April 30, 2011
I find flowers so elegant - the petals, the color, and the fragrance. They are like a delicate decadence. Yep flowers just make me smile and carnations are one of my favorites. But then so many are my favorites... I think I just like flower indiscriminately.
Whatever may be happening in your life I hope you find a bit of beauty.
April 29, 2011
So I set of two a couple of locations I had in mind but neither of them looked all that inspiring. As I was aimlessly driving around conscious of my time constraints (I had to get back home in time for the royal wedding!) I noticed this piece of cement pipe sitting in the middle of a field. I quickly pulled over and started snapping.
I like how the pipe acts as a sort of frame. This field was next to a busy road and of course I was taking these photos right in time for the home rush (I'm sure a few motorists were wondering what the crazy woman in the sundress was doing). There were a few almost Marilyn Munro moments - but luckily I kept the skirt under control!
The area and setting was so beautiful I'm going to use the location again for sure -- before it gets gobbled up into an industrial estate! The photo below will give you an idea of the wonderful setting.
I'm desperate to do a few portrait shots in this setting. With the right lighting and set-up it could just be so beautiful. I must confess it was fairly muddy and mushy so I'll have to let the field dry out before I take try to set up those kind of shots.
Until my next post I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
April 28, 2011
This project has been/is an amazing experience. It's really given me a chance to truly appreciate the world around me and to be grateful for all that my life is. When you have to take a photo every day you (or at least this is what's happening to me) become hyper aware of the beauty and wonder that is all around you. And for that I am truly grateful.
What are you grateful for?
But I figured project 365 better get in on the action. So I set up my little sculpture (?) of the London Eye to be the subject matter of day one hundred and fifty-four. (Actually I didn't realize until after I had taken the photo and my mum mentioned it fit into the royal wedding theme. I guess it must be sinking into my sub-conscious or something.)
I got this little trinket at the gift shop after we went on our 'flight' on the Eye. The think I love about this photo is you get the sense of the depth of the sculpture. It's a wonderful 3D little reminder of my wonderful time away.
I must confess I'll be tuning in to watch the royal wedding coverage tomorrow. So I guess I'm giving into the hype. I hope that they have a wonderful day despite their every move being scrutinized. They deserve to be happy - just like everyone else...
Are you going to be watching the royal wedding? Until my next post I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Now I know the horizon isn't straight and I know some of you may find that infuriating. But I tried to straighten it out in post-processing and it lost some of its definition, the clouds didn't look as good and it caused part of the driftwood to 'fall off' the print. So I decided to leave it as is. I choose to think of it as my own unique 'stamp' on the photo. Just call it artistic and let me get away with it!
It's a simple photo to be sure but sometimes I think simplicity is sometimes so beautiful. What do you think of it? I'd love to hear from you!
My favorite part of the gardens on this day (for it changes every time I visit) was this shrub abounding in beautiful little flowers. These little flowers must be a favorite with butterflies too because we saw at least 10 or so. Of course I snapped on my macro lens and started snapping away to try and capture these lovely little insects.
It was splendid! Like a dream and a poem all wrapped up in one. I could have spent hours there (in truth I did hang around for quite a while) just being surrounded by these beautiful little insects. They are simply magnificent!
It was quite hard to get a picture with their wings open (when they land they seem to fold up there wings) but after a bit of perseverance I finally managed to get a decent shot. I have tried to take photos of butterflies before but found they always flew away too fast but the butterflies at the Parklands were most accommodating.
I must find out what these flowers are called so I can plant them in my garden to attracted some beautiful butterflies to my little garden.
Are you a fan of butterflies?
I love it that this photo somehow developed a sepia tone and vignetting in the corners. There is no post-processing done to this photo. By some weird quirk of light and shadow it just turned out in this lovely rich tone. I love the happy accidents that can happen along the way as I delve deeper into the wonderful world of photography.
Another update is on the way...
April 24, 2011
I did a little shopping and got organized for a guest who's coming to stay for a few days. (I'm planing to get a few photos of her so keep you eyes peeled). But mainly I hung around the house and enjoyed a lovely relaxing day of reading, writing, and watching movies. It was perfect.
So day one hundred and fifty's photo comes to you courtesy of my garden. I planted this ground cover plant a few years ago and it has taken off... and some how moved to a completely different spot. It's a hardy little plant (it has to be in order to survive my gardening prowess) so I though it deserved its own photo.
The leaves have this slightly sticky, shiny, sort of fur coating. It makes it almost glisten in the right lighting conditions. I think it's beautiful with its many tones of green.
I hope that you are having a happy and safe Easter break. Whatever your plans may be I encourage you take a moment to think about what Easter means to you.
Until next time stay safe my dear friends. Take care of yourselves and each other.
One of my wonderful friends let me snap a few shots of her. (Thanks Mrs K!) This lady is amazing! She is super smart, authentic, beautiful and strong. I have so much admiration, respect and love for this awesome woman. She is such a positive influence in my life. Words cannot express my gratitude for her presence.
You want to know what I like most about our friendship? It's REAL. I can be brutally honest with her - if it's been a crappy day I'm free to tell her, when there's been a wonderful 'shift' in my thinking I can't wait to share it with her. There's no pretense. It's easy, free, deep and comfortable. It's authentic. Catching up with Mrs K always makes me smile.
Anyway we headed out to for a drive looking for an unoccupied space (it was a public holiday - lots of people out and about). We found a park which was almost empty and I vicariously indulged in my well documented love to swings.
So of course I didn't stop at just one photo. I decided to trial a sepia tone. As the project progresses I find I'm interested in trialing different treatments to get the most out of the photo. What do you think of sepia?
Right next to the park where we were there were horses!! And what girl doesn't want a pony when she grows up? I think Mrs K is a bit of a horse whisperer because the minute she walked up the the fence the horses came right up close. Of course I started snapping away like mad. Admittedly you can't see all of Mrs K's beautiful face but I like the sense of connection.
Okay how stunningly beautiful is this lady? My model for the day happily walked down the middle of the road with one ear listening out for approaching cars. It's been amazing to get more experience in portrait photography. Thank you so much Mrs K for allowing me to spend the day with you!
I had a fantastic time photographing one of my most fabulous friends. Life doesn't get much better than that!
Guess what? There's yet another update on the way...
I had agreed to go with a good friend of mine to go see a band... live... in the Valley. So basically I had agreed to step completely out of my comfort zone and try something terrifyingly new. It was with much trepidation that I made the journey into the Valley - thinking it would be horrible and my ears would be irretrievably damaged.
Instead I had a FANTASTIC time! I loved the live music - even getting pretty close to the stage at different points. I loved the energy and it was the most interesting people watching experience. It was great fun. I am so glad I was brave and willing to try something new (a big thing for me to do). Admittedly the bands we saw were mostly acoustic based but it was still a different and amazing experience than what I'm used to. I now kind of understand what all the fuss is about.
One of the bands we saw was Elliot The Bull. I had never heard of them previously and I have to say now I'm a bit of a fan. Here's a picture of one of the singers/guitarists
And then the band that we had actually come to see took to the stage. I had to get a few photos of course. Disappointingly the band was lit with horrible red lights so most of my photos just look like red blobs of nothingness surrounded by blue blobs. But I bumped my ISO w-a-y up and actually managed to get something resembling a face for the lead singer - albeit a very red face. Here's my best shot of As Tall As Lions.
They were awesome live. It was an amazing experience to hear them actually play. I think you get to see more of who they are as people instead of just listening to the music. You get a whole different vibe from it. I could have gotten far better shots with a 70-20 2.8 lens... and a better camera. Oh Nikon d7000 when are you going to come into my life?
But I had a great time and I would be totally keen to go to more gigs (see I'm even getting into the lingo) in future. I am so glad I went. It's opened me up to a whole new set of experiences. And it's yet another step in the awesome adventure that is the journey of life. So thank you Miss S for helping me to try something new!
When's the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and tried something new?
Anyway on day one hundred and forty-seven my sister-in-law (hereafter referred to as SIL or Mrs H) dropped by to give me a beautiful present. Another charm for my bracelet (the one I referred to here). A little laptop has happily joined the ranks. As an avid (wanna-be) writer and a bit of a blogger I use my laptop constantly. It's perfect! Thanks very much Mrs H!!
But that's kind of beside the point. You see Mrs H recently purchased some amazing shoes that were begging for their picture to be taken.
Aren't they amazing!!??!! Full on rainbow sneakers! I set these beauties up in a few different places - in the grass, with Mrs H wearing them, a few walking shots. But I like the flat black background the best. I think it makes the super colorful shoes 'pop' even more. They are so awesome... I wouldn't mind a pair for myself! But I suppose I'll settle for a pretty picture.
More posts are on the way.
April 19, 2011
I have discovered that I will go to amazing lengths in order to get the photo I want. Link wading into a lake to get the close up shot I'm looking for. Or lying down in damp sand in a dress and tights to get the angle I'm looking for. Once I get an idea or concept in my mind I will try just about anything to see it come to fruition. I just get so focused on seeing my ideas come to life that sometimes I forget everything else. Am I the only person like this? Or does this happen to you?
Until my next post I hope you manage to find the beauty in everyday.
I brought these wonderful bursts of colour from We Love Colors. These colourful tights are fantastic. I love wearing them -- they must appeal to the artist/hippy in me or something. Bright and bubbly just like me. Life is good!
Until next time take care of yourself beautiful friends.
It was such a lovely scene that I decided to break out my pretty little Instax and see what the results would be (it's always an anxious wait to see how the film turns out). I think the Instax turned out really beautifully. I scanned in the film which lost some of the quality and colour (I think I need a new scanner) but I still think it's pretty.
I think it's wonderful that a seagull just happened to fly by as I was taking the shot. It completed the picture so nicely. What do you think? Which picture of this scene is your favorite? I'm torn. I think I like them both!
I hope your week is off to a great start!
April 18, 2011
So a big congratulations to Miss A and Mr D! Thank you so much for letting me take some (okay, lots) pictures. Mr D hung in there like a champ - given that he's not the biggest fan of photos (Thanks Mr D!). I did take slightly longer than anticipated. Oops!
But I did get some really lovely photos. Some ideas I had worked out perfectly (like the one below) and some didn't work at all. That's the way it goes I suppose...
I just love that photo. Simple and elegent yet able to tell a story. The whole photoshoot was great experience and I learnt a lot. Some of my favorites are going into my portfolio for sure.
Because it's a little pointless to do a photoshoot for one single photo I'll share a couple of my other favorites.
When taking photos outside you always run the risk of the wind messing with your hair. This photoshoot was no exception. But it still made for some lovely photos.
It was fantastic to spend some time with my cousin and her family. I can't wait to take some pictures at their wedding!
Until my next post stay safe my friends and I hope your weekend was as fantastic as mine!
I'm not the biggest fan of this picture. I suppose I've been spoiled by my 1.8 & 2.8 lenses. As a consequence my kit lenses simply don't cut the mustard anymore. But the moon just seemed so close to my house I needed a record of it.
Hold tight for another update!
April 14, 2011
Anyway I recently needed an update in my prescription and it seemed like the perfect time to get myself some new frames. It made me realise that all my self-portraits so far feature me wearing my contacts (it's true I'm a contacts girl through and through) so it was time to break out the glasses. I think they look pretty awesome!
I can even give you some outfit details with this post - unheard of! You probably don't care but I'm going to give them to you anyway.
Top - From a shop in Nice, France (ooo la la)
Shear top - A gift from my mum
As part of the great deals on offer I got my hands on my beautiful Tommy Hilfiger frames and a pair of County Road prescription sunglasses. And because I'm in a health fund it didn't cost me anything. What a deal! Here's a picture of my beauties:
So if you're looking for an optometrist head on over to Specsavers Strathpine. I cannot give them a high enough recommendation.
Until my next post I hope your week has been fantastic!
April 13, 2011
But that's beside the point I finally got my hands on some beautiful peacock feathers and I knew they just had to feature in project 365.
I love the vibrant colours! So stunning, beautiful and a gorgeous mix of colours. The eye of the feather is so perfectly formed. It's one of the wonders of nature! There's something simply breath-taking about these wonderful feathers. I could look at its beauty for hours.
Until next time I'd like to know: what makes your heart skip a beat (metaphorically of course)?
April 12, 2011
The glow of cars speeding by provided just the right amount of light. The slight bokeh effect isn't bad either. I just love the mix of textures in this photo! I'd love to hear what you think.
Until next time stay safe dear friends.
April 11, 2011
Lesson learned I shall never leave my camera at home again! So instead I want for a little wander to see what I could see.
It's kind of hard to be objective about this photo because I know what I could have gotten today and this simply doesn't measure up. But still it's a decent enough photo. There is so much intricacy and beauty in nature.
Until next time I hope your week is starting off great.
April 10, 2011
As the sun kissed another day goodbye I felt such a feeling of contentment wash over me. I am excited about the adventures I am yet to face. Do you know what I'm talking about? But anyway as I watched this sunset I felt blessed to have witnessed such a sight. No matter how many times I see the sunset it never fails to take my breath away.
Until next time I hope your weekend has been wonderful!
April 9, 2011
I Write The Story
I write the story of us
I write how we met
Fell in love
I write of the day you asked for my hand
There are no white steeds in this story
No damsels that need saving
Doing life together
I write of the day I wore white
And promised to be your wife
I write of that sweet moment
You said ‘I do’
There’s no happily ever after here
There are struggles
Triumphs and tragedies
Regrets and hopes
I write of our children
Of how we grew them up strong and true
We taught them to be individuals
To laugh, live, learn, and love
I write of the battles we have face
And the victories we have won
I write of our love that stood
And lasted throughout the years
I write the story of us
And all that we’ve been through
I look back at the life we’ve lived
And I see the story that needs to be told
As I lift my pen from the paper
I feel you depart from me
For you were only a figment of my imagination
And I mourn the loss of you
Now if I was a fashion sort of blogger I'd be giving you the details of the outfit. But the truth is I've owned most of my clothes so long I can't remember where I got them from and I always cut out the tags.
The background is completely hideous but daylight was fading fast and I had to make the most of it. (Using a flash always make me look terribly washed out). Plus it seemed like the perfect time to pose with my cute little Holga.
Until my next post I hope your weekend has been fantastic!
She owns a Paris themed Diana camera!! How awesome is that? This little set up makes me long for Paris once more. Le sigh. Until then I can dream... And maybe start up my own Paris-inspired collection. Do you have a city inspired collection?
Hold tight another post is on the way!
These bouganvillia bushes are planted all along the walkway that winds around Southbank making a living archway. When they were first planted it really didn't look like much but now the archway looks so lush, green, and vibrant.
Another update is on the way
I got this beautiful headband from RufflesAndFringe. It's super cute. A headband always makes me feel all feminine and pretty.
Better photos are on the way!
April 8, 2011
Anyway the restaurant we went to has to more delectable dessert imaginable. Chocolate filled deep fried wontons! These little sweet, crunchy drops of goodness.
During the evening I was taken by the beautifully set table filled with fun, food and laughter. There's something about dining in a restaurant that makes eating far more pleasant. Don't you think?
Before catching up for dinner I set off early with the purpose of capturing a beautiful sunset. Unfortunately due to traffic and miserable weather I didn't really get what I was after. So I had to make do with a photo I had taken along the way.
More posts to come!
April 4, 2011
These darling little flower had such a beautiful smell as well. I don't know what type of flower they are but that doesn't matter. All I know is that I like them. And that is more than enough for me.
Until my next post I hope your day has been amazing.
April 3, 2011
I love dressing up and feeling girly! A pretty headband, a beautiful dress and some fabulous tights all add up to some fun photos in my book. Plus I look at all these self-portraits as great practice for when it comes time to take other people's photos. It's just so much fun.
Until next time I hope you are able to realize how wonderful you are.
There is something wonderful and soft about a perfect drop of water being surrounded by beautiful fluffiness. I don't know why but I simply find this picture beautiful. Sometimes there is such beautiful in pure simplicity. Don't you think?
Until my next update I hope your weekend had been wonderful.
I think figs are a pretty odd little fruit. I mean just look are the inside - it looks a little like a inside of a brain or something. They are simply so tasty that I don't care what they look like. I'm dreaming of growing my very own fig tree at home so I can have them whenever I want (in season I mean). Are you a fan of figs?
Another blog post is on the way.
Before the sunset I went for a wander around the beach. Simply taking it all in and enjoying the feeling of the sand between my toes. While on my wander I saw a kite-surfer (I think that's what it's called) practicing. It was so amazing!! This guy was doing some amazing tricks that took my breath away. I badly want to try it. It looks like an amazing amount of fun.
When I was taking these pics I wished I had a 70-200 Sigma 2.8. It would have made these photos pop. I simply couldn't get these shots as sharp as I would have liked. The Sigma would have performed perfectly. I think that lens is fast becoming my next must have item (after the Nikon d7000 of course).
It was a perfect way to end March. How was your month?
So I rushed out into the garden late at night determined to capture the first thing that I saw. The first thing I saw happened to be a weed (I'm not a very good gardener) with raindrops glistening in the ambient light.
This shot isn't the best... In fact I find it embarrassing that this was the best I could come up with. But in the space of a year it's inevitable that there will be a few duds. I do really love how water moves and pools though and this was a great chance to figure out the best way to capture water drops.
More updates are on the way.