Nine Minutes

On Monday morning I was out east of Ballarat before sunrise and once I got myself to a high vantage point I could see the only spot with a bit of potential was Clarkes Hill. It was covered with a shroud of fast moving cloud so I headed over that way. By positioning myself behind the hill I was hopeful that once the sun came up it would light up the clouds. And indeed it did...with a spectacular, vibrant, ever changing show. This is nine minutes of the action!



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Kingston Capers

With all the great autumn colour around at the moment, one location that's been high on my list is the Avenue of Honour at Kingston. On Sunday morning I was out that way, and though my idea was to capture it in early morning sunlight, the foggy conditions I got this morning I think were OK!
And whilst autumn is all about the colours of the leaves, I'm actually leaning towards the black and white version as my favourite. What do you think?

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Awesome Autumn

We are in one of the most colourful autumns I can remember and after a run out along the Yarrowee Trail to the Gong Gong Reservoir on Saturday where I noticed some great colour, later in the day I made a visit out to Kirks Reservoir, which is just over the road from the Gong, as it always has nicer colour in the lovely lawns and trees. I captured quite a few playing around with star bursts and a bit later on after sitting in the car waiting to see what the light would do, I had an idea to play around with some camera movement blurs. Quite interesting, don't you think?






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The Lake and Some Verticals

Out of nowhere on Friday morning a patch of light broke through at Lake Wendouree, looking across from View Point to the cafe and boat sheds. Just a few minutes earlier I captured this reflection of one of the lights on View Point and it seemed like a good time to post a couple of other verticals I captured earlier in the week at Lake Learmonth. The first of these images shows a tree just as the morning sun came up. Whilst nice enough in itself, it was the amazing shadow it cast the other way that really had my attention. With the low lying mist still hovering on the lake, the shadow the tree cast was very unusual (well, I thought so, anyway!)



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Dean Delight

On Thursday morning there was a very brief, but very colourful sunrise, and luckily I found a nice place to capture it.....Dean Reservoir. I really had to race to get the tripod set up as the colour exploded and then just as quickly faded away. Can you see the sun pillar? It adds a nice extra element to the image.
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Intimate Landscapes

Something quite different today. I've just recently got my hands on an old Minolta macro lens and after forking out $14 for a special mount, I can now use it on my full frame digital camera. The mount arrived yesterday ($14...amazing!) so I had a wander around the back yard. Now I know I'm not the first one to capture images like this, however with some exciting subjects and the right light and conditions, I reckon the potential is looking good for some rather unusual images.
And for those tech minded photographers....these were shot at between 1250 and 6400 ISO! Amazing what the modern camera can do!



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Low Lying Lake Learmonth

Once again some lovely conditions on Tuesday morning with calm conditions and low lying mists shrouding Lake Learmonth. Getting up high above the lake really shows nicely how the mist was working its way across the lake, coming in from the east and drifting west. The first 2 images were taken from the south shore, the third image is from a bit later from the east side of the lake, looking west, showing the strangely named "Controversy Island"! The last week and a half has given me some of the best late autumn conditions ever, though that may be set to end for a while with rain, and a lot of it,  predicted for later this week.


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From Subtle to Striking

Once again some terrific conditions to get another week underway. Started with some pre-sunrise soft, subtle colours just north of Learmonth, looking across to Eastern Peake (I was in Eastern Peake Road). And then once the sun rose above the horizon the colours really took off. With still some smoke burn-off haze in the air, the intensity is, well, intense! And whilst heading back to Ballarat I couldn't resist stopping for this group of curious cows...probably the image of the day!



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The North Face of Mt Warrenheip

The sun finally broke through on Sunday morning after an overcast sunrise, and luckily for me I was in a nice spot to capture it. This is looking south to Mt Warrenheip that was clinging onto the clouds and mist. In fact shortly after this the clouds moved in again and put an end to the photographic opportunities.
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Aerial Adventures

I've finally caught up with some of the aerials I've captured this week....fantastic conditions all week long!
A couple from a foggy Wednesday morning at Lal Lal Reservoir.
Thursday's pink sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet.
Some great autumn colour along Lal Lal Creek on a frosty morn on Friday.
Another colourful sunrise at Lake Burrumbeet on Saturday after some sheep action.









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Weatherboard Wonder

On Saturday morning I was out at Lake Burrumbeet for sunrise and whilst I got some great aerials from a pretty colourful morning, it was as I was heading back north to the Freeway that this view of Weatherboard Hill was the capture of the day. Earlier on my way past here before dawn there were no clouds like this, and even a few minutes after this they had blown through.
Well worth clicking on this for a bigger look!
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Morning to Afternoon

I had a couple of nice sessions on Friday. First up another great sunrise out at Yendon where the light through the trees was pretty nice. Then around 4.30pm in the afternoon some dark clouds passing through enticed me up to Lake Wendouree where the autumn colours continue to shine.
I've got a fantastic set of aerials to share from the week...will put together a selection soon!


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A Couple of Kilometres

We are getting some fantastic conditions this week with calm, frost, foggy mornings. On Thursday morning a visit out to Lake Burrumbeet for sunrise gave me plenty of opportunities. This set is from a couple of kilometres along the west side of the lake.





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Tuesday Train

On Tuesday morning I was up early and captured a range of images at the Ballarat Railway Station. It's a location I've been to a number of times, though never from this far down the tracks from the station. Luckily a train came past at just the right time!

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Wednesday Wonder

Before I get to Tuesday's images, I thought I'd post this lovely image from this morning....a cold, calm morning once again brings lovely conditions down along the road out to Lal Lal Falls. Colour or black and white?

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Nine Minutes

On Monday morning I was out east of Ballarat before sunrise and once I got myself to a high vantage point I could see the only spot with a b...