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A selection of photos from our Darwin to Adelaide roadtrip Continue reading
Photos from our current trip
For our first outing, Tara took us to a lavender farm, an art exhibition at a chateau and a lovely drive around the scenic area of Lyndoch. It’s not the season for lavender but it was still a very pretty place to wander around, the giftshop was open with a very relaxing aroma and the lavender-flavoured treats from the café were delectable.
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Due to travel restrictions we have ended up paying more attention to attractions close to home.
In July we had a camping trip to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park in the Gulf Region of the Northern Territory.
More recently we had a midweek trip to Kakadu National Park.
I realise how fortunate we are to be able to travel while people in other areas are under much tighter restrictions. I hope these photos encourage people to plan and look forward to their next adventures when travel restrictions are lifted.
My assignment on removing colour cast didn’t get much of a reaction, so I’m just going to go ahead and post the next one.
I’m hoping the lack of activity indicates that everyone is busy getting on with life as much as possible under the circumstances and keeping well. Having this course to concentrate on has definitely helped keep me sane despite the restrictions. I am grateful for it.
For this assignment we were to select our favourite photo from this course and convert it to black and white. I chose two, Elizabeth River Bridge and Finn Road, both of which I used in the leading lines assignment.
When I Googled Nik Silver Efex Pro it said Google had made it available free of charge for a couple of years but they don’t anymore so I wasn’t able to use it. I experimented with Photoshop Express and Lightroom. I found the tools in Lightroom easier to use.
Below are the edited originals of each followed by the Photoshop and Lightroom versions.
Elizabeth River Bridge f5.6 1/1251s ISO 100 4.10 mm
Finn Road f5.6 1/1061s IO 80 21.66 mm
April was a busy month for us, starting with a family reunion weekend at Litchfield National Park to celebrate Brian’s 70th birthday.
Before we left we went to Nightcliff Dragons Under 9’s first Rugby League game of the season.
Continuing the reunion theme, we got together for our traditional family and friends’ dinner at the Nightcliff foreshore.
Our 34th wedding anniversary on 9 April saw us having lunch at Chow on the Darwin Waterfront. Delicious South-East Asian food and my first taste of green pawpaw salad – yum!
Pine Creek Digger’s Rest was our base for the Easter weekend.
Pine Creek Lookout, Watergardens and Railway
Moline Rockhole, Kakadu Ranger Station, Bukbukluk Lookout, wildflowers, Miners Park
Umbrewarra Gorge, Copperfield Dam, kite, boot tree, sunset
Home via Burrell Creek. Robin Falls, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Manton Dam wall
Our magnificent sunsets always enhance family dinner on the foreshore.
Two Jabiru, one Egret
For this assignment we were to enhance the colour of the sunset photo we took for our assignment on Day 3.
This photo was so dark that increasing the vibrance did little to improve it:
So, I made adjustments in Lightroom to contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks, then increased the vibrance:
I took it into Photoshop and cropped it to get rid of the footpath, then used the spot heal and clone stamp tools to remove the signpost.
Jim Hamel commented that he wasn’t sure that my clinging tree example had anything to do with dynamic range but that it did improve the photo, so I submitted another and asked if it was a better example.
Original 1/1000 f7.1 ISO200
I call this the Clinging Tree because it has been clinging to the edge of the cliff by its roots for years and has even survived cyclones. This photo was taken with the sun setting to the left.
1/80 f/8 ISO 3200 54mm