I am spending some time at a friends place while they are away. They have a bountiful orchard plus paddocks with creatures and a great outlook with water views. A great place for reviving the soul. this shot is my favourite for the day. I am testing out the combination of the 70-200 on the D700 where it 'better belongs'. I am really loving the..
I had a bit of time on my hands today. It is so good to be able to wake up and go and be refreshed by doing what I love. Then to return home and use the right side of my brain for an extended period. This is what full time artists must feel like all the time! The beach was stunning this morning. I rode..
As I was driving home last night, I watched the full yellow moon creeping up from the ocean over Waihi Beach. It was one of those times when I wished I was down at the beach capturing it. However, I try to live fully present in each moment so I fought those thoughts. Besides, when I did get down, it was still amazing. I tried different techniques last night including..
After the last beautifully serene night shot, we have been preparing to welcome Cyclone Lusi to our shores. Nowadays there seems to be so much hype over incoming weather of all varieties. In part I guess, due to such great technology, able to inform us of every inch of movement the storm takes. It dominated the news and there seems little time to think of anything else. Even if one does not watch the news, there is no escape, thanks to technology. Plenty of good can come of this, we can all be prepared and usually it seems to turn out that it isn't as bad as it may have been- which is a good, positive outlook.
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Well I finally did it! I had a birthday and turned 40! Well actually, I haven't had my actual birthday yet at all. It sure felt like it this morning when my lovely husband presented me with a D700 as an early birthday present. Well, I have been dying to try it out all day, but being the usual busy day, I waited until this evening and decided that that was actually most appropriate seeing as...
I think it is about time that my treasured second son, Ben features here. He certainly features in much of my photography and I feel truly blessed to have such photogenic children. I'm sure every mum feels the same though.
I had a lot of fun with this image, using harsh back lighting (a speed light placed behind his head) and working in a confined space. The processing consisted of Topaz B & W effects and a texture layer to compliment the cement wall behind him. I have
“If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”
― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
I haven't been stung by one yet that I know about, plenty of bees but no wasps yet. I'm sure my time will come but as I sat on the bank of the inner harbour estuary on Sunday, a particularly delightfully foggy/misty/rainy day, I couldn't help but be drawn to these little guys. When I glanced up at the kayaker and the paddle boarder, I knew what they were doing, but the wasps? I didn't know whether they were hunting or looking for nest sites or just paying a visit to the flax bushes that flank the waters edge. So here is a shot of their activity. They certainly weren't collecting pollen as they are not known to be pollinators. What was their devious business that day, and why should I care? Well..
Tomorrow is full moon. It rises over our beach and is a fantastic thing to watch if the timing is right. My plan was to wait until tomorrow and then go and "shoot the moon". That was until I looked outside my front door this evening. A casual glance just to see what the blustery conditions had blown up weather wise. Today really has been annoyingly windy with dust getting into everything.
I was greeted with this view. In fact this is my very fist shot I managed to fire off once I had set up the tripod and dialled in my settings. Yes, truly those colours actually were there in the clouds.
I have been trying to work out...
As the fireworks start early, they tell us that 2013 just about done! It's always a good thing to look back and reflect on what the year has meant. Personally, I like to be able to pinpoint growth areas in my life. Hopefully not too much growth in the girth areas, but at least forward motion in wisdom, spiritual and emotional areas. For me...
The need to escape and be alone. The desire to feel at one with nature and commune with Our Father and not have another soul in sight. Or perhaps to sleep for two weeks straight! Who can relate? Not many perhaps, but often this is me. "Peopled out" is the term bandied around for those times when introverted folks, and I presume some seriously stretched extroverted folks just need to have some time out. I love the way Mierav puts it on her..