If the Walls Could Talk

The walls of the famous, iconic High Country Craigs Hut which featured in the Australian movie classic “The Man from Snowy River” has seen and heard a lot from every day Australians to famous movies stars who graced the movie set in 1981.

Man From Snowy River

It now stands as a landmark to setller history and has become one of Australia’s most photographed icons.

Happy Shooting

Trails Never Followed

It’s been awhile between blog posts due to travelling for work and for personal reasons and it has felt good to put the camera down, to not stress about taking photos or the feel the pressure of writing blog posts.

The Lonely Dirt Road

So its time to get back into the swing of things, there are some blog posts in the works which just require a little motivation to be completed but what better way to start with a photo challenge curated by Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo. He does an amazing job with collating the weeks submissions and coming up with next weeks theme. So I take my hat off to Frank for doing a fantastic job. If your not involved, jump over and join in. It keeps your photography and blogging skills honed.

 

Rainbow Serpent

Follow the Trail of the Rainbow Serpent

 

Trails never followed will only result in wonder, wonder what was down there, wonder why we never……….and wonder what could have been.

Happy Shooting

5 Tips to Maintain Your Camera Gear

Welcome to 2019, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’m going to kick 2019 off with 5 tips to help you maintain your camera gear, these tips are pretty simple and real easy to do.

Tip 1 – Defeat Mould

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Mould and condensation can be camera and lens killers. It will develop and you won’t even notice that its growing until its to late, potentially resulting in expensive maintenance or replacement. The best and cheapest method to defeat mould is to drop in a few silica gel packs to your camera bag. They suck up excess moisture in the air reducing the likelihood of mould growing and here’s a little known secret, they can be re-used by chucking them in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds giving them a new leasse on life.

Tip 2 – Hot Car, Hot Sun – No Good.

Have you ever left your smartphone in the car on a hot sunny day only to come back to find that it wont work or its to hot to even pick up? Leaving your camera gear in a hot car can result in the same damage and can increase battery temperatures and can cook your electronics creating irrerapable damage. Where possible, don’t leave your camera gear in the car for extended periods and if need be, take it with you. You never know when the next photo opportunity might present itself.

Tip 3 – The beach has plenty of Sand…..

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Oh the beach – there is so much sand just waiting to damage your gear, especially when the perosn next to you stands up and shakes all of the sand out of their towel however damage can be avoided by doing some simple things like putting the lens cap back on or putting the camera away when not being used and try not to change lenses as the sand is blown down the beach. Also available at camer stores are lens protection filters or polarising filters. these screw onto the lens and provide a lot of protection. Sometimes  getting sand into your camera gear is unavoidable and my suggestion is to purchase a rocket blower to blow the sand out after you have spent a day at the beach. They are pretty inexpensive and can be purchased in all good camera stores.

Tip 4 – Rain/Wet Conditions

Just because its pouring rain outside doesn’t mean that you should leave your camera at home. Most cameras today are weather sealed to some extent but not all cameras will have the same level of weatherproofing. The very high end DSLR or Mirrorless cameras (Nikon D850, Canon MkIII, Fujifilm XT3) will have the best weather sealing however the lower end models may have a reduced weather sealing capability. You can reduce the amount of water on your camera by carrying an umbrella or place a plastic bag over the camera to provide some protection but if you intend on shooting in wet conditions, carry a dry cloth so you can periodically wipe it dry. This reduces the likelihood of the camera suffering water damage.

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Tip 5 – Get it professionally cleaned

The professional photographers do it, so why shouldn’t you? Your camera gear deserves the same amount of love the pros give their gear. A good service will clean all surfaces inside and out removing any dirt, dust and sand, clean the sensor, view finder and if required a firmware update can be installed making your camera like new again.

I hope that you find these tips useful and would love to know what tips you have to keep your camera gear in top working order.

Happy Shooting and Happy New Year.

On ya bike!

I would pretty happy if ever get to be as old as these two and still cycle, even just to get a coffee and sit by the ocean.

I took this with a Samsung Galaxy S8 and processed it ever do slightly using snapseed. Never leave home without your camera smartphone.

Now to dig through my garage to find my bike.

Hyde and Bubbles

Lets start the year with something a little bit of fun. I have named this guy The Bubble Man because nearly every time I wander through Hyde Park during a weekend or a public holiday I come across him. He does these amazing tricks with huge bubbles and of course the kids are attracted to bubbles and adults are reminded of the time that they used to be able to play with something so simple but fill your day with loads of fun.

The Bubble Man manages to get the bubbles up high and they float through the air with parents watching on as their kids reach high as bubbles gently float towards their waiting hands. Every now and then an over excited kid will wander across the line into the the bubble magic area where he quickly ushers tham back across the line before he continues his bubble magic.

Sometimes he will ask for a volunteer from the audience and this guy was pretty eager to get in and have a go. The Bubble Man asked him to hold an oversize champagne glass and The Bubble Man created a large bubble in the champagne glass and then filled it with what looked like smoke.

Once completed The Bubble Man encourages the volunteer to pop it using his face.

Face First into the bubble

Looks like fun and certainly reminds you of when you were a kid and how much fun you could have with bubbles. If you see him in Hyde Park, watch what he does and if you feel like it, drop a dollar or two into his collection hat.

Something Special about Panormas

I’m not sure what it is but there is something special about Panoramas that if done right make a pretty good photo. Maybe it’s because there is so much detail in them or that they have managed to capture a scene that can’t be captured without photographing a panorama or maybe the average person thinks that there is something special that goes into photographing them.

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The Olgas

It was while were travelling through the outback of Australia that I realised that the Sony A7 has the ability to take a panorama image and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I took quite a few panoramas along the way with the idea to printing a few to hang when we got home. I was excited because I’ve never stitched an image together using image software before so I thought that having the panorama ability was pretty cool but as it turned out I was going to be sadly disappointed. It wasn’t until download that realisation smacked me pretty hard that the image out of camera would be saved as a JPEG not in RAW format to the memory card as I had hoped. So there goes the ability to make any real adjustments.

I did try and make some adjustments to this image and I think it’s turned out ok but in future I think that I’ll learn how to stitch the images together to get a better result. What do you think?

Exit Strategy

The glow worm tunnels near Lithgow are certainly worthy of a visit however if you look closely on the side of walking track you’ll see small entrances to other caves that people don’t normally venture into. If you aren’t afraid of the dark and getting a little dirty they will offer a view rarely seen into another world.  As we walked toward what we thought would be an exit we realised that our exit strategy would require us to climb out and get a little dirtier than usual but it was well worth the venture into the unknown and the the darkness beyond.

Lithgow-Newnes May 16-16