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Roving-Eye Gallery update and newsletter #16 for April 2022


Hello to everyone and thank you to the new subscribers.. welcome aboard!

With the latest update just uploaded head to What's New - April 2022 | and you can scroll back month by month for an easy catch up for previous months too!


This past month is a watershed month for sure, not just by the big jump in images to over 60 this month (around double the normal healthy month!) but the fact that it was all a product of the first of full on dedicated photo mission and just the first of so many I have in the planning stages!


In an intensive week on the water using the Jetski on the upper reaches of the Murray River and nearby alpine lakes a substantial 500km was travelled on water and over 750 Gb of image data acquired covering such diverse media as stills at ground level and in the air, onboard video from the ski’s perspective and Google Street view data which is all coming online as we speak!


All up there were 13 cameras of one type or another being used at some point to capture what each was best at and the weather played along perfectly!


My most basic goals were to capture riverscapes along with birdlife that might be found there and things certainly worked well as I got plenty of each as you will see in the gallery link above!


In some parts of the river there was difficult going with water levels being deliberately lowered between the Hume and Yarrawonga dams exposing submerged trees and snags so it was not possible to do the entire stretch as hoped in one go but some downstream from such as Howlong and some upstream from Yarrawonga.


Alpine lakes visited include Lake Buffalo, Dartmouth and Lake Hume to round out an entire smorgasbord of water scenery.. although the dams themselves are highly variable with their water levels in the upper reaches and more submerged trees are around to get hit by the unwary or unlucky!


This look at the upper Murray and surrounds was a first for me, but luckily I had a ski buddy and local to trailer me around and show me the ropes and what to watch out for so I was in great hands for my Murray introduction and we have plans to do the entire stretch later in the year when levels are friendlier to a rapid ski run all the way to the ocean at SA!


With barely a few days from that marvellous adventure and I’m off again, this time for a much longer 3 weeks to explore the SW corner of WA, but thankfully this will be much less work with flying and driving to make it so easy in comparison!

Again just like the Murray trip I will be hopeful for good weather so I can use the cameras to capitalise on that although there will not be 13 this time.. just 6 since the plane travel imposes carriage and weight restrictions unfortunately but I expect I will have plenty of what I need with what I’ve picked out!


Before year’s end and print deadline cutoff for such as 2023 calendars I want to cover 3 other types of terrain to round out a good selection of images to use and will add deserts, snow and tropical reef environments.

It will be an intensive programme in unleashing all the potential I have in items of equipment I have been unable to use with all the lockdowns now finally behind us.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the year end final tally will be out of a diverse range of locations this country has to offer and I hope you are too!


Take care and thank you for reading this far and sharing the journey!

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