Jubilee Lake, Daylesford: contented duck 

I haven’t felt like posting for a while – mainly I keep up my instagram account, @melanieylang, and I have been otherwise engaged of late. A recent trip to Daylesford was a great chance to take some nice shots, though. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with 14-140mm lens. Edited with Snapseed app. 


Lake Wallace, Edenhope: pier at dusk, early summer 

Like many who moved, or were born, here after the drought turned the lake into a puddle (at most), I have never seen Lake Wallace full. But, while the lake itself is lovely, what amazed me most the evening this shot was taken was the foreshore atmosphere: family groups spread along the banks, enjoying a meal and activities with friends and dogs; motor boats on the water; people cruising by; it felt pretty great to among them. 

The locals who grew up here remember it being fuller than it is now, with yachting another favourite pastime. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a good follow-up season to keep the lake in good health, and bring visitors to this special part of Victoria. 

Bottle, Cicadas, Lake: getting something right 

As a passionate amateur photographer, I spend a lot of time reading and thinking about photography, and less time doing it. After a few years with the micro four thirds system, I have tried a number of cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, and am still trying to get the right kit together. I have a couple of nice prime lenses now – all second hand, as my cameras also are – but I still slosh about in my practise like an unconfident landlubber in a dinghy. 

Yesterday I put my 20mm pancake lens on to take photos at a social event at dusk – wide aperture for low-light capability, small lens for discretion, and an effective focal length near to ‘normal’; I thought it would go well, but I forgot that I am not comfortable being that close to the action in a social setting. Consequently, I got no photos of said action, and went home feeling sad about my own shortcomings.

At least I got a couple of photos of non-human subjects, which is much more my style anyway.

Olympus Pen E-PL5 with Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens. Straight out of camera.

Centre Lake, Douglas: green and grey

The tiny hound and I went for a drive to see the lakes out at Douglas, which are looking lovely now that they are mostly full. We pattered about along the edge of Centre Lake, resisting the urge to dash after a fleeing hare (him) or splash in the shallow water and sink calf-deep in mud (me).

Fujifilm X30, edits and border applied in Snapseed app. 

Lake Buninjon, Willaura: foamy shoreline 

My previous attempt to photograph Lake Buninjon, east of the Grampians near Willaura, was thwarted by heavy rain, and I’m not the hardy type. Happily, the next visit yielded good photo opportunities, as the late afternoon midwinter light was very appealing.