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Orion’s Belt and Nebula

A clear sky on a mild night – what a perfect combination for a bit of astrophotography! Unlike my usual ‘wide-field’ fare, tonight’s shot is actually more detailed. For this I used my 90mm f/2.8 macro lens (boy was the focus difficult – hair trigger depth of field!) and then shot six 5 second exposures, which are then ‘median stacked’ and aligned in Photoshop. And voila, the beautiful belt of Orion and the wonderful Orion nebula at the top. And yes, I know it’s upside down Northern hemisphere folk, but that’s how we roll on this side of the […]

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Freeze Frame #2

As ever January has flown past. It always seems to! I think it’s because we’re in holiday mode for a couple of weeks after Christmas and then desperately playing catch up on normal life, with the result that those final two weeks of the month are a blur. Luckily though, in the laid back world of the Green Man, I’ve skill been able to take some time to get out with the camera. I also acquired a new Phantom 3 quadcopter, so I’m now experiencing the joys of drone photography. So far, so good. I’ve only had one scary […]

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MonoMonday #158: Little Mount Peel from the Hip

Street Photography is not the easiest genre of photography to undertake  when you live where I do. But hey, you’ve got to give it a go eh!? So here is a shot from one of my local gravel roads, my X-T2 aimed at the summit of Little Mount Peel through a break in the bush. Of course having a swivel/tilt screen on the back of my Fuji camera makes composition somewhat easier. Shame about the lack of streets though… Thanks to [url=http://https://www.blipfoto.com/Marlieske]Marlieske[/url] for hosting Mono Monday once again.

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A Dot in the Universe

It’s only when you look up towards the infinite stars that you really get a sense of your place in the universe… Today I can’t but help  but feel that some in this world, particularly those “in power”, take stock of just how insignificant they are in the grand scheme of things. One thing we have in common (and should celebrate each day) is a common home – this tiny blue orb that goes round an ordinary star in the corner of just one of billions of galaxies. Humility. We all need a bit of it sometimes… [i]This shot […]

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Dusk over the Retreat

Another beautiful day; dare I say it but it seems that Summer has decided to put in an appearance, just three days before the end of the school holidays too! On such a pleasant evening, with just a few scudding clouds, I decided to set up a day-to-night time-lapse of the southern sky up at the garage above the house. Whilst I was there, I decided to put the Phantom up to capture a panoramic sunset shot above our little patch of Paradise in the trees. This one is made up of 39 images, stitched together in Lightroom.  I’m […]

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Fallen Flyer

When I got back home from Geraldine today (ironically after flying my drone to get some aerial shots of the town) I found a dead grey warbler on the front deck. It had hit the large windows on the first floor above the front door, and unfortunately the poor little thing didn’t survive. One thing it did offer me though was the chance to view one of these wonderful little birds close up. So I grabbed my macro lens and took this close up photo of some of its wing feathers. [i]Forgot to set the EXIF again! The Tamron […]

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