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 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