On Bribie Island where I live, I’ve come to discover that there are a lot of photographers, of varying degrees of skill. The island is well-known for its sunrises and sunsets. But there are other photo opportunities here as well. So I came to know of a woman, originally from Germany, but now an Aussie citizen, with an amazing vision when it comes to capturing the environment around her. Not surprisingly, Kathrin Dierich was announced as the July Artist of the month at the local arts centre. At the launch of her exhibition, she gave a short insight of her work as a photographer and artist (she has had a great year as an artist as well).
Here she is during that talk. Her photos held my attention for some time. Her discussion and photos have inspired me to improve my own skills.
I haven’t posted for a little while, so am trying to catch up, and will just start with last week’s photo challenge, Narrow.
This week, let’s keep things narrow (but not narrow-minded!): share a photo with your take on the theme. You could focus on a slender object, or shoot an image where your field of vision is restricted. Alleyways and half-open doors, seesaws and water slides, spaghetti and electric cords… the world is full of narrow things.
I spent a weekend away at a B & B in rural Australia, a few hours drive from where I live in Brisbane. Most of my photos have been centred around the waters of the Brisbane River as well as the coastline of south-east Queensland. So it was a nice change to get out into the countryside and capture a different side of Australia.
Driving down a random road, I came across a group of people standing by a rail line, cameras at the ready. Instead of enquiring, a quick check of the sign close-by told me what was coming — a steam train, which was being put through its paces, as a part of the process of being fully restored.
I hadn’t seen a steam train in years, and looking at the narrow track it would be on very soon, I wondered if it would fit. As a kid, I recall these huge monster sized machines, puffing smoke and steam like an angry dragon. Soon those memories came flooding back as the distinct sound of the engine releasing steam was heard as it approached my location. As I remembered, the loco was powerful and seemed to pull the carriages with little effort.
The sound and then the vision appeared…and it thundered toward us and past us, before disappearing down the narrow gauge railway track.
Beware steam trains
It seems too narrow for a train?
It’s upon us, steam and smoke bellowing from its chimney
Soon past, heading toward a narrow tunnel…will it make it?
Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo provides a challenge every Tuesday. I like the challenges because they keep me on track with my posting routine, and I also get to read some really cool stuff from others in this world.
So this week the challenge is Fence. I looked through my photos once again and found a plethora of shots I could use. I was reminded that there are many forms of fences and they serve differing purposes.
When you’re a seagull, fences are for perching on and surveying the scene.
A decorative fence providing entry to a farm.
Much needed fence to keep the cattle off the road.
A farmer’s fence, with a warning to certain groups to keep out.
This fence keeps the livestock in and the unwanted trespassers out.
A safety fence at Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State – to keep myself (and others) from falling over.
Keeping cyclists and pedestrians alike away from the Brisbane River.
An ant’s view of the top of a fence keeping humans out.
I hope you have enjoyed my photos. Happy reading! 🙂