2017 Calendar ready for orders

I’ve received the advance proof of next year’s calendar in the post today. It’s looking good! And the images are all ones that readers have chosen to be in the calendar.  Cost of calendar is $19.95 plus postage.  Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the rest of the world – happy to post copies wherever. Copies will be posted out around mid August but taking orders now. Click on the image to place your order.

If you are a business who would like to stock these calendars for sale to your customers, please do contact me for wholesale rates.

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Photography and Social Media tips

I’ve been a blogger for many years, since 2005 in fact, and own a few blogs on various topics. Firm believer that you should keep your blog focused on one topic – although you may have many categories under that one topic. In this case, this blog relates to photography and the categories relate to various aspects of photography.  While I mainly share my own photos here, from time to time I like to share information and tips. By the way, this is my 1400th post on this blog 🙂

Many will know I have a Facebook page called DandenongRangesNaturePhotography and I thank those of you who are following me there. I know many of my followers are from outside of Australia and I love that you love seeing Australian flora and fauna and bird-life. They are my passion.

In May I registered a new business and website called Garden Imagery. I spend a lot of time in my own garden and in other people’s gardens and love to photograph gardenscapes and also individual plants, flowers, leaves, trees, fungi and other interesting things found in a garden. This new site is designed to be a stock library with images for publications and individuals to purchase.

Early May I set up a new Twitter account called GardenImagery. This is because I’ve been concentrating a lot on gardenscapes and love the variety seen in gardens everywhere. Everyone who owns or works in a garden puts their own stamp on it. My love for gardening came from my grandparents on both sides, but probably more from my maternal grandmother whom I used to stay with as a child and in my early teens. I often worked with her in her garden and she would tell me stories about all the plants she had growing. I also grow some of those plants today because it brings her closer to me.

Most recently I started an account at Instagram also called GardenImagery.  Using Instagram has been a bigger learning curve for me as I’ve never used it before and while I applied some of the same principles as Twitter, it is quite different.

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Below are tips that will help you for Instagram.

  1. Create a name that relates to your topic. Unless you specifically need people to follow your name.
  2. Make sure you fill out your profile and include your web or blog address. Your statement should outline what you do, who for and why, if possible.
  3. Use quality images to upload rather than quick snapshots. If you’re a photographer you’ll want to do this anyway.
  4. Watermark your images with your web address or something that lets people know who took the photo.
  5. Add an Instagram badge to your website, blog and anywhere else, linked to your account.
  6. You don’t have to write a lot but adding a description helps.
  7. Use #hashtags with keywords to describe your image, i.e. #australia, #gardening, #plants.  Instagram will show you words that have the highest amount of usage when you begin typing different words. These hashtags can be used by many in searches to find topics such as yours. Make use of them.
  8. Create your own unique hashtag if you can. Mine is #gardenimagery.
  9. Post to your other social media accounts too, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc. I’m told that IFTTT.com is perfect for this.
  10. While you can’t post your images direct from a desktop you can use a program like Later.com to preschedule from your desktop, including your para of text and hashtags (if you’re like me I hate trying to type lengthy things on the phone). I’ve found this to be an excellent resource for scheduling multiple posts over several days so you’re not spending all your valuable time posting on a regular basis. You get 30 free posts a month or there are subscriptions for more posts per month.
  11. Stats – Instagram will show you how many followers you have, how many have liked your photo and comments that have been left but if you want more than that then perhaps iconosquare is worth checking out. I haven’t used it yet but have read that others swear by it.
  12. Monitor your posts – which ones get the most likes and why? Can you post more images of a similar nature?

Well, I hope this tips will help you with your social media accounts and particularly Instagram. As I use it more I’ll probably have more tips to share!

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Native garden in Monbulk

I recently had the privilege of photographing a garden in Monbulk.  I’d been to visit it a few times in the past and I was amazed at how much it had grown. Just under two years of age, there are many bushes there of a mature size. The owner, Shirley, started the garden after she bought the house and ripped out what was there and started from scratch. My daughter (Shirley’s neighbour) informs me that Shirley has done this with previous homes and she’s obviously quite experienced in garden planning and design. It shows. Shirley is not a young woman and has done most of the work herself. A great way to keep physically active and fit in her older years.

I hope you’ll agree, from the photos below, that this is a great garden to visit and that you’ll keep your eyes open for possible open days at a later date.  Many of her plants have been bought from Kuranga Nursery (one of my favourite nurseries too), as has her garden ornaments.

Looking towards Shirley’s house in the backyard.
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The kangaroo paw is looking well established.

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Another section of her garden.

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She had a variety of heath in her garden, this one originally from WA.

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You can see more photos from her garden here.

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Autumn garden photography

Do you live in or near the Dandenong ranges? Autumn is my favourite season – still some warmth in the day, cooler nights, and with it changing colours in our trees and gardens. Truly a paradise in this area and I love it.

I am building a garden (botanic) portfolio and I invite you to have your garden photographed if you live in or near this beautiful region. For a limited time I have a special price offering to photograph your garden and give you a 20page photo book of your garden at the special price of $325.00.  What does this entail? Usually 2 visits – the first so I can meet you and get to know your garden, the second to do the photography of your garden at a mutually convenient time.

It can be a portion of your garden or an overview of the whole garden. Or perhaps you know someone you’d like to gift this to?  Make contact with me today via the contact page on this site. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Sunrise over Mt Dandenong

I was photographing an event one morning this week and when I looked out the window the sun was just peeking over the distant hills. I love the hint of rays in the shot too. This is looking toward Mt Dandenong, Victoria.

The quote is something the guest speaker said that morning and I figured sunrise shows it’s the start of a new day.

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