The colour red – Weekly Photo Challenge – The Hue of You

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Good morning from a very warm sunny day here in Hastings – sorry Amanda ♥ Unique So Chic, I know you are going into your winter.  We are expecting 25 Degrees.

Anyway this week I am just going to focus on colours so I went out yesterday focusing on what was around me.  As you can see today is red.

Red is a hard colour to take photos off.  It depends on the actual tones of the red as well as the light.  Even these reflections are as strong as the real deal.  But I gave it a go.

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Now I know for sure that these are peonies.  But the colour is a lot less intense than the deep red, with more of a black hue to them, that I saw.

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This poppy and the ranunculas are more true to the colours in real life but these were taken in full sunshine as well, while the peonies are more in the shade.  A totally different shade of red as well.

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These photos are more or less true as well.

It almost seems as if the black colour of the peonies was absorbed by the shaded light.  Whereas in the bright light the colours were more true.

It is a great challenge for me to go out and see how I can improve my photography based on colour tones and hues.

Cheers from Raewyn

A rosy day

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Good morning from a grey, foggy morning.

Well yesterday was an interesting day.  My family got the chance to meet the All Black legend Jonah Lomu and his wife and listen to them both talk.  An amazing experience.

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He is a sick man but is dedicated to his wife and two sons.  We were privileged to be able to shake hands with him and talk with him afterwards.  No photos of me with him, I was behind the lens of course.

While walking on the way home (we only live a few minutes walk away) I sent my family ahead as I spotted some gorgeous roses.  My camera was in my hand anyway, as it always is when I have it on me.  I just couldn’t help myself.  I am always looking around me anyway, whether I have my camera on me or not.  My children just left me to it.

So here are some gorgeous roses I came across.

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Then, last night during the rugby test my daughter happened to be walking past a window and noticed the bright moon and remarked on it, saying that it would be impossible to take photos of.  Well challenge accepted.

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I grabbed my camera and raced outside.  The first photos were shaky so I found a spot to rest my arms on and took these two photos.  I haven’t edited them at all.  She liked the affect of the clouds just covering the moon for a spooky affect.

Cheers and have a nice day,

Raewyn

Having fun with Photoshop filters and split toning

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Good morning from a grey Hastings day.

Last night I had a lot of fun playing around on Photoshop with the filters and split toning. I have been overwhelmed by all the support from everyone –Sonel’s Corner Amanda ♥ Unique So ChicLorik andladysighs.  I do appreciate all the feedback and it inspires me to take things further.

My post today has an Art Deco feel to it as that is what is around me.  What is so wonderful about Art Deco is the shapes and designs they used.  Items weren’t just to be functional such as these street lights, but they were to be enjoyed for their beauty and design elements.

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These bike stands are a modern addition but I loved the way that they are actually bikes as well.

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Even doors are decorative.

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Lights figure significantly around Hastings.  Even adding an Art Deco feel to this modern building.

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This ball is right in the centre of the CBD.  My daughter was telling me how she would use this image but I am afraid that my skills aren’t up to her level on Photoshop.  Plus she has PS6.  Totally different to what I have.

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We also have a lot of houses predating the Art Deco period.  This just caught my eye as I walked past.

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What I like about photo manipulation is that the backgrounds can be changed so as to change the focus onto the main subject in the front so that it is not so distracting.

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I liked the texture of this rope but felt that there was too much contrast.  This is the end result.

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I was fascinated by these crystals in a lighting shop.  I want to work on this a bit more just to see if I can make the shapes stronger.

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Finally I couldn’t resist this green leaf.  It just screamed out for filters.

I couldn’t tell you what filters I used as I just went with what I liked.  That is what is so good about modern digital photography.  The possibilities are endless.  So have fun trying it out.  Just make sure you have some time to spare.

Cheers and have a nice day,

Raewyn

 

The sweet smell of roses.

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Good morning from another sunny Hastings day.

Going for a walk is supposed to be exercise for me.  Instead I end up stopping all the time to smell the roses.  Or take photos of them.  Roses are my favourite flower and I have used them a few times on My Word of Inspiration blog.  They have so many different meanings for colour as well as the blooms themselves.  Anyway they are coming out and some of the rose gardens I walk past are just stunning.  I should be going to the park but instead get side tracked.  I love the pink shade of these roses.

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As you can see I stopped at this garden for a while.

Double apricot rosesFull blown

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Some of them are now overblown, I have been taking photos of them just about every day from a bud to this.

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I love the colours in these roses.

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This garden was amazing with the rose bushes growing really tall.

Reflections of roses

 

Here is what was hidden behind the fence.  Just stunning.  I love the reflection of the roses in the windows.

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Then there are these miniature roses.  The colour is so delicate.  They make quite a show.

The smells are just wonderful, and strong on a good day.  It lifts the spirits to see them.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

Napier, Art Deco

Te Pania, Napier

Good morning from a grey Hastings day.

Yesterday the weather turned out to be sunny, though not that warm.  It was a great day light wise for photography.  I had to go to Napier as my son was having his braces fitted.  He didn’t want me around for that so I headed down to the Sound Shell for some photos.  Too short a time, but still I was happy with what I got.

Napier was destroyed in a large earthquake on February 3rd 1931.  It was then rebuilt in the Art Deco style and now it is a well known Art Deco heritage city.  I love the architecture and the colours of it.  When I am at the Sound Shell I can imagine people walking around it in the 30’s and having picnics on the lawn.  During Art Deco week there are all sorts of activities relating to that period, including a Great Gatsby Picnic on this lawn.  That is on my must do list one day.

This statue is of Pania of the Reef :-

Pania of the Reef was a beautiful maiden who lived in the sea on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. By daylight she swam about with creatures of her reef world but after sunset would go to a stream that ran into the bay where the city of Napier now exists. She would travel up the stream to an area where she could rest among the flax bushes. Karitoki, the very handsome son of a Māori chief, quenched his thirst every evening at the stream where Pania rested because it had the sweetest water. He was unaware she was observing him for many weeks until one night she whispered a faint spell. It carried on the wind to Karitoki who turned around to see Pania emerge from her hiding place.

Karitoki had never seen someone so beautiful and instantly fell in love. Pania fell in love also, and they pledged their lives to each other and were secretly married. Pania and Karitoki went to his whare(house), but because it was dark no-one saw them enter. At sunrise, Pania prepared to leave but Karitoki tried to stop her. She explained that as a creature of the ocean, when the sirens of the sea called her each morning, she could not survive if she did not go to them. She promised to return every evening and their marriage continued on that basis.

Karitoki boasted to his friends about his beautiful wife, but no one believed him because they had never seen her. Frustrated by this, Karitoki consulted a kaumatua (wise elder) in the village who believed Karitoki as he knew ocean maidens did exist. The kaumatua told Karitoki that being a sea creature, Pania would not be allowed to return to the sea if she swallowed cooked food.

That night, as Pania slept, Karitoki took a morsel of cooked food and put it in Pania’s mouth. As he did so, Ruru the morepork (owl) called a loud warning and Pania was startled from her sleep. Horrified that Karitoki had put her life in jeopardy, Pania fled from the whare and ran to the sea. Her people came to the surface and drew her down into the depths as Karitoki swam frantically about the ocean looking for her. He never saw her again.

When people now look deep into the water over the reef, some say they can see Pania with arms outstretched, appealing to her former lover. It is unknown whether she is imploring him to explain his treachery, or expressing her continuing love.

The sea off Napier is now protected by Moremore, the son of Pania and Karitoki. He is the kaitiaki (guardian) of the area, a taniwha (spirit) who often disguises himself as a shark, a stingray or an octopus.

Anyway I have a lot of photos today.

Enjoying the water

I noticed these two girls enjoying the water.

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This is near the water fountain.

Great background for a photo shootColumns and poppiesLooking through to the oceanNature versus manPalm treesSun and shadows in Napier

I love the way the shadows made these columns more interesting.  The columns also framed the Pacific Ocean.

Light shadowsGreen seats

The shadows were great and made for more abstract photos.

Contasting time zonesReflections at Napier's Museum

These two photos show just how diverse the architecture is sin the city.  Up on the hill is a house built probably around 1900, while in the foreground is the Art Deco building. The second photo is the most modern building in the Napier CBD, having only just opened it’s doors – the new museum. The reflections on the glass are interesting.

Next time I go I must allow myself more time.  There is just so much to photograph.

Cheers, and  have a nice day/

Raewyn

Celebrating the All Blacks

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Good morning from a slightly grey Hastings day.

I make and sell these cute baby outfits on TradeMe, New Zealand’s equivalent to EBay.   I have just tweaked my design a bit so needed to update my image as well.  To start with the white logo on the outfits is my own design,  I used this unofficial flag as my inspiration.

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I then transferred that to a graph and simplified New Zealand to NZ.  I knit them on a knitting machine for speed and a nicer look, and also for the intarsia technique for the design.  After a couple of years I am getting rather good at it.  Anyway I did the bands a different way as I decided to change them to make them a bit quicker to knit, as well as less wool.  I have spent the last couple of weeks making some new outfits.  The booties also have black sprigs on them to look like real rugby boots.

So what better way to celebrate the All Blacks winning the Rugby Championship in style than redesigning my photo.

I love this image of the silver fern.

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And have used it many times.  It really just shows up the silver fern image.  This was my background which I also edited with Photoshop.

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I use a lifelike doll to make the outfits look more interesting.  My husband can’t stand the doll as it looks far to realistic for him.  I love it.  Anyway using the layers I added them onto the silver fern image.  Just to be more patriotic I googled flags and added a New Zealand flag to it as well.

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I chose this one as it was a little more realistic than just the flat image.

With Trademe the first image is free and then I have to pay for any further image so that by doing it all on one image I can show everything I want, plus say what the outfit entails – i.e. beanie, booties and jumper.

It is also on my website an my Facebook page for sale as well.

http://decocrafts.org/index.php/en/online-store#!/~/product/category=5592665&id=28529463

So check it out.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

Greensleeves

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Good morning from another beautiful Hastings day.

When I am out walking my eyes are everywhere. I’m not just looking for beautiful flowers and reflections.   leaves can be just as interesting and fascinating.  Especially when backlit.

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I love the strong colours and lines in this leaf.  The contours and thickness of the leaf also show up, from the sun shining through.

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As you can see from my first image, ferns are another favourite of mine.  There are so many ways to highlight the fronds and ways to use them as you can see from the second image.

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By pointing the camera skywards the image becomes black and white for a more interesting perspective.

 

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They add a distinct New Zealand flavour and colour to my scrapbooking.

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Other leaves have strong lines to them.  These leaves just stood out as I went past them, so of course I had to stop for photos.

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I am constantly amazed at the way just small sun beams can highlight just one leaf out of many as in these two photos.  The leaves really stood out.

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The same goes for these branches against buildings.

Midges everywhere

 

This final photo was taken into the sun again, which shows the leaves and empty flower in relief.  The white spots are midges flying around.  I spent some time trying to see if I could capture these little critters, as you can see I managed to get them, but also managed to get bitten.  Ah! The life of a photographer.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

A reflective time at Cornwall Park

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Good morning from a misty grey Hastings.

Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day, not a cloud in the sky and no wind either.  Perfect weather for photography.  So I headed down to Cornwall Park and wasn’t disappointed in the range of photos I took.

The waters were so still so that they became mirrors and the reflections were just awesome.  I am fascinated by how ripples can distort the reflections and turn them into something resembling nightmares or have a gothic feel.  I take a lot of photos like that as they make great backgrounds for digital scrapbooking after they are edited.  With the light yesterday I got a lot of great photos to add to my collection.  My son and I plan to develop an app to use these as background papers for smart phones.

Anyway this above photo is taken at the Chinese Garden.  Hastings has a sister city in China and this area is dedicated to this.  There are a couple of pagodas and bright red colours which reflect really well.

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I have taken a few photos of this bridge where the reflections are totally distorted which are rather striking but yesterday it was just like a mirror.  A perfect reflection.

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Here you can see the ducks enjoying the sunshine.  This is a great peaceful place for a picnic lunch, a serene sanctuary in the middle of the city.

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Here is another angle of the same pond but focusing on the Chinese trees that frame this pond.

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Around the park are small ponds which little fountains.  As there wasn’t any wind the reflections with the bright sky were just breathtaking.

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I just managed to catch these bathing beauties before they flew off.  They were really enjoying their bath.

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Everywhere I went there was so much to take in.  I have a polarising filter on my camera, but I can rotate it to get the maximum images on the reflections.

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We have small canals running around the park with hobbit like stone bridges.  These two photos are taken from one bridge but looking in both directions.

Since the light was rather bright and harsh it make taking photos of flowers very difficult, but with no wind the reflections I caught made my day.  That said, I did get some really great backlit flowers and leaves, but they will keep for anther day.

Now,  though, I have to be careful as I managed to get a bit sunburnt, even though it is only October.  So I will have to go out earlier now to avoid the full sun.

So cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

 

A distinct Kiwi flavour – Looking into nature

Looking into nature

 

 

Good morning from an overcast Hastings this morning.

Today I have gone for a Kiwi theme to support our boys in San Francisco who will hopefully win the America’s Cup this morning.  It has been gripping tension the last few days.  I don’t think there will be much work done this morning.  So good luck to Dean Barker and the team.  Bring the cup home.

I take my inspiration from what I find around me.  There are so many interesting textures and shapes even at the local park where this photo was taken.

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I then used the plastic wrap brush, followed by the poster edge brush to make this background paper.

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From another photo I made this embellishment.

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I wanted to keep this page simple and uncluttered so that is all I added.  The font is FontleroyBrown.

I have become a big fan of this Photoshop filter plastic wrap.  It gives a real three dimensional feel to the pictures.

Here are a couple of others I have done as well.

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Flower - pink blossom

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There are so many different ways to make more dramatic papers.

So cheers and go Team New Zealand.

Have a nice day.

 

Supporting Team Aotearoa

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Good morning from a cool, but sunny day in Hastings.

I am feeling very patriotic this morning.  The All Blacks won a bruising encounter last night against the Spring Bocks, much to the delight of my husband.  So this morning it is the turn of the sailors on Team Aotearoa to win at the America’s Cup in San Francisco.  When the Louis Vuitton Cup was being sailed it was a real farce with no real challenging races.  But now it is a lot more exciting.  And we are winning.

I just love this photo of the ferns.  This was taken the other day when I had to go out into town, but stopped off at Cornwall Park to take some photos as you do.  I started off feeding the ducks and then went around to the native bush area actually just to take photos of ferns as I wanted to use them for embellishments,  When I got home I found this photo.  It really stood out to me and I wondered what I should do with it.

I am developing a range of Kiwiana papers which features images of ferns which I have used as background and also as a card behind the photo.  This is a smart template to start with so it was just a matter of clicking and dragging the images where I wanted.  I also deleted elements that I didn’t want as I felt the photo was too strong on it’s own.  I was up to late last night wondering what I was going to do with it.  Then early this morning I thought of our national anthem.  So it was onto Google too get the actual words, for both the English and Maori version.  The Maori version is not an literal translation of the English version –

O Lord, God,

Of all people

Listen to us,

Cherish us

May good flourish,

May your blessings flow.

Defend Aotearoa.

Actually when you hear this being sung you can really feel this.

So go the Kiwis.

Cheers and have a nice day