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Archive for December, 2009

Off for a couple of weeks

Posted by mervfrench on December 28, 2009

We are away for a couple of weeks maybe longer … might never come back,  who knows !!!

Southward bound.

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This is from Muzz … he’s a living legend .!!

Posted by mervfrench on December 25, 2009

I only just found this hidden in my emails.

Muzza …..  your a legend

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Tis the Night Before Christmas.

Posted by mervfrench on December 24, 2009

I think this has been said before but…………….


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Flame Tree’s

Posted by mervfrench on December 23, 2009

As a follow on to Marks Flame Tree shot , this is one I snapped the week before in South Perth.

This one is at the top end of Labachere  Rd  on the roundabout  next to the Karralee Tavern.

There were power lines all over the place and roof lines so this is the best I could do .

The tree is covered in red berries which I presume are the flowers and you just have to get a shot of these when you see one , they attract you like flies to a picnic.

If you see one grab a shot and put it up and we’ll see just how many flame trees are around.

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Gliding… ibird Ver.2a 2b 2c.

Posted by mervfrench on December 17, 2009

Well here’s the big bird again with a couple of suggestions from Mark and Jamie  added.

Cropped with a vignette


Different shot. pano crop , slight vignette , over sharpened , cliche title.

Comments welcome , and they will be passed onto the bird.

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Posted by mervfrench on December 16, 2009

I just love watching  pelicans gliding around and coming in to land.

I was waiting for this one to touch down but he just kept going around and around and then flew off.

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Harvest Rolls on.

Posted by mervfrench on December 11, 2009

Here’s some more blokey stuff for Christian Fletcher who has gone all manly since he cut his hair.

The harvest is continuing although it is fast drawing to a close. In our area most will be finished probably next week with some already finished for the year. In general it hasn’t been a good year with the weather being the main culprit closely followed by poor prices for grain. While the rainfall was good early in the season it wasn’t a kind finish to the year with one more good rain needed in September.

Here’s a couple of shots taken last evening of headers in action.

This one is a 4 image hand held , good old PTGUI did the trick again.

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8000 Wild Kicking, Screaming, Horses All Trying To Get Out At The Same Time.

Posted by mervfrench on December 7, 2009

Now I’m not a rev head by any stretch of the imagination. Ok I don’t mind cars to a degree but don’t really get off on them.

I went to the drags on Saturday night,  the Top Fuelers show is in town, nothing new there , I’ve been a couple of times before over the years and seen them  from the stands but this was different ,  I was shooting them this time,  RIGHT  AT TRACKSIDE .

When these missiles take off it is quite frightening , the sound and shock waves go right thru your body like an electric charge and if one of these engines let go it would be rather scary , I’m not sure that you would have the reflex’s to duck or dive out of the way behind the concrete fence before you copped a piston in the head.. The vibrations were setting off car alarms in the car park … AWESOME .. is a word that springs to mind.

Trying to get a shot is not easy. You have to try and pick the time that they are going to  hit the gas when the cars are sitting there thumping and the horses are just ready to break out . With your camera up to your eye you can’t see the  tree ( the  starting light’s, a technical term  you learn  when your part of the in crowd ) so you are waiting waiting waiting .

Then you start to shake in anticipation as the milli seconds go by and you wonder when you are going to be shaken shit out of.  OK NOW,  hit the shutter button and hope for the best, the shots rattle off and then the light goes green, you don’t see it, they hit the throttle. Fuel and air is pumped into the engine at some incredible  rate and it responds like you wouldn’t believe , you shake , your chest is under pressure , you shit yourself , the camera goes in all directions, and you hope that at least one of the 35 shots you’ve fired off is a keeper, 4.6 seconds later the cars are  long gone , 400 metres away up at the finish line , it’s all over .

You get your breath back and think ” I’m still in one piece , man that was awesome stuff  , BRING THEM ON AGAIN ”

Some  shots are rather easy to get ………. it helps to relax you !!!!

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