I have been taking photos for over 40 years mostly of events, travels and basically a diary of my life. It's only when I moved to Taradale, about 5 years ago that I discovered photography as an art form. I was inspired by the landscape and the historical artifacts within it. I also discovered the rich and diverse art community within the Castlemaine region which gave me the courage to express myself with my photography and to share it with anyone interested with my work.
Black and white photography has eluded me, but with the advent of digital dark rooms with the likes of Adobe Photoshop has made me a convert to black and white processing. A black White images is a pure expression of a subject or scene just based on it luminosity and contrast i.e. light and dark tones.
The American landscape photographer Ansell Adams has also been an inspiration even before I started to take photography seriously. His dictum that "you do not take a photograph you make it" resounds with me . I spend time crafting an image which captures my thoughts and emotions as to why the subject "talked to me".
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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