Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Edits: Sweet Treats

I was honoured to be one of the 3 showcased images for last week's  "Tones on Tuesday" link up over at Scattered Horizons Photoblog

For this week, here is my SOOC image:

And after some editing in PS Lightroom 4 Beta (Clarity, minimal Black tone edit, Colour Creative:Direct Positive and Vignette), here is the result:

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Light as a feather

I discovered this little feather outside this afternoon. I think it belongs to one of the Pied Butcherbirds in our garden... so beautiful & soft.

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Quotography: Wildlife

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Project 366 Rewind {Week 4}

I have made it through week 4 of Project 366 Rewind. I almost didn't, though. We have had almost 2 weeks of continual rain, storms, flooding and high winds so not much opportunity to photograph outdoors. I grabbed any chance I could in between the rain as I didn't want a whole lot of indoor shots. I struggled for motivation this week as weather like that tends to make me quite depressed.
I had no problem with the theme this week, which was "Close"...

Day 22: Itsy bitsy spider... I don't think so! I love capturing the details of spiders and other insects. (I was surprised with the results as the light was so poor)

Day 23: I love portraits & enjoyed playing around in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta (happy with the result).

Day 24: Striped Marshfrog.
A midnight visitor came hopping down the hallway. I guess all this rain and flooding had left him disoriented.

Day 25: Country charm (Redland Bay) just before another storm hit.

Day 26: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

Day 27: Midnight web - another shot taken around midnight (I don't get much sleep). My 20 year old son, Ben, discovered this out the front of our house, seen in the light of the street light. I wanted to photograph this beauty the next day but the heavy rain and high winds destroyed the web over night.

Day 28: Green tea with Mint... an essential part of my day.

Loving this link up and enjoying everyone's posts.
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Highlight Sunday (a little late)

Yesterday, my husband took Bec & I out for a trip to a lovely cafe in West End called "The Three Monkeys". We had both been cooped up in the house most of the week due to the constant rain & storms and had very little opportunity to take any photos, which is our outlet. The weather cleared for the afternoon, so once we had enjoyed a lovely soy chai latte & slice, we stopped at a nearby church, St Andrews Anglican Church, East Brisbane.

Image courtesy of http://www.st-andrews.org.au

The foundation stone was laid in 1878, but due to lack of funds to complete the building it wasn't finished until 1883. The original design by Andrea Stombuco included a tower and spire but due to increasing costs, they were never built. The church also houses an organ shipped from London in 1885. We didn't go inside as church members were rehearsing for the evenings church service. Here are some of my shots from our short walk around the church:

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Another hard week, and photography opportunities hampered by the continual rain & storms we have had for almost 2 weeks. Today we took a drive to South Brisbane & West End for some "adult time" - coffee/chai latte at "The Three Monkeys" (great food & drinks) and some photography with the few hours break in rain that has been set in for almost 2 weeks.
Here are my interpretations of the prompts.

1. Smile - such a beautiful smile.

2. Stand Alone - This Egret, all alone in a paddock of cows

3. Rusty - A rusty old gate

4. Artificial - Artificial light in a wonderful coffee shop we went to this afternoon called "The Three Monkeys"

5. Repeating Pattern - I discovered this on the gates of St Andrews Anglican Church, South Brisbane, today.
 This last image for "I Heart Macro"

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Self Belief

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” - E. E. Cummings

My prayer is that one day she will believe in herself...

Why not venture over to her blog at Through the Lens and give her some well deserved encouragement. She has a great gift in photography & writing.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Victorian Bathing boxes

More from the archives of my little holiday in December...
Another favourite aspect of the Morninton Peninsula area (where I grew up) is the bathing boxes. See those small colourful buildings beyond the boat masts?

Note also the sky in the photo above. I think the cloud formation is rather stunning... and the orangy pink sky in the distance.
This was the same night as my Mt Martha sunset shots

Here is a closer look at these lovely little pieces of (expensive) real estate. These colourful buildings are privately owned and were built for the purpose of changing into swimwear and storing beach items.

Some are painted in relatively subdued colours and others very bright .

Some even have little fences...

Some have doors basically opening onto the sand and others include balconies and more storage underneath.
All individual, but together create almost a work of art on the beach when viewed as a whole.

Happy Friday & have a wonderful weekend!!

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Friday's Fences with Jan & Jer  and

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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