The Beginning

Ang & Tas - Mirboo North Victoria

Ang & Tas – Mirboo North Victoria

South Gippsland and Gippsland in general has been my defacto home for more than 40 years and is now my full time home, and it’s my desire to document as much of the region as I can. To that end, this blog will hopefully record all the things that I love, enjoy and find so great about this part of Victoria, Australia.

As a bit of background, I’ve been into photography in various shapes and forms for around 40 years, professional and otherwise, gave it a break for some years just before digital started to take off and then got back into it with gusto around 2001 with a simple P&S digital camera. That first digital camera, in many ways, made me look once again at photography in a serious way and opened my eyes to all that I’d been missing in those intervening years.

To cut a long story short, I ended up getting a DSLR, started doing news and sports for a Melbourne newspaper, as well as documentary photography (amongst other things) for Defence and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and didn’t look back. Now in semi-retirement, I have an opportunity to do things that I always wanted to do, but never seemed to find the time to do, so we’ll see what happens.

I now see myself as a mix of photojournalist, documentary photographer and historian and, given my long association with this part of Victoria, this blog will primarily be about Gippsland. But since I’m interested in a wide variety of issues, I’ll be writing about numerous things, so I hope that you enjoy the stories.

One thing that I’m quite chuffed about is that the blog is now listed in the National Library of Australia archives aka Pandora so, if nothing else, this gives me even more incentive to keep the blog going and recording as much as possible about South Gippsland and Gippsland in general.

Member (Retired) AIPP.

email: info @ australianimage.com.au

Clicking on the photographs will give you a larger view in most cases and, unless otherwise attributed, all photographs have been taken by the author and copyright applies.

6 thoughts on “The Beginning

  1. Bob aka BarefootPilgrim

    Ray, I hope you’ll keep the blog going. (Your “The Beginning” post makes it sound as if you may not). I’ve enjoyed seeing your work on the Oly forums and it’ll be good to see more of it with your commentary, too.

    Peace… Bob

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    1. Ray Post author

      Thanks for the kind words. The blog will definitely continue for the foreseeable future. I’ve got quite a few ideas brewing, so I can’t give up just yet, or so soon.

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  2. Gerry Siegel

    Just discovered your page and your person again in this world wide web, Ray… My aloha to you downunder, Ray I missed you…. You are full of ideas. Keep them coming and share with us. Best regards, Gerry Siegel of Honolulu

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    1. Ray Post author

      Good to hear from you Gerry and hope all is well. I didn’t think the blog would get to where it is, but there always seems to be something to write about. Then again, I do have more time to navel gaze these days.

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  3. Brian McKeon (Katoomba NSW)

    Hi Ray, I saw a post of yours elsewhere on a Vivitar 600mm solid cat lens. I now have one from my dad but it has a bit of tropical fungus on a lens element somewhere inside it seems. I was wondering about using it with my Olympus OM-D for some astronomy work in the Blue Mountains and would appreciate your opinion if you thought it was worth chasing adaptors and use it as-is or attempting to dismantle it and clean it etc, Or am I simply looking at a very nice technical paperweight:-) Thanks, Brian

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    1. Ray Post author

      Hi Brian

      The lens may not be as bad as you think. Being a solid catadioptric, there aren’t that many lens elements involved. You may be lucky and the fungus could just be on the filter at the rear. This is easy to access and then also whatever lens/lenses sit inside. It’s a very simple design and there are a number of guides found through Google that explain how lens elements can be cleaned of fungus. Have a close look first and you might have yourself one very good lens. If all is good, cheap adapters are readily available and don’t cost much at all. If it looks like a goer, let me know and I’ll see if I can find the adapter that I use, which is excellent.

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