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Sales and a new venture

It’s been a good few weeks in terms of sales of my works. I sold a few stickers on redbubble, which is great. But even more exciting is that I sold two framed photographs locally. I sold Hill End Church

and Autumn by the Lake

It’s very humbling to know people enjoy my photographs enough to buy them. Thank you very much to the buyers.

I’ve also decided to sell my photography and art at a local market in a couple of months. I’m getting together some more framed prints, some calendars and blank greeting cards to sell, as well as taking along some of my artworks. This will be the first time I’ve had a stall at a fete so will be interesting to see how it goes. If you’re in Orange NSW on Sunday 18 September, be sure to come and say g’day
Have a great day


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

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!

Star Trails

I’ve been away for the Easter weekend with a group of photographers from RedBubble, the main site I put my photography on. We went to the little historic gold mining town of Hill End, Central NSW. It is a great place to photograph. Many old buildings, mining reminents, autumn trees and spectacular lookouts are there, waiting to be shot. Over the weekend, one of the fellows I met offered to take us out to show how to take star trails. Since this is something I have wanted to do, like, forever, I jumped at the chance to go out into the darkness with three pretty much complete strangers! It was pitch black when we arrived at our vantage point, and with one torch between us, it was a little difficult to negotiate our way (it didn’t help that Jeff ran away with the torch and left us standing in the dark). But we found the perfect spot, under the amazing Milky Way. I can’t remember the last time I had seen so many stars. Jeff showed us how to set up the camera, made sure we were pointing due south and we opened our shutters and waited.

Eight minutes into our long exposure, my cameras shutter closed, all on its own, and it didn’t record an image. Damn batteries, or so I assumed. I couldn’t attempt another shot as the moon had risen and there was too much light coming from it, so we all headed back to the Lodge. I was disappointed that my star trail hadn’t worked, but excited to get home and try it again. I did some research and discovered my cameras maximum exposure time is eight minutes, but I also found out about ‘stacking’ photographs to reduce noise in long exposures. This was perfect, as I was sooo annoyed that eight minutes was all I got- now I had unlimited time.

So I packed up my gear, put on a few extra layers- it was around 7 degrees outside, and headed off to find the ideal spot to try star trails again. After driving for a while, up a number of skinny dirt roads, I found a spot away from houses and cars and set up. I tried a few different lengths of exposure, took lots of shots and then headed back home- with the heater on full ball to thaw out. Uploaded the shots onto my computer. Used the stacking software I had downloaded earlier in the day and waited to see the results.

A few did not work out very well, not long enough exposures, a couple had good star trails but my light painting techniques need some work or there wasn’t any foreground at all. But i did have one image I did like. My torch was going flat so the tree in the forground isn’t very bright and half way through one exposure the plane from Sydney came in to land, light blazing right under the tree! But other than that, I am pleased with the result and here it is- In the Still of the Night

Now to buy some long johns and a beanie and head out into the darkness to perfect my star trails. I can’t wait.