Macro garden shots from Sony A7ii


Today, with a little welcome sunshine, I took my mirror-less, full frame camera into the garden to try out the macro lens (FE2.8/90). The poor flowers were a little worse for wear from the recent rain, icy weather and winds and some parts of our garden/jungle are so overgrown I did not venture to capture all my gorgeous camellias.

I did not use a tripod…. not really a good idea with macro shots, but being impatient, I wanted first to see what sort of photos lazy play would give. With the use of a tripod and more manual adjustments the results should only get better.

Even with this quick episode I am pretty happy….. those potato vine flowers are 3 cm across the widest part of the biggest one and the tiny forget me nots  are 9mm (less than 1 cm) or less across the widest part of the bigger one!!!! (in summer I find they grow larger)

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SonyA7ii camera shots… Murwillumbah.


Still learning how to get the most out of this little beast, but here are some pics of our holiday over the past few weeks. ……. Murwillumbah area (includes Natural Bridge Falls) .

 

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I only have the 24 to 70 mm lens at present (and a macro) so could not zoom in to Mt warning. This is about 5% 0f the image at 70mm but because the camera is full frame it is not too bad for a postcard type shot..

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Slow shutter speed without a tripod is helped by the in camera stabilisation.

 

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No my usual subject, but the strong light and contrastsappealed.

 

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Morning light

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“How green is my valley”

Winter garden, Victoria


I have enjoyed using the Sony A7ii around my sister’s garden today, at Yarra Junction, Victoria, Australia.

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I have yet to get the macro lens out but the high megapixel, full frame images allow for cropping anyway.Very pleased with this camera so far.

Sony mirrorless camera…. first pics. Melbourne.


high risestreet artcycling in the rainnightlights in rainevening raintram trackswinterjpgtramwinter treeswindowsCollingwoodnight lightsI am across the water from my home state of Tasmania, in Melbourne, Victoria. I treated myself to a new camera….. Sony mirrorless full frame. These are the first pics….. unedited except for a couple of crops. We were lucky to get a bit of rain to try the way it handled colours, lights and reflections. Pretty happy. All hand held with auto settings as I was really keen to snap a few and view on the computer.

Photo Editing, HDR and all that stuff.


Digital photography has made photography so accessible that most of us can enjoy this creative experience. As a painter who works in a “painterly manner”… i.e. towards Impressionism, with lost edges and subtleties, I find the sharpness and colour intensity of much modern photography a bit over the top for my personal taste. But I can’t help being drawn to it and admire my husband’s crisp HDR images.

This photo is of Cape Tourville,  Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania. Taken on a bright morning I used a polarising filter to reduce the glare and improve the blues, I decided to duplicate and edit the copy in Photoshop using levels to increase the intensity. Not sure which I prefer.

Please comment.

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Commission challenges


 

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While busy at this time of year restocking and going to events, I have managed to complete some of the commissioned work and have sent a couple off to their new homes. The watercolour above went to live in NSW yesterday. I have previously done a “Fly Fishing Tasmania” in a landscape format and reproduced  it on fridge magnets. The challenge for this commission was to create a similar feel in a portrait format, making sure to capture the sense of light.

 

Aurora inspired pendant

This encaustic pendant, inspired by the skies of Aurora Australis, will be off to USA to match the bangle bought by a lovely lady visiting Hobart on a cruise. I also need to do a silk bracelet for her to match a pendant she bought. I have done 3 paintings for it but none are quite a close enough match so I will work on that again today.

 

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At the craft Fair I had some small matted watercolours of my “Ladies Day Out” loose style figures. These are  based on Robert Wade’s  “Bob’s Blobs” which I so loved when I attended a watercolour workshop with him years ago. I really enjoy doing these and the instructions for this were…… 3 friends dressed in red, yellow and purple. I did 3 works (all have been collected…. this was a practise), so the “three  amigos” will each have one. What a lovely idea for an original  Christmas gift for special friends.

Christmas is coming…. designing cards


I have been having fun designing Christmas Cards.

Fun time of year! Yes I know it is early… but design, print, market…. it all takes time!

Both are watercolours. “Chatterbox Wren” is a photo of a watercolour I did from a photo i took of a very young Superb Blue Wren making such a racket chirping on the roof. I edited the photo of the painting to add the Santa hat and wording.

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The idea for the card below came about a couple of years ago when I was showing watercolour students how to paint a group of simple figures in the style of internationally renowned watercolorist, Robert Wade….. “Bob’s Blobs”. It was near Christmas and I love that red hat as a symbol of Christmas so voila!!!!! I have added red text since doing this little painting

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A walk in the rainforest…. Trowutta Arch, Tasmania’s Tarkine


It was a lovely spring day here in Tasmania today and we took our camper out for a run. Tarkine wilderness again, but this time not the coast. Still wonderful geology in the limestone karst formations and the most magnificent reflections in the water at Trowutta Arch. Along the way fungi, ferns, mosses, lichen and liverworts below a canopy which let streams of light through.

Along the temperate rainforest track. So many man ferns (Dicksonia Antartica)IMG_9079

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And “fairyland” magic in the micro world

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Then at the end of the walk we were rewarded with amazing reflections and limestone formations.

 


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