Danny & Karen

I did my first “gig” on Saturday. A friend that I work with asked me if I would take the photos for her renewing of her vows ceremony. Her and her husband decided to do this on their 30th wedding anniversary. They are such a wonderful couple and ever so loving and I was pleased to accept. So the pressure was on. It was a hot and very steamy afternoon and the ceremony was held at their home with family and friends in attendance and we were hoping the afternoon would hold out as thunderstorms were predicted. They did, but only just….

Danny and Karen are such a wonderful happy couple ( yes even after 30 years) and their renewing or their vows was so touching and personal it was special just to witness it. Karen was walked up to a silk clad pergola by her father where she met Danny. Flowers had been handed out earlier and guests were invited to come and place them in a vase at the table and say a few words if they wished. What a lovely idea and it went off beautifully. They then shared some words to each other, Danny barely getting through his all choked with emotion. It was very sweet indeed.

Danny and Karen then took three pieces of cord and talked about the Cord of Three Strands. Danny held the three attached strands and Karen then braided the strands together symbolizing “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

While this was happening the rings were then passed around in a warming of the rings tradition where guest held the rings and passed on good thoughts and wishes to the couple.

A prayer was said and then Danny and Karen exchanged rings and re-affirmed their commitment to each other with a kiss.

I wish them all the best and hope the next 30 years are full of as much love and happiness as the first 30…. Car x

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Green and Blue and Up Close To You

At the markets last weekend I bought a Peacock feather with the intent to take photos of it. I adore macro photography and wanted to see what I could come up with when looking up close and personal like with this unique and colourful feather.

I enjoy the creative side to photography and really love seeing the world through the interesting eye of a macro lens. It views things in such an up close and personal way that it changes the way you look at things when you are not viewing them in a macro way. You tend to take in the detail of things more and really look at them, taking in all their facets, not just the surface and most obvious ones. It is amazing all the detail that you may have otherwise missed before and now pay attention to.

So what can be made from a simple feather I hear you ask…let’s just see shall we. I will let the images speak for themselves.

I am not one for bold colours in my everyday life, but I am fascinated by the unique colourings of these feathers. I think they come up so vivid in the shots. Maybe I need to get one framed and add some colour to my day. I again used the macro lens as I wanted to get all the fine details especially in the water drops that magnify the feather where they lay. I really am addicted to that lens. Maybe I need to go out and use the wide angle that I have barely touched and see what I can come up with for my next post.. take care and remember….

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

Car xx

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Dashing Dasher…

At the beginning of the year I began a project on flickr where I was to take a shot a week of my Dog Dasher for one year called “52 Weeks of Dogs.”

Like most things I was not sure how this would go or really how I would approach this, but I was keen and interested in the idea. The group has an great array of wonderful and truly doggie dedicated members. So here I am at Week 44 with only 8 weeks to go and it has certainly flown by.

My dog Dasher, has had the greatest of patience with me and been a sport about everything. He is such a wonderful little puppy. I am always amazed that we found this doggie at the pound. He has been such a blessing in our life.

One of the difficulties I find when taking shots of Dasher is the white fur and have found that natural light is the best for this, early morning is the perfect as it is a softer and more gentle light.

You also have to go with what feels comfortable with the dog, you cannot go against the personality of the dog and you have to work with that. Dasher, despite his cute widdle looks and sweet face, has an inner devil to him that can give great personality to a shot. It can, however mean that sometimes when he has had enough, he turns away from the camera and would rather go pee on a tree than co-operate. It is then you need to let him be a dog and do what he needs to do, so to speak, and work at the shot later. Sometimes the best shots I have taken of Dasher are natural shots like this, that come at the end and were not at all what I had envisaged at the beginning. And that is just fine by me… best laid plans are not always the right ones.

I have tried to take a variety of shots with different ideas and themes, some natural in content and others staged. I have learned that Dasher loves to go on location for a shoot and will happily go in the car and behave for the privilege. He likes to lay on his back and will do so for long periods of time, as he sleeps like this and I will sometimes take advantage of it when taking shots from above.  The bathtub I have found is perfect to get a wonderful white background for seamless shots, but not a fave of Dashers as he is not too keen on the shower connotations it has.  I have used the garden here for many shots as he is happy to roam and content to spend time there. As I said, you have to work with the dog and the dog will work with you.

I love it now when I pick up the camera and Dasher is on alert and ready to trot with me for the next adventure that I will put him through.  🙂   This also may be that he gets a yummy treat at the end of it for great work. ( as does Bailey my other dog, “cause fairs fair mummy” lol)

So a few of my favourite shots from this challenge.

There's A Bear in There...and a Dasher as well...  {2-52}

This has been by far the most popular shot of Dasher that I have taken. It has won an International Photo competition with Burrard-Lucas Photography and was came runner up in a local newspaper competition as well.  This was taken on my veranda, again in natural morning light.  I set a pillow in a laundry basket then laid Dasher on his back looking up and surrounded him with my Teddy collection. He was quite content to stay there for quite a while and in the end nearly nodded off. lol I put my tripod above the basket and shot down. I also made the choice of shooting this just after Dasher had had a bath to get the texture to his coat similar to that of the shaggy bears as well. The one thing I always do is focus on the eyes. To me that is key to getting the expression of the dog right.  (I will often do a little eye trim  too when the hair is getting a little unruly before a shoot- you just gotta see those eyes)   I took a number of shots in this session and have a few more that I really like, but this was the winner for me.

Its A Dog's Life  {3-52}

This is one of my personal favourite shots of Dasher from the 52 Weeks project. I had planned this for a while as I needed to get Dasher used to the glasses as he is not  comfortable wearing things on his face. To get him used to them I put them on him just for a minute or so each night for a week and gave him a scratch while he was wearing them, which distracted him nicely. By the time I did the shot he was completely used to them. I waited until Dasher was comfy and sleepy on the bed and slid the book under him. Then I went and got the camera gear ready. I came back and put the glasses on him giving him a little scratch so it was all familiar to him. I took a few shots, but nothing that i was happy with, when Dasher looked at me, turned his head, put it on the book and looked to the right, and I snapped a shot and that was a take. Sometimes the dog makes the shot for you and this is a perfect example of this… what a perfect poser he is lol. I choose black and white processing as it really worked well with the theme of the text and the book.

In a Sea of Pink {34-52}
This is a scene I saw one weekend where all the flowers had just fallen overnight and I drove back home to get both my dogs for this shoot. The bed of pinkish purple flowers was a perfect contrast with the white of Dasher’s fur.  This is an example of taking advantage of an opportunity and also always being on the lookout for a possible place to shoot that is interesting and different. When we got there I let the dogs roam and get familiar with the smells and aspects of the area before getting Dasher to pose for some shots. I took a few from above off a veranda taking in the whole expanse of flowers and him looking up, which I was really happy with, but this is the shot I choose for the 52 weeks project. This is because I like the lead in of flowers ( me shooting laying down) and that he is looking off camera yearning to run really appealed to me. Isn’t it clever how the tongue colour matches the flowers too lol. :0)

Putting on the Winter Woolies {8-52}

This is one of those, this just came about shots. I was cleaning out the cupboard and found these old socks of mine. I got to thinking about possible shots and looked down and there was Dasher underfoot, like he always is and that gave me the idea of this shot. He was in bad need of a haircut so this was a perfect time to take this shot before the snip, so to speak. His textures and my sock textures a perfect match. I took this again in early morning light in my upstairs bedroom, it has a bank of old push out glass casement windows and lets in the nicest of light. I have taken a lot of shots in thee as I love the reflections on the polished floorboards that give a shot that extra interest. I put the camera on the floor in front and stood Dasher where I wanted him and focused the camera, set the timer and then stood above him. He thought this was real fun. It only took a couple of shots and that was that. I have sent this photo overseas to a dear sweet friend of mine who loves this shot and asked for a copy. It is nice to know Dasher and I have traveled so far. 🙂

I have so many shots of Dasher that I really like, but I thought I would just share a bit of background on these few. Sometimes I take a lot of shots and there are a few out takes that are well worth seeing, so as a special treat here are a few that you would not have seen before.

Stay tuned for tomorrows Dasher shot……………. now what will I do for that ??? Carxx

See, Look, Feel…Photograph… Experience it all!

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Welcome to My World!

I have been looking back on where all this photographic journey began for me. I was given a Kodak point and shoot for my birthday back in August 2007. Before then I had not really been “into” photography and had only taken the odd family snaps and holiday shots. When I got the Kodak I found that I really enjoyed playing and learning about what this fine little camera could do and  started to find a love for it. So I guess this was the beginning of it all.

The love of photography could also rewind maybe many many years before that, as my dad was interested in photography and was always taking shots when we were growing up. These were all on slides and I remember the slide nights looking at many a bee macro shot and thinking not ANOTHER one. Times change when Dad and I spent a few hours sitting in a garden in Stanley, Tasmania last year taking shots of… oh yes… you guessed it,,, BEES!! and thoroughly enjoyed it.

So back to the Kodak and the beginning of the middle of it all. So I took the little camera everywhere and started LOOKING for shots. I now think I view the world through a camera lens and not an eyeball, but that is another story. So snaps I did take and when I look back on them I cringe 🙂 and have to remind myself that this is just another journey and at least in this photographic one I have traveled somewhere.

I soon  stumbled upon a site called Flickr, but thinking back now I’m not really sure how I came across it. The shot below is was my first posting back 2007.  I remember I took this just before Christmas  ( December 20th 2007) when my hubby and I were cruising in our 1967 Mustang convertible on a hot summers night here in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. ( For those of you that don’t know where I am at)  Not a bad memory to have for the beginning of a new journey and I guess the photo could be a lot worse, not sure how, but I am sure that it could.

This was a shot of the Christmas lights taken with one hand as we drove on by… lol Yes not the best circumstances to be taking photos and yes a lot to learn.

When I look back on my work I see phases that I have traveled through, sort of like stops along the way in the journey. I see peaks and valleys to it, times of learning and times of frustration when I cannot quite get to where I want to go. I still wonder where all this is headed and how far I will get. Destination unknown, but at this stage that is okay as I am still loving the ride.

So let’s jump to now where things have changed a little. No longer the little point and shoot, but a Nikon D300, another birthday present a year later. A huge jump in equipment and a steep learning curve I am still ( and will forever be) trying to climb. Of all my lenses I adore my 105mm2.5g  macro the best, it is an awesome piece of glass, with a lot of class. It produces the nicest of shots and never fails to impress.

A few of my favourite shots with this lens.

Hewwo ♥

Keep Me Close, Hold Me Tight...

Tell Me a Straw-ry

Wot You Lookin at?

Up Close and Personal

I am still learning all the technical aspects to being a great photographer, but really enjoy shooting for my own pleasure and enjoy going to that place where I loose myself in this OTHER world that I have discovered behind a camera.

I wonder what I will loose myself in tomorrow…….. Car 😮

See, Look, Feel…Photograph… Experience it all!

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