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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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 – 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 2017 – Garden: “Rippon Lea” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Recently I decided to join the local community based photography group – Craigieburn Camera Club with members’ photography skills ranging from beginners to advanced. The club’s atmosphere is credited to be friendly, offering a way for members to share photography experiences, knowledge and advice.  My hubby and I joined them at a group outing at ‘Rippon Lea House and Gardens‘ located in Brunswick, Melbourne – Australia.  “Rippon Lea House and Garden is one of Australia’s finest grand suburban estates and the first to achieve National Heritage Listing, recognising as unique significance.  The historic mansion is located within a vast pleasure garden of sweeping lawns that cover more than 34 acres and features a windmill, lookout tower, heritage orchard, lake, waterfall, fernery and more! (Rippon Lea 2017).

My hubby and I hadn’t been to Rippon Lea for many years!  The last time we were at this location was over 30 years ago where we had our wedding ceremony. Many of our wedding photographs were taken on the sweeping lawns, lakeside and within the gardens throughout the estate.  It brought back many good memories and added greater value to our house and garden photography adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this house and 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 Lense. 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.  Each photography adventure helps me learn more about my camera and lense; and hopefully helps me becoming a better photographer. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

MY PICK OF THE DAY PHOTOGRAPH

My favourite photographs I took on the day are featured here below. The first being of a well established Camellia Japonica shrub.  Its striking red/crimson flowers – a wonderful contrast to the yellow-green leafed tree behind it.  The other two photographs I particular liked were taken within the Mansion’s Conservatory which had recently been restored and used by Sir Frederick Sargood to display his prized exotic plants.

 

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY APPROACH

In future, I will be selecting some photos from each photography adventure and be a little more creative during the development within Adobe Lightroom 6.  Here below is one of the photographs I felt looked good turned into a black and white photograph.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  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 travel and photography adventure!

 

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

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits; it ticked the ‘happy box’ for sure!  NB:  Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

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 – August 2017

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!