Shirley Milburn | 2012 Review

2012 Review

December 18, 2012  •  4 Comments

Well the year is almost at a close, and so I thought I would take a look back at my photographic journey this past 12 months.


I managed a few sunset shoots at the beach in early January, but produced nothing of note. An interesting sunset one evening led me to jump in the car and drive in search of a location closer to home. I found these hay bales.


February saw the highly anticipated first photography trip away for the year, this time an overnighter to Cervantes with the girls. There was plenty of friendly argument in the pre-trip planning, as I have an aversion to the Pinnacles (they are ugly!). Nicole however, loves the things, and so it was agreed that we would do sunset at the ugly things, and sunrise on the amazing dunes. We dont have much luck with the weather, and this trip was no different. Strong winds at the Pinnacles whipped the sand, painfully exfoliating the legs, and threatening the cameras.

Unperterbed, we set the alarms for an early start to get to the dunes before dawn. The wind had eased slightly, but the sky was clear of clouds. We hadn't really planned which dunes we would drive to exactly, and given it was dark, we drove straight past them unable to see them!! A total disaster was averted (many kms later), when we found a nice looking dune for dawn. This was more like it!

 Cervantes Dunes


In February, I also managed a few outings closer to home. One such outing finished at Yanchep beach as a storm rolled in over the ocean.

Approaching storm

A family holiday to Dunsborough also provided a few photographic opportunities as I could sneak out of the house for sunrise and be home for breakfast. Qundalup boatramp is an old favourite spot, and offers a few different compositions. I had just bought a Polariser filter so tried it out for the first time.

Quindalup Boat Ramp



I discovered Burns Beach in March, and at our first visit we were treated to the most amazing sunset.

Burns Beach Sunset

My most successful image of the year was taken in March. The HBF Freeway bike ride is an annual event in Perth, whereby the freeway is closed to cars and opened to cycles for a charity race. My partner is a cyclist, and asked if I would take some photos of his team. When I got there, I was excited to see the strong shadows and instantly knew there was a cool shot to be taken. This image won Better Photography Magazine's "Incredible Sport" photograph of the year, and also gained 13th place in the International Loupe Awards.

Cycling Shadows



On Easter Monday I had planned to shoot sunrise, and decided on a nearby local jetty, envisioning beautiful reflections on the river. To the surprise of Perth, I woke to thick fog. My heart was pumping as I drove to the jetty, I was praying there would be no-one else there, and thankfully I was first to arrive (a few photographers wandered past while I was there!). The fog hung around for ages, and I was able to capture this shot "Infinity" which won first place in the Click West Awards (my day with Tony Hewitt was the fabulous prize).


The Crawley Boatshed is Perth's most photographed building. I hadn't taken photos there since I got my first DSLR 3 yrs ago, so stopped off on the way to work one morning and was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise.

The Boatshed



Autumn in Hyde Park is pretty special, and a quick trip with the kids for a walk around the lake still enabled a few photos for me.

Hyde Park

In May, my sister got married back in the UK, and I was lucky enough to make a quick trip home to share her special day. Not much time for photography, but did spend a day or two with the camera in the Peak District. Its a beautiful part of the world, and interesting to see it as a "photographer" for the first time.

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire




Winter is a great month for photography, with the chance of clouds and a later start to the day! In June, the lovely Sue-Ann Tilby shared a favourite haunt of hers, Blue Bay in Mandurah

I also witnessed a stunning sunrise at the Como Jetty

Como JettyComo Jetty Sunrise

North Cottesloe beach comes to life in Winter, when the sand is washed away, revealing some great rocks and reefs not visible in Summer

North CottesloeNorth Cottesloe cascade



An early start at Matilda Bay one morning, but sadly the clouds weren't playing. Back to the abstract :-)

Matilda BayMatilda Bay Boats

Seems it was a month for boats, as I also did some long exposures at South Perth Yacht Club

South Perth Yacht ClubSouth Perth Yacht Club

I also started to experiment more with macro and textures in the Winter




We returned to Burns Beach a couple of times in August, and again got some images I loved

Burns BeachBurns Beach

August is also tulip season at Araluen Botanical Park, a photographic adventure I enjoy every year.

AraluenRed Tulip

Nicole Fenwick and myself went to Rottnest for the weekend, my first trip there. We had a fabulous weekend, and I have fallen in love with the little island. My sides are still sore from laughing, I always enjoy a trip away with the girls!

Little Armstromng BayLittle Armstrong Bay 2

Sunrise from BathurstSunrise over the city



Spring in The Hills competition and exhibition saw me prowling the hills for photos! I feel this shot represents the Perth hills and bush, and was included in the exhibition (and sold!).

South LedgeSouth Ledge



We went in chase of the "urban landscape" for the Golden Shopping Trolley Awards. It was good fun shooting something different, and vow to do more of this kind of thing in 2013.


Kwinana TankKwinana Tank



We continued the urban landscape theme for a while, which saw me touring the dams of Perth! This one from Canning Dam.

Canning DamCanning Dam Wall

Perth experienced lots of tropical weather this year, with high humidity and storms. I headed out on an aimless drive one stormy afternoon, and grabbed this shot in Jarrahdale as the sun broke through the clouds



I was extremely priveleged to claim my Click West prize and spend a morning shooting with Tony Hewitt. It was a fantastic opportunity, gave me plenty to think about, and a real highlight of my photography journey so far. Also took a few photos!

Lines and StripesThe Crossing

Another highlight was the inaugral camping trip to Lake Leschenaultia with the girls. Despite the cheating at the "tent off" challenge, we had an awesome night, think there will definitely be more camping adventures in 2013!!

Lake LeschenaultiaLake Leschenaultia


Well if you made it this far through the blog post you are to be commended!!!

I have had a fabulous year with the camera, made particularly special beacuse of my "homies", the fabulous Nicole, Sue-Ann and Sam. We shoot together, and laugh together, what more could you ask!

I hope you and your families have a lovely Xmas and holiday season, and a fabulous 2013




Shirley Milburn
Thanks ladies, its good to reflect, and I fulfilled many photography goals this year and had a blast doing it :-)
Nicely summarised!!! And lots of memories :) You did extremely well this year - 2013 should be an even better year with some more laughs!!! xx
Toni Segers(non-registered)
Fabulous Shirley, I really enjoyed walking through your journey and seeing your incredible photos of the month. You are not only a very talented photographer, you are also a very talented author. Well done and hope you do one for 2013 as well.
Ailsa McDonald(non-registered)
Thank you!. I really enjoyed my journey through your 2012 months of photography.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Safe Christmas and may 2013 be filled with much love and laughter and many more fantastic photographic experiences.
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