Impressions of Australia 6

Melbourne, looking down at the top of the first floor lights in the mall connected to the Sofitel on Collins, rendered in oil via Corel Painting Essentials. I need to comment that the only reason I took this picture was because I had spent the day hanging around Leanne Cole. My only artistic objective in tagging around with her was to have her “eye” rub off on me. I didn’t seek any technical instruction, which was good, given that I forgot the battery charger for my DSLR and so was just using the compact.

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Here’s Maggie Island (I think) shot from the boat on the way back from our Great Barrier Reef tour.

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Great Barrier Reef

You have to get up early to get to the reef from Townsville.

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It’s a long boat ride, but it’s worth it! The dark patches are the reef.

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The environment is very peaceful. I saw 3 big, kind of flat (vertical) fish hanging motionless in the water near the reef. They were so still! And there’s not much sound, just your own breath. Gazing down at the life below from the surface was really peering into another world.

The captain suggested I shoot some pictures through his polarized sun glasses. They allow you to see more deeply into the water.

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