Seeing Differently Challenge – 4 and 5 of 15

Today I’m sharing my 4th and 5th images of this challenge.

Yesterday I was experimenting with Still Life for a course I am doing with Kim Klassen.. and I wondered if I could find something that I thought fit ‘seeing differently’.

I chose these two images below, because a few ideas popped out at me.

Image 4 of 15

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Image 5 of 15

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The ideas:

  1. Illuminating your subject
  2. Choosing your focal point
  3. Shooting at eye level (approx).

My thoughts:

Illuminating your subject really draws the eye right to it – then you begin exploring the rest of the image.. Try using the light if appropriate to experiment with ways of doing this, within your composition.

Choose your focal point – instead of letting the camera do it. You might choose an unlikely focal point. Experiment with different focal points within your image. Debi gives some thoughts on this alsoΒ  πŸ™‚

Shooting at eye level, ground level or top down – these are different ways of viewing your subject and give very different results. Brenda has a wonderful post today about shooting from a toddler’s view.

As I said, just a few thoughts. I hope they give you something to ponder and / or to try for yourself.

If the challenge (idea) appeals to you, please jump in. You are welcome πŸ™‚ We will be exploring throughout October.

Tag with #seedifferently2016 so we can find your post.

To read about this challenge for October – see details here

The Changing Seasons – May 16

I missed April’s Changing Seasons with Max, but I’m ready for May! πŸ™‚ My focus for this challenge this year, is the Crepe Myrtle tree in my front yard, that has unintentionally become my story for each month of this year.

This month I really had to think about how I might photograph and present the tree, as it’s looking very un-lovely – well maybe that’s a bit harsh – I believe there is beauty to be found everywhere if you just ‘see’.Β  Anyway it’s looking very rough around the edges.. and more πŸ™‚

Yesterday, (the 18th) I did see!

I’ve been noticing the colours, shapes and patterns of the fallen leaves as I walk past and of the few that are still on the tree.. and the wonderful little seed pods that make me think of Narnia Lamp posts and Bluebells, with their gorgeous shapes… and then at times, with the same pods, I see aliens, claws and jaws πŸ˜€

So here are my offerings for May.Β  I decided to do a photographic study and it was very enlightening… and fun!Β  A different way of viewing the tree. I even had a little spider visitor, but he didn’t want his photo taken!

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..click images for a closer view..

After gathering up my little collection, I was really amazed at the variety on this one tree. I placed my finds on a clean piece of paper to take a closer look. The textures are quite beautiful, varied and very interesting. The variety of colour, is fantastic! Autumn colours are my favourites.

The pods dropped a few seeds onto the paper.. awesome! .. and the little bits of dirt and spots on the paper are a part of this collection too, as they fell from what you see above. The breeze was blowing gently too – enough to move stuff around, so I just went with it.

Here’s what I found this month.

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Blowin’ in the wind.. taken at the beginning of the month..

Leaves..

Pods and seeds.. ..and Ood! (Doctor Who reference).

More pods and leaves..

There are even little eggs on some of the leaves – starting a cycle again..

..and that’s it. My finds for May πŸ™‚

Be sure to check out Max’s blog too at Cardinal Guzman and to see the many other entries to this challenge as well.

The Changing Seasons – March 16

This month for the Changing Seasons with Max, I’m going to focus on the tree that has unintentionally become my story for each month of this year.

The seasons are changing and we are now experiencing some cooler days (think I said that last post too) – it is such a welcome reprieve after what should basically be described as a horrible summer.

So here is the tree.Β  The blooms have mostly gone now, leaving the fantastic alien like pods, stick like branches and shriveled remains of some of the flowers.

The neglect shows, after the heat of the summer and tree is now closing down to hibernate for the winter season.

Still beautiful I think, but in a different way. Inspiring too (for me) with it’s shapes, patterns and form. These photos were taken in the early morning light today.

Collaboration with Emilio #4 – Macquarie Lighthouse

The last time I posted about a collaboration with Emilio, I was taking a blogging break.. and this time around has been the same.Β  There was a #3 collaboration which I didn’t post about (don’t remember why), but I’ll share a link further down, so you can view it on Emilio’s blog – as well as this, our fourth effort πŸ™‚

This next round has been coming for a while really, but I must admit my heart wasn’t in it while my back was troubling me.Β  I seem to be enjoying a reprieve right now, for which I’m very grateful.

This time we are working on my own image – one that was taken on a drive after Christmas last year.

This is Macquarie Lighthouse – it was the first.. and is the longest serving, lighthouse site in Australia. It is located on Dunbar Head, Vaucluse, about (2 kilometres south of South Head) near the entrance to Sydney Harbour. (Source Mr. Wikipedia)

This 1883 structure is a replica of the original, built in 1818.

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My image

I wanted to give my image a historic feel that tells a story without words – to convey the type of day and hopefully the era.

You can read more about the 2 Lighthouses (the original and the replica) and see them standing side by side by visiting Macquarie Lighthouse on Wikipedia and also the Lighthouses of NSW site.

I find this a fascinating subject and think it’s wonderful that it’s still a working lighthouse today.

The area itself is right on the ocean, although quite high from the water.Β  The place feels steeped in history and it was a real pleasure to be there and simply pass some time… and to see other people enjoying some time too.

The image was taken right on the cliffs near the ocean with a southerly breeze and it was a very cloudy (not photo friendly) kind of afternoon. The sky was really amazing in all of it’s layered grey-ness.

December in Sydney is normally pretty hot, but this day was as I described.Β  There were people walking on the paths. The surrounds of the lighthouse are a sort of reserve / park.

Here are some more images from the afternoon..

While I was sitting on the path (as you do) – this dear little fellow ‘George’, decided to visit me on the way past. George tootled off the path and came and sat directly in front of me. Hover on the images to see what George had to say πŸ˜‰

Dear little George – he left an indelible mark on my heart and a very fond memory πŸ™‚

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Bye bye George πŸ™‚

Further down this path, you’ll see this wonderful view…

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Well that’s all from me on Macquarie Lighthouse… and my part of our collaboration this time around.

I do enjoy these collaborations with Emilio and I also enjoy the way he processes his images.. and mine πŸ™‚Β  I know he tried a few different options with this one and I haven’t read his post or seen the image yet, so am looking forward to it!

Please pop on over to Emilio’s to see how he has interpreted my image with the information I gave him about the place and the day.

To see our previous effort, working with Emilio’s image – This is my interpretation below and you can also visit Emilio’s previous post here.

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Thanks again for the fun and challenge Emilio!

..and I hope you’ve enjoyed our efforts too πŸ˜€