Lake Eucumbene…..heaven on earth

I’ve written about Lake Eucumbene before…

It holds a very special place in the hearts of everyone in our family…

Every Easter, some, or all of the family head to a private property situated on the shores of Cobrabald Bay, Lake Eucumbene, NSW.

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This years trip was fabulous. We all enjoyed each others company, sitting around the kitchen table talking, eating chocolate, playing boggle and just being together.. Of course there was the fishing, but this year not one fish was caught!!

Naturally, I took the camera with me and really enjoyed photographing with my neice Claire and family friend Kimberley.

The weather provided many seasons in a day, which meant I could photograph many of the fantastic landscapes in so many ways…

We drove to Adaminaby for the annual Easter fair and then to the remains of ‘Old Adaminaby.’

I love the story of the original town of Adaminaby 🙂

In 1949, the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme announced that the town would be flooded to make way for a large dam – Lake Eucumbene.

The residents were given three options for a location for their town, and surprisingly chose a site 7km NE from the original town.

In 1956 the painstaking work began on moving the buildings to the site of the new town. Some buildings were demolished, other’s were left in their original location – St Mary’s Catholic Church was taken down brick by brick and rebuilt in its new location.

Within 18 months all 102 buildings were moved to the new town on the highway and life returned to normal for the residents of Adaminaby. In 1957 the flooding of the Eucumbene Valley commenced and by 1958 construction of the ‘Eucumbene Dam’ was complete.

Under the waters of Lake Eucumbene still lay the remains of the old town – including brick and stone building foundations, a brick pit, farming machinery, fence posts, the main road and the town’s six mile bridge.

We saw some steps and the remains of a couple of old buildings scattered along the edge of the lake.. I kept peering into the water wondering what it would be like to see the town in its watery grave…

In 2007 the dam’s capacity was at a record low of 9.4%. Parts of the old town ‘reappeared.’ Many relics, buildings, steps and farm machinery were ‘revisited’ by locals and tourists at this time.

The rest of the weekend was spent taking more photos, relaxing and enjoying the magnificent scenery.

If you would like more information about this fantastic part of NSW visit lakeeucumbene.com

Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the photos as a slideshow:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

 

 

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 🙂

A beautiful Japanese garden in the centre of Sydney….

This week I visited the ‘Botanical Gardens’ in Auburn, Sydney.

I haven’t been there for years. It’s a place I used to visit when my boys were young…

This time I visited to enjoy the sunshine and take some macro photography shots.

The gardens are ‘Japanese’ style…I was blown away by the peacefulness and serenity I experienced…There were so many beautiful flowers with such vivid colour – and you know how much I love colour 🙂

Entry was free on a week day and we enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around in the glorious sunshine.

All these pics were taken on my Canon 5D MKlll with a canon 100mm f2.8 L series macro lens. I added a slight amount of contrast to them in lightroom, otherwise the rich, vibrant colour is exactly what I saw…

If you would like to know more about the ‘Botanical Gardens’ at Auburn – click here.

Click on the first pic to view the photos as a slideshow…Enjoy 🙂

 

Rachel, Adam & beautiful baby Jack

I really get to photograph some beautiful moments in life.

Having a baby is a huge moment, and I feel blessed to be part of that for a lot of families.

Rachel and Adam gave birth to gorgeous baby Jack earlier this year.

I had a wonderful time photographing the family. Adam and Rachel really enjoyed the experience and now have lots of wonderful photos PLUS a gorgeous photo book that they are giving copies of to everyone in the family….

Thanks Rachel and Adam for a fantastic day…

If you’d like a photoshoot of your baby, please contact me at bernasconiphotography.com or feel free to leave a comment below.

happy clicking

Chris 🙂

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How to create an AWESOME panorama using PHOTOMERGE in photoshop

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I have travelled to some amazing places.

I have recently had some time to go through some images from my trip to Italy….to be more specific….Lake Como…

Beautiful. Stunning. Inspiring…

I took a series of images from the ferry on the way to Gravedona – a beautiful town on the northern shores of Lake Como.

How do you shoot for a stitched image?

Use a tripod. In this case I was in holiday mode – so no tripod 🙂

Always shoot in PORTRAIT orientation – This will give you a taller panorama and allow more room for cropping.

My BEST tip? Take a pic of your hand BEFORE AND AFTER your series of images. This makes it so much easier when editing in Lightroom, I clearly know which images I want to use for my stitched panorama.

Shooting from the left, overlap your images by approximately 40% – {this didn’t happen in this case, the ferry was moving too fast!}

Keep your APERTURE constant for the entire series of images.  This will ensure the DEPTH OF FIELD is consistent in the final panorama. Also make sure your FOCAL LENGTH is the same for each image – {All the images were shot at f13 at 105mm focal length.}

I like to shoot a stitch in MANUALmode. Take a few test shots to determine correct exposure. Here are my 5 images.

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How did I edit this image?

I loaded all the raw images into LIGHTROOM.

HIGHLIGHT all the images for your panorama in Lightroom – click on the first image, hold down the SHIFT key, and click on the last image.

Click ‘CONTROL E’ which will open all the images up in photoshop {I’m using CS5.}

In Photoshop, click on ‘FILE’ then ‘AUTOMATE’ then ‘PHOTOMERGE.’ 

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This screen will open up.

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Click on ‘ADD OPEN FILES.’

‘AUTO‘ is the default button selected on the left. I use this function most of the time. You can experiment with the others for optimum results. Click ‘OKAY’ and watch your panorama stitch together before your eyes.

You’ll end up seeing a version of your panorama that looks something like this.

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When Photomerge finishes,, you will have a single panorama with each image on a separate layer.

Zoom into 100% and check the seams between the images. If everything looks OK, FLATTEN the image by going into the LAYERS menu and clicking ‘FLATTEN IMAGE.’

Crop a rectangular composition of your stitched panorama. This is where shooting ‘VERTICALLY’ really makes a difference. You have a lot more room to ‘CROP.’

And there you have it, a FANTASTIC large panorama of your series of images.

Make any adjustments you like to your final image. I always add some contrast and some vibrance.

In this case I also had to muck around with the ‘lake’…and the different tones.

Please be aware these files are usually HUGE…and may take up a bit more storage room than usual.

So, next time you’re out shooting and can’t fit everything in the frame, consider shooting a SERIES of images to create an awesome panorama 🙂

happy clicking

Chris

 

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