A word a Week Photo Challenge – Lines

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Good morning from a  sunny Hastings,

This weeks challenge by A Word in Your Ear  is lines.  So I went through my photos and found these photos from last winter taken at Cornwall Park.  I liked the way that the shadows of the trees continue over the bank of this stream and into the water.  I also framed all these photos with the Lines frame from ImageFramer. Rather appropriate I thought.

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You can see the shadows on this pond as broken lines.

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These two photos are taken at the same time, but from different view points.

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Up with the sun this morning

A wonderful dawn

 

A colourful good morning from a windy Hastings today.

This morning I managed to catch the sunrise for the first time in months.  I normally miss it as I never wake up in time.  It had been windy overnight, and there is another bad weather front coming over the North Island so I woke up with the weather.  As I was opening my blinds I noticed some colour in the sky so just grabbed the camera and took off outside and I wasn’t disappointed.

I love watching the sun rise.  In the winter, although it is cold it is also later so that I don’t have to wake up at an unreasonable hour.  There is something special about watching a new day dawning and the colours that it brings.  My favourite photos are from last winter down at the duck pond at Cornwall Park.  Especially when it is icy and the mists rising from the water make for some really great photos.

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What is great about shooting sunrises is that even though the photos might be just seconds apart they are never the same.

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Just moving slightly changes the perspective and focal point of the colours as well.  These photos are shot towards the opposite direction of the sun rising.  This is what caught my eye when I got up.

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Going from portrait to landscape mode also changes it.

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I use the zoom a lot for sunrises as I love the way it really brings out the colours and also with these photos it plays around with the depth of field a bit.

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All in all it was an awesome sunrise.

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By this time it was starting to fade.

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