|Posted by wolfersphotography on March 29, 2008 at 11:16 PM|
Autumn is here but we havent had much rain, still on water restrictions and i have lost a lot of plants from my garden. I have a water tank but even watering the plants is not enough!
Its been a busy few months with school and work occupying alot of my time but i have been able to get out a bit.
In January i have been going to the zoo alot shootiong lots of animal shots (see some in the Animals page) as i had been asked to judge a photo competition and give a short talk on Animal photography at the Coldstream Photographic Society (in feb). I think it went well even though i have never judged a photo competition before and i was quite nervous. The hardest thing is not being negative all the time, but to give honest and helpful appraisals of other peoples photos and then pick the winners. Its not an easy task in front of a crowd. I still, i have lots to learn and i hope i get to do it again sometime soon.
In February I went to the Cranbourne Rodeo (for the first time) and that was just amazing action, it was late evening 7pm so the light was getting dim and you need a high shutter speed to catch the action of the bull riding. See the Sports page.
Also in February i went to the Phillip Island Classic Car races which involves 3 days of racing lots of old cars (really old bugattis, ex F1 and other classics) and this was just fabulous as you could walk around the pits, touch the cars, talk to the drivers and see the races. I had my first go at Panning shots with my super 100 - 400mm telephoto lens. See some in the Transportation page.
Recently i have been away for a week to a farm house at Bung Bong (yes its a real place) and its located approx 10km east of Avoca in central victoria. The main pourpose was so my hubby could go wine shopping in the pyrenees wine region. Anyway it meant i could take loads of rural themed snaps! On the first night (24-03-2008) we had a wicked thunderstorm that lasted several hours and it was mostly occuring in the distance over the Avoca township. So i thought id have a go at trying to capture some lightning shots. I did a lot of approx 60+ 1 minute long exposures (f10, iso 100) on tripod (with a cable release) and i was safely sitting under a carport with a great view towards Avoca. Its a bit of pot luck where the lightning lands and i missed a lot. However, i got a few good shots and one ripper shot. See the Weather page. I was very happy with this last ripper shot and i decided to drop it into the local Avoca newspaper on Tues morning to see if they were interested (the storm had done some local damage and had good rains = their first for quite a while). They happily took my shot and it got on the front page of the Pyrenees Advocate on the 28-03-08 edition. They were kind enough to send me a few copies too!
We had a great holiday at Bung Bong Hill Cottage (is an absolute bargain and a super holiday house on 50 acres) and we went to many places: Halls Gap. Stawell, Talbot, Maryborough, Maldon and Ballarat and did we also did some gold panning at Sovereign Hill. I have a few specks to show for it, but not enough to get Ray a Porsche ... yet!
In April (for my birthday) im off to Cradle Mountain for 4 days to do a photography shoot with a professional tutor and i just cant wait. I also hope to get aout amongst the fungi and autumn leaves too!
Ill keep ya posted.
Bye for now