Butcher’s Block

Butcher's Block
Butcher’s Block

Butcher’s Block is one of 24 images in the Aradale Folio. The Butcher’s block is in the kitchen area of Aradale. Aradale is an abandoned town on a hill above Ararat in the Victorian countryside. It was a mental asylum for 130 years and although not correctly a town it was designed to be self-sustaining. It housed 1000 patients and 500 staff in a 100 hectare complex of 18 wards plus workshops, gardens, hospital and morgue and a chapel; 63 buildings in all. In 1860 the Government of the day decided to construct three sister asylums across Victoria to accommodate ‘lunatics’. Continue reading


Wheat on The Hay Plain

Weat on the Hay plain
Wheat on The Hay Plain

Driving across to the Barossa Valley we crossed the Hay plain (so named after a town on the plain). I spotted this wheat field out the car window – it wasn’t hard to miss as there isn’t much else on the plain!  A storm was brewing with rain in the distance creating the downward swoop of grey cloud. Processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro and Adobe Lightroom. The contrast in the clouds has been increased to add to the effect of the stormy clouds. See more images here: Portfolio.

LENS AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
ISO 200
FOCAL LENGTH 28.0 mm (28.0 mm in 35mm)
EXPOSURE TIME 1/320 Seconds
DATE TAKEN 2011-11-13 at 09:49

Mona Vale Pool Ghosts

Mona Vale Pool Ghosts

Middle of the day with people about and a slow shutter has rendered them as ghosts. The sky pattern is just moving clouds rather than any post processing effect although the colour and tonality has been altered in Adobe Lightroom and a vignette added. I particularly like the colour palette in this and it’s one I use quite a bit.

The pool now has some new modern lights around it which I think spoils it – I haven’t shot there again since. See more images here: Portfolio

LENS AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
ISO 200
FOCAL LENGTH 29.0 mm (29.0 mm in 35mm)
DATE TAKEN 2011-02-13 at 12:32



Standing on the beach I was panning from side to side. A number of people walking past paid me no attention at all, which at the time, I thought was fortunate as a I wanted to concentrate on getting the timing and motion right for the shot. Looking back I’m surprised that no-one asked what I was doing as I must have looked odd. It’s important when panning for this sort of shot to follow through past the point when you press the shutter otherwise you get an abrupt edge to the image. The motion I’ve found the best is to wind up your body to the right and then unwind (rotate) to the left pressing the shutter at just the right time and with just the right shutter speed – it takes few practices. See more images at : Portfolio

LENS Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 [Di] Macro 1:1
ISO 200
FOCAL LENGTH 90.0 mm (90.0 mm in 35mm)
EXPOSURE TIME 1/25 Seconds
DATE TAKEN 2010-05-16 at 07:50