Steaming Along

A really nice sunrise on Sunday morning from the side of Mt Buninyong, however that will have to wait. I was keen to capture the steam train on show across the weekend as part of the Ballarat Heritage Weekend and this year I was after something a bit different. The first train due on Sunday left at 9.25am so I raced to get myself into position a few kms along the track. A couple of things I really like in these....in the first one that great shadow of the train! And the last two are definitely a bit different...... what do you reckon?
I've got some great video, too, that I'll post a bit later.






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Saturday Sunrise Show

Saturday morning at Lake Wendouree was quite a nice colour show at the end of the rowing course. Some intense colour lit up the sky, and I thought the Olympic Rings would make a nice silhouette against the sky. This weekend is Ballarat Heritage Weekend and I'm looking forward to chasing the steam train!

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Fantastic Friday

With the forecast of fog and calm conditions, I was hopeful Friday morning would be a good one....and it was! I made my way out to the wind farm near Waubra for sunrise and came home with a fantastic range of images. This set is all from ground level and as you can see conditions were still fantastic when I got back into Ballarat and Lake Wendouree.
And as for the aerials....wow! I'll get to them next.........






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A Simple Rose...plus!

A lack lustre day on Thursday had me once again grabbing the macro lens for some close ups, this time of a rose. The water droplets really add a nice element to this image, and whilst I know I'm not the first to capture this sort of image, it's all part of a process to teach myself macro photography.
Now, Friday morning...that was something very special...here's a quick teaser......

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George, Dean and Wendy

A great days photography on Wednesday started with a foggy morning out at St Georges Lake at Creswick. From there I made my way over to the Dean Reservoir for some soft, subtle tones amidst the lingering mist that was just starting to lighten. The end of the day was also well worth sharing with a nice sunset at Viewpoint at Lake Wendouree.





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Great Indeed!

On Tuesday morning there was a very brief slice of colour on the horizon at Lake Wendouree that I just managed to capture. However, on my way back around the lake to home a flash of white caught my eye in the North Gardens Wetlands that had me grabbing the big lens where I spent some time capturing this  Eastern Great Egret. Amazing to think you can capture something this special so close to the City - I'm sure I could convince you I took this in some exotic location well away from all the hustle and bustle!



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Nine Minutes

On Monday morning I was out east of Ballarat before sunrise and once I got myself to a high vantage point I could see the only spot with a bit of potential was Clarkes Hill. It was covered with a shroud of fast moving cloud so I headed over that way. By positioning myself behind the hill I was hopeful that once the sun came up it would light up the clouds. And indeed it did...with a spectacular, vibrant, ever changing show. This is nine minutes of the action!



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Kingston Capers

With all the great autumn colour around at the moment, one location that's been high on my list is the Avenue of Honour at Kingston. On Sunday morning I was out that way, and though my idea was to capture it in early morning sunlight, the foggy conditions I got this morning I think were OK!
And whilst autumn is all about the colours of the leaves, I'm actually leaning towards the black and white version as my favourite. What do you think?

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Awesome Autumn

We are in one of the most colourful autumns I can remember and after a run out along the Yarrowee Trail to the Gong Gong Reservoir on Saturday where I noticed some great colour, later in the day I made a visit out to Kirks Reservoir, which is just over the road from the Gong, as it always has nicer colour in the lovely lawns and trees. I captured quite a few playing around with star bursts and a bit later on after sitting in the car waiting to see what the light would do, I had an idea to play around with some camera movement blurs. Quite interesting, don't you think?






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The Lake and Some Verticals

Out of nowhere on Friday morning a patch of light broke through at Lake Wendouree, looking across from View Point to the cafe and boat sheds. Just a few minutes earlier I captured this reflection of one of the lights on View Point and it seemed like a good time to post a couple of other verticals I captured earlier in the week at Lake Learmonth. The first of these images shows a tree just as the morning sun came up. Whilst nice enough in itself, it was the amazing shadow it cast the other way that really had my attention. With the low lying mist still hovering on the lake, the shadow the tree cast was very unusual (well, I thought so, anyway!)



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Dean Delight

On Thursday morning there was a very brief, but very colourful sunrise, and luckily I found a nice place to capture it.....Dean Reservoir. I really had to race to get the tripod set up as the colour exploded and then just as quickly faded away. Can you see the sun pillar? It adds a nice extra element to the image.
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Intimate Landscapes

Something quite different today. I've just recently got my hands on an old Minolta macro lens and after forking out $14 for a special mount, I can now use it on my full frame digital camera. The mount arrived yesterday ($14...amazing!) so I had a wander around the back yard. Now I know I'm not the first one to capture images like this, however with some exciting subjects and the right light and conditions, I reckon the potential is looking good for some rather unusual images.
And for those tech minded photographers....these were shot at between 1250 and 6400 ISO! Amazing what the modern camera can do!



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Low Lying Lake Learmonth

Once again some lovely conditions on Tuesday morning with calm conditions and low lying mists shrouding Lake Learmonth. Getting up high above the lake really shows nicely how the mist was working its way across the lake, coming in from the east and drifting west. The first 2 images were taken from the south shore, the third image is from a bit later from the east side of the lake, looking west, showing the strangely named "Controversy Island"! The last week and a half has given me some of the best late autumn conditions ever, though that may be set to end for a while with rain, and a lot of it,  predicted for later this week.


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Steaming Along

A really nice sunrise on Sunday morning from the side of Mt Buninyong, however that will have to wait. I was keen to capture the steam train...