We have just returned from a much needed beach getaway on the New South Wales south coast. Our holiday spot was even more beautiful than we imagined with clear crystal water and bright white sand. As you can imagine I took quite a few holiday snaps as well as a family shoot which I’m busy editing so I’ll be sharing some more on the blog in the coming days.
Ever since Oscar first started to move he has wanted to head in an upward direction. By eleven months of age he could climb out of the cot (albeit not very gracefully) and not long after he could skillfully move and stack items to help him mount just about any high surface. He was equal parts monkey and child. At 3.5 he is still an expert climber.
I shot a few pictures when our little monkey climbed a huge tree in the National Park. Once up he was King of his domain.
Photography is as much, if not more, about being observant as it is about knowing how to select the right settings in your camera. These cute little guys were tucked up amongst the leafy ground cover under a shady tree and could easily have been overlooked as they were so tiny. Tim has a great eye and managed to spot them for me. I was able to get a nice ‘bokeh’ (fancy word for background/foreground blur) with my aperture wide open and my camera nearly resting on the ground. What a sight I must have looked almost lying on the ground at the park but I wasn’t going to miss this one.
We are trying to make the most out of the last few weeks of Summer and we were lucky enough to spend an afternoon in Audley in the Royal National Park with family. The day was predicted to be rainy and overcast but Mother Nature had other plans. There were a large number of families picnicking, playing cricket, climbing trees, riding paddle boats in the river and lunching at the nearby cafe. The children always enjoy spending time with their grandparents and even Lola, with her current struggles with separation anxiety, enjoyed the cuddles.
It was a good opportunity to test out my new camera away from the confines of my home. A couple of dozen clicks later and only a few photographs that needed to be scrapped so the camera made my job very easy. I’ve added a few extra photos to the blog today as there were just too many nice moments to choose from.
On a whim with nothing else to do we decided to take an afternoon drive to Minnamurra Rainforest. We got a little lost on the way and after at least a thousand ‘Are we there yets?’ managed to arrive at our destination. Oscar, being the literal three year old, expected to see rain at the rainforest so decided to rename it the ‘sunforest’. It was a steaming hot day and the cool shade provided by the huge trees was a welcome change. We walked the rainforest path with Oscar eagerly leading the way. I managed to catch a few photographs here and there. With such a beautiful location full of vivid colours and interesting light it was quite easy to find subjects worth capturing so I’ve added quite a few extra pictures to this post.
These little guys (‘Willie Wagtails’ I believe) like to visit our house of an afternoon. They are so much fun to watch after rain as they splash about in the water in our gutters and turning it into a makeshift bath. We are really lucky to get a variety of wild birds here. The more striking birds are the large parrots – Crimson Rosellas, Lorikeets and King Parrots, but I just loved the contrast of the black and white feathers against the bright blue sky in this image.
I tend not to take many landscape or seascape shots because I never feel as though I can do the scenery justice. Tonight, walking down by North Wollongong Beach the light glimmering on the water and subtle orange tones were too appealing to resist.
It was the perfect evening for a post-dinner stroll by the beach enjoying the company of three generations of the one family. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
We went out for a picnic with family along the shores of Lake Illawarra. While we were in lovely surrounds Lola like most babies was instead focussed on the simple things – crunching sand and tiny stones between her fingers.
This photograph was my first proper attempt at an Adobe Photoshop edit. I usually use Adobe Lightroom which in my opinion is easier and quicker to use but the editing possibilities seem limitless in Photoshop and I was really impressed with the outcome.
I am regularly receiving sweet floral gifts from Oscar. I was lucky enough to have my camera in hand to capture this precious offering from our front garden. My new Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 lens produces a lovely, creamy bokeh (not to be confused with a floral bouquet) at a wide aperture which is essentially a fancy word for the background blur.