VIVID Sydney….through my eyes

Vivid Light transforms our beautiful city into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures and super cool light installations for everyone to enjoy – for free. It is the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery.’

Last week I took off to visit VIVID SYDNEY 2015 with my photography buddy Kris…

We had a great night out and particularly enjoyed the ‘back street’ installations this year..

If you are into photography, or just want to enjoy the colourful lights head to VIVID SYDNEY…This event runs until the 8th June…

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

Wilbur & Woody…Assistance Dogs to the Rescue….

I know I’ve said this before, but photographing beautiful labradors and Golden Retrievers is SO MUCH FUN!!

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing ‘Woody’ & ‘Wilbur’ for Assistance Dogs Australia. my favourite organisation:)

These two 16 week old labradors {who are SO super cute} are involved in a new Assistance Dogs initiative – helping children with Autism.

The program is called ‘PAWS’ – Parents Autism Workshop and Support. For more info click here.

The pups are placed with a ‘Puppy Educator’ at 8 weeks of age to share experiences and offer help to a child with autism on a day to day basis.

These pups were gorgeous….enjoy the pics:)

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

 

 

Autumn really is SO, SO beautiful…check out these pics from the Southern Highlands of NSW

Getting out and about with my camera is one of my favourite things…

Last weekend, the Southern Highlands Botanical Gardens hosted the ‘Autumn Open Gardens’ weekend…

We visited the area last Sunday and for me, it totally nourished my soul and had me clicking like crazy 🙂

The first garden we visited at Bowral was ‘Bellagio’…WOW…who lives like that? They had a lake, an outdoor kitchen that looked like my indoor kitchen and two waterfalls…unbelievable!!

We also visited three other gardens in the rain and practised ‘what to do’ when the rain falls in relation to photography….hmmm…that was interesting 🙂

During the rain especially, we practised ‘macro’ photography…It is SO technical and had all of us on our toes…

Macro is an area of photography that I particularly love…as you focus on a ‘small’ area of a scene…lots of new ‘subjects’ come to light…..

Flowers, plants, statues and garden beds were all photographed..

Enjoy the pics..

Click on the first pic to start the slideshow….

 

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:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light painting workshop with Peter Soleness

 

As a photographer, I believe that continually learning and trying new ideas is integral to keeping your creativity alive and honing your skills.

Last Friday night I participated in a FANTASTIC light painting workshop. Peter Solness is an award winning photographer who excels in this area of photography – he truly is the master!

The workshop was held in Centennial Park Sydney. We practised inside painting flowers with different lighting effects, then outside to paint some tree’s and statues. I loved it and plan to try a lot more of this technique in the future.

If you would like to see more of Peter’s work or participate in one of his workshops click here.

Painting the flowers with red torch light.
Painting the flowers with red torch light.
Painting the flowers with red torch light and adding a 'moving light' background.
Painting the flowers with red torch light and adding a ‘moving light’ background.
Natural colour of the flowers plus a 'moving light' background.
Natural colour of the flowers plus a ‘moving light’ background.
Natural light flowers back lit with a 'moving light' background.
Natural light flowers back lit with a ‘moving light’ background.
Light painting.
Light painting.
Experimenting with different white balance effects.
Experimenting with different white balance effects.
Painting the statue blue combined with a moving light for a 'fire' effect.
Painting the statue blue combined with a moving light for a ‘fire’ effect.
Light painting.
Light painting.
Light painting combined with a moving, coloured torch effect.
Light painting combined with a moving, coloured torch effect.

 

The Grateful Project

It’s been a lovely few days – I’ve seen lots of friends and spent time with people that make me smile 🙂

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 twenty five –  I am grateful for my beautiful friend Leesa. We connect so well – thanks for a lovely afternoon Leesa 🙂

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Day twenty six – I am grateful for the beautiful gerbera’s my friend Leesa bought me….They are my favourite flower – natures perfection.

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Day twenty seven – I am grateful for the gorgeous children Holly & Sam that I spent some time with on Sunday..I forgot how much children make me smile…Thank you for the beautiful bracelet Holly 🙂

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More to be grateful for…

I’ve been away in Central Australia and saw some amazing sights. I have SO much to be grateful for…

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 twenty two_BP_9664  –I have a few grateful days to catch up on! I am grateful to have seen Ayers Rock – up close and personal and from a helicopter. I was in awe of it’s size, colour and textures…It really is as awesome as everyone says it is!

Day twenty three – I am grateful to have seen some of the most extraordinary sunsets ever in the outback…Nature at it’s best.

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Day twenty four – I am grateful for the peace and sense of space the outback gave to me. Just what I needed….

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