November 27, 2011

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Sixty-Five

Well here it is. The end of project 365 (version 1 at least). I'm so happy I stuck with it and saw it to completion. It's kind of interesting to see my progression as I've learned different techniques and developed my skills. I hope you guys have enjoyed following along as much as I have loved working on this project.

When I was trying to decide what the last photo of project 365 should be I thought it would be the perfect time to try out a technique I read about a while ago. So without further ado I present the last photo of project 365 version 1:

Image taken 24 November 2011

I didn't take a single photo the next day and it felt so odd! I suppose it's going to feel a little strange breaking a year long habit. I'm quite keen to start another one truth be told but I'm giving myself a little break before I start it up again. Besides I want the next one to be a little more challenging. So I'm still figuring a few things out. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them!

This project has been one of the most fun, most challenging, most inspiring things I have done. I love it that I can look back at the past year and see what a year it has been. To think when I started the project photography was just a hobby that I was really enjoying to now looking at it as a career! Thank you for sharing this journey with me - for the pageviews, the comments (both in cyberspace and real life), and the follows. It has all been invaluable to me. I can't wait to share whatever might be next. In the meantime I still plan to blog and share photos (I can't help myself). It just won't be as structured. I hope you stick around!

Until my next post I'd dearly love to know: what's your favorite photo from project 365?

November 23, 2011

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Sixty-Four

Day three hundred and sixty-four!! Can you believe it?? Only one more day left of project 365!! I cannot believe it's been a year. My, oh my, what a year it has been. Honestly I'm impressed that I haven't missed a single day (knock on wood - there's still one day left!)

Today's photo is a celebration of my undying infatuation with coffee.

Image taken 23 November 2011

Most people who know me know I love a good cup of coffee. I basically have a bowl of it every morning. There's nothing like it to kick start my morning. I like how the light and shadow form and imperfect heart. Oh me oh my I heart me a good cup of coffee. Are you a huge coffee fan like me?

My next post will be the completion of project 365. Thanks for sticking with me! I'd love to know do you have a favorite photo?

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Sixty-Three

On day three hundred and sixty-three I treated myself to a trip to the movies. It was pretty awesome! I love going to the movies by myself. Don't you? But that's beside the point I got there pretty early so it seemed like the perfect time to snap on my ultra wide angle and try to capture some of the drama of the cinema.

Image taken 22 November 2011

It truth this isn't exactly the photo that I was looking for but since I neglected to bring my tripod into the cinema this was the best I could do. If nothing else it's a great demonstration of 'leading lines'. It was a lovely way the while away a few hours on a hot day.

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Sixty-Two

I was stuck for subject matter a photo for day three hundred and sixty-two but I had dinner at my Auntie's house and she had the most lovely frangipani tree growing in her backyard. Subject matter problem solved!

Image taken 21 November 2011

It took a bit to get the focus dead on as it was pretty much pitch black outside. Thank goodness for focus assist on my external flash is all I can say. I kind of like the drama of the completely black background with the bright white flowers in stark contrast.

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Sixty-One

Another day another BBQ with friends and family. For me another chance to practice my 'people photography' skills. I got the amazing opportunity to meet a beautiful little boy and I couldn't resist snapping a few photos. So let me introduce you to Master L:

Image taken 20 November 2011

Aren't his eyes the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? I fell in love with his big, beautiful eyes and I couldn't seem to stop snapping. Luckily he was the perfect little model looking directly into the camera the entire time. Perfection! Thank Mr G and Mrs J for letting me take his photo.

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Sixty

On day three hundred and sixty (!!!) I spent a few fantastic hours with some of my family members and wonderful friends (both old and new). It was nice to catch up with everyone. I couldn't help but snap a few photos.

Image taken 19 November 2011

I really like the above image because it manages to tell a story without having the 'entire' person in shot. Plus I am obsessed with hands so this photo just seems kind of perfect to me. Something about it just seems so beautiful! What do you think of the photo?

November 21, 2011

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Nine

Day three hundred and fifty-nine was a wonderful day. I was able to spend the day with one of my very best friends. We chatted about a myriad of topics, ate some yummy food and generally had a grand ol' time. While we were hanging out the wonderful Mrs K allowed me to snapped a few photographs of her.

Image taken 18 November 2011

It's great to see my progression. I'm now able to take some really nice portraits (something that I defiantly wasn't good at the beginning of project 365). A large part of the credit goes to the photographer I assist on occasion. Being able to observe how a professional takes professional quality portraits was helped me immeasurably.

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Eight

My love of all things night is well documented on this blog so there's no real need to rehash it all again. So on day three hundred and fifty-eight I stopped on my way home to catch the beauty of the night. The streetlights shrouded in darkness acting as a beacon lighting my way back home seemed like the perfect subject material.

Image taken 17 November 2011

My ultra wide angle lens gave this photo a bit more 'pop' (a real technical term there). If I had taken this photo with a different lens it would have lacked something. I love how the beams from the streetlights stream out. There truly is something magical about the night!

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Seven

There are some color combinations that I just really like. I don't know why I like them specifically. They are just a bit more visually appealing to me I guess. One of my favorite color combos is purple and green. So when I was looking for something to photograph on day three hundred and fifty-seven my eyes fell on my pretty purple shoes.

Image taken 16 November 2011

I like how just the tiniest part is in focus and the rest just falls away but you can still tell they're shoes. A simple photo to be sure but I still think it looks pretty. It's nice to know my shoes can be used for something since I've never worn them!

November 15, 2011

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Six

I'm completely on top of my project 365 posts. Posting a photo the day I took it. Unheard of in recent times. Today I went for a little wander in my local area to enjoy the fading sunshine and to see what I could see. Naturally my camera took a walk with me. Not long into my walk I saw the perfect subject matter for day three hundred and fifty-six.

Image taken 15 November 2011

One of my neighbors is growing a beautiful bouganvilla that seemed made for a little photography session. I love the tissue paper petals. So fine and delicate like if you touched it it would disintegrate. Simple to be sure but sometimes there is such beauty in simplicity, don't you think?

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Five

10 days!!! 10 days left of project 365. It kind of blows my mind that I have been taking a photo every day for almost a full year. Looking back at some of the photos makes me cringe but there are others that I'm quite proud of and if nothing else at the very least it serves as a chart of my progression. Now I just have to think of an appropriate send off...

Image taken 14 November 2011

As I was driving home right on sunset I was enchanted by the reflection in my sunglasses that were sitting on my dashboard. It seemed like an interesting way to capture a sunset in a non-traditional way. I think it would have turned out better if the sun would have been slightly higher but this was the first opportunity I had to pull over. So I had to take what I could get. This is the scene the sunglasses were reflecting.

As you can see the light was fading fast and I didn't have my tripod with me. The photo would have been so much better if I had of had my tripod with me. Lesson learned: my tripod must accompany me everywhere!

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Four

For day three hundred and fifty-four I was at my bower bird best... attracted to shiny, pretty things. Thankfully I have no end of baubles to keep me entertained when I'm having an 'at home' day.

Image taken 13 November 2011

You can just make out my reflection in the broach. I have become a little obsessed with reflections. Sometimes it seems like capturing a picture in a picture. Or maybe I just like reflections because it means that something is shiny enough to give a reflection...

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Three

This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA for short) to view the amazing photographs of Henri Cartier Bresson. It was such a phenomenal experience - truly a real treat to view such beautiful photographs.

After viewing the photographic genius of Mr Bresson I couldn't resist going out and taking a few of photographs. Brisbane served up a lovely evening to take some beautiful photos.

Image taken 12 November 2011

I really like this image! In fact I kind of wish I would have saved it for a week and taken this as my last image of project 365 (version 1). It will be such a shame if my last image of project 365 is mediocre. Any suggestions for a great finish to the project?

Anyway I like how the sidewalk is lit up making an interesting foreground instead of just blank black. I was really thankful for my ultra wide angle lens! I could not have gotten this type of shot without it.

Here are a couple of other photographs from my super Saturday adventure.

Here's another photo of the Storey Bridge but this time from a different vantage point. This one is a more encompassing view of the city.

A simple photo of last sliver of fading light from a hot day before the cool night falls over the city. It's that perfect moment when the lights go on just before the night truly takes over. There's something kind of beautiful about it don't you think? What's your favorite photo of the three I've shared in this post? I'd love to hear your opinion!

November 12, 2011

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-Two

Looking through my blog I realized it has been a little while since I've photographed a self-portrait. On day three hundred and fifty-two I decided it was time to change that. But instead of doing my 'normal' self-portrait set up I decided to get a little creative. This is what I look like a lot of the time.

Image taken 11 November 2011

My camera is my almost constant companion and I taking photos every chance I get. Of anything that interests me really. It's amazing the photos you can get with a mirror, a bit of light and some post-processing. Do you have many photos that just seem 'you'?

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty-One

I hadn't taken a macro photo for a little while so on day three hundred and fifty-one I went in search of a subject to use my magnificent macro. Fortunately on of my neighbors grows the most beautiful pink flowers that were just waiting to be photographed.

Image taken 10 November 2011

Ah macro how I love it so! The lovely hues and shades of glorious pink. For some reason the color combinations of pink and green just seem summery to me. But then I think that every bright and bold color seem like summer to me! What reminds you of summer (apart from the heat!)?

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Fifty

Day three hundred and fifty's photo is one of those 'just happened' photos. I wasn't planning to take a photo at the time but as I looked out over the magnificent valley with the sun beginning to dip behind the horizon I couldn't help but pull out my camera with my ultra wide angle lens attached.

Image taken 09 November 2011

I love the sun rays spilling over the right side of the photo. And don't get me started on the tree reaching across the frame. What do you think of it?

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Forty-Nine

It's so dangerous for me to go to the supermarket... and to read food/recipe blogs. One of my favorite food blogs is raspberri cupcakes. She recently posted a recipe for orange cake with fruit tingle icing. Fruit. Tingle. Icing! Oh my goodness! Ever since I read this recipe I have been dying to try it out.

I changed it a little though. Instead of baking an orange cake I baked a lemon cake instead. I think it really goes well with the fruit tingle icing.

Image taken 08 November 2011

The lovely sherbet pop of the yummy icing is to die for. I swear I could eat this icing by itself but that would be a little too much sugar in one hit. If you're a sweet tooth like me and love sherbet I suggest you try this fantastic recipe.

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Forty-Eight

On day three hundred and forty-eight one of my friends came over to have a chat, watch DVDs, and generally just hang out. During which time I bugged and begged her to let me take a few photos of her. Thankfully she finally grew tired of my monotonous begging and allowed me to practice my portrait photography skills (Thanks Miss S!).

Image taken 07 November 2011

We headed to one of the local parks and I started snapping. The beautiful jacaranda trees were in bloom but the flowers were a little too high to fit into the photo. It was such a lovely place to take some portraits. I'll have to remember it for next time.

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Forty-Seven

So because I had a long day out and about in Byron Bay I decided that the next day needed to be my weekend. My plan was to watch DVDs in my pjs, edit photos and not leave the house all day. This plan got off track when I was making my morning coffee only to discover I didn't have any milk. Does this ever happen to you?

But other than a trip to the local supermarket I had a very relaxing, much needed day. When I was thinking about what to do for the days photo I decided I really wanted to capture the patterns in my floor. So I put on my wide angle lens and snapped away. This is what I came up with:

Image taken 06 November 2011

My kitchen looks so big with a wide angle lens attached... When in reality if there is two people in that small space you constantly bump into one another. That door at the end of my kitchen gives me the best defused natural light. In fact most of the trinkets I have photographed have been displayed right near that door. Do you have a place in your home that gets wonderful diffused natural light?

November 10, 2011

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Forty-Six

Last Saturday a few friends and myself took a road trip to beautiful Byron Bay. By now you probably won't be surprised when I tell you that my camera came with me. It is after all my almost constant companion.

It was a lovely way to spend the day - great weather, excellent company and yummy food. Plus a few opportunities to take some beautiful photos. You can't ask for much better than that!

Image taken 05 November 2011

When I was little I used to want to live in a lighthouse and looking at the beautiful Byron Bay lighthouse make me think it would still be a pretty wonderful place to live.

When some of my friends were swimming I decided to go for a little stroll to see if anything could capture my eye. Even though it wasn't the best conditions for photography I couldn't resist snapping a picture of a passing surfer. It seems to tell a nice story to me.

I must confess I was slightly obsessed with the Byron Bay lighthouse. It seemed made for serving as a subject for my ultra wide angle lens. Here's another photo of it where I applied a vintage filter.

Of course I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of my friends as well. But I have to check with them before I share them on this blog. All in all I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday. How was your weekend?

Project 365 - Day Three Hundred And Forty-Five

Last Friday (holy wow! almost a week between posts again. Sorry I'll try and get back into the blogging groove again) I ventured into Southbank for a few hours. As you might expect my camera made the journey with me.

Image taken 04 November 2011

My ultra wide angle got a bit of a workout during this little trip let me tell you! Of course I couldn't just take one photo so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites from my little Southbank adventure.

The beach chairs (pictured below) are dotted around the Southbank grassy areas giving people a place to have a load off and watch the world go by for a while. All for free! A stellar idea in my opinion.

As I was lounging on the beach chairs indulging in a bit of people watching I happened to look up and notice the fading sun peaking through the canopy of palm branches. I couldn't resist snapping the pure perfect moment.

The casino is lit up like a rainbow at the moment. It changes regularly (for instance it gets lit up in pink on breast cancer awareness month). So you can always get a different looking photo even if you're standing in the exact same spot.

If I am fortunate enough to get into the photography course next year I'll get to spend lots of my time in the beautiful surrounds of Southbank. Sounds magnificent to me!