The lane


An image taken after the recent boot camp session that I kind of forgot about. It’s all about timing as these lanes can be in complete shadow except in the middle of the day.  It is really odd that this looks black and white but is pretty much straight out of the camera. I did think about cropping it to get the line coming in from the bottom right corner but I actually like it the way it is.



There is this rising sense of creative frustration I’m experiencing lately that needs breaking with some urgency.


The time I freed up when study finished has been sucked up by things I could say no to or defer when I was studying. I do get little things done but there are no blocks of time to commit to more and that’s the reason I have not put up a new project lately. Carrying a DSLR daily and not getting time to use it simply adds to this friction I feel. I just can’t get it together and make something happen and since I was looking forward to doing that it feels like the goals are being moved further away.

The simplest action is to take some leave but that is too complicated at present. It would be easy to stop but that’s not my way. I will wait, chip away at the edges of things  and do what I can to go further.


Out scouting

Out scouting

Sometimes it’s okay to keep it simple, go out with minimal gear and just look around.

This weekend I spent some time in Melbourne doing just that and these are some of the images. I’m happy with the two images of the posts in terms of composition.  I want to go back and see what they are like when it is not overcast. The late afternoon light will also change the way these look in terms of colour temperature. The stonework and ironwork door details were just a starting point. I want to go back when the sun is higher so that is just grazes the stonework and brings out the texture.

I tend to try and work quickly, unless there is something worth more effort it is best to keep moving. The images I make on these occasions act as a notebook to jog my memory. They prompt me so that next time I’m in that location I may be able to improve on what I saw with a different lens or time of day.  My phone does a pretty good job of note-taking. I can throw together camera images, location details and other notes fairly easily.

Opportunity knocked…

Opportunity knocked…

There was a small break in the weather today that let me get outside long enough to photograph these flowers. It was still windy but I managed to work between gusts. I also used a small folding diffuser to soften the direct sun and reduce the breeze a little.

This is taken in direct sunlight.


Taken with a diffuser. I prefer this image as the shadows aren’t as hard and I can see more detail like where the last rain washed the pollen onto the petals. The only downside is that the diffuser was not big enough to shade the bottom right so that part of background will need a little toning down.


Got to make the most of opportunities when they come up… It’s pouring outside now!