26 August 2015

A Great day out with a couple of Mates

Will, Michael and I, members of the U3A Camera Club, have been going on photo shots from time to time. A day out for the boys, you might say. Both Michael and Will are excellent photographers. Today we ventured into the Hills, Mt Tamborine to be precise. The first stop was the walk to Curtis Falls. It's only a 1.1km walk from the road entrance through a eucalyptus forest, but dropped down drastically with a few set of steps until we reached Curtis Falls.

A fallen tree lifted up this huge rock
Will takes a shot of it
Michael saw something up high
Moss covered rocks everywhere
Curtis Falls
Will and Michael admire the falls
Walking back was not as much fun, climbing up all those steps, but we did see some interesting things on the way.

Amazing tree creations
We spotted this Water dragon in the distance
Shadows provide interesting patterns
This one as well 
After lunch, we drove to North Tamborine lookout on the way home

Scenic Rim Panorama
Will and Michael take another shot
Then it was time to drive home to process our photographs.

04 August 2015

Trying out my new Camera

I thought it was about time that, as one of the tutors of two camera clubs, I should invest in a DSLR, even though I am extremely happy with my Lumix TZ60 point and shoot camera which shoots in RAW format, the format I use for my photographs.

I looked around and considered buying a Nikkon 3200, but found that even though it shoots in RAW, it can't easily be imported with Adobe Lightroom 6. Then the Blogger suggested I should buy a Canon so I can use her lenses. Great thought. So off I trundled to the local Camera House where I got a very good deal on a mid-range Canon DSLR, the 750D, @24 Mega Pixel. and a 18 - 135mm zoom lens thrown in as well as a tripod. We already have a few other lenses I can now use.

My new Canon 750D

So, as we headed off to Bribe Island for a few days, I had a chance to try out my new toy.

This is a panorama view from our balcony on the 5th floor. Five pictures stitched together in Lightroom 6.

One morning we went for a walk along the beachfront. The Blogger, Mary and myself.

Mary and the Blogger
We had some stunning sunrises and sunsets Mother Nature provided for us.

Sunrise over the Pacific
At one stage, a cruise ship sailed by. I captured it holding the camera on the railing, even though it was way out in the distance. 
A P&O Cruise ship passed by - 1/30 - f:6.4 
Ornament 1/15 - f:5.6
Another day we visited the Bribe Island Art Centre where we found a short walk to an island lagoon.

Island Lagoon - 2/200 - f:3.3
The moon after sunset - 1/125 - f:6.3

And finally on the way home we stopped at Bongaree where I shot this Panorama over the Pumistone Passage.

I am very happy with the Canon 750D.