Australia

She Collects Seashells…

by Kristi Hines

She collects seashells down by the seashore. That was me the last day of our Australia adventure – I hit the motherload of seashell collections!

She Collects Seashells by the Seashore

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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A Wallaby with Noms

by Kristi Hines

Over the weekend, I went through my favorite photos from Australia. I’m definitely ready to get back there again, especially since I was a little less knowledgeable about photography and wound up shooting most things at a ridiculous ISO. And I mean ridiculous. But this was one of my favorite parts of the trip – feeding the wallabies. This guy was pretty happy with his noms!

Wallaby with Noms

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Koala on the Move

by Kristi Hines

Further down the Great Ocean Road, we decided to take a detour towards the Camp Otway Lightstation. We didn’t make it all the way down to it because we noticed a bunch of people standing under a tree. We pulled off the road, grabbed our cameras, and found out what the fuss was about – there were koalas in the trees.

Ironically, we took a hike the day before to see koalas in “Koala Country” at Anakie Gorge and saw only one. After driving just a bit down this road, we ended up seeing around 11. This is one of them, holding on to its favorite spot on the branch.

Koala in Eucalyptus Tree Down Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 300mm, 1/500s – F/5.6, ISO 900
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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I have seen many sand castles in my lifetime, and even created a few simple ones (we’re talking back in the 80’s with the little pails that came with happy meals from McDonalds). But that’s beside the point. This sand castle was more than just someone shaping the sand. They managed to collect all of the random, unique, and beautiful items from the beach and put them together to create a little castle wonderland.

Sand Castle at Red Rocks Beach Phillip Island Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 28mm, 1/125s – F/5.6, ISO 180
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Sweet Magnolia

by Kristi Hines

I’m a product of the South, from good ole Mississippi. So imagine my surprise when I was halfway across the world and I found my state’s flower, the magnolia, in Australia of all unlikely places.

Sweet Magnolia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Emu Sees You

by Kristi Hines

Some stars are born ready for their closeup. This bird was definitely one of them – she gave me a little time to get a great face forward shot before wandering away.

Emu Closeup

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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The Waves Crash Around

by Kristi Hines

This was another stop off the Great Ocean Road in Australia. It was before I knew about HDR and the need for clouds instead of blue skies, but I think for the beach, blue skies are just perfect!

Great Ocean Road

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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The Pier

by Kristi Hines

Another shot from my pre-HDR days. But I still love the composition.

A special thanks to my husband, whose Photoshop skills saved this (and a full day’s worth of photos) from a silly S shaped dust spot that was on my sensor.

The Pier

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Sunset Painted Skies

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a beautiful sunset!

Sunset Painted Skies

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Baby Elephant at Play

by Kristi Hines

Good Monday morning everyone! This shot was taken at the Melbourne Zoo. While watching a family of elephants walk through their playground, this little guy decided it was time for a cool down near the water.

Baby Elephant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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An Evening at the Pinnacles

This is another shot from Australia. If I had it over again, I would have learned about HDR before going on that trip, but I think despite that I still got some lovely compositions, including this one before sunset.

Sunset at the Pinnacles

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Mysterious Apostle

One of the places my husband was looking forward to shooting the most was The Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I saw one video of the place, but really nothing can convey the beauty of it all until you are standing along the viewing points looking out into the ocean and at these monstrous formations.

Be sure to also check out Jason’s shot of this awesome place, which is currently sitting on the front page of HDR Spotting.

Mysterious Twelve Apostles Formation

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Meet Jim

Jim is a friendly lad that Jason and I got the pleasure of meeting at Maru Animal Park in Australia. He was getting ready for a morning nap (because koalas like to sleep for about 22 hours a day), but he perked up just a bit when we got to get up close and personal with him.

Jim the Koala at Maru Animal Park
Jim the Koala at Maru Animal Park

After we finished petting him, I stuck my camera underneath the branch he was resting on to get a closeup. And yes, they’re just as cuddly and cute in person as you would imagine they would be.

Jim the Koala at Maru Animal Park

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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It’s Been Two Days

Meerkat

“It’s been two days. No rapture. What gives?”

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Countryside

One thing that I liked about Australia was the familiar feeling of the countryside. Some parts reminded me of driving through rural Mississippi. And then there were scenes like this one that just made me have to jump out on the side of the road to capture the moment.

The Countryside

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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The Waves

Today’s shot is one I consider a bit abstract in the sense that there isn’t a lot of “reference” to the overall scene and location. It was taken near the London Bridge along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. You couldn’t actually get to the beach, which is probably why it was so pristine and beautiful. I just loved watching the waves rush onto the beach.

Beach Along the Great Ocean Road Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Baby Koala

I always feel that starting the week with something cute is a great way to go, so here is a photo from one of my favorite moments in Australia – getting up close to a baby koala!

Baby Koala

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Starfish on the Beach

I was worried about this little guy at first, because he looked pretty stuck. Then the waves came and took him back out where he belonged, but not before I got a good shot of him.

Starfish on the Beach

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Four Legged Friends on the Beach

I’m not sure what kind of dog this is, but he was a cutie, so I couldn’t resist getting a quick shot of him and his reflection on the beach along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Dog on the Beach

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Wet Purple Aeonium

It took me a while to figure out what this was, but since I’m a Google master I eventually found it. This succulent was especially beautiful with the water drops sitting on it after the sprinklers had gone off nearby, so I couldn’t resist giving it a closeup.

Purple Aeonium Succulent

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/250s – F/6.3, ISO 1600
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Freak Power Graffiti

While doing a little urban exploration through St. Kilda Beach, we stumbled upon some awesome street art next to the Palais Theatre that my husband shot. Freak power never looked so beautiful in my opinion.

Graffiti Street Art in St. Kilda Beach Melbourne Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 32mm, 1/160s – F/6.3, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Eternal Flame

In Melbourne, Australia, there is a Shrine of Remembrance dedicated to all of the men and women of Australia who have served in war, from World War I through today. The Eternal Flame represents eternal life, and is kept alight at all times.

I’ve always had a fascination with fire, which started with the occasional burning of fall leaves in the back yard as a child and has now developed into an interest in photographing flames such as this.

The Eternal Flame - Dancing Fire Flames at the Shrine of Remembrance

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Water Lily Blossom

This lovely water lily was a surprising find in one of the botanical gardens in Melbourne. I had to walk a little bit off the path and balance on some stones going into the water to get this shot, but it was well worth a possible impromptu pond diving experience.

Water Lily Blossom

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 500
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Black Bird at the Pinnacles

There were several large black birds scattered throughout the hike from Cape Woolamai beach to the Pinnacles where my husband did some shots at sunset. While he was finding his best landscape shot angles, I went a little further down the trail to spot some wallabies and other wildlife.

Black Bird at the Pinnacles Cape Woolamai Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 180mm, 1/500s – F/5.6, ISO 800
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Seashell Treasure Chest at the Beach

One of the things I enjoy when going to the beach is collecting seashells. While walking along one of the beaches down the Great Ocean Road, I walked through a rocky area where there were these holes filled with water, seaweed-like stuff, rocks, and of course, some awesome seashells. This one is a particularly colorful one that I wanted to capture and remember. I now have one of the shells out of it in my collection.

Seashell Treasure Chest on a Beach Down the Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 62mm, 1/500s – F/5.6, ISO 140
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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