Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 56

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Last night I found these photos of sparrows which I had taken last February when I had taken my mother to the beach to cheer her up as my father was in Wellington.  She loved feeding them.

As you can see I had fun with the editing with Snapseed, Photoshop Express and Artwork.


Can We Get Cat Flapz Pleeze..?

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A Word a Week: Chilled

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Good morning from another grey Hastings morning.  I hope it will warm up.  Spring is hard – one day we had 24 degrees celsius and then the next day it is only 14.  Roll on summer (sorry for those in the northern hemisphere).

This week Sue has dipped into her dictionary and has come up with the word chilled.

These photos were taken during the autumn last year.  It was a very frosty morning as you can see.

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I love the textures of the frost on the leaves.

Here is Sue’s post to check out this challenge and then a couple of other awesome posts.






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Sunday Stills/Snap and Zap: Airplane!


For this post I have combined two challenges.  Ed at Sunday Stills has given us the prompt of planes.  I was at the airport sending off my mother to Wellington when I used the time to take photos of our national carrier Air New Zealand.

Then Steve came up with his Snap and Zap challenge where we take a photo and have fun editing it.  His challenge this week is movie themes.  So I thought of the 1980 movie Airplane! starring Leslie Nielson.

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So it was off to Snapseed to crop and add some drama to the original image.

Photo Express white vignette

Then I added a white vignette at Photoshop Express.

Distressed FX + Reckoning Filter

Then off to Distressed FX for the HDR and Reckoning filter.

Sketched plane

Finally I headed to the Sketch app for a black and white sketch.

It is a lot of fun and something to do in the evenings when there is nothing on TV.

Snap & Zap: Stand By Me…




Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Planes

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Phoneography Challenge: Editing Fun

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Good morning from a grey Hastings.  The sun is trying to shine through as I am writing this so I am hoping for a nicer afternoon.

I am a bit late posting but it took forever to update my internet security.

Since this is the 5th Monday in September the prompt for Sally’s challenge is my favourite one – editing using the same themes as last week.

So it is back to my ducks.

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Firstly I headed to Snapseed and used the drama filter for some added texture on the water.

Glowing duck

I added a bit of glow with the old lens filter.

PS Express

Then I headed to Photoshop Express to add a vignette.

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And a filter – which I can’t remember – except it was to add a stronger feel to it.

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I headed to an app called Artwork HD for a comic filter.

Sketched duck.

And finally I used the Sketch app with the original image to create this black and white drawing.

It is a lot of fun playing around with all the different apps to get the different affects.

You can check out the challenge at Sally’s blog as well as a couple of other posts.






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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 31

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Good morning from a grey overcast Hastings day.  Yesterday was the first day of summer time – but it rained hard all  day.  So we had the extra hours in the evening but couldn’t do anything with it.  But it was only the first day.  A couple of years ago a politician decided that New Zealand needed extra hours of sunshine a year so the changeover was brought forward 3 weeks.  I’m not complaining.


This week Cee has featured my oddball post of my election sticker in her round up of the week.  Thanks so much Cee.  If you want to know more about this challenge check out her blog here.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 31

This week my oddball photos are of some statues in the town centre of Hastings.  I have no idea who the artist was or what the meaning behind the sculptures are supposed to be.  But to be honest they look like upside down ice cream cones  or paper cups – albeit with a heart on the top in the first photo.

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Here is the photo of all three of them lined up.

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For some oddball reason I didn’t get a photo of the middle milk bottle.


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Japanese Conveniences



Travel Theme: An invitation to Smell the Roses

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Good morning from a wet and miserable Sunday morning.  I had to set the alarm to get up due to the new time which made it even harder to get out of bed.  This is the first real rain since the storm on Monday so it is welcome as everything was getting dry.  Nothing like what is happening in America.  I wish I could send you some of this rain now.

Anyway Ailsa has invited us to share our invitations this week to our blogs. So I decided to invite everyone to stop and smell the roses this week.

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Edited with Snapseed and Photoshop Express on my iPad. This final photo was taken during a sunrise.

Travel theme: Inviting



Thanks for accepting my invitation to visit and smell my roses.


The Daily Post: Nighttime


Good morning from a sunny Hastings morning.

This prompt is rather apt for New Zealand today as tonight we go into daylight saving.  That means an hour less sleep.  My daughter will find it hard as she gets up at 6 during the week for work, while my son will have it easier as he has two weeks off with his school holidays.  It will be nice to have longer evenings.

Actually since my camera is very slow I tend not to take photos at night.  I had to trawl through all my photos to find this photo.  This was taken when I was staying at my parents house after being thrown out by ex-hubby.  I was sitting at the dinning room table and happened to look down at my cellphone which was reflecting the light fitting above the table.  I was fascinated by it and tried to take some photos.  This was the best one I found.

Here some other awesome posts for this challenge:







Lighting Up Paris



Put Yourself Behind…


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Floral Friday: Snapdragons


I found these snapdragaons growing wild at my parents property.

Edited with Snapseed and Photoshop Express on my iPad.  I wanted a warm vintage look about these flowers.

Floral Friday: Azaelas add a little colour



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A Photo a Week: A splash of colour


Good morning from a cloudy Hastings morning.  It is the last day of the third term of the year for my son.  He is in his final year of school and the end is in sight but is coming too slowly for his liking.  One more term to go, with his final exams.   Next year he is off to our local community college as you would call it in America or our local technical institute.  He wants to study computer systems which should be really handy should my computer crash.

This week the prompt from Nancy at:


is a splash of colour.

So last night I played around with this image on both Snapseed and Photoshop Express on my iPad.  With Snapseed I just added a hint of drama with the drama filter.  This really emphasized the centre of the flower.  Then I headed over to the Photoshop app and used the Carmine filter which gave the black and white affect while retaining some colour in the petals.  This is a great filter to use for this affect but it does need a good contrasting colour which would be picked up.

Here is another photo of a camellia.


Initially the colour was a bright orange but I edited it further to get it back to the original pink colour.


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