Happy Independence Day


Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.  Hopefully my Internet problems are over and there are no disruptions this morning.

It is now Sunday the 5th July.  But in United States of America the celebrations are just beginning for their Independence Day. I expect to see lots of fireworks on my reader tomorrow.

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I love monarch butterflies.  I have a fair few photos of them.  To me they are so free and independent.

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Ailsa from Where’s my backpack? has asked us for Independence today. And these butterflies popped into my mind.





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WPC Challenge: Art Deco Doors in Hastings.

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This week  from The Daily Post has asked us for our doors.

For this week’s challenge, publish a new post with a photo of a door (or multiple doors!). Consider how color affects the image, but also think about size, shape, texture, and details — how might these elements add up to tell a story?

As everyone knows I live in Hastings, New Zealand. Our city, along with Napier was badly damaged by an earthquake in February 1931.  So the rebuild was done in the Art Deco style.  So the CBD reflects this rejuvenation of our city. Even today the colours are still important – there is something fresh and summery with them.

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This door is above the Information Centre.

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It is never boring walking around Hastings as there is so much to discover – all the small details that was so important in the Art Deco era.









Thanks for visiting. As my Internet is playing up I will be trying this evening to catch up with everyone.

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One Photo Focus

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Good morning from a grey and wet Hastings day.

This month for Stacy’s challenge over at Visual Venturing we are all editing this photo by Robyn Kent. Below is the original.

I imported the image into Photoshop where I used Camera Raw to increase clarity, vibrancy and saturation.

Then I went to the preset filters and posterized it – but reduced the width of the edges.

 Then I added the blur filter to get the spin affect, at the same time making sure that the dome is still in focus.  I wanted the blur lines to reflect the curves of the dome.

Finally I converted to black and white and fiddled around with the black slider to get the affect I wanted.



As usual my Internet is playing up so sorry, no ping backs today.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Chloe & Friends

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Good evening from a cool Hastings day.

Sorry I wasn’t able to catch up with everyone but it was my Social Snappers day.  That means rushing off in the mornings.  Today we went for a walk around Hastings CBD.  A big favourite of townspeople and visitors alike are Chloe and her friends.

Artist: Gary Hebley.

Installed in 1989 as an aesthetic addition to the inner city upgrade, the sheep have remained a family favourite ever since.

The flock of sheep proudly recognises Hastings’ strong links to its rural hinterland where pastoral farming has been the backbone of the Hastings District Economy.
The names of the sheep were chosen by children through a public competition with Chloe the black sheep and her four friends – Molly, Polly, Sally & Susie.


Perfect for Cee’s black & white challenge asking us for our sculptures, statues and carvings. Actually I really didn’t need to do any post processing into monochrome – black and white sheep……

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