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by Maris
20 Sep 2021, 11:25
Forum: Places
Topic: Cork oaks morning
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Cork oaks morning

An excellent example of photography made difficult. Everything is biassed against success: shadowed black and grey tree trunks, intense backlighting, and the sun itself in the picture. But it works! Is your Fuji wide angle lens the one with the EBC coating and the notable flare resistance? Maybe the...
by Maris
19 Sep 2021, 13:07
Forum: Places
Topic: Republican Morning Light, Bondi Beach
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Republican Morning Light, Bondi Beach

That's nice oblique light bringing out the fake shingles on the bays and pelmets. It must have been a popular architectural trope a hundred years ago because the building next door bears those shingles as well.
Republican? Too subtle for me even though the clue must be in plain sight.
by Maris
11 Sep 2021, 12:08
Forum: Things
Topic: A bit of cush
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: A bit of cush

Perfect visual pizza! Good work in keeping the tripod legs out of the picture without letting the centre of gravity of the system stray too far from middle. If you find pointing the camera straight down is tricky think of the day you will want to point it straight up.
by Maris
11 Sep 2021, 11:43
Forum: Places
Topic: Wattles on Mt Ainslie
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Wattles on Mt Ainslie

These are classic near-far compositions with the close in blossoms showing individual wattle flowers and the far trees showing wattles en masse. A cute and fancy art word for this style is repoussoir where an off-centre foreground object directs the viewers gaze into things more distant.
by Maris
11 Sep 2021, 11:29
Forum: Things
Topic: En-deadened acacia
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: En-deadened acacia

Found it! That spider web in the upper right corner is so subtle. Had to go to a big enlargement on Flickr to see it. That ugly branch is the perfect skeletal finger pointing at a tiny visual gem.
by Maris
04 Sep 2021, 13:41
Forum: Things
Topic: Fiddler's Terraced Staircase
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Fiddler's Terraced Staircase

There's a lot of weight in those stones and the tiled roof in the background fends off the intrusion of a bright sky. Could this be convict era work? I see no evidence of a handrail or any other concession to safety. And if this was modern work there ought to be a wheelchair ramp as well. I'd insist...
by Maris
31 Aug 2021, 09:40
Forum: People
Topic: Self Portrait, Afternoon Couch, Surry Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Self Portrait, Afternoon Couch, Surry Hills

Yes, Walter it was at chez Undy in the Excelsior on Elizabeth street. TMY in the 4x5 format used to come in 100 sheet boxes for less than $1 per sheet if one dodged the 22% sales tax on it. It was a genuine 400 speed film and I bought up big on it, froze it, and used it well past the official expiry...
by Maris
30 Aug 2021, 11:25
Forum: People
Topic: Self Portrait, Afternoon Couch, Surry Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Self Portrait, Afternoon Couch, Surry Hills

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50020832308_c1d4153d46_c.jpg Self Portrait, Afternoon Couch, Surry Hills Gelatin-silver photograph on Ultrafine Silver Eagle VC FB photographic paper, image size 16.3cm X 21.5cm, from a 4x5 Kodak Tmax 400 negative exposed in a Tachihara 45GF field view camera fit...
by Maris
22 Aug 2021, 11:38
Forum: Things
Topic: Former Glory — Wentworth Park, N.S.W.
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Former Glory — Wentworth Park, N.S.W.

A fascinating sequence. The power of Street View shows 39 Bellevue Street has preserved and re-pointed elements of the existing stonework. Walter, the renovation looks to be mildly sympathetic to the original grandeur you celebrated in your first photograph.
by Maris
21 Aug 2021, 11:42
Forum: Things
Topic: Former Glory — Wentworth Park, N.S.W.
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Former Glory — Wentworth Park, N.S.W.

What a ruin, both picturesque and melancholy; so many details and stages of decay. And if I'm not mistaken there right in the middle is a little fig tree growing straight out of the stone wall. Well seen Walter.

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