It’s a Colourful World…

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo provides a challenge every Tuesday.  They always see my thinking hat going on.

This week the challenge is Colorful, as explained by Frank:

A radical departure from the past couple of weeks, which may be what you expect at this point, as we’ll be looking for images that are by their very nature: Colorful!  What I hope you’ll do, is to jam as much color into your images, as you can get, with an eye toward having colors that work together.  This is a great opportunity to be on the lookout for color in your daily lives; you may be surprised by the amount of color that is everywhere!

I could have gone with flowers of all kinds, especially those seen at the annual Carnival of Flowers in my hometown of Toowoomba; or the amazing sunsets for which Bribie Island is known. Maybe even the sights around Brisbane where colours often times dress up drab buildings.

However, I went with a few photos from the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney.  It’s a 2 week period of sights, sounds and colours, with buildings and bridges lit by laser shows, often time accompanied by music. It’s an interactive experience with many of the sights encouraging the visitors to become involved.  It’s an awesome event for photographers, and in 2014 I was lucky to have the opportunity to fly down and get a few shots. They’re not my best, but they do give an idea of what it’s like. I’m hopeful of a return in 2017.

To see all of the photos, please click on one to load the slide show.

How do they manage to get these colours on the buildings you wonder? Here’s a photo from the official advertising for the year I went, showing what has to be constructed to be able to be successful. In addition to showing that, it’s a fab photo.  Click on it for a full size view.




Weekly Photo Challenge : Curve

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to:

Get inspired by the curves around you. From curves in architecture to bends in nature to man-made undulations, you have lots to work with!

One of the things that changed for me, once I started to become more passionate about photography, was that I looked at the world a little differently.  I noticed things that I hadn’t seen as important or “attractive” in the past.  For example, one of the things I remember to do now, is to always look up when I am capturing a shot, because there is beauty everywhere.  In fact, I took a photo this afternoon that shows the value of doing so — a beautiful gum tree with amazing variations in the colour and pattern of its trunk and bark.

When looking through my photos just now, I soon discovered that curves occur so much in life, both manmade and naturally occurring.   Here are just a few of the many that I identified.

Enjoy!  Here are other bloggers’ examples of curves.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

So I am a week late with this post. But that’s what life does, and I’m sure most of us understand that feeling.  However it’s never too late to post, so here goes.  🙂

The WordPress photo challenge was Alphabet.

Take us to school with your photos this week, and show us some ABCs.

I thought about the challenge and have some photos here from a walk around the Rocks area of Sydney (Australia) I made in 2014.




Ornate…breathtakingly beautiful…

This week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge suggests that we post photos detailing the ornate nature of an item/s.

The photos I have chosen are from various locations:

  1. the first three are part of a collection of plates and other artifacts unearthed during an archeological dig in one of the areas first settled in Sydney, Australia
  2. the next three from a Chinese art exhibition in Brisbane, Australia
  3. the last three from the Thai Temple, donated by the Thai Embassy to Brisbane, Australia, following World Expo 88.

All photos are ornate in their own special ways.