A trip to Beech Forest Victoria

A few days ago a Friend and I went for a two hour drive to Beech Forest, a small town found in the Otway Ranges of Victoria.  Along the way if one goes via the inland route and not the Great Ocean Road one eventually will turn off a drive through a National park. The park is home to a rainforest which has trees like this.

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I would love to find a grove of these trees but its unlikely as the geography is all steep slopes and hills with almost no access of the one road.

 

Continuing along the only road one eventually gets to Beech Forest.  One of the first attractions is an old Fordson tractor and if you are not looking it is east to miss.  This time I decided to take a six shot panorama of the tractor, more for the practise than anything else but I did like the result.

 

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=Then its on to the Redwood Forest found a few kilometres along a dirt road.  The trees and area is beautiful and oh so very peaceful.  I tried a vertarama, a vertical panorama, which ended up looking like this.

 

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Finally we went to Erskin Falls, we were really planning to go to the lower Kalimna Falls but traffic on the great ocean road delayed us to much.  Anyway again a panorama or vertarama of the falls.

 

Then it was homeward bound and a much needed sleep.  Hope you like the photos.

 

 

Back

It has been a while since I posted on this blog.  However due to a careless driver going through a give-way sign and hitting the front of my car I have been walking a great deal and taking few photographs..

Enough of my complaints, yesterday I ventured out with a small group to grab a few shots of a new development area here in Melbourne.  The area is nicely fronted with water so as the evening wears on one is presented with lights and reflections.

 

The results are these shots.  I did try for a larger panorama using a 200mm telephoto, however I had packed a lightweight tripod so between shots was much greater in time than I really wanted.  The result of course is different sky exposures which makes for a very poor panorama.  Still I managed to get three  really nice shots from the day.  Hope you enjoy them.

 

 

 

Upcoming exhibition

Shortly, well June 30th I will be showing a collection of my botanicals in the Sofitel here in Melbourne.  It has been a few years since I did a show there so it is nice that I am back with a second exhibition.

 

I have not decided which images I will present over the special edition redgum framed Australian Gum Leaves.  I think as the display area is spread over two distinct areas that for the Australian Leaves part I will just put up the 6 already framed and in the the other area do a variety of flowers that I have produced since the last show.

 

Below is an example of each, hope you like them and if you are in Melbourne do drop in to the Sofitel and have a look.

 

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A view from a hill

Yesterday went with a number of other photographers to an area near Kilcunda, a costal town in Victoria Australia.  The group organiser had found a great vantage point overlooking Western Port Bay.  After a brief interlude whilst a thunderstorm passed overhead we proceeded to the vantage point, only to find that the storm had not passed completely.  So it was a case of standing in rain whilst trying to get a shot of the sunsetting over Western Port bay.

 

These are two of the shots I managed before it became to uncomfortable to stay.

 

other aspects of Street photography

Sometimes when I am out doing street photography I can’t find the mojo or a scenario that works for me.  It is then that I go looking for something else. Occasionally one can find a wall or aspect of the city that denies the shiny new buildings all around.  In this case it is a small decrepit building in Bourke street of Melbourne.  Just around the corner of this building is a wall that has character.

 

So in this case of street photography its not people that are the characters but an old wall.  Hope you like it.

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Waves

There is something compelling about waves.  Perhaps it is the power they have as they roll into shore.  Certainly for me I love to watch and photograph heavy waves.

On visiting a beach the other day there was quite a heavy surf, so I spent some time photographing waves and their remains on the beach sand.  Only problem is the spray that drifts over the camera gear.  Still a wipe down with a damp cloth fixes that.

 

here are three images from the session do hope you enjoy them.

 

Re-visiting

Yesterday another photographer and I went to a site, Tenby Point, , that we had both been at before.  It was hot and still and just a little bit humid with a bit of a walk across a rough stony beach, if one could call a metre wide sand patch a beach.  The object of our desire was a tree with a large log pointing to it, which when the tide comes in makes for a very nice photographic topic.

 

So we set up and did the usual long exposure work and the results were ok.  Then we left and went to a nearby beach on the southern ocean.  That was better temperature wise with nice large waves breaking over rocks etc.  Spent a bit  of time there and then as the evening wore on and we were not happy with the size of the waves and  the spray we decided to go get some dinner and then return to Tenby Point, not expecting much as cloud was starting to move in.

To our delight on arrival the tide level was great and the sky had enough blue and cloud to make it interesting, moreover the moon was out and in the right place.  So it was all action with torches, long exposures and light painting of the tree.  It is never easy to get the focus right in the dark especially when using a torch to light the subject for focus, just not bright enough so a number of shots ended up out of focus.  However there are a few keepers from the night.

 

Out of all of the 200 shots I took over the day I have about 12-15 that are worth progressing, something of a rarity for me as I usually find that I only get one or two good images.

 

Now enough of the waffle, here is my favourite image from last night I hope you enjoy it.

 

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