Mike O'Day [MikeODay]

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BIOGRAPHY
I was introduced to photography by my father who was an occasional dabbler in B&W image making. He produced some quite good prints on an ancient looking enlarger set up in our bathroom with windows blacked-out by an old woollen blanket. If I can find it I’ll post his image which might be reasonably titled “nude study of chubby baby” – which is, you will be grateful to hear, the only surviving image of a nude me!

I guess I was around 10 years old when I was given my first camera. It was a child’s instamatic with plastic body and lens and produced square images on roll film. With no light meter, I had just to rotate the aperture ring as appropriate until the index mark aligned with the picture of the sun, sun+cloud or cloud. I graduated from this, through a Kodak instamatic and second hand (ex father’s) Practica, to my first serious amateur kit consisting of a Nikon FA with assorted lenses (the pride and joy of which was a very nice 105mm f2.5 AIS, which I still have) and an old 2nd hand Mamiya 645. Many of my recent additions to my gallery are scanned versions of the images made with this sophisticated Nikon and the basic but very capable Mamiya.

As a young man in my early 20s I fancied that I might make a living at photography (visions of beautiful pictures of even more beautiful girls…) and hence I enrolled in a photographic course at night school and commenced a part-time career as a sub-contractor to one of Sydney’s well known wedding photographers. I stuck at the course a year and completed I guess around 15 weddings before I decided that there was more money and less stress in Engineering!

So today, with a Nikon D300 and dreams of a full-frame 24Mpixel+ camera, I follow in my father’s footsteps and occasionally dabble at image making and hopefully produce a few nice images on my laptop in our kitchen ‘blacked-out’ against the afternoon sun.

Wishing you all the best.

Mike

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BLOG:

For any who are interested, I have started to develop a blog where I will display my 'Image Scrap-book' and post discussions on photography and related topics. The address is:

MikeODay-Photography.blogspot.com

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TUTORIALS:

My long promised tutorial on The Miniature Effect has been completed and can be found on my blog at:

MikeODay-Photography.blogspot.com/2009/08/Tutorial-Miniature-Effect.html

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GALLERIES

France 2008 (Nice to St Tropez and 100km inland)

Hunter Valley Gardens - Spring 2011

Landscape - Architecture

Animals

Vehicles

People

Landscape - BW

Birds

Insects

Landscape

Landscape - Sunsets

Valley of the Waters

Red Bull Air Race - Perth 2008

Wildlife

Baby Elephants - Taronga Zoo - March 2010

Tasmania 2009

England in HDR

Image Scrap Book

The imaginary world

The world in miniature

Williamstown Air Show, Newcastle, Australia - 2010

Dave's 70th

Taronga Zoo

Bath Time

Newcastle Small Guage Railway

Birds - Taronga

Classic Car Detail

Williamtown Air Show - 2

Everglades (Fuji X10)

Seasons Greetings

Railway Museum (Fuji X10)

3in Rail

Valley of the Waters - 2

Leura Cascades

New

Everglades & Leura Cascades (Fuji x100)

Paris

Leura Gardens Festival

Near space

Nebulae

Galaxies, clusters and starfields

PHOTOS

Arundel Castle, England

"The Three Sisters from Spooner's Lookout" (best viewed larger)

Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England (best viewed larger)

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

"Love Birds" - Rainbow Lorikeets (best viewed larger)

"Maud Foster Mill", Boston, England

"Jambo" (best viewed larger)

Dinner's coming!

"Sitting on duty" (best viewed larger)

Grooming School for Spider Monkeys (best viewed larger)

Looking towards Italy, Auron, French Alps (best viewed larger)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Straw Tower, Lincolnshire, England (best viewed larger)

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire, England (best viewed larger)

Hop Poles, Robertsbridge, Englan (best viewed larger)

15th Century Tattershall Castle, England (best viewed larger)

Powerful Owl (best viewed larger)

"Jennifer"

Edogowa Japanese Gardens (best viewed larger)

Feed me!

Damsel Fly (please view 'larger' for artefact free image)

"Golden Ant"

Hang Glider, Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia (1984) (best viewed larger)

Honey Bee (best viewed larger)

"Minka", White-Bellied Sea-Eagle (best viewed larger)

Australian Pelican (best viewed larger)

Maud Foster Mill, Boston, England

Bug - 1 (best viewed larger)

Well my mum doesn't think I'm ugly! (best viewed larger)

'Alison' (best viewed larger)

'Stephanie' (best viewed larger)

Sunset over the Tamar Valley, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

'Sunset over Ross River, Tasmania' (best viewed larger)

'Sunset over Ross River, Tasmania' (best viewed larger)

Sunset over Tamar Valley in Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Tamar Valley, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Egret at sunset, Sydney Harbour (best viewed larger)

Pilot Station, Georgetown Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales (best viewed larger)

curious cows (best viewed larger)

Warwick Castle, England (best viewed larger)

Warwick Castle from the Toll Cottage Garden

Lincoln Cathederal England

Burghley House, Stamford, England (best viewed larger)

"Trust", Lincoln, England (best viewed larger)

Just Jane - 1945 Avro Lancaster - East Kirby Airfield, Lincolnshire, England (Aug 2006) (best viewed...

Arundel Castle, England (best viewed larger)

Flower cart - Arundel (best viewed larger)

Autumn, Mt Tomah (best viewed larger)

Isola 2000 Ski Resort, France (best viewed larger)

Before the rush, Le Meridian Hotel beach front, Juan Les Pins, France (best viewed larger)

Rainbow Lorikeet

Laughing Kookaburra (best viewed larger)

Eastern Rosella

"Herstmonceux Castle" (best viewed "larger")

"Wilmington Long Man", Sussex, England

Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park - 02 (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park - 03 (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park - 06 (best viewed larger)

Sydney Opera House at dawn (best viewed larger)

Sydney Opera House (best viewed larger)

Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains National Park - 01 (best viewed larger)

Bee - landing

Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park - 05 (best viewed larger)

Tasmanian Waterfall (best viewed larger)

Georgetown Pilot Station, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

The Lady Stelfox, Cataract Gorge, Launceston (best viewed larger)

Family

Railway Crossing (best viewed larger)

Crunchy on the outside – soft in the middle! (best viewed larger)

Young Lion (best viewed larger)

Hannes Arch - Red Bull Air Race Champion 2008 (2nd November 2008, Perth, Australia)

"Through the Start Gates" - Red Bull Air Race, Perth, November 2008 (better viewed larger)

Nigel Lamb - 2nd place, Red Bull Air Race, Perth Australia, 2nd November 2008

Paul Bonhomme - 1st place in Perth, 2nd overall in 2008 - Red Bull Air Race, Perth, Australia 2008...

Paul Bonhomme, Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008. (best viewed larger)

Mike Mangold - Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008 (please view larger to avoid compression artefacts)

RAAF F-18 - Aerobatic display, Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008 (please view larger to avoid...

The "Roulettes" - RAAF Aerobatic Team, Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008 (please view 'larger' to...

The "Roulettes" - RAAF Aerobatic Team, Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008

RAAF F18 - Aerobatic display, Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008. (best viewed larger)

Sky Diving Display - Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008 (please view larger)

Sky Diving Display - Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008 (please view larger)

Hannes Arch, 1st overall in 2008 Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2nd Nov 2008 (please view larger)

Nigel Lamb - Red Bull Air Race, 2nd in Perth and 7th overall in 2008 (best viewed larger)

T-6 Texan - Pre-Race Aeorbatic Display, Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008

Pre-Race Aerobatic Display (Texan T6 & Stunt Plan), Red Bull Air Race, Perth 2008 (best viewed...

Grimaud, France (best viewed larger)

The Castle Ruin, Bargeme, France (best viewed larger)

Heavy Horse, Rural Southern France (best viewed larger)

Castellane, France (best viewed larger)

"Fort Carre", Antibes, France (best viewed larger)

Les Jardin, St Maxime, France (best viewed larger)

Les Salles Sur Verdon, France (best viewed larger)

Gourdon, France (best viewed larger)

Le Nid d'Aigle Restaurant, Gourdon, France (best viewed larger)

The main gate at Fort Carre, Antibes, France (best viewed larger)

Harlequin Love (best viewed larger)

Flower and bee (best viewed larger)

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

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The harbour at St Tropez, France (best viewed larger)

Bidestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Koala, Australia (best viewed larger)

Fairy Penguins (best viewed larger)

Lace Monitor (best viewed larger)

Japanese Gardens, Gosford, Australia (best viewed larger)

Richmond Bridge, Richmond, Tasmania - Convict Built in 1823 (please view larger)

Russell Falls Creek, Mt Field National Park, Tasmaina, Australia (best viewed larger)

Russell Falls Creek, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia (best viewed larger)

Richmond Bridge, Richmond, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

3801 loading coal at Orange in Australia on the 27th May 2007 (best viewed larger)

Loading the coal bunker - 3801 at Orange in Australia on the 27th May 2007 (best viewed larger)

Cottage garden, Richmond, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

3801 drive wheel detail - May 2007 (best viewed larger)

Cottage Garden, Richmond, Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Watercress Railway, New Alresford, Hampshire, UK (best viewed larger)

Engine no 3526 at Katoomba, Australia, 27th May 2007 (best viewed larger)

A summer's day at Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England (best viewed larger)

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire, England (best viewed larger)

Jack and Jill, Clayton, West Sussex, England

Thatched country house, Wilmington, England (best viewed larger)

Oast Cottage, Salehurst, East Sussex, England (best viewed larger)

Maud Foster Mill, Boston, Lincolnshire, England (better viewed larger)

Watercress Railway (engine 73096), New Alresford, Hampshire, England (best viewed larger)

12th Century Ypres Tower at Rye in East Sussex, England (best viewed larger)

The Old Military Stables and Wesley Church at Ross in Tasmania (best viewed larger)

Summer in the Garden, Burghley House, Stamford, England

The River Alre, at Alresford in Hampshire, England (best viewed larger)

1933 Riley at Mt Panorama, Bathurst, Australia - FoSC event Easter 2009 (best viewed larger)

1933 MG J type s/c at Mt Panorama, Bathurst, Australia - Easter 2009 (best viewed larger)

Mouila and 9 month old Mahale at Taronga Zoo, Sydney - May 2009 ( best viewed larger)

Mouila and 9 month old Mahale at Taronga Zoo, Sydney - May 2009 - 02(best viewed larger)

The Perenti (a species of goanna) is Australia's largest lizard

Perenti (goanna) - Australia's largest lizard (best viewed larger)

Australia's Southern Angle-headed Dragon (best viewed larger)

Australian Common Green Tree Frog (best viewed larger)

Balance

Face in the Sculpture Garden, Burghley House, Stamford, England (best viewed larger)

Bodiam Castle (best viewed larger)

Scrap Book - Bodiam Castle

Scrap book page - Face in the Garden

Scrap Book Page - Perentie 01

Fairy Dell (best viewed larger)

Scrap book page - Fairy Dell 02

Sunset - Sheraton's Moorea Lagoon Resort

Scrap book page - Moorean Sunset

Avoca Beach, Australia - 18th July 2009 03:00 hrs UTC (13:00 hrs local time) (best viewed larger)

Scrap Book page - Avoca Beach

Humpty Dumpty (best viewed larger)

Scrap book - Humpty Dumpty

Scrap book - Japanese Footbridge, Hunter Valley Gardens, Australia

Japanese Footbridge, Hunter Valley Gardens, Australia (best viewed larger)

Watercress Railway, New Alresford, Hampshire, England (best viewed larger)

Watercress Railway, New Alresford, Hampshire, England (best viewed larger)

Before the gates of Lincoln Castle (best viewed larger)

Scrap book page - "Before the Gates" (best viewed larger)

The Summer-house in mid-winter - Hunter Valley Gardens, Australia (best viewed larger)

Scrap book - The Summer-house in mid-winter - Hunter Valley Gardens (best viewed larger)

No. 37 JWF Milano GT2 (best viewed larger)

The Last Corner - FOSC race meeting, Easter 2009 (best viewed larger)

The Intercity Express - Gosford Railyards, Australia (best viewed larger)

The Coal Train - Gosford Railyards, Australia (best viewed larger)

Unicorn in the Pines, Southern France

A Valentine's Day Faerie (best viewed larger)

Marie - portrait of a dancer - 6 (digital alteration - best viewed larger)

Marie - portrait of a dancer - 4 ( click on image to view without compression artefacts )

"Pathi Harn" (aka "Mr Shuffles") - at 4 days old - 01 (click on image to view larger)

Luk Chai and keeper - Taronga Zoo - 14th March 2010 (click on image to view larger)

Luk Chai and keeper - 03 - Taronga Zoo - 14th March 2010 (click on image to view larger)

Luk Chai and keeper - Taronga Zoo - 14th March 2010 (click on image to see larger)

Pathi Harn (aka Mr Shuffles) - 4 days old - 02 (click on image to view larger)

4 day old Pathi Harn has a nap - Taronga Zoo - 14th March 2010 (click on image to view larger)

Porntip with Pathi Harn - 01 (click on image to see larger)

P51 Mustang (best viewed larger)

Poppy (best viewed larger)

Ranunculae (best viewed larger)

Gloster Meteor F.8 (best viewd larger)

Afterburn - F1-11 (best viewed larger)

Afterburn - F1.11 (best viewed larger)

Gloster Meteor F.8

Super Hornet (best viewed larger)

F/A 18F Super Hornet (best viewed larger)

Boomerang (best viewed largre)

Monopods are for wimps (best viewed larger)

Gear up (best viewed larger)

Hornet (best viewed larger)

Super Hornet (best viewed larger)

P51 Mustang (best viewed larger)

S70B Seahawk (best viewed larger)

The Roulettes (best viewed larger)

Yesterday (best viewed larger)

En Guarde (best viewed larger)

Wheelbarrow Garden (best viewed larger)

"Stormin Norman" (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 13

Dave's 70th - 12 (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 11

Dave's 70th - 10

Dave's 70th - 09 (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 08 (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 07 (best viewed larger

Dave's 70th - 06 (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 05a (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 05 (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 04 (best viewed larger)

Dave's 70th - 03

Dave's 70th - 01 (best viewed larger)

Pathi Harn - 04 (best viewed larger)

Pathi Harn - 01 (best viewed larger)

On the move (best viewed larger)

Mother and baby (best viewed larger)

Pathi Harn - Bath Time 02 (best viewed larger)

Pathi Harn - Bath Time 03 (best viewed larger)

Pathi Harn - Bath Time 01 (best viewed larger)

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Angry Gibbon (best viewed larger)

Angry Gibbon 2 (best viewed larger)

Gibbon (best viewed larger)

Baby Francois' Langur (best viewed larger)

Baby Francois' Langur (best viewed larger)

Red Lorikeets (best viewed larger)

Tree Kangaroo (best viewed larger)

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Pigmy Hippo (best viewed larger)

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Spoonbill (best viewed larger)

Washing Day (best viewed larger)

Dove (best viewed larger)

Drying (best viewed larger)

Pink Cadillac (best viewed larger)

Chevy BelAir (best viewed larger)

Chevy BelAir (best viewed larger)

Chevy BelAir (best viewed larger)

Ford Fire Truck (best viewed larger)

Ford Fire Truck (best viewed larger)

Shelby Cobra (best viewed larger)

Buick (best viewed larger)

Model A Ford (best viewed larger)

Model A Ford (best viewed larger)

Holden Special (best viewed larger)

Goggomobil (best viewed larger)

Buick (best viewed larger)

Buick (best viewed larger)

Buick (best viewed larger)

"High Speed" (best viewed larger)

DeSoto (best viewed larger)

DeSoto (best viewed larger)

Ford Fire Truck (best viewed larger)

"Stormin Norman" (best viewed larger)

Boomerang - Willamtown Air Show

F111 - "dump & burn"

F18

F18

F18

F18s

Time flies by

Super Hornet

P51 Mustang

Spitfire

P51 Mustang

Intruder Alert (best viewed larger)

Seasons Greetings - 2012 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 17 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 1 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 3 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 6 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 4 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 8 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 10 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 11 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 13 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 7 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 14 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 5 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 15 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 17 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 11 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 6 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 5 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 12 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 3 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 16 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 4 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 18 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 20 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 21 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 15 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 13 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 9 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 7 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 22 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 8 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 1 (best viewed larger)

Thirlmere - 23 (best viewed larger)

Everglades - 19 (best viewed larger)

here be monsters

Stone Angel

Fairies

Castellane (best viewed larger)

Rail 01 (best viewed larger)

Rail 02 (best viewed larger)

Rail 03 (best viewed larger)

Rail 04 (best viewed larger)

Rail 05 (best viewed larger)

Rail 06 (best viewed larger)

Rail 07 (best viewed larger)

Rail 08 (best viewed larger)

Rail 09 (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters 01

Valley of the Waters 02

Queen Victoria Lookout - (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters 04

Valley of the Waters 05

Valley of the Waters 07

Valley of the Waters 08

Valley of the Waters 06

Valley of the Waters 09 - (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters 10 - (best viewed larger)

Valley of the Waters 11 - (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades - 03 (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades - 01 (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades - 02 (best viewed larger)

Lunch Time at Robertson

House near Lerua Village

Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed Larger)

Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed Larger)

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Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed Larger)

Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed Larger)

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Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Everglades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains (best viewed larger)

Tree Nymph (best viewed full size)

Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains, Australia (best viewed full size)

View from Leura Cascades (best viewed full size)

Everglades gardens (best viewed full size)

Leura Garden Festival 00

Leura Garden Festival 01

Leura Garden Festival 02

Leura Garden Festival 03

Leura Garden Festival 04

Leura Garden Festival 05

Leura Garden Festival 06

Leura Garden Festival 09

Leura Garden Festival 10

Leura Garden Festival 07

Leura Garden Festival 08

Leura Garden Festival 11

Leura Garden Festival 12

x10-14-00061- Paris - Pont Neuf

x10-14-00066- Paris - Pont Neuf

x10-14-00077- Paris - The banks of the Seine - near Pont Neuf

x10-14-00087- Paris - Pont des Arts

x10-14-0098- Paris - Pont des Arts

x10-14-00111 - Paris - The Louvre

x10-14-00146 - Paris - The Louvre

x10-14-00207 - Paris - the Banks of the Seine, near Pont des Arts

x10-14-00209 - Paris - the Banks of the Seine, near Pont des Arts

x10-14-00221 - Paris - Statue of Henry 4th

x10-14-00223 - Paris - Pont Neuf

x10-14-00239 - Paris - The Seine

Waxing Moon

x10-14-00328 - Paris - Notre Dame

x10-14-01808- Paris - Konny Steding - Latin Quarter - 13 June 2014

x10-14-01827- Paris - The Senate - Luxembourg Gardens

x10-14-00198 - Paris - River Boats from Pont des Arts

x10-14-02142 - Paris - Luxembourg Gardens - Medici Fountain

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Lagoon Nebula

City of Canberra

The Running Chicken Nebula

Orion Nebula

Eta Carina Nebula

Eagle Nebula - Messier 16

Cat's Paw Nebula - NGC 6334

Cat's Paw Nebula - NGC 6334

Tarantula Nebula - NGC 2070

Alnitak and the Horsehead Nebula

Blue Moon - 31 July 2015

Bright nebula in Scorpius - NGC 6357

Bright Nebula in Ara ( NGC 6188 )

Bright Nebula & Globula Cluster

Ptolomy's Cluster in Scorpio - ( Messier 7, NGC 6475 )

Omega Nebula in Sagittarius ( Messier 17, NGC 6618 )

Nebulae and Clusters in the North East quadrant of the Small Magellanic Cloud