Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge and Phoneography Challenge:Macro

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Hello from Hastings.

I must apologise that I haven’t been able to visit all your amazing blogs but I have had to suddenly go and house, cat and dog sit rather urgently.  My father was sent to Wellington for some medical treatment but my mother was pining for him.  She has Alzheimer’s and was initially coping on her own but after a week was retreating into her shell and not eating or drinking or doing anything except staying in bed all day.

So I packed her up and sent her down to Wellington too, she is staying with my sister.  They have been together for 53 years and are totally dependent on each other. So I have been looking after their house and animals.  I have been taking advantage of having pets by taking photos.

I am in a hurry today as I popped home to grab a few things and to meet Hubby for lunch before heading back. So I haven’t got time to do any ping backs so I hope you all understand.

So two challenges today.  Sonel’s Challenge asks us to use any images from last month so I found these images which also goes under Sally and Pen’s Phoneography Challenge of macro.

The first one was edited with Waterlogue on my iPhone.

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Along with these ones.


This last image was edited with GIMP.

So have a good week.  I will try to do some more posts when I can.  I did try to use my iPad but it didn’t work so I have to come home every  couple of days to write my blog.

Thanks for visiting and your understanding.



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Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge: Footwear

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Good morning from a cooler Hastings.

Time for another challenge by  Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  Footwear.  Not something that I would normally take photos off.  Anyway in keeping with my Art Deco theme I chose these shoes.  They are only a couple of years old but they suit my Art Deco clothes.

They have all been edited with Snapseed.

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For more info on this challenge check out here

And some other great posts

Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge: Footwear

Hot to Trot

A Walk On The Wild Side…


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Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge: Song Titles


Leaving on a jet plane by John Denver.

Good morning from another hot sunny Hastings day.  I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry up north.  Hopefully the weather will remember soon that spring should be coming and start to dry out and warm up.

This week’s challenge by Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge is song titles.  I did look up some songs from the 1930’s to go with my Art Deco theme this week but couldn’t really find any titles that suited my photos.  So I have to make do with some more information about Napier instead.

Yesterday I had to go to the airport with my parents as my father was flying down to Wellington for some medical treatment.  While I was there I thought of this song title.  Especially when I saw this small twin engine plane being towed by a small tractor.  Note there is a man sitting on the steps.

Anyway this land that the airport sits on was actually part of the sea up until the 1931 earthquake.  The earthquake then lifted all this up and created this estuary which we passed on the way. (I was dying to take photos but we were driving too fast).   It is now completely solid ground where this airport is situated.

Enough of the information, here are some other photos I took yesterday to go with the song title.






The last photo shows Bertie.  He is the face of Art Deco and he drives around in his vintage car and is always interviewed when it comes up on TV. A nice way to greet visitors to the Bay during this Art Deco festival.

For the editing I went to GIMP for the cartoon filter and then to FX Photostudio Pro for vignettes and vintage filters to fit my retro theme this week.

Thanks for visiting and here are some other great posts for this challenge.


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Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge: Droplets – Abstract


Good morning from a drier Hastings.

Here is the second half of the post for this challenge by Sophia at Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  I was fascinated by the droplets of water on my car after the sun had come out after a heavy shower.  I really had fun with the editing of these photos as they become so abstract and completely different from the originals.

Here are some others.


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I forgot to add these photos last night of droplets on these flowers.



They can also go under the abstract category too.

Thanks for visiting and here are a couple of other great blogs to visit as well.

Dancing Droplets

Your Disco Needs You…


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Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge: Droplet – Nature


Good evening from a rather wet and windy Hastings.

Actually this challenge is rather appropriate for us at the moment.  There is rather a lot of water around.

I was totally blown away by Sophia’s post at Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  She has really set the standard high this week.  I too have been fascinated by water droplets and have quite a selection.  So I am doing this in two posts.  This first one is relating to nature.  The other one is a surprise for tomorrow.

I have used GIMP for the cartoon filter, then FX Photostudio Pro for the final editing.  I liked the cartoon filter as it really outlined the droplets.

So here are the rest for tonight.








Thank you for visiting.

Here are a couple of great blogs to checkout in this challenge.


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Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge: Vintage



Good morning from a sunny Hastings.

I love this challenge by Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  This week it is vintage objects as well as vintage editing.

Last night I discovered Snapseed, a free app for IPhones.  I had taken these photos on Monday with my IPhone 5S while I was at the memorial service for the 1931 earthquake on Monday.  This steam engine was used in the aftermath of the quake to clear rubble and help where needed.  So last night I spent some time playing around with this app.  I love the affects, especially the grunge affect.  What I liked about this affect is that the focus was on the central image, and just faded out the modern background.

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I though that this quote was appropriate for this challenge.  I love the vintage affect on these flowers.

There are so many great posts for this challenge so check them out.

The Art Of Noise…

Vintage Pompeii

Thanks for visiting.


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Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge. : Feathers

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Good evening from a cooler Hastings.

This weeks challenge by Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge is feathers.  I knew this was coming up but didn’t really have any feather photos as such.  Only loads of photos of ducks and birds.  But I wanted something different.  The other day I opened up the egg carton to get some eggs out for dinner and guess what I found.  That’s right. A beautiful feather.  So dinner was delayed just so that I could take some photos.  I don’t normally do still life but it was fun to see how many different ways I could take photos of a single hens feather.

So here they are:






They have all been edited with GIMP for a cartoon affect just to bring out the details and textures a bit more before I headed to FX Photostudio Pro for the final editing and then Photoshop to add the copyright.  I just tried out different affects for the different looks.

I just loved seeing the other posts for this challenge.  There is definitely a Hitchcock feel to some of them which is fun.  So here are some of the other posts for this challenge:

(Not) Alfred Hitchcock’s…..The Seagulls

Feathered Babies

Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge: Feathers

Thanks for visiting.


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Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge: Unusual Angles.

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Good evening from a windy Hastings.  We have got over the excitement of the earthquake yesterday here, but my heart goes out to those who suffered quite significant damage to their homes with smashed TVs, china and even houses.  It was also hard to watch my old hometown been hammered by that Tropical Cyclone June in Auckland.  The rain stopped here at lunch time but the wind has now picked up in the past couple of hours.  I have nothing to complain about compared to others.  So take care everyone.

This is my entry for Sonel’s Corner‘s photo editing challenge. This week it is unusual angles.  Once the rain had stopped today I rushed out to take some photos of all the drops of rain.  It must have looked funny to see me down on the wet ground looking up or right over top of the bee looking down.  It was so wet it couldn’t move at all.

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Poor thing.

Here are some others I have edited with FX Photostudio Pro.  Mostly I used a vignette and then just played around with the different filters until I found something I liked and appealed to me.

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I still haven’t really mastered the art of the droplets but with practice will get there.  I think that the sun needs to be shining to really make it pop.  It was still cloudy and overcast for these ones.

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I was looking up at these grapes.

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Here are some other great blogs to check out.  There are some really awesome photographers out there.

Jaunty Eiffel Tower

Thanks for visiting.


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Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge: Trees


Good morning from a sunny Hastings.

Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge: Trees

This week I have gone for photos of the oldest poplar tree in New Zealand.  I have always been fascinated by this tree.  The fact that it is hollow but still standing and still leafy.  It is fenced off now but I can imagine children would love to play hide and seek around it.

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First I went to GIMP where I used the canvas filter and cartoon filter.  Then it was over to FX Photostudio Pro for the ancient canvas filter.  Since the tree was old I felt that it needed to have an antique feel to the photos.

Thanks for visiting.


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Here are some other great entries:

When You Can’t See The Woods For The Trees

Red Snake Bark Maple

Photo Editing Challenge: Trees and/or Tree Trunks

Photo-Editing Challenge : Trees and/or Tree Trunks

Sonel’s Split Toning Challenge and Cee’s Black and White Challenge


Good morning from a sunny Hastings morning.

Today I have decided to do two challenges at once.  To be honest the photos improved with the black and white filter, showing a lot more detail than it shows in colour.

I don’t just take photos, which is my greatest passion, but I also knit, sew and crochet.  Every year I set myself a new challenge.  One year it was to learn to knit and crochet using very fine silk and beads.  Another year was to do crazy quilting. Last year was to learn Tunisian Crochet.  My grandmother had taught me over 30 years ago the basics but obviously I had forgotten.  So I found some very long Tunisian Crochet hooks online and lined up a few UTube videos and retaught myself.  I am amazed at the different stitches that can be made with this technique.  It has opened up a new world.  I managed to do two baby blankets.  The first one was with two colours and rather small.  It was a hard one to start with but I gave it to my stepdaughter for my husband’s first grandchild.  This one, however I will keep.  It really was a labour of love and took well over 60 hours to make in between sewing and knitting other garments such as my baby black and white NZ outfits which I sell.

But I digress.  Here are the original photos taken inside with the wrong lighting.


You can barely see the stitches.


Here is the macro for Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  The detail is still fuzzy.

So to go for Cee’s Photography Black and White Challenge  I edited them with the Colour Strokes app which gave them a grittier look to them, but also really shows up the detail of the stitches.

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Here the details are really strong.  Actually I reminds me of the vintage pattern books I have from the thirties and earlier where the details are shown in black and white  as a guideline.  I find that modern books with their colour photos are not quite as interesting.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed the challenge.  It is not my usual type of editing but sometimes the most simple edits are the most effective.

Thank you for visiting.

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