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Great Romantics and various other surprises ...

October 28th, 2015

Great Romantics and various other surprises ...

Recently, I've been downloading some free for commercial use images from Pixabay to use in my Photographic Art, and as I believe in paying forward as well as back, I have also posted a few of my own photographs for others to use.

Today, as a matter of curiosity, I searched Google images as I do periodically to see who is using my images and for what they are being used.

One of my images, originally titled "Autumn on Wombat Hill", and retitled "Autumn" for Pixabay (my camera data tells me) was originally taken with my Canon EOS 450D on 20/04/2010 at 17:22:37 in the Wombat Botanical Gardens in Daylesford, Victoria.

It was a total delight to discover my image on the cover of a classical music album, "Great Romantics" by Greek pianist, Apostolis Palios - Chopin and Schuman being two of my favourite composers! Full marks to the producers of this album for paying the courtesy of crediting me with copyright of the original image on the back cover!

I was very happy to see my image used on several gardening blogs and websites, as well as a naturopathic healthcare website, a poetry site, a couple of psychologists, a psychoanalyst and as the Header for a South American site advertising National Parks.

I was a little surprised to see a Japanese site advertising the beauty of the Nara Prefecture in Autumn, especially as my image was taken thousands of miles away in Australia.

Ditto, an Italian site using my image to extol the virtues of the parks and gardens of Florence, even claiming the image as "from the Casine at the Iris Garden".

Never let the truth get in the way of a good advertisement, obviously!

It almost goes without saying that there were at least two shops on Zazzle who are selling my image as posters and claiming it as their own!

But the one that absolutely floored me was Psychic, Cate Communicates, on Google Plus, who used my image (for which she has yet to thank me, by the way!) below the caption, "No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks". And, what's more, she has claimed it as her own by adding bogus camera information.

My image, "Autumn", has been downloaded from Pixabay 382 times.

Only 10 people have taken the time to click like, and 11 have left stars (most likely the same people).

Not one person has bothered to say thank you, or leave a comment.

I know I shouldn't be surprised, human nature being what it is, perhaps aghast would be a better word!

It has taken seven years ...

July 11th, 2015

It has taken seven years ...

Everybody has a story. I've hesitated to tell mine but I think that perhaps I can now look back on it without becoming too emotional ... Please click the link if you'd like to read My Story

My work in The Louvre

July 1st, 2015

My work in The Louvre

I am so amazed, thrilled and honored to announce that my work, ďA different road ...Ē has been chosen to appear as part of a digital exhibition to be held in THE LOUVRE Museum, Paris, to celebrate the 2015 Exposure Awards. If any of my artist friends should be in Paris on 13 July, I would be over the moon if you are able to attend!

A different road is one of my earlier works, and one of my most popular, in fact it was the first one that I was really happy with, taken near my home in Hepburn, Victoria, back in 2010. It shows a red dirt road winding through farmland, with Mount Franklin (of mineral water fame) in the background. Iíve had a large framed print on the wall in our family room for some years and never grow tired of it.

Thank you, my dear friends, I am so grateful for your support and encouragement which has made this dream possible!

How it began ...

November 10th, 2014

How it began ...

Many people have asked me about my work, where I began, what motivates me, and how my art has progressed over the years, so I thought I would share this now updated post which I wrote for a feature article in 2012.

Iíve always loved photography. When I was very young, I borrowed my motherís old Box Brownie camera, being very careful not to waste film which was expensive, so every click of the shutter had to count. Then I won a Kodak Instamatic camera in a drawing competition when I was about 10 years old and I was over the moon, I had my very own camera which I made good use of until I started work and could afford an upgrade to an Agfa 35mm SLR which I bought second-hand from a friend at work.

Just recently I was thrilled to discover that my great-great aunt Ada way back in the 1880s, was photographing and documenting daily life in and around her Melbourne home with the equipment of the day. Her photographs are extraordinary, all the more so because photography was in itís infancy then and the equipment was complicated and cumbersome. Iím sure she would be amazed at the DSLRs and digital manipulation programs we use today.

I still sometimes use a Canon EOS450D (mainly for close-up shots with the 50-250 telephoto, because I love the DoF) and, for landscapes, I have just upgraded from my old Panasonic Lumix FZ to a new FZ 1000, because I love the wonderful clarity of its Leica lens. It's an easy to carry point and shoot which never lets me down.

I taught myself how to use Photoshop CS3 back in 2007, as therapy after a major illness, firstly by experimenting and then from a textbook by Deke McClelland, and I only recently upgraded to CS6 for processing my images.

My work has progressed in no particular order, but it has always been a joy. I get lost in the moment and hours go by without my noticing. I work intuitively and prefer to mainly use my own textures, although I do occasionally add a stock texture or stock image if appropriate.
Although I now live 200 kilometers inland, beside a long extinct volcano and surrounded by lakes and mountains, I still long for the island beaches of my childhood and many of my images reflect that nostalgia.

But no matter where I happen to be, I am always inspired by my natural surroundings and also to an enormous degree by my my fellow photographers, artists and friends, who have freely shared their knowledge and encouragement over the years.