Toowoomba is know as the Garden City. There are some great parks including Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park. While out and about in Laurel Bank Park, this Australian Native Magpie seemed to want its photo taken. Being there was one thing but I think luck played a part in creating my “Magpie Sunset” photograph.

The place

Laurel Bank Park is a short drive from the centre of the city (corner of Margaret and Ruthven Sts). The best place to park is the small car park off Hill St or along Hill St if the car park is full. The best time to visit is during the Carnival of Flowers. There are many blooms around and the work council puts into the parks to have massed flower blooms is a fantastic effort.

The prep

To be honest, there was no prep on this particular photo.

I knew I wanted a sunset photo in the park and was looking for the sun behind the trees.

The magpie was a pleasant bonus. He…she…it didn’t want to stand still for too long so I had my camera take multiple photos when the shutter button was pressed. I also had to hold the camera near the ground to get the composition I wanted.


My thoughts

I’m really happy with this photo. The subject, the time of day and the sun streaming through the trees gave me the photo I was looking for.

I like the square crop as there’s not a lot of the park to see at this angle but there is enough to provide some context.

I hope you like it.

Framing suggestion

This print comes up will as a traditional framed fine art print. With the colours though, printed on white based aluminium creates a stunning print really showing off the colours.

With the bright colours, an off white mat and a simple black frame would be the ideal choice for a framed print. Just left as it is would be the choice for the aluminium version.