Sally D’s Mobile Photography: A Golden Sunrise

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Earlier this morning I had to drive my son to his college.  The sunrise was glorious.  So I took photos with my iPhone through a very dirty window.  So I ended up editing with Distressed FX just to counter the spots.

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I rather like the spooky affect of the second image.  A promise of the day to come.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Having fun with Editing

Sorry about not replying to your wonderful comments.  Or even get around to your awesome blogs – things are getting busy here.

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Animal Friend of the Week: Robyn and Vilson the White-Cheeked Gibbons

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Good morning from a cold and wintery day.  Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter and we are now definitely feeling it.  The temperature has dropped drastically and it is time for all the winter woollies to come out.  We have been lucky with such a warm autumn so this cold snap is going to hit us hard.

Robyn and Vilson are Wellington Zoo’s resident duo of White-Cheeked Gibbons.

Vilson, like all adult males, is black with white cheeks. He’s the more active of the two and is a big fan of his own reflection, so keepers sometimes bring him a mirror as enrichment.

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I think he is a bit shy.

Robyn, his golden coloured counterpart, likes a more relaxed lifestyle and can often be spotted hanging out in her favourite hammock.

Gibbons are known for their early-morning singing. Robyn and Vilson sing a unique duet every morning to maintain their bond and mark their territory. Their song can be heard all around the Zoo and even from neighbouring suburbs.

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White-Cheeked Gibbons are arboreal, spending most of their time swinging from the tree tops. They live in the forests of Laos, Vietnam, and southern China, and the deforestation of these habitats is a major threat for their species.

You can help protect their wild homes by purchasing sustainable timber and paper products marked with the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) logo.

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I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Sorry, Out of Order

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Good morning from a cool and cloudy Hastings day.

Here in the future it is already Monday.  While Cee hosts this challenge on the Sunday.  Very confusing.  That is an oddball in itself.

So, onto my image for this week.  Last week when we were filling up the car with petrol (gas) we found this sign over the EFTPOS unit.  I thought it was rather cool.  Better than the out of order signs.

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 22

WPC Challenge: Spare and Bare Hills in the Hawke’s Bay

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Good morning from a cloudy and windy day here in Hastings.  After a beautiful week we are expecting a wet and miserable weekend.  We desperately need the rain.  As you can see in these photos.

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Krista from The Daily Post has asked us for our spare photos.  That is spare meanings:

Spare has many connotations: it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations! Bonus points to those who tell the story behind their “spare” inspiration.

This is what I travel through every weekend to the market in Otane.  The hills are so bare and dry.  So they are brown most of the time.  Yesterday when I went down you can see some green coming through as there was some heavy downpours during the night last week.  But a few days of wind and sun and they really dry up.

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Please excuse the quality of the photos.  They were taken with my iPhone 6S through a dirty window.  (I know it is time to clean the car).

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The Daily Post: Spare

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Camillas

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.  Thanks goodness, as I will be taking my Social Snappers group to a new park that the council has just opened up.  It is great exploring just what is around my town.

This week Cee has given us an open topic for our black & white images.  Normally, when I am doing my Monochrome of the Day I do a full series – the number of images depends on how many I like.  At the moment, though, I am rather busy so am doing them every day.  So this morning i have done a series of monochrome camillias that I shot at the Stonycroft Homestead.  I have used the same filter set in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.  I do love the vintage effects.  Anyway I am going for the noir filters and also the pinhole effect.

Camilla in B & W 1-

So these first two are the noir images.  I also did a little more tweaking in the camera raw filter.

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This was also the noir filter.  Rather dramatic.

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And this is the pinhole filter.

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So what else can I show but my blooms for this open topic.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

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