Behind the Scenes – March 2017

Pay Attention. Find Balance.

As I’ve said previously, this past summer has been the hottest summer here in Australia!  It’s been a summer that made us pine for the cooler days, longing to be outside, but not in the searing heat.

I spent a lot of it wishing for those cooler days, instead of paying attention – really paying attention, photographically. It gets hard when it’s too hot.. and there’s always the worry of snakes under foot outside (in the heat).

I heard something the other day though, that made me sit up and pay attention!

“Use those frustrations and wishes to mold your work.  Show how it really is!”

I’d forgotten… So… for the last days of summer and now into early Autumn, with camera in hand, I decided to get outside and ‘see’ what is under my feet and above my head.  I found life and beauty among the decay of the summer heat.

Here’s some of what I’ve seen this month, Behind the Scenes..

A rainbow for the last evening of Summer… with crazy light catching the fine misty rain…

and early Autumn mornings..

Above my head.. these beautiful Kookaburras came and sat in the gum tree out the back.. Singing…

I grabbed my camera and took these through the (dirty) kitchen window (on a very grey day), so I didn’t disturb them. Beautiful family.

Growth and decay.. It feels more like Spring presently… there is new growth too, among the plants closing down for Winter.

..and we are getting some beautiful cooling rain, to feed the thirsty plants and ground.

The beautiful trees show that it’s Autumn though, with their gorgeous colours…

Weddings.

In February, I did my very first wedding shoot for friends.  What a wonderful nerve wracking experience! I loved it and now I’m doing another in April. Who knew?!

More to learn! I love that 🙂

Logo work..

A few posts ago, I mentioned doing some logo work for people who are looking for their own mark / brand.  I’ve been thoroughly enjoying working with some lovely people to create their own ‘marks’.

If you’re looking for something, please Contact me.. I’d love to work with you.. and as I’ve said previously, I will set up my Etsy again for this at some point.

Well… for a change, I’ve had plenty to say… that’s been unusual for me for a fair while now.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing part of my world ‘Behind the Scenes’ this month.

Enjoy the rest of March!!

creating Still life.. with white perspex..

A while ago, I purchased some white perspex as a backboard for my watercolour painting…

(after writing:  Apparently I had a lot to say here, so please grab a cuppa if you’re interested in reading on… and.. thank you for reading)

I haven’t used it once for painting that I can remember – I seem to be doing more dabbling, than painting presently – but I have been using it as a background for photographing some natural light, (mostly) high key images..

macaroon4_robyngosby-2016These past weeks have been busy with work, which hasn’t left a lot of time for creating, so my images are ones that I can shoot (once again) within my own space… and with the time that I have available to me.

I thought I’d share a a little bit about the process of shooting and editing – perhaps you might be inspired to try something too.

macaroon1_robyngosby-2016The Macaroons – we artists / photographers see the world differently and can find so much potential in simple things..

On the way home from town one day, my husband and I decided to stop and grab a coffee.. When I was placing our order, I spied these gorgeous colours and decided right then that I needed some… to photograph. They were calling me with their circular shape and soft pretty colours.

I’ve been doing some experimenting with the white perspex and macaroons and enjoying the simplicity.

The perspex: measures approximately 60cm x 45cm (24in x 17.5in), but any size would suit.

My situation: for these exercises I am using the end of my dining room table. It sits in front of a North facing window and gives me beautiful light most of the day (and presently, no direct sunlight). the dining room also has sheer white curtains which I find filters/softens and brightens the light.

The light: the light I am using is natural light from the window (with the sheer curtains) and the dining room light overhead which simply fills the shadows a bit. I am shooting towards the light.

Settings and lens: my settings are ISO 160 (with tripod and remote), F-stop of 5.6 – 3.2 ..and shutter speed to suit me. The lens I am using is my favourite 60mm as it gets in close to fill the frame. Again, you could choose any lens and settings to suit you.

The combination of the backing light, sheers and white perspex, create a shadow in the foreground, which I like.

Composition: I tried different compositions..

Editing: my editing was done in Lightroom..

Exposure: For most of these images I adjusted the exposure, either up or down – depending on what the image needed. The light was constantly changing.

I did try ‘Matching the total exposures’ (see Settings – Match Total Exposures), but it darkened all of the images too much, so I probably selected an image (to match) that was too dark to start with.

Clarity and Contrast:  Most of the images have been adjusted using the Clarity and Contrast sliders. Mostly the contrast is down.  The Clarity was dependent upon the image.

The Gradient tool:  This has got to be my favourite tool in Lightroom presently. It can do so much. You can create a gradient and choose part of the image to adjust – a lot like the Adjustment brush I guess – used similarly in some instances and very different in others (my thoughts only).

examples – you can raise the exposure in a corner to emulate light, deepen or lift shadows, soften and much much more..

Colour: In all of these images, I chose to soften the colour… they were too rich for my liking. I de-saturated most to a level that was appealing to me.

I think that’s about it…

Note: These are my thoughts only and not absolute ways of doing things.. I hope an idea might create a spark and that you’ll have fun trying new things too… or perhaps revisiting old things.

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Robyn xx

Like a dog with a bone…

Oh man…

I…

lml2_robyngosby-2016love..

lml3_robyngosby-2016my..

life..

lml6_robyngosby-2016Happy doggy sigh…

what-bark-robyngosby-2016“What?! Bark!!

A bit of silliness for a Friday – the weekend is coming…

Another reminder too, to say that the One Four Challenge for November starts on Monday the 7th – Come join me if you’re able 🙂

Have a fantastic weekend, doing something you LOVE!

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September ’16 – Behind the scenes…

Hello and welcome to another Behind the Scenes post from me.

This first month of Spring on the tablelands has been very cold, rainy, blustery and grey – thankfully with a few gorgeous sunny days dotted in between.  On those sunny days (or when the sun shows itself), we see the beautiful long shadows…

Before sunset Panorama
Before sunset Panorama

..and the glorious light that I love so much about this place!

Blossoms on show at sunset
Blossoms on show at sunset

The Spring blossoms – ..are gorgeous and I so enjoy watching the stages of blossoming and being close to nature, especially when they are such brightness on a grey day. It always feels like such a privilege.

The Changing Seasons – I’m still in the countryside. For Max’s Changing Seasons I had been photographing one tree throughout the year – but that came to an abrupt halt when I needed to be on the farm for calving in June. So I began looking at another tree – the same type, just in a different place. There is nothing marvelous about this tree (here). It finds it hard in the cold climate…

Here ’tis anyway… the tree’s point of view and a closer look at the bark for this month.

Still LifeI’ve been continuing my Still Life studies and experiments. It’s been so good to have something to focus on (photographically) when it’s so ‘yuk’ outside.

I must say I really have to think about this – I’m used to natural settings but not really creating my own – so… it’s great having the challenge and as usual, I love the light.. and finding it!

Just a few randoms.. and there are plenty that don’t make it 😉

InstagramStill enjoying Instagram – I can honestly say – I didn’t know I would.  It seems to be a condensed and abbreviated version of blogging.. Once again you’ll find me over there as @robynwashere 🙂

Lastly for this month’s behind the scenes – just a little find that I think is amazing!  A very tiny weed on the side of my driveway. I had to get the macro lens to ‘see’ it.  The flowers are only about 3 – 4mm (maybe 2/8 of an inch?) across.. Once again it was very windy day, but here’s what I found by looking closer… Even beauty in the weeds.

Well, it’s now October..

If you’re like me and the grey and cold weather is not your favourite time of year – try finding what is right in front of you – again, like me you might be surprised 🙂

So… have a great one, wherever you are!