Grey with a Dash of Colour

On Wednesday the grey weather continued, another chance to work on a couple of black and white images. A regular spot for me to visit is this small weir on the Bo Peep Creek as it gives me a good gauge of how the water is flowing. Some quite good flow at the moment that will continue to fill Lake Burrumbeet further downstream.
And if all this dark imagery is getting too much for's a bit of colour at Liffey Falls in Tasmania from back in March. This spot is one of the cascades upstream of the main falls. In any other location they'd have their own name as they are quite substantial waterfalls.


A Growing Family

This set of silos at Windermere, west of Ballarat, are a well known sight on the north side of Remembrance Drive and lately they have been reproducing. Always looking quite massive, that have been overshadowed by the two new towers that have just gone up. Another grey, drizzly day added a nice feel to this image with the stark silver of the silos contrasting nicely with the dark sky. Even though this may look black and white, it's still a colour image.
I've left this one a bit larger than normal, so make sure you click on it for a bigger look.

Dark and Moody

I think these 2 images sum up the weather we've been getting lately....dark and moody. Taken on the south side of Lake Burrumbeet on Monday it was an easy decision to convert them to black and white as there was hardly any colour in the originals to start with. There are some fantastic old gum trees on that side of the lake that make for great silhouettes.


A Walk in the Woods

The La Gerche Trail at Creswick is always a nice place to go for a stroll on a grey wet day as the canopy of trees gives you great shelter. And at this time of the year the colours make it even more special. Though it was quite dark under the trees the oak trees leaves really brightens things should head out there in the next week or so whilst the leaves are still around.


Testing the Lake

I was up early on Saturday morning to run a few tests above View Point at Lake Wendouree and though the conditions weren't too exciting, the view is still quite nice from up high. And I did mention in yesterdays post that I'd had few more to share from Friday...this is 2 views at Lake Wendouree right on sunset and only 6 minutes apart ....  the best light we had all week!


The Base of the Falls

I spent a couple of hours out and about on Friday afternoon and came home with a surprisingly good set of images for what was a pretty grey arvo with just the occasional break of sunlight.
After the good rain we had last weekend I was keen to check out the flow at one of my favourite spots - Moorabool Falls. Whilst the overall look of the falls was not that great with the small amount of water flowing, I thought some close ups of where the water hits the rocks at the base of the falls might look ok. The last 2 images here shows you the difference your shutter speed can make to an image - the first one is shot at 1 second, the last one at 1/15 second.
I'll post a few more later of the journey home.......!


A Touch of Red

On Thursday I think we had about 2 minutes of sunshine and fortunately I was at a pretty nice spot. Have you noticed as we head towards the end of autumn, how there seems to be some nice red colour in a lot of the trees at the moment? There was a couple of trees at Victoria Park that I noticed on a recent run that I was planning to get to, and the brief burst of sunlight really lit them up nicely. In the second image here I had to get out my artistic licence to play around a bit with this view looking straight down!


Late in the Day

Back to the mostly grey conditions on Wednesday. A couple of images from out at Lake Burrumbeet which I realised I hadn't been to for quite a long time for sunset (or what was trying to be a sunset!). A bit of green algae out there that you can see in the lower right area of the first one that adds an interesting colour palette to the image.


A Bonus......

Tuesday morning almost felt like a bit of a bonus as when I got up and looked outside it just looked grey and dull. However I noticed a slight hint of colour in the sky a little bit later and thought I may as well pop up to Lake Wendouree to see if anything might develop. These first 2 views looking across to View Point shows just how much it did develop! And of course how could I not point the camera a bit to the left to see how the red yacht was looking.....
A nice end to the day, too........


A Tale of Three Lakes

In yesterdays post I added one image from Monday mornings fantastic foggy conditions at Lake Wendouree. However, before that, I was out and about and came home with a great collection of images from three of our local lakes. 
Initially I headed west out of Ballarat to Lake Burrumbeet where the fog was pretty thick, creating some nice atmospheric scenes. The fog looked like it would take a while to burn off, so I headed back to Ballarat but by the time I was coming off the freeway I realised the conditions had changed dramatically so I thought if I popped out to St Georges Lake at Creswick I might capture something nice. These 2 images speak for themselves!
Now finally heading back home I was surprised to see how much fog had moved in to Ballarat as when I had left a couple of hours earlier there was no fog at all. So I made another stop at the Lake where my favourite yacht once again sent me home with some nice images.



After a few grey days it was nice to get some good light back on Sunday. I was actually heading out to Lake Burrumbeet for the sunset however as I was cruising around the south east corner of Lake Wendouree the sun rays across the lake looked worth a stop, so that's where I ended up for the day. There is around 24 minutes difference between images in the first and second ones here, showing how the light was gradually starting to warm up. No spectacular sunset to finish off, however the next morning the same yacht was in a totally different mood with some great fog.


Now and Then

Saturday was another grey, wet, windy day presenting quite a photographic challenge. One of the best views in the Ballarat district that I visit on regular basis is out at Lal Lal Reservoir where the rain refused to let up, however it sill created a nice, almost foggy, atmosphere to this view.
And it reminded me of a visit there back in early February when the conditions were far different...and quite spectacular!



It's been wet and wild for the last day or so with some great rain getting things flowing again. I found this small cascades flowing into the Yarrowee River south of Ballarat that gave me a chance to play around with my flowing water technique, hopefully the first of many such outings over the coming months.

Winter's Here

Winter hit big time on Thursday with some very cold temperatures and even some reports of a touch of snow out at Mollongghip. I caught probably the only chance at a bit of nice light just after sunrise at the end of the rowing course at Lake Wendouree. Some good rain with this cold front will start to get things flowing again around the district.
A good chance to go back a bit over a week to the lovely morning I had out at Addington. The third image here is the top of Mt Bolton and the black and white image is just to the right of the peak.


South Shore Sunrise

A varied selection from Wednesday's sunrise on the south shore of Lake Burrumbeet. I have a lot of trees around the district that I call upon to feature in my images, and this group here have often featured. This was taken with a long 30 second exposure that adds the smooth texture into the water. Not too long after that, right in time at sunrise, some nice clouds moved in to what had been a pretty blank sky just minutes before. Finally on the way home this field at Bo Peep caught my eye after its recent burn-off had left some nice patterns.



Some great calm conditions on Tuesday morning at Lake Wendouree here in Ballarat. There was just enough colour out to the east just on sunrise to keep me happy and then moments later the view north across the lake was pretty special, too.


How Colourful?

Are you amazed how colourful the Ballarat district is? Let's face it, Ballarat's weather has a pretty bad reputation, so I'm constantly amazed just how often I find such incredible conditions to capture, and Monday morning was just another example. This series is from Lake Wendouree at the end of the rowing course. The first shows a clear view of the Judges Box, whilst the next two, taken just north of the first, shows the small pond hidden in amongst the can just pick out the silhouette of the judges box in there. 


Grey with a Dash of Colour

On Wednesday the grey weather continued, another chance to work on a couple of black and white images. A regular spot for me to visit is thi...