One Word Photo Challege: Rain

Rain drops on daisies

Good morning from a wet and miserable day here in Hastings.  Rather appropriate for the prompt this week by Jennifer at her One Word Photo Challenge. Rain.

I have lost a few photos when I killed my computer.  In some ways I don’t mind as it gives me an excuse for taking more photos to build up my archives.  The hardest part is losing my photos I had prepared and edited for several challenges.  Such as my rain photos.  So it is back to searching older archives to find some good photos for this challenge.  These photos were taken nearly 2 years ago after a heavy shower of rain. It is entirely possible that I have used these before.  But they are great for this challenge.

Rain drops on daisies

Rain drops on daisies

I have also been trying to take photos of rain drops – not always successful.

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One Word Photo: Eigengrau

Bathing Beauties (1 of 1)

Good morning from a warmer windier Hastings day.

This week is the last week for Jennifer’s colour challenge at Jennifer Nichole Wells.  It has been a fun challenge coming up with photos that show that particular colour.  For this last week I thought it would be a difficult colour to find.  Then I remembered this photo I took a couple of weeks at Cornwall Park.

One Word Photo Challenge: Eigengrau

One Word Photo Challenge: Eigengrau (dark gray)

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One Word Photo Challenge: Copper

Copper leaf (1 of 1)

Copper face (1 of 1)

Copper tips (1 of 1)

Good morning from a wet and cloudy Hastings.

I am a bit late today as I was setting up a new website to showcase my images and hopefully sell them on iTunes.  It is a competition that I entered via http://www.viewbug.com/.

It is an online community for amateur and professional photographers.  It is free to join and you can upload up to 10 photos a week.  I am on the first level where I pay about $75 a year for unlimited uploads.  There are competitions to enter – which I do, but never win.  That doesn’t matter as it is interesting to see what other photographers are doing and also learn a bit more about the possibilities of editing etc. You can check out more of my photos here:

http://www.viewbug.com/member/raewynduff#/raewynduff/photos

Enough about that.  Here is my entry today for Jennifers challenge where we are coming to the end of her colour series.  As we are going into autumn I have found a lot of dead copper coloured leaves lying on the ground, as well as still on the tree.

The middle image is from a sculpture that is in the CBD.  It is conical in shape and covered with all these faces.  A bit spooky really.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Copper

One Word Photo Challenge: Copper

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One Word Photo: Shamrock

Shamrock (1 of 1)

Here are my photos from Jennifer’s challenge at Jennifer Nichole Wells this week.  Shamrock is a colour I have always associated with Ireland for obvious reasons.

So here are some autumn leaves from Cornwall Park yesterday.

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The light in New Zealand is strong which makes the contrast a lot more vibrant too.  So I have gone for a fern as my final image.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Shamrock

One Word Photo Challenge: Shamrock

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One Word Photo Challenge: Mauve

Mauve (1 of 1)

This week  Jennifer Nichole Wells has asked us for our photos with the colour mauve.  These delphiniums were taken on New Year’s Day at Cornwall Park.

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I just love this colour.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Melon

Melon lilies

This week Jennifer  at Jennifer Nichole Wells has given us the colour melon.  I found these gorgeous lilies some time ago and just love the melon colour.

Melon Rose

This is probably a bit dark for melon but some of the lighter petals are definitely melon.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Beaver

Cheeky thrush

Good morning from a dark Hastings.  I think we are supposed to be ending daylight saving soon. So as the northern hemisphere goes into spring, we are going into autumn.  We got about 30 minutes of rain yesterday, not enough for the dry region.  Today we are expecting showers on and off.  We’ll see.

This week the colour chosen by Jennifer Nichole Wells is beaver, a buff strong beige brown colour.

At Cornwall Park there is an aviary with parrots and turtles.  I just happened to be there when the gardeners were putting out fresh food for the birds.  This thrush (?) was holding on upside down helping itself to the food that was placed close to the fence in the front.

Twisted tree

Next to the aviary was this twisted tree.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Beaver (Brown)

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One Word Photo Challenge: The Dress

Art Deco

Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.

No, this is not the dress that has done the rounds in cyberspace.  For the record if you looked at the dress from the top down, it was white and gold.  If you looked at it straight on it was blue and gold and if you looked at it from the bottom up it was blue and black.  That is what I found when I looked at it on my laptop.

Anyway onto this challenge hosted by Jennifer.

Here is the finished beaded dress.  No, actually my fingers survived pretty much intact.  There are about 20,000 beads on it and I can safely say I touched every single one of them.  I did a post about the fashion industry a few weeks ago and ranting about the working conditions of the Russian emigres who worked up in the attics of Paris

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/travel-theme-the-fashion-industry/

So, how many hours did I work on it? you ask.  About 300 all up.  Give or take 10 hours or more.  So if I calculate that at minimal wage it cost me about $4500 just in the hours.  Then there was the fabric, which wasn’t too expensive and of course the beads.  I did go through several needles as well as about 300 metres of thread.  What really was the hardest to cope with was the eyestrain.  In the end I really struggled to thread the needle.  Severe double vision – which needle is the real one to thread?  I ended up buying a really good quality thread which was a bit stiffer and using lip gloss.  Why lip gloss? It made the thread glide more easily through the eye. I am already planning my next one, but this time I will leave a lot more time to do it.  I am going to cut up my wedding gown – loads of fabric with the skirt.

Beads, beads, beads

Here is a close up of the beaded fringe.

So now I have a healthy respect for those poor workers back then and of course now.  I bet the workers who hand bead the gowns for the big design houses today wouldn’t get that amount of money for their work.

The original image is a combination of several programmes.  My mother had taken that photo of me but she didn’t know how to use the zoom so the background was very cluttered.  So I used Photoshop to do the PNG image.  Not very good, as I am not so good at using the mouse with the lasso.  Then I used a scrapbooking programme for the actual image – Serif CraftArtist.  And then off to Photoscape for the text before Lightroom for the watermark.  I am still a work in progress with Photoshop.  I was used to my big Mac screen for it and was able to see it more clearly, so the laptop is harder for me to see. Especially after all the beading.

The teal colour is in the beads and the car.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Teal

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One Word Photo Challenge: Bittersweet

Bittersweet (800x594)

This week is an interesting colour – bittersweet.  I had never heard of it – I am always learn something new every day.

This photo was taken on Saturday in Napier.

Some beautiful echinacea.

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