Fox Gully Bushcare


By: Michael Fox

On Assignment - 7 May 2017

On Assignment

The theme of this year’s annual Photographic Workshop was Line and Form. Participants learned to pre-visualise the most simple things in the bush as art … to capture as an image the feeling of being in the bush.

Alan Moore, Workshop Leader introduced participants to the Elements they could use to help them see the bush with new eyes.

Line and form putting it togetherAs with past Workshops, Alan’s presentation covered the basics of camera operation and image composition before introducing the Elements of photographic art and how to put it together. The magic of Alan’s approach is summed up in comments like:

  • “I am a beginner and interested in learning the “technical stuff” in language I can understand.”
  • “Alan is very encouraging and this brings out the best in people.”

The effectiveness of his approach is best demonstrated by the extraordinary photos participants shared when they returned from “On Assignment in the Bush.” Alan’s comments (following) help us understand the concepts of Line and Form.

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Lovely image, well planned, well executed. Ticks so many boxes, has line and 3D form, texture and great use of space.

I did rotate and crop the image a little after a slight contrast and saturation emphasis on the berry.

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Photo by Frank

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A bold statement here of shape with the leaf, form and texture with the fungus and nice colour emphasis of the multicoloured leaf.

I have saturated the leaf and cropped the whole.

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Photo by Rob

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Great use of colour emphasis in this image.  Background well blurred and focus firmly on the leaves.
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I did drop the saturation of the background and upped the saturation and contrast on the leaves somewhat and did a minor crop.

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Photo by Madonna

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Here Madonna has captured the texture of the rock well.
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I have cooled the image a little to bring out the whites and greys in the rock and cropped slightly.
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Photo by Ange

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Nice and tight capture encapsulating line and shape with texture.
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In processing I’ve desaturated the background and cropped a little to emphasise the subject.
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Right on theme, a piece of art in itself.  Kept simple with background totally out of focus and tight focus on the subject, shows pattern with the repeated shape, proportion and rhythm with the small leaves descending in size.

I did rotate slightly and desaturated the background to concentrate on the visual element.

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Photo by Tricia

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Lovely use spot on focus to capture this pattern and rhythm.

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I have given the saturation and contrast a small upwards nudge and rotated the frond to the diagonal.

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Photo by Fiona

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Very nice artwork, right on topic.  Spiral lines and texture in the fine hairs, you want to reach out and touch them.. Well isolated from the background by great depth of field control.

I rotated and increased saturation and contrast slightly.

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Photo by Sue

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This image is almost totally monochromatic green and works well to show the form of the fern fronds, nicely seeing the water droplets.

I cropped a fair bit off to emphasise the central in focus frond and did a slight contrast increase to highlight the water droplets.

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Photo by Mee Wun

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This shot has caught line so well and I have presented the image in black and white to complement the simplicity of the capture.

The background is a bit intrusive and I have dodged the dark shapes just a little.

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Thank you and congratulations to all participants. Participants’ photos are used in production of our Photographic Calendar.

Funds raised from our Annual Photography Workshop and Calendar go towards equipment like infrared wildlife cameras that support our research.

See Alan’s work at:

www.freelargephotos.com

Click on The Photographers then scroll down

find Alan Moore and Click

Contact Alan: editoramcj@gmail.com

See the forest in a new way.

Discover art in the bush.

Sunday 7 May

 

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Line and Form

The 2017 Photography Workshop will examine line and form art through photography.  Photographer Alan Moore will discuss the artistic concepts of shape, texture and colour and how to capture nature’s art as photographic images.

Learn to use pre-visualisation to imagine the outcome and plan your shots when you go bush on assignment.  Return from assignment to share, compare and discuss a sample of participants’ photos.

An advanced skill workshop. However, the focus is on learning to plan your photos, so camera basics will be covered and even simple point and shoot cameras are welcome.

Time: 8am to 1pm

Cost: $20 per person ($15 for B4C members)

Limited places book early 

 

 

 

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Wild Cow Pea Vigna vexillata var. augustifolia

By: Michael Fox

Finding a Wild Cow Pea Vigna vexillata var. augustifolia brings the number of native plant species found in Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve to two hundred and seventy eight.

Two hundred and seventy eight native species in our 66 hectare Reserve is equal to 20% of all native plant species in Great Britain which has 22.6 million hectares. The extra ordinary species diversity in the Reserve is something worth protecting and valuing.

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Koala Mum & Joey

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As well as plant diversity the Reserve has a healthy population of breeding Koalas.

Andrew Wallace our BCC Habitat Brisbane Officer spotted this mother and joey (baby Koala) at Gertrude Petty Place a couple of weeks ago. This is one of at least two joeys born in the Reserve during 2016. There have been twenty-three Koala sightings reported in 2016

Please keep reporting the sightings: photo (phone camera photos are fine), approximate location, date time. Your reports are important evidence that helps us get ongoing funding and support for our restoration work.

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Koala sightings 2016

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00_cover_2017_v1Share a unique view of Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve with family and friends and support our ongoing restoration work and wildlife research.

The 2016 Photography Workshop was called Mount Gravatt lights up, so  workshop leader, Alan Moore, has selected participants photos that show contre-jour techniques. Contre-jour techniques break the rules by shooting into the light. The photos chosen breathe new life into how we see the world around us in a new way.13_thumbnails_2017_v2

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Calendar:    $15ea plus $3.00 post & packing.

Seasons Greetings cards:    $5 cards

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Purchase calendars or cards:

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Maginon Wildlife Camera

Funds raised in past years have allowed for purchase of research equipment like the infrared wildlife camera used to monitor the Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis families living the nest boxes at Fox Gully Bushcare.

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Thanks to the BCC Natural Environment team for reconstruction of the steep slippery section of Geebung Track near Azanian Street entry to Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve.

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Geebung Track new entry

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The new track starts near the Glider interpretative sign and loops into the bush, missing large trees and uses steps to create a safer easier walk.

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Reconstructed Geebung Track

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Professionally made steps rejoin Greebung Track at top of steep section.

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Managing track erosion 

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The Natural Environment team have specialist contractors to do track restoration work. The existing track had already been restored right up to the small green water reservoir. That restoration work included large swales to direct water off the track reducing erosion. The contractors have set up the new section of track with rocks to handle the huge volume of rain water coming off the swales.

 

Join Griffith Mates for the Ochna Blitz Challenge!

Saturday 24 September 8am to 11am

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2016 National Tree Day planting

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Location: Junction of Geebung and Federation Tracks (behind green water reservoir)

We will do a walk through the National Tree Day planting and some light weeding then move onto the Mickey Mouse Plant Ochna serrulata.

The planting site is looking great with trees and vines planted in 2015 now flowering and producing seed. A Sickle Leaved Wattle Acacia falcata is already hosting caterpillars of the Imperial Hairstreak Jalmenus evagoras butterfly.

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The caterpillar is protected by “Kropotkin” ants – Small Meat Ant Iridomyrmex sp. The ants provide protection in return for sugary fluids secreted by caterpillar. Imperial Hairstreaks will only return to breed where both caterpillar food plants and the ants are present.
Kropotkin is a reference to Russian biologist Peter Kropotkin who proposed a concept of evolution based on “mutual aid” between species helping species from ants to higher mammals survive.

The combination of rain and clearing Creeping Lantana Lantana montevidensis means the Ochna is thriving and it is covered in flowers and seeds. However, the rain also means must easier to pull our either by hand or Treepopper.

 

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Jisu fascinated by Elkhorn and Basket Ferns growing on a rock

By: Michael Fox

I introduced Korean student Jisu to our wildlife and native plants in Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve while walking to Mt Gravatt Campus.

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I like my new mum

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Jisu is keen to meet a Koala but neither of us expected to meet a Kangaroo on the Griffith Inter-campus. This youngster was happily nestled into his substitute pouch on the wildlife carer’s lap.

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