Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: The School Bus

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Good morning from a freezing Hastings morning.  New Zealand got it’s first snowfall of the winter over the weekend.  Good news for the ski fields, bad news for us winterphobes.  Yesterday it was cold at the market, but I was warm wandering around taking photos to upload onto our Facebook page – I am the social media queen.

Anyway each time I drive down to Otane, I see this great sign.  I have always made a note to myself to take a photo of it.  So yesterday I took my time driving down.  In other words I stopped every few miles to take photos.  (That is why I have to take a bus to Wellington – it would take me a week to get there, lol.).  The light was great but I had my Tamron 18 – 270 lens on.  So I was disappointed with the quality of the photos.  It won’t focus with the maximum zoom length.  Even though the camera was rested on the car.  It is not camera shake, just poor focusing.  I can’t use manual focus as I have trouble seeing it.  So I will just have to change lens and do it all over again next Sunday.

Anyway.. A bit thanks to Cee for highlighting my family of bags last week – check out the post here.

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Go and check out her fabulous photos – they are amazing.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 21

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A Photo a Week: Raindrops

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This week Nancy has given us an easy prompt (at least for me). Raindrops.  I literally have thousands of photos of raindrops.  Most of them not worthy of a second look.  But I found these photos.  When I have my Social Snappers group we still go out, even in the rain.

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And not just raindrops on roses.

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But also on leaves.

All these were taken just around the Heretaunga Womens Centre.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Raindrops

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WPC: Jubilant

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Good morning from a cool Hastings day.

Yesterday was the best day ever.  I took my Social Snappers group to visit Stonycroft and the weather was perfect.  We wandered around the outside and then had a guided tour around the house itself.  I am going to volunteer for the Knowledge Bank.  A photographer has donated literally thousands of photos which need to be scanned into their systems and cataloged.  Right up my alley.  Since I love vintage photos, this should be an honour to do this.

Then in the afternoon I drove down to Otane to set up my stall for Sunday.  That means that I can leave early on Sunday and stop and take photos in the golden hour.  On the way back I stopped off at the Pekapeka Wetlands.  The light was beautiful as the sun was just going down behind the hills.  I was the only one there and it was just perfect.

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Walking around, with the right lens on, for a change, this fantail was flying around me.  I was so jubilant to capture it with the tail feathers fanning out (hence it’s name – fantail).  For once I didn’t need to crop or do much in the way of editing.

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And then I also captured this silvereye.  It is such a tiny bird and usually hides well in the bushes.  It was very vocal as well.  Singing to me.

All in all it was a magical afternoon spent there.  (Over 1000 photos for the day).

Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.

This was exactly how I felt when I rushed home to upload my photos to find these.

 

The Daily Post: Jubilant

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tails it is

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.  No wind, a fantastic sunrise to start the day and the golden hour was so rich.  With that you can tell I was out taking photos in my pjs as usual.  I had just woken up, looked out the window and I was a goner.  Such is the life of a photographer.  Sigh.  I love the golden hour in autumn, the colours are so much richer.

But onto monochrome now.  This week Cee has asked us for some photos of tongues or tails.  I couldn’t really find any tongues so here are some tails.

First up is the tail of the tuatara. As you can see it didn’t like me taking portraits so decided to head back into his hole.

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Then there is this kangaroo using it’s tail for balance.

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And these last two images are of a small parrot taking just washing it’s tail feathers in the water.

I must dash.  I will be getting to Stonycroft this week.  And the weather is perfect.  Phew.

So to check out more about this challenge head on over to:

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Tongues or Tails

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