Travel with Intent – Above and Below

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings this morning.

I loved the poppy themed post last night by Travel with Intent.  I am working on my own remembrance images of the poppy.  In New Zealand we remember our fallen soldiers on April 25th – our ANZAC day.  Usually with dawn services at the cenotaph in each town around the country.  It is a sombre day.  Anyway I digress.

Whenever I am walking around my head is usually up looking above me, or looking down for images to take.  At the moment I can’t go out much so have looked in my archives for some photos looking up and down.  I love the colours of these roses that really stand out from the sky.

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I have no idea what these flowers are but again they look strong against the sky.

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This one the leaves are highlighted in the sun against a building.

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As usual I have included some reflections in water.

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Cheers from Raewyn

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Good morning from a grey Hastings today.  Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne are the first to greet the new day so I can be the first to wish a Happy Halloween.

I spent last night on both Photoshop and FX Studio Pro for these images which I then put together in the first photo.  Not my favourite subject really but it is fun trying out different affects.  I went with the theme of the Little Shop of Horrors with these scary looking plants. Then I placed them on the is image of a cobweb to make it look like the plants have taken over.

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These empty seed pods look quite spooky even in colour.

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These are just plants down at Cornwall Park.  For the actual image I changed the first photo back to sepia to tone in with the whole image.

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By changing to black and white and adding texture this gives a creepy look to a normally beautiful flower.

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I have used these flowers before but wanted to give them an alien look this time.

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Here is the background photo of the cobweb.

Enjoy your trick or treating today.

Cheers from Raewyn

Photography 101: Shooting in Black and White

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Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

This weeks challenge from     Photography 101: Shooting in Black and White    was a great one for me.  I love black and white, having done a lot of old fashion dark room printing, but the digital age now takes it so much further than I could have done in the dark room.

These photos were taken last night in the CBD of Hastings.  My daughter had to take a last series of shots for her portfolio for her final assessment at school.  So, of course, I went along for moral support, but also to take my own shots.  We had to be careful not to get in each other’s way.

I used Aperture to change to black and white or sepia and then went to FX Photostudio Pro to add the frames and other affects.  The first set of photos show the Art Deco lighting around the CBD.

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I used the medium contrast conversion to give a sharper look, but not take too much of the detail away.  I pixilated this photo for the grainy affect.

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For these chandeliers I inverted the image so that the background got lost and the focus went onto the lights themselves.

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The train tracks run directly through the centre of the CBD, right bang smack in the middle of this water feature.  I used the vintage setting and a grunge frame to give an antique feel to it.

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I had already converted to black and white, and then sepia tone to this image looking north.  Then I added another sepia tone to it to change the colour tone completely and then added the grunge frame to give this a more rural setting.  Not an urban setting as it is in real life.

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For this one I went for the Noir blue conversion.  I wanted to give this a more surreal look about this sculpture.

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There are some tall sculptures to the side of the main square with some really interesting nuts and bolts which make for some interesting photos.  I used the vintage filter for this one.

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This photo had a vintage green filter applied to it which I think enhanced the texture of the iron on this link.

I love black and white, but also enjoy adding filters to make completely different photos.

Cheers from Raewyn

Sonel’s Split-toning challenge – animals

Good morning from a coolish Hastings today.

This week’s challenge from Sonel’s Corner Split-Toning Photo Challenge is animals.  We don’t have any pets but I am always looking around for any animals – feathered or furred to take photos of.

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This is the original photo of a neighbour’s cat taken in our backyard.

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Using both Photoshop and FX Photostudio Pro I used a vignette to get rid of the grass around the cat and then enhance the cat itself.

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Using the colour filters is a lot of fun.

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I loved this challenge and how it can completely change the photos into something new.

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Cheers from Raewyn

Daily Prompt – Dawn

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Good morning from a sunny warm Hastings.

Today’s     Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour    is right up my ally.  During the winter the dawn is at a civilised hour so I was able to head out around 7 AM in the weekends to take these photos while my family were snug and warm in their beds.  The downside of course is the cold.  The upside is the light was amazing and it was a serene experience watching the sunrise.  Spiritual really. Anyway this first shot was taken as I was talking to a friend and watching the sun rise at the same time.  He was understanding that I was slightly distracted by the view in front of me and having to take photos at the same time as trying to talk to me.  I am quite proud of this photo as it was shown on national TV that night.  We can upload our photos to the TV station website for the weather report.  It can be anything.  I had only been doing it for 3 or 4 days so was totally shocked when this was shown at the end of the weather report with my name.    it was a nice feeling.

Anyway these photos have been taken over several days with a Fujifilm X-S1 on the SP sunset filter which brings out the orange and red light a lot more.  It adds a sepia filter to the photos, while still maintaining some colour.

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As you can see the light was very magical.

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Another day and the light was completely different.

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Another day I drove to another park – Pakowhai Park to catch the sun there.  The mists were amazing.  Again a very cold morning.  It was like stepping into another world.

 

 

Another day and the light is completely different.

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For this photo I went to the Rose Garden at Frimley Park and sat there waiting for the sun to rise and managed to catch it through this rose.

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Finally this photo is showing the colours of the sunrise in a large puddle on the side of the road.

Apart from the sepia filter on the camera I haven’t edited any of these photos as I think they are strong on their own.

Cheers from Raewyn

Weekly challenge – Horizons

sunrise at Cornwall Park Good morning from another sunny Hastings.

This is my contribution to the weekly challenge by The Daily Post @ WordPress .  Which this week is horizons.  This photo was taken early one very cold, frosty morning at Cornwall Park last winter.  The sunrise was just amazing.

The other photos I have shown before are of Napier at the Sound Shell.  I liked the way that the columns provide another horizon line as well.

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Cheers from Raewyn

Show day

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Good morning from a beautiful sunny Hastings.

Yesterday was our anniversary day, a public holiday for Hawke’s Bay.  It is also a traditional show day.  In other words the show has come to town, the A&P Show, that is.  It was a blustery day but that didn’t stop the hordes of people descending on the show ground to enjoy the stalls and animals that are on show.  On the spur of the moment my husband decided to go so I just grabbed the camera and went.  He isn’t very patient with my stopping every few minutes to take photos but we got around in about 2 hours before we had had enough.  I am not one for crowds.  I am also not keen on taking photos of people and posting them.  I have included a couple today but they were part of the show and I guess would accept photos of them posted on the internet.  I hope so anyway.

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The woodchoppers are very much a part of the traditional rural scene.  There was this soooo cute little boy in the foreground who was trying to cut up wood like his dad.  I am going to contact the paper to see if I can trace him and his family and give them the photos.  I think that they would like that.  I have one photo where he is concentrating so hard with his tongue sticking out.

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Now this is sooo much of the kiwi scene, with the number 8 wire mentality.  The young me in their black singlets, of course, have to construct a wooden gate from start to finish and then put up the fence.  Backbreaking work.

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This was so funny.  This is a machine that breaks up these bigger blocks of wood into firewood size. This man and his son were so intent on taking a photo of the machine in action that they didn’t notice what was going on around them.  I hope I am not so intense on my photos like that .

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There was colour everywhere.

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Machines of all sizes and purposes were on show as well.  At least I wasn’t the only one that was taking photos of me.  I think though that I was looking for the more different shots, not the generic isn’t that nice type of photo.

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I loved these galvanised wire animals.

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I couldn’t resist doing some photo editing.

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Finally we were treated to a majestic sunset, curtesy of the foehn winds.

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A fruitful day.

Cheers from Raewyn