Sally D’s Mobile Photography

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The second week of the month is macro photography with Sally‘s mobile photography challenge.  These photos were taken at Cornwall Park last month.

Edited with Snapseed, Distressed FX and Aviary.

Sally D’s Mobile Challenge: Macro

Light Words: Comfrey

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Animal Friend of the Week: The Red Panda

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Good morning from a cool autumn day here in Hastings.

My animal friend of the week is the red panda.  Despite it’s name it is not related the the giant panda.

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda, red bear-cat, and red cat-bear, is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.[1] It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs, and is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It is arboreal, feeds mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds, and insects. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largelysedentary during the day.

The red panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, andinbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries.[1][4]

The red panda is the only living species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. It has been previously placed in the raccoon and bear families, but the results of phylogenetic research provide strong support for itstaxonomic classification in its own family Ailuridae, which along with the weasel, raccoon and skunk families is part of the superfamily Musteloidea.[5] Two subspecies are recognized.[3] It is not closely related to the giant panda.

As usual my source of information is Wikipedia.  For more info about this cute and adorable endangered animal check this page out.

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.

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Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: Around Hastings

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Good morning from a cool and misty Hastings day.

Last Friday my Social Snappers group wandered around the centre and into the CBD on the hunt for some interesting photos.  There were a lot of oddball photos to find.  First up are these sheep signs.  When I was growing up it was a common sight when driving off the main highways to find the road blocked by flocks of sheep.  But we didn’t have these signs.  Now we have the signs, but a lot fewer sheep.  But you can still come across sheep blocking the road on the more rural roads.

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I love all the colours in this.

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And finally this lost car on a fence.

You can find more details about this great challenge over at Cee‘s blog.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 19

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Silhouettes


This week Nancy has given us the prompt to find our silhouette images.

These series of photos were taken up at Buff Hill on ANZAC Day.  The light was so magical.  I was talking to a fellow photographer.  He was using his zoom to focus in on the figures silhouetted against the light rays.  He didn’t see the light like I did.  By using a wider angle lens I made the light rays the focal point of the image.

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I have cropped this image to focus on the figures in the foreground and converted to black and white, again to bring the focus on the light rays.

I wanted to show how us humans are so small compared to the magnificence of nature.

Nancy Merrill Photography: A Photo a Week: Silhouettes

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One Photo Focus: May

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The first Saturday (Friday for those in the past) showcase our editing of one photo.  This month we were given this photo by Julie over at juliepowell2014.  Her photography and editing is amazing.

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To go for my usual vintage feel, I edited with Nik Collection – HDR and then played with the texture filters in the Topaz Textures.

There have been some amazing editing this month – very adventurous. So check them out over at Stacy‘s blog.

One Photo Focus: May

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