July 31, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Nine

Happy last day of July! I can't believe how fast this year is flying (I know I've said that a few times before. But I find it kind of mind blowing). Anyway as I think I've mentioned before I read an heap of photography blogs and books (as well as watching endless amounts of YouTube tutorials). A lot of what I've been reading about lately is what I like to call 'splash' photography.

Image taken 31 July 2011

I like it that you can just see a tiny bit of the pineapple. Before I try this again though I'm going to invest in a big glass bowl so that I can focus through. So I just get a picture of the water instead of having to show the glass.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a lovely week.

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Eight

On day two hundred and forty-eight I went to the movies and had dinner with a lovely friend. It was a fabulous way to spend a few hours. Plus I discovered another gem in Brisbane. It's always nice to expand your horizons and discover new places to visit.

Image taken 30 July 2011

For dinner we went to an amazing restaurant called 'Libertine'. The decor was simply stunning that created such a wonderful atmosphere. The furnishings were phenomenal and it just exuded a 'warm' concept.

The food was great too. I defiantly plan to go back there sometime soon. The cinemas and 'Libertine' is located in The Barracks - a bit of a Brisbane icon that I have never visit before. It felt like there was a picture perfect moment at every turn. If you're in the area it's well worth a visit.

It's fun to discover new and exciting things about your hometown. What's your latest discovery?

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July 30, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Seven

Okay so I've noticed that a lot of my recent photos have been food focused. While this wasn't intentional I think it shows that I'm a bit of a foodie. Photograph what you like, right? Plus whenever I'm looking through my recipe books I love looking at the picture. Aesthetically pleasing food simply tastes better in my opinion.

Image taken 29 July 2011

This meringue was a bit of a personal triumph. Whenever I've tried to make them in the past they never turned out right - all brown and weirdly bubbly (admittedly I didn't care that much. They were after all still highly sugary). But I finally discovered what I had been doing wrong for so long. I was adding far too much sugar (seriously it was excessive in the extreme) and I was cooking them at too high a heat. Problem solved! Now I can safely add meringue into my cooking skills.

There is just one thing I don't like about this photo. I wish the plate was a different color. It would have made the white meringue stand out so much more. Unfortunately all the plates I own are white and you have to work with what you've got. If I start taking more food shots though I may need to invest in some different colored plates!

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Six

I have this thing bubbling on the inside of me. This deep seated joy. I have a direction, a passion, a purpose and a plan. Instead of always looking to the negative and what I don't have I've changed my focus. I realize how blessed I am and how much I have to be grateful for. My outlook has changed. I'm completely excited about life and where I'm going. I am truly happy... And what could be happier that 100 & 1000s?

Image taken 28 July 2011

This photo is also a demonstration of a brand new (to me) photography technique. I love learning new techniques and applying them. You see quite a while back I brought myself a reflect but I had never used it until this photo. I could never seem to figure out how to hold it and fire the shutter. Enter my lovely little remote and manual focus and I finally had enough hands to use the reflector. Another skill learnt. Winning!

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July 29, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Five

It has been a while since I have taken a self-portrait and on day two hundred and forty-five it seemed like the perfect time to restart the practice. So I got myself all dressed up and headed to the local park in search of some nice defused natural lighting.

Image taken 27 July 2011

I'm loving bright lipstick at the moment (well more accurately it's called lip stain). It's a bit of a departure from my normal make up routine because I'm always terrified of the whole lipstick on the teeth awkward moment thing. But anyway bright lipstick makes me feel kind of fierce and feminine (I want to say sexy but that sounds bad). I think I if I wore a tracksuit and bright lipstick I'd still feel feminine. It reminds me of 50s styling - an era I think is stunning.

Okay enough about make up and back to photography. This little shoot was a good lesson that I need to start trusting my instincts a little more. This was the first photo I took and I was really happy with it but I wasn't sure if it was right on the money so I preceded to take another 120-odd photos with slightly difference variations. But when I looked at them all back at home the first one was my total favorite. I've just got to trust myself a little more.

Do you ever struggle to trust yourself and your instincts?

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Four

After a couple of days of being home-bound I was keen to get out of the house. So after another fantastic experience learning more about portrait lighting I headed out to get some fresh air. And what better time to take photos then in that window of light just before the sunsets? Gotta love the golden hour!

Image taken 26 July 2011

What do you know some more macro. I'm starting to think I might be a bit of a macro addict! Something about it is just kind of wonderful to me. I mean macro can even make weeds look beautiful and interesting.

There was something completely calming about wandering around a park with my camera in my hand and experiencing the beauty that surrounded me. It was the perfect way to end my day.

When was the last time you sat and enjoyed the pure simplicity of sunset in a park?

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July 28, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Three

I really enjoy writing and I get a thrill out of blogging. There's something about the art of writing that I find completely relaxing. It's how I sort out my feelings on any given subject. Writing is comforting, challenging and creative. But I'm a child of the digital age so almost all (I'd say about 99%) of my writing is done on one of these:

Image taken 25 July 2011

I'd be completely lost without my computer. Be it my laptop or my phone I feel like I'm constantly taping out thoughts or ideas. If I had to try and write with pen and paper I would get frustrated so quickly. My hand gets tired writing a birthday card for goodness sakes! I can't imagine trying to write out some of my short stories and such by hand. That's another one of the many reasons I respect the authors of the classics. Just think Jane Austen wrote the whole of 'Pride and Prejudice' by hand!! The mind boggles.

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-Two

After the mammoth physical day the day before I needed a completely relaxed day. Can anyone say pajama day? Sore? Yes. Totally worth it? Most defiantly! So I spent most of the day shuffling around the house feeling muscles I never knew exist. In fact the most active thing I did all day was to cook myself some dinner.

Image taken 24 July 2011

In case you can't tell I adore tomatoes! Seriously I'll take them any way I can get them. One of the best ways I like to serve them is with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and fried. Kind of messy to eat but oh so yummy. Are you a big tomato fan?

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty-One

Okay so these was a bit of a delay... Sorry! I'll try really hard to get my act together. But I kind of have a good reason. Well, for the first couple of days anyway. You see on July the 23rd I went of a day trip up to Montville with some great people and took a bush walk to the local waterfall.

Image taken 23 July 2011

The problem? It was about 2kms each way. Not that far really if it was all flat - which it wasn't. Add to that that I'm not exactly the fittest person in the world. Now on the way down I was pretty much fine. And I was completely fine scrambling over the rocks at the bottom of the waterfall. It was the walk/climb back up to the car that killed me!

But all the pain and sore muscles in the days afterwards were completely worth it. I managed to get these decent 'blur' waterfall shots by balancing my camera on the nearby rocks and hoping that I didn't accidentally knock it into the water.

On the journey home from the waterfall we past a steelworks that was rife with photo opportunities. Thankfully my traveling companions we happy to pull in so I could take a few photos. Oh happy day!! Thanks guys.

My favorite photo from the steelworks is the one below. It may not have the best focus or framing but I love the juxtaposition of it. The intricate, highly delicate spider web surrounded by the strong, rusty steel.

What do you think of it?

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July 22, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Forty

I am often inspired by various photos I see. It's fun figuring out how the different artist has achieved something yet still bringing my own twist to it. Making it my image. Quite a while ago I saw a photo (I can't remember where or when and I don't even have a copy to show you!) that played on the idea of a photo in a photo. Enter my beautiful HTC Desire HD...

Image taken 22 July 2011

I don't know why but my photo of the phone screen just doesn't appear as crystal, clear as it is in real life (the screen on on HTC Desire HD is phenomenal!) I don't know if it was the angle I took the DSLR photo on or the face that I have a screen protector on my beautiful touch screen. If you know how to get a crystal clear photo of a touch screen please let me in on the secret.

In the meantime I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Nine

I ran out of time to take the photo I had planned for day two hundred and thirty-nine due to various circumstances. But that doesn't matter - I can just save it up for another time. So it seemed like the perfect time to try out a technique I had read about ages ago -- trying to capture smoke tendrils.

Image taken 21 July 2011

It took ages to figure out how to make the smoke more visible! I tried natral light, indirect flash, direct flash, matte backgrounds, shiny backgrounds, neutral backgrounds and color backgrounds. This was the best one I could come up with. I'm planning to revisit this idea again to see if I can get an even better result. One think I wound change about this image is I would put the incense on a colored plate as you completely loose the smoke in the bright, white plate.

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July 20, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Eight

Yay! I've finally caught up on all my project 365 posts. Phew! As I have had before I'm a bit of a foodie but sometimes simplicity is best. When I was making my lunch today I was drawn to the colors. Of course I had to take a photo of the vivid colors.

Image taken 20 July 2011

Toast, fresh mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and topped with a generous amount of bright green avocado. Pretty much the perfect lunch if you ask me. What's you favorite thing to have for lunch?

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Seven

I've already told you how amazing and crazy talented my mum is but what I might not have shared is she is a magnificent hairdresser as well. (Seriously is there anything the woman can't do?) She has been cutting and coloring my hair for goodness knows how long. And we're not talking a simply bowl cut here people - all out style cuts with blending, layering and shaping. It was time for a style cut and as I saw her scissors ready and waiting to be used they seemed like a perfect subject matter for project 365.

Image taken 19 July 2011

The mark of how great a hairdresser she is comes from my friends - the one time I went to a paid (holy expensive!) hairdresser nobody even noticed I had gotten my hair done. The moment mum steps up to the plate I get compliments left, right and center. If that's not the mark of a good hairdresser I don't know what is.

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Six

Day two hundred and thirty-six was drawing to a close and I was beginning to get that panicked feeling of 'oh no! I haven't taken today's shot. I'm going to FAIL!'. Thankfully my brother t0ld me to go outside and look at the moon. It was so bright and seemed so close. The perfect thing to quell my panic.

Image taken 18 July 2011

I love it that you can just make out some of the moon's surface and that it doesn't just look like a huge ball of light. I wonder if the man on the moon wanted his picture taken? There is something peaceful about staring up at the moon and letting the worries of the day simply melt away...

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Five

I've got to admit I'm a bit of a phaser. (Yes I made up a word please just go with it). There have been many phases - when a tried to learn various musical instruments all to no avail. Total phase. I tried skating. Complete failure phase. Trying different 'themes' of clothing. Expensive phase. And so forth and so on. If I'm brave I'll admit that even photography started out as a bit of a phase that has turned into a complete passion. Total win!

A couple of years ago I went through a phase of liking chunky jewellery. You know big wrist cuffs and such. I was particularly drawn to leather cuffs. With buckles. Lots of buckles.

Image taken 17 July 2011

Truth be told I still like wearing such things sometimes. If the outfit calls for it. Only problem? The buckles. While I might like the style I didn't think about the application of such a cuff. Bare in mind I don't even wear a watch because I can't do it up! Something about doing something up on my wrist gets my fingers all muddled. I mean if I want to wear a bracelet with an outfit I have to get ready an hour early to (hopefully) give myself enough time to do it up. And it usually ends in multiple screams of frustration with the bracelet flying to the other side of the room. As you can imagine buckles are not my friends - at least not on my wrists.

But still it made for a pretty picture... And that's all that matters, right?

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Four

Wow! What a wondrous road-trip it was (apart from mum getting sick of course). But the Outback Spectacular signaled the end of that particular adventure and as of day two hundred and thirty-four it was back to real life. Because I was so tired from the previous nights driving I was keen to have a relaxing, do-nothing, at home day. And that's exactly what I did but for one little exception. I simply had to visit the fruit and veg shop because there was nothing in the fridge. Okay slight exaggeration maybe. But I did need to stock up.

That means one thing you know... Macro food shot!

Image taken 16 July 2011

Now if I were in the habit of naming my photos this one would be called 'Pretty And Perfect Passionfruit Pulp'. Try saying that 10 times fast! I love passionfruit!! It's so tangy and sweet. My brother has a passionfruit vine in his yard and neither he or his wife like passionfruit. Such a waste. I'll be taking a few next time I go over let me tell you. You know what I really like about this photo? It has such beautiful, vivid colors! I love how the outer deep purple skin in slowly seeping in to the perfectly white flesh. Ah so pretty!

What fruit do you love?

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Three

The road trip ended on a high. Or rather a high low. Or rather a different high than I was expecting. See the plan had always been for mum and I to attend the Outback Spectacular (more on that later) on the last night of our road trip. End it with a bang so to speak. Unfortunately mum had taken ill while we were away and wasn't feeling so spectacular herself (sorry, I saw a pun and I had to take it). As a result it didn't seem like the best idea for her to go and have a bad time. It was disappointing (for the both of us) that she couldn't go but we managed to find me a buddy for the evening. Luckily my SIL (sister-in-law for those of you playing at home) stepped in and went in mum's stead.

Now if you've never heard of The Outback Spectacular click that little link and it will tell you all about it (after you've finished reading this post of course!). It's an amazing experience! You watch amazing feats of horsemanship and thrilling story lines to accompany them. All while feasting on an wonderful three course meal. It is defiantly worth the price of admission (and the half tank of fuel it takes to get there). You even get given a hat upon entry that you get to keep. Score!

Image taken 15 July 2011

Unfortunately you aren't allowed to take photos in the arena itself. But let me tell you my trigger finger was itching! I suppose you'll just have to go and experience it yourself, won't you? Thanks to my SIL for coming with me. Mum, I'm sorry you missed out. It would have been a blast to go with you. But thank you so much for yet another amazing adventure. I can't wait for the next one!

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July 19, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-Two

On day two hundred and thirty-two I apparently became obsessed with rust because my two best shots of the day were all about rust. What can I say? I love details and the sense of history that rust can demonstrate. At one of the stops on the way to our next night destination I saw this beautiful barbed wire (has barbed wire ever been described as beautiful before?)

Image taken 14 July 2011

I love the sense of place the blurred fence post in the background gives the photo. It gives a slightly more rounded story than simply a super close shot of the barb. Keeping with the rust theme this bolt (?) was sticking through a fence post on my Uncle and Auntie's property. I love it!

Am I the only one who has a fascinated by rust? I'd love to know if there is anyone else out there!

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty-One

The next day we left mum's hometown and made way to my Uncle and Auntie's property with frequent stops along the way. One of our first stops was at a famous pub in the area which was used is a fairly well known (in Australia anyway) film - starring Hugh Jackman (see if you can guess which one!). The pub was rustic and beautiful but I was more taken by the nearby bridge. I lay down on the bridge and started snapping desperate to capture the beauty I saw.

Image taken 13 July 2011

Details, details, details!! Details make my heart sing. It seems I wasn't the only one enthralled by the bridge. I spied a artist sitting on the river bank sketching its likeness.

The black and white effect I applied to the photo sort of mutes the smoke rising from the fire. I think what would have made the image perfect is if he had have been a fisherman. Talk about the quintessential shot!

We set off again only to stop just a short way up the road. I saw these beautiful, vibrant flowers growing wildly beside the road. They were everywhere! It seemed rude to not take their picture.

There were bees busily buzzing (try saying that 5 times fast!) around these wonderful flowers collecting the pollen. I tried with all my might to capture one of the darling little creatures but I didn't have my tripod out. Plus it was a super quick stop so I'll have to try and capture that kind of shot another time.

When we got to my Uncle and Auntie's place they took me for a photographic tour of of their property. It was amazing!! So amazing in fact with so so many beautiful photo opportunities that I think it deserves it's own special post (to come a bit later). But here's a little taste:

I love a crackling fire on a cold night. This much is obvious looking at my hard drive (I snapped over two hundred photos of the fire alone!). Next we hit the road heading for where my parents first met!

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Thirty

I love the hazy light of a winter sunset (the light seems to last a bit longer in winter versus the summertime). Since I was in the wide open spaces of the country I couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture this beautiful, hazy light.

Image taken 12 July 2011

I have about a bajillion (yes that's right I just said bajillion) pictures of this particular sunset. Because I didn't want to overload you with a tonne of pictures I chose just one. Let me tell you it was a tough decision to make and I'm still not convinced I'm sharing the best one... Does this ever happen to you? How do you make the decision?

In our meanderings during the day I saw this tiny, wooden shed that just seemed so quaint and simply so very... country.

Coming up we leave mum's hometown behind...

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July 18, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Nine

I woke up early on the second day of the road trip because there was something I was desperate to take a photo of. After getting dressed quickly I walked outside and saw a most beautiful sight. Frost. Beautiful little ice crystal clinging on to the individual blades of grass. It was magnificent! So I did what any sane (or insane) person would do and lay down on the cold paving to try and capture the beauty that I saw.

Image taken 11 July 2011

It's wondrous to look at the above picture at 100% (I think I may have disabled that feature! Sorry!). You can actually see the individual ice crystals. It looks like the blades of grass are crusted with salt or sugar. It's kind of spectacular!

After catching up with a few more people in town mum and I hit the road... Destination mum's hometown.
The open road stretched for miles with rarely another car in sight. There's something beautiful about a straight unoccupied road. Sometimes I wonder where it could take me if I simply let myself get lost...

When we made it to mum's hometown we took a tour around the town with a historical (well family history anyway) commentary along the way. It was great to get a visual reference for some of mum's childhood stories. Like this old Queenslander my grandma used to visit sometimes on her bus run.

Some places we visited have a bit more recent significance. Take the photo below for instance in the January floods the water was wildly running over the weir road. We walked were the water had no too long ago been flowing. It was amazing to see the devastation - uprooted trees, whole areas flattened by the awesome power of the rushing water. It's difficult to imagine in some ways.

There's more hometown fun to come.

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Eight

I don't know about you but I love hanging out with my mum! The road trip was an amazing time to talk, laugh until breathing became a bit of a problem, play car games, catch up with different friends and relatives and it gave me a chance to learn a bit more of my family history.

But back to how awesome my mum is. She really is you know. I'm not just saying that. She supports me in my dreams and ambitions, give great advice, works incredibly hard, is incredibly smart and talented, is always encouraging and is a fantastic role model. I could go on and on and on. Another fantastic thing about my mum is she is happy to stop at the side of the road whenever I see something I want to take a photo of. How great is that? So when I saw these train tracks out in the middle of nowhere we pulled off to the side and I took off snapping.

Image taken 10 July 2011

It's great to have the encouragement and support from my mum as I figure out what my next steps should be. For this, mum, and oh so much more thank you from the bottom of my heart. You're one in a million!!

At our first nights stop I got to catch up with my Uncle K and Auntie N (Well, they aren't actually my real uncle and aunt but that's a story for a different time). It was phenomenal to catch up with them not the least of which I got to talk to Uncle K and droll over (part) of his impressive camera collection. This man knows more about photography than I could ever hope to learn in a lifetime... As you can probably guess the conversation somehow steered itself towards camera talk.

It was so beautiful! It was by far the most comprehensive collection of film cameras I have ever seen. Like a moth to a flame I found myself continually drawn to this impressive display (two shelves with more hidden in the garage). In short I was in heaven!

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Seven

I'm back!!! And I had a marvelous time away. But I discovered something - when you go away for a week and take over one thousand photos it can seem a little daunting to try and bring everything back up-to-date.

However before we get ahead of ourselves I need to share my last picture I took before I went away. One of my best friends had a dinner party which I was lucky enough to attend! (Plus I got to play with her magnificent stove). She has this little display set up in her home:

Image taken 09 July 2011

I simply love the warmth of candlelight and the fantastic atmosphere it can create. It was a wonderfully relaxed night hanging out with some special people. I ended up staying a little later than I had planned because I was simply having so much fun...

So it was with only a handful of hours sleep I awoke the next morning to begin the epic road trip of 2011...

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July 10, 2011

Hey Guess What!

Hey beautiful people! This is just a quick note to let you know that I'm about to head off on a bit of a road trip. In fact I leave in a few short hours. I'm so excited to go off and explore somewhere new... And of course my camera is coming with me! So there might be a nice change of scene in project 365.

I'll be gone for about a week. While i'll try and update while I'm away I'm not sure what the internet coverage will be like. So we'll have to see. So anyway if I'm not here for a week now you know why. Please stick around and enjoy my adventure through my eyes!

Until next time stay safe Blogger buddies!

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July 8, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Six

I love baking... Don't get me wrong I thoroughly enjoy all types of cooking but baking is simply blissful. I don't bake as much as I used to because to me baking means sugar, butter and usually chocolate - all the things I'm trying to avoid!

But today I indulged in my love of all things baking and broke out my mix-master to bake a cake for a friend.

Image taken 08 July 2011

Strangely enough what started out as simply baking a cake somehow turned into a photoshoot! That proves how passionate about photography I am I guess. Ha ha. Creative, fun and oh so tasty. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours if you ask me!

Do you like baking? I'm always on the hunt for new recipes so if you've got any you'd like to share I'd love to hear them! One of the best bits, in my opinion, is once it's all over... and you get to lick the bowl!

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July 7, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Five

Now I'm not a crazy person with a multitude of stuffed toys scattered all over my bed and throughout the house... But I will confess that I keep a few select items that mean a lot to me - usually gifts. This little guy's name is Barry... And Barry guards my bookcase.

Image taken 07 June 2011

Barry was given to me by a very special friend (who make him by hand! Wow!) during a bit of a rough time in my life. He made me smile! It may be kind of childish to hang on to such things but I'd miss the memories if I got rid of him. Do you have a few talismans from years gone by?

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July 6, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Four

In one of the many photography blogs that I follow (seriously I have a problem!) they were discussing the concepts of minimalism. As an example of minimalism they displayed a simply picture of crunched up bit of paper. It looked amazing and caught my attention. This is my attempt at a recreation.

Image taken 06 July 2011

It doesn't looks quite as... captivating... as the shot I was trying to recreate but it still has a certain of mood to it. Somehow black and white seems to translate mood better than color pictures do. Or at least that's what I think. I have to say it's fun experimenting with different styles. What do you think of it?

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Three

I had an idea for my self-portrait on day two hundred and twenty-three. The plan was to have lines leading into the subject (me in this case). I pre-visualized and knew exactly the background I was looking for. The part I didn't plan on was it took me ages to find the type of background that I was looking for. Plus when I finally found the perfect background the natural lighting was less than ideal. But I took a few shots anyway...

Image taken 05 July 2011

I know the 'rules' are that you shouldn't wear horizontal strips but I adore the cut and shape of this dress. Hellooo lovely full skirt. So I say who cares about the rule. I also decided to try out some bright red lipstick. Surprisingly I love it! It's nice to experiment with your wardrobe and try changing things up a bit. Sorry for the squinty eyes and random shadows but I was looking directly into the sun. It's such a nice background I'll be keeping it in mind for any up-coming portrait work I may have.

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-Two

Oh me oh my another double up! Two flower pictures in a row. Oh well at least it isn't exactly the same shot. I went for a wander in my local area and saw this perfect little flower that was simply begging to get its picture taken.

Image taken 04 July 2011

I love the random pink strip down the middle of some of the petals. Simply extraordinary! I found it a little difficult to get a clean, super-sharp focus because it was such a bright, white. It was kind of hard to get any sort of definition. I love the look of the petals slowly unfolding. Flowers just have the ability to make me smile. It's the simple things in life I suppose. Do flowers make you smile?

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July 3, 2011

Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty-One

Here's a little confession - sometimes I like to go to cemeteries. There's something serene, sad, and peaceful about those places. I like wandering around, reading the epitaphs and wondering about what their lives were like and what may have happened. Some of the gravestones display so much love that it's kind of breathtaking.

Image taken 03 July 2011

During my wanderings that bright orange flower caught my eye. Instead of putting fresh cut flowers or fake, plastic flowers on the grave someone had planted a flower. It fared much better than the cut or plastic flowers which wilt and die or get badly weathered. I kind of like it.

Until next time I hope your week is starting off great.

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Project 365 - Day Two Hundred And Twenty

On day two hundred and twenty I went for a visit to two major camera stores in Brisbane. I was much like a kid in a candy store!! I got to test out a couple of lenses I've been lusting after. Plus I got to play with the camera I've been dying to get. Alas I only came away with anything but a cassette of film (for my instax). Pretty much the perfect way to spend a day in my opinion.

After the beautiful sight of all those stunning cameras I (and the friend I was with) went to visit a local lake. There was a cute little bird sunning itself by the shore. Of course I started snapping!

Image taken 02 July 2011

So I'm interested, I shared my pretty spectacular day, how was yours?

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