Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Maroon or Burgundy

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.

I know everyone is expecting me to show some maroon or burgundy flowers for Cee’s fun challenge over at Cee’s Photography but I do take photos of other objects.  Such as this jar of preserved plums at my parents place.  My mother would pick her damson plums and put them in jars with sugar and vodka and make what she calls her plonk.  That was her Christmas present to everyone each year.  Now she can’t remember what to do with the jars anymore so they are just sitting on a table.  I was fascinated with the colour and reflections of the jar.  No I haven’t edited this as a monochrome with a splash of colour – it is the way the photo turned out.

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But of course I do have some florals.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon

BURGUNDY OR MAROON – LATE SUMMER FLOWERS

No Escape

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/fun-slightly-creepy-fotos/

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

Phoneography Challenge: Black and White

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.

I want to thank everyone for their kind comments about the demise of my computer.  My son came home last night and opened it up.  It is totally dead.  Coffee is a very corrosive liquid for computer parts.  So he has kindly emptied out his computer and set it up for me to use.  Then we got a phone call from Apple in the USA, Texas to be exact and my son has ordered the new MacBook that is coming out shortly.  He will be using his iPad for school.  Thank you so much Martin.  Mum loves you.

Anyway this computer has better specs than the older one I was using and Photoshop runs smoothly.  The only thing is that it doesn’t have much storage.  Beggars can’t be chosers and I do have an external hard drive.

So I was able to upload my photos from my phone.  And found this photo of a daisy. Great for Sally’s challenge at  – Lens and Pens by Sally.

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https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-black-and-white-spring-tree-blossoms/

Phoneography: Black and White

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/phoneography-black-and-white-challenge-sweeping-landscapes/

Capturing The Moment Capturing The Moment…

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/photography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-black-and-white-natural-vs-manmade/

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

Close to Home

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings.  Hopefully the stormy weather is over and warmer weather comes back.

Yesterday was a strange day with showers on and off all day.  It was odd hanging out my washing with drops of rain falling.  I got it dry though.  So I didn’t get to go for a walk but I got out around the garden for a few photos.  This one is my favourite.

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Just as I turned around I noticed this sparrow on the clothes line so only just managed to get this photo before it flew off.

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I love the way the trellis frames these flowers – daisy or margaritas – someone please tell me if I am wrong.

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These are just about past their best now but I loved the way they were so close together.

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The grapes are starting to grow.  I have taken lots of photos just of the leaves as there is so much texture in them.

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These astroemerias are just lovely.  I had to google for the spelling of these.  I thought at the beginning that these were lilies but now know that they are not.  No I am not going to spell it again.  They are really coming into their own.

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This is what I did last night with these flowers for my Words of Inspiration blog.  These flowers represent friendship, commitment and care for one another so I chose a quote from Socrates which I felt went with the meaning.  The font is Herculanum – an ancient latin font perfect for Socrates.

So you don’t have to go far for some good photos.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

Gorgeous spring colours

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Good morning from another beautiful spring morning in Hastings.

It has been so warm and windless the last couple of days and it makes going for a walk a pleasure.  Spring has well and truly arrived and the gardens are really starting to show of.  The senses are been inundated with the sweet smell of new blossoms as well as the vibrant colours which is so lovely after a grey winter.  I am now just discovering what a beautiful flower the peony is.  There are a couple of gardens that are just a mass of colour.  They make a fantastic show.

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What can spoil a lovely walk is not having enough battery juice in the camera or too small a memory card.  Everywhere I looked there was something to take.  I left at around 10 am but by midday the light was getting too harsh, leading to hard shadows so maybe it was just as well that the battery had died.

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I did try and use the strong sun to silhouette the flowers a little to get different textures on the flowers themselves, or as in the second photo to highlight the hairiness of the plant.

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I also worked on my focusing skills.

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Then there are the hazards.  The bees are out in force.  I have to stand right back and try and zoom in on flowers when the bees are around as I am allergic to them but they epitomise what spring is about.

It is a real pleasure to go out and see the perfusion of colours and signs of life, and with my favourite music helping me along it is a great way of relieving stress.  A way of living in the moment and trying to capture the memories on a memory card.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn