Some travel spots

New Zealand, Flinders Island and Switzerland - landscapes are always a favourite


Moving away just for a moment from landscape and portraiture, 'Shadows' was a recent competition theme at the Camera Club

We love Portrait Photography as well as Landscapes!

Massai Warrior. Lady in Flower. Pensive One.

Other coastal photographs

Paddler prepares... taken at Aspendale beach some time ago and... Mordialloc one night

2017 Welcome - a long exposure - local renowned location

I wish everyone a safe and happy 2017 with your dreams coming to fruition. Here are some long exposure shots at Mentone and nearby beaches in Melbourne.  

Fleurieu Peninsula

Had a recent enjoyable trip to South Australia for the Australian Photographic Society Annual Convention APSCON. There were a number of excursions, one day exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Scotland and Paris

One rural,. the other urban - a contract of views from a recent trip to Europe

Just because....

This is from the recent trip to UK/Europe. Near Bolton, north England. I find it uplifting - strong green colour and flowers - who doesn't like flowers!@?

Just because ... near Bolton UK

Switzerland - wonderful one day, magnifique the next

Renowned for its magnificent Alpine views and green valleys Switzerland did not disappoint. Photos are from Murren, Allmendhubel, Jungfrau and Schilthorn

Trip to UK and Europe

A wonderful time was had on the recent trip to UK and Europe. Photographic highlights for me in UK would include the Lake District in north of England (around Grassmere and Windermere) and the Scottish Highlands (thank you Barbara and Ray McKenna). Here are a few samples of landscape photos from these fine areas.



Tip & Photo of the Day

Here is a tip on lightening selected parts of a photograph.

Tip - Lighten or brighten selected parts of a photograph (eg eyes)

There are many different methods to do this. One method is to use the High key option in Nik software which comes free from Google 

From Photoshop, load up the Nik Add in. Select the High Key option from the Color Efex Pro module of Nik. Apply the high key effect to the % extent you wish within Nik, save and return to Photoshop. This will create a new layer within Photoshop. Add a black-filled in layer mask in Photoshop (press the Alt key when choosing Add Layer Mask). Now finally, use the Brush Tool within the eyes in the image to selectively apply the high key effect. You will probably want to reduce the opacity of the layer to 50% or less - but use your judgement.

Image of the day - Off Course

A Splash of Colour

Our imagination can be captured by intense colours. I love colour. It can influence mood, emotion more generally and evoke particular feelings.

VAPS Convention (Victorian Amateur Photographic Association)

Couldn't make the VAPS Convention unfortunately - apparently this year, at Albury, it was very successful.  One DRAMAQUEENPHOTOGRAPHY image "Market Man" did receive a merit under Portraits section and will be one of ten Colour prints to represent Victoria at the Australian Photographic Society annual APSCON Conference. More details of the VAPS Convention at

Kenya - more from recent trip

Again, warmest thanks to mama Brian and family for their hospitality.


Kenya is a land of contrasts. In the East of Africa, the country borders with Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Kenya is renowned for its many wildlife reserves and sanctuaries particularly those dedicated to the care of baby elephants. Photos here are of Nairobi, its National Park, Embu and its surrounding towns. Portraits are of respectively driver, elephant keeper and Massai warrior.

With the Warmest of thanks and love to Mama Brian and family.


I love coastal. This is where the sky meets the sea which meets the land. What a trio! Our camera club has Coastal as a theme in March. Here are a few photographs that didn't make my cut. 

Click here for my LENS MIST Photographic Award 2016 shortlisted photograph.

LENS Mist 2016 - shortlisted

My image 'Light at Beau' has been shortlisted for the 2016 Lens Mist Photographic Awards. The theme of Lens Mist in 2016 is "light". 

From the LENS MIST 2016 website:-

Kingston Arts’ popular annual Photography Award and Exhibition, Lens Mist returns in 2016! Artists of all ages and abilities were invited to submit an image for the chance to be featured in an exhibition and be in the running to win over $7,000 worth of prizes!

Artists were asked to provide a creative response to Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay, employing originality, imagination and technique. The theme for 2016 is: Light.

Entries will be judged by industry professionals and finalists will feature in an exhibition at the Mordialloc Fine Food, Wine and Music Festival and Westfield Southland in March 2016.


Best Photograph - $5000 cash prize sponsored by City of Kingston

People’s Choice Award - $2000 gift card sponsored by Westfield Southland


Mordialloc Fine Food, Wine and Music Festival, Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 March 2016.

Westfield Southland, the second week in March 2016.