AN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Drysdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 29 November 2014

The beautiful but small country railway station at Drysdale is a tourist destination for lovers of steam trains. The Bellarine Railway runs from here to Queenscliff at the end of the Peninsular and during the summer months there is a Blues Train music journey for an even more unique experience. Have a look at the Blues Train website www.thebluestrain.com.au or the Bellarine Railway site http://bellarinerailway.com.au to see how good this is. (1150)

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A FEW NICE SHOTS

Point Danger, Victoria, Australia

Friday 28 November 2014

I took a trip down to the coast this morning to capture the beach at Jan Juc but couldn't get onto the sand because of a very high tide. I moved further along the coast to Point Danger and was able to get a few nice shots of the sunrise to share with you. (1149)

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THE SUNRISE LIGHT SHOW

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 November 2014

I really love the new Christmas Tree on Geelong's Waterfront. Constructed on a barge and positioned between Cunningham Pier and the Carousel it is a wonderful addition to the festive atmosphere in our city. Unfortunately the light show that transform the silver structure into a colourful spectacular turns off at 6am, only minutes before this photo was taken. But the sunrise light show took over and produced some lovely colours in the sky which were also reflected in the water. (1148)

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NEW FOUND FREEDOM

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 26 November 2014

The Cumberland River finally breaches the sandbank that has been keeping it from flowing into Bass Straight. I love the way the water has cut a sharp edge into the sand and the way the water ripples with it's new found freedom. (1147)

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MY MONEY IS ON THIS LAST REASON!

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Four abandoned bollards in the waters off St Helens. I always wonder why things like this happen. Was this part of a pier used long ago or were they placed there for another purpose and are no longer needed? Or perhaps they were put there for me and other photographers to use as props in recording the wonderful sunrises that happen on this side of the Apple Isle. My money is on this last reason! (1146)

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FOG ON THE WATER

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 November 2014

Fog on the water was a pleasant sight when I visited the lake at Daylesford. It is a bit tricky capturing fog when it is light and whispy so here is my attempt. A couple of ducks can be seen swimming across the lake and causing the smooth surface to ripple. (1145)

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DOING IT A LITTLE TOUGH AT THE MOMENT

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 November 2014

Almost summer, here in the southern hemisphere! This scene pretty much sums it up for us … sun, sea & sand. I hope those of you in the other hemisphere aren't too cold, although looking at the news the north of the USA is doing it a little tough at the moment. (1144)

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THE PIER

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 November 2014

At the end of Cunningham Pier is the building that has become an iconic landmark for the city of Geelong. Unfortunately, because it is at the end of the pier, a close-up photo of it's best side isn't easy and I had to settle for the view from the front steps.

Last night saw the lighting of Geelong's new floating Christmas tree right next to Cunningham Pier. You can see the pier and the new tree in this YouTube video shot by Aerial Filming Australia just last night http://youtu.be/gs_or_2QfQU . (1143)

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PLASTIC SAND

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 November 2014

An early morning sunrise on the beach at Queenscliff. The wet sand and the reflections of the unusual light & clouds make the sand look like plastic. I love this time of the day and the solitude of walking along a beach seeing scenes that other don't because of the light that is only like this for a fleeting few minutes. (1142)

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SOFT & PEACEFUL

Thirteenth Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 November 2014

A soft and peaceful image today, of Thirteenth Beach at sunset . I love the beautiful pink fluffy clouds that are also reflected in the wet sand below while the stronger orange cliffs overlooking the scene. (1141)

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ABANDONED & FORGOTTEN

Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 19 November 2014

I know I've extolled the virtues of Strahan on Tasmania's west coast many times, but here is another image taken recently late in the afternoon. The little pier with a pesky fisherman on it glows in the warm light and the rusty railway lines of a boat slip appear to be abandoned and forgotten. I certainly hope you don't get sick of me showing you photos from this wonderful part of the world! (1140)

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I SAW A MONSTER!

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Sometimes when one looks into the sun for too long, one's eye sight becomes impaired, and on this occasion I even thought I saw a monster! Kids have some great equipment to play on these days. Back when I was a youngster a swing made from a car tyre and suspended from a tree branch by rope was considered high tech and as for 'soft fall' made from wood chips or rubber matting, it was none existent. We had to contend with the puddle of water under the swing caused by the arc of feet rubbing away the ground as the swing was used. I'm starting to sound like an old man. (1139)

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THE POSITIVE IS

Leopold, Victoria, Australia

Monday 17 November 2014

One of the least attractive sides of the Bellarine Peninsular, the beach at Leopold doesn't have any white sand like the others. It is within Port Phillip Bay and the water is not as rough as on the ocean side. But the positive is that there isn't the erosion caused by huge waves so the plant life is able to grow closer to the waters edge. (1138)

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A LITTLE HIGHER IN THE SKY THAN I LIKE

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 16 November 2014

I was walking back to my car after a very long trek along the beach at Urquhart Bluff and the sun was getting a little higher in the sky than I liked for my early morning shoot, but there in the water was a star burst. What's a guy to do but set up the tripod again and take one last shot. (1137)

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A WINDOW TO THE WONDER

Near Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 15 November 2014

On the road across Tasmania and nearing Strahan I stopped the car at a clearing and was able to look back across the wilderness. The mountains seemed to go on and on and the dramatic cloud formations provided an image that was irresistible to my camera. Often it is hard to see these vistas because the road is cut through the high vegetation but on this occasion there was a gap where perhaps a large tree had fallen that provided a window to the wonder. (1136)

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BARWON RIVER ROWING CLUBS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Friday 14 November 2014

'The Barwon River has been used for rowing since the late 1800's. Today the Head of the School Girls Regatta, Victorian Rowing Association All Schools Regatta and one-off events including the Australian Masters Championships are held there. The river is home to the Corio Bay Rowing Club, Geelong Rowing Club, Geelong Grammar Rowing Club and Barwon Rowing Clubs.' [www.ccma.vic.gov.au] (1135)

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A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 13 November 2014

Every now and then an early morning expedition to the beach rewards me with the most amazing colours in the sunrise. This image is just such an example! I wish there was a forecast that the weather people could give us so that we could know when it was going to happen. The only advice I can give is to go out often and you will occasionally get 'lucky' ... it certainly is a wonderful experience. (1134)

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MELBOURNE'S CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD

Beacon Cove, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 November 2014

'The formerly industrial Port Melbourne has been subject to intense urban renewal over the past decade. For many years Port Melbourne was a focus of Melbourne's criminal underworld, which operated smuggling syndicates on the docks. The old Ships Painters and Dockers Union was notorious for being controlled by gangsters.

As the importance of the Port has declined, and as manufacturing industries have moved out of the inner city area, Port Melbourne has increasingly become a residential suburb. The area where Port Melbourne originally developed, around Station Pier and Princes Pier, has been redeveloped with a mixture of apartment complexes and medium-density housing, the best known of which is the Beacon Cove development.' [Wikipedia] (1133)

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NATIONAL CARILLON

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Carillons must have at least 23 bells to be considered as such, and the National Carillon in Canberra has 55 (increased from 53 during refurbishments in 2003). Each bell weighs between seven kilograms and six tonnes. The bells span four and a half octaves chromatically. The carillon was a gift from the British government to the people of Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Carillon on 26 April 1970.[Wikipedia] (1132)

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FASHIONISTAS OF THE ROCK WORLD

St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Monday 10 November 2014

These rocks near the Tasmanian east coast town of St Helens are the fashionistas of the rock world. They are wearing the most colourful coverings I've seen in my travels, everything from orange through to green, pink and blue. Unfortunately I wasn't there early in the morning in a more subdued light but I'm happy to have seen this part of the world just the same. (1131)

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THE NOISE FACTOR

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 November 2014

Up early this morning, hoping for a good sunrise and arriving a half hour too early. As I stood on top of the Barwon River walking bridge I was reminded of a conversation with a fellow photographer who argued that ISO settings didn't mean a thing to the quality of the final image even though I insisted that I never go above 100 for my landscape work because of the noise factor.

Because it was still to dark for my image I cranked the ISO up to 2,000 for my first set of photos, just so I could put my mind at rest that I had been right and the other guy didn't know what he was talking about. This image is the result. As I had argued, there was a lot more noise in the photo and it took a considerable amount of work to clean it up in Photoshop. There still is evidence of the problem in some of the darker areas, although not overly bad. I did however capture an image that was almost impossible to get at 100 ISO so the extra work in post processing was a small price to pay. (1130)

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BRIGHTER THAN NORMAL

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 November 2014

I love this image, a mix of nature and man made structures coexisting at Point Lonsdale. It is a little brighter than my normal photographs, caused by a very sunny day, but I think it still works. (1129)

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A VERY PRETTY EFFECT

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Friday 7 November 2014

I think I might have commented about the pools created around rocks before, but they still amaze me. Obviously the wave action against the rock at high tide moves the sand away in a circular fashion and at low tide all that is left is the water that is trapped. A very pretty effect and one that I love to photograph. (1128)

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GOING TO LAND A 'BIG ONE'

Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 6 November 2014

While visiting Port Melbourne late last week I had a chance to wander down to the Tasmania Ferry terminal with the view of taking a photo or two of the vessel being loaded. As luck would have it, a pesky fisherman (actually there were two of them!) had prime spot on the small jetty overlooking the scene. If you look closely you will see a bend in his fishing rod and we all though he was going to land a 'big one' but instead the hooks were loaded with seaweed. (1127)

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NOTHING WORTHWHILE TO SAY

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 5 November 2014

How boring would a beach be without rocks! That said, this can't be a boring image with rocks aplenty and a cliff thrown in for good measure. By now you are possibly guessing that I don't have anything worthwhile to say today. Sometimes it is easier for me to take a photo than it is to write my daily blog. (1126)

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MAUVE FLOWERS

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 November 2014

As luck would have it, my last visit to Point Lonsdale was at the wrong time of the day (for me) to take photos. I told myself I needed to make the best of it as it isn't always possible to be on location in the early or late hours of the day and that the professionals would be able to make it work. With that in mind I found a small walking track above the beach and tried to find unusual scenes that would still look alright even if the light wasn't the best. This small plant with mauve flowers caught my eye and framed the jetty beautifully. Although not my favourite hour of the day, I still came away with one or two 'keepers'. (1125)

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PASTEL SHADES

St Helens, Tasmania, Tasmania

Monday 3 November 2014

The five day Black & White challenge was good, but I'm so pleased to welcome back my friend … the colour palette! To easy myself back into my favourite type of image, I've chosen pastel shades from an early morning shoot at St Helens on Tasmania's east coast. Perhaps tomorrow I will game to go back to some stronger colours! (1124)

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NEEDING ANOTHER REASON TO EXCEL

Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 November 2014

At last, the final day of my five day Black & White challenge. I feel like I've had one arm cut off not being able to use my much loved colours but I have better understood the use of contrast as I grappled with images shot for their vibrancy suddenly needing another reason to excel. Thanks Tim Butler for the challenge ... I'm still thinking of a way to repay you! ;-) (1123)

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OLD WORLD FEEL

Newtown near Scarsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 November 2014

Day 4 of the Black & White five day challenge … almost there! Today's photo is of the old trestle bridge west of Ballarat on an disused railway line. I think the B&W treatment compliments the old world feel of the image. (1122)

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