Well, I couldn’t resist this morning light on my way to work this morning. I have been past John Tucker Park so many times when the light is brilliant but I haven’t had my camera with me. I have been taking my camera everywhere lately, it lives in my locker at work, and it has finally paid off! I am really pleased with this shot, which is almost straight out of the camera. I did boost the contrast & saturation. I love the shadows, but the sunburst makes it for me!
I was lucky enough to go out for lunch with some friends today, and this little wren was flitting about just off the balcony we were on. I’m not much of a bird watcher, but how could you not want to capture this bright little creature?
There are not too many islands around inland Australia. This one only exists in extreme weather conditions, and the owners become islanders for a short time! It still looks like paradise over there to me!
This run down old shed was swamped by the floodwaters. The farmhouse next to it was also halfway up it’s first floor in water! There was just no escaping the torrents.
It’s not often you can capture a full reflection of a eucalyptus tree, especially in a cow paddock!
As I am delving deeper into my “Photographer mode” during this project, naturally I see the best thing to come out of these floods are some spectacular image opportunities! I mean, going out shooting was the only sane thing to do in this weather! Do I need to mention the school was closed, the kids were home, John couldn’t get to work….?
Anyway, this one grabbed me. I love the light as the sun was desperately trying to escape from under that huge cloud. We were all desperate to see it! It did come out, but not for long. I love all the reflections of the trees that usually line the riverbank, which was now lined by Gresford Road, and partly the adjacent mountainside, which left us stranded in Vacy! The reflected cloudscape is also pretty amazing.
This morning John left for work at about 6:45am. The school was closed, so the boys and I were having a slow, lazy morning. It was about 7:15am when John got home! The road was flooded at Paterson, so the usual ways of trying to get to work were all inaccessible. If you can’t get to Paterson, you can’t do much…
So what better thing to do than to go down there and capture this moment. I’m pretty proud of this image, which is actually 8 photos stitched together. It pretty much sums up the situation here in Paterson this morning. Please do click for the larger view, this small size doesn’t do it justice!
I couldn’t resist going out today and shooting some images with all the rivers surging and bridges flooding! Though it wasn’t an all pleasant experience, it was freezing, wet & windy, and I was trying to operate my camera partially through a plastic bag! I think I got a couple of shots worthy for your eyes!
This is the Paterson River Railway bridge in Paterson. The river is surging, and it’s flowing like a raging torrent with loads of debris from up river making its way downstream.
This is my last photo from my Paterson photowalk. It is fitting then, that it was a quick look in my rearview mirror as I was driving away that inspired my shot. My Paterson photowalk wouldn’t be complete without a photo of the poplars in John Tucker Park. They are certainly eye catching as you drive into Paterson, the symmetry really draws you into the trees. Lots of families have had picnics and fun times there. It’s fantastic on New Year’s Eve, with fireworks over the river. Anyway here is my view from my rearview mirror, followed by a full framed view – I hope you like it!
OK, I’ll just be upfront and say I know my nature photography isn’t great, but that’s what this project is all about! I don’t have any fancy macro lenses, for this I have used my 50mm prime, which I am loving by the way. Just a cute little flower I noticed while photographing yesterday’s pond. I love the depth of field I can get with this lens, but I think I’ve gone slightly shallow because the front edge of the flower isn’t sharp. But, it’s a learning curve, and if you’re reading this you should already know that! 🙂