Centenary Lakes | Club Outing

It must be a rare weekend for photography, this morning I headed out to Centenary Lakes in Caboolture with a few members of the Caboolture Photography Club for an unofficial early morning outing.

There was a lot more chit chat than snap snap but it is always good to catch up.  In amongst the chatter I did manage to capture some images of the local birds; a Corella, Dusky Moorhen and some feral duck. 

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4x TC | various exposures at F8

Bribie Island Sunset

I haven't been shooting much lately and the weather has been terrible.  We had 140mm of rain the day before and the clouds were starting to clear so we quickly ate dinner and packed everyone in the car for a trip to Bribie Island on the off chance that there would be some colour in the sky.

My family doesn't often come along on photo jaunts as it does get rather boring to the non-photographer but everyone seemed to enjoy it briefly; maybe it was just the novelty of an after dinner excursion.  E had packed here camera and stayed rather close to me as I was setting up and moving about looking for the right angle, I hope one day she will be a budding photographer.

4 Shot Panorama | Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | 15 sec | F11 | ISO100 | ND8 Soft Grad over Sky | Edited in LR5 and PSCC 

I have a soft spot for panoramic images but I really liked this single shot image of the Bribie Island bridge too.

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | 15 sec | F11 | ISO100 | ND8 Soft Grad over Sky | Edited in LR5 

Image for Club Judging

I've been absent from the camera club for a while, only going to about two meetings in six months, I really want to start trying again this year to keep attending meetings and outings as well as entering images into the monthly judging.

The subjects for January are; "Things that start with the letter C" and "People"

The first image is of an old camera that I picked up recently at an op shop.  The second image that starts with C is from a shoot that I did at a coffee roaster near where I work; I wish my latte art was as good as this.

While at a family/friend gathering I spotted the three girls peeking through the fence trying to get a glimpse of Max, the Jack Russell.  The second image I shot at a local swap meet where I was having a go at street photography, I really like the colouring in this image and the repetition of the axes.

Hopefully the judge won't rip me to threads and I can post some positive feedback.

First Video: The Bird Bath

I have taken an interest in digital video recently and this is my first attempt at a short film. Shot with Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, Rode Videomic Go, Manfrotto MVH500AH video head and processed in Adobe Premiere Elements.

These are a few of the bird species that frequent the bird bath; Rainbow Lorikeets, Noisy Minors, Wattle Birds, and Blue Faced Honey Eaters. It's pretty boring but was worth it for putting the theory to practice.

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s 35mm Rangefinder

We went op-shopping today and came across this vintage range finder, what a score to add to my collection of old cameras.

This is the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s from 1966, a 35mm coupled range finder featuring a Rokkor 45mm F1.8 lens. It has built in light metering, and can be used in either full automatic or manual modes. It's quite a hefty piece of gear and is a little bit larger than my Praktica SLR.

| Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 70mm | 1/4sec | F8 | ISO100 |

Stormy Morning at Southbank, Brisbane

I had an early meeting in the city and managed to get to South Bank super early for a coffee and to take some photos. 

I headed down to the Brisbane River to get this shot looking back over towards the city. It was overcast with some light rain but the sun still poked through the clouds every now and then. I used an ND400 filter to get a long exposure to calm the water and smooth out the clouds.

While I was photographing the city there were many runners and walkers getting about. One guy in particular ran past and then ran back to compliment me on my "pro" camera and proceeded to ask if I could take his photo on his iPhone with the city as a backdrop, Sure ok, I accepted and he struck a pose.

Does this happen very often to other photographers out there?

Gold Coast Getaway

We spent a few days on the Gold Coast for a brief family holiday, it seems to be a yearly occurrence which we look forward to greatly.  I had some time alone with the camera, it has been quite some time since I have had a chance to get out and shoot.

Fig Bird

Every now and then I will go for a bird watching walk around the neighbourhood, the path makes its way along Lagoon Creek.  I came across some nesting Magpie Larks, Eastern Yellow Robins and a few Red Browed Finches but all were to deep in the scrub to photograph clearly; the only birds I managed to photograph in the open were a pair of Fig Birds.

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4xTC | 420mm | 1/160s | F9 | ISO400

Tamborine Botanical Gardens

It's been a while since I have posted anything or even taken a picture. Over the past two weeks I have spent some time in Newcastle photographing some local landmarks and then in Sydney photographing cherry blossoms at the Auburn Botanic Gardens but I haven't had a chance to sit down and edit.

Today's adventure was a bit spontaneous, on a whim we headed to Tamborine Botanical Gardens to hopefully find some blossoms but the season up here seems over. I didn't come away empty handed though, the mickey birds put on a bit of a show for us.

Newcastle, NSW

While visiting Newcastle for work I had some spare time in the afternoon to drive around and do a bit of sight seeing.  I've been to Newcastle many times over the past few years but they ave only ever been fly in fly out day trips.  After work I headed to Nobby's Lighthouse, I could have spent a whole day photographing around this area; there is so much to look at from debris on the beach to patterns in the rocks and train lines in the sand dunes. 

As the light levels were dropping I found myself at King Edward Park amongst some of the WW2 ruins.  I would love to explore the war time ruins a little more but would want to go with a second person if going underground at night.

I think I need to get back to Newcastle sometime just for photography, there is so much more to see such as the ocean pools.

Kurilpa Bridge and Brisbane City Sunrise

I had an early start in the city this morning and just had to stop and capture this scene on the way past.  I pulled into the GOMA precinct and found a carpark under the Goodwill Bridge near the Dairy and ran up the stairs and back to the middle of the bridge.

This is the Kurilpa Bridge spanning from the GOMA across the Brisbane River to the CBD.  The Infinity Building on the left is Brisbane's tallest building at 249m.

Rare Yellow Bittern

I dropped into Northlakes on the way home this evening to see if I could spot the rare Yellow Bittern that has bird watchers in a frenzy. Sure enough after about 20 minutes it landed at the waters edge nearby and I managed to capture a few shots before it got too dark.

The last confirmed recorded sighting of this species was back in 1967, this bird is native to South Asia, Indonesia and New Guinea.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4xTC @ 420mm | 1/100sec | F8 | ISO2000

Hunt and Shoot

Todays hunt and shoot was great fun; a little slow to start with, only taking two images in the first hour, but I managed to finish on time.  These are the full set in order, not happy with the third image but I only had one chance.

The idea of the hunt and shoot is to follow a list of prompts to capture an images that suits each one.  This particular event we were only allowed to take one shot per subject and each file number had to be consecutive meaning that we could not delete or take another if the image didn't turn out.