OWPC – Sun

This Week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Sun, quite frankly at this time of year in Melbourne there isn’t a lot of sun around, but we did find a few small samplings during the week, as weak as it was it was still nice, even by the beach side.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Cars

This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Cars, I knew exactly where to go, I have been saving these up just for this challenge, I will do some other posts as well. These are just a small sample from The Berwick Classic Car & Bike Show from last Easter. Great Day out.

Check out my other Blog for more images shortly

– Julz

Travel Theme – Trees

This week’s Travel Theme, by Where’smybackpack is Trees – I just kept it simple and went for trees and shrubs

1.a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.
2.any of various shrubs, bushes, and plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form and size.
3.something resembling a tree in shape, as a clothes tree or a crosstree.
4.Mathematics, Linguistics tree diagram
5.family tree

– Julz

Autumn Outings – Dawn over Prospect Hill Reserve

Last week fellow Blogger Leanne Cole challenged us to think more about photographing in our own back yard. Leanne made mention of the fact, that in reality when you are travel you are usually held at the mercy of time constraints and cannot always be at a particular place and the ‘right’ time. Sometimes the weather is poor on the only day you are at a marvelous scenic spot. I know from recent trips,  that you just have to shoot with what is handed to you. But what if you didn’t have to travel, what if you visit places in your own vicinity? There is lots of interesting places right in your own back yard, if you take the time to investigate,  and being only a few minutes away you can go almost any time you like. It’s a great idea and in all honesty gave me the push to finally do something about a shoot I had been thinking about for awhile.

Near to where I live (less than 2km) is a Retarding Basin, for when the floods come, it is called Prospect Hill Reserve, there is also a soccer field there with a club house. There are walking and cycling tracks and many people walk their dogs, jog, etc. Summer evenings it  is really quite busy. As you walk past the soccer field, and down the dirt track you would never know (unless you were told) about the Duck Pond at the bottom of the ditch. I have photographed it before during the day, early evening, but never at sunrise. So the other morning, I was awake anyway, so I grabbed a warm jacket and my gear and headed off to the Duck Pond. It was dark and quiet as I made my way down there, but it was not eerie or creepy, as I feared it would be. I wandered around and took a few pre dawn shots, found what I had hoped was a good spot when the first rays started to light the sky.

As I was standing there waiting for the sun to rise,  the raucous from the wildlife (birds mostly) was almost deafening, But they were all so quick and it was still too dark I couldn’t really get any decent images. Slowly the sun rose and lit the sky, catching and reflecting in the water from the duck pond.

The Beauty of shooting in your own backyard, is that I didn’t have to get up super early, and I was home within a short period of time for a lovely cup of coffee……..the sunrise only latest a few minutes and was truly beautiful. Gave me happy thoughts for the day. It also go me out of bed early and got plenty of other stuff done too! So, take the time to investigate what is in your own backyard, it may not be a duck pond, or bushland, it may be a playground, some interesting architecture, but you can make just about anything seem interesting if photographed the right way.

P.S. This is what it looks like during the daylight

– Julz

Cape Schank & Pulpit Rock Pt 1

On Sunday I went out to Mornington Peninsula with Leanne Cole and the Social Snappers, we had a wonderful day, even if it was a little brisk in the wind, but it fined up to a beautiful Autumn afternoon. We headed out to Cape Schank near the Lighthouse and walked down all those stairs to Pulpit Rock, we I tried my hand at some Long Exposures with my ND Filter, and took some wonderful photos. I have a thing for Lighthouses lately, so there were a few photos of that as well. We did not go into the Lighthouse, where I believe there is a museum, maybe next time.

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Next Post I will have the rest of the photos from Flinders Beach and the Blow Hole

– Julz