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Silver City The Architecture of W.A. Department of Education

Silver City The Education Department of Western  Australia

I like IR photography it allows me to take photographs in the middle of the day rather than fighting with shadows and the intense light of Western Australia. I had an Olympus EM-5 converted its light has lots of lenses there is even a tilt and shift which I feel is somewhat redundant with the software tools available today, but its there if you really need one. I’m playing around with converting RAW files in different ways. This building is a tiny part of the State of Western Australia’s Education department. Nick named the ‘Silver City’. Its quite contemporary, built in the late 80’s and austere. It is interesting that the ground water reticulation overspray has softened its austerity almost like photographic toning – more later, TBC…

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Xanthorrhoea

Canon 5D infrared f5.6  1/100s ISO400

Canon 5D infrared f5.6  1/100s ISO400

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Tree circle Kings Park Western Australia

Canon 5D Infrared  f6.3 1/25s ISO100

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Beneath…

Canon 5D Infrared f6.3 1/50s ISO100

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Quince Flower – Cydonia oblonga

Canon 5D infrared f5.6 1/100s ISO100 EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Shot in infrared and hand coloured with PS12.0. The quince is one of these fruits that have gone out of fashion, a bit like the medlar, the cumquat or to a lesser extent the tangerine. For all practical purposes its not difficult to see why. I think the main reason is that the quince is not particularly nice to eat raw. It can be very hard to get ones teeth into or even cut up, then it can taste bitter and takes forever to ripen It has a flock like coating which is much coarser than a peach which partially falls off while ripening. So what does one do with it? It can be roasted with pork or beef and the fragrant flavour sort of seeps into the meat which is fine. I have heard that slow cooked they make a great desert but my most memorable childhood exposure to quince is in the form of a jelly served with double cream and scones at a high tea at a famous west London hotel in an age long gone. Quince jelly is quite tedious to make but while reducing fills the house with a piquant aromatic floral fragrance which once experienced is never forgotten. I have a quince tree in the centre of my garden and it is a truly lovely fruit tree the blossoms are similar to but larger than apple to which the quince is related. In W.A. it attracts a nasty grub which it seems is impossible to keep at bay with organic practices so regrettably it has to be sprayed with Labacyde.

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