Photography 2020 – Black and White/Monochrome: “Images taken within the State of Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Taking into account that hubby and I will need to put on hold any photography adventures that involve travel for some time during this year 2020, I have decided to blog about the black and white/monochrome photographs I have taken and amassed over recent years during our past photography adventures. They consist of many and varying subject matters from landscapes, garden, seascapes, city/streetscapes, abstraction, animals and birds, and people!  All photographs have been taken within the State of Victoria Australia. Details relating to each photograph above and below can be found by just hovering over the image where a small window will appear with relevant details about that specific image.

It is interesting when deciding to make a photograph into a black and white image – how it changes its story, focus and mood!  While I am a great lover of colour, there are times when I find myself really enjoying developing an image as a black and white.  Seeing how by taking away colour and introducing varying shades of black and white can transform an image into a completely different creative outcome!  Over time, this process has had me actually anticipating when a scene would work best in black and white rather than colour.  This approach has meant I have been able to do better at getting what I creatively want rather than just waiting to make the decision to do black and white during the development progress!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During these photography adventures – I have used my compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens or a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Also would have used my Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which has worked a treat.  I use a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod which helps make taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. During these photography adventures, I use an Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and to ensure I gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, my usual practice is to download all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I develop just the photographs I feel are the best and/or should be included because they help tell the story about that particular photography adventure. During the process of developing them, I am able to see what I need to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find here above and below all the black and white/monochrome photographs I have taken over the years and amassed here for you to view.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul. While during early 2020 we will be limited to how much we will be able to get out-and-about, I will endeavour to find other ways to undertake photographic creativity from within our home environment – hopefully!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – March 2020

 

 


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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

 


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!

 

 

 

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 2018 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Elephants” 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 second time this month. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Asian Elephants! These gentle giant mammals gracefully drift to-and-fro throughout their home – “the award-winning Trail of the Elephants which allows the elephants considerable scope to roam and forage: it is estimated they travel as far (or further) than elephants living in natural non-extreme environments (6.21–15.00km/day vs. 5–10 km/day)” (Zoos Victoria). The decision to restrict myself to just photographing this mammal gave me the opportunity to better capture their features — their essence I feel. We enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning soon…

 

 

 

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 – December 2018

 


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!