In the likeness of Ansel Adams

Some of you may know that I’ve been doing a diploma course in photography.  I’ve been learning about all sorts of genres and it has taken me out of my comfort zone, but that was to be expected. Some of it I’ve enjoyed more than other parts but, all the same, I’m getting through the course and learning a great deal.

Recently we had to pick our favourite B&W photographer and have a go at doing photography like them. We were given a list of names and I chose Ansel Adams. I’ve come across his work in the past when doing research on photography and I like his work. So I was quite pleased with the results of this part of the course.  We had to choose a location we liked and the subject was a ‘Sense of Place’. I chose the Trestle Bridge near home which the Puffing Billy travels on.  We had to do landscape, portrait and close up.

A study of the Puffing Billy Trestle Bridge

A study of the Puffing Billy Trestle Bridge

A study of the Puffing Billy Trestle Bridge

If you’ve been thinking about the Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop being held in Belgrave Heights next month, don’t leave it much longer. Bookings will be closing very soon.

Nature Photography Workshop next month

We have a number of new readers amongst us so thought I’d promote this again.

uniquesessions2On Saturday/Sunday 20-21 September, Steve Parish is holding a nature photography workshop at Belgrave Heights Convention Centre. This property has acreage and there will be animals and reptiles brought in for the workshop. Day 1 will be a practical day of taking photos under Steve’s guidance and Day 2 will be about how to use those photos and what to do with them.

There are still some places available and I would love to see some of you there.

Full details and bookings can be made at http://www.steveparish-natureconnect.com.au/events/victoria-nature-photography-workshop/.

There is an option to pay in part payments but time is getting short to take advantage of that. If you need to ask me questions privately feel free to email me direct.

Steve doesn’t come to Victoria often for events like this so this is a great opportunity. I attended the last one (quite different to this one) 3 years ago and it was given to me as a birthday present by my family. With Christmas coming up it could also be an early Christmas present for some.

Best regards,

Kathie Thomas

Kookaburra in the garden

This gorgeous bird and two companions were keeping watch in our garden this afternoon.  Love the kookaburras, such beautiful looking birds.

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Don’t forget that we have our nature photography workshop near the end of next month! Bookings are still open but places are limited and there’s only a few spots left. http://www.steveparish-natureconnect.com.au/events/

Beautiful Bower Bird

I knew these hung around but I’d never been able to get really close to them. Imagine my surprise when three flew into our front garden recently, when I already had my camera in hand and was looking out the window! This one flew into the liquidamber opposite the window and watched me, the other two flew into other parts of the garden.

I believe this is a juvenile bower bird. Love the blue eyes!

Satin Bower Bird

Satin Bower Bird

If you’d like to take photos like this too, and can be in Victoria 20-21 September, why not join us at the Steve Parish Nature Photography workshop? Bookings are still open but not for too much longer!

Sunrise from my office window

Love working at home. I get to watch the sun rise through my office window each morning, see the birds in the garden and watch the foot and car traffic pass by.

This sunrise happened a few days ago. I grabbed my camera as quickly as I could to race outside and get a clear shot. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Misty Sunrise in Selby