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I think I may have posted this

New Holland Honey Eater

on a previous occasion.

This evening I also entered the photo into the

Geelong by Nature Exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015


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Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 4


I have chosen a variety of shots this week

commencing with some wildlife shots.

With all shots I have posted the cropped versions first…except

for the first two which are both originals,

one being cropped when taken.

lionness_0968The first two photos are not the same shot,

but the are of the same scene and

only about three or four frames apart.

I think the top photo is the pick.

Although an original shot the top image was cropped

when shot to remove the grasses shown in the second image.

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Stripping away extraneous matter from this shot

actually loses some of the impact, I think.

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I thought it more exciting when we could see

how close to our vehicles she was.

It’s not often one has the opportunity to

photograph wild lions at this range.
Limpy_0630We nearly ran over Limpy during our drive.

She was just ‘around the corner’ in long grass close to the road.
Limpy_0630aEverybody jumped when she hoped up to get out of our way.

However, as she turned her head and appeared

to look straight down the camera lens,

there were goose bumps on my arms.

No need for a telephoto lens she was only

about fifteen to  twenty feet from us.

elephant_0232I did have a colleague ask what this was.

elephant_0232aI thought it self-explanatory however, this view does give it away.

cockatoo_0516aThis Sulphur Crest Cockatoo is almost simplified

via depth of field, however, there are a few distractions

particularly around its head and beak.

cockatoo_0516Even the original has distractions in the foreground.

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Initially I thought our black Agapanthus would

look okay with this crop.

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Then I tried this and think it is better.

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 Both are a vast improvement on the original.

I  often hear people talk about darkening

part or all of the background.

I assume it is a fairly quick process,

I just have not mastered it as yet.

At the moment that would take me longer

than it is worth to darken.pelican_0502

 An after thought, cropped, and….pelican_0502aout of the camera.

Cce’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge:Week-4-Simplicity


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Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 2

What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common

As many will have guessed by now,

nature and wildlife are my main subjects,

mostly because I do not need to gain permission

of the either to post its photo here.
Torquay_7147With the above comments in  mind,

many of my shots are taken using

a short focal length on my zoom lens,

which generally results in a happy snap as above.
Torquay_7147aHowever, by cropping the extraneous I think there is

more interest in this shot than the first.

Foreground and background waves breaking in the

early morning sun on August 3rd.

I was trying to capture the spray that morning and

while this does show some spray…it was not my best for the morning.

The problem is that enlarging the above cropped photo

does not produce a good result. Limpy_0624 Many will have seen Limpy (now deceased) before.

When she turned her head and looked at the camera…

it gave me goose bumps.

At ten or twelve feet from the car it was a once in a lifetime shot.

Again I have cropped the left of the shot,

although not a lot as we nearly ran over her,

she was so close to the track we were driving along.

Finally, I have read articles stating that there should

be no rules when composing a photo.

Not sure how many would agree with that.

I tend to make sure I have my subject in the shot

and crop out anything I don’t want.




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 1

How your camera is not like your eye.


I have chosen a shot of a

New Holland Honey Eater

which has been visiting our years of recent weeks.  Even my first version (lens set at 300 mm) of this shot does not take in all that the eye can see.  And I would be really concerned if our neighbour’s trees were as blurry to the naked eye.  However, the camera has isolated the bird from its back ground.


Many of my photos are taken like the first image and then

cropped to further isolate the subject and create impact.

The look in its eyes, I am sure, is telling me where to go.


This is about as far as I could comfortably crop the photo.

Even here it needs to be viewed at a distance.

However, we could not get this view of our wildlife (large or small)

without zooming in on, editing or cropping our shots.

Enlarged and behind glass and no-one would see

the imperfections that we, as photographers, see.

Now,  Cee has asked us to take photos at our ‘comfortable focal length‘.

Unfortunately I don’t know what mine is!!

I tend to take photos choosing a focal length that, I think,

will make a good photo, then if necessary

I will crop it further…

in fact my cropping tool is often my first editing step,

followed by sharpening.


Black and White Tuesday15-2909


Black and White Tuesday

 September 29, 2015


New Holland Honey Eater
new-holland-honey-eater_0006I first capture a New Holland Honey Eater several months ago

during a visit to Werribee Zoo…between Melbourne and Geelong
new-holland-honey-eater_0048Then I noticed they were in our back yard.
new-holland-honey-eater_0007This particular day I was leaving home and had to reverse

the car to capture this series of photos.

As seen in the first photo this one was being

aggressively vocal towards something in the garden.



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