THE MOST NOTORIOUS STRETCH

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 30 September 2014

I've shot the underside of this pier before , but not in late afternoon and not at high tide. I had to crouch down to fit under the deck this time but I still love the wonderful structure that juts out into one of the most notorious parts of this section of coastline. (1090)

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JUST ASKING TO BE CAPTURED

Streatham, Victoria, Australia

Monday 29 September 2014

I was very fortunate to be able to have a weekend away with best friends and travel to the Grampians National Park. The weather wasn't all that conducive to good photography because of the high winds gusting past 50 k/h but on the way home it was a bit calmer and there was a great sunset. Passing one of many canola crops along the road, this scene was just asking to be captured so I obliged. (1089)

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RUIN THE ILLUSION

Risby Cove, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 28 September 2014

I stayed two nights at the nearby hotel and found this old shed and boat in the grounds when I went to explore. They typify the old world feel of the area although the plastic blue and red milk crates ruin the illusion. (1088)

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EXTREME ANGLES

Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 27 September 2014

Behind the historic Royal Exhibition Building in is the new Melbourne Museum. The contrast in architectural styles is extreme with the former built in 1880 in the gothic style with the later being built in 2001 in the modern style. They coexist in the Carlton Gardens and because of their differences, compliment each other. This photo shows off the extreme angles of the newer building and also provides a glimpse of the older building with reflections in the glass panels. (1087)

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STILL STANDING TO REMIND US

Breakwater, Victoria, Australia

Friday 26 September 2014

The beautiful Barwon River wanders through the middle of Geelong and past some of the old wool scours that were setup in this region in the late 1800's, and while most of them have disappeared over the years there are a few chimneys still standing to remind us of the where they were located. This chimney at Breakwater still stands tall and it's reflection along with the clouds above make the Barwon look fantastic! (1086)

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THIS HAPPENS TO ME FROM TIME TO TIME

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 25 September 2014

I never get sick of walking along beaches particularly in the early morning light. Each beach is different and has unique features that continue to fascinate me and provide different images to capture. This scene is from a recent visit to Addiscot Beach showing the unique rocks with their sea grass covering. Unfortunately there wasn't any colour in the sky ... this happens to me from time to time but gives me the motivation to go out and try again another day! (1085)

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THE WATERFALL WINDOW

Russell Falls, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Walking along the small track to the Russell Falls in Tasmania's wilderness, I caught a glimpse of them through the tree ferns as if looking through a window. It isn't often that this sort of view is experienced in the Australian bush with the ferns seemingly laying back to produce a framed experience of the multi level waterfall. (1084)

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A LITTLE BORING

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 September 2014

A very simple image today, a single rock stack just off the Jan Juc beach very early in the morning with beautiful reflections of the sky in the wet sand. I have been sitting here trying to understand why I like it, some might think that it is perhaps a little boring because of the limited features, but I think it works because of the great lines in the sand that point towards the horizon and you can see the puffy little pink clouds being reflected in the foreground. And the wonderful colours on the horizon as the sun begins to rise just finishes my 'boring' picture off. (1083)

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OCHRE COLOURED CEMENT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 22 September 2014

'Located at the bay end bottom of Moorabool Street is one of Geelong’s most striking artworks. Entitled “North” this large seven part sculpture was designed by renowned sculpture Mark Stoner in 2000. North consists of seven sail or some people say shark fin like structures ranging from 2.2 to 3.5 metres high and built in rich greys, reds and earthy ochre coloured cement.' [www.intown.com.au] (1082)

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TWISTED AND WEATHERED

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 21 September 2014

Someone put this seat along the path running from the township of Point Lonsdale to the lighthouse. At the time it would have been in the shade of the tree behind it and provided a great spot to rest before moving on, but the tree looks a little worst for wear and I'm not sure if it is still alive to provide respite from the afternoon sun. From a photographers point of view though, the tree does look great with it's twisted and weathered branches. (1081)

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BEFORE THE SEA WRAPS ITSELF AROUND MY BOOTS

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 20 September 2014

I love taking photos with reflections of the sun on wet sand. Unfortunately this often leads to me getting my feet wet. But I think the effect of the light on the receding water is well worth the quick dash onto the wet sand and hoping that the shutter fires quickly enough to allow me to grab the tripod and race back to safety before the sea wraps itself around my boots and the bottom half of my jeans. (1080)

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TWO DIFFERENT STYLES

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 19 September 2014

Last week I visited the lovely Point Lonsdale Pier and had a wonderful time taking images of it and the lighthouse on this wild corner of Bass Straight. There was another photographer present when I arrived and you can see him leaning over his camera on the extreme left of my image. I spent more than an hour taking photos as the sun was slowly going down behind me and came away with 20 or more images worthy of further processing in Photoshop. But the other photographer didn't move for the entire time. He explained to me that he was waiting for the right set of circumstances to get the image he wanted.

It got me thinking about photography styles ... I obviously subscribe to the theory that there are lots of different images to be found at a location, & I worry that I might miss something better just around the corner or further down the beach. The other theory is to be patient with one scene and wait for the perfect timing. Of course there isn't a right answer, just two different styles, so what is your style? (1079)

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ALL IN ALL, A VERY PRETTY PLACE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 18 September 2014

There is a small path along the cliff top to the Point Lonsdale lighthouse. It passes through a small patch of windswept and tortured overgrowth. The white gravel path winds it's way a little further and then down steps to where the much photographed pier juts out into the mouth of the beautiful Port Phillip Bay. All in all, a very pretty place to be and photograph. (1078)

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WAXING LYRICAL AGAIN

Franklin, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Possibly my favourite part of Tasmania is the Huon Valley and Franklin is my favourite part of the valley. There is a wooden boat building centre that is a must to visit if you go down there, and a little restaurant nearby produces the best scallop pie I've ever tasted! And the scenes that I captured from my last visit were some of my most enjoyable experiences. Perhaps I'm waxing lyrical again, but I love Tassie and will be back as soon as I can. (1077)

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MORE DECORATIVE THAN PRACTICAL

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 September 2014

I found these bollards basking in the early morning sun at Geelong's waterfront last week. Each of them has a stainless steel cap with the engraved name of a ship from Geelong's early days on top. I think the rings on the side are more decorative than practical but seeing the long line of them looked amazing. (1076)

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DEFIES GRAVITY

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 15 September 2014

This steel structure is part of the skate park on Geelong's waterfront. The shape of it almost defies gravity and the rusty colour makes for a great feature against the surrounding greens of the gardens and the blues of Corio Bay. In the background is Cunningham Pier which has become such an icon for our city. (1075)

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CAUGHT MY EYE, EVEN WITH THE VIEW BEHIND IT

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 14 September 2014

The view of 'the rip' at Point Lonsdale is wonderful but hides the fact that it is one of the most treacherous stretches of water in Australia. The small gap between this and the other side of the inlet to Port Philip Bay requires all large ships to take on a local Pilot with sufficient experience to ensure safe passage into the harbours of Melbourne and Geelong. But that said, I took this photo because of the lichen on the fence in the foreground ... the weathered timber with the green growth and rusty wire caught my eye, even with the view behind it. (1074)

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NATIONAL FLORAL EMBLEM

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 September 2014

'Australia’s national floral emblem is the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.). It has been used in the design of Australian stamps and many awards in our honours system. A single wattle flower is the emblem of the Order of Australia.' [http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au] I found this golden wattle plant just below the Point Lonsdale lighthouse being lit by the late afternoon sun. (1073)

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BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 12 September 2014

At the end of my fourth day in Tasmania I found a lovely little B&B on the banks of the Derwent River. The sun was beginning to set as I unpacked the car so the camera came out first to capture the lovely scene before it was too late. (1072)

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SHOWING THE WORLD

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 September 2014

At the junction of the Torquay Surf Beach and the Jan Juc Beach is this rugged orange rock, standing defiant to the elements that have eroded the neighbouring shoreline. I am so lucky that the coastline near my home is varied and interesting and worthy of showing the world. (1071)

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JOURNEY ALONG THE WINDING PATH

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 10 September 2014

One of my favourite activities on the drive across to the west of Tasmania was the stops at the various national parks and the relatively short walks into a number of waterfalls. The paths were graded from easy to difficult on a sign before setting off and generally there were very few other people encountered along the way, resulting in a peaceful and unrushed journey along winding paths like this one. (1070)

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I WAS FORTUNATE

Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 September 2014

As the dark clouds rolled in just before sunset the cliffs at Addiscot Beach showed their beautiful orange and white colours and I was fortunate enough to capture a small reflection of them in the wet sand on the beach. A few stray pieces of seaweed in the foreground finished of the scene nicely! (1069)

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 September 2014

I was down at Geelong's waterfront before sunrise this morning and captured the sun coming up behind Cunningham Pier. In the foreground is a 'floating' fish and chip café that has recently been constructed in the bay. And of course, give me a green moss covered rock or two and I will climb down the rock wall (at great risk to my wellbeing) and try and get all of the above elements in one shot! Mission accomplished! (1068)

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ANTICIPATION

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 7 September 2014

I love the way the sun catches the water splashing over the rocks on 13th beach a few evenings ago. I find it hard to catch water like this, partly because I use a 2 second timer on my camera which is designed to ensure that there is no shake caused by the shutter button being pressed, so I had to anticipate what the wave was going to do ... 2 seconds before it did! (1067)

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ALMOST LIKE FOG

Anglesea,Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 September 2014

Today's photo is a little softer than normal, a long shutter speed causing the foreground water to look almost like it is fog. The sun was rising behind me and shining onto the Anglesea surf lifesaving club building and creating the most beautiful pink and blue colours in the sky. (1066)

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AN IRRESISTIBLE SCENE

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 5 September 2014

I found these flat rocks on 13th beach and with the late afternoon shining on the top of them, it provided an irresistible scene and a great opportunity for me to take a shot. I never tire of the different ways that the sun rises or sets on the beaches around my part of the world! (1065)

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WET FEET (AGAIN!)

Red Rocks Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 September 2014

Just a quick happy snap of Red Rocks Beach. I don't have anything earth shattering to say about this image other than it is bright where the sun is illuminating the point at the end of the beach, I do love the clouds when the early sun makes them glow pink, and that I got my feet wet taking it (again!). (1064)

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WARMTH OF THE COMING SEASON

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 September 2014

The diving tower and the swimming enclosure at Geelong's Eastern Beach remain unused at the end of winter, but within a few short months they will see plenty of activity as the young and young at heart participate in the water activities that this beach is known for. Even looking at this image you can feel the warmth of the coming season begin to return. (1063)

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THE EYE OF A NEEDLE

13th Beach, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 September 2014

This evening I drove out to 13th Beach, a half hour journey from my home. Walking along the beach waiting for the sun to slowly set I came across this formation of rocks. I'm assuming they were placed here by human hands but the low angle of the sun and the hole between the rocks were too tempting for me to take a photo of. Almost like the sun was shining through the eye of a needle! (1062)

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ANNOUNCING TO THE WORLD

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 September 2014

You might have noticed, but I love the little pools of water left around rocks as the tide recedes. They can make a boring beach scene very interesting with their reflections of the sky. This shot captured early in the morning was just before sunrise and the sun was announcing to the world that it was ready to appear by displaying a beautiful range of colours, from pink to bright orange ... just the way I like it! (1061)

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THE LONE WALKER

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Monday 1 September 2014

Winter is finally over and the days are starting to get a little longer. Although it is raining today, there have been a few good days in the last two weeks so the expectation of better weather is high! This beach with it's lone walker will be a place to avoid during the summer months if you, like me, don't like crowds of people interrupting natures beauty. (1060)

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