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Melbourne Red Bubblers Day Out

Thanks to the energetic Mieke Boynton a group of Red Bubblers met up on January 4th in Melbourne for a day of photography and socialising. A lot of walking (with regular sustenance stops), great company resulted in a very rewarding day.
Here are a few of the shots ! gathered – the quirky, the documentary and even a couple of panos.

1. ‘Resting’

2. Even little bikes need security!

3. Minimalism

4. "The Conversation’

5. ‘Study Wheel’

6. ‘Tuckered Out’

7. ‘Napping’

8. SkyDeck view

9. Cathedral Arcade

10. State Library pano

11. Another state Library pano

Olympus OM-D

Wow! Santa Bob bought me an Olympus OM-D for Christmas!!!! I’ve been eyeing them off for about 6 months wondering if I should make the quantum leap from my Nikon gear to the much more portable OM-D. I’ve lugged my Nikon gear around the world many times and on our regular camping trips so the tantalising prospect of some lightweight gear that wouldn’t compromise image quality was very tempting. Santa finally took care of my procrastinating!

I just LOVE the OM-D!!!!! The image sharpness is amazing, the portability is what I hoped for. I can carry around the camera and 5 extra lenses in my Crumpler shoulder bag!

I have already collected:
- an M.Zuiko 12-50mm tele
- an M.Zuiko Olympus 60mm 1:2.8 macro
- an M.Zuiko Olympus 45mm1:1.8
- an M.Zuiko Olympus 75mm 1:1.8
- a Panaso…

Colac Rodeo

I went to the Colac Rodeo last Saturday with Anne Buckley. I’ve never been to a rodeo before but I wanted to have a go at shooting some ‘real’ action shots. Luckily, we managed to find a space right next to the fence but, unfortunately, with the sun in our faces which meant shooting into the sun. Also, the rodeo didn’t start until 5pm so it became dark about 7 so up went the ISO! But I managed to get a few good shots.

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Ethiopia

I went on a photography trip to Ethiopia in February. It was just spectacular! Beautiful people, interesting towns, markets and daily-life activity and stunning scenery in the Simien Mountains. At times what I saw was confronting but the overwhelming friendliness and happiness of the people was amazing.
I went to Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dah, Debark, the Simien Mountains, Gondar, Lalibala and Lake Langano as well as many small villages during our travels. I think my special memory is of Ethiopia’s amazing rock-hewn churches. Many over 1000 years old and most filled with incredible wall and ceiling paintings.
There were 4 of us travellers, a charming local guide, Eldana, who lives in Ethiopia, a trip organiser (Robin Hastings), a professional photographer (Valerie Martin) who bot…

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

On my recent trip to the USA I was lucky enough to fluke my stay in Albuquerque to coincide with the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which is held there every year. Got up before dawn to witness the mass launching of thousands of balloons in every shape imaginable. Here are just a few of the photos I took.

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Pako Festa 2010 - "The Kids - The Future"

The annual ‘Pako Festa’ in Geelong – a festival celebrating the diverse cultural groups that add so much to Australia’s identity. I stayed to photograph the parade but a light drizzle that gradually soaked my back sent me scurrying home when the parade was finished.
But I just have to relay a classic remark that I overhead:
“Where’s the Aussie Group?” said a chap behind me. Think he missed the whole point of the festival somehow!!!!!

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Geelong Camera Club do Melbourne

Geelong Camera Club caught the train to Melbourne last Sunday in search of architectural photography. Or, that was the excuse! It seemed more like a great day out with like-minded people who just love toting a camera around. Lunch at Young and Jackson’s pub in the CBD broke up the search for photos on a fairly hot day. I had to manage without a wide-angle lens but a new one is on the way. Thanks to Margaret Metcalf for her military-like organisation.

Here’s some of my haul from the day…….

The new soccer and rugby league stadium currently under construction….

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Federation Square……

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The Victorian Arts Centre….

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And, of course, Hosier Lane….

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A damp New Year's Eve in Geelong!!!!

I saw this front approaching about 8pm so (once again) jumped in the car down to Corio Bay. Managed a few shots before the heavens opened and nature’s ‘fireworks’ started. (Bad luck about the real fireworks for the New Year’s Eve celebrations – although, as I am sitting here, there are some fireworks happening, trying to compete with the lightning)

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6. Just made it home before the downpour!

2010 Calendar

My 2010 calendar

This year I haven’t used my own art work but that of the amazing street artists who work around inner Melbourne for several reasons:

- Because I do like the colourful art that livens up some of the otherwise dull side streets and admire the skill of the artists

- Because much of that work will eventually be lost – painted over – it’s good to have a record of some of it

- Because I wanted something very colourful to hang in my kitchen next year!!!!!

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