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

Friday, April 27, 2012

{in the picture} April selfies

Joining in again with Christy at Urban Muser for a self portrait project {in the picture}.

I feel like I'm losing a bit of momentum...
but I'm plodding along & I still managed 5 photos for April.

This month's theme is shake it out... so here I am shaking it out!

& not so much shaking in these.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

scavenger hunt

the first signs of Autumn for this tree.

something that made me smile...

a mosaic acknowledging the Wallemedegal people (aboriginal), a culture with ancient origins.


In the sun..
loved the way that the morning sun hit this building & the plants in the foreground.

Friday, April 20, 2012

a sense of place

In Kat Sloma's course, a sense of place,  we are looking at defining place.
What are the aspects that distinguish one place from another?

I've noticed that in my own photography some of the things that I include are water, buildings & their details & bridges. 
This morning I went to the river which isn't far from where I live.. 
There's a wharf & I had expected it would be busy with business people getting ready to catch a rivercat to work, but there weren't many people around at all.

I ended up being distracted by these birds that were sitting on an unused wharf. So I took a few shots. I tried to include some context in the photo.
I also took some close up shots.
Then I turned the camera on the building near to where they were perched.
One of the birds had had enough by then and decided to fly away!

As I walked further along the river I noticed this group of shells. It looked like someone, most likely a child, had been collection shells and had been asked to leave them. 
Photographed close up & with some context.

Some artwork that also gives a sense of place..
mosaics around the base of some tall sculptures.
And in the end I did manage to find some people who were heading to catch a rivercat into the city.

I enjoyed my morning on the river.

Monday, April 16, 2012


I was reading about  dynamic diagonals in photography at the Kat Eye Studio.
'Diagonal lines are effective because the viewer’s eye will follow them through the photograph.' 
I didn't have to look very far to find some diagonals in my own photos...
I took these a few weeks ago on a city escape.

The diagonal of the bridge rises from left to right.
I think that this diagonal makes a frame that encourages you want to look through to see the ferry in the distance.
This shot below has a bit of a zig zag effect, the wall that the seagull is standing on goes from right to left, the it continues on in the background from left to right.
In this shot of a wharf in Woolloomoloo,  the diagonal draws your eye to the end & out to sea.

Some more, from yesterday..
in the afternoon I went for a walk with James, Charlie & Poppy.
I took a few photos with my iphone & noticed that the diagonals in these 2 shots ran from bottom right to top left.
In her post Kat talked about the diagonal flowing from left to right, because that's the direction that we read (so these would be top right to bottom left).  But when I look at these shots above, my eyes seem to be drawn to bottom right -then up to the left as I follow the path or the shore line.
 And this one has (almost) parallel diagonals, the shore line & the bridge.

Very interesting to do some exploring with my camera!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Lovely afternoon shadows on the beach last Tuesday afternoon. Poppy loved running on the beach & we enjoyed the sunshine too!

Joining in with shadow shot Sunday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ten on ten

Ten on ten...
ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month.

I love documenting my day in this way, 
it's been a tough few days for my family with my dad very unwell in hospital.

I can't overestimate the value of looking for the beauty in the every day moments, with a camera in hand.

I've some how ended up with 11 photos this month!! Oops!