Monthly Archives: December 2014

I was riding shot-camera on the trip back home over the past couple of days. Here are some of the snaps from the camera on the return trip from Orange via the Upper Hunter Valley and the Liverpool Plains before heading up the New England Highway from Willow Tree onwards. We were moving in and out of drought affected areas on the way.

Some of the known locations in this series are Merriwa (the corrugated iron mural section) Burrendong Dam (currently at 18% capacity) and Willow Tree railway crossing. They are not in linear order. As these road trips remind me of holiday trips from many years ago, I’ve applied some vintage treatment to them all.

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If not for a chance glimpse at a bill poster outside the Lazy Bones live music venue in Marrickville, we would have been blissfully unaware of the fact that Ursula Yovich was appearing there with Alma Music last night.

As well as a stellar stage, film and television career as an actress, Ursula Yovich is also a talented singer and songwriter. Adm Ventoura (bass player, composer and producer) is the man behind Alma Music, a collaborative and moving feast of musicians.

And BTW, Ms Yovich’s voice is AMAZING.

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It’s a warm and sticky Saturday morning. Around 7 o’clock, I looked up from my desk to see this heron making his/her way across the back yard.

Thus began a dash for the camera followed by a slow and quiet positioning at a distance with the lens at 210mm. Had the shutter speed up high to be ready for the inevitable departure. Here’s the shot at ISO 1600, f6.3, 1/1250.


And another, in the shadows and not so sharp at ISO 3200, f6.3, 1/1250.