I have been considering buying a macro lens for my X-Pro1 for some time. I’ve seen some amazing macro photos, and it’s a genre I feel I would enjoy. If I look around my current surroundings, there are a lot of things whose detail is often missed. There is the grain on the wood clothes basket, the patterns in the skin of apples, or fine details in my jewellery for instance.
However purchasing a good quality macro lens doesn’t come cheap. And I’ve so far had no luck obtaining a cheap second hand lens via eBay or gumtree. So for now, I’m content with using the close up filters I bought for my X-Pro lenses and using the macro setting in the Camera+ app on my iPhone. These options don’t give me true macro, nor do they allow me to print large quality photos, but for now they whet my appetite.
The past fortnight has seen a lot of movement on our building site. The floor was completed, thankfully as the frame was ready earlier than expected. It’s been amazing to see the progress take place relatively quickly. It’s not quite finished yet, as the garage slab needs to be poured. Once it has set it’s frame and roof trusses can go up.
While I was walking through the house frame I realised the trusses create some fascinating angles. The best way to photograph them? Laying flat on my back! I then had a little fun playing around in post processing, creating these two images. I think they are a nice contrast against the ‘boring’ (read taken from a normal angle of view) photos that I’ve taken of the frame.
I love photographing the streets of Melbourne. I particularly find the variety of architecture in the CBD inspiring, so the bulk of my photos taken in Melbourne predominately feature buildings.
I’ve recently come to enjoy photographing the graffiti found in so many laneways and other spaces around the CBD. The colours, mostly bright bold shades, almost scream at the viewer for attention, and the artistic quality of so much of the artwork is high. I wouldn’t hesitate to hang some of them on the walls of my home, if that was possible. The idea that a piece of artwork might not be there the next time I visit, is both exciting & disappointing at once. At least by taking some photos I can admire them into the future.
These two photos were taken in Hosier Lane, which has been on the list of places for tourists to visit for years. I used to avoid it because of the tourists, but now I don’t. Now I look forward to what I’ll discover during my next visit.
My home is surrounded by a table grape vineyard. I enjoy keeping an eye on the progress of the vines throughout the year. They go from being heavily laden with bunches of grapes, to being empty of fruit as its snipped off by workers, then slowly as the season changes the leaves begin to fall, leaving bare branches. Long, woody & bent in weird ways, I love the architectural look they produce. Eventually they get cut short and tidied up, and in what feels to me like a blink of an eye green shoots start appearing, and a new cycle of growth begins.
I amazed by how quickly the vines grow. And by their tenacity. The vines behind my back yard fence grow up and over my fence, draping downwards, growing along the ground. I leave them there, because although there are no bunches of grapes on them, they are covered in leaves that are a beautiful shade of green. And they also provide a little bit of shade; at the right time of day my dogs happily take refuge in it or go looking for critters hiding among the leaves.
It feels to me like the vines in this photo are growing so much they are trying to reach for the sky. Of an evening, when the colours produced by the sunset are just right (which thankfully is more often than not), I like to take a moment to stop & drink in the beautiful view.
Unfortunately the view has now changed. The vines have been covered in plastic wrap to protect the still growing grapes. Lots of white plastic isn’t pretty, & of course it’s stopped those vines from reaching for the sky. I look forward to next season when I can get back to capturing photos like this.
This landscape was taken at a location that I visit a number of times throughout the year. It’s close to where I live, taking me about 5 – 10 minutes to reach by car. It’s closeness is ideal because even if I’ve had a long tiring day at work, or if the weekend day has been hectic, I know I have a location that I like & can get to quickly.
This tree has captured my imagination. I have photos of it in flood, half covered by water, that I took while wearing waders to get nice & close. Other photos show the tree & landscape surrounded by even less water than is seen here. Every visit I’m presented with a different landscape to capture.
Photography for me is relaxing; in fact if things work out right it’s meditative. The chatter in my mind & the world around me disappears. All that’s left is me, my camera & the subject. And a little bit of bliss.
It is an uncommon experience for me to find myself on a boat on a river. My preferred type of body of water is the ocean – any ocean. I find it invigorating, rejuvenating, and a lot of fun. River water doesn’t do it for me like the ocean does.
A recent christmas function I attended took place on a paddle boat, so I took advantage of the opportunity and packed a camera as well as taking my iPhone.
We were treated to a spectacular sunset. The colours were beautiful and reflected nicely in the water. This photo was captured on the iPhone.
I enjoyed the opportunity to photograph something that I see a lot, from a different point of view. Moving out of my comfort zone was inspirational, and has me thinking about other photographic images I’d like to create and how to go about them. If these ideas progress I’ll share them here.
When I set out with my camera I usually have in mind what I’m trying to capture. The resulting images are not necessarily the same as I had in mind, although often they are fairly close to what I originally wanted to capture.
Sometimes however, something about the location I’m in takes me away from that original idea. The above photo is a perfect example of that.
I’d captured the sunset images that I wanted, although I felt like there might be other, non landscape images I could take. I spied this section of the ground, that shows flood waters in an area that doesn’t often see water. I was fascinated by the cracks in the ground so took a photo.
Some minor cropping and playing around with the original colours gave me this abstract photo. It’s my take on the flooded river.
The following recipe was given to me several years ago by a very good friend. It’s easy to make & adapts to ingredient changes well. I’ve added everything from cinnamon to complement the banana, to reducing the banana amount by & adding berries, to being a little naughty by adding chocolate. Because banana & chocolate is always yummy together.
Grease & line a 20cm square cake tin (or loaf tin). Pre-heat oven 180c
Sift 2 cups flour & 1 tspn bi-carb soda into a large bowl. Add 1 cup of sugar & mix with a spoon. Add 3/4 cup milk, 2 eggs (lightly beaten before) & 3 mashed bananas. Mix together. Add 125g melted butter & mix with a spoon. Don’t overmix. Bake for 1 hour. Enjoy warm or cool, it’s tasty either way.
When I made this today, I took bananas out of the freezer & defrosted them in the microwave. As they were quite mushy & still a little frozen, the mix was runnier than usual. I decided not to add the butter, thinking it wasn’t needed. Thankfully this decision paid off, the resulting cake is a moist as always.
I also often don’t use a full cup of sugar; I don’t think it’s needed. Today I used 1/2 cup caster sugar & 1/4 cup raw sugar. Sometimes I’ll only use raw sugar, as I like it’s texture.
Also, I don’t bake the cake for 1 hour. My fan forced oven has a hot spot in the middle, allowing me to cook at 175 for about 45 minutes.
Have a go adapting this recipe yourself, I’m sure you’ll find a combination you love.
My backyard provides me with daily photography inspiration if I want it, in the form of sunsets. They aren’t always as spectacular as this one is, although most evenings provide a level of beauty I missed when I was living surrounded by houses. Having space provides many benefits, & sunsets are something I particularly enjoy.