Morpeth Sunset

I sit and listen
To the wind telling
Ancient stories
To the trees

Beautiful sunset glow at Morpeth last week. Every now and then you could hear the wind whistling through the trees and it really did feel like it was talking. I wonder what stories it would tell?

Haiqua and photo © CJ Levinson 2020

Life During the Virus

This is a photo collage I put together recently of some of my favourite photos from the last few months. It’s going to be part of an exhibition next month.

The photos document some of the restrictions and changes that the first months of the pandemic brought to our lives as well as the beauty of Lake Macquarie throughout that time.

During the worst parts of those first months I thought it was important to remind myself that, despite everything, there was still beauty in the world so I focused on going for a walk every day with my camera and photographing the setting sun. We had some truly stunning sunsets and I think those pictures make for an interesting contrast, showing hope and beauty amidst the isolation.

I hope you like the photos. I’ll post a link when the exhibit opens in case anyone would like to go along. It features some really fantastic and inspiring works.

The individual photos are in a gallery below.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2020

Nobbys Beach and Breakwall

I took these photos last Friday afternoon at Nobbys Beach and along the breakwall.

Nobbys is one of my absolute favourite places to photograph in Newcastle and this was the first time I’d been able to go there for a photowalk in about four months because of the Covid-19 restrictions. So I made the most of it and made sure I got there early to enjoy the best light and the sunset and dusk.

It was a great afternoon and I really like how the photos turned out.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2020

Norah Head Lighthouse under the Milky Way

Went out with a friend last night to shoot a bit of astro. We went to Norah Head lighthouse on the Central Coast and I managed to get this despite battling the light from the lighthouse. Really like how it turned out.

It was nice being out under the stars again. I love the solitude and the perspective you get when you’re out shooting, particularly the moments between shots, standing there, staring up at the stars. It really makes you realise just how small a part of the universe we are. And how lucky we are to be here at all.

Photo © CJ Levinson 2020

Photo Challenge – Vintage Theme

My photo group’s home photo challenge for this week was a vintage theme. I decided I’d take the theme literally and took a few shots of some of the old film cameras in my collection, as well as editing a few photos from earlier in the week to look a bit like film.

It was a fun theme and I’m happy with how the shots turned out. It was fun going through my camera collection too. The Canon TLb was actually my grandfather’s film camera from the 1970s and it’s still in pretty good condition. The Olympus doesn’t work very well anymore unfortunately but I still use the Pentax quite regularly.

I have a few others I didn’t photograph as well, I might do those another time.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2020

Silhouette by the Lake

A young woman
Sits by the lake
As the sun sets
On another day

I took this shot yesterday evening while going for a walk along the lakefront. I loved the way the light was hitting the water and I was trying to work out a way of showcasing that when this young woman sat down for a breather right where I was looking at shooting.

Normally I would have asked if she minded being in the shot but with social distancing at the moment and as I was shooting telephoto and she was a fair way away, I couldn’t really ask. So I decided just to snap a quick shot but make sure she was in silhouette.

I like how the shot came out and it’s really about the contrast between light and dark so the silhouette works really well for the shot.

For what it’s worth I’m not really someone who likes taking photos of random people but I started out with street photography where having people in the shot can often add to a photo so I developed my own set of rules for what I was comfortable with and I’ve pretty much stuck to them ever since.

My rules are, if I can ask first I will but when that’s not possible, if someone walks into my shot or if having someone in the shot adds something interesting to the photo, then I’m okay with it. But the shot mustn’t put them in an unfavourable position and I prefer not to have them be obviously recognisable if possible. And if anyone would rather not have been in a shot, I’ll delete it no questions asked.

Basically I try not to be a dick. It’s not that hard really and it’s worked pretty well so far!

Haiqua and photo © CJ Levinson 2020