Posted on February 6, 2018
This fearsome creature greets visitors to the Australian Reptile Park, near Sydney. I don’t think I’d care to meet anything more exotic, thank you very much.
Posted on September 20, 2017
Frank’s chosen theme for this week is ‘Stones’. These are to be found on the beach in the Sydney suburb of Manly. The cloudy conditions meant that the palette is a little washed out, but at the same time helps to enhance the texture of these rocks.
Posted on September 12, 2017
As most happy snappers will know, the word ‘photography’ is derived from the two Greek words for ‘light’ and ‘drawing’, so Frank has set us a particularly interesting challenge this week, with his theme of ‘Dark’.
No photographic image can be completely dark, of course – otherwise it would just be a black rectangle on the page or screen. But it is the contrast and juxtaposition between light and dark that make for an interesting image, and if there’s one subject that offers infinite variety in the interplay between light and dark, then it must be fireworks.
This was taken on New Year’s Eve in Sydney a while ago. With a hand-held one second exposure it was never going to be pin-sharp, but the blur of the palm trees illuminated by the fireworks adds to the overall impact, I believe.
Posted on April 7, 2017
This image of a ladder with its strong shadow is a good subject for monochrome treatment. Photograph taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
Posted on January 20, 2017
To be perfectly honest, as a general rule I don’t find ‘public transport’ a particularly interesting subject for photography. However, as this subject has come round again in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge it gives me an opportunity to post this picture, taken in downtown Sydney.
As an image, I admit it doesn’t really have much to offer, but if you happen to be a Deadhead it raises a smile, assuming that you are familiar with the lyrics of the Grateful Dead’s second-set improvisational vehicle (sic), ‘The Other One’:
Escapin’ through the lily fields
I came across an empty space
It trembled and exploded
Left a bus stop in its place
The bus came by and I got on
That’s when it all began
Posted on January 17, 2017
This is a detail of a metal sculpture that’s part of a water feature to be found in the old part of Sydney, down by Circular Quay.
There’s plenty of texture to be had, but I particularly like the way that the arc of water echoes the curve of the metalwork.
Posted on January 16, 2017
Given that about two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by sea, it’s difficult to think of anything more mundane than water. But it becomes a little more interesting if a tiny proportion of it – like this detail of a water park near Sydney – is suitably framed (in this case by the brick border of the walkway).
Posted on January 3, 2017
Posted on December 31, 2016
For this week’s instalment of the 52 Week Photo Challenge, The Girl That Dreams Awake has chosen the theme of ‘Peaceful’.
Her own interpretation is an image of a pile of books and that inspired me to dig out this photograph, which I took a few years ago somewhere around Sydney. What could be more peaceful than sitting quietly in the sunshine by the waterside and reading a book?
Posted on December 21, 2016
Don’t ask me what plant these berries are from. All I know is that this photograph was taken a few years ago in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney.
Nikon D300 with 18-55mm kit lens at 55mm, 1/100 at f5.6 ISO 200. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.
Macro Moments Challenge Week 23