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Canine Mates

Heres a couple of photos taken last week of some canine friends of my Border Collie “Dylan”
We have “Tim” a short haired Border Collie and “Sara” a German Shepard.
All are best of mates though Sara the female German Shepard is the pack leader the so called Alpha male in the pack (If you can have an alpha female ūüôā (eg: she wears the pants and calls the shots)
They all get along well, love a swim, chase of the ball and plenty of fussing and affection.

Tim the Border Collie

Tim the Border Collie

Sara the German Shepard

Sara the German Shepard

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Seen Better Days

Work has had me over in the Vasse – Capel region of WA the past few weeks.
Whilst on a farm this old relic of a Bedford Truck the had “Seen Better Days” was begging for its photo taken and a bit of experimenting with HDR

SEEN BETTER DAYS

SEEN BETTER DAYS..


Flinders Ranges (part 2)

These two photos again were taken in the picturesque Flinders Ranges.

One was taken from a scenic lookout not far from our camp ground where we have gone for a drive to capture some sunset shots over the Wilpena Pound and Rawnsley Bluff,¬† but the color that was getting cast on the mountain ranges behind us (The Chace Ranges) was just as impressive ..and with the dust from a 4×4 coming up to the lookout adding that bit of extra to the photo.

The second photo was taken whilst finding one of many Geocaches through the Flinders..This one was at the so called¬† “Great Wall of China”..Im sure a better photo could of been taken during those magic periods of Sunrise and Sunset…but unfortunately you cant be every where at those particular moments…Whilst finding and making a log into the cache¬† I could hear a noise that had me scratching my head..so I extended the zoom on the camera to its limits…The zoom on the Sony HX100V goes out to 830mm and the anti shake quality of it is terrific…Ive got another shot somewhere of half a dozen goats standing on top rock face cliffs at the very top of the ranges and I was quite surprise of the quality that the photo came out.

We fell in love with the Flinders..The Chace Ranges

We fell in love with the Flinders..The Chace Ranges

Grt Wall China..Flinders Ranges

Grt Wall China..Flinders Ranges


The Flinders Ranges..a photographers and cachers dream come true

We have just recently got back from our WA to SA camping and caching holiday…As per previous post I manage to borrow the works new Sony HX100V camera with a sweep panorama feature.

Our trip took us through the Eyre and Yorke Peninsula’s as well as the Flinders Ranges. Whilst the two peninsula’s were great to visit….its our trip through the Flinders Ranges and through Wilpena National Park that was the holidays highlight.. As GeoCachers (Albany Nomads) we picked up a neat 75 extra caches to add to our tally and as photographers we were blessed with fantastic weather and a photo opportunity at every bend in the road.

Below are two photos taken from close to our camp site looking over Rawnsley Bluff and the Flinders Ranges..I promise to add some more in the coming week…If you haven’t been to the Flinders Ranges…JUST SIMPLY DO IT.. you wont regret it….Regards John

Its a big country..Flinders Ranges SA

Its a big country..Flinders Ranges SA

Rawnsley Bluff..Flinders Ranges SA

Rawnsley Bluff..Flinders Ranges SA


First try of Sony HX100V sweep panorama

Ok I know Ive been real real slack when it comes to posting anything for a while (promise to make more of an effort)

At work we recently got a Sony DC HX100V bridge camera that has a 16 mp resolution, GPS location, 27 to 800 mm lens and heaps and heaps of features BUT one feature that I was keen to try was its High Res seam-less sweep panorama images

The photo below is nothing special just a quick try with the new camera on the High res sweep panorama..no stiching, no burning..all Ive done is cropped and adjusted the contrast just a little.

I’m off on five weeks traveling with the camper trailer in May and I’m just wondering if work will miss the camera for 5 weeks..Im keen to try it out on some of those wide blue sky outback landscapes..I’ll keep you posted.

Oyster harbour

First try at the seam-less sweep panorama feature with the Sony HX100V bridge camera


Esperance Port

Ive been a bit slack just lately to adding photos to the blog…so heres the first for 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Late last year..work had me back and forth to Esperance a number of times ..and what with the lead contamination scare… the port was in over drive.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† This photo was taken with my very basic Fuji point and shoot camera that I take with me for its compactness to do field work.¬†¬† The camera was on¬† a tripod with a time exposure¬† .¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† As the sun just¬† disappeared and the Ports lights came on, and along with a small front approaching..¬† I manage to get a balance between ambient light and the¬† lights of the Esperance Port.¬† With the time exposure giving softness to the water and sky….¬† Kind Regards…..John

 

Esperance Port

Esperance Port


Dylan..Just add water

I took this photo approx 12 months ago but have been meaning to add it to the blog for a while

This is a photo of Dylan our Border Collie…our kids have all left home so he gets spoilt like a member of the family…Dylan is a walking clock with all the features of an IPhone all built into his brain…You don’t need to set your alarm as Dylan will shove open the bedroom door to remind you a new day has started and its time for a morning walk….You get home from work he gives you 30 minutes rest and then kindly reminds you time for afternoon walk….You have your meal the plates start to get scrapped and wash and there’s a bark to remind you it’s time to feed him….You sit down in your favorite recliner rocker and he will be at your feet with his chin on your slippers….I couldn’t wish for a more loyal and well natured canine member to the family..Ooh….and did i mention Dylan loves to swim….That’s right ¬† “Dylan…just add water”

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Dylan_Just add water