Balloon spectacular in Canberra

Phew, it’s been a very busy couple of weeks..

Lots of tours, photography jobs, competitions and more!!

Whilst I was in Canberra {one of my favourite places}, I met up with 12 other members from the click walk learn VIP group and we photographed the Balloon Spectacular.

It was a super early start, there were more than 20 balloons setting up in front of old Parliament House…It was fantastic!!

We followed them from the launching area down to the Commonwealth Bridge…the sunrise was amazing and the balloons were an awesome spectacle in the sky..

Here are my pics from the morning out…thanks everyone for your input and support of click walk learn…YOU MADE MY DAY!!

Breakfast afterwards was great, lots of conversation about photography and how to get the ‘perfect’ shot!!

Click on the first photo to view the pics as a slide show 🙂

 

 

Update from the ‘Grateful Project’

Hi everyone,

The last few days I’ve been grateful for places I’ve been, people I’ve loved and things I have – The geraniums in the garden, my Nan, and my Go Pro Video Camera.

What are you grateful for today?

It’s not too late to join ‘The Grateful Project.’

Join me by taking a photo every day for a month of something you are grateful for!

This exercise will help with your photography creativity PLUS it’s great food for the soul.

If you’d like to be involved, Just post a photo everyday of something you’re grateful for onto the Christine Bernasconi Photography Facebook page {click here}.

‘Like’ the page and include the hashtag #berngratefulproject in the description and write a few words underneath telling the story of your photo….

If you are not on facebook, you can email me your daily photo to bernasconiphotography@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell me what you are grateful for!!

Enjoy the pics 🙂

Day seventeen  – I’m grateful for the beautiful colours in my garden that make me smile…I love the geraniums….they remind me of Italy…xxx rockin the ‘nifty fifty’ 1.4 prime lens

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Day eighteen  – Today my brother and I were talking about my Nan, a wonderful woman who had a huge impact in my life….I’m grateful that I had her in my life and that now I stay connected with her by wearing her wedding ring – which fits on my pinky…thats how tiny she was…miss you Nan xxx

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Day seventeen  –Today I’m grateful for my GoPro. Not only is it an awesome video camera, it takes great pics up close and really distorts the image. I’m also grateful to my supermodel – Miss Molly and the fact that we got back from our walk before the storm:)

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More from the ‘Grateful Project’

Hi everyone,

There is always something to be grateful for – for me over the past few days it’s been my daily meditation, a beautiful drive and meeting a whole lot of wonderful, passionate people.

What are you grateful for today?

It’s not too late to join ‘The Grateful Project.’

Join me by taking a photo every day for a month of something you are grateful for!

This exercise will help with your photography creativity PLUS it’s great food for the soul.

If you’d like to be involved, Just post a photo everyday of something you’re grateful for onto the Christine Bernasconi Photography Facebook page {click here}.

‘Like’ the page and include the hashtag #berngratefulproject in the description and write a few words underneath telling the story of your photo….

If you are not on facebook, you can email me your daily photo to bernasconiphotography@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell me what you are grateful for!!

Enjoy the pics 🙂

Day fourteen  – I’m grateful for my daily meditation. It leaves me feeling centred, focused and most of all peaceful.

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Day fifteen – I’m grateful for our drive to Canberra on such a gorgeous day.

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Day sixteen  – I’m grateful to all the wonderful people I met in Canberra over the weekend who joined me on a photography tour..

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Some more pics from the ‘Grateful Project’

Hi everyone,

I’ve had a wonderful weekend away in Canberra, a trip to the beach and lunch with a wonderful friend…

What are you grateful for in your life?

It’s not too late to join ‘The Grateful Project.’

Join me by taking a photo every day for a month of something you are grateful for!

This exercise will help with your photography creativity PLUS it’s great food for the soul.

If you’d like to be involved, Just post a photo everyday of something you’re grateful for onto the Christine Bernasconi Photography Facebook page {click here}.

‘Like’ the page and include the hashtag #berngratefulproject in the description and write a few words underneath telling the story of your photo….

If you are not on facebook, you can email me your daily photo to bernasconiphotography@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell me what you are grateful for!!

Enjoy the pics 🙂

Day ten  – I’m grateful for the beautiful flowers and colour I experienced at Floriade in Canberra..

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Day eleven  – I’m grateful for the men that fought for us and make me proud to be an Australian.

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Day twelve  – I’m grateful for an afternoon at ‘Little Austi’ with Ray and Molly…The weather was fantastic and Molly LOVED her first visit to the beach.

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Day thirteen  – I’m grateful for my lovely friend Voula. Our friendship is so special. We pick up where we left off and connect with each other so well. She always makes me smile.

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Thanks for the good times Dame Quentin Bryce

It’s been a long road as a photographer.

Getting noticed and getting your name out there is a big part of the process.

I have worked tirelessly for Assistance Dogs Australia and Dame Quentin Bryce was the first ‘famous person’ I photographed.

I was part of a media contingent and was {looking back} way out of my league.

She was an absolute class act.

She was warm, considerate and absolutely cared about every single person she met.

I was the new kid on the block and she new that…

I took her to a more photographic place at Yarralumla to take a portrait of her with her namesake assistance dog ‘Quentin.”

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She couldn’t have been more accomodating.

I got a great shot which subsequently raised my profile as a photographer.

Thanks Quentin, I personally want to wish you all the best. You made me feel ‘normal’ and made me feel as is ‘famous people’ were normal too.

I had the privilege of photographing her another few times during her role as Governor General and I really thank Assistance Dogs Australia for giving me the opportunity to photograph such a high profile Australian.

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Today is the day she exits her role as ‘Governor General of Australia.’ Thanks for all you’ve given us as a female Governor General of Australia, you are a wonderful woman and I really enjoyed meeting you.

enjoy the family and the grandkids….and by the way, pink is also my favourite colour….

yours sincerely

 

Chris Bernasconi

http://www.bernasconiphtoography.com

 

 

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:)

Canberra – Our nations capital – as good as ever!

Canberra – Our nations capital…The negatives? Cold. Really cold. And too many roundabouts.

The positives? You can gain access to some of our most iconic buildings, memorials and museums including The High Court of Australia. The War Memorial. Parliament House. The Embassies. And many more. Visually its absolutely fantastic!

As a photographer I was blown away by what I was able to do within these buildings. I was able to use my tripod and was actually welcomed into these spaces with my camera. Nothing was an issue…it was really amazing. I live in a time where there are so many places I can’t go with my camera.

You really MUST plan a trip to Canberra. Everywhere we visited had FREE ADMISSION.

On the way we called into Collector, a tiny historic township situated half way between Goulburn and Canberra. It was so quaint. We had a coffee there and turned into a side street to get back to the highway…thats when we found the cemetery 🙂

We travelled past what was ‘Lake George’. It was very different to what I remember as a child…..The wind turbines weren’t there for a start……

Our first stop in Canberra was the High Court of Australia. A really interesting building with lots of layers and angles, ramps and stairways, beautiful, colourful artworks.

I loved it…

The Australian War Memorial, its one of my all time favourite places. I love the actual building itself and the way you can look straight down to Parliament House. Its so ordered and structured. We spent quite a while checking out the various areas of the memorial and LOVED hearing the Last Post played at 4.50pm during the closing ceremony.

Parliament House sits majestically on Capital Hill. There are over 4,700 rooms of which many are open to the public. I took lots of shots in and around the main foyer area, other areas of the building and from outside. It is just FANTASTIC!

So get yourself to Canberra – it truly is a wonderful educational experience!!

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Photo of the day…Beautiful red Tulips

I love tulips..

Actually I love all flowers….especially when they are super colourful.

This shot was taken at ‘Floriade’, Australia’s largest flower festival held in Canberra each year in September.

It is a great place to enjoy the flowers and take lots of pics 🙂

I hope all the Mums had a great ‘Mothers Day’ yesterday and enjoyed their special day.

I know I did…