A historic day

FUJIFILM314-07-17KLC_Fuji_X-Pro1 july 2017_2017_DSCF2267I recently had the pleasure of being onboard the PS Melbourne with over 120 other passengers and crew as she cruised along the Murray River making her way to Wentworth, in doing so leaving the Murray River & entering the waters of the Darling River. The day trip starting at 8am & finishing at 4:30pm was thought to be PS Melbourne’s first time cruising this route since becoming a passenger boat many years ago.

The day had quite the historic feel about it, with many of the passengers reminiscing about their first cruise onboard the PS Melbourne or the time they first met the man who made the Melbourne the popular tourist boat she is today, Mr Alby Pointon. Commentary provided by the Captains also pointed out historic things relevant to both the Melbourne & its owners.

Mr Pointon’s Granddaughter Ashton Kreuzer had the idea to run this cruise to kick off weekend celebrations at the Wentworth Junction Rally.

Ashton did an outstanding job, ensuring passengers were well fed, provided with coffee, tea or hot chocolate to keep the cold air at bay and be entertained with art & music.

As I’ve mentioned before it is not often that I find myself on the water, so I took the opportunity to make the most of it by taking my camera kit with me. Cruising at the slow pace the Melbourne takes afforded me the time to not only enjoy the scenery but to capture scenes ordinarily not seen by myself.

However the above photo was taken in the minutes before the Melbourne left the banks of the Murray where she was moored. Sometimes these moments of ordinariness are as important as those that are more historic. Here she is, the PS Melbourne doing what she does more often than not: taking on passengers who will for the first time or the upteenth  time be settling in for a journey on the Murray enjoying the tranquility on offer by travelling at a much slower pace. It captures the beginning of another journey -albeit this day was more historic than most.

Kim.

There Is Such Beauty In The Sky…

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I can’t seem to stop looking at the sky. And not just at sunrise or sunset. Some pretty amazing skies happen during the middle of the day too.

Clouds that streak across the sky, stretched out as though they are trying to reach from one side of earth to the other.

Or large dark clouds, heavy with rain that doesn’t fall here. Or fluffy white clouds, that promise nothing but beauty.

Beacuse of the beauty in the sky, and for other reasons too I’ve decided to put my camera bag in the car with me when I go anywhere, even to work. Sometimes the most stunning sky presents itself after a fitfull night sleep or after a hectic work day. So now my camera will be on hand to help me remember the beauty.

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In A Hurry…

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Towards the end of the day last Thursday I found myself in an all to common situation. Having finished work & grocery shopped, I literally had five minutes at home to get changed, feed my dogs & cover the bird cage before heading out to a flex class. Hurriedly I dashed outside to cover the birds. As I got to their cage I looked up to see the sun setting, creating a section of sky that looked like it was alight.

My brain kicked into overdrive – telling me I had to capture what I saw. At the same time I knew i didn’t have time to get my camera, put it on the tripod, ensure I had the right lens on & then finally take some photos. I knew however this was not going to happen. All I could do was reach for the ever present iPhone, currently residing in my pocket & be content with the results.

After taking a couple of photos I turned to dash back inside, only to be greeted by a double rainbow on the opposite side of the sky. Granted, the second rainbow was faint but it was clearly there.

I knew I had to photograph it, and knew the clock was ticking. So again I used my iPhone, this time taking a panorama as well as standard photos. This was clearly a situation where the best camera is the one you have on you statement rang true.

The resulting photos certainly aren’t as good as they could’ve been, but considering the circumstances I’m happy ┬áthat I managed to get what I did. If only time could be on my side every now & again.

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Digital Creations

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One thing that is nice about digital photography is the plethora of options available to post process images & the ease of obtaining the software & learning how to use it. I mostly stick to using CaptureOne, but every so often I like to ‘play’ with an image to see what else can be done with it.

In the case of the above photo I’ve used Corel’s Paint It to convert a panoramic iPhone photo into a water colour sketch. On becoming a water colour sketch the fine detail in the photo is lost, though I still feel it conveys a sense of the location.

The sketch also provides inspiration. I’m slowly teaching myself how to use water colours; my preference is water colour sketching. Perhaps one day I won’t need software to create this kind of look. Although the beauty of Paint It is I’m not limited to water colours. There is among others oil painting & pastels, two things I know I’ll never learn. Transforming my photos to digital paintings will suffice.

Kim

Construction On My Mind

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The construction of our new home has provided me with a lot of unexpected photographic opportunities. I initially thought that my photos of the build would be of documentary style only, showing progress as the house is built.

However I’ve found ample there has been opportunity to get creative with my photos. The strong lines of the house frame has provided me with a couple of fruitful photographic shoots, one of which I’ve already blogged about.

These two photos were taken after I’d mown our lawn (and weeds!) last Sunday. The garage slab had been poured then topped with water so it didn’t dry too quickly. I sat in the house & noticed the shadows cast by the frame. I took advantage of having my phone & took some photos.

Documentary style photography of the house build is important to me; this type of creative photography is proving to be equally important. It provides another way of looking at something that might seem mundane.

Kim

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Reaching For The Sky

fullsizerenderMy 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.

Kim

A Quick Inspiration

img_0827This 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.

Kim.

Sunset On The River

djrd7781It 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.

Kim.