The planet Venus shines brightly prior to first light. Known as the Morning Star, Venus is the brightest light in the blue hours as you look east and before the sun’s rays overpower the sky.
The blue hour is a great time for photography. It is the period usually between 30 minutes and an hour before the sun rises in the morning or after it sets in the evening.
This was shot on a tripod at f5, ISO 400, shutter speed a third of a second.
I am no geologist but when I saw this specimen under light I couldn’t resist the idea of a photograph.
This is gypsum crystal…one of the mineral’s many forms. Not all that common but certainly beautiful.
The piece is quite large and I shot this in an almost dark room with just the light on the crystal.
I used a tripod and a macro lens to get the image. Shot at f7.1 1/15th sec ISO 400
Similarly this shot was taken with the same equipment but this time under ultra-violent light.
The mineral is Willemite, something that is found around the Leigh Creek area. Of course it looks nothing like this in normal light.
There is a band of quartz running through the rock as well.
Shot at f16 on a 30 second exposure at ISO 100.
Someone suggested this might be the ghost of the ‘sentimental bloke’.
The lines caught in the morning sun of a corrugated iron cut out of a stockman by artist Kate Sleath from Laura in South Australia’s mid north.
Laura was indeed the childhood home to poet C.J. Dennis, creator of the sentimental bloke.
The sunlit corrugations make an interesting illusion coupled with the windows of the Prairie Hotel where Kate has a number of interesting installations with an Outback theme.
I put a couple of photos on the Overflow yesterday of beaches and waves pounding on the rocks.
I guess at this time of the year when the cold north-westerly winds have been blowing for a few days and its hard to keep warm, my thoughts tend to head toward the Top End.
It’s my winter dream…Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Sweers Island is about 7 kilometres long and 3 wide. It’s not far off the coast north of the town of Karumba – a fantastic getaway and the fishing is just the best.
I have two lovely friends who run the place, Mick and Lee Davies who will ensure a visit to the island is a memorable experience.
Even if you are not into fishing, there’s plenty to see and do….. but the sunsets are like a giant valium…guaranteed to calm the most shattered nerves.
For probably very obvious reasons it’s not often I get to see the ocean.
A bit of a novelty really. So this may be a bit blase for some but I just liked the waves and the rocks in this image of Middleton Beach south of Adelaide as a storm rolled in from the sea
It was hand held. f13 @ 1/125th sec ISO 200.
I seem to remember getting a little damp as well.
The photo from the previous post “Winter Colours” didn’t come through for a lot of people.
A little step in prepping the picture for the web was missed which resulted in it not transmitting properly.
Here’s the photo again for those that missed it and thanks to those people who let me know of the problem.
An image to celebrate a milestone.
The Sentimental Bloke passed the three year mark a few days ago.
Who would have thought that thousands of people from all over Australia and 63 countries around the world would visit the website or follow on Facebook through drought, floods, spectacular changes in the landscape and just everyday life.
Here’s to finding enough photographs of the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia to keep ‘The Bloke” going for another 12 months.
This photo is a bit off my normal beat but I went to the funeral of a friend’s mum recently.
The light falling on this lady was striking but lasted but a minute or two.
Taking the photo without being disruptive was essential.
I have a Fuji X100, which is just about perfect for the times when you either don’t have a camera with you and there’s a great photo staring you in the face, or it’s best not to be obtrusive.
f2.8, 1/640th sec, ISO 800
Posting a photo yesterday was always going to be a problem – I was having too much fun.
I had the good fortune to spend part of the day chatting with and showing rock legend Leo Sayer around a small part of the Flinders Ranges.
I wanted to get a portrait of Leo, and the only opportunity came in the evening at the Nilpena Woolshed.
Having available light only in what is a fairly dark environment, I had given myself a bit of a challenge.
Leo, on a day off sightseeing, had been exploring the woolshed with his own camera so he was pretty cool about the photo idea.
I was using a Canon 50mm L series prime lens at f2.8 on my 5D MK II, ISO 1600 at 125th of a second.
Day off it might have been, but there was the inevitable jam session with fellow musicians Harry Hookey and John O’Day.
The setting was almost as black as the inside of a cow’s stomach so getting a good photo, again in available light, was difficult.
This is one of the few successful results shot at f4, 1/100th of a second at ISO 3200 – anything to get a reasonable shutter speed with a little depth of field.
Apart from being an internationally famous entertainer with his signature shock of hair, Leo is a charming bloke, witty, interesting to talk to and really laid back.