A Serendipitous Winter

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Good morning from a freezing Hastings day.

Marilyn over at SERENDIPITY showed some of her summer photos today.  But here in the southern hemisphere we are still in the depths of winter.  It has been a strange winter.  Our autumn was very colourful and long.

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But the winter frosts did arrive earlier this year than normal – in April. But the days were reasonably warm.

Then we had some warm balmy days but then we had some freezing days with snow low on the hills around us.

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Normally the snow doesn’t fall this low around us.

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Then we have been having some warm balmy days, so that the spring blossoms are starting to make an appearance.

It is hard to believe that in a couple of days we will be in August.  Only a month to go until we are officially into spring.  Then in September we will have our blossom parade.  Then we know that we are really into spring.

I live in a warmish temperate climate.  Yes, it can get cold, but then it normally doesn’t last too long.  This week I haven’t needed to light the fire.  But then this morning I got up and it was freezing again so the fire is going strong.

The weather is such a fickle thing.

Go and check out Marilyn’s Photo Prompt for her amazing summer photos.

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #16 – SMALL TOWN SUMMER

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One Four Challenge: May Week 4

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Where has this month gone.  We are now onto week 4 of Mays image, which is part of Robyn’s challenge over at Captivate Me

So this week I had to go monochrome.  This final edit was edited in Lightroom. I just played around with the sliders.  In particular with the clarity, luminescence and vignette.

There is a poll to let me know which one you prefer.

I will catch up with everyone later as I have my acrylic painting class.

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/one-four-challenge-may-week-4/

One Four Challenge ~ #4

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom-mixed-media/

https://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/one-four-challenge-may-week-4/

One Four Challenge – May Week 4

Walt Disney Concert Hall – week 4

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One Four Challenge: May Week 3

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Good morning from a cool and cloudy Hastings day.

Drum roll please:

I now have a new computer.  I have to give a huge thanks to my son for helping to pay for a huge upgrade from what the insurance company was going to pay.

Here are the specs:

  • 2.6GHz Intel i7-4720HQ quad core processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive
  • 4GB AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics
  • Windows 8.1
  • DVD Writer
  • Brand/Model: Toshiba Satellite P70-B097
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad core Processor – 2.6 GHz – 3.6GHz
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3L (2x8GB) 1600MHz Ram – (total memory expandable to 16GB)
  • Disk Drive: Hybrid 1TB SATA (5400rpm) + 8G SSD cache
  • Optical Drive: DVD-RW
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD with LED Backlit Display (1920 x 1080)

Having a son who knows about computers helps a lot.  So I got a $2000 computer for half the cost.  So I am a happy chappy.  It is a bigger screen as well which helps.  When I came to editing in Lightroom I got a better response from the sliders.  And Photoshop works like a dream.  What is also new for me is that the keyboard lights up too.  And it is lovely to type with, compared to what I was using.

So onto my One Four post this week.  I cropped the image more closely to the branch and then just used the preset filter – pastel strokes and did a HDR edit as well through photoshop.

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Apples - increase clarity, alter exposure (1 of 1)

Then for something different.  As everyone knows I have been going to an acrylic painting class.  We have a competition on at the moment run by the Fruitgrowers Association here in the Hawke’s Bay.  So I am entering it with these two paintings.  I decided to combine my photography and painting.  I edited the photo with Photoshop to get a brush stroke affect.  I then printed the image onto a special paper which I then ironed onto the canvas.  Because the canvas has an uneven surface ti didn’t quite come out as well as I wanted.  Then I just painted the apples.  We had to showcase our fruit.  No grapes or anything to do with our wine industry was not allowed.

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https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/one-four-challenge-may-week-3/

 https://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/one-four-challenge-may-week-3/

https://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/one-four-challenge-for-may-cottage-life-week-3/

One Four Challenge – May Week 3

Walt Disney Concert Hall – week 3

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom-watercolour/

One Four Challenge ~ #3

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Cees Fun Fotos: Enjoying the Autumn Sun

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.  It is really bright and sunny but apparently it is expected to change over the day.

Yesterday I took advantage of our glorious weather and headed for the park.  As I was walking around I found that this pond was very busy with all these sparrows enjoying a bath.

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The colours are so bright and vibrant in our harsh sun and the reflections were amazing.

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I had noticed some splashing going on at this pond so I had to sneak up very quietly so as not to disturb them.  But even though they flew off, they soon came back.  The water was irresistible.

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As you can see with this photo.

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This Week Cee has given us a photo and asked us to pick a part of the photo for our photos.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from My Photo

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathered Friends

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-pick-topic-from-photo/

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Phoneography Challenge: Nature

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The first Monday of the month means showcasing our nature photos for Sally’s challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Last night I had some phone on my iPad with Snapseed, Aviary and DistressedFX.

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As we are into winter I wanted to show off our beautiful colours.

I don’t have time this morning to check out my reader.  I am off to my painting class.  Then it is back to the dentist to get my stitches out. So will to all your great blogs later today.

By the way what a lovely name the new princess has Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  She does look like a Charlotte to me.  Adorable.

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/phoneography-and-the-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-old-fashion-white-bleeding-hearts/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/phoneography-nature-challenge-sun-and-wren/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-reflections-on-water/

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One Four Challenge:May/Week 1

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Good morning from a cool sunny Hastings day.

Robyn from Captivate Me has started of a new month of her One Four Challenge. This is great for us who love editing to get a photo and edit it a different way each week.

So for May I am going for a autumn theme.  The apple trees are or were fully loaded down with apples.  For my first edit I adjusted the exposure and clarity. It was underexposed and it was hard to pick out the leaves clearly.

For more information here is Robyn’s blog to check out.

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/one-four-challenge-may-week-1/

One Four Challenge – May Week 1

https://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/one-four-challenge-for-may-cottage-life/

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom/

This should be interesting to do this month.

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