Don't they look happy?
On my last day off with the sun finally shinning (at least for a while anyway) and no other plans, I got the chance to go for a walk with my camera and as a bonus my husband and my 2nd son came too.
We headed up to Kimberley's lookout again, I was quite keen to have another go at the bubbles and it's a decent walk not too far from home.
After keeping my camera in it's bag the whole way up, I informed the guys I'd be going slow on the way back down, it didn't take them long to get sick of this and head off back to the car without me.
I got kind of engrossed in what I was doing so not sure how long it took, but I filled an 8gb card and found about a dozen reasons to make my next purchase a macro lens and they both had a snooze in the car while they waited "for ages".
It was a pleasant surprise when I found out my weekend off coincided with my husband and kid's next Karate Comp.
One of the things I find hard about my job as a press photographer, is that I'm so often out taking photos of other people's kids sporting events and missing out on what my kids are doing.
Though I still managed to be taking photographs the whole time it was really nice to see how my (and other) kids are developing in there strength and focus in this sport.
Not that is was just kids out on the mats today, it was good to see the skills of the senior women on display in the Kata and the intensity and control of the men's Kumite (fighting).
Well weather and family commitments still managed to keep me home again this afternoon, so I decided to get the collapsable light tent out and take a few still life shots.
The shells come mainly from Groote Eylandt in the NT, but a few are from the beaches of Tasmania.
I don't currently posess a proper macro lens, that well down the list this images were capture using a 50mm lens with a couple of close up filters attached.
The camera was on a tripod and OCF shot through the light tent.
Obviously the colour and tone of the images have been altered, I used a lightroom preset called BoonDoggle2, but this was adjusted for individual photos too.
Well it feels like weeks since I've had a chance to get out and explore with my camera, work and family have been fully consuming my time.
Not that this situation is entirely bad but it does leave a bit of a gap in the blog and a slightly unsatisfied self.
I pulled the camera out of the bag this morning just to snap a few of the scenes, out side my windows. The season has changed, while it's not yet sumer spring is nearly over.
Blossoms have fallen from the fruit trees and the babies of the animal world are growing, our lawn and garden are going off, in spite of the lack of attention from us.
It doesn't take much to have a little attack of nostalgia - a TV program showing you old home town, watching sport on TV or even just the unusally warm weather were having.
So here's a bit of - Reflect on the past.
Momento is a photobook service I've used for a few years,they offer quality printing and binding options that a easy to use with there free software down loads, they now offer a service for photographers and designer to sell books cards, calendars and Diaries they've complied.
The books and products are one offs, so the pricing isn't cheap but it is competitive for a limited print run options.
So for photographers out there I recommend the service and for photograph appreciators see if there's something that catches your eye or make a request for a card or a dairy using a photo you love.
Gave in to my compulsion to pull over to the side of the Bass Highway and take a few shots.
Farmers are out on their land planting and working for the comings seasons harvests.
Table Cape near Wynyard, Tasmania is a great place to visit any time of the year, with it's working lighthouse open for guided tours, but in September-October when the Tulips are Blooming' it spectacular.
I especially enjoyed this rear sunday off, to be able to take my kids out and experience a couple of our regions best assets on a lovely spring day.
So my last blog post was all about the the energy and movement of water the images captured in a fraction of a second. The other natural subject I'm equally drawn to is; Rock.
The solid time worn formations, textures and varieties of colour and tones, have me filling just as many memory cards as a bubbling stream.
The Basalt formations and sea worn boulders of the Don Headlands, near Devonport, Tasmania are going to be a recurring theme for me, I've been there twice this week and barely gone further than 100 meters from the car park, yet there is so much more to take in - I'll be back.
I know they're there but I can't see them, I'm watching a tiny little steam jumping and flowing over miniature cascades all my eye sees is a blur of white water.
I know the 'white' are bubbles and air in the water, I don't want to capture a blur, blur is alright when you want to to add an aspect of softness or tranquility to a watery scene but I don't want softness I want the energy and dynamism of the water, all it's shapes and forms frozen in 4000th of a second.
My approach to this subject matter is a little random to say the least, I know the really inquisitive people out there set up droplet photos to capture what happens to a single drop of water as it falls and hits the surface of yet more water, but that's not what I want either.
I set the camera to f5.6 so I can get a moderate depth of field and a really high shutter speed, get in close to the water and focus the lens on a spot of fast moving water, generally at such an odd and contorted angle that I can't even look through the view finder - hold the shutter button down for a couple of seconds and see what I get.
And I love looking at the glass like sculptures I've captured, the frozen potential, the barely seen forms of our so precious resource - fresh water.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born