A panoramic print (58×20 cms) of the grazing country around Berridale in the Snowy Mountains of Australia available through my website at davidbigwood.zenfolio.com. This picture is also available as a canvas print in the Berridale Art Gallery.
I have recently put up a lightbox on Global Eye Images of some of my photos of the Australian Snowy Mountains. This is one of the pictures. To see the whole lightbox go to http://globaleyeimages.com/Lightbox.asp?ID=12728
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A change in the weather in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. One of the pictures available for sale on my website at http://www.davidbigwood.zenfolio.com. My pictures hang in private collections in Australia, Canada and the UK.
One of the canvas prints available for sale through the Stone Cottage home decor outlet in Berridale in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. 71x30cms
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To some, autumn signals the beginning of the end. It’s all downhill from here. Short days leading inexorably to even shorter ones. Summer warmth and long days, are disappearing. Gloomy skies are on the horizon. Cold, wet, and even colder days to come.
William Cullen Bryant, the nineteenth century American poet, wrote, ‘The melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year’. One can almost feel him shuddering with distaste as he penned those lines.
But not all feel like Bryant. His compatriot James Whitcomb Riley exulted at the change of season when he wrote, ‘O it sets my heart a clickin’, like the tickin’ of a clock, when the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock’. And, of course, England’s John Keats welcomed the ‘Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ with something akin to open arms.
This ambivalence to the onset of autumn is common for many reasons. Sufferers of hay fever for instance are glad to see the dampening down of their pollen producing tormentors while those who suffer the excruciating itching of chilblains live in dread as the year moves on.
For landscape photographers, it is an exciting part of the year. Summer is all very well but at times our lenses get overpowered by the omnipresent greens of high summer. What a thrill it is to sight the first flaming torch that is a poplar tree in autumn.
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When I began making pictures of the landscape, it was always the big picture that figured and I suppose it’s the same for most of us. It was a case of a few exposures and then move on to the next grand view.
Then came the day when I ‘needed’ to make some pictures — photographers will know what I mean — and the weather was against me. Uniformly grey cloud and lousy light are no recipe for great landscape shots.
With the itch in my shutter finger unsatisfied, I had to find a subject so I began casting around the area and, what do you know, there were dozens of them. Of course there were for those who have eyes to see. The big picture is made up of thousands, maybe millions of smaller pictures and this is what I had been missing.
I have used film and digital to produce my micro-landscape pictures but what you use is immaterial. It is the result that counts and that result will come from your ability to see the picture in the first place and then from your technical know-how which will enable you to make the image.
The picture with this post was shot on my Olympus digital DSLR and shows the sort of image that can be found at any time but is especially valuable when the light is just not right for landscape photography.
Keep your eyes open but don’t just look, see!
I have mentioned previously in this blog my love for black and white photography and recently I was asked to show some more of my monochrome images. This picture was made during a very stormy afternoon at Long Bay in Malabar in Sydney. I shot it between heavy showers that had me running back and forward to my car for shelter.
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Just had a few days on Queensland’s Gold Coast and happened to come across a surfboat carnival. This is one of my favourite shots. It will soon be on its way to Alamy, the on-line photo library.
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Eastern Grey kangaroos in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia one of my images available from Red Bubble as a print (framed or unframed), greeting cards, postcards, posters, canvas prints or metal prints. To see the range available, go to http://www.redbubble.com/people/dbigwood/portfolio