Once again I was lucky enough to be able to get out and about during my lunch breaks and photograph some of the best scenery in NSW, much of it located around Lake Macquarie. Situated 150 kilometres north of Sydney, Lake Macquarie covers an area of 110 sq kilometres, which makes it the largest coastal lake in Australia. This also makes it the largest permanent saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere!
Being such a large body of water there are also ample photographic opportunities for the amateur photographer to get out and capture some of the beauty of the lake.
The photo's showcased here were taken around Swansea, Belmont (on the eastern shoreline) and Bolton Point (on the western shoreline) and were taken using my new pocketsize friend, the Sanyo S1275 camera.
Although the natural beauty of the area is enough to hold the eye, for something a bit different I decided to play around in Photoshop to see if I could achieve something just that bit different. Using the programme "Photoshop Tutorials - Watercolor Painting Effect" (which is a free programme and can be found at -
http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/watercolor-painting/page-2.php, I think I have achieved an interesting effect.
While some photographic purists frown on excessive use of Photoshop post editing and prefer the lens to capture the moment, sometimes it good to experiment, just to see where you can go using modern computing power as an artform.