Camellias in winter sunshine


From my garden today.

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.

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.

Cape Tourville adjustedCape Touville original

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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“My” Tasmania…. voted in top 5 islands in the world!!!!! Photos of lesser known places


I love my island home, TASMANIA. I know it’s tops so really did not need to be told it is in the world’s 5 top islands but, I must say, it feels good to have it acknowledged by a top US magazine. Thanks, US Travel and Leisure, for confirming we have a real treasure here.

………….”Tasmania’s stunning landscape and wildlife have seen it voted into the world’s top ten islands – but it’s not the only one in Australia on the list
Tasmania has been named fourth in the world’s top-five islands by US-based Travel and Leisure magazine
Voters cited Tasmania’s fresh air, stunning landscapes, quirky fauna and good food among the state’s treasures
Almost 1.6 million people visited Tasmania between 2013 and 2014 – nearly double the population of the state
Tourism attractions include the vibrant capital Hobart, the stunning Bay of Fires and historic Port Arthur jail
The Apple Isle was left off a map of Australia featuring on the Commonwealth Games uniform earlier this year”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3153646/Tasmania-s-stunning-landscape-wildlife-seen-voted-world-s-ten-islands-s-not-one-Australia-list.html#ixzz3gKPKHEib
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Here are some of my photos. from the North/ North West of the state… basic camera and I am an ameteur  photographer but here in Tas anyone can take an OK pics. So many opportunities

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