Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lines and Angles. Art Deco in Hastings.

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This week Cee has asked for lines and angles for her black and white challenge.

This was easy for me as Hastings is full of lines and angles.

Most of Hastings was destroyed in a large earthquake on the 3rd February 1931 and was rebuilt in the Art Deco style, which was very geometric in design.


Artist: Virginia King.

This 3 metre high sculpture is made of aluminium and stainless steel. Water flows over images of grapes and olives, stone fruit and ferns that appear amongst the perforated stainless interior.
The artwork draws inspiration from our fertile region. When Ms King was commissioned to construct a “marker for Market Street”, her thoughts immediately turned to food markets and the abundant crops grown locally. Hence the idea of a container – a cornucopia, the vessel of produce, which then evolved to include a “very deco” radiating nikau reflecting our architectural heritage. The work was commissioned following a generous donation from the trustees of the Estate of William Alan Bell.

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Artist: Neil Dawson.

This centrepiece artwork is suspended above the city square and is made up of six parasol forms with the negative spaces in between having a leaf form.

The sculpture is made of brightly coloured aluminium tubing and perforated sheets that change from one colour to another depending on the angle they are viewed from.

Even the street lights are inspired by the Art Deco movement.

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I gave them a sepia filter to fit in with the vintage theme.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Go 100 steps and take a photo.

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I haven’t participated in this challenge by Cee for a long time but this one I just had to do.

As I can’t walk too far at the moment all I can do is take photos of what is around me at the moment.  Of course these irises are very popular at the moment.  You have seen some of my coloured photos the last week so I decided to give them the black and white treatment.

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Of course I had to take these in all weathers.


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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Fruits of Autumn


Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

As we are now well into autumn I found some fruits still hanging on the trees around Hastings.

I thought that they would make the perfect photos for Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Food

The first photo is the last of the apples.


The last of the fejoias.


The last of the lychees.


The last of the black grapes.


The last of the green grapes.


But persimmons are now in season.


Some enterprising people bag the persimmons up and sell on the side of the road.


Hastings is the fruit bowl of New Zealand so I thought it would be appropriate to showcase some of our fruits.

This week I have gone for the monochrome feel – edited with FX Foto Pro for something a bit different.


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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Small Objects


Good morning from a cool but dry Hastings morning.

This week the prompt  from Cee for this challenge is small objects.

I used ColorStrokes for the black and white editing as I like the fact I can do different lighting affects.  For all these photos I have used the dreamy affect which makes the textures show up a bit more and make the subjects stand out against the background.


Some more mushrooms.



A magnolia seed pod (?) I found on the ground.


Another leaf.


I have used this photo as I love the silhouette of the birds in the tree.

To find out more about this challenge visit Cee’s blog here

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Small Subjects

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Large Objects


Good morning from a damp Hastings.

It is funny how you can walk through a park so many times and never really notice what is there.  Yesterday the rain finally eased up I decided to go for a walk to get rid of the cobwebs in my brain.  Actually I am now able to use my arm to manipulate the lens on my camera so rather than doing physiotherapy I would rather take photos.

I headed down to Cornwall Park for some more autumn colours when I passed this.  I though this would make a great subject for this challenge.


As you can see it is a memorial to a visit back in 1927 of the then Duke and Duchess of York.

Actually it fits in well as at the moment we have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting New Zealand and I am so in love with baby Prince George.  He is so adorable.

Anyway back to the challenge.  I edited these photos with ColorStrokes using the soft filter.  This just adds a little more contrast to the photos so that they so look so bland or flat.


I just love the regal look on it’s face.

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When I first did this photo I didn’t like it as there was just too much detail in the background which was rather distracting.  So I used a vignette filter to soften the background in FX Photostudio Pro before using the ColorStrokes app again.

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Same with this photo.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Man Made Objects.

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Good evening from a muggy Hastings.

Time for Cee’s challenge at Cee’s Photography.  This week is all about man made objects.  Since I have been focusing on Art Deco this week I thought about some of the detail that can be found on the buildings in Napier.

The first image has the bonus of a large Imperial Chryslar from the early 60’s.  Usually Hubby is very knowledgable about early classic cars, but this one had him stumped.  It is about 30 years out of date compared to the buildings.

These have been edited using Snapseed and ColourStrokes.  I am not sure how I did it but when I was adding my watermark I noticed the soft focus on the second and third image.  I thought about editing the images again but somehow I like the contrast of the softness against the hard lines of the buildings.

Here is Cee’s blog for more information

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Made-Made Objects

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Older than 50 years

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My contribution to Cee’s Photography challenge this week.  This silver tea set was given to my parents when they got married in 1960.  So it only just scrapes in.  I wanted to give the photo a vintage look.  First I used ColourStrokes and it’s dreamy filter for the black and white edit.  Then to GIMP for the cartoon filter before using FX Photostudio Pro for a vignette and frame.

Thanks for visiting and here are a couple of other blogs to check out.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 50 Years or Older



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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: the back of things.




Good evening from a coolish Hastings.

This week the  black and white challenge by Cee’s Photography is the back of things.

I was searching for another photo of the back of my husbands classic car, but as usual I didn’t find it (no doubt I will find it when I don’t need it – Murphy’s Law.) But I found these photos of the backs of roses and another flower that I am not too sure about.

Edited with Colour Stroke and FX Photostudio Pro.

Here are a couple of other great blogs to check out in this challenge.




Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Flowers




Here is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Flowers.  I found these lilies a couple of weeks ago and loved the translucent feel to them and thought they could be good for black and white.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Flowers


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Sonel’s Split Toning Challenge and Cee’s Black and White Challenge


Good morning from a sunny Hastings morning.

Today I have decided to do two challenges at once.  To be honest the photos improved with the black and white filter, showing a lot more detail than it shows in colour.

I don’t just take photos, which is my greatest passion, but I also knit, sew and crochet.  Every year I set myself a new challenge.  One year it was to learn to knit and crochet using very fine silk and beads.  Another year was to do crazy quilting. Last year was to learn Tunisian Crochet.  My grandmother had taught me over 30 years ago the basics but obviously I had forgotten.  So I found some very long Tunisian Crochet hooks online and lined up a few UTube videos and retaught myself.  I am amazed at the different stitches that can be made with this technique.  It has opened up a new world.  I managed to do two baby blankets.  The first one was with two colours and rather small.  It was a hard one to start with but I gave it to my stepdaughter for my husband’s first grandchild.  This one, however I will keep.  It really was a labour of love and took well over 60 hours to make in between sewing and knitting other garments such as my baby black and white NZ outfits which I sell.

But I digress.  Here are the original photos taken inside with the wrong lighting.


You can barely see the stitches.


Here is the macro for Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  The detail is still fuzzy.

So to go for Cee’s Photography Black and White Challenge  I edited them with the Colour Strokes app which gave them a grittier look to them, but also really shows up the detail of the stitches.

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Here the details are really strong.  Actually I reminds me of the vintage pattern books I have from the thirties and earlier where the details are shown in black and white  as a guideline.  I find that modern books with their colour photos are not quite as interesting.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed the challenge.  It is not my usual type of editing but sometimes the most simple edits are the most effective.

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