Wow, it’s early March and here I am making my first post for the year. Last year saw a few things take my attention away from blogging, which is annoying, because when I write, I am relaxed. Some of those issues continue on, hence my not being back here in some months. But I have decided that I must allocate time for myself, so I hope to become more regular again.
When there was some spare time, I most often found myself, with a friend and her dog, at beachside locations. There are many to choose from in my area in the south-east of the state (Queensland, Australia). My friends on Facebook would certainly support me in that regard, with numerous shots from the locations.
One of my favourite spots is on a small island off the coast — Bribie Island. It’s connected by bridge to the Aussie mainland and is a popular day trip location for people in Brisbane (the state’s capital) and surrounds. This particular spot is at Banksia Beach, on the protected side of the island. The waters are clear and it’s a safe place to swim. The photo below was taken from my camping chair. In the distance are the Glasshouse Mountains, so tiny here, but when you drive past them on the motorway, they are much more imposing. I had the pleasure of living on Bribie Island a few years ago, so I know the good spots not usually overrun by tourists. 🙂
So this is where I have been a lot of late. Next post (how’s that for showing a positive outlook) I’ll showcase some of the other locations we have been relaxing at.
Well, this will be my last post of the year. My blog posts have been absent for a few months and I hope to get back to normal in the new year.
It’s Christmas Eve (morning) here in Brisbane, Australia. Already the temperature is high, with a forecast for a hot steamy day for Santa’s arrival tomorrow. It’s times like this that I really miss a nth American Christmas. A Christmas day of cold weather (especially if associated with snow) can’t be beaten, in my opinion. Instead here we suffer the heat, and often times head to the beach — even Santa involves himself.
So to my blogging friends, I wish you Season’s Greetings — a safe Christmas and New Year.
Well, life continues to take me away from blogging, but I have found some time to get one submitted to the weekly Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo.
Shadow is a key attribute of good photos, as it helps paint the scene and set the mood, even more than light will at times. For good photography, it is important to pay attention to shadows and notice how they help compose the image that we really want to show to the viewer. An excellent article that goes into how shadow can be used to work the various aspects of a photo So, my challenge to you is to become more aware of shadows; this doesn’t mean that you have to go all serious and deep, as a photo that uses shadow can be playful…
This week the challenge relates to the use of shade in a photo. Having a glance through my photos I saw the usual ones such as buildings, trees, and landscapes in general. Then I was reminded of some photos I took some years ago (so the quality is not that stellar) of some school kids involved in an art installation at the Gallery of Modern Art here in Brisbane. A film of a country scene with some cockatoos flying across the screen. There was a second projector which allowed the kids to use their hands to contribute to that setting. The third photo I think is the best — if you look up into the right hand corner, you’ll see a set of hands and its reflection on the screen. I watched this for some time, as it was one of the best installations I had seen in a long time.
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The start of the film. Cockatoos flying across the screen.
The students assemble to become a part of the art installation.
Film and humans contributing to the success of the installation. Note the set of hands in the upper right hand the shadows of which are a part of the scene.
I haven’t posted in a few weeks (life has become challenging in other areas and lack of time has made posting scarce). But I do have some time for a post for the Tuesday challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo!
This week it is: the Path.
I’d like you to photograph whichever path(s) appeal to you. In the theme of path, I’d like you to think about where the path might lead you; is this a place that you want to get to, or is it one that you want to avoid? Is this a path that everyone is going to take, or is it just your path?
I thought about the various meanings of the word. The obvious meaning of a physical thing that leads you somewhere. A footpath, a road, country lane, a grassy path….and so many others in this category. I also thought of the way that certain elements in photos can draw our eyes in a certain direction –> like a path. So my photos are a mix of both ideas. The last one is from many years ago when I was living in the USA — and whilst not such a good photo, you can clearly see me trying to dig a path out. 🙂
A favourite road…adorned with beautiful jacaranda trees.
Alpacas heading down a long grassy path to who knows where.
A favourite path — at Picnic Point, Toowoomba — the path affords brilliant views of the valley below.
Wander along the path and under the archway to a farmhouse.
I love how this road winds through the countryside. It’s a pleasure to drive on.
A road to nowhere it seems.
A road takes you further into the outback; this one from the mining town of Mt Isa in Queensland.
The light across the water acts like a path for the eyes.
The light across the water acts like a path for the eyes.
The light across the water acts like a path for the eyes, to a point behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
This path skirts the foreshore of a sleepy little seaside town in Queensland.
From 2003, yours truly trying to dig down to the path, buried under feet of snow. A great memory from my years in the USA.