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I've got a bit of a black and white thing happening at the moment...here's a couple of images from Lake Burrumbeet on Friday morning. Some lovely foggy conditions to work with, though the pelicans have gone AWOL...I'm sure they'll be back!

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Tonal Images

Whilst the sunrise on Thursday morning was fairly subdued, I still managed to find a couple of nice images. The three boat sheds on the north side of the Lake always offer something nice, and I felt a black and white toning worked nicely...topped off by the addition of the crescent moon.
Once the sun had risen it created some pretty intense light at Fairyland where the ducks were in abundance. This one created just the right amount of movement on the waters surface to add the extra interest into the scene.

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A Colourful Start

On my way out to Lake Burrumbeet on Wednesday morning the skies were looking pretty clear, so I was very happy when some clouds built up just as the sun was rising, especially down to the south as shown in the first image here. And a huge contrast once the sun has risen and adds it intense early morning colour to the scene.
This was a bit of a scouting trip to see how many pelicans are still out there...quite a few as you can see!

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From the Mount to the Lake

Quite a productive day on Tuesday starting with sunrise from the slopes of Mt Buninyong. The pre-sunrise conditions were a bit bland, though when the sun appeared it created all these great clouds and the colour was incredibly intense. It's only at this time of the year that you will get the nice reflection in the dams in the first image here. And one lone magpie helped out with a nice silhouette.
Then later in the day just before sunset I took a stroll up to Lake Wendouree with high hopes as the clouds looked nicely placed for some colourful action....and I wasn't disappointed.
Both these locations, as you know, are regular locations for me and it always amazes me how they can continue to deliver such striking images.





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Up in the Sky.......

I was outside around lunchtime on Monday and noticing the light was quite soft I looked up...and saw this fantastic halo around the sun. They used to say you shouldn't take pics looking directly at the sun...however I don't agree!
And getting back to a couple of images from the lovely sunrise at Lake Learmonth on Sunday.



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On the Shores.....

...of Lake Learmonth. Would you believe I took these 2 images from almost the same spot on the shores of the Lake? A few days ago I posted a couple of contrasting images, this pair surely fits that definition as well.
Sunday morning's forecast was my favourite...calm and foggy....and once I hit the road and got an idea of the lay of the land, I thought I'd pay a visit to the south west corner of Lake Learmonth. The first image here, taken before sunrise, shows the top of Saddleback Hill where I discovered this vibrant paddock sitting right at the top of the west side of the hill. I really love the rocky crest to the hill at the bottom, too.
Once the sun had risen I changed cameras and walked a couple of metres down to the edge of the Lake to capture this simple view.
More to come....!

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Wild and Woody

On Saturday morning on my run around Lake Wendouree I was pleased to see a new group of Australian Woodducks. They have been a bit scarce this season with only one other group at the lake that I have been aware of. So later in the afternoon I grabbed the camera to capture some images of this new brood of 6.  The father can get very protective as you can see in the third image here.....he makes a real charge at you, as he did on my run earlier so I had to take a wide berth.
And while we are at the Lake, here's also a couple of images from Fairyland on Wednesday morning.




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Morning Light

I don't want to say I've been dying to get these images, though it has been on my list for a while to capture some images over the old Ballarat Cemetery early morning when the light is just right, and on Friday morning conditions were perfect. The long shadows and vibrant greens makes a nice combination, and I didn't realise there was so much grass in the north section of the cemetery. The small red roofed pavilion adds a nice contrast as well.


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Contrasts

As I mentioned yesterday I have a friend down from up north and on Thursday morning I took him to a couple of my favourite locations in some of my favourite conditions. I thought I'd post this pair just to show the amazing contrats in conditions we had in less than half an hour. We were out amongst the wind towers at Addington, near Waubra, for the sunrise and the colour and intensity of the sun burning its way through the fog was incredibly intense. This image shows a trailer full of hay bales silhouetted against that amazing sunrise sky.
From there we headed south down to Lake Burrumbeet where the conditions were totally different. As you head south you lose a lot of elevation and the lower we got the thicker the fog got. Conditions were great and this stand of trees just offshore was looking good as I took a number of shots...and then this family of swans decided to come gliding past to really make the image.
I'll put up a few more later as we both went home with a great range of images.

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Loddon Falls

I've had a friend down from up north for a quick visit and on Wednesday afternoon we took a drive over to Loddon Falls near Glenlyon. It was pleasing to see the recent rain gave us some pretty good flow to play around with down at water level and it was great to be standing in front of a waterfall again! One colour and one black and white image to share.
And we had a cracker of a morning today........!

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Death Valley Drama

Here's a couple of Death Valley windstorm pics from 2011.....

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Smile!

Here’s a couple more from Monday nights visit to Lake Burrumbeet. I actually took these two before the previous images just as the sun broke through to light up the scene. I took a dozen or so pics of this scene and in everyone of them that seagull in the middle was standing on the one foot!

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The Rocks and Reeds

When I left home late Monday evening I could see a big gap on the horizon out to the west that promised a pretty good sunset. And whilst the pinks and purples didn't eventuate, it was still a nice view at Lake Burrumbeet down amongst the reeds and rocks. Pretty chilly at the moment...is this really Summer? Bring back November, it was much warmer!


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It Was 10 Years Ago Today......

It was 10 years ago today, the 4th of December 2007, that I put down as the day I realised I wanted to take landscape photographs. Debbie and I were on our first of what was to become regular trips to the USA. I had purchased a pretty fancy video camera for the trip with no intentions for still photography. We had been in the States for a few days by now, the main initial plan was so that I could run the Death Valley marathon. After that we had a day and night in Las Vegas and from there we headed up to Utah and into Zion National Park. I was overwhelmed by the scenery there, never having seen anything like this before and I knew that I wanted to capture it. So, realising the video camera also had a function that allowed me to take still images, I switched into that mode for the trip...and the rest is history!
So today I thought I would put together a gallery of images from the five trips we have made to Zion National Park. You will see from these why it made such a big impression...and a desire to keep returning.
First up is from that first visit when the reflected light off the amazing cliffs in the Virgin River was to become a remarkably familiar sight.
On to May 2009 for our 2nd visit when some great light above the Court of the Patriarchs, and then a week or so later on the same trip, we popped in for another visit where I captured some great light through the cottonwood trees that the park is so well known for.
In early 2013 after visiting Hawaii, we headed back to the mainland for the classic view of the Virgin River at sunset.......it gets very busy at this spot every night, for obvious reasons! A hike on that trip to the Emerald Pools also created something pretty nice with reflections off the canyon walls once again adding a unique colour palette to the scene.
After our first trip to Alaska in August 2014, we once again added some extra travel time lower south in the USA where we were able to take in one of the classic Zion hikes..into the Narrows where the Virgin River has cut its way through the sandstone to create this amazing vista.
Our last visit to Zion was in April 2016, and though this was a quick one night visit to meet up with some friends from Arizona, I was still able to catch the Watchman under the stars. It's nice when you can get a view like this only about 30 metres fro your campsite!
Whilst searching out the images for this post I realised how many unseen images I have of this amazing place...maybe another book may be on the cards?!







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A Touch of Green

No where near the rain has fallen as had been forecast, though overall Saturday was one of the greyest days I can remember. I was out looking for any signs of flowing water and this spot on the Bo Peep Creek at least had a nice bit of colour to brighten the day.
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A Fine (for Photography!) Forecast

The forecast for Friday was pretty grim with massive rainfall predicted. However after some early morning rain I feel we got off pretty lightly here in Ballarat. This series is from just before dawn when the light takes on a distinct blue hue, this image on the north side of Lake Wendouree looking across to a couple of the School boat sheds. A bit later on after driving back around the Lake I could see the view to the north looked promising, so I grabbed a few images from St Pat's Point as a huge front moved across from west to east. And I had to move very quickly to get back to the car before copping a drenching! The rest of the day was mostly grey with very little of the forecast rain....though there is still more forecast for the rest of the weekend.



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LBBW

I've got a bit of a black and white thing happening at the moment...here's a couple of images from Lake Burrumbeet on Friday morning...