2015 Dandenong Ranges Calendar now available

I have limited stock available for the 2015 Calendar for the Dandenong Ranges. Just received last week from the printer.  A variety of images from around the Dandenong Ranges including Belgrave Heights (Birdsland), Menzies Creek, Sherbrook Forest, Emerald and Olinda.

Available for $19.95AUD plus postage. Make great Christmas gifts or gifts to give to visitors to our country. Or perhaps to simply show others the area in which you live. Make sure you place your order today!

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2014 Calendar



Meet Steve and the crew from our workshop

Delighted to see that Steve has shared some of our photos and about the workshop on his website.  We really did have a lovely 2 days – it went far too fast but I did learn a great deal once again. This is the second workshop I’ve done with Steve Parish and very different to the first one. And again, I learnt so many things.

He is very generous with his knowledge and sharing.  Everyone really did enjoy their time together.

This is a photo of the group (I’m 3rd from the right).

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If you would like to see the photos that Steve has shared from each of the group please visit this page.

Wishing you’d come along too? Why not subscribe to Steve’s newsletter on the home page of his site and receive a free Photo Tips eBook as well?

The Barn Owl

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of not only attending, but also supporting, Steve Parish, Australia’s most well-known nature photographer, in a 2 day nature photography workshop being held almost in my own backyard. Well, down the road and along a few others anyway – not far away in Belgrave Heights.

Two whole days – one was about the practicalities of photography and giving us hands-on experience in the afternoon with a supply of wildlife brought to us by WildlifeXposure. Thanks Xavier!

Day two was how to work with those images and things we could do with the images through a number of mediums (print, online, running a business, for personal use, etc).  Was well worth going. If you live in Victoria, Australia and missed out, keep a watch here, and on my Facebook page, or even on Steve’s Facebook page so that you can be well informed when the next one takes place – sometime in 2015.

In the meantime, here is a photo I took of a Barn Owl (Tyto Alba) which was absolutely gorgeous!

Barn Owl, Tyto Alba

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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