I usually take photographs in the outdoors, at peoples homes, at their place of business or on location befitting their individual needs, but occasionally it’s nice to do some home studio shots where I can control the lighting more easily. This was no fancy setup though. Just a large white linen sheet as a backdrop with filtered light coming through one of the windows which reflected off a mirror on the other side of the room. A nice gentle effect that highlights her naturally striking emerald green eyes. The Gold Coast is my home for most of the year, but you’ll often find me traveling up and down the east coast of Australia as well. This country is beautiful.Read more "Blushing Beautiful Red Headed Girl"
The striking colour of the Eucalyptus Tree under this peeling bark really caught my attention in the car park at the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum, in Goulburn N.S.W. It was rather hot here with around 45 degree heat in January when we visited. The grass is dry, summer haze fills the sky, but the view from the old timber seat looking over the town right next to where this tree is growing, is quite spectacular.
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This woman showed up in my home town for a spontaneous photo shoot one day. The golden and green autumn leaves in Pearl Park in Foster would have clashed horribly with the pink top she was wearing, so I threw over my green jacket and easily achieved a more subtle, blended image for her to add to her portfolio.Read more "Woman In Front Of Golden Autumn Leaves"
Queensland national parks and reserves are so well maintained, they are usually accessible even in the wetter months. This boardwalk is on the way to Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park on The Gold Coast. It has been delicately built around one of the giant beech trees about a meter above the forest floor. This allows all the small animals, bush turkeys, Wallaroos and other Australian native wildlife to roam freely and unhindered as humans eagerly enter their territory.Read more "Gold Coast Boardwalk Panorama"
The bright yellow walls of this historic homestead in one of Sydneys’ Parks and Gardens, contrast beautifully with the spikey green succulents, curved manicured hedges and the unruly canopy of trees surrounding the garden. The curved pathway through the center adds structure and invites the viewer to explore even further.Read more "Elizabeth Farm Historical Cottage in Rosehill Sydney"
Gold and green toned photograph of a country waterway taken at the somewhat remote, Turtons Creek Reserve in Victoria. The colours of the Australian bush are often quite muted, with blues of the Eucalypts and greens from the ferns and moss. This stunning image was obviously post processed to draw out the golden reflections in the water from the sun on the dried off grasses on the bank. This picture has been featured on several websites, brochures and also in an Art Gallery.Read more "Beautiful Australian Creek"
These hardy and beautiful proteas make the best cut flowers, lasting for weeks in a vase indoors and drying out easily if you can’t be bothered to top up the water. While it’s not good feng shui to let the water go stagnant and dry the flowers in this way, (some even say it’s bad feng shui to have dried flowers in the house at all), it can stimulate good energy if it’s done with deliberate intent, cutting the stems on a 45 degree angle and hanging upside down to dry out fully, before being thoughtfully placed upright again in a plain pot.Read more "Chocolate Brown And Cream Protea"
This lovely little black and white bird sitting on a fence post above the barbed wire belongs in our Native Australian Bird Collection. We always found them fast moving, fluttering from one spot to the next and chattering quite loudly. They would sometimes alert us to the presence of snakes in the garden, especially as their chirping became quite frantic.Read more "Little Willie Wagtail On A Post"
Using filters while post processing in Lightroom can certainly change skin tones dramatically, taking away the natural hue and substituting one that’s more fitting to the mood. The slightly annoyed look on this model suits the grey and orange duotones added afterwards.Read more "Girl Looking Slightly Annoyed"
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These two fabulous ducks are surveying the farmland on the distant hillsides. The grass in late spring is only just starting to yellow while the pasture in the valley is still a lively green.
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Native Australian Flora is not always easy to name. I believe this is a Waratah Flower with turned down stamen and brighter yellow tips but I can’t be sure as it was found on a roadside planting done by the local South Gippsland Shire Council. Whatever it is, it’s a beautiful close-up which shows centers that look like popped corn.
Wattle flowers are mostly highly scented and bright yellow. They are best kept on the tree rather than brought inside and put in a vase. Although fairly bland to photograph, I put this one next to a stunning contrasting fuchsia pink bloom which highlighted the beauty of them both.Read more "Australian Wattle"
This donkey was used for a fun riding display from Fiona and Ross at The Foster Show in Victoria. Here he is tied up and standing patiently next to the bright yellow truck that was about to take him home.Read more "Donkey In Front Of Yellow Truck"
A fabulous closeup photo of one of my grandsons taken with a long lens to blur out the background. I’m delighted with the quality of Luxury Lenses I own. This was taken with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. I’ve even used it to take professional shots indoors at a brightly lit party in a large river front home in Hawthorn Melbourne. The bokeh is lovely too.Read more "Boy With A Cap"
Carol is a natural beauty and standing her next to this lovely floral display of hyacinth helped to bring out the pastel blues and lilacs of the pool area that’s blurred into the background of this photo. Pallazo Versace is a fabulous venue for a photo shoot. The manager was kind enough to let us roam around providing we kept out of the way of the guests. Much appreciated and the pictures were terrific.Read more "Attractive Girl With Flowers"
I have a friend who grows organic greens to sell to the supermarkets and to supply their own cafe and organic grocery store in Emerald Victoria. An example of the perfect symmetry of nature in these oak leaf lettuce leaves.Read more "Oak Leaf Lettuce Leaves"
Photograph of a mum with her two daughters sitting happily on a park table. I like the way the path behind them circles around their heads and draws your eye towards their smiling faces. I asked them to look at each other for this pose … and it made them laugh. Terrific result.Read more "Three Women Sitting In The Park"
How beautiful to see this mare with her foal in my neighbours paddock as I was walking up the hill. The simplicity of a plain blue sky is a lovely backdrop to this scene.Read more "Appaloosa Horse And Foal"
There’s nothing fancy about this photo of a seagull about to land on the waters edge. I’m just using it to fill in the colour palette in this photo portfolio. Images tend to look their best in groups when the tones flow gently from one picture to the next.Read more "Sea Gull Flying"
Photo of two attractive girls and a fluffy black dog at a local park in Melbourne. It’s funny how some people can find a facial pose and stick to it … often called the FaceBook pose. I’m glad they do it though. It adds a new dimension to the regular “smiling into the camera” pictures that most of us use.Read more "Two Girls And A Black Dog"