Photo of the week 8

Sunday Stills 8

four cockatoos in a tree
Gangster cockatoos 2- after the meeting

I took a long time taking lots of frames of these cockatoos waiting for one to fly away when I was finally rewarded with my battery flashing red.

Once I was home in front of the computer, I was fooling with the clouds – trying to get more texture, when I clicked on a preset filter. It changed the mood immediately and made me think of the Saprano’s. My cheeky cockatoos had suddenly become gangsters! Here the Gangsters have finished their meeting!

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 1/1000 f8.0 ISO 125 65.81 mm

Edited in Lightroom and then with a Digital Photo School preset – Splendid Day

Photo of the week 7

Sunday Stills 7

Holiday time

Taken on Cat’s Eye Beach, Hamilton Island Queensland. In this photo, I wanted to get the idea of an old postcard. I used Photoshop’s content aware fill to get rid of a small child to her left. You can see the patch. I need to work on that!

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 1/640s f8.0 124.37 mm ISO 125

Edited in Lightroom

Photo of the week 6

Sunday Stills 6

A woman standing in ankle deep water looking for sheels
The Shell Seeker

Taken on Cat’s Eye Beach, Hamilton Island Queensland. I was looking to get that feel that Max Dupain had with his photos of sunbakers from the 1930’s. I think it might need to be a little bit more high key? What do you think?

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 1/500 f8.0 ISO 125 9.12 mm

Edited in Lightroom and then using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. High Structure preset and selenium tint.

Wollongong Snapshot: Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Being a tourist in your own town has its advantages. It’s quick, inexpensive and you don’t need much planning.  I took myself off to the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on a glorious spring day in search of colourful flowers and interesting textures. I was not disappointed!

A large kookaburra sitting on a rock
Plenty of bird life to be found in the gardens

It seems like ages since I have been out for the express purpose of taking photos.  The  Gardens are one of my favourite places for a close-to-home photo safari.

The Gardens are across the road from the University of Wollongong, but it’s best to park in Murphy’s Avenue, Gwynneville.  (click here for a map of the area) Because it is right near the Uni, parking can be a bit tricky during Semester time. There is a small designated parking area in the gardens itself. (Enter on Murphy’s Road)

A black metal scultpure of a man in a baseball hat with is arms crossed
Sculptures adorn the lawns

The Gardens are free and a fabulous place for a picnic. There are limited BBQ Facilities near the entrance. An “all-abilities” children’s’ playground with a big sandpit, climbing web and maze will keep kids occupied for ages. The design ensures that is accessible for everyone including those with limited mobility.

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Well organised picnickers nab the best spots!

In summer, you can take along your family,  bean bags, cushions and a picnic dinner and catch a movie on a big outdoor screen as the sun sets and the birds twitter in the trees.   Not all movies are suitable for kids but many are, so best to check the program here Sunset Cinema first.

The highlights for me are the Dryland Gardens (good all year)  and the rose garden (you need to pick the season). In spring, of course, you will find the garden in full bloom. Since most trees in Australia are evergreen and our Autumn’s are not very cold, there is not much leaf colour  as you would find in colder climes.

If you wanted to make a full day of it take a packed lunch,  include a walk around the Uni which has pleasant grounds and have a peek at Glennifer Brae, the stately home of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, both within an easy stroll from the Garden itself..

There are  guided tours run by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens and there are various gardening workshops advertised on the website.

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These photos were taken on September 30th and while its  officially been spring for a whole month the weather was only just starting to warm up.

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I have edited some as black and white to emphasise the textures; especially in the cactus.

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These photos were all taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and edited in Lightroom. Some frames where further edited using Nik software or Jixipix.

I hope you enjoy them!

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