Archive for May, 2011


Autumn Snow

Brrr!It snowed here Wednesday night. They say it is a once in seven year event- snow in May. It didn’t snow much in town. A dusting around 1am, but I was tucked up in my nice warm bed at that time. I was forced to get up when one of my cats wanted to go out at around 3am. There was still a little snow on the roof and windscreen but none on the ground.

I decided to head up to Mt Canobolas this morning to see if there was any snow left. The roaad to the summit had been closed the past few days and I hadn’t had a chance to go up there before today anyway. Part way up the fog wrapped in around us and I thought it was actually snowing on. It wasn’t until I got out at the summit that I worked out it wasn’t snow, but ice. It was bitterly cold, with a killer wind. So cold that the drizzle from the previous day had been frozen solid to the trees and grass. That’s what had been falling on the car as I drove up. Lumps of ice. They were even falling, with loud thuds, off the telecomunications towers too. I now know why my television reception has been a bit off over the last few days.

There were icicles everywhere. You could see the direction that the wind was going by the direction of the icicles on the trees, grass and even the picnic tables

It was so cold, I think my hands were starting to get frost bite. It’s very difficult to press a shutter button with gloves on, and I’d left them at home anyway. So after only a few minutes out in the cold, I piked it and got back into the car and turned the heater on full. The car outside themometer said it was 3 degrees outside but the wind chill factor, coming off the ice and snow, would have been at least -5. I haven’t been so cold is a long time. I did get a couple of decent shots, but missed the best of the snow. Hopefully it snows again this year so I can get some better photographs.
Autumn Snow

Thanks for looking. Have the best day ever!
Johnah

The HDR Journey Begins

I finally did it. I purchased Photomatix software to allow me to do some HDR photography. High Dynamic Range photography is the ability to take a series of different exposures of the same scene and combining them in post processing so all the image is properly exposed. It’s closer to what your eye sees, rather than what the camera sees- which is limited.

I had taken shots at Hill End, NSW, Australia that I wanted to turn into HDR images years ago, plus some new ones over the Easter weekend. One of the most famous buildings in Hill End, Beyers Cottage, is my image I started with. I did both a colour and black and white version and love the results. They are below.
Beyers Cottage- B&W

Beyers Cottage- Colour

The bonus of using HDR software for this image- if it was straight from the camera either to get the beautiful sky well exposed would mean that the shadows under the verandah would be dark or vice versa. With HDR software you have the correct exposure for both, producing the fantastic results you see.

Thanks for looking. Have an awesome day!

An old fireplace I discovered many years ago on another photographic expedition. I thought it would look great with star trails so I went to find it again.

It was a bit bright this night- some cloud cover around but I still got a half decent shot. I really like the silhoetted trees in the background. I will head out another time to try this one again. I just hope the people who live on the property behind the fireplace don’t call the police- they did a drive by at 10:30pm to see what I was doing!

The Old Fireplace

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