Pigeons Above the Gate

Pigeons Above the Gate

Life is
Full of surprises ~

We must try to welcome them
When they come

The weather has been really weird around Newcastle lately. We’ve had some really nice, warm days and then some bitterly cold, wet ones – sometimes we’ve had both in the same day and it’s been very frustrating.

That’s pretty much what happened yesterday. I was going to meet a group for a photowalk around the Newcastle Baths in the evening but I didn’t get there in the end as it poured with rain. I got about as far as the Customs House Hotel before the rain came and then it didn’t stop for hours.

I managed to find cover underneath an awning in Foreshore Park and while I sat around for a while, waiting to see if the rain would stop, I spotted this interesting gate nearby.

I found the different textures and the colours quite striking and I also liked how the pigeons were all in a row, sheltering from the rain. So I snapped a quick shot and I’m really pleased with how it turned out and the symmetry in the photo.

When I left to go to the Newcastle Baths yesterday I had a few ideas in mind but I certainly didn’t imagine I’d come across a photo like this. And I probably wouldn’t have if it hadn’t rained. It just goes to show how you should always be open to the world around you and not focus on just one idea or thing. You never know what you’re going to find.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2016

Across the Lake

Across the Lake

The passage of time
Marks us all differently
But leaves none behind

I took this photo at the same time as the ones in my last post. It was a lovely sunset and as the light started to fade afterward, the lake started to become quite ethereal and very beautiful so I used my tripod and an ND filter to take a longer exposure to try to capture the remaining light in the scene.

A long exposure means using a slow shutter speed and that also helps to blur the appearance of water so getting the timing right was a bit of a juggling act as I still wanted to include some motion in the image rather than have the water be totally still. I settled for about 1.5 seconds in the end and it worked well – it feels dreamy but not too dreamy and I really like the final image.

It also made me think about the idea of time slowing and passing and how it changes us all, which inspired the haiku.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2016

Sunset Silhouette

CJ Silhouette

The world seems
So quiet
As I watch the sun set

On another day

CJ by the Lake

I took these photos a couple of days ago in Belmont. It was a beautiful sunset and I wanted to include a human element to contrast with the colours. No one else was around though so I used a timer to take a few photos of myself while I watched the sun go down. I like the results, particularly the silhouette.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2016

Still Water, Purple Sky

Still Water, Purple Sky

A warm Spring breeze
Caresses my face;
I think of you
And remember

It was a lovely day today and I went for a walk along the Belmont lakefront in the evening to see if I could catch the sunset. Unfortunately it clouded over a bit but the light was beautiful and very soft, which was great for photos.

I’m particularly happy with how this one turned out. The sky had turned a lovely shade of pale purple and the reflection in the water was beautiful and it captured the colours and the light very well.

I used a tripod to take the photo as it needed a slow shutter speed, something I don’t use as often as I probably should due to its weight. The tripod makes a big difference when I do have it though so I’ll have try to bring it with me more often – I wouldn’t have got this without it.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2016

Water on the Rocks

Water on the Rocks

Nature’s full power
Can be a terrible thing
But beautiful too

It was very windy this afternoon and the water was very choppy on the lake when I went for a walk earlier to watch the sun go down.

I tried taking a few photos of the water but the choppiness made the images seem a bit too busy so I thought I’d try to give the water a smoother look instead.

I took this at 1/3 of a second and I like the effect; it’s smoother but you still get a sense of movement and power which is what I wanted too.

I actually took this handheld as I didn’t have a tripod with me. The image stabilisation in my Pen F is excellent and helps me to get sharp shots I never would get otherwise. I can’t imagine shooting without that stabilisation anymore.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2016