Still summer - a month to go but now its raining over a few days. Some bushfires over the past weeks but nothing epic fortunately. I'm taking the time to walk around and see what's what. Many gum trees shedding bark due to very hot conditions. Not so with the european trees. Below some ripple shots looking almost reptilian.
Rain, rain, rain... not that we don't like it but it seems like hanging around for sometime. I'd forgotten I 'd taken this a little while ago when the sun was still out.
Near Sydney heads and the open sea. These guys had come to grief. Something seems to be missing. Fortunately. a boat was on the way to help. Otherwise a few other shots from a short trip to manly.
New year's eve and a picnic at the beach. Rainy weather predicted seemed to keep people away. Rain didn't happen and a friend asked me to take some shots which would be used back in China. It was achance to have rock shots which some 'life' in it.
Changes in weather are always a signal to me to go for wander and see what has changed in the environment. Especially the case after significant rainfall and sunshine. Treatment of images, and by that I mean in the conversion process from colour to black and white can yield dramatically different results. All to taste of course. A bit like how much spice you add to a meal. In this case, whether to isolate a subject or highlight texture. The first two images below are maybe 4-6 ft apart. But how they are processed can give very different results.
Spring has partially arrived though weather has been fairly changeable as always. Having been away for the past several weeks it was good to find these lilies doing well in a nearby pond. Subdued light and subtle tones in the flowers produced and excellent b&w result.