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Sagacity

My 2012 Photojourney

Here is a selection of my Photojourney for 2012. It was a year of learning, up until this year I never had worked out what kind of photography I loved, I now have discovered Landscape and what I call HDR Plus – The music is from around 1995 when I was in a band called ‘Sagacity’, I wrote the music and played guitar on the track, My cousin Darrin wrote and sang lyrics, his brother Matt played Bass and and another cousin, Brad played drums… a bit of a family affair! It was a lot of fun so I thought I would share it along with my photojourney for 2012… enjoy!

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Earth, fire, water, metal and wood

This is another shot from my visit to the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour. The Garden was designed and built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners, and is governed by the Taoist principles of ‘Yin-Yang’ and the five opposite elements – earth, fire, water, metal and wood. These principles also stress the importance of Qi, the central force of life and energy.

Yin-Yang plays such a vital role that just one missing element would disrupt the garden’s harmony and balance. However when combined perfectly, the five elements form a fluid and nurturing environment.

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Moon Gate

Sometimes there are natural features to create a ‘frame’ for a great picture and other times they are man made… in this case it is man made, this is a ‘moon gate’ in a chinese garden, and is something you will find in most chinese gardens. As with most things Chinese it is traditional, and is considered good luck for a newly wed couple to walk through the moon gate! I love the way it creates a frame, the tough part was waiting for people to stop walking past or through it so I could get the shot!

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Australian Water Dragon

Whilst wandering through the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour I came across this fella on a rock… he was happy to sit and pose, and I really got quite close, set up my tripod, and took several multi exposure shots. After his photo shoot he headed back into the water and you wouldn’t even know he was there, so I feel lucky that I was able to get this shot!

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for the photo geeks… Taken with my D700,  50mm 1.4 prime lens, 3 exposures HDR in Photomatix!

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There is a ‘mystery’ in every waterfall

This is a waterfall in the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour in Sydney. I don’t know what it is about waterfalls, but I know that I for one, am always drawn by them. It’s hard to believe that such a beautiful and tranquil place exists in the middle of Sydney City. It was a nice spot to spend an hour so if you’re in Sydney make sure you have a look!

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A nice way to finish a great day in the city…

After spending the day with family and friends in the city today, we were treated with a fireworks display at Darling Harbour. As I only had my 50mm prime lens on me it was hard to fit the fireworks into my shot! I took about 40 photos and out of these only 2 or 3 will be any good! Also, it was lucky that I decided to take my carbon fibre Benro tripod with me. The Benro travel angel is a great addition to my kit, and today I just chucked it into my back pack, showing you just how easy it is to take a tripod all the time!

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