"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

people watching

On Tuesday I went to the State library to see the World Press Photo 17 exhibition and Beauty in Difference: the street photography of Jon Lewis.  I went with Justine and we were both quite inspired by the street photography that we saw, so we chose to spend the next hour or 2 snapping away at what we saw as we wandered around.  This is some of what I captured and we also made a grid over at two takes.













Saturday, June 10, 2017

ten on ten

This is what my day looked like...ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month...


































:: but first, coffee
::an abundance of mandarins
::love is all you need
::Poppy snoozing
::lamp shade
::autumn leaves in winter
::Darth vader shoes
::sitting down for lunch
::Charlie drumming
::a cockatoo






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

taking stock #9

It's been about 6 months since I've done a 'taking stock' post so I thought I would be a good time to take a moment to reflect on how I've been spending my days, what I've been thinking about and  just life in general. I've also added a few random photos that I've taken over the last couple of weeks. 

 Making : photos, I'm trying to photograph daily so I can work out how to use my new camera (a Sony A7)
Cooking : according to a meal plan, trying to be organised -I think I'm making lamb burgers tonight (or maybe tomorrow night)
Drinking : water
Reading: "All the light we cannot see" by Anthony Doerr
Trawling: on line shopping sites for everything that I want/need
Wanting: a new watch- my old one is losing time
Looking: for costume ideas for an 80's trivia night that I'm going to
Deciding: which jobs on my list take priority
Wishing: for world peace (really!) 
Enjoying: being tucked up in bed on these colder mornings
Waiting: for slow responses to emails
Liking: technology- We're just working out how James can use an ipad for communication
Wondering: whether communication apps will work for him (looks promising so far) 
Loving: slow days
Pondering: my life- how best to spend my days


 Listening: to country music ( a bit unusual for me but we've been inspired by watching Nashville).
Considering: buying a new bed- our current one feels like it's not going to last. Not sure if it can be repaired.
Buying: a bread bin- our family seems to eat alot of bread!
Watching: Nashville, House of Cards & Offspring (depending on our mood & whether David is home) 
Hoping: that Charlie manages the next few weeks with lots of school assessments in his last year of school

Marvelling: at talented high school students- we went to a music recital night - Charlie was brilliant ( and the others were excellent too). So brave to perform in front of an audience.
Needing: to be a bit better with technology- I'm having a bit of trouble formatting this post. 
Wearing: gym gear- I've just taken Poppy for a walk
Noticing: that I'm getting a bit cold- I'll get changed into something warmer in a minute
Knowing: that I learn best by being shown how to do things. I'm going to check out some you tube videos to see if I can get some insight on my new camera
Thinking: always! a million things on my mind


Admiring: people who are comfortable in their own skin
Getting: frustrated with poor communication
Opening: email often
Feeling: hungry, or is it bored? 
Hearing: someone coming up the stairs
Celebrating: great performances in drama & music
Pretending: that I'm on top of everything
Embracing: family




Taking stock is inspired by Pip

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

night photography

On Sunday night I went into the city for Vivid, a light festival in Sydney that happens around this time every year. This is the first year that I've been, normally I get quite intimidated by the crowds.

 I did a photography walk with Canon, which was a great way to do Vivid. We had special access to vantage points & I learnt quite a lot about taking photos at night. It was fun to experiment with shutter speeds & double exposures. I managed to get a few photos that I'm really happy with....







 I did it with Justine so you can see a post on our collaborative blog, two takes, here.








Tuesday, May 23, 2017

autumn

 On Mondays I drive my adult son James to a program on a farm about 30 minutes from my house. After I dropped him off yesterday I decided to make a brief visit to a nearby park. It is such a beautiful spot. The combination of lovely morning light and gorgeous autumnal colours made it perfect for wandering and taking photos.

With my new camera I've joined up with picture spring (an on line course with Tracey Clark) to get a bit of photographic inspiration. I'm sharing photos prompted by the 30 day course on flickr and instagram. These photos below were inspired by the surroundings so I'm sharing them here. It is always good to have a reason to take my camera for an outing.

The last photo (self portrait) is actually one of the prompts from the course that I didn't share in the picturespring hashtag, I don't do selfies on instagram :)














Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ten on ten

Ten on ten- ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. A really great way to document a  day. Looking out for the beauty in the everyday.

 I'm feeling newly inspired to take photos because David bought me a new Sony mirrorless camera for my birthday this week. It's a really amazing camera and I'm not sure how to use it properly yet, but what better way is there to learn than to just do it. 

This is a bit of what my day looked like....

























































:: morning walk in the streets around where I live
:: looking up, autumn is here
:: local street art- my suburb used to be granny smith's apple orchards
:: a box of gift cards- a bit of a tidy up & sort today
:: out at a meeting
:: the clouds from the rooftop car park
::cheese & bikkies
::my scarf
:: pretty flowers
:: evening by the railway tracks