Driving along the south Gippsland Highway, in Victoria, Australia; I came across the Koo Wee Rup Observation Tower, The views were fairly impressive and I have hopefully captured some of these in a 360° panoramic image / tour.

This episode of "Cool Stuff Under the Microscope" is focused on Silica Gel, which is a material used in air sampling to absorb chemicals which are later desorbed for analysis by specific analytical techniques. A piece of Silica was placed on a Microscope slide and analysed under the Radical microscope (More info here) with a Nikon D5300 Digital Camera being used to image the silica gel.Because the depth of field is so shallow (talking microns), the following images are focus stacked from about 4 or so images through photoshop, and then finally edited in Lightroom. As always if there is anything (readily available) you are

In Victoria, Australia the 19th of December was a stinking hot day, with a maximum of around 41 Degrees celsius being reached during the day. This was one of a number of days of hot weather, and towards the late afternoon, we got a great storm come through Pakenham. The storm including heavy rain, wind and some lightning and as is often the case, I was unable to capture the storm front coming through, however, during a break in the storm the sun started to shine through the clouds creating brilliant rays of light.The image below is the capture of the rays of light, captured

The Little Wattlebird, also known as the Anthochaera chrysopthera is a medium to large honeyeater found in various regions of eastern Australia (from the Meliphagidae family). This specific bird was found in Upper Beaconsfield flying in and out of the flora. The little Wattlebird has a lovely call (seen calling in the first image) and is one of my favorite birds, but can be a pain to try and capture in action.Because the bird is fairly fast and rarely stay's in one place the images below had to be taken using a faster shutter speed, again using the Auto-ISO function of my digital camera (Nikon D5300)

The Pakenham Carols were held at the Toomuc reserve on December 12th, 2015. The carols were held by the Cardinia council and consisted of various activities including of course carols before being finished with fireworks. I wanted to try my luck at photographing the fireworks, and tried a longer exposure (> 1 second), higher ISO (e.g. 800) and an aperture of around f8.I made a number of rookie mistakes in taking these images which included:Too slow a shutter speed Focal length too wideThe errors I made resulted in a number of things, for a start the shutter speed being slow meant that rather than