Lens-ArtistPC-142-My-Choice

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My post this week consists of images from

Geelong’s Corio Bay.

Griffin Gully Pier…

…is my favourite spot for a sunrise shoot…

…the exact spot from where… 

…all my sunrise photos… 

 

…for this post were shot.

 

Finally, an after dark shot of

Cunningham Pier Restaurant

Geelong.

 

 

 

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:..Our-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Our-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Our-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Our-Choice

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Lens-ArtistPC-141-Geometry

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I finnd  it fascinating how many plants grow in geometriical patterns.

Whether leaves or petals there is always…

…a geometrical design to the growth.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Geometry

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Geometry

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Geometry

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Geometry

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Lens-ArtistPC-140-Change-of-Scenery

 

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The time of year when garden scenery changes dramatically

with rich greens turning into equally rich reds and yellows

Our Golden Robinias, while never a dark green,

are now in striking contrast against their

evergreen neighbours.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Change-of-Scenery

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Change-of-Scenery

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Change-of-Scenery

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Change-of-Scenery

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Lens-ArtistPC-133-My-Photography-Journey

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Apologies for a late and long post

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The first cameras I used were Dad’s Agfa 35 mm

and another Agfa with a Bellow Lens on it.

Both were used in the mid-sixties.

Towards the very late-sixties, after I left school,

I had a love affair with Super 8 movie cameras,

which was great until I came home from

a three week camping trip up through

Central Australia (1975) realising that

thirty seconds of watching a home movie

of an inanimate object was not

the way forward for me, particularly

when I began planning a 1976 trip

to the U.K. and Canada.

I decided to buy a small point and shoot 35mm camera

and settled on an eighty dollar camera,

similar to the Yashica.

Because I was dealing with the shop quite a bit

I asked the owner if I could give it a try

before committing to purchase.

  Presumptuous of me, wasn’t it?

After a ten second think shop owner

gave me this Yashica.

An hour later I had been from one side

of Warrnambool to the other and finished

the roll of twelve photos.

I was so pleased when my photos were returned

that I opted for the $36.50 second hand Yashica.

My logic being that if my camera were

to be lost, stolen or damaged better it was

a $36 camera rather than an $80 camera.

So began my love of 35mm cameras.

Sometime in 1977 a workmate asked me (and my Yashica)

to take his wedding photos in February 1978.

Just the excuse to purchase an Olympus OM 1 SLR.

 

 

Several weddings later and with saved pennies

I was certain I needed a backup camera 😉

 

Then of course I needed a better (OM2) camera…

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In late 1984 MGW came on the scene.

Fifteen months later any spare funds

were being directed toward a newly

acquired 300 acre farm.

This coincided with brides wanting more

than I could deliver or were just bridezillas.

One I will never forget allowed me

five minutes photo time before leaving for the church.

At this time two of three Olympus cameras

were requiring some form of repair

which always had a base price of $200.

Photography went on a hiatus for few years.

With our first born due in February 1989.

We decided to purchase a ($2,500)

Canon video camera for Christmas.

According to the retailer its selling point

was the ‘CCD device‘.

It took nearly 30 years to find out what

CCD meant…and I don’t think it mattered.

Now as a result of our Christmas purchase

we managed a 20 minute video

of our first born’s first bath at home.

Really mind numbing viewing  🙂

I think number 2 to was nearly walking

before he appeared on video…not really.

Twenty years ago for my 50th birthday,

came my first digital camera.

A Canon IXUS complete with a 32mb card.

Next was a Kodak DX7590 Digital Zoom Camera.

All of my Cairns photos were taken

with my Kodak DX.

I always had a hankering for Nikon cameras.

So with an empty nest and a

new experience of a steady income

arriving in my bank account each fortnight,

(I was teaching at a nearby correctional facility)

I found an excuse to upgrade to a Nikon D90.

Then another backup camera incase the D90

was damaged during our Botswana Safari

Two or three years ago I began to realise

the limitations of crop sensors…

…and began a long winded period of researching

Nikon FX cameras, before settling on the

Nikon D750.

A couple of reasons for the D750.

It  was one the less expensive end of FX cameras.

It used the same batteries as the D7100

and it also has two memory card slots.

It also is possible to use the DX lenses on the D750.

The DX lens produces about a 12mb photo

compared to around 20 Mb FX format.

The D750 also as an automatic setting for DX lenses.

Camera club members who are Canon buffs

all say that the Canon equivalent of a DX lens

on a Full-Frame camera results in a broken mirror.

My latest acquisition is another Nikon.

It was waiting for me at Men’s Shed

when I visited for the first time this year.

The only thing it cost me was an eye roll

when I showed it to MGW.

She simply does not enjoy cameras as much as I do.

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Money spent on cameras is my ‘beer and cigarette’ money.

Coca-Cola is my drink…30 cans for around $15;

verses 24 bottles of beer for $55.

I have never smoked; however a while back

I was talking to a retailer and totally shocked

to discover cigarettes were around $50 per packet

 

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...My-Photography-Journey

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...My-Photography-Journey

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…My-Photography-Journey

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...My-Photgraphy-Journey

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Lens-ArtistPC-138-Natural-Light

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I wish I could say this is a natural, however,

the sky has been darkened for effect.

The rest is natural.

Sunrise

Corio Bay…

 

…Geelong.

 

 

Sunrise

Point Lonsdale Pier.

 

 

Dawn from our front door.

Calm as a mill pond on

Corio Bay

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Natural Light

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Natural Light

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Natural Light

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Natural Light

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Lens-ArtistPC-137-Soft

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A touch of softness edited into

the focus of Melbourne’s skyline.

Soft toy.

Unintentional softness captured in

this packet of Screws.

Unintentional softness?

Better known as blurry,

a dud or

an abstract image.

Soft focus

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Soft 

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Lens-ArtistPC-136-Starting-with-Letter-S

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All but one of my S images comes from my Shed this week…

The white melamine squares are destined…

 

…to be shelves like this one.

 

Packet of Screws

 

Two Phillips head Screwdrivers

A Drop Saw

 

Wood Scraps

 

Computer Screen/Monitor.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Starting-With-S

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Starting-With-S

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Starting-With-S

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Starting-With-S

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Lens-ArtistPC-134-Forgettable-to-Favourite

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About 5 or 6 years ago, while walking along

Eastern Beach precinct...

…I leaned over and took this image of the sea.

 

Not long thereafter a challenge to create

a CD cover was announced.

A few clicks of the mouse and suddenly

my cover was ready.

Although not square it’s

definitely in the

Forgettable to Favourite

category.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Forgettable-to-Favourite

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Forgettable-to-Favourite

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Forgettable-to-Favourite

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Forgettable-to-Favourite

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Lens-ArtistPC-132-Striped-Checked

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Again I find most of my images are from nature.

Dahlia and bee.

 

Dahlia

May be pushing stripes a it with this image.

It does appear to have red and white petals

which gives a striped effect.

 

 

Certainly not checks in the truest form….

…however, close enough when checks

are few and far between.

And I will use any excuse to post one of

my favourite images from Africa 2013.

My final checked image.

The floor of Melbourne’s

Royal Arcade

I could not post a striped post without including…

…some of Burchell’s Zebras.

Although difficult to see, Burchell’s Zebra

has a brown stripe on the white.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Striped-Checked

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Striped-Checked

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Striped-Checked

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Striped-Checked

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Lens-ArtistPC-131-Emotions

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Happy

Laughing at a quip.

I always thought these windows

lent a sad demeanour to this old house.

Perhaps they knew the fate of the house.

It no  longer exists.

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Finally, I have no known relatives who

perished on World War I Battlefields,

however, on more than one occasion

I found myself taking deep breaths

to suppress tears as I contemplated

the loss of life two World Wars

have inflicted on our planet.

I created this image of the

Thiepval Military Cemetery

for another challenge.

I often wonder if there are

unseen guardians at each cemetery.

 

 

The wall at the back of Belgium’s

Tyne-Cot Cemetery,

contains the names of 35,000 soldiers

who have no known grave.

This is the overflow from

Menin Gate at Ypres,

where another 54,000 names

are inscribed

Nearly a decade ago Fromelles’ mass graves

were discovered. 

From these six graves

250 Australian and British Soldiers…

 

…were exhumed and re-interred in the

Fromelles Military Cemetery.

One of MGW’s relatives is among

those resting peacefully at Fromelles.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Emotions

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