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Kings park is really quite unique among the worlds cities to have a native bushland park that over looks the whole CBD. It is possible indeed quite easy to walk from the city centre and be in dense bushland within twenty minutes. Other parts of the park are in the classic English parkland style while other areas are flower beds and specimen plantings of rare and endangered WA natives.
In the absence of a normal full colour sensor camera on the weekends I have been looking for ways to use my use of the infrared converted Canon 5D mk1. The only other choice is to return to film which I have no problem with other than a shortage of time to do the development and the scanning. I have a bit of commercial work on this week so I will have the Lumix back for that! In the meantime we paid a visit to Kings Park in Perth today. Many Western Australian plants are very hard and woody so therefore have very strong lineal and textural structures this being the case this is what I have been looking for because it can make for interesting IR images. The other things that can look good in IR is landscape and shadow because all detail is seen unlike with normal mono or colour work were strong shadows for the most part obscure detail. I captured a few images that I am happy with. The first is a member of a wonderful Australian genus the Banksia.
Wandoo woodland looks like perfect habitat for emu farming it offers some shade so the birds don’t get heat stress. Their normal habitat is further to the east in the dryer more arid region. There when drought conditions persist the emu’s often thousands of them come in from the bush and get stopped by the #1 rabbit proof fence which runs from the far north of the state near Eighty mile beach to the south coast just west of Esperance. At times they have been known to die in great numbers due to drought. Many pasturalists also contributed to the deaths by culling in the belief that it would help maintain more pasture for sheep which is the main source of income. Some more informed farmers have taken to rearing emu instead of sheep. This particular farm is the oldest in W.A.
The Jabiru the Black winged stork or Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus is the largest water wading bird in Australia. Having watched this magnificent bird feed I can say that its bill is every bit as formidable as it looks it can break a fishes spine in an instant. This is also quite a heavy bird the average weight for an adult is over four kilos with a wing span of 2.3 meters. While it is estimated that there might be as many as 20,000 Jabiru’s in Australia recent counts tend to indicate that there could be less. It is generally thought of as a threatened species because we humans tend to inhabit and use the estuaries which these birds also need to live and survive in.
Lumix G3 f2.8 1/6s ISO800 Olympus 60mm Macro lens
All Tiger snakes are poisonous and there are plenty in Western Australia. Normally Tiger snakes are all black except for some parts of W.A. where they have one row of yellow scales on the underside but this Tiger seems to have more than its supposed to have so I am left guessing…
This one and I were very close to each other but fortunately there was a pane of plate glass between us. I don’t feel too queezy about snakes having seen Dugites run through my garden. But living in rural Western Australia one should always be aware that they are likely to be around. Fortunately most snakes are quite timid and don’t like noise they hear footsteps through their bodies and tend to go in the opposite direction. From what I have observed their main predator is that awful damn bird the Kookaburra that should not be in W.A. anyhow
We spent a few hours by the Indian ocean today and had a sticky beak at Sculpture by the sea, an exhibition with a difference. It is set on and around Western Australia’s premier beach. By any measure it a beautiful spot and W.A’s monied denizens think so too, a postage stamp of a block starts at 4 mil. Along the beach side road there are equally pricey restaurants, bistro’s and boozers where the haves and want to have go to see, be seen to meet, greet and eat and on the odd occassion throw each other through plate glass windows… All in all its a good sculpture show, there was represented some great local talent an old acquaintance Ron Gomboc had a few really lovely pieces but the outstanding works for me were by a couple of Japanese sculptors Mitsou Takeuchi and Keizo Ushio lovely, lovely work. Hand coloured infrared shot with the diminutive 40mm Voigtlander EF lens that is one sharp lens
The Midland Court House is a grand old building that has been completely restored as it is one of the oldest public buildings in the state.
Lumix G3 f4 1/40s ISO160 50mm Zeiss Tessar f2.8
A couple of days ago I mentioned that I there were no flowers in Western Australia at this time of year at least growing in my little corner of of the state. Well 6 days into autumn a lily appeared, of course in the northern hemisphere this variety of lily would be a spring flower – seasons upside down,down under. We had just a small sprinkle of rain but it was enough to trigger growth and produce a spray of lovely white lilies.
On another note I have been testing some of my old lenses on the Lumix G3 slowly I am working my way through them. This is a was shot on a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f2.8 Tessar originally used on a Practica in the 1960′s It was a solid camera that had a very good specification for its price. The camera is long gone but the lens remains and once above f2.8 it is sharp, at f5.6 it is tack sharp and continues that way up to f16 where a little bit of defraction creeps in. As can be seen in this image the bokeh is smooth and buttery. The colour rendering is very accurate and does not over saturate the way that many modern lenses seem to do. On the Lumix this checks in as a 100mm lens and focuses down to approximately 200mm which makes it quite useful for large flowers. I have seen this lens selling for as little as USD30.00 which makes it something of a bargain. The other camera that I used was the Rollei T for Tessar and I wish I had never sold it. The Yashica Mat was reputed to be a copy of the Rollei T I still have one these and over the weekend I ran off a roll of Fuji acros film. Just need to dev it now…