As July 30th doesn't hold any particular celebratory significance here in Australia, I was surprised to catch a display of fireworks at local Lake Learmonth. And the sky put on its own show shortly afterwards. I didn't realise what I had caught here until I looked at the images on screen. I would have spent more time on this spot (I haven't been here before and there was no one else in sight), but being only 17 minutes drive from home looks like its worth a return visit.
Lake Wendouree Ballarat - Friday evening. The first pic here shows the conditions when I got up to the lake about 30 minutes before sunset. So I drove a lap but nothing too exciting, but thought I'd park under a tree that provided a nice foreground if anything did happen. And 15 minutes later the sun poked its head through to provide a really nice end to a great week. I'm almost embarrassed to admit I took these last 3 sitting in the car!
After driving around for a quite a while in the somewhat hazy conditions I thought Lake Burrumbeet might be my best bet for another nice finish to the day. The sunset was so-so, but afterwards the sky just came alive. The classic case of waiting long after the masses have gone home (not that there was anyone else there last night!). The 2nd and 3rd images here show the difference when you slow the shutter speed down.
Another from Death Valley on the Mesquite Dunes. This was early morning, somewhat calmer than the previous afternoons excitement. And I've just finished a book for some friends we stayed with in California...have a look here..
I went for a run around Lake Wendouree about 3.30 and you can see Mt Warrenheip in the distance, about 10km away. The top of the mount was under a layer of clouds, so thats where I ended up. Very damp and saturated - great conditions, and throw in some misty low clouds and you've got a great atmosphere to work with.
Some great conditions yesterday afternoon, so I went up to Lake Wendouree at 3.51 and spent 45 minutes doing a lap with 4 or 5 stops. Just when I thought I had my final choices for the Lake Exhibition sorted out I got one in this lot that will make the final cut......its not here, I'm saving it for the exhibition, so you'll have to come to see it!
And who said Ballarat winters are grey and colourless!
Though wet and miserable on Sunday morning here in Ballarat, a trip up to the Gong Gong Reservoir and the Yarrowee creek produced a couple of nice images. Actually, dark overcast conditions are perfect for this sort of photography and you can't help but getting something nice at the moment with the creek running so full.
On Monday morning, very early, I made the hike up the Face Track to the top of the Mt Roland plateau. I had been planning to do it on Sunda...