Have you looked up into the night sky recently and talked to the stars?
I ventured out with my husband ( the cook and driver) to capture the amazing Granite boulders as they appeared to be reaching up into the night sky to talk to the dazzling array of stars. It was such an amazing night ever so still with only a slight hint of a chilly winter breeze undulating through the rock formations. This serene moment was however overpowered with biting bugs when the torch was lit so I could see my camera buttons. My wide angle Fujifilm 10-24mm Fujinon lens with f/4 aperture lens was not really fast enough to do Milky Way photography , but it was all I had to hand so I made the most it and went about capturing the dazzling evening stars. On a side note I really love the Fujifilm 10 – 24mm it is probably my favourite one.
I love the boulders of the Mount Isa Region , very strong yet sensual!!! Hmm if a rock could be sensual- well I think they are , there is something quite delicious about them. I was amazed considering how incredibly still the night was at just how much dust covered all my equipment and me. I felt incredibly grimy by the end of the night after the shoot as I woke up my husband up who was snoring soundly away in his swag on the red desert sands. So at about 2 am in the morning we packed up camp, gathered Rusty Puggles and he drove us back home to what seemed another civilization. It was incredibly nice to enter into a piping hot shower after such a freezing cold dusty night and to feel clean and fresh once again. How nice it was to flop onto our warm bed falling sound asleep leaving the Stars and Boulders to their chatter.
This 2018 year when the Milky Way comes into season again around May to September, I will aim to travel out bush once again but this time with a much faster lens to capture these grand red boulders as they have their yearly conversation with the stars above, I do hope they allow me join in.
Hats and clothing props where do you get them from?
I am so glad you asked that, like a busy little Bower Bird I have been collecting and gathering
clothing props l Bird for some time now. Along with creating my own but that is another blog. The
gathering is a continuous and ongoing process like the movie ‘Ben Hur’, but a most blissful
experience as I trundle through many opportunity shops, vintage shops, antique shops and so forth.
Not only is it the collecting of quirky clothing exciting but it is meeting all the wonderful people who
work tirelessly in these often non for profit organizations and especially the aged people who tell me
the most amazing and captivating stories of their incredible youth or life journey. The stories of
their era are just another world to what and how we live today.
For Example I recently purchased these jaw-dropping authentic old vintage 1950s/60s hats, I knew
they would be super cool in a portrait shoot somewhere, I had a vision. Hmm, however I really did
not have a clue how they were to be positioned or worn on the head as this was completely alien to
my generation. So who better to get this information from then my 84 year old Aunt who lives fairly
close by, so I drove down my windy old mountain road to her home for her first hand knowledge on
how one should wear such hats. We had a hilarious afternoon full of laughter over a much too
strong cup of black tea served alongside a slice of ‘Sara Lee’ chocolate cake for me but not for her as
she was on a diet!
Aunty Cyn really loves hair standing strong cups of black tea, I now make my own when visiting!
Then once the milk curdling tea was sorted we went on to discussing how a ‘Lady’
should wear such a hat! My favourite slightly veiled white and almost a steam punk style hat she
dismissed with an abrupt hand gesture as being and I quote “An old Grandmas hat” , and then went
on to exclaim “Much too old for me, my grandmother would wear this to a funeral”, but the
affectionately termed ‘Funeral Hat’ is still my favourite prop hat.
In the photo attached is the infamous ‘Grandma’s funeral hat’ in a portrait shoot of Miss Adana, I
still really love this hat, do you?