Articles by Christopher Meder

Canberra - Floriade 2009

Floriade is a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra's Commonwealth Park featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. The festival attracts tourists from around Australia and overseas in spring from mid September to mid October each year, and is considered the most important regular event for tourism in the Australian Capital Territory. It is also called "Australia's Celebration of Spring".This event started in 1988... continue reading

Canada - Ontario 2009

In June 2009 we came back to Canada to stay at Wendy's parents house in Brucefield, located in Huron County, Ontario, along the shores of Lake Huron. This vibrant rural community is the most agriculturally productive county in Ontario.Due to my coming together with Wendy I've established a long lost connection together with my father, whom I have not seen for over thirty years and only met once when I was ten, and his two sons, whom I have never met, other then a few brief email exchanges. Thus... continue reading

Bluescape images technique

I've had several peopleask me , how I achieved a particular effect in my Ulladulla Lighthouse image (see the original here) and despite a few guessesnobody has as yet got it right :)It's not a complex technique and I got this result through a process of experimentation and trail and error and have since made a series of images using this, titled Bluescape.Firstly I must dispel any notion that this particular image is a HDR as despite the fact that I am quite fond of using HDR for landscapes,... continue reading

New Zealand road trip

Having lived in Australia for most of my life, I figured it was time to knuckle down and visit New Zealand, more so with the current deliciously low prices of plane tickets.We decided to travel using the number one mode of transport in this country for travelers, which is via a car. Well truth be told, the campervan really deserves this honor, but with visiting as we were in the low season, between summer and winter, we knew there would be plenty of readily affordable accommodation. Having only... continue reading

Camping by Gillards Beach in Tathra, NSW Mimosa Rocks NP

Wanting a bit of break from the city we decided to head down for a weekend of camping at Gillards Beach in Tathra, NSW Mimosa Rocks National Park.This park features a rugged and scenic coastline with many beaches enjoyed by surfers, fishers, snorkelers, birdwatchers and sightseers. Many natural sculptures occur on headlands, cliffs and rock stacks.Bushcamping is permitted at Middle Beach, Picnic Point, Aragunnu and Gillards Beach. Fees apply, payable on site. Picnic facilities with barbecues... continue reading

A Glimpse into China

To state the obvious, China is a very large country with so much to see that a person could spend a whole lifetime exploring this vast land, engulfed in it's cultural diversity and deep rooted history. My ten days, seemed hardly enough. Still combined with my Mongolian cycle adventure, time and other commitments didn't allow me the luxury of a longer visit, at least this time around....Therefore armed with my trusty camera and some travel advice I spent sixty hours on trains, between Beijing and... continue reading

Snowy Mountains Adventure

For my last Xmas holiday I went camping for a week into the Australian Snowy Mountains with my adventurous mum. During this trip, which took us all around the snowies, in addition to providing many great photo opportunities I ran into Peter Cochran who runs horse treks in Kosciuszko National Park with the permission of National Parks and Wildlife.Peter's family settled the area in the early 1800's and they have a long and interesting history, embodying the spirit of the man from Snowy River. While... continue reading

My Mongolian Adventure

On June 16th of 2008 I embarked on an amazing adventure that saw me and a group of other avid adventurers, cycling across the Arkhangai mountain ranges, located about 800 kilometers from UllanBaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Aside from riding more then 400 kilometers on a mountain bike over a variety of mountainous terrain at altitude of 2000 to 3000 meters, with snow caps above us and despite it being summer time, I got to meet the amazing people of Mongolia, experiencing their warmth, hospitality... continue reading

To sharpen or not to sharpen?

When I first started with digital photography around three years ago it was with a pretty decent compact, a Canon A95. For the first year and a bit I sharpened every single of my images by a factor of 150% & pixels at 3-4 ignore threshold and 3-4 radius, sometimes more in addition to boosting the contrast and brightness by 40/30 or more..The resulting images looked great on my monitor and didn't turn out too shabby on 8x10 prints either, while for web they were ideal... However.... when I started... continue reading

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