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I planned to be up nice and early for the pool this morning for my swim – they open at 5.30am and I usually swim then so I am done for the day and it beats the heat.  But today I woke at 2.15 am and could not get bnack to sleep, then dropped off and slept til 5.30am.  And when I looked out of the window and saw this glorious cloudbank out of the window the pool was abandoned for the camera.


3 shot pano in portrait mode, 1DsMkII & 50mm f1.8.


Yesterday’s excusions and alarms

Yesterday morning I set off to the north to photograph the huge C17A Globemasters as they did a fly over of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  I was on the beach at the end of heron Ave, not sure what suburb – and my research of checking the maps on the RAAF site paid off, I was right where they did banking turns at the end of their run down the coast.  Quite pleased with this shot.  Canon 1DsMkII & Sigma 150-500, this is a full frame shot, no cropping.

Then at 1030 last night I  awakened to the crack of thunder – staggered out to the east facing verandah to see if there was any lightning worth getting the camera out for.  I took 25 shots for 2 keepers.  Both ISO 160/f8/15 secs with 1DsMkII & 17-40 f4 L.



World Photography Day

Well, it’s today and i wish I could report some outstanding photo I took.  Unfortunately, sunrise was a bit of an also ran, and I didn’t go anywhere terrific, but I did get a lovely shot of two of the cats at our winter breakfast table.

When the colder weather came I set up a table on the eastern glassed-in verandah for breakfast. It gets all the morning sun and is delightfully warm. Naturally, the cats ‘warmed’ to the idea – particularly Marmie (red tabby) & Honey (Siamese) who always like to ‘share’ meals with us. So I have set up cat’s stools for them – 2 crates cable tied together with cushions tied to the top, which are pushed back to the wall after use.

Today I was a little later than usual getting breakfast and after putting the cutlery out came back with plates in hand to find this scene. Look pretty comfy, don’t they?

A Fiery Start to the Day

Sunrise yesterday was very dramatic. I went to the kitchen sink to get a glass of water and saw this and hotfooted it out to the verandah. The Mamiya was downstairs so I went with the canon as the light was changing rapidly.

When I first opened this with Adobe Camera Raw I was unhappy with what I was getting – looked too much, even unprocessed. But after a bit if a play in Capture One and a slight curves adjustment in PS4, this is pretty much as it was. There were more pink tones, but it’s close.

Canon 1DsMkII, 17-40L f4 @ 40mm

Green Tree Snake, Dendrelaphis punctulata

Spotted this fellow, about 2m of him, in the garden bed at the front door on Dec 29, the second of our 3 relatively rain free days after weeks of sodden grey weather.

He was a very beautiful fellow who had obviously not long shed his skin. I’m pleased with the detail here, you can see he has even picked up a cat hair (with 6 cats they are everywhere!) and it is stuck to the back of his head!

Since the rain cleared for a few days we have seen pink & blue tongue lizards, eastern brown snakes, this chap and some coastal carpet pythons (they live in our roof). However, the grey set in again yesterday so they’ll be quiet again for a while I think.

Lumix FZ35- P1060393

Sailor’s Warning

Sailor’s Warning, originally uploaded by Photography by Odille.

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”

Or substitute shepherd for sailor if you are a landlubber! And is it true?

From http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/weather-sailor.html:
“Red sky at night, sailors delight.”
When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

“Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”
A red sunrise reflects the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means a high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.

And I am always fascinated how the light refraction can make the sun visible before it is over the horizon.

From Wikipedia:
Sunrise is the instant at which the upper edge of the Sun appears above the horizon in the east. Sunrise should not be confused with dawn, which is the (variously defined) point at which the sky begins to lighten, some time before the sun itself appears, ending twilight. Because atmospheric refraction causes the sun to be seen while it is still below the horizon, both sunrise and sunset are, from one point of view, optical illusions.

As sunrise and sunset are calculated from the leading and trailing edges of the sun, and not the centre, the duration of “day” is slightly longer than “night”. Further, because the light from the sun is bent by the atmospheric refraction, the sun is still visible after it is geometrically below the horizon.

Sunrise, 3 September 2010 from Terranora on far north coast NSW, AUstralia. H2 & 50-110 zoom, f5, 1/100, ISO 100 (3-09-10-CF034972)