With today being the last day of 2018 I thought it’d be fun to post a collection of my favourite photos from the past year. I hope you enjoy them.
2018’s been an interesting year for my photography. I actually didn’t start taking many photos until about April but it’s been pretty much non-stop since.
Part of that’s been that I decided to do a calendar for the end of the year. I thought it would help inspire me to get out and shoot more, which it did. It ended up being a really fun project.
Along with my landscapes I started doing more portraits as well, particularly studio portraits which have been fun and have helped my understanding of flash. I’ll be doing more paid work in 2019 so it’s been good practice for that.
In general I think my photography has improved a lot this year. In particular I’ve refined my editing a lot and I’ve found myself focusing on combining long exposures with movement which has created some really interesting images.
I also won the Lake Macquarie FloatYourBoat photo competition and my calendar sold much better than I expected it to – it actually sold out twice and it came together very well in the end.
I also switched to Sony from Olympus midyear which was a bit of a learning curve at first but has worked out really well in the end.
So all in all 2018’s been a pretty productive year. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring. 🙂
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams
I took these photos a couple of days ago at Warners Bay. It’s a beautiful area, one of my favourite places to sit and take some photos as the sun goes down, although unfortunately on this day it was a bit clouded over. The clouds gave the scene a nice atmosphere though and the light was very soft and even.
I was in two minds about going originally as I thought it might rain but I decided to risk it as I hadn’t been to the foreshore in a while and I really wanted to get a shot with this sculpture that was installed there recently.
The sculpture is called Soloist by Alex Seton and it’s a very interesting piece, definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. Ironically it was actually an accident that it ended up on the foreshore at all – Seton had been commissioned to do another work by the Lake Macquarie City Council for its Creative Lake Art Trail but the piece wasn’t ready in time, so Seton lent Soloist in its place until the other work could be installed. But the sculpture created a lot of interest and debate and it’s now staying permanently.
I really like it and I think it suits the landscape perfectly. There is something very meditative about it and it makes me think of the importance of finding your peace in our hectic world, of allowing yourself a moment to just sit still and be. I guess that was the feeling I wanted to try to capture in the photos. I think they came out quite well in the end.
Seven worlds will collide Whenever I’m by your side Dust from a distant sun Will shower over everyone
~ Distant Sun, Crowded House
I took this a few weeks ago while walking by the lake in Belmont. It was a beautiful sunset and I loved the way the sky was lighting up just behind the hills. It came out quite well… I do love a nice silhouette! 🙂
Blue sky, blue waters
A warm breeze
Caressing my face:
I feel at peace
This photo is from a couple of days ago. I’d gone for a quick walk along the Belmont lakefront to stretch my legs and I really liked this scene when I came across it… the light was so lovely and the water such a beautiful blue that I knew I had to take a quick shot.
Ironically we had very heavy rain for the next couple of days, so much so that some parts of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie were flooded. I guess it shows just how quickly Mother Nature can change.
A golden sun Reflects off the water, Warms my face On this Spring day
It was a lovely warm day today. The weather was lovely all weekend actually and I thought I’d go down to the lake to catch the sunset and mark the end of the weekend.
I took this while I was down there, just as the sun was starting to go down over the hills. I’m pleased with how the photo came out. The sun was lovely and warm and the colours were beautiful. I think it captured the scene pretty well overall.
Another Easter Passes quickly As the sun sets And the birds sing
Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today. I hope you’re having a nice day wherever you are in the world.
I spent my Sunday having a fairly quiet day at home before wandering down to the lake in the early evening, partly to walk off some chocolate (yum!) but also because it was a lovely, warm day and I thought it might be a beautiful sunset too.
It was! Just as I got down to the lake the sky seemed to explode with colour and different shades of pink, blue, purple and yellow stretched across the horizon. It was gorgeous and only lasted for about fifteen minutes before the sun disappeared but it was one of the prettiest sunsets I’ve seen in a long time.
I managed to snap a few shots. This one was my favourite as I thought it captured the colours and the sky perfectly. Definitely a nice way to end the weekend.
A warm Spring breeze
Caresses my face;
I think of you
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.
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.