Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cheviot Rail Tunnel, Yea.

The country town on Yea, about 100km’s north of Melbourne has a few hidden gems.  One of these is the Cheviot railway Tunnel.  To Quote Wikipedia “Cheviot tunnel was built for the extension of the Mansfield railway line from Yea and is located near Limestone, roughly half way between Yea and Molesworth, where the line crosses the Black Range at McLoughlin’s Gap. It was built in 1889, at a cost of £88,661/2/11, by contractors by Kenny Bros. as part of the Yea to Cathkin section”.

Now for photographers is it worth visiting,  I say yes however one will need a bit more than just a camera.  To get the photos of inside the tunnel and emphasise the shelters one needs a tripod and another light source,  Either a flash or a torch to illuminate the shelters.

For these photos the first is a HDR the second is an overexposed picture adjusted in ACR the third is another shelter looking from the western end and the last one is of the entrance looking west.cheviotHDR2

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Flower arrangement

My darling wife had a birthday the other day and a friend gave her a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Now I have always wanted to do a still life but with floral arrangement skills of zero it was never going to happen unless I bought an arrangement.  With the arrangement in hand and a few lights ( not professional lights, can’t afford those) and ACR it was time to get busy.

 

After a few tries and without much scope with the two lights and a bit of daylight I did not spend much time on lighting.  It was a case of push my makeshift soft box around until I thought it was ok and then take a few shots and see what developed.

 

This is the result.  Hope you like it.

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Ferny Creek

Today, with the potential for snow above 500 metres in the Dandenong’s I thought that it was worth while taking a drive and see if there was snow worth photographing.  Unfortunately while I was there no snow,  a bit of hail but alas no snow.

 

I had been to Ferny Creek (which is in the Dandenong’s) reserve a few times and had seen a few old buildings that had potential for photos.  Now the windows were so dirty on one that I could not get a worthwhile shot, which is a pity because it had great potential.

 

The other two were ok so it was find a window that provided the best view of the interior and go to it.  For these images I used bracketing, 3 images each a stop apart and processed in Photoshops HDR tool.  This is the result from the first building.  Quite like the old blue carpet and brown lounge suite.

 

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The second was a much larger hall again with a few benches against the far window.

 

Hope you like them.

 

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Re working an old image

Some time ago I went to the country town of Walhalla in east Victoria.  Whilst there I took a few photos of the inside of an old building and in particular what was the pantry for the old house open for tourists.

 

Originally I never liked the image and it has just sat there.  Today I decided to revisit the photos from Walhalla and in particular the inside shots. Didn’t have many and I think in the near future I will go back for another go at a few of the buildings.

Having learnt more over the last year since I took the photos I have reworked the image to get closer to what I want.  It is still not perfect and the composition could be better.  However this version has more character than the original.  Again I  have used the grad density filter found in ACR.  Quite like that tool.

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More work on Sea and Cityscapes

Over the last few days I have been down to Port Phillip Bay and into the CBD of Melbourne.  From these trips I have converted two images to Black and White.

The first is the seascape and I have used graduated density filters that are available in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).  This enables one to greatly reduce overblown areas and bring out details.  In particular cloud details that are not visible in the RAW image.  I also used one on the sea so that the horizon line glows more and becomes a dividing line between the clouds and the sea.

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The second is a quick grab from  a bridge near Melbourne with approaching storm clouds.  Using the graduated density filter in ACR has allowed me to darken the clouds and heighten the impending threat.

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Pushing my boundaries.

Yesterday, even though the sky did not look like I could get a nice sunset I never the less decided to head down to the bay and at least practise a few techniques needed for full sky line and ocean photography.

 

In essence to do a reasonable photo with detail in clouds one must have a graduated density filter.  Otherwise the sky becomes over exposed or the sea under exposed.  The graduated density filter enables one to exposes for the sea and the  keep the sky and cloud detail.  Especially near sunset where the horizon glow is way to strong.

 

For this shot I used a graduated density of .6, just enough to dim the skies and keep the detail.

 

Hope you like it.

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Seeking Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner was a superb landscape painter. Producing exquisite landscapes with absolute mastery of light in his work.

As a photographer I keep seeking landscape scenes that have that special light.  Today I thought the clouds looked like I might be able to find a few scenes that had that light.  So it was off for a drive.  Unfortunately I think I left it too late as the cloud base was higher than I wanted in the area I choose to drive too.  The result was a drive with only one stop where I thought the scenery warranted getting out the camera.

As luck would have it the best viewing positions were occupied by houses.  Now being reluctant to call on someone unknown and ask if I could stand on their roof I had to take second best.  Which was looking out from a car park of a hotel.  Moreover the light was not what I wanted.  Still I took a couple of shots of a tree that had some nice light on it and a few of the valley.

It all adds to experience and knowledge so I am happy with the learnings and I hope you like the shots.

 

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