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23 August 2012

Weekend Photography Workshop

I realize that most of my blog posts of late have been focused on photography, but I promise a few new surprises in the near future.

Until then, I would like to talk about the Photo Workshop I participated in this past weekend.

Firstly, let me admit that I took over 1,200 images over the course of two days! It was incredibly tiring taking this workshop but I feel like my skill level improved...practice works!

The overall purpose of the workshop was to learn to work with light. Unfortunately, it was either raining or overcast the entire weekend so we really only got to practice with the diffused light that overcast days deliver.

Our first stop was a market about 45 minutes north of Melbourne called The St. Andrew's Market. It was my first time approaching strangers to ask them for their photo. The first lady I asked rejected me (sniff!) but I did manage to snap a few strangers' mugs.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning was landscape photography. I really enjoyed exploring nature with my camera. There are some interesting things to be found when you look closely!



St. Andrew's Market in Panton Hill, Victoria


A "detail" shot of some yummy baklava at a market stall



After the market, we shot images in an old cemetery. I wasn't really feeling it but I found this pretty wild flower vine growing.

Also found this dead tree with these weird orange fungi - I found it to be pretty photo worthy!

This is in The Botanical Gardens in Melbourne (that's the governor's mansion hiding behind that tree).

Red Succulents in the Botanical Gardens

In the Fern Gully in The Botanical Gardens

A busy bee collecting pollen in The Botanical Gardens.
 These are just a few of the many, many shots I took. Some were nice...many were out of focus. It was a great practice and I had a great time getting to know my classmates better.

Matt and I will be re-charging our batteries with a trip this coming weekend to a Super Secret location! (not really, but I like to create a sense of mystery that keeps you coming back for more!)

Tee-hee!

Until then, take care.

-Laurie

14 August 2012

Weekly Photo Share

I realize that it has been more than a week since my last photo share, but I assure you I have been taking HEAPS of photos lately! We had two assignments due in one week so this past weekend was a very busy one.

We are kind of wrapping up some of our technical lessons (i.e. how to use this camera) and we are moving more into communication and meaning. It's hard stuff but what I consider to be the main attraction of the class.

Here are a few shots from around Melbourne (and around my apartment!).

There's some really beautiful light in Melbourne at this time of year at dusk and dawn. It's a very soft light and the sunsets create some very blush pinks in the sky.


This is the view from my apartment window. See the pink spot in the sky? So subtle and beautiful - I just love it.

St. Kilda pier near sunset - I was lucky to capture this light as the rain soon moved in!


Capturing the motion of the ocean with a slow shutter speed.

I was intrigued by this bird who was just staring at the water. As I moved in for a closer shot, he dove into the water and surfaced with a little fishy! So cool to watch!

I absolutely LOVE cherry blossoms! I have happy memories from when my mom and I visited DC one spring when I was kid and the entire place was PINK!




These light bulbs have amazing light qualities - the centers change color depending on how the light hits them.
 Hope you have enjoyed those. Plenty more to learn so more pics to come!!

-Laurie

05 August 2012

Olympic Patriotism

The Olympics are in full swing and Australia is no different than the US in having a surge of patriotism as a response to the games!

It's been strange watching the games from an Aussie perspective because (of course) they are not falling all over themselves to say great things about the American competitors. Plus, we have seen some events that we never even knew existed before (I guess the US networks don't broadcast the less popular sports?)

Anyway, thought I would add a bit of Aussie Patriotism/Music:


"Land Down Under" by Men at Work. I have heard this a lot recently in Olympic sponsors' advertisements and I thought I would share it!

01 August 2012