It doesn’t get any better than this….Sydney Opera House

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post. Life has been so, so busy. My husband and I have had a sea change! We’ve moved out of Sydney down to the Illawarra and are living right by the sea!! It is quite simply, the best thing we’ve ever done 🙂

On Tuesday I was up in Sydney conducting a night photography tour and took this black and white photo of the Opera House and city from Kirribilli on the northern side of the Harbour.

I stood and stared at this scene before I took the shot. The Opera House gets me every time – especially at night – it is just such an architectural masterpiece:)

For those of you who are photographers – this shot was taken on my new Canon 5d Mark IV and the 24-105mm L series lens. The settings were ISO 400, F18, 25 sec.

What do you think of the shot in black and white? I’d love to hear your comments below:)

Click on the photo for a larger version.

Until next time,

Chris 🙂

 

Fast action photography at Penrith Whitewater Stadium

A couple of weeks back the click walk learn VIP group headed to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium to photograph some super fast action on the water 🙂

This artificial whitewater sporting facility was purpose built for the canoe/kayak slalom events at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Today it is used for recreational rafting {great fun} and local, national and international canoeing/slalom events.

This ‘U’ shaped course is over 320 metres in length, 0.8 to 1.2 metres deep and between eight and 12 metres wide.

River pebbles set into the concrete create a ‘natural’ river feel. Movable obstacles are also added to vary the difficulty of the course and to fine tune the rapids.

A footpath follows the course all the way around which made getting in ‘close’ to photograph the action really easy. This path was built with the media in mind for the 2000 Olympic games. If you are interested in photography – it really is a great place to get some awesome shots..

I love fast action photography – we used super fast speeds to ‘freeze’ the water. Thanks everyone for a great day out – enjoy the pics 🙂

Click on the first photo to view the pics as a slideshow 🙂

Sand Sculpture Photography at Sydney’s Bella Vista Farm

Last week some of the click walk learn VIP’s braved the hot conditions and headed to ‘Bella Vista Farm’ in Sydney’s northwest to photograph the Sydney Hills Sand Sculpting Exhibition.

This years theme is A friend in Me – Celebrating Disney Pixar.

Over 400 tonnes of sand has been transformed by these super talented artists into the fantastic creatures from some of our favourite Disney Movies – The Incredibles, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille and Cars.

We had a great time taking pics of these brilliant sculptures – you really have to see them up close to appreciate the time and effort that has gone into creating them.

This fabulous event is open until 26th January. Click here for details and more information.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful day 🙂

Click on the first photo to begin the slideshow 🙂

 

click walk learn photography tours – news from my desk

Phew!! What a SUPER busy few weeks I’ve had again!!

click walk learn has been picked up by a couple of travel tour agencies – so I’m busy SUPER busy designing new tours to inspire you and make YOU want to get out and about with YOUR camera.

I’m just back from my second series of click walk learn tours in Canberra….Both tours were booked out and we had a ball…it really is a wonderful city for photography..

The weather stayed kind of warm 🙂 for the ‘night tour’ and beautiful for the ‘beginners tour’…thank you good weather God 🙂

I met some awesome people who were so enthusiastic about photography and learning all about their camera. New tours for Canberra will be released soon… A ‘how to take great portraits of kids tour’ an ‘advanced’ photography tour and another ‘beginners’ day tour.

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 Up and coming tours….

Spots are selling fast for the second VIVID SPECTACULAR photography tour – Tues 3rd June 2014.

If you’d like to photograph this awesome light show in a SMALL group with me….click here to book now!!

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Do you want to up your skills as a photographer? Join me at on Sunday 1st June at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo for a day of intense learning. We will explore ‘animal portraiture’, ‘continuous focusing’ and the use of a ‘polarising’ filter. For bookings click here.

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Wanna explore another part of Sydney? click walk learns tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park and Darling Harbour will teach you SO MUCH MORE about photography and your camera. This tour is on the Sat 7th June...for bookings click here.

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On Sat 21st June click walk learn is going back to Cockatoo Island. This incredibly popular tour will have you shooting old style buildings and industrial architecture. For bookings click here.

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Finally, the last tour for this half of the year will be held in The Rocks…this SUPER POPULAR TOUR will take you to places you never even knew existed…The date is set for Sat 28th June, for bookings click here.

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Tours for the third quarter of 2014 will be released soon….

Thanks for all your support, its so much appreciated…

happy clicking

Chris xx

click.walk.learn tour Canberra Sat 22nd March

Hi everyone,

Saturday’s click.walk.learn tour of Canberra was a huge success!! Everyone did a ‘sun dance’ before Saturday and this beautiful city turned on a stunning Autumn day!

What a wonderful, friendly group of photographers they were! We had 5 point and shoot cameras and 3 dslr’s. Everyone learnt SO much about their cameras and photography and there was SO much creative energy!!

I always love going to Canberra. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my Dad used to take us there. I remember photographing the buildings then (with my Kodak Instamatic) and Saturday was no different..except now I have a much better camera 🙂

Do you live in Canberra and want to learn more about photography and your camera? Or do you live in Sydney and would like the opportunity to come and photograph our Nations Capital?

I’ll be putting up some new dates in the next few weeks for a basic photography course in Canberra PLUS an advanced course for anyone that would like to UP their photography skills even more!! If you are interested in coming along, please head to click.walk.learn and click on the link on the top left of the home page. That way you’ll be the first to know when the dates are released!!

These are some of the pics I took on Saturday…

enjoy
happy clicking
Chris 🙂

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From my desk…all the news from click.walk.learn photography tours Sydney

Hi everyone,

How are you all? Wow, what a busy few weeks it’s been…So much has been going on with click.walk.learn…read on to find out all the news and info and how you can learn more about photography and your camera 🙂

First of all I received a wonderful testimonial this morning from a student who joined me on a tour of Cockatoo Island….

“I’ve always been told I have an OK eye for photography but I have to take lots of photos of the same thing to find something that looks good. The biggest problem of this was that I always shot in auto mode despite having a Canon DSLR camera, so naturally I don’t know what the camera has done to make it look good…
Auto mode is exactly what Christine Bernasconi of Click, Walk Learn Photography Tours promised I will never use again! With a 30 minute run through of how to set the camera to Aperture Priority mode we were off and away around picturesque Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour with Christine pointing out potential shoots with gentle guidance on what might make the shot a winner.
Aperture, depth of field, exposure compensation, even black and white – it was all informative and understandable. And what I loved was that the tour wasn’t rigid, if I saw something off to the side I could just wander away and experiment before finding my way back to the group. Christine also knows her cameras and was very patient when explaining something that took my head a while to get around.
A week later I had my critique back with very encouraging words and further advice on what I could try with the shot again in the future. Also I found friends and family who have liked my photos from the past, LOVED the photos from this tour. So if you want to simply and easily learn how to get off Auto Mode all the while exploring some great locations and taking amazing shots then I can’t recommend Click Walk Learn Photograph Tours with Christine Bernasconi enough.
And Christine was right, I will never use Auto Mode again!”

Glenn Martin, Canberra

Phew, that blew my head off!! Thanks so much Glenn, here are some of his pics, I’m sure you’ll agree, he’s a natural and has a wonderful eye for photography…..

I have had a tour on Cockatoo Island, a couple of private tours and have designed a new tour at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This advanced tour is designed to make YOU a better photographer….
It’s for anyone thats done a basic tour with me (or who knows their stuff) and wants to up their skills. We will explore portraiture (of animals – of course) plus continuous focusing and the use of polarizing filters…The date is set for the Saturday 17th May, if you’re interested, navigate here to find out all the details and secure your booking.
My next tour basic photography tour (for everyone) is at The Rocks on Saturday 29th March…..if you want to learn more about your camera and photography…navigate here to join me and explore the wonderful world of your camera.

I’m also in the process of releasing a few other tours outside of Sydney and can’t wait to share all the info with you…

Last, but not least, here’s a pic of me explaining how to photograph a ‘hills hoist’ taken by the lovely Sophie…..(really does that need explanation?)…

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For now though, I have a full tour of Canberra tomorrow for some SUPER enthusiastic photographers in our nations capital Canberra…I can’t wait to get there…

until next time,
happy clicking,

Chris:)

Not sure what to do on a rainy Saturday in Sydney? Read this….

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Yep, it’s a rainy Saturday in Sydney. The click.walk.learn tour of The Rocks that was scheduled for today has been postponed due to the unpredictability of this weather!

So are you looking for something to do today that still fits in around ‘photography?’

There are a few awesome photography exhibitions on in Sydney at the moment..

Head to the Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst to view a thought provoking and emotional exhibition by 702 ABC Sydney multi-media journalist John Donegan.

‘Fighting Fire with Fire’ documents the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires. John spent a week with the crews defending the Faulconbridge area and recorded this portrait of the volunteers fighting these devastating and ravaging fires.

The exhibition runs from 26th Feb – 15th March. The Gallery hours are 11-6pm Wed to Saturday.

The other exhibition I’ll be checking out today is at the Justice & Police MuseumCnr Albert & Phillip Sts, Circular Quay.

‘Suburban Noir’ is an exhibition highlighting crime scenes in Sydney during the 1950’s and 60’s. Watch the video below, it’s a definite ‘not to miss’ exhibition. The museum is open today from 10am to 5pm and this exhibition runs through to April (weekends only.)

The museum is also holding two other exhibitions: don’t miss ‘City of Shadows’ and ‘Collision:misadventure by motorcar’ – these two fabulous exhibitions highlight crime and misconduct on the streets of Sydney from days gone bye.

Have a wonderful day

Happy clicking

Chris