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Hand Rearing a Magpie

December 4, 2011 Comments off

This baby magpie was found at the foot of a tree on family property in the Adelaide Hills. It’s presumed it fell out of the family nest.

It will be hand-reared until it can fly back to its family. Whilst some might think the natural cycle of animals would have culled this fallen magpie, the mother of the three daughters who live on the property was compelled to pick it up and take it home.

The magpie now rules the roost! Check out the handful of photographs I shot earlier today:

Screw in Beak Talons on a Mapgie

Chew Toy Talon on a Mapgie

Magpie in Hand Wingspan of a Magpie

Beak of a Magpie

I hope to take more photos over the next few months!

PostScript
To all those spam-bots who followed my last post, well, there’s not much I can say. The article was about graphics, particularly credit cards for shopping web sites, not your products.
To my friends who were dismayed by the article: Take another read. Not everything should be taken so seriously. Please.

My Flower Photographs

September 15, 2011 Comments off

My collection of Flower Photographs:

Ranging in colours between Pink, Red, Yellow, Orange, Yellow and Blue! Shot at many locations around South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, each a state of Australia, these beautiful flowers were found in front-yards, native gardens, open-gardens and some in the wild.

Each one of these photographs links back to my Redbubble photo gallery where you can purchase these images upon postcards, fold-cards, in frames, on canvas, laminated and upon posters. With Christmas nearly here, now is the prime time to buy cards to send to your family and friends. My collection is diverse, colourful and on sale at affordable prices.

Soldiers Memorial, AWM, Canberra Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Goldilocks Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Baby Triffid Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Attack Mode Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Crazy Spin Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Finding Nirvana Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Cherry Pink Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Mistique Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Spanish Dancer Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Eruption Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Brothers Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell On Fire II Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Big Red Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Pink Borne Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Not Listening to You! Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Solar Eruption Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Heaven's Door Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Open Hand Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Dark Red Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Wild Fire Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Patina Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Stripped in Layers Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

All in Vein Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Self Inviting Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Target and Goals Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Natural Flame Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

As Is Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Quorum Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Diamond Rose Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Friendly Foe Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Wake Up Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Yellow Lips Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Focal Point Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Chillin' Out Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Upward Bound Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Kabloom Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Mothers Wings Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Centrifugal Spiral Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Pink Swirl Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Senior Prom Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Merry Go Round Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Nebula Explosion Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Screaming Pink Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Lest We Forget Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Never Expect Perfection Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Beerenberg Blossom Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Full Choir Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell One Thousand Quills Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Ready to Bloom Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Love Abound Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Paradise Found Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Pink Lady Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Anonymously Delivered Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell New Borne Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Oakbank Rose Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Beerenberg Bloom Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Red Lips Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell New Borne II Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Petalicious Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell Pink Rapture Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

No Doubt Photographic Print by Stephen Mitchell

Have you seen some that you really like? Go ahead to Redbubble right now! You’ll notice that when you buy 8 or more cards, the total cost is discounted by a 20%, and 12 or more cards are discounted by an amazing 30%. Not only that, you can choose to have your cards individually wrapped in a clear plastic-wrap for clean-handling.

Photographs at Rocks Reserve, Balaklava

June 27, 2011 Comments off

I always take opportunities when presented to photograph the grand landscape of Australia. So when I discovered our weekend included a visit to a land-formation I’d not seen ever before, I made sure I was fully packed for every style of photograph.

A few kilometres West of Balaclava, South Australia is the Rocks Reserves, an interesting tourist location, and where many 4WD vehicles visit to damage the native wildlife … and where we spent a few hours having a family picnic.

Between watching our young nieces and my wife build rock-bridges to traverse the flowing creek, I photographed many interesting things…

SunSwept, by Stephen Mitchell Lounging in the Swamp, by Stephen Mitchell

Dragon Tail, by Stephen Mitchell Over Yonder, by Stephen Mitchell

There were many more photographs shot at this location. They will be uploaded over the next few days. Feel free to visit each of these images via my Redbubble photo’ gallery – and buy a few framed images for your office wall, lounge or media room!

Breaking and Replacing Lenses

May 15, 2011 Comments off

About two years ago I put my Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II and Canon 580EXII flash-gun upon my newish Canon 50D . Then I put this configuration atop my Manfrotto Tripod . At that moment, it all made sense, and a photograph of interest was planned.

Then I stepped away momentarily. That was my downfall.

Surprisingly I saw it fall in real-time, yet nil common sense prevailed. It fell straight onto the lens which broken across it’s middle, splitting the plastic body. Aha, it’s plastic body was the saviour of my camera. Here is an excert from my early article about my broken 50mm lens

Basically, the camera was not connected properly to the tripod. Thus when I tilted the ball-joint head forward, it simply fell off. I jumped forward to catch it, my wife bolted across the room … and I watched the lens casing break as it hit the floor with a loud thud.

Now that I am cleaning house to get rid of the many things I have hoarded over the years, the lens has been refound. This evening I took the time to break it further, using a computer-tool-kit, splitting it into all its individual components. Of all these parts, I will probably only keep the two glass lens.

Check out the consequential photographs, shot with my Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 :

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 04

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 01 Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 03

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 02

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 07 Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 05

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II - Broken 06

Whilst the plastic version has its merits, next time I am getting the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens . Yes, Canon do sell a great 50mm fixed lens, yet I’d also like to try the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM with Canon mount !

Expect new photographs soon!

Quit Today and Save a Life: Yours.

August 7, 2010 Comments off

I’m always finding stupid places where cigarettes have stamped out, odd places where someone has mashed cigarette-ends to put out the flame, and drowned where they have been thrown into water-ways (road-gutters, creek-beds, etc).

As an ardent anti-smoker, this gets me bloody angry that people can be so careless with what is ultimately a ‘dangerous weapon’. So I am taking a new stance on this issue:
I am putting both my photography and graphic-design skills together to put together posters that show where I have found your cigarette butts PLUS show a quick message reminding you that you still have time to quit this disgusting habit
… thus saving your life and the lives of all that you are effecting.

Here is the first of a range of quit-posters you will find upon my flickr gallery. This is the top of a bin at a train station. It stinks of nicotine and all the other noxious chemicals in cigarettes.

quit poster 02

This is the top of those ash-tray-lids that our state chooses to put a’top garbage bins, which are in public places which are commonly used for pleasure, transportation and shopping. Which means young children walking by, whose mouths and noses at the same level as the top of these bins, directly inhale the contents. This means that mothers with prams/pushers are indirectly allowing young children to inhale the decaying smell.

Whilst it’s far better than the alternatives (stubbed out on bitumen, pavement, road, etc), the bins don’t exactly fix the real problem.

Here is another image created to help convince you that your smoking habit is not doing anyone any favours.

quit poster 01

Do we seriously want to poison the next generation? These are the same people who we want to run our country, support us in our retirement years, drive the trains and buses, the same people we bring up with moralistic views … yet our society continues to allow these cancer-sticks to be part of main-stream life. Mixed messages? Definitely.

Finding Art in the Backyard

June 27, 2010 2 comments

As I have a slowly healing ‘stress fracture‘ in my right leg, I cannot get around so easily. So I have been taking it easy most weekends for the last couple of months, shooting stuff in my own backyard.

Other than a few family outings to watch and photograph other people from the sidelines, I have resorted to taking a seat in the backyard whilst armed with the new camera – a Canon EOS 50D with either a zoom or macro lens – and aiming at all the interesting macro-life in my backyard.

I’ve seen some most interesting sites that I might not have seen otherwise.

Like this bubble that forms when the fountain hits the water around the base of the fake-rock-fountain. It is built from lots of little bubbles colliding together … and eventually bursts. It took quite a few shots to catch this massive bubble:

Bubbling Up

We have a fake-rock-fountain that enables a never-ending (and recycles) water-fountain to continually fall into our pond. Whilst testing the capabilities of my new Canon 50D, I discovered it has quite a fast shutter-speed.

Backyard Fountain

Morning Web

Yet the best moment is spotting stuff that appears either early in the morning or late in the evening. This spider’s web revealed itself late in the afternoon…

And that concludes the few things spotted in my backyard this weekend.

My next photo-shoot, despite the condition of my injuries, will be at the Dead Reds Wake #7. See you there!

Macro Photography at Wittunga

October 18, 2009 Comments off

I took a walk with my macro lens yesterday. I have a lovely 60mm dedicated-macro Canon lens that fits very nicely into my Canon EOS 400D. Together we visited the flowers at the Wittunga Botanic Gardens, shooting their petals and features at all different angles. It was a good morning.

Honour and Obey by Stephen Mitchell Upward Bound by Stephen Mitchell Merry Go Round by Stephen Mitchell

_\\\..///_ by Stephen Mitchell Senior Prom by Stephen Mitchell Hitting Warp Speed by Stephen Mitchell

Today the sun is out and the sky is semi-blue, so I am going again, this time with Susan Adey, a fellow photographer upon Redbubble. Should you be interested, I’ll see you there at 1.00pm. Otherwise, I will show our results later tonight.

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