Sunday, 29 June 2014

Irises and Acacia?

I'm still playing around with various art iPad Apps, trying to memorise the capabilities of each one. I really think that I will have to start writing it all down, as I know that once I start doing something else I'll forget all that I have discovered!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

More iPad Fun!

     These mandalas are made with the App called iOrnament, which is a lot of fun to play with!

                                           Unfortunately the inverted version is very boring.

Friday, 27 June 2014

iPad Play with Photoshop.

I'm trying out various iPad art apps, and then playing around with the result in Photoshop. Here I have just used a straight invert command on the original iPad  'doodling'. For some reason I can't get rid of the 'type here' script. I think I like the inverted version better than the original though.

            Here is a similar treatment of an original doodle, with the inverted version below.
            I prefer the colours of the lower inverted version, much more my sort of colours!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Misty Morning.

                     A cold and misty morning this morning with the sun just beginning to rise.
                                                            Mist rising from the valley.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Anyone at Home?

The dog called Polly is asking if she has permission to go down the wombat burrow to see if anyone is home! Polly is an Australian Kelpie, a medium sized dog, so you can see the size of the Wombat burrow.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

To Flash or not to Flash.

 The same rain drops on the same branch, with a flash used in the one above and not in the one below.
                   Quite a different effect in each.  Perhaps more atmospheric with the flash?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Dame Nelly Melba Bathed Here!

 These are the taps over the old bath at the historic home Beleura on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria. On visiting the home we were told that Dame Nellie Melba used to stay there as often as she could because she liked to partake of a salt bath. The tap on the far right dispenses cold salt water which was pumped up from the beach by the servants of the house. They had to pump it up into huge lead water tanks on the roof and then heat it up so that the Dame could turn on the left hand tap and have a nice hot salt bath. No wonder they groaned when told that she was coming to stay!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Another Froth Pattern.

It never ceases to amaze me, the number of different patterns that they manage to get in the froth on top of a cup of coffee. Compare this with this quite different again.

Friday, 13 June 2014

More Passion Flower.

 Several people commented on my previous post showing past of an ornamental Passion Flower. Here I'm a little further away and you can see more of the reproductive parts of the flower, even where something has been chewing on it.
 Here is the vine in situ, it's very hardy, only showing a little browning off in the frosts and equally in the 40° C heat.
                                                           The whole spectacular flower.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Totally Toxic Toadstool?

I don't know if these toadstools are in fact toxic but I liked the alliteration! They probably aren't edible anyway.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

An Aztec Experience.

 Having been to Central America and Mexico I was interested to see the current exhibition on at Museum Victoria , see here. I just loved these dioramas, especially this one depicting the sellers of woven fabrics in the market place.
                                       This time the seller have fruit and vegetables for sale.
                                   This image shows the floating island vegetable gardens.
                               A clay tablet with a design that might come in handy one day!
                                         Another interesting design, frog or human I wonder.
It was a very interesting exhibition, beautifully arranged and the small screens dotted about with addition information were excellent.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Career as a Spy?

      The photo above is taken from an open paddock looking towards a house that I can hardly see.
Now using the new camera's amazing telephoto capacity I can not only see the house clearly but also someone on the front veranda enjoying the sunshine!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Very Cold Morning.

 It was very cold for the morning walk today, with frost down in the low lying areas along the creek.
                                                                     Cold but pretty!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Now the Telephoto Lens.

 Here I spotted a trio of Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos way up in an old dead Gum tree quite some distance away. I couldn't have done so well with my previous camera with just an 18 x optical telephoto.  This new 30 x is brilliant!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

More New Camera Photos.

                        I'm really loving this new camera, especially the macro function.
                                                      The stamens of a Passion flower.
                                                  A field of moss from a very low angle.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

New Camera Trials.

                         I recently bought a new camera, my 3rd Panasonic Lumix, the TZ60.
 Here I'm photographing a flower head that is perhaps the size of my thumb nail with the macro setting. I like it!
 Here I'm trying out the 30 x optical zoom.  The flowers on the hedge are many, many metres away and yet I can see the flower stamens in clear focus without using a tripod. Great!
This is a tiny Sweet Alice flower, again using the macro setting. I'm very happy with my new camera!