Virtual Blog Tour

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Good morning from a cold Hastings.

I was totally surprised to be nominated by Iris for this Blog Tour.  Thank you for your lovely comments.

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/virtual-blog-tour/

It is relatively new and I didn’t expect that I would be chosen so I feel so honoured.

Here are the rules

  • Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)

    1. What am I working on?

    2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

    3. Why do I write/create what I do?

    4. How does your writing/creating process work?

  • Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.

  • Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.  Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post.

So I will start with the first question.

1. What am I working on at the moment?

Actually at this moment I am unwell and am unable to take any photos or spend much time on the computer so I am focusing on getting well at the moment.

Another thing I have to focus on is working on my divorce settlement. Ex-hubby has turned nasty and vicious so that will take up a lot of my time.

So usually I love going around my home town of Hastings. New Zealand and documenting it in my photos and posts.  My first photo is of a New Zealand native tree – the Kowhai.  I love going to the park and listening to the birds as well as watching them.  It is always a challenge to get photos of them. That was my haven when life at home was not a happy place to be. When times are bad I need to get out and see what is good and beautiful around me.  I love taking photos of flowers and wildlife.  I am not so keen on taking photos of people as I feel I am intruding on their space.

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2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

I  love editing photos.  Even 20 years ago I was the only one in my camera club in Austria to experiment with post production editing.  I had an exhibition with 3 others of my work in both Austria and Italy with great reviews.  Then I met my first husband and then the children came and so my photography got put on the back burner.  The gallery owner in Innsbruck who hosted the exhibition was very disappointed as he would love to have seen me progress.

Anyway fast forward 20 years and I discovered digital photography and editing apps.  I was in my element.  Suddenly I could do what I wanted at a click of a button.  No nasty chemicals and waste of paper. My view on editing is that you can have 10 people in a row taking the same photo.  But it is what they do with the editing is what makes it uniquely your own work. I have finally found my niche.

I am not the best technical photographer but I found with editing I can take a so so photo and turn it into something amazing. Editing is what makes a photo mine.  I am still discovering what direction I want to go

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3. Why do I write/create what I do?

There is a creative need within me.  I have to let it out.  There is so much beauty around us and I want to share it. I studied art at school and especially loved graphic art and would have loved to gone to university but that was not available as an option.

My love of photography started when I was twelve.  Our class was about to go on a field trip and we had to take cameras with us to document our trip.  My teacher was an amateur photographer so we had lessons on composition and basic camera skills.  I loved the photos I took – in black and white and it just went on from there.

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4. How does my writing/creative processes work?

I hardly ever document my editing processes.  That is because I am focused on the end result and how the image looks. If I don’t like the effect there is always the undo button.  I don’t usually have a final image in mind.  I just go with the flow of how the image is turning out. That is the fun of editing.

When I first started this blog I wasn’t sure where I was going and then I found the challenges and that is when the fun really started.  I learnt so much more about editing and it really pushed my creative buttons.

I also love seeing other’s work.  I would spend so much time on my reader as I wanted to see how they did their work.  I believe in being positive which is why I always leave a nice comment with a big grin.  Photographers can be so negative about editing and insist on the pure image – i.e. no cropping or adjustments.  That is no fun at all.  It is the end result that counts.  So I hope I can spread a little ray of positive light to other like minded photographers and talented artists.

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I have nominated the following bloggers but I must apologise for asking their permission so late.  I haven’t been able to work on the computer for so long the past week.  So please forgive me if I have offended you.

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

I love Amy’s work. Her work is very unique and I love her editing.  It is exciting to find her work in my reader. Her photos are so interesting as well.

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/cees-fun-foto-challenge-circles-curves/

I love Woolly Muses unique take on the challenges.  His photos are really quirky.  Even his Aussie humour is good.  I love his attitude to life as well.

http://movethechair.wordpress.com/

Meg’s photos are amazing.  Her love of editing also appeals to me as well.  At the moment she is experimenting with different apps and her photos are incredible.

http://irenewaters19.com/

Irene’s photos are always great and I love her writing.  Plus she has some amazing photos of New Zealand as well.

I hope you will go and check out their posts and love their work just as much as I do.

Thanks for visiting.

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Cheers