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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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.

Photos from the phone camera… to edit or not to edit? Table Cape, NW Tasmania


It was an overcast day yesterday, with patches of rain and then bits of sunshine peering through. We had been to Stanley, home of The Nut, an iconic volcanic plug. On the way home we drove along the beautiful drive atop Table Cape…. another area of past volcanic activity. The sun lit up the sea and I decided to quickly take some photos with the camera phone (Samsung Galaxy S5, on auto). Very lazy, I know, but still fun and still gets one looking more closely at the beauty that surrounds.

Tonight I decided to play with some of these. I have been noticing that many people’s photos seem to be increasingly edited. The results are crisp and sharp with incredible detail and often saturated colours. As a watercolourist, who loves soft edges, I am in 2 minds about most processing. But I appreciate that most people love a more powerful image and that we all “see differently”. Anyway it is all fun and with editing programs there are an endless array of possibilities. My editing here is fairly subtle. Levels mainly. A warm filter on one, lessening some of the lens flare, and on one I played with Photoshop HDR effect (pseudo HDR I suppose).

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Winter Sunrise, Devonport, Tasmania


I am not a morning person so it is really unusual for me to emerge to take photos of sunrise. But this morning I did just that. The first day of winter and we were treated to a very heavy frost but that was  followed by a perfect sunrise with the lovely clear light we get here in Tasmania. (Devonport about 15 mins from our home at Forth on Tasmania’s NW coast……..the city  where the Bass Strait ferry docks). It was certainly worth the effort.

view east.

view east.

bathed in morning light

bathed in morning light

Don Heads

sunlit grass

sunlit grass

view west.

view west.

the headland

the headland

(almost) spectrum sky

(almost) spectrum sky

sunrise panorama

sunrise panorama

view east.

testament to the westerlies

testament to the westerlies

still dreaming?

still dreaming?

SERENITY…. weekly photo challenge… it’s a Zen thing


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.” I have so many photos to choose from which would fit into this category, Serenity,  as I often take my photos for that inner peace of capturing special moment of beauty. Water seems to be ever present in such images… it’s a Zen thing.