Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

Sulfur Crested Cockatoo by Peter Dolkens
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I spent the day trying to capture this guy, but he kept teasing me by flying past then hiding whenever I’d get my camera out.

Eventually I managed to get 3 shots of him, and one turned out (In my opinion) magnificent.

A Mother’s Touch

A Mother's Touch by Peter Dolkens
A Mother’s Touch, a photo by Peter Dolkens on Flickr.

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I was spotted after turning my attention to this duo. I think I still managed to capture the moment though, and think that it works better than the shots where he is simply looking right.

Hat Parade

Hat Parade by Peter Dolkens
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The hats in the office for Melbourne Cup were exceptional centrepoints for my shots.

The Aviator

The Aviator by Peter Dolkens
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Caught this guy walking past Town Hall, absorbed in his phone.

Speechless

Speechless by Peter Dolkens
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Another shot from Melbourne cup capturing the speechless suspense as the worlds best horses go through their paces as the nation looks on.

Sweet 21

Sweet 21 by Peter Dolkens
Sweet 21, a photo by Peter Dolkens on Flickr.

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Birthday Girl at Pump House, Darling Harbour

Handheld

70-200mm f/2.8 VR II @ 200mm on a Nikon D800

Minimal editing in Photoshop, as my Lightroom machine is out of action currently

I struggle with story a lot with my photos, but I feel that this one tells a great story and shows an insight into our modern lives. The phone is a centre-point at her own 21st, Her gown is modest, yet revealing, her face is turned slightly away, drawing you to want to see more. Even the table in the background works to help define her back in the bright highlights.

Overall, very happy with this snap.

Smiling Cowgirl

Smiling Cowgirl by Peter Dolkens
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I think this one captures perfectly, the light and happy mood of the Melbourne Cup events, and the fun times had by all.

Salmat Noir

Salmat Noir by Peter Dolkens
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Perhaps the hardest shot to get out of my Melbourne Cup session. I just loved the black with a touch of red, and thankfully I was able to get this shot while everyone was preparing to watch the race on the projector.

[Green]Peace Lily

[Green]Peace Lily by Peter Dolkens
[Green]Peace Lily, a photo by Peter Dolkens on Flickr.

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For once I didn’t mind getting accosted by the street-walkers that patrol crowded areas. She was nice, friendly, and was trying to sell something that I support. Unfortunately I was only in the market for a petition or one-time donation, and they were only selling subscriptions, so no-sale, but I snapped this picture as she carried on, unphased by a simple denial.