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I’ve put up some freebies on my webpage, some photos specifically for my Facebook fans. I’ve created a range of cover photos for use on facebook timelines. Feel free to download (instructions are on the link) and share around. Cheers.

http://wawabyjohnah.com/freebies

 

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My latest holiday break took me to Victoria again. This time we went via the Hay plains, NSW, to Hamilton, then on to Peterborough, near Port Campbell. I had been to the Great Ocean Road many years ago on my first trip to Victoria and always wanted to go back (it rained for most of the first trip). I wanted to take photographs of the world famous Twelve Apostles at sunset/sunrise to get the awesome colours I had seen other photographers capture. That was the plan anyway.

Give Me The Strength to Stand TallThe first night, rain was threatening again. Grr. But it didn’t rain, instead was overcast, blowing a gale and generally miserable. No magic hour of the perfect light I wanted, but I did get a few good photographs including this one-

The next morning, I’d accidentally slept in, but when I stuck my head out the window when I finally woke up it was still overcast. Oh well, maybe I’d it’d clear and I’d get some good light in the evening. The plan for the day was to do some sight seeing, eat some good food at the local cheese and chocolate factories and head back in time for the sunset. Turned out that our drive didn’t take us anywhere near as long as anticipated, so we were back at Port Campbell in time for lunch, and the sun was now out in force. I’d also wanted to go to Gibson’s Steps last time, but the rain ruined that idea. So that was the plan for the afternoon, to tackle Gibson’s Steps.

Got to the top of the steps, and there was a good view of the eastern side of the Twelve Apostles. There were only a few people on the beach, which was lots of steps below me. Ah well, never been here before, might never come back. Going down was ok, not as bad as I thought it would be. The beach was long, one end was a cliff and some rocks whilst the other end there were two Apostles. I headed that way, and found a big chunk of wood being tossed at the edge of the ocean like a toy. It had to be a metre long and looked like a part of a wooden pylon.  Here it is in the photo- Gibson's Steps Apostle

I didn’t realise how hot the sun was, and I hadn’t bothered to put sunscreen on, and could feel I was getting burnt, so headed back to the car. Those steps that I said weren’t bad on the way down, were killers on the way back up. Reminder to self- get fit asap! But I was happy I went to Gibson’s Beach, got some good shots and got to see a few of the apostles up close. Again, this would be a great spot to be at sunset or sunrise, but that didn’t happen. The sunset that night was again not suitable for photographing, ah well, looks like I’ll just have to go again! lol

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them. They are available for purchase in many different forms at my Redbubble site. Just click on the image to be taken to the page.

Have a great day
Johnah

The Beauty of a Waterfall

I’ve always loved waterfalls.  I remember dragging my mother along many long and steep bushwalking tracks in the searing heat, just to look at what sometimes was just a trickle of water flowing over the edge of a cliff.

At my recent holiday, I stayed at Hamilton in Victoria.  In a few of the brochures I got before my trip, it kept talking about two waterfalls close by.  Sounded interesting.  Then when I checked into the caravan park, the owner there also told me about the waterfalls (amongst other tourist destinations), and he said one was only a few minutes from town.  He also said it was easy to view with a platform only a few metres from the carpark.  Well that would keep mother happy!

Nigretta FallsThe next day it was a little overcast- good light for waterfalls.  I packed the camera and tripod up and headed to the first of the falls- Nigretta Falls.  The guides weren’t wrong when they said it was only metres from the carpark to the viewing platform.  But not the best view.  There were a short set  of stairs that led to a better vantage point, so off I went.  I ended up nearly in the river trying to get the best spot, but even though it was overcast, the light was harsh and too bright to get the lovely flowing water I wished for.

I liked the composition of this photograph, and the colours of the rocks, but really wanted to have ‘soft’ water falling into the pool below.  In order to do that I needed to photograph the falls either early in the morning or late at night.  However, it seemed the weather was not going to be kind to me- it was raining most mornings and storms came through of an evening, so here I was thinking I’d missed out on getting back to the falls.

The second last night of my stay, the weather gods looked favourably upon me and gave me clear skies.  I packed my gear into the car and headed back to the waterfall.  The light was bringing out the colours of the rocks behind the falls and it was just getting dark enough to take a long enough exposure to get the effect I wanted.  I took numerous shots that evening, up to two minutes long and was so pumped to get back to my cabin and upload the pics to my computer. I was sure there was a good photo in amongst them all.  A couple of the photographs I had taken from half way down the stairs were looking promising, and after HDR processing  three images, I was surprised to see a swirl emerge in the pool of water below the fall.  I never noticed this whilst taking the photographs, but was happy I’d composed the photo to include it. I was also impressed by the colours of the rocks and the water falling is silky smooth.  Here is the end result- Swirl Pool

I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.  They are both available to purchase, just click on the images to be taken to my RedBubble portfolio.

Have an awesome day

Johnah

Magnificent Sheep

Walking the Line I love sheep, especially lambs. They are such carefree animals, just wandering paddocks, munching on grass. I lived on a property one that was a mixed farm- half orchards, half sheep. It was great to wander the paddocks and just sit and watch the sheep interacting. It was even better in Spring when the lambs were being born. It was an amazing sight to see mum go in to labour, give birth to a baby lamb, and watch the lamb take its first steps. During that year there was an unusually high number of twins born, so watching two lambs coming into the world was spectacular. I just wish I’d had a digital camera back then to photograph the cute lambs. The photo on the right is one I took whilst at a farm stay holiday in the middle of the drought. The farmer was trying to be a bit more self-sufficient and grow his own feed for the livestock- hence the green field in the background.

Did you know that lambs play together? I didn’t. I don’t know what I thought they did all day long but watching the lambs grow up, I noticed that they all played together and when it was feed time, mum would call them and they would run to her. It was like they were at school- frolicking around carefree with their mates, until home time when they went with mum.

I found a page on a photoblog dedicated to sheep that brought back those memories of living on the farm. I thought I’d share it- Magnificent Sheep. I like ‘A chorus line’ by Nico the best out of all of them. Reminds me of my time on the farm and how the sheep looked at me whenever I tried to take their photograph.

Have a great day
Johnah

I got some of my favourite photographs printed and framed. They look awesome so I got a few extras done and they are up for sale, direct from the photographer, me! Please have a look through the gallery, click on the image you like and you can see the price. Frame size for all images is 400mmx320mm. If you would like to purchase the photograph, please email me with the name of the photograph at wawabyjohnah@gmail.com and I will send an invoice.


All original photographs. Direct from Photographer. Many more images available. Email me direct for catalogue- wawabyjohnah@gmail.com

Built around 1875, St Patrick’s Catholic Church is quite a sight in the little country town of Boorowa.

This was the first Roman Catholic Church to be built west of the Great Dividing Range. Of particular interest are the church’s excellent stained glass windows and its fine altar which was made from imported Italian marble. (SMH).

With a population of just over 2000 now,  I can only imagine what the town was like when this grand church was built. The whole town could fit in to it now.

Saint Patrick's

A little history of Boorowa– The name Boorowa is said to be an Aboriginal word for a native bird, possibly a bush turkey. The first wave of settlers in the area were “squatters” and Irish ex-convicts. The Irish population grew during the 1840s and 1850s, during the Potato Famine, when many Irish fled their own country. Wool and wheat were the foundation stones of the town’s economy and remain so today. (Visit Young)

Boorowa is also home to the The Irish Woolfest. In October each year, this festival celebrates the town’s heritage. The big drawcard is the Running of the Sheep (Boorowa’s answer to Spain’s Running of the Bulls). There’s also a street parade, Irish singers and dancers, pipe bands and hot air ballooning. (Visit NSW). The town’s population explodes over this weekend.

I went for a leisurely drive out to Byng over the Long Weekend. I had been there many years ago and taken photos, but I must have lost the film, because I don’t ever remember seeing the processed prints.

The drive to Byng was interesting in itself. About a third of the trip was dirt, and a couple of kilometres of this were through a large property/farm. I don’t often drive on roads where cattle are free to wander onto the road- I was driving through their paddock!

Byng ChurchI love old churches and cemeteries. The character and architecture of them is stunning and they hold much of the history of long forgotten villages and towns. I am amazed at how many still stand, even though they are over a hundred years old and rarely used any more. The current Byng Uniting church was built in 1872, to replace the Wesleyan Chapel that was a few hundred metres away. I’m not sure what happened to the Chapel, either it became too small for a bustling village or fell down.

Byng Church

The church stone is an acid volcanic rock known as tuff, produced by the consolidation of volcanic ash and other volcanic fragments found around volcanic openings. It is porous and is not subject to salt attack like sandstone. Tuff is a reasonably common local stone and, from a distance, resembles yellowblock sandstone in appearance (More Byng History).

The church has some interesting features, including some intricate sculptural aspects above the windows. It also includes an outdoor toilet, aka a ‘long drop’, out the back.

The CrossAcross the road from the church is the cemetery. The cemetery contains the graves of many early settlers and their descendants. One of the people burried there is William Tom, the first discoverer of gold in Australia.

Some further information on Byng

Byng, near Orange NSW, was originally named ‘Cornish Village’ after the original Cornish settlers who brought the first fruit trees from Cornwall and gave birth to the Orange district’s fruit industry on the ‘Pendarvis’ property. Apples were produced in Byng for over 100 years but now there are mainly cattle, sheep and a little cropping. At its peak, Byng village had around 600 residents.

The Church and the cemetery are all that remain of the original village.

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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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