Monthly Archives: July 2009

Wish they were mine!

As i’ve wrote about quite a few times in the past I’m a member of the Gem Camera Club. A smallish club, but a club that has quite a few very talented photographers. Each month we have a different subject- which is to be used for a Set Competition. Many times it’s been  a subject I personally wouldn’t have even thought about taking a photo of. But this is great- as it gets you thinking about things in a different way, and really gets you trying different things with your photography.

Even though I love landscapes, and pretty much only shoot landscapes. I still find pleasure and enjoyment out of setting out with a goal in mind, as to how i’d like an image to look when it comes to these set subjects, then to actually capture what i’d set out for as well. I wish I managed to give these a decent shot, but each time I find myself running out of time and usually don’t even fire a shot in anger. Even then, afterwards when i’m out and about with my camera- I find myself still keeping an eye out on some of these topics, and have actually ended up with quite a few images after the comp itself has been run.
Ailsa-Set-2-March-09

Usually I am amazed by some of the images that are presented on the night. Of which this particular month blew me away! The topic was light bulbs and I once again didn’t have anything in it. Upon viewing the images displayed i realised that my attempts would have been nothing but embarrassing anyway haha. So I thought I’d do a post on some of the images that really blew my mind! 🙂 For a simple item such as a lightbulb, I think there are some incredible ideas thought up here. Ailsa-Set-1-March-09

Ailsa-Set-3-March-09

Anton-set-1-March-09

Bob-Symons-Set-Spilt-light

Ric-Set-2-March-09

Ric-set-March-09

Bits and Pieces

Well played a nice game of basketball- which I may add is a lovely sport to play at 10pm…. so while trying to calm down to enable to sleep thought I may as well chuck a few images up. All of course while watching the Tour de France, which I can’t help but watch each year. This as well as the ASHES this year means a very sleep deprived me for everyone to have to deal with haha.

I think everyone has caught on by now that I absolutely love… MOUNTAINS 🙂 I can’t decide out of mountains or sport as to what i love more though so don’t ask.
So enjoy myself thoroughly in watching the tour each year- taking in the magnificent scenery of the region. Which as they reach the Alps as they have today, stirs things within me even more! The racing is not half bad either, quite intriguing if you have ever sat down and watched it. It’s a lot more complicated then just simply riding a bike!

Anyways to these images here. It’s a small collection of a few images-very different from the usual landscapes I shoot. I don’t do a lot of these images,  but took the time while at Karridale to capture a few images of the old farm equipment. All of these are using the 150mm lens and shallow Depth of Field to try and get some unique images. Still have a lot of room for improvement but a few were a lil better then the rest.

boat cross

boat cross

The Hatch

The Hatch

Shallow

Shallow

Bolts

Bolts

Which way did he go…

This is another shot from Karridale.

I don’t know if anyone else finds the same thing happening. But I tend to go through stages where all of a sudden, all I seem to get is images in Portrait format. For some reason, every time I go out the scene seems to attract that type of image. I then find myself really trying to work on making a Landscape image in these location, sometimes forcing it a bit to get the horizontal format.

Spinning Windmill

Spinning Windmill

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When I was shooting this scene, I was in this stage once again. After setting up- I once again found myself in that Portrait format. Really liking the reeds balancing with the windmill. The problem i’ve found is then I have 2 very very similar images. Often it is hard to choose which one I like the most. This time I like the composition of the Vertical, yet the stronger colours grabs my attention  more in the horizontal image. They were taken about 10-15 min apart and the light had changed a fair bit between shots.

So anyways, I thought i’d post it and see what people have to say. It’d be interesting to hear how everyone get’s out of “ruts” similar to these. I guess if it’s a stronger image in a particular orientation- it doesn’t matter. But it’s one of those things i guess where I try to get a bit of variation.

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Technicolour Sunset

Sorry about being so slack on the blog front again. I still hope to be able to get a regular post on here one day. With the bit of time i’ll be in front of the TV over the next few weeks- of course watching the Aussies smash the Poms in the ASHES, I will try to throw together a few posts as well, and they all say I can’t multitask 🙂

Here’s another image from Karridale, just North of Augusta. We stayed at the cottages for a few nights over Easter. I thought i’d give a windmill image a go as it’s something different. As per usual early on this year- there wasn’t a cloud in sight, so I didn’t have high hopes for this evening. Once again, as it has done a few times for me this year- the haze came to the rescue. As the sun went down the sky came up with fabulous colour.

Technicolour Sunset

Technicolour Sunset

I really like how the water illuminates, also how the reeds, reflection and waterline all lead to the windmill. The touch of green grass I felt broke up the colours a bit more as well.

Thanks 🙂

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