WPC: The Forces of Nature: The wind

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Good morning from a cooler but calmer Hastings day.

I love doing challenges.  It means stretching myself to finding new photos and interpretations.  I have now got them written down to keep an idea what is coming up.  In particular for Cee’s challenges and Jennifer’s One Word Photo challenge.  Jennifer has finished with her colours and has now moved onto the weather.  Most of the weather phenomenon is easy – sun, clouds. storm.  But wind is invisible.  So I have been trying to get photos of branches and leaves moving in the wind.  I tried to slow the shutter speed but my fixed lens doesn’t stop down enough so I got some horribly over exposed images.

On Wednesday the weather was very windy so over the day I kept trying to get some photos of the branches bent over and blurry from movement.  This was the most successful photo of the day.

I will keep at it.  My next idea is to peg some towels on the washing line and take photos of the towels blowing in the wind.  Puts a whole new spin on Bob Dylan’s song “Blowing in the Wind”.

Anyway it is appropriate for The Daily Post‘s challenge today – Forces of Nature.

#FridayFoto: Scottish Weather – A Force Of Nature Not To Be Reckoned With…






The Daily Post: WPC Force of Nature



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One Word Photo Challenge: Copper

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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:


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.


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.

Shamrock (3 of 1)

Shamrock (2 of 1)

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.


One Word Photo Challenge: Shamrock

One Word Photo Challenge: Shamrock


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Phoneography Challenge: Nature

Greensleeves 1 (1 of 1)

Greensleeves (1 of 1)

Good morning from a balmy sunny day here in Hastings.  I have already been out to take photos of our awesome sunrise.  I have also notice the leaves starting to change colour.  As of the 1st March we are officially into autumn.  But mother nature has forgotten to switch of the heater.  On Sunday we had the highest temperature in the country – 30 degrees celsius and yesterday was 28, today we are forecast to have the same.  So we will enjoy this Indian summer.  I wouldn’t mind if we continue to have such awesome sunrises – will post tomorrow.

I have managed to work out what was wrong with my computer but will explain it all in my other post as it is more relevant there.

So onto this challenge by Sally.  This is to showcase what our non digital camera devices can do.  Samsung have announced their new phones yesterday.  Among the upgrades are new camera specs.  That should be interesting for those who are into Samsung.  Me, these photos were taken with my iPhone 5S.  I have used some of the photos taken at this time for my 5 day black and white challenge.  This time though, I have edited them with Lightroom.  I wanted the leaves sharp and to pop out.  Let me know what you think.





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One Four Challenge: December Week 3

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Here is my third part of this challenge for December for Robyn’s challenge and Captivate Me:


For this week I added some texture with the Distressed FX app with the Lily and Charm filters,

I have seen some amazing transformations with other bloggers and all their complicated work in Lightroom and Photoshop.  I don’t have either one of them so rely on apps which means I don’t have such control over the changes so I just go by how I feel about the photo. But it is a lot of fun for me and that is what is important for me.  It is magic to me and that is what captivates me (sorry Robyn).

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This was last weeks image.  As you can see I have added some warmth to the image with the charm filter.

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And the first week.

One Four Challenge for December Week 3




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One Four Challenge: December Week 2

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We are now into week 2 of this great challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me.



The top image is for week 2. I went to Photoshop Express for this edit and added a vignette and the Haze filter. It is starting to bring out the leaves from the background.

So as a comparison, below is the first week, which was edited in Snapseed.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Pine

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Good morning from another sunny Hastings day.

For this challenge by Jennifer I have gone for a New Zealand theme.

One Word Photo Challenge: Pine

 Of our native bush to be exact.

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I spent a lot of time last year in spring trying to get decent photos of our native fantail.  They were little devils.  They would come right up to me and fly around my head and then take off when I even dared to point a camera at them.

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It doesn’t help that my camera is super slow after I dropped it and cracked the screen.  The sensors have been affected so it hates focusing.  My manual focusing is way to slow.

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That said I loved the way that the light filters through the ferns and leaves.




One Four Challenge: December Week 1

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Good morning from a very cold but sunny Hastings.  Yesterday was the official start of summer, but somehow nature decided to bring back winter so it rained and the temperature dropped.

Anyway onto this great challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me


For this month I chose this photo.  The original will be shown in the 4th week with a poll.

So for the first round of editing I headed to my favourite app – Snapseed and added my usual filters – Drama, HDR and Old lens.  I find that they define the image and add a bit more clarity before heading to other apps.

About the challenge and how it works:

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 differeneet ways over 4 weeks.
We will all  process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week.
Process it however you like… and tell us a bit about it. You don’t have to show the original image unless you’d like to.  (I’m going to show mine in week 4 along with the 4 variations from the month).
Try new things, experiment.  Be as creative or subtle as you wish to be.
Each week starts again on Monday (Aussie time) and closes off the following Sunday (at the end of the day), so there is a whole week for you to create your post, link up here and tag your post.
This is a perpetual challenge. We will do the 1st four Mondays of the month.
If there are 5 Mondays in a month – we’ll still only post on 4.
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