Look Up, Look Down: Week 20: Glass

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Good morning from a grey muggy Hastings.  I don’t want to complain about our weather when I saw on the news last night of the storm Hercules hitting America, the temperatures hitting over 34 in Brisbane, Australia and the storms battering England.  I hope everyone is okay and safe.

Sooo yet another challenge.  OK. I do a lot of challenges but I do take a lot of photos.  Though not as many as before.  That is thanks to the challenges.  Question: Why do you take photos?  Another question: What do you do with them? Last question: What do you want to do with them?  So to answer my own questions.

1.I love the idea of capturing a moment in time.  When I am out anywhere I am so aware of my surroundings and subconsciously framing pictures even when I don’t have my camera.  Embarrassing for my children and husband when I do have the camera with me.

2. Until I had this blog they just clogged up my computer.

3. I did think about joining a physical camera club but didn’t like the idea of my photos being minutely scrutinised.  Also here in Hawke’s Bay they are purists and do not appreciate photo editing which I love.  It is the creative side that I really love and that is why I do these challenges.  They push my boundaries.

 I love looking at other artists’ works.  I do not care how they got to the final image ( apart from learning the techniques myself). Life is too short to worry about  all the small detail.  It is about enjoying and appreciating everyone else’s work for what it is – a work of art. That is the fun of the challenges.  Just to see other peoples works too and their interpretations.

I would love to hear your views on what you do with your photos.

Anyway this challenge is the Look Up, Look Down Challenge.  You can join in the challenge here,  This challenge is appropriate to what I do when out on my walks.  Looking up or Looking down, just eyeing up interesting shots.

Looking up is an old fashioned street lamp outside a school nearby.

Looking down is a shard of glass that I found on the ground.

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They have been edited with FX Photostudio Pro.

Here is another great interpretation – http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/look-up-look-down-challenge-week-20/

Thank you for visiting.

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Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Week 19

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Good morning from another cooler sunny Hastings morning.

This is the last  -Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 19 for 2013 hosted by Travel with Intent.  As I was going for a walk this morning I wondered what to use.  I wanted a Christmas theme but we have no city Christmas tree.  In fact due to financial constraints and worn out decorations our lovely city is rather deplete of decorations at all.  Scrooges here methinks.  Anyway I got up early enough to catch the last of the sunrise so I thought about the miracle of each day.  A time to put yesterday to rest and start anew.

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And we have only 4 more sleeps to Christmas.

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So I have included an image of the moon this morning.

I  have only done looking up images today as how can I look down after this sunrise.

Thanks for visiting.

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Look Up Look Down Challenge Week 17

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Good morning from another very hot Hastings.

I know that America is experiencing a big freeze at the moment and the UK and Europe is mopping up after their terrible storm, so my thoughts go out to those suffering.

This weeks challenge  Look Up, Look Down Challenge – Week 17  with Travel with Intent was taken on the same day, but very different flora.  Looking up I have gone for spring blossoms.

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While looking down, I found some mushrooms on the berms close to my home. For those who don’t know what a berm is, it is a small stretch of grass area next to the road outside your property.  I never knew it was called this until it became local news after problems as to who is responsible for keeping them tidy – us or the local council.  It went viral here.  So I have learnt something new.

Anyway…

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Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Week 16

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Good morning from a drier Hastings morning.

Another week in Travel with Intent ‘s  Look Up, Look Down Challenge.  I have continued with the bird theme as I searched through my photos last night.  When I go for a walk I am always searching around for anything interesting to take a photo of.  To take photos of birds I first practiced on the ducks as they were bigger and didn’t move as fast as birds.  Then as I got more comfortable with my new camera I progressed to birds, both in trees and on the ground.  This photo is of a pigeon at Frimley Park

All spring I was thwarted by the fantails, a native bird of New Zealand that has tail feathers that fan out like well a fan.

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This is the best I got.  I swear that they knew I was coming because they would flit around me, literally and just stop long enough for me to get the camera focused on them and then would fly off.  Most frustrating.  Flighty little things they are.

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Of course there are plenty of sparrows.  They also loved the Kowhai trees with it’s sweet nectar.

I also took lots of birds on the ground as well.  When I would go and feed the ducks other smaller birds would also fly in and catch the crumbs.  That made taking photos of them rather easy.

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On another walk I came across this blackbird bathing in the stream.

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And then sunbathing.

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I do have a lot of dud photos of birds.  I probably get one good photo out of ten, but the fun is in watching them.  They can be very entertaining, except of course the fantails, they are just mean to me.

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Look Up, Look down Challenge, Week 13

Good morning from another grey Hastings morning.

This weeks Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 13 is an abstract one for me.  I spend a lot of time on my walks either looking up or looking down, on the hunt for interesting things to photograph.  This week I have gone for a New Zealand theme.  I love walking through the native bush at Cornwall Park and seeing the silhouettes made by the ferns when looking up.

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I have gone for a surreal, abstract look for the looking down photos.  As usual they are the reflections on the water.  They fascinate me and even when taking a series of photos together, no two photos are the same.

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