Bikes and the Beach

Bikes and the Beach

At my new desk from my new home I am trawling through folders and folders of images. Images I am planning to blog. You see, the only hiccup with moving home is that it’s rather all consuming and things like weekly blog posts get left aside as the moving boxes swallow me up.

So, I decided that some of these images from three past few months may be a little late but I really wanted to share them with you. My blog is little. Right here it’s just you and me. my small (wonderful) collection of of loyal readers. I often wrestle with what images to blog, wondering if my shots are worth blogging? What if my posts are getting repetitive? Am I sharing too much or not enough? Oh the joys of blogging.

Life is full of what ifs and really they are a bit pointless. So, I say thumbs down to wondering about the what ifs and thumbs up to all the posibilities we have.

Here is a mixed bag of photos from a really special trip we took with a bunch of friends, some old, some new. We went down the coast for a big muddy mountain bike race, surrounded by lots of pasta, pretty birds and some exploring on the beach.

Featuring Dave, Fel, Max, Jed, Susan, Andrew, Adrian and Shirley – at Apollo Bay.

Blue skies

Blue skies

A few weeks ago I put up a blog post about our trip to the Barossa Valley. Check it out here The Baroosa blog post featured images that were truly an extension of myself. My brain to camera signals were all aligned, I was in my happy place. It all came easily to me.

Since that blog post, I am having trouble knowing what to do next. How can I better my previous creations? (Hence why I have been a little quiet on my blogging of late).

So, I didn’t blog last week. But I am working on a super dooper big post to follow in the coming days.

In the mean time, here is an image that was in the mix this week. It’s the beach, and I’m a bit of a beach lover. It’s another of my happy places.

May your week ahead be full of blue skies and you find the things that come easily to you.

Love, Gemma

Photo Safari #3 A walk in the Rhody's

Photo Safari #3 A walk in the Rhody's

Can you spell Rhododendron?  I must confess, a google search was required to double check my spelling, I was getting red underlines all over the place. Well the Rhododendron may be a tricky one to spell, but on all other fronts they are wonderful!

A few days ago Amber and I went up into the hills of Melbourne to the magical Rhododendron Gardens, it was photo safari time! (again) The sky was SOOOOO blue, the Rhody’s were SOOOOO beautiful and we shot in the harshest sunlight ever. And, it was ace fun!

Amber is a super dooper talented photographic retoucher and a photographer, oh and a very obliging model. Amber and I recently got back in touch with each other and it didn’t take long for us to start discussing photo safari ideas. You see, the beauty of the photo safari is that all you need is your camera and a friend with a camera and before you know it, you are taking the time to create, to see, to explore.

Taking time to explore, this is my happy place. Enjoy.

Photo Safari #2 (me, my new camera + the woods)

Photo Safari #2 (me, my new camera + the woods)

Two days ago, I had one of the BEST mail days ever. I got a lovely cheque from some wedding clients, and I also got something big and black that I’ve been dreaming of for some time. My new camera had arrived!!! So, this morning before the sun was up, my camera and I were up (not my ideal waking hour let me tell you). We drove up the mountain to an amazing location and had the whole hill top to ourselves, I’m still taking about me and my camera you know. The only sounds to be heard were some tweets of the birds and my fabulous shutter in action. I didn’t think a shutter could sound so good! Soon I’ll be used to it, but for our first shoot together, it rates a mention.

The verdict…. LOVE. Yep, I LOVE my new camera. I think we’re going to get along just swimmingly.

This was my morning today, a little impromptu photo safari is my idea of an excellent start to the day. Now, I need a nap. Enjoy.

There will be plenty more photos from my new camera, but the first time is always a bit special hey? Do you remember your first shots on your camera?

The last weekend of winter

The last weekend of winter

On the last weekend of winter we returned to my childhood holiday coast with some friends. It was cold and wintery and at low season it felt like we had the whole of the coast to ourselves. On the Saturday I road my bike along the Great Ocean Road, perhaps my favorite stretch of road in all of Australia. Like many Melbournians, I have passed along it countless times in my life. Always heading for a the beach, always busting with excitement to get there already, always sad when we parted. I didn’t take any photos of my favorite stretch of road, I just pedaled my bike and soaked in all it’s nostalgic goodness. Ok, it’s a road, get a grip Gemma.

Besides my euphoric bike ride, the weekend was amazingly relaxing. In between reading the paper and mandatory weekend away nanna naps, I even found some time to potter off to the local lighthouse with my camera. Anyone from Victoria will recognize this place, it’s Airey’s Inlet. These days I find myself shooting a lot with my 50mm, my poor 28-70mm is being rather neglected. Here you will see the tilt shift came along for the ride too.

This was my last weekend of winter 2010.  Now, come on spring, it’s time for some sunshine.
Shot’s from Airley’s Inlet, also featuring darling little Oscar.