I have been taking photographs for quite a number of years. Mainly recording travels, events and special occasions. It's only since moving to Taradale that I started to take a keen interest in the art of photography and have been able to exhibit my work.
Ansell Adams has been an influence on my work and I follow his dictum "you don't take a photograph, you make it". I get great pleasure in the 'post processing' of images. There are always tweaks and adjustments that need to be made to capture my thoughts and emotions in capturing an image. I have recently become a convert to black and white processing as it is a pure expression of a scene or subject based on its luminosity and contrast i.e. light and dark tones. Not all scenes lend themselves to B&W processing so I still also process in colour.
I have recently converted an old grain store, that is on my property, into a gallery and studio. The motivation was to have a place where I could view and store my work and display it to the public. I also hope to make the gallery available to local artists for them to display their work.
You can view some of my work in the following on line galleries. My most recent work is displayed in the Grain Store Gallery which I hope you can visit when visiting Taradale.
Taradale is a small country township in central Victoria, Australia. As a relatively new arrival to Taradale I have been inspired by the landscapes and their historical artifacts. This inspiration has also been fuelled by the creativity of the diverse artistic community in this region.
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The Colours of Taradale
One of the delights of living in Taradale are the dramatic cloudscapes and the changing light they create. In summer you have to get up early to capture some dramatic sunrises. In autumn the there is a kaleidoscope of colour in the deciduous trees, and the sunsets can be spectacular. Winter is the only month when the colours become quite muted. However, the light can be quite dramatic when the sun peaks through the clouds to highlight some part of the landscape. These are fleeting moments and usually happen when a camera is not at hand!
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Classic Yacht Photography
The Challenges of Yacht Photography
It's very hard to take photos of other people's boats when you are sailing your own. When my boat was out of the water for one race I had the opportunity to go out on the 'chase boat' and to take some photos of the yachts.
Photographing yachts is not that simple. You have to know the course being sailed so you can be in a position to catch some action when the yachts are coming up to the turning marks. Having a good boat driver is essential as you do not want to interfere with the race, but do want to get close up to the yachts.
The photo platform is quite low so there is always some spray present even in quiet conditions, consequently you are constantly wiping spray from the camera and lens.
Yacht photography is quite energetic as you are constantly moving around the boat to get the best shots. You cannot really stand up in a rocking boat.
All my sailing photographs have been taken during Classic Yacht Association of Australia (CYAA) events on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.
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