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A time capsule, a wreck and a view   Leave a comment

Out and about in Altona, Kerry and I went for an afternoons walk into the nature reserve.  At the top of the look out point was a plague  informing us that a time capsule is buried there from the year 2000.  This capsule is to be opened in 25 years time.  It’s interesting when I considered the length of time that the capsule is to be buried for.  In my view 25 years really isn’t a long time.  For me this highlights an interesting aspect of Australian society.  With their country being so young in terms of settling, late 18th century.  25 years appears a long time to them.  To me, being from the UK, where I would think nothing of visiting a National Trust property anything up to 800 years old and with our history dating back hundreds of more years than that it’s nothing.  Just think about the Blue Peter capsule buried in 1971 for a year 2000 opening for just one example.

We got some great views of the city from up there along with a chance to photograph a burnt out car on the beach.  Being a photographer a chance to photograph all than rust and wreckage mmmmmmmmm.

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Stefan Palmer

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Mid winter……Victoria, Australian style   Leave a comment

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Posted 09/07/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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The Pier   Leave a comment

Living in Altona, by the sea, we are fortunate to have a pier. It’s a popular attraction for fishermen, school kids, couples wanting a romantic walk and uninterrupted views of Phillips Bay. What it gives me is a great subject to Photograph. This time of the year it can get a bit chilly on the pier. However nothing  near as cold and blowy as Whitby pier was one March weekend when Kerry and I visited a few years ago.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 13/06/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Autumn draws in…..Australian style   Leave a comment

Being a Brit to say Autumn in May….sounds very odd.

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Posted 30/05/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Plantic Corporate Event – My first ever paid photography gig!   Leave a comment

Regular readers of my site know I’m an avid amature photographer. Last week I carried out my first paid assignment. Does that now make me pro? I don’t know? The assignment was for the company that Kerry works for called Plantic. They launched a new eco freindly line of packaging that Coles (one of the largest supermarket chains in Australia) have started to use for their meat packaging. It was a workman like shoot. Nothing fancy was required. I had s brief from the PR company of what shots they required. I thought I would share some of  images from the assignment with you.  One of my pictures was features in an national newspaper (Herald Sun) and various other press releases.  Although I’m used to seeing my photos in print, from my many years as an estate agent, seeing them in the national press was a whole new experience.

 

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 26/05/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Magnificent Views   Leave a comment

Kerry and I are settling into life in Altona and exploring the area. That consists of borrowing Kerrys bike, my thrice weekly runs and the walks Kerry and I do together. These images show how beautiful the area is and how close to Melbourne city centre Altona is.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 20/04/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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So close you can smell the saltwater   Leave a comment

We are comfortably settled into our new home in Altona (see post link here). We are two minutes walk from the beach. Having never lived on the coast before, it feels like being on holiday. So far I’ve been for a run along the beach track, cycled a little bit around the town and had a few morning swims in the sea. If only I could get hold of some cylinders, I’d go for a dive…….mmmmmm. With so much coastline around Philip Bay, all close to Melbourne, Altona appears to have missed out on all the trendy sea front bars and resturants. The town centre is made up of a supermarket and a handful of hairdressers, bric a brac shops, average to poor coffee shops and restaurants providing food from various Asian countries. None of which concerns us.  We are here for the views, and the smell of the sea.  On the beach there is a lifeguard station, a pier and a few grassy areas before sand and sea. The sea itself is very shallow for a good 30 metres out. Due to the lack of surf, around Altona, Kite surfing is very popular. A walk by the beach is guarenteed to give you the opportunity to watch the guys in action. Because the area is so flat the skyline of Melbourne is nearly always visible. I had the coolest view the other day running along the beach looking at both the sea 10 metres away and the hazy skyscrapers in the distance some 18km away.

I do like this seaside living.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer