Blundell’s Cottage, Canberra

Blundell’s Cottage is a bit of an anomaly in Canberra. Perched on the edge of Lake Burley-Griffin is an old stone cottage with a traditional slab hut right next to it. There are very few really old buildings in Canberra, and this one pre-dates the lake by about 100 years.

Blundell's Cottage

Blundell’s Cottage [Olympus PEN E-P5 ISO100 f/22 1/5 sec 14mm]

Blundell’s cottage was built in around 1858 for the ploughman for George P Campbell – the local land-owner whose name graces the suburb roughly covering where his farm ‘Duntroon’ once stood. When it was built, it was on the edge of the Molonglo River floodplain, and Canberra was not yet even a dream. Ginn was followed into the cottage by the Blundells – also employees of Campbell, and they lived in it from 1874-1933.  So they were still living it – even after the Commonwealth of Australia acquired the Duntroon Estate owned by Campbell in 1913. The Duntroon name lives on in the Officer training school nearby.

Blundell's Cottage

Blundell’s Cottage [Olympus E-P5 ISO100 f/22 1/5sec 14mm]

Today it is a museum, carefully preserved as an example of a late 19th century workers cottage. It is open every Saturday from 10.00am-2.00pm, and it rests just metres from the waters edge of the lake overlooking Parliament House just across the water.

Blundell's Cottage

Blundell’s Cottage [Olympus E-P5 ISO100 f/22 1/6 sec 14mm]

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Sydney – Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge by night [Jerry Everard]

What a great week! A short break in Sydney and a chance to attend the one-day ProBlogger Event and photo workshop sponsored by Olympus. Not only did I learn a lot about blogging (and I’ll be introducing those in time on this blog…) but I also gained some great insights into photo practice with a professional photographer at the photography workshop.

I had a chance to meet with Darren Rouse who is the driving force behind both ProBlogger and the Digital Photography School – that I have followed with great interest for some time. The main event will be held on the Gold Coast in August – and I already have my ticket. These events are so popular that they sell out quickly – the first 400 tickets went in just ten minutes!

Anyhow, after the photography workshop I thought I’d try some long exposure night shots – great for smoothing out water, removing the people and bringing out the architectural details. And where better to practice this than on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House!

Sydney Opera House by night

Sydney Opera House by night [Jerry Everard]

You can see how the water has been smoothed out by a 30 second exposure. I achieved this by keeping the ISO at 100, stopping down to f/11 and using a neutral density filter to control the exposure. The canon 60D was mounted on a tripod and I used a remote trigger to reduce vibration.

Woman in black dress

Woman in black dress – Circular Quay, Sydney [Jerry Everard]

I liked the leading lines in this one, and it shows how people become ghosts in a long exposure (20 secs) – only the woman paused over her phone for long enough to remain sharp in the image.

More Sydney photos soon!

New gallery – Enlighten 2015

Sydney has Vivid, Perth has Swan, Melbourne has White Night (Nuit Blanche) and Canberra has Enlighten. These lumiere festivals are a great opportunity for photographers of every persuasion to gather the light and turn it into pixels. Canberra’s festival lights up many of the major civic buildings, including Old Parliament House, Questacon, the National Library, the National Gallery and many others.  So I thought I’d grab the camera and get amongst it 🙂

The political cartoons were remarkable, but the display of twitter tags really hit home. Seeing the hard hitting political cartoons lampooning the current and previous governments, followed by #JESUISCHARLIE says much for the value of free speech, and the freedom to hold contrary views.

Enlighten 2015 - 20150301_0019


Enlighten 2015 - 20150301_0016


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