One Photo Focus: January 2016

Raewyn's Photos January Edition

This month we had a great image to start with taken by Laura Macky Photography

So I wanted to do a watercolour image.  I spent some time using layers in Photoshop adding the different colours. I did write everything down what I did but having tidied up for Christmas and a clean start to 2016 I seem to have lost my work flow.

Suffice to say the Nik Collection was used as well as Lightroom.  I didn’t want it to be exact with my colours as I wanted the water colour affect of the colours running.

January One Photo Focus

And here is the orginal – such a great photo – so many possibilities as seen by all the edits.

January One Photo Focus

One Photo Focus – January


Colour Your World: Almond


Here is a brand new challenge by Jennifer Nichole Wells.  I loved her colour challenge last year.  This runs every day until April – 120 days.  So it will be a real challenge to find  the right colours.

First up is the colour almond.  This is the colour of the hills around Hastings at the moment.  Very dry and the colour of almonds.

For more information and to sign up for this challenge visit Jennifer’s challenge at:

Color Your World – Almond


WPC: Circles in Hastings


Good morning from a windy and miserable Hastings day.  Yesterday did turn out to be not so bad, just really windy.  Other parts of the country had a very wet start to the day – in particular camping grounds.

I hope everyone had a great start to their New Year wherever they were and that 2016 will be the ‘year’ for us.  And a big thanks to all my blogging friends for all their love and support of my photography over the past year

For the first post of 2016 Cheri Lucas Rowlands has asked us for circles.

With this theme, you may go literal, and look for things around you with perfectly round shapes: your wedding ring, the bubbles your daughter blows, the curvy sculptures at your local museum, or the glittery sphere that falls during a New Year’s Eve countdown. Or, you might consider what this familiar shape represents: the cycle of life and death, infinity, perfection, and more.

Last year was a good year for me.  Apart from having to shift twice that is.  I joined the Heretaunga Women’s Centre and started my photography group – Social Snappers.  That was really successful.  I have learnt a lot more about photography, along with teaching skills as well.  When I first started I was just so nervous.  Now I am so much more confident.

Secondly I started to paint again.  I say again because I did art at school.  Unfortunately not photography.  But I loved art.  Especially acrylic painting.   This time around I am thoroughly enjoying it.  Again I met some new people and now it is just a great time painting and socialising.

Health wise I am working on.  It has been a real challenge the past couple of years but with my photography I can go out and forget all the aches and pains and just enjoy what is around me.

So my motto this year is onwards and upwards.  My Social Snappers group will of course be going on as well as my painting.  My goal is to find a part-time job as my son will be moving out at some point and I will be on my own for the first time in over 20 years.  A big step.  But I am working on it.

So this photo is a group selfie of my Social Snappers group on the day we went searching for signs of Christmas in Hastings CBD.

Thanks for visiting.

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