Easter in Beechworth

If you were wondering where everyone was this Easter, it’s safe to assume they were in Beechworth at the Golden Horseshoes Festival.  This festival celebrates an important moment in Beechworth’s history and just so happens to be held over the Easter long weekend, when I tend to visit the parents.  It means crowds, even more tourists than normal, people doing odd things on the road and general mayhem.  It also means I avoid it like the plague when I’m up here, except for one year when I actually went to the parade, purely so I could take some photos (some of which you can see here).

My mum said it best as we were driving past the chaos on the way to my parents’ house (which is thankfully on the very edge of town).  She turned to my dad and said: “Why were we born without the gene that makes people want to go to things like that?”

It’s not that I don’t like going to interesting events; I just prefer it if fifty million other people aren’t there, too. Continue reading

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A New Baby… Camera

If you spend any sort of time around me, you’ll know I love photography.  In fact, anyone in my immediate proximity is pretty much a sitting victim for my camera, no matter what you happen to be doing.  I love photographing my cats or old ruined buildings or taking up the challenge of capturing the ordinary moments because those seem to be the times we’re more likely to forget.

That’s what I love about photography.  Here’s what I don’t love:

  • My camera weighs around 1.5 kilograms, even with my smaller lens attached;
  • Camera bags are a) ugly, b) often not easy to access, and, c) pretty much only have room for a camera and lenses;
  • It’s far too heavy to hang around my neck;
  • It’s far too precious to trust it to a strap slung over my shoulder (paranoia and I are BFFs);
  • It is incredibly unsubtle.  There’s no way you could miss the fact that I’m taking an Important Photo with a Serious Camera.

All of this tends to keep me from bringing my camera with me everywhere, which means I’m failing to practise and improve my skills.  So here’s what I decided to do about it… Continue reading