On my way home across the continent last week, I stopped off at the Balladonia roadhouse for breakfast. There's a big chunk of Skylab in the roadhouse museum! I remember when it fell out of orbit in 1979, bringing ephemeral fame to Balladonia. I photographed every inch of it, plus the press clippings on the wall. I am such a nerd. This is what I did with them. Seven different composite images in all, with no particular stand-out. This one is number three. I have used Snapseed and Superimpose for the edit.
I'm home from my trip around Australia. I drove nearly 27,000km over a three-and-a-half month period and took something like 15,000 photos. I'm sure about the kilometres but not the photos. I don't really want to know how many pictures I have to review before I can start thinking about getting a photobook together. On the one hand, I have plenty of time to do this. On the other, I need to get it done before the whole project goes stale. Let's see how I go.
This image is a Lightroom edit of a shot taken on the very first day, somewhere out of Goomalling in Western Australia. The key elements of the edit are some sharpening and contrast adjustments to the tree line and the lines in the field and some play with the exposure in the central region. It's a nice clean image to start with.
I don't often set out to produce a wildly colourful abstract, but they so frequently turn out that way. I started with this picture, shot with iPhone, of spent poppy flowers in a display cabinet in a museum in Tasmania.
Then, I cropped it in Snapseed and increased the ambience slightly. I also played with the 'details' feature a little. I wanted to give it a more graphical feel.
Then, I opened image 3 in iColorama, aiming to further develop the graphic feel. I'm feeling that this image wants to be less a photo of poppies and more a picture of them. I put the image through 'Flow' (option 1) in the Effects menu. Then, from the Tone menu, I chose one of the tint options - 36/54. I love this feature of iColorama.
Now, I'm getting somewhere, as I have a nice 'pop art' feel happening. Next, I open the image in Decim8 and try random combinations of effects. Sometimes this process just doesn't work and sometimes it does. I usually save several different versions, once I've found a combination of effects that work for me. I chose to proceed with the one below.
Now, I have introduced some pleasing new elements to the image, but it is clearly unbalanced now. So, it is back to Snapseed for another crop. Then, I take the cropped image into Glaze and process it using what I refer to as the 'Sunset 2' option.
This doesn't represent an improvement, but that's not what this version is for. Now, I use this image as the background and image 5 as the foreground in a composite created with Superimpose. I've used multiply mode.
The final edit is done in Snapseed - I've had a look at what 'Auto Correct' does to the image, and reduced the value to 25 and also added a centre focus adjustment (Portrait 1).
I loitered a long time beside the paddock where this old homestead stood, wondering whether I should trespass. Long enough for someone to pull up in a ute, to whom I asked about jumping the fence to take some photos. I got a look that said "what on earth for?" but a verbal "okay".
Ravenswood was once a gold mining centre, with 40 or so pubs. What's left is largely ruins, but there are some beautifully well-preserved buildings (church, two pubs and others), making it fun to shoot. It also has some twentieth-century ruins too, like this bus I came across. It's shot with my Canon 7D and processed in Lightroom.
This is the best part of Australia that I've seen - the highlands that rise from the coastal plain between Innisfail and Cairns. Such lush, hospitable countryside. This was shot with my Canon 7D and processed in Lightroom 5.
This is a selection of images from the past two weeks or so. During that period, I've driven from Kununurra through NT to Mt Isa in Queensland. The last week in Queensland has been rather uninspiring - lots of featureless bush between towns separated by hundreds of kilometres. I'm looking forward to hitting the coast south of Cairns tomorrow and ambling my way down to Townsville.
The last hour of daylight of my last day in Kununurra was spent photographing.....old tyres on a dump, what else?
I shoot for fun, with a Sony A7rIII, a Mavic Pro and my trusty iPhone 11.