. Our long slow walk along this picturesque track gave us the opportunity to view typical Australian bush consisting of local gum tree vegetation and lush green fern-treed gullies.  Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 had destroyed this part of Victoria, so it was so good to see that after 10 years of having the area left to regenerate back to its near original state has been a success. From the blackness of ash, “the vegetation is now lush and diverse, and animals and birds have returned to the landscape” (National Feb 2019).  Another wonderful photography adventure experience!

 

 

 

 

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 my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 then 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 – February 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 – Landscape: “Mount Tassie Views” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During our car drive back home after visiting my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided to take the long drive back to Melbourne via Tarra Valley Road – Tarra Valley, Victoria – Australia.  Further along and past Tarra Valley we came across Mount Tassie lookout situated on Callignee S Road where we viewed expansive panoramic views of Mount Tassie State Forest and surrounding region. The views were spectacular – white and yellow wildflowers dotted the green grassy foreground with deep green tree covered mountains in the background, topped with a beautiful blue sky.  It was a perfect day to be at this location and the last leg of our photography adventure for the day!

 

 

 

 

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 my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 – February 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 – Landscape: “Tarra Valley Road” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During our car drive back home after visiting my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided to take the long drive back to Melbourne via Tarra Valley Road – Tarra Valley, Victoria – Australia.  It was so worth the effort!  We encounter some of the most beautiful, stunning and breathtaking farming countryside and rainforest region. At one end of the Tarra Valley road, we viewed farming pastures with cattle grazing quietly around golden hay barrels that lay randomly across lush green grass fields.  Tree covered hills rested in the background, while blues skies carried white fluffy clouds.  It was such a peaceful, beautiful location with little-to-no-traffic venturing along this road which made it even more special as we stood – gazing and appreciating the stunning countryside.  Further along this road that partially hugs the highly meandering Tarra River, we discovered a part of the Tarra Valley Rainforest region which forms a section of the Tarra Bulga National ParkHere we experienced a completely difference natural environment.  Varying massively tall trees sheltered gullies of diverse understory lush green ferns.  When we stopped, stepped out of the car to take in the beauty of this region, we were completely dwarfed by the sheer height of the trees.  There was such an air of seclusion and solitude – it was truly breathtakingly beautiful, one of the most impressive environments we have visited over the years during our photography adventures within Victoria, Australia. We were so glad we took the long way back home!

 

 

 

 

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 my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 – February 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 – Insects: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Australian Butterflies” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Hubby and I decided to spend another photography adventure at The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts towards photographing the native Australian tropical and subtropical butterflies situated within the zoo’s renowned Butterfly House!  I wasn’t sure what to expect and how I was going to set about taking photographs, but we have learnt through other photography adventures that taking one’s time is important.  To stop and observe, take-in the ambience and really look.  These delicate, colourful and beautiful winged creatures danced and fluttered throughout the glasshouse allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.  While photographing them I thought about how their life span is so short with some living only one day, others around two weeks and some species living up to nine months.  Their life cycle starts with the adult butterfly mating, the female laying eggs, the eggs hatch and the life cycle starts over once more. Photographing them close up truly allowed for us to appreciate their beauty and the importance of their presence in our earthly world.

 

 

 

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 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 – February 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 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Western Lowland Gorillas” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting, once again The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Western Lowland Gorillas! They are classed as ‘critically endangered’ as their numbers are falling in the wild due to habitat loss caused by mining, logging and the illegal bush meat trade.  It took two separate visits to the zoo for me to be able to photograph these engaging creatures.  As we waited, watched and studied them it became evident just how much we and these animals have in common.  Their facial expressions, body language and moodiness all too familiar to us as humans.  We enjoyed our time with them and so appreciative of being able to see them close-up, but saddened at the same time to see them enclosed and without freedom.

 

 

 

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 – January 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 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Sumatran Tiger” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia for the 4th time. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Sumatran Tiger! They are classed as ‘critically endangered’ as their numbers in the wild are dwindling on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  We spent a number of hours observing and photographing this beautifully marked animal while it paced within its enclosure.  There was something sad about the way it constantly walked the same path over and over again.  While I understand and appreciated that these animals receive the best of care and treatment, and the importance of Zoos helping to prevent the extinction of these animals, it still had me feeling poorly for the animal.  It was a very warm day and we were lucky enough to see the tiger take a swim in its small lagoon.  Many people came and went to see the tiger during the time we were there which was good – but I found myself wishing they stayed longer to truly appreciate the importance of acknowledging the tiger’s existence…

 

 

 

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 – January 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 – Landscape: “Deptford – Nicholson River” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During our stay at my hubby’s brother’s place in Bruthen, Victoria – Australia, we decided one morning to get up early and take a 4 wheel-drive into a nearby State Forest to an area called Deptford. The historical Deptford Township – which in 1866 consisted of a hotel, post office, general store, school, blacksmith’s shop, chemist and bakery, now only feature historical remains; and one being the ‘Baker’s Oven‘ which I photographed and is featured below.  Our photography adventure had us follow the bush walking track alongside the Nicholson River.  It winds its way through some of Victoria’s most beautiful natural bush vegetation.  Nicholson River was an early gold mining site back in 1852. The now bush walking track named Slaughter Track was originally used by drovers moving cattle up the river to waterholes.  It was also used as a goods route taking vegetables to settlements; and local Deptford children used it to walk to school.  As we wandered along the track, I stopped to take photographs and as I did, I couldn’t help feel the magic of this forest.  Birds called from high up in spindly Australian gum trees, the bush crackled as the day warmed up, and the Nicholson River with its fresh water meandering through thick vegetation – offered a much-needed cooling retreat for holiday makers.  My hubby enjoyed his one-on-one time with his brother. I enjoyed seeing them together being able to catch-up and share precious time. It was a good day that ended up with joining my hubby’s family members at a campsite alongside of the river. Here we got to watch the children engage in water-play to help them cool down during the hottest part of the day.  It was a great way to complete our small holiday break, we were thankful for the opportunity!

 

 

 

 

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 my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. I handheld the camera or mounted it 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 – January 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 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Sumatran Orang-utan” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia for the third time. It is just a short distance from where we live and provides some good photographic opportunities. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Sumatran Orang-utans!  Zoos Victoria state that “while this peaceable family group lives in safety at the Melbourne Zoo, Sumatran Orang-utans in the wild are under great threat.  They are classed as critically endangered, with numbers in the wild rapidly falling. Numbers have dropped by close to 95% in the last 100 years and there may now be fewer than 3500 in the wild. Their rainforest habitat is being rapidly destroyed to make way for logging and agriculture, particularly palm oil plantations. They are also hunted for the pet trade and for meat” (Zoos Victoria 2019). Our time there while I photographed these kindly and beautiful Orang-utans had me appreciate their place in the world.  We felt sadden by the fact that they were caged, that their existence is being threatened by us – humankind. But hopefully greater awareness of their plight will ensure that they are here in the wild for future generations of us to respect and appreciate. And to know and understand that we all play an important part on this blue planet of ours…

 

 

 

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!