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VISITING ARTISTS: Foto Frenzy ‘Exploring Photography’ Workshop @ Mt Barney Lodge

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Mt Barney soon after dawn

Mt Barney soon after dawn

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Last weekend we participated in a Foto Frenzy workshop at Mt Barney Lodge in South-East Queensland’s World Heritage listed Scenic Rim.

This bushland retreat is nestled in a valley only a few kilometres from the rugged Mt Barney peak alongside the upper reaches of the Logan River. The location for the workshop is ideally suited for photographers as there are views of both pastoral and rugged natural landscapes in abundance.

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Late afternoon clouds over the Mt Barney peak

Late afternoon clouds over the Mt Barney peak

Mt Barney - ©Cooper+Spowart

An early morning encounter

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A nearby peak

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Reflections on the upper Logan River

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Workshop participants relaxing in their accommodation @ Moringararah Homestead, Mt Barney Lodge

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Workshop lecturer Darren Jew links opportunities for photography with a hands-on computer set-up with a fine art printing facility. Participants start with an inspirational introductory session followed by colour management induction and calibration of their monitors to ensure quality output.

The keen photographers assembled pre-dawn on Saturday to witness and photograph the setting full moon behind the Mt Barney summit and a cloud-streaked sunrise.

Mt Barney - ©Cooper+Spowart

The setting moon over Mt Barney

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Darren, assisted by Vicky and I, worked with the photographers to ensure that they made full use of the photographic opportunities provided. Breakfast followed and the work of editing and optimising files was carried out with tutorials presented by Darren.

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Darren working with participants @ dawn

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As part of our visiting artists program we worked with the participants offering suggestions and ideas for image enhancement. Other projects undertaken with the group included the setting-up of a camera obscura in Boolamoola Homestead and a ‘projection and light painting’ on Saturday evening.

For many years we have created images of place by combining projected images with electronic flash light painting on outdoor subjects and buildings. These Projections or light sculptures are constructed from individual exposures to make a composite photograph. The final image or series of images presents the viewer with a visual story that is drawn from our exploration of, and empathy with, each place.

On Saturday night we included the participants to witness and make their own photos of the projection work around and on the Moringararah Homestead. The capture of separate elements for the final image was presented by Doug as a performance of how we work in these situations. First we projected a dawn image of Mt Barney over the front of the house for an initial exposure. Next, the internal house lights were switched on to create an exposure for the windows. Finally, additional flash work illuminated aspects of the garden surrounding the house–on this occasion the time exposure for the light painting enabled the ambient moonlight to create a glow in the sky.

Moringararah Homestead projection and light paint

Moringararah Homestead projection and light paint

Mt Barney - ©Cooper+Spowart

Moringararah Homestead in daylight

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After this there was another ‘painting with light’ performance and photography opportunity for the participants in a sheoak grove by the small stream at the entrance to the Lodge. Each of the photographers present was given an opportunity to photograph the performance of the projection and light sculpting work.

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Sheaoak grove light paint

Sheoak grove light paint

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On Sunday 28th April students were assisted in taking photographs for World Pinhole Photography Day using pinhole devices made at the workshop and fitted to their DSLR cameras. The Boolamoola camera obscura was also available to the students a subject to document or just experience..

(SEE earlier post)

The workshop concluded with a frenzy of fine art printing of student work overseen by Darren.

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Student group   Photo: Darren Jew

Student group Photo: Darren Jew

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The natural location of Mt Barney Lodge, the facilities and catering provided by the owners Innes and Tracy Larkin helped to make the workshop a great success. The Lodge provides access to this remote and rugged part of South East Queensland. For accommodation and camping information see their website HERE

This region, alongwith most of Queensland and other Australian places of natural beauty and agricultural importance, is under threat of Coal Seam Gas extraction and open cut mining – Being in this place makes you realise the need for care and consideration of the natural places in this energy hungry, development crazy world. For details of CSG and mining in the Scenic Rim click HERE

Mt Barney - ©Cooper+Spowart

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OTHER IMAGES FROM THE WORKSHOP FOLLOW

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All  photographs and texts © of the authors 2013.

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  1. A great story D&V, and shows how extensive is this thing called Photography.

    poolefoto

    May 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

  2. Sounds like a fun week-end of creativity by the DR’s and Foto Frenzy. I received an email from My Barney Lodge featuring your week-end there. Wonderful.

    jan ramsay

    May 6, 2013 at 10:21 am


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