Monthly Archives: July 2011

Port Pirie docks

Three shots of the docks at Port Pirie

Port Pirie docks 1

Port Pirie docks 2

Port Pirie docks 3

Jetty fishing

Couple of blokes fishing off a jetty near Wallaroo, North Beach possibly (I really could do with a GPS in my camera).

jetty fishing

I dragged a graduated filter down over the sky and top of the jetty to enhance the blueness of the sky but the way it has made the guys slightly silhouette-like is nice. For a pretty ordinary photo, I like the way this has turned out.

Me and my squid

After leaving the Coorong, we drove up to my sister’s place in Wallaroo for a few days’ visit. My brother-in-law wanted to teach me how to fish so we went out in his boat several times. I never caught the whiting we were after but this was my first squid. We ended up pulling in about a dozen in one patch: they were delicious and kept us and my nephew’s family fed for a while.

me and my squid

I promise not to inflict shots of me on you again for a long time.

Emu crossing

Just as we were leaving Coorong Wilderness Lodge, heading to the road, this fella started across the track in front of us. I grabbed the camera and shot quickly, hoping the gear was set correctly. Didn’t get the best of shots but worth seeing anyway.

Emu crossing 1

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Nice capture of its leg movement while running, if nothing else.

Doodle Wall 3, people

Yesterday afternoon was the third and last of the Surface Gallery ‘Doodle Wall’ events in the Long Gallery of Nottingham Castle. This time we had black panels which made the white pens more useful (and the black pens rather moot). As before, people were initially reluctant to ‘have a go’ but most could be persuaded and, I think, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I divided my time between shoving pens in people’s hands and my camera in their faces. This post will show examples from the latter intrusions. I was fairly obvious about my photography but, since many of these are pictures of participating children (as it is school holidays here), I’ll make it clear that any parent or guardian who wants their child’s images removed need only ask. Indeed, the same applies to anyone who wants their own pic removed.

I’ll post a selection of my favourite images here but all are in a collection up on Flickr, here (the ones from this event start about 65 pics down). They are all sized down but if you’d like a copy of the original, just ask.

This post will be accompanied by one on the SG blog which will contain a selection of shots of the works on the wall.

I arrived a bit late so the wall was already underway, courtesy of the SG artists:

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but then the people started arriving and drawing, all ages and, it seemed, all nationalities (I never realised how popular Nottingham is as a tourist destination):

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Being artistic doesn’t mean being constrained to one medium. Some of our artists turned out to be pretty good musicians and dancers as well:

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This one, a chinese scroll with blossoming tree, is one of my favourites, so I asked the artist to pose with it for me:

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and this is my favourite photograph, showing the concentration needed to be an artist:

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All photos were taken with fixed shutter speed (100 or 60) and I’ve only done a mass ‘re-tone’ of all of the pictures using Lightroom so apologies if the quality is low on some.

Grass in rock

Simply that.

Grass in rock

I love the look of grasses and wanted to see how I could enhance this image to make the grass stand out. Played with lots of settings on this one and added a graduated filter to the background to reduce its brightness. Mildly successful I think.

Stumpy-tail lizard

Spotted ambling across a dirt road down the Coorong:

Stumpy-tail lizard

Pink waters

Driving from Meningie back to Coorong Wilderness Lodge, we passed this section of field alongside the road which has flooded with pink water.

Pink waters

I upped the contrast, boosted the highlights and lowered the shadows in the curve, and then lowered the luminance of most colours in the shot. Finally set a graduated filter over the top half of the shot with lowered brightness  so that the sky matched the tone of the water. Quite pleased with the shot.

The pinkness comes from an alga in the water which produces carotene. On the way down to the Coorong we passed a lake of it, less intense than this stretch but I had taken a photo of a sign explaining the colouration.

Pink lake notice

Coorong road

Driving from Meningie back to the Coorong Wilderness Lodge. Both sides of the road were flooded as the water moved back into the Coorong after years of it being deprived by usage upriver (the Murray).

On the right,

Coorong road side 1

the left,

Coorong road side 2

and straight down the middle:

Coorong road side 3

Here is an article on the rise in the Coorong waters.

Pelican landing

Shots of a pelican landing on perch in Lake Albert:

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Approach alongside his mates, then, landing gear down.

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Touchdown, balance and store the wings while ignoring the neighbours’ comments.

Pelican landing 5

Then get down to some preening.

Jetty

in Meningie on Lake Albert.

jetty

Fiddled with this quite a lot, trying to get the jetty to stand out more. In the end, I had to increase the warmer colours of the jetty to make it stand out against the muddy green of the water. Still doesn’t completely work and I’m not sure why.

More pelicans

and one seagull:

Pelicans

and one pelican in flight:

Pelican 1 Pelican 2 Pelican 3

and coming in to land:

Pelican 4

Bigger pics, as ever, on Flickr.