Vantage Point at Alowyn Gardens

Hi all,

I recently decided to participate in a Pinterest project called #VantagePoint put together by Light, a compact camera maker. I have chosen to write about my favorite photography location, and how my equipment plays a part in how I photograph. Well it was easy for me to choose Alowyn Gardens as my favorite photography location. I am a regular visitor there for multiple reasons. Firstly it is such a peaceful place, with beautiful gardens. Very relaxing. Secondly, there is always something new to photograph. No matter how many times I go, I always find something inspirational.

The camera I use is a Sony RX100. This is a fixed lens compact camera, with full manual functionality. I chose this camera because it allowed me full control of my settings, has an excellent aperture available of 1.8, and is compact. I can easily take it with me.

Full control of the settings in my camera is important to me, as I like to take close up macro shots of flowers and insects, so shutter speed and aperture is very important to get the shot just right.

Here are some of the photos from my recent visit to Alowyn Gardens, as you can see I was excited the insects were out!

It was a lot of fun writing this #VantagePoint post, and I must say I am interested in their cameras given they too are compact! I look forward to finding out more about them soon.

Cheers, Andrew

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Insects in spring

Hi all,

Last weekend I visited the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Yuroke, Spring Open day. I found many insects to photograph whilst there, I hope you enjoy!

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Cheers, Andrew

Orange Butterfly

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while, sorry for being so quiet on my blog. I have too busy taking photos in New Zealand 🙂

Today I wanted to share some photos of butterflies we found in the Hamilton Gardens. These gardens are stunning, so more photos to come.

These butterflies were flying about the gardens in the gorgeous spring weather. Thankfully they stopped on some leaves long enough for me to get some good photos!

Enjoy!

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Cheers, Andrew

Spring has sprung in Melbourne!

Hi all,

Well Spring has Sprung in Melbourne and the insects and flowers are out in force – so I joined them with my camera!!

Earlier this year we planted a lot of flowering plants in our garden to attract the insects, yes I had an ulterior photography motive! Yesterday morning the sun was shining, the flowers were out and the bees were pollinating! So I took the opportunity to get some photos.

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Cheers, Andrew

 

Butterflies at the Zoo

Hi all,

Well winter has arrived in Melbourne, Australia. Definitely not an ideal setting for my favourite subjects insects and flowers! I visited the Melbourne Zoo this weekend and was pleased to find the Butterflies very active in their enclosure. I took these photos of the gorgeous flying insects!

I will now need to get thinking of new ideas for my winter photography, any suggestions?

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Cheers, Andrew

Insects at Lambley Nursery

Hi all,

One of the benefits of beautiful flowering gardens like Lambley Nursery are the insects it attracts. I added some insect photos in my previous post from Lambley, but saved these for a separate post as they are my favourites!

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Cheers, Andrew

Gardens at Lambley Nursery

Hi all,

Recently I visited Lambley Nursery in Ascot, just past Ballarat in Victoria. It takes approximately 2 hours from Melbourne by car. This is a gorgeous nursery specialising in drought tolerant plants. I must say, many of the plants are stunning! Even in Autumn, flowers everywhere! My favourite by far was the Salvia. We purchased quite a few plants too, mostly Salvia’s, so hopefully my garden will look this good sometime!

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Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in some lovely gardens!

Cheers, Andrew