I had my 500mm lens on when we turned up at the Bicentennial Gardens in Toowoomba last week and of course nearly all the water fowl were after bread. I couldn’t ignore this fine looking duck though. Yes, he takes up most of the image, I’ve invented a new rule; rule of 7/8. I love the colours through his feathers. You know he’s going to look great in a new tab.
Yes, another duck. Lorelle and I were leaving and a couple of mallards took off. We stopped and I started shooting, moved with the birds and whacked her in the head with the lens. So he blurred a little and what do we do? Of course we make art. The water was green from the reflection on the far bank.
The following two pictures are from the Japanese Gardens at the University in Toowoomba. I practised with a couple of long exposures to mist the water a little. I think the dapple effect on the rocks is cool. I know our brains need to make known objects out of abstract things. So, open the second pic in a new tab and see if you can see the spooky head.
He took off again, an okay flying shot but all we see is the back of his head, so I got creative. The reflection was already there, so I darkened the photo with the contrast, made an oil painting and popped in a false moon.
This Kookaburra perched here to watch a few picnickers at Picnic Point Lookout, Toowoomba. No, he’s not in a gum tree. The park has many European trees and the leaves are changing hence all the yellow. No artwork at all here and he happily posed.
I may have wet myself a little when I saw this on the back screen. To appreciate this in its entirety you have to open it in a new tab. This is at picnic point and I took a couple of pics from above, then we went down and I took some from in front. Ho hum they were ordinary. I made my way into the trees turned around and thought, This is way better, and snapped a couple of shots. Now the wall is natural sandstone and this is how it came out, the soil is red and reflected the light beautifully. It almost looks like a studio light is being shone down there. No tripod only a hand-held, off the cuff shot.
That’s enough back-slapping for this week Laurie. I hope you like this week’s offerings folks and I invite you all back next week for another look. Sorry to all the Kangaroo fans but ducks need love too you know.