At Busso: Tributes on the Beach, 2nd Edit

I really like the picture I took of the pastel blue sexy Tribute heels on the beach at Meelup on Tuesday. Sadly this picture did not get the sought after 90 points at 500 pixels that are required to position it near the top of the popular listing—even if just for a little while; a few hours or so before it decays and falls down the list.

However, I have done something I rarely do. In fact I think this could be the first time I have done this. I re-edited the very same crop of the same picture. In this re-edit I have made four changes compared to first edit. Three of the edit changes involve the shoes, and one of them doesn't.

I wonder if anyone can pick the four new edits?

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One of the edits is something I avoid doing, which is removing something from the picture. As an 'old' photographer I tend not to do this. Which is the reason why I didn't do it in the first edit. But this time I just felt I really needed to remove 'it'.

The other three edits are standard minor adjustments that photographers make to improve the picture a wee bit.

I might actually re-post this picture to 500 pixels to see if it gets any more votes. It would be an interesting experiment.

At Busso: Some Taffys and the Lavender Shop stuff

Today we went to Bunbury to have a look around. In all the hundreds of times that I have been near and past Bunbury over the last five or six years I have never taken the time to drive around Bunbury and kind of check it out.

The wife and I quite successfully found a Dome in Bunbury where I had the seafood basket and the wife had tender chicken strips with wedges. We noticed that just near the Dome was the 'famous' Taffys. You know. Taffys. The place where they hand make candy and stuff.

We bought a bit of stuff from Taffys.

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Working from the black packet at the back and coming around clockwise there is: Taffys Chocolate Coated Liquorice; Taffys Chocolate Honeycomb (my choice); Taffys Chilli Chocolate; Taffys Banana Fudge Chocolate Bar; Taffys Peanut Paste Chocolate Bar; and finally a Taffys selection container.

Yesterday we went to the Lavender Coffee House (or it might actually be called Cape Lavender) on Caves Road. The colour just about everything at the Cape Lavender coffee house is, as you might expect, lavender. Even the garden hose. Even the gnomes, but I don't have any pictures of them.

The following picture shows some goodies that the wife picked up at theCape Lavender coffee shop.

At Busso: Margaret River Stationhouse at Whistlestop

Not too far out of Busselton on the road to Nannup you will come across the stationhouse in the picture below. You might miss it unless you spot it through the trees.

The wife and I spotted it, and we decided it looked like it needed photographing. It has Margaret River on the name plates but it is a ling way from Margaret River. This made me curious. What was a stationhouse just east of Busselton doing with the name plate of Margaret River on it?

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A little bit of research using Google provide me with the answer. It seems this was once a 'fun park' called the Whistlestop Miniature Railway.

Sadly it is no longer operating. It looks like it probably closed down as long ago as around 2008.

Some discussion on the Web suggests that it closed due in part to the cost of public liability insurance, along with the cost of general maintenance and upkeep of rolling stock and the train tracks.

If anyone knows any more about this then please feel free to comment and let me know.

At Busso: Sexy YSL Tributes on the Beach at Meelup

People who know me know that I am not, and never have been, a beach-going kind of person. Maybe it harks back to being from the bush. I don't know. Maybe it's because my mum and dad weren't the beach going type. But, for whatever reason, unlike the vast majority of Australians I don't head for the beach every chance I get. In fact, even though I live in Perth, it would be at least ten years since I even saw the ocean close up,

But today the wife and I found ourselves taking an unintended drive along the stretch of beach up Dunsborough way between Bunker Bay and Meelup Beach. Firstly I need to make a general apology in relation to Dunsborough. I have often made the statement that I don't know why people like Dunsborough so much because, although they may have a great golf course there, they sure don't have any beaches worth going to.

Well, as it turns out they do. In between the various rocky outcrops along the stretch between Bunker Bay and Meelup Beach there are some very nice stretches of white beach with shallow water.

Following is a picture I took of my blue YSL Tribute heels at Meelup Beach.

So, as I had my current favourite photographic subject with me, I decided to take a few pictures of the YSL Tributes on the beach.

Normally if you were photographing something in full sunlight on a beach you would have a polarising filter on your lens and also, most likely, a reflector handy to calm down the harsh shadows that are going to occur. This picture was taken without a polarising filter and without any kind of shadow fill light being used—hence the somewhat harsh shadows being cast to the right by the shoes.

On the upside, partially due to the low angle of the shot, the water looks amazing. The low shooting angle has enhanced the blueness of the water—which is an old photographer's trick when shooting the ocean.

Also I have taken advantage of some natural dispersed shadow coming from the trees near the edge of the beach. I have placed the shoes so they are slightly in the shadow. This has two benefits. I don't get harsh glare coming off the shiny shoes that I have to deal with (which I don't have a polarising filter to calm down), and the shadows being cast by the shoes are softened just a bit so they are not a solid black shadow but more of a dark grey shadow.

I have to say that the matrix light metering on the Sony a6000 worked perfectly. The exposure is really spot on. And, as usual, the Ziess f4 17-70 lens has captured the shot with stunning clarity.

As usual, click the picture to see it bigger and at higher resolution (assuming you have the screen to do this with).

Also, I have put this on 500 pixels. If you have a 500 pixels account then please vote for it. You can find my pictures on 500 pixels by searching for "abalook".

At Busso: The Old Drive-in

Since the wife and I started coming down to Busselton semi-regularly about three years ago I have driven past the old unused drive-in a number of times. I have always wanted to get in and take some pictures before it disappears. Because there is little doubt it will disappear.

Well on this trip we just happened to be driving past the drive-in on the Bussell Highway when the owner was there and the gates were open. As I drove by I had to decide whether to turn around and check it out, or just give it a miss. Well I turned around.

I arranged with the owner for him to call me when it was convenient for me to take some pictures.

So today at about 3:00 p.m. I was in there taking some pictures of this drive-in before it goes 'poof' and it no longer there.

Unfortunately, but understandably, the speakers were no longer on the speaker posts. This could also be because many of the drive-ins converted over to FM transmissions for the sound so you didn't have to hang that big heavy speaker on your window.

People my age would have likely spent a lot of time in drive-ins. Windscreens wipers going on those occasions when it was raining, or trying to keep the condensation off the inside of the windscreen during cold winter nights. Listening to a movie with the absolute worst quality sound coming through a crap 3" speaker housed in a metal contained you hung on the inside of one of your side windows.

Many of those speakers got torn off their stands as people drove away. They had forgotten to hang the speaker up on the post before driving off.

The sound quality improved significantly when drive-ins began transmitting the sound via low-power FM—for those people that had an FM receiver in their car back in those days.

The picture above shows the ticket box in the foreground, then you can see the projection building to the left which also houses the Snack Bar, and then you can see the screen in the distance.

The very faded posters on the projection booth window are for the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Captain Philips". Catching Fire was the second Hunger Games movie and it came out late in 2013. Captain Phillips was also from late 2013. So it would seem that the Busselton Drive-in most likely ceased operating in late 2013—about three years ago.