Anyone who knows me, knows that I love bushwalking. It is one of my favourite things to do and Sydney is full of wonderful bush walks. Living near the ocean, I often walk around the beautiful headlands and one of the joys is the abundance of the Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) at this time of year. As one of the few “soft” native wildflowers, it is understandable why it is so popular in wedding arrangements and specialty floral designs. It’s velvety texture spells pure luxury. I have photographed them with a Canon Macro lens (100 ml) and focus stacked the images where I felt it created more interest. Printed at large scale, the detail of these highly textured flowers really stands out. To me, these just get more beautiful with age.
Talk to anyone who has had the opportunity to hike/bushwalk/tramp in New Zealand and they are likely to elucidate praise. Having just hiked the Milford Track (late November 2018), I now understand why Rudyard Kipling coined the Milford Sound “the 8th wonder of the world”. It is truly breathtaking.
Before embarking on this 4 day walk, I had seen many images of what to expect during (almost) summer and the enormous vistas of fjord after fjord from the top of the McKinnon Pass. However, we were graced with a different experience….magical snow in the rainforest and virtually no visibility at the top. The hike started with cool temperatures and a bit of rain, nothing too challenging. Throughout the day, the skies darkened and the guide suggested that there was a “little bit” of snow forecast…not to worry…alas, you can’t tame Mother Nature and the snow just kept coming. By the time we got to the top of McKinnon Pass, it was a white out with strong winds. The hut had no running water because the pipes had frozen but the melted snow made for a welcome cup of tea. Because of the weather and the lack of visibility, we ended up taking the emergency exit down to the next lodge. Steep and beautiful.
On the last day, we had 22 kilometres of beautiful walking weather, ending up at a cloudless Milford Sound.
I am pleased to be exhibiting with a group ofl 8 award winning photographers from the Northern Beaches. We will be holding an exhibition at the DiversArty Art Gallery in Cromer from the 18th of October through the 3rd of November. Opening Night is 18 October and all are welcome.
"I'll Fly Away" is a composite Artwork created using over 70 of my photographic images of Native Australian Flora and Birds. This forms part of my series entitled "Grow Where You Are Planted". Printed at 40"x40", in a very Limited Edition of 10, it can be viewed at my studio in Mona Vale, NSW.
Earlier this year, for Father's Day (in the USA), I put together this little image for my parents and titled it "Love Birds". Last week, my dad took his last breath. I am forever grateful for the love, guidance and friendship and know how very fortunate I was to call him my dad. While this is very personal to share, much of who I am today is because of my parents...they encouraged me to always follow my passion and that was truly a gift. xx
Do you love photography and want to boost your skills as a photographer to include compositing images to create pieces of Art? Why not join me for my Winter Compositing workshop to discover how diverse and creative photography really can be. Why not "Dare to Create"?
Using your camera as a tool, this workshop aims to reinvent our definition of photography as art. There is no one "right" way to enjoy photography.. Step out of your comfort zone and join me for an afternoon of creativity where we will be working with layers and textures to create interesting works of art. July 28th, 2018 from 1-5 pm at my Studio in Mona Vale, NSW.
SANDSTONE FORMS THE BEDROCK FOR MUCH OF THE CITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA AND IT'S VISUAL PRESENCE IN BOTH ITS NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND IN ITS ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING, GIVES SYDNEY A DISTINCTIVE PERSONALITY. I HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTY OF THE ROCKS AND THEIR ABSTRACT NATURE, HENCE THIS SERIES OF ARTWORKS CAPTURED AND INTERPRETED BY ME, BUT CREATED BY MOTHER NATURE.
Printed onto canvas and gallery wrapped, or finished with a floating box frame, this beautiful stone creates stunning, large scale artworks. Make an appointment to see some of this work in my studio in Mona Vale.
The controversial plan to cull 90% of Australia's Wild Brumby population in the Snowy Mountains has been abandoned to the relief of many. Conservationists and scientists, however, suggest that these Brumbies are endangering more than 20 plant species and numerous animal species. Hopefully there will be a concerted effort to relocate the Brumbies from particularly environmentally sensitive areas.
Despite one's views on the emotive topic, there is no doubt they are beautiful to watch in the wild, and I have been lucky to capture them on camera while snowshoeing in the backcountry.
Elephants are highly social animals with very strong social bonds. Females and their calves spend most of their time with their family groups, traveling, resting and feeding. The Matriarchs lead these family groups. Sadly, these older elephants are also the primary target for poachers due to their larger tusks. Research has shown that after a Matriarch dies, daughter elephants take up their mothers’ position in networks, making pachyderm networks resilient to the effects of poaching.
To help in raising awareness and funds for the protection of endangered animals, I am honoured and thrilled to be supporting the phenomenal organisation, WildAid, by donating this Limited Edition Print (1/10) to their Major Gala Fundraiser to be held in Beverley Hills, USA, later this year. If you are interested in learning more about Wildaid's work, check out their webpage www.wildaid.org.
Following the success of my April workshops, I am excited to announce a new workshop, this time on a Saturday afternoon, entitled "Dare to Create" Compositing Workshop. This workshop is Limited to 8 people and is designed for those who have a basic understanding of Photoshop, but would like to learn more about turning their photographs into true pieces of Art.
Pittwater residents are fortunate with the opening of the New Arcadia Pittwater Private Hospital on Daydream Avenue in Warriewood. The facility is a non-surgical rehabilitation hospital with five-star facilities. I am absolutely honoured to have supplied all of the photographic artworks for the hospital.
The term "Arcadia" (as in Arcadia Healthcare) refers to its origins as "a vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature". As such, the Artworks selected for this healthcare facility are congruent with this vision, offering patients a sense of connectivity to nature, facilitating a reprieve from their discomfort and a sense of wellness and hope. Some of the artworks are "conceptual" or "composites", while others simply capture the moment. Regardless, they are all from the Pittwater region, showcasing the extraordinary beauty of the Northern Beaches.
I am super excited to announce my Autumn Creative Photography Workshops. I will be offering two workshops during the month of April.
The first will take place on Wednesday, April 11th, and is aimed at those photographers who have a solid grasp of photography, but would like to learn new techniques for editing their images. We will enjoy a full day of fun, food and editing, and will hopefully leave the workshop with a renewed vision of how to create photographic art.
The second workshop, on Tuesday the 17th of April, is an early sunrise shoot aimed a people who love the sunrise and want to learn how to take better photographs as well as learn editing techniques. After our shoot, we will enjoy breakfast together at my home Studio/Gallery overlooking Bungan Beach and then begin editing the images that we just captured.
Contact me to discuss any of your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to see you at one of these Autumn Creative Workshops. Visit my link at www.pamelapauline.com/education for further information. Limited to 12 people per workshop.
Well, Autumn is here and the Sydney Children's Hospital is celebrating by having an Art Exhibition over three levels. I am pleased to be taking part in this exhibition as a Head On Landscape Prize winner in 2017 for my Wild Brumby in the Snowy Mountains image entitled "Freedom". Proceeds will go to support this important Children's Hospital in Westmead.
Opening Night is Thursday, 8 March and you are all welcome to attend.
Last year I wrote a little blog about growing up in Wyoming, in the Rocky Mountains and included some images of the incredible landscape in Winter, having just visited in January. Today ItThought I would just post a little update written by my brother, author Mark Jenkins. It is a great read and worth thinking about.
I grew up writing letters. It was something my whole family did, and more than I even remember. I am one of six siblings and we were lucky to all suffer from wanderlust. The way we justified the gypsy nature of our existence was to write home from wherever we were, to mom and dad and to our siblings. I have boxes of letters written to me by my sister and four brothers, not to mention my parents. They are a record of a time when we would sit, reflect and compose a letter from our heart, in an effort to provide the reader with an understanding of ourselves at that moment, knowing that the letter would take some time before it was received and read. By writing, we felt connected, despite long distances. It was therapeutic. And of course, receiving a letter was joyful and not taken lightly. I would find a favourite spot to sit and read, absorb and remember. Not long ago, my parents moved from our family home and had to declutter. My mom, painstakingly, went through all of the old letters that she had stored in boxes and worked out who would most appreciate receiving them. Any letters that were written by her six children, were returned to the author. She had letters from her own brothers that she sent to her brother's children, knowing they would enjoy reading them. It was a very thoughtful act, and one that has stayed with me. We now all have this amazing record of our own writing at various times in our lives...a true treasure.
The internet and mobile phones have certainly changed the way we receive and send information. That transfer is instantaneous and seems to come and go more freely. There are certainly many positives. I am in touch with friends from all over the world because of Facebook and Instagram. I can chat to my family and friends over the internet at next to no cost and it is as clear as day. I love it. However, despite the incredible wealth of information and instant communication now available to us at our fingertips, I still get a thrill out of receiving a letter in the postbox.
As I sit down to write my Christmas Thank You Cards, I feel grateful that this form of communication still moves me. As a photographer, I have had some of my images transformed into Greeting Cards...they are available for purchase via my website if you are wanting to make someone's day!! Go to Greeting Cards...
This week we will start the installation of our "Trees" exhibition in Balmain. Housed in the beautiful old police lock-up, the Balmain Watch House Gallery is a great place to visit just for the history and architecture. Hope you can drop in to see some of my work as well as two other beautiful artists, Denise Barry and Deanna Doyle.
Below are the images that I will have on display for this exhibition.
With Springtime upon us, new life abounds. I love watching the birds in particular. Often I walk the Warriewood wetlands on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and this week I was thrilled to spot a Tawny Frogmouth with its chick. They were on a low branch initially but then kept getting higher up in the tree as the week went on. The first time I spotted them, the parent had its wing around the chick...literally taken under his wing...so beautiful. What a privilege to witness..
Fine Art Prints are available for purchase.
From the 16th through the 26th of November, I will be exhibiting with two other artists in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain. Having come together through our common love of trees, this exhibition will showcase new works of Denise Barry, Deanna Doyle and myself.
If you are interested, we would love you to drop in.
Nice to see this little feature this morning...
I am currently working on a series of Trees for my upcoming exhibition in Balmain in November 2017. The exhibition will be held at the Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street, Balmain from 16 to 26 November. The opening hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Hope to see you there!
Thorn Tree and Cheetah, Limited Edition Print @pamelapauline photography
Recently, I have been using the technique of in camera multiple exposures to create images that draw attention to current social and environmental issues. “Beauty and the Beast” below double exposes the iconic sails of the Opera House at Circular Quay with the repetitive geometric, weather stained concrete structure of the Sirius Building on Cumberland Street. A landmark example of brutalist architecture, the Sirius building was built in 1979 for public housing tenants that had been displaced during redevelopment of the Rocks. Despite being a cultural marker in the landscape of Sydney, controversial plans could see the 79 units of the Sirius building replaced by 250 luxury units. Clearing the way for demolition and sale, the building failed to make the “heritage listing” on the State heritage register, despite a unanimous recommendation by the Heritage Council. The government argues that divesting the site will fund hundreds more new social housing dwellings. The debate continues.
So, how do you create an image like this? Firstly, not all DSLRs or mirrorless cameras have a multiple exposure mode. I use a Canon 5D Mark iii, which has a setting for multiple exposures. While it is easy to set the camera to the appropriate settings and then take two or more images that are combined, the difficulty is in choosing the images, framing and positioning these shots so that they blend well into one image.
The first exposure is considered the base layer on which your second image will blend into. In the shot above, I really wanted the Opera House to fit entirely in the bulk of the Sirius Building. With that in mind, I tried to position the buildings when pressing the shutter in a way that would create this effect. I kept the exposure the same for each of the images and was rewarded with the above multiple exposure.
Like with most photography, the best way to understand double or multiple exposure is to experiment. While there are no steadfast rules, it is useful to remember that darker subjects blend more easily than light ones. You don't want to end up with a bunch of blown out highlights. Sometimes it is easier to shoot the darker scene first, then try a lighter scene on top. Of course, there are exceptions. If you are trying to create a silhouette of a person with its head or body filled with details from another exposure, shooting a dark silhouette first that has lightness around it, will allow the elements of your second exposure to fill in the void of the silhouette.
There are many interesting kinds of multiple exposures. I love clouds and ocean and am always trying to get the perfect double exposure in camera. Sometimes I use a slow shutter speed to capture the ocean in motion, and then a faster one to capture the clouds. I almost always use a tripod, and for my image below, entitled "Impending", I moved the camera ever so slightly downwards with the second image so that the end result looks like the clouds are just hovering above the water.