Orange Spots

Hi all,

For visual art today, I was required to take inspiration from an artwork, and then translate it to a medium of my choice. I ended up taking inspiration from Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' - I used Photoshop to create the artwork below, entitled 'Orange Spots', with a comparison to the original Jackson Pollock artwork:

 Blue Poles

 Orange Spots



On the 20th of November, the Hunter Region experienced a very intense storm, with areas receiving wind gusts in excess of 100km/h, and 20mm of rain in under 10 minutes.

In addition, it was also very lightning active, which provided me with the perfect opportunity to attempt my first real lightning photography.

Despite being in a very suburban area, I was quite pleased with the results:



It was an absolute ripper of an electrical storm, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of experiencing God's creation.

Cheers :)

Star Trails

Hi everyone,

Two days ago (Saturday), our family planned to go out to Lake St Clair for a  nice afternoon/night. Unfortunately, after the one and a half hour drive there, we sadly discovered that there was barely room to to do a cartwheel it was so packed. Dejected, we drove back and decided to pop in to the Hunter Valley Gardens to have dinner. it was a great opportunity to take some photos, and I took an abundance.

A technique I was really hanging to try out was 'star trails'. Star trails are when you psoition your camera straight up, and leave the shutter open for ridiculously long amounts of time. As you all know, stars appear to move across the night sky (in actualy fact, it's us that are moving). This means that your photograph will have streaks for stars. Bit  hard to explain, so I might just show you the couple of images, and then you can see what you think.

This is the best result of the night, also coinciding with the longest exposure. I think that the nicer star trails require a longer exposure, which in turn needs no (or not many) lights (which is a bit hard in a suburban neighbourhood). So next time we are out of suburbia, I will be jumping at the chance to take some more star trails. Oh and sorry about the image quality, I just had no luck getting the images to look even remotely nice... :(

Have a good week.