25 June 2015

Cold mornings

Blacktown

I went out early in the morning (OK, so it was actually night time - 4:30 am and the sun not due to rise until after 7 am) hoping to take photos of trees and street lights at the Penrith entry to the M4 motorway. The forecast had been for morning fog but when I got to Penrith there was none.
So I drove home and did a bit of a detour because there was fog in the Blacktown area, but nothing grabbed my attention. I was finally on my way home when I noticed that the lights had been left on at the stadium (accidentally, I assumed) and they were lighting up some trees in the adjacent park. I love the feel of these side-lit trees wrapped in mysterious fog.
Trees in night fog, Rooty Hill

Marulan

There's a stand of trees at Marulan (about 140 km from home on the way to Goulburn) that I would love to photograph in fog lit up by the morning sun. I saw it once fleetingly as I was driving to visit family in Adelaide. I regularly return to this place when the weather bureau forecasts fog for the Goulburn area. When I got there this time there was fog (great!) but it had all dissipated by the time the sun had risen over the hills.
It was a cold and frosty morning (-2 °C) and I noticed that plants and fence lines had a coating of frost. While I waited for the sun to rise I took some photos. I have no idea what this plant is, but I think it's stunning the way the delicate branches are encased in frost and back lit by the rising sun. The ice drops on the spider web lines are an added bonus.
Frost rimed - light, Marulan

You can find these and other photos in the Nature/Blacktown and Nature/Southern Highlands galleries. You can also see all the most recent photos in the Recent gallery.

Soft lines

I like the shapes created by moving shadows (see Morning Shadows) and here is another one. As the early morning sun streams in through the blinds it is creates lines. These are then turned into a dancing shadow play by palm leaves gently waving in the wind.
Blind shadows V, Blacktown
Of course, a photograph is not the same as a video. So getting an image that is interesting requires taking lots of photos and then picking the ones that best express the feeling of the dancing shadows. I took 150 photos and only kept two.

You can see this and the other one in the Others/Abstract and Design gallery.

17 June 2015

Nightfall

We've lived in Blacktown for more than 30 years. The area around us has changed quite a bit over the years. I recently discovered a number of parks close to us that included a large field with a single tree in the middle of it. I thought this might be a good place to photograph the tree against the sky. All I needed was a nice sunset.
The day I chose to take the photos had some soft, high level cloud which I hoped would catch the light from the setting sun. I had finished taking my photos (about 15 minutes after sunset) and packed my gear away. Then I noticed that the sky had changed yet again and looked really interesting (yellow horizon where the sun had set, dark sky as night started to fall, and pink in the clouds catching the last light from the sun). So I quickly unpacked my camera and took a few more shots of the tree. I'm glad I did as this was my favourite and I ended up not keeping any of the earlier photos.

Tree at dusk, Blacktown
You can find this in the Nature/Blacktown and Recent galleries.