The end of one and the start of another..

Hello friends and family, I hope you’ve enjoyed our 260 photo challenge as much as we had doing it.

After a few weeks off in which Eleanor got a new puppy and Tammy got a new house, we’re ready for a new challenge. This time it starts on the 1st day of 2013.

26 fortnights in a year and 26 letters of the alphabet, a co-incidence? I think not!  So come on over to and see what we’re getting up to in the new year.

Merry Christmas everyone and best wishes for a wonderful 2013.


Wow, our last theme!  And what a cool one to end on.  The trip to Lake Ballard was excellent, with lots of opportunities for photos.  Most time was spent photographing the Antony Gormley sculptures in the lake (sunrise, sunset and under the light of the full moon) but there was plenty of other stuff to shoot too.  So, here are my final five shots, nothing special but fun to try my new wide angle lens which I really like.

SALT LAKE – I couldn’t not include a shot of Lake Ballard since that was the main purpose of our road trip.  This was taken from the top of “the hill” which provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the lake and surrounding bush.  It provides a different perspective as you can see Gormley’s vision more clearly – people connected to people connected to the environment.

WOODLANDS – This was taken at the top of Lion Lookout on the outskirts of Coolgardie town.  From here you get a good view of the Coolgardie bioregion of the Great Western Woodlands, a place of international significance as it’s the largest and most intact temperate woodland left on the planet.

MINESITE – A familiar landscape in the Goldfields is mining.  The discovery of gold in the red dirt by Paddy Hannan in the late 1800’s changed this landscape forever.  This shot is of the eastern face of the KCGM superpit, the largest open cut mine in Australia.  $2 million of gold is hauled out of this massive hole every day of the year.  It’s quite amazing to sit and watch all the activity, it’s not until you see a car against the rock walls that you realise just how big this hole in the ground is.

ROCKS – A glitch in the otherwise flat and repetitive landscape was Sandford Rocks, a granite outcrop rising out of the scrub.  We spent some time here photographing the rocks and surrounding bush and wheatfields.  The sky was stunning, with streaking clouds providing lovely photo opps.

WHEATBELT – We noticed these silos on the drive out of Perth and made a note to ourselves to stop here on the way home.  Clearly, Moylan is the man to make you a silo if you need one, these were dotted across the wheatbelt, spewing out feed in paddocks of sheep.

Well, this post concludes the 260Photos challenge.  In these posts spanning 12 months, you will find 260 photographs – 130 from Eleanor and 130 from me.  It’s been a cool challenge – we’ve tried new things, learned more about our cameras, bumbled our way through a few themes, grown in our photography but most of all, we’ve had fun doing it!

Stay tuned, we’re finalising our thoughts and ideas for a new challenge in 2013.  You haven’t seen the last of us yet!

Eleanor’s Landscapes

A trip out to Lake Ballard gave us some excellent opportunities for landscapes. There is some amazing country out there.

Here is the landscape of Lake Ballard, a salt lake where Antony Gormley arranged some strange metal sculptures that are supposed to be residents of nearby Menzies. This shot was taken on the afternoon we arrived.



On the second day it was so hot we went for a drive, taking the engel for a charge up and looking for different landscapes. We came across this windmill watering the bullocks in the area. When we pulled up they all came up to the road. I think they thought we were there to feed them, but the song “cows with guns” did spring to mind and there was one very large bull. So we hopped back in the car…


After two days at Lake Ballard we headed for Kalgoorlie and the Superpit. We observed a blast and then we followed directions to the waste dump to see the haul trucks dumping. What we discovered were massive stockpiles of waste as far as the eye can see. Superpit = super waste pile.


After Kalgoorlie we headed west and stayed overnight in Southern Cross and then on our way back to Perth we went out to Westonia in the search for some interesting landscapes and found Sandford Rocks. The sky was awesome with such lovely clouds.


While Tammy drove I was able to take photos through the window. I was after a shot with a truck, pipeline and the railway line, which sums up the highway.


Great trip. Thanks T for doing all the driving. It was a terrific opportunity to take photos of some amazing sights.

And so endeth my challenge. 5 shots to go and that’s out 260 photos.

Lake Ballard here we come

Well, despite the fact that neither of us are particularly organised for this trip yet, we will be heading north east on Friday morning and on the look out for opportunities for a good landscape shot. Won’t be back until the end of the month so I guess we’ll post our final shots in the first few days of November, thus ending our year and completing the 260 images.

And the final theme is….

Well, here we are, almost at the end of our challenge. Next weekend Tammy and I are heading out to Lake Ballard, north of Kalgoorlie and so we should have ample opportunity to get some shots for the final theme. So armed with our wide angle lenses we’re going for landscapes.


I chose this theme but I’ve totally bombed at it.  I’ve been so busy that I just haven’t dedicated time  to having a decent play with some ideas.  Instead, here’s five shots from our Perth Royal Show visit.  All shots taken at night in sideshow alley, handheld.  I promise to try harder for the last theme.

SPINNING – The rides in sideshow alley are crazy, especially at night.  It makes me feel wobbly and sick just watching others ride them.  I wanted to show the chaos of having two wild spinning rides side-by-side.

SWINGERS – I loved watching this ride swinging round and round.  The people seemed to be having so much fun and the pulsing colours of the lights were mesmerising.

TWIST – Trying to capture fast moving rides at night with slow shutter speeds and no tripod is a challenge.  I twisted my camera slightly for this double exposure so that it appears the ride has two arms when it actually only has one.

GLITTER LADY – I’m not sure what this lady was for but she was outside some sort of disco ride.  I took a double exposure zooming the lens between each click.

DOUBLE NITRO – Another of the crazy rides.  This one swings and twists.

Eleanor’s Multiple Exposure Shots

Tammy likes to experiment. I admit I’m  not that excited by these sorts of things. Nevertheless I read the manual and worked out how to get in camera multiple exposure shots. We had some fun the other weekend at the Perth Royal shot and I had a go using multiple exposure shots taking the fireworks and the lights of sideshow alley and I was quite pleased with the results. I have since searched for some ideas and inspiration but nothing came. Examples on the internet were disappointing and a few things I tried aren’t worth sharing so here are five shots from the the Perth royal show.