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This page holds the last 10 posts from my blog. If you would like to see older posts, please hit the blogger link at the bottom of the page, or this link to the blog.

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  • Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:01:00 +0000

    Left behind #5
    Some more from recent travels to Queensland and the Northern Territory...

    but, it was wet...

    I was hot, then I forgot

    maybe I shouldn't have brought my favourite dancing shoes..
  • Sat, 17 May 2014 06:22:00 +0000

    Left Behind #4
    If you cannot see, does that mean it is easier to leave things behind????

    I didn't see the police....

    The clouds had come out by the time I had to go....
  • Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:48:00 +0000

    Left behind #3
    A few more in the continuing look at what things get left behind and more interestingly, for me, how and why did they get left?  It is easy to imagine why some things, a child's toy for example, can be left... other things are not as readily understood.

    I woke up sleepily and left you behind
    Williamstown foreshore

    I was hot
    Williamstown foreshore

    How did I not notice when walking home?
    Williamstown playground

  • Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:42:00 +0000

    Left behind #2
    It has been a while since I have posted anything to the blog, but I have been continuing my quest to find discarded objects.  I am trying to find things that have been left mistakenly, which assumes they still had value at the time - highly subjective and impossible to know, but it helps me not take shots of shoes tossed over power lines!

    Left behind because I did not bring you luck?
    Flemington Racecourse
    Left behind and feeling flat
    Melbourne CBD
    Maybe the sun had gone behind a cloud
    Williamstown wetlands
  • Wed, 05 Feb 2014 08:00:00 +0000

    Left behind
    "Take nothing but pictures.  Leave nothing but footprints.  Break nothing but silence.  Kill nothing but time" appears to be the full maxim, but I have not been able to establish its provenance.

    Most of us know it in its shortened form of "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints" and the intersection of these two ideas is what I have started to explore photographically.

    Specifically, I am interested in things that have been left behind and my intent is to photograph them and try and interpret a story.

    This is an ongoing private project, and here are two examples to kick things off.  The only rule I am following is that I will not touch or re-position the item.

    How can you explain that you left it behind?
    Williamstown wetlands

    Sometimes, leaving it behind does not mean it is not precious.
    Melbourne CBD

  • Sat, 18 Jan 2014 03:44:00 +0000

    A short break in Blue Joanna
    We recently stayed a few nights on a farm in Blue Joanna, coastal Victoria between Apollo Bay and Lavers Hill.

    It was wonderful to be away, with no phone reception, no TV, just time to relax and unwind.

    The cottage we stayed in had a great view out over the dam and then to the hills which gently rolled down to the sea.  We found a secret river deep in a cleft of the hills.......

    And were lucky to have some great sunsets whilst we were there.....

    I will post another update on the trip, focussing on some of the wild and not so wild animals we saw.....
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:00:00 +0000

    58mm 1.4 challenge wrap-up
    For those of you counting, you will have noticed that I only posted 6 shots from the week 50 challenge that I recently completed.

    I wanted to leave the 7th shot for this post, as a wrap-up of thoughts on the week.

    Christmas crowds at the South Melbourne Markets

    Shooting with the 58mm for a week and posting a single shot for each day was a challenge, it was not a competition.  Having avoided this kind of thing in the past because of the competitive connotation, I was pleasantly surprised at how collegiate the process was, as well as how truly challenging I found it.  Part of the challenge was because of the additional pressure I placed on myself by adding a theme to the week, although this may, in fact, have made it easier by focusing my eye and thoughts.

    Would I do this again? Absolutely.

    Would I sign up for some of the bigger, more committing, challenges - such as the yearly challenge?  I am not sure on this.  Trying to juggle personal photography projects against other commitments is always complex and I am a bit of a perfectionist (I think that this is a slight understatement!), so if I cannot really commit then it is unlikely I will start.

    If you are thinking of having a go at something like this, go for it and enjoy the challenge!
  • Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:30:00 +0000

    Nikon 58mm 1.4 challenge
    I have just completed a challenge on a photography forum that I am a member of.  As it was week 50 of the year, the challenge was to capture an image each day of the week with a 50mm, or equivalent, lens.

    I have always steered clear of this kind of thing, because challenge was synonymous with competition for me, and I don't see photography as a competitive activity.  This is not to say I am anti-competition, or that I would not like to win a competition (I would), just that I don't see photographing with the purpose of competition as something I am interested in. I was very pleased that the purpose and my experience has been anti-competitive and really focussed on creativity and sharing, so I have enjoyed the challenge immensely.

    My chosen lens was the new Nikon 58mm 1.4G, which I shot on the Nikon D3s (the rules allowed up to a 58mm).  I chose the lens as it is new for me and I thought it would provide a good testing ground for it and assist me in coming to terms with using it across a wide range of scenario's.

    So to the shots, presented in sequence across the week....

    Makers Workshop in Burnie, Tasmania, detail of a light fitting

    Navigation marker in Williamstown

    It was at this point I realised I had inadvertently started a theme of the "arrow" or "v" shape and decided to try and continue this across the week to add to the difficulty!

     Moving traffic

    This way for dogs

    Drinking fountain with Monty

    Finial and roof detail

  • Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:30:00 +0000

    30th Birthday with a difference......
    This is my Seiko 6309 dive watch that turns 30 years old this month!  All original, it still keeps perfect time and it has never been serviced.  And yes, I used to wear it diving all of the time!

    Seiko serial numbers follow a pattern which means you can establish when your watch was manufactured.  This one was made in December 1983.


    Even the band is original!

  • Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:20:00 +0000

    Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre
    Had a fantastic visit to Mount Rothwell last night.  It is located about 45 minutes out of Melbourne and is home to Victoria's largest feral-predator free ecosystem.  At 450 hectares, it is a big place and it is open one night a month for guided walks.

    Rufous Bettong

    We were lucky to see an incredible range of wildlife, ranging from the vulnerable to those which are already extinct in the wild.

    Rufous Bettong

    Quolls, Bettongs, Rock Wallabies and Bandicoots were the main stars of the evening, but throw in my first Owlet Nightjar and a rare frog and you get the idea of the diversity that we saw.

    Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby

    All of the animals are wild although confined to the boundaries of the six foot high, electric, fence.  They are not fed or interacted with, but all were pretty relaxed around the group of people wandering through their home with torches and cameras.

    Rufous Bettong
    Whilst it was a fantastic few hours, it gave a graphic illustration of what it would have been like in the area 200 years ago and what we have subsequently lost.  If you get an opportunity to go, I highly recommend it.
    For those interested - all shots taken with a Nikon D3s with 80-200mm lens @2.8 and ISO 12,800
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