International Blues Day 2019

Canberra, Australia, 3 August 2019

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This is this year’s incarnation of the International Blues Day celebrations put on by the Canberra Blues Society. I also had two albums of A3+ prints for sale, so I was not able to photograph some of the earlier bands. I have included a selection of monochrome conversions of performers and not included overall band shots.

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Leo Joseph (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Matt Nightingale (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Dave Blanken (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Mitch Preston (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Juanita Cucinotta (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys (in colour:  17 images)

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Matt Roberts (Kate Lush Band).

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Tony Boyd (Kate Lush Band).

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Christian Young (Kate Lush Band).

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Wes Harder (Kate Lush Band).

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Kate Lush (Kate Lush Band).

Kate Lush Band (in colour:  18 images)

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Steve Hartnett (Blue Tone Specials).

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Dave McRae (Blue Tone Specials).

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Doug Curry (Blue Tone Specials).

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Matthew Fitzgerald (Blue Tone Specials).

Blue Tone Specials (in colour:  16 images)

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Anne Blunn, Peter Demain, Russ Lawrence and others.

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Nardia Brancatisano and Justin Yap (Rambal).

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Jordan Pereira (Rambal).

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Ollie Rolfe (Rambal).

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Ben Wicks (Rambal).

Rambal (in colour: 12 images).

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John Russell (The Bellhops).

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Steve Lovarini (The Bellhops).

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Mark Roulston (The Bellhops).

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Ian Dittman (The Bellhops).

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Joe (The Bellhops).

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Ben (The Bellhops).

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Ven Licciardello and Deborah Frederick (The Bellhops).

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Lois Padgham and Bernard (The Bellhops).

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Dancers (The Bellhops).

The Bellhops (in colour:  22 images).

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Canberra Nature, 2018

February 2018 to February 2019, Canberra, ACT

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In the changeover from one trip to another, here are some local images from the last year.

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There are two groups of images. The first is from a Nikon-sponsored event on Black Mountain Peninsular, late one afternoon.

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No prizes for identifying these birds.  They were cited in the second century AD by Roman poet Juvenal as an example of something that could not exist.  They were originally believed to be a hoax when reported back in Europe by the Dutch in 1697.

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Lake Burley Griffin in the late afternoon light.

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After a while, I mainly focused on semi-abstract details.

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There was a prize of a canvas print for best image of the afternoon.  I won that with this image.

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The remaining images are out the back of where we live, in Canberra Nature Park, or in the case of the first image, in the back yard.

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Kangaroo in the back yard, through the dining room window.

Over many months towards the end of last year there was a severe drought and there was no grass left for the kangaroos on Mount Ainslie.  The kangaroos would come down at night to eat on the roadside grass verges.  At the same time our back fence had disintegrated so we had kangaroos coming in at night as dinner guests.  This is one still there in the morning.

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Kangaroo in Fog.

Before we left on the Uzbekistan trip at the end of September, there were many kangaroos on the mountain and we would often see mobs of twenty or thirty.  One time I counted and we saw one hundred and thirty kangaroos on our half-hour morning walk.  They were under pressure at this time and we found two discarded kangaroo fetuses in our back yard.

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Close up of young kangaroo.

When we came back from the trip there were none, or so it seemed.  They had either found alternative pasture, perhaps beyond the other side of the mountain, or I suspect more likely, there had been a mass starvation event.  Numbers recovered a bit and we now usually see between three and ten kangaroos on our morning walk.

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Big male kangaroo reclining in shade.

Canberra has a controversial annual kangaroo cull.  Kangaroos have greatly increased in number due to clearing of forests with European settlement and there are around fifty million of them in Australia.  The Australian Capital Territory Government says that without a cull there will be greater kangaroo population explosions and crashes, while rare plants are threatened when the kangaroos feel pressured to eat everything in sight.  Animal rights groups are opposed to this and demonstrate against the Government.  If I correctly interpret these events, the Government may have a sensible strategy.

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Cunningham’s Skinks (and background insects).

On our walk every morning we go past a hollow log where a family of Cunningham’s Skinks live.

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If it’s warm enough they come up on top of the log in the sun, perhaps also to catch passing insects.

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This is a small one.

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They are much larger than a garden skink.  They grow to 40 centimetres (16 inches) and are viviparous (give birth to live young).

All of these Cunningham’s Skink shots are focus stacked, in other words, multiple images combined for depth of focus.

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Superb Parrots.

(No, really, that’s what they’re called).

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Superb parrots are a bird of inland New South Wales and Canberra is on the edge of their range.  They are increasing in Canberra but this is partly because they are being pushed out of their normal habitat by climate change and land clearing, and they are classified as vulnerable.

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They prefer to nest in two species of eucalypts, Scribbly Gums and Blakely’s Red Gums with a trunk diameter of 1.1 metres or more, and 95% of their natural woodland environment has been cleared.

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Eastern Bearded Dragon.

At one point in our morning walk there is a dead tree that forms an archway over the path.  I used to sometimes hit my head on it until it settled a bit lower.  One day there was a dragon stretched out on the top though pretty well camouflaged.  I went back for my camera and this image is also focus stacked.

Males grow to about 60 centimetres (24 inches) long and they are diurnal.

 

Canberra Monochromes

July to December 2017, Canberra, Australia

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These are monochrome conversions from the following posts:  Australian National Botanic Gardens, Architecture Workshop with Geoff Comfort and Mount Ainslie.

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Eucalypts in Fog.

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Eucalypt bark.

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Eucalypt bark.

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Melaleuca Styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark).

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White rose with spider.

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Cobweb with dew.

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Isopogon.

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Anigozanthos manglesii (red and green kangaroo paw).

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Green butterfly on probably a Melaleuca.

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Water dragon.

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Cunningham’s Skinks.

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Kookaburra.

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Topknot pigeon.

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Pied currawong.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Dragonfly wing.

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Australian National University (ANU) architecture.

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Circus Tent.

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ANU Architecture.

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Mount Ainslie

June 2017 to January 2018, Canberra, ACT

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Although we live in an inner city suburb of Canberra, we are lucky enough to have Mount Ainslie and 10,000 acres of bushland over our back fence.  Consequently, we take a walk up there every morning and sometimes I bring a camera.

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In the winter it can be quite foggy

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… which provides an element of mystery for the morning walks.

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Sometimes there are countless spiderwebs gleaming in the morning light,

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And at any time of the year, there can be interesting patterns on the bark of the eucalypts.

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Not sure what kind of tree this is, but the lichens on their trunks open after rain.

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A few of these images are on our section.  This is the trunk of a small brachychiton rupestris in the back yard.

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Small cactus on the front verandah.

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White rose in the back garden, complete with tiny spider at top right.

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Eastern spinebill just outside my study, through a dirty window.

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Back to the reserve again.  Kookaburra.

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Topknot pigeon on the power line.

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Pied currawong.

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Sulphur-crested cockatoo.

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Grey butcher bird (juvenile).

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Galah.

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Noisy miners.

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Chough’s nest.

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Cunningham’s Skinks.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Echidna, visiting our back yard.

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Blue tongued lizard in back yard path.

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Dragonfly wing, found on the front step.

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Architecture Workshop with Geoff Comfort

12 November 2017, Canberra, ACT

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In early November I attended an Architecture Workshop run by Geoff Comfort, perhaps Australia’s leading architectural photographer.  I found this particularly valuable, particularly since there were only two people taking the workshop.  I was expecting a technical focus including use of tilt/shift lenses and although there was a technical element, it was more focused on visualisation and composition. A workshop with different attendees might be quite different, though.  We went to the Australian National University starting from the early morning.  In reent years there have been a number of interesting buildings constructed there.  Images follow. No need for further comment.

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Australian National Botanic Gardens

30 October 2017, Canberra, ACT

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These images were taken during a Canberra Photographic Society event at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.   You were supposed to use a single focal length – that’s OK, I was using a prime anyway – and when I got there I found there were five themes you were supposed to follow.  I wasn’t much interested in the themes though so I only gave cursory attention to them.  What I was more interested in was attaining maximum image quality using focus stacking where necessary.  In other words, this is where you take multiple images of the same subject at different points of focus and combine them later in processing.  nine of these images are focus-stacked.

Click for larger images.

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Grevillea shuttleworthiana subsp. canarina.

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Anigozanthos manglesii (red and green kangaroo paw).

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Telopea Speciocissima (New South Wales Waratah).

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Wattlebird in Grevillea,

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Grevillea.

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Rock Garden Waterfall,

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Gymea Lilies.

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Water Dragon.

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Melaleuca Styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark).

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Green butterfly on probably a Melaleuca.

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Ducklings.

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Isopogom.

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Callistemon.

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Water dragons.

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Banksia.

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Cyathea Australis.

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Australian Hibiscus, I think..

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Blues Piano Night

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Here is another live music post, this time in Canberra. I was asked to photograph the Blues Piano Night last Friday. Two pianos, four excellent piano players, both solos and combined performances.

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Alison Penney

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Wayne Kelly, or at least his hands

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There were two sets and Tim Hulsman filled in during the break.

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Tim Hulsman.

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Leo Joseph.

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John Black.

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Wayne Kelly.

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You should have an idea of who is who by now.

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Not sure what was going on here…

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And all together, near the finale.

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