Photography


I took this photo of an African Daisy ages ago and it’s on my photoblog (should you wish to visit it). When I saw the photo a quick poem came to mind and so, here it is.

If you can’t read it, just click on the photo below to enlarge.

 

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Been running around the property taking photos of trees and leaves – inspiration for a poetry contest I’m entering. I must say the quality of light in the North Island is really different from the South. It seems more subdued and it’s almost like there’s a silver haze in the air. Might need to go to SpecSavers!

In case you don’t know what this means – and I have run into a few people who don’t – it refers to the optical retail chain, Specsavers, and their very popular tagline, Should’ve gone to Specsavers. Meaning, I might need glasses.

Enjoy.

We had some action on the building site this week. My next post will bring you all the news. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying using my hand-me-down iPhone 7 Plus. I think it has a good camera and I’ve been enjoying taking snaps with it.

Zsa Zsa likes it so much that she has joined Instagram and her feed is called ZsaZsarama. She wanted Zsa Zsa Galore (since she was named after Zsa Zsa Gabor) but that name was taken. You can follow her here.

The photo below is taken with the iPhone 7 Plus and a filter. I’m also enjoying all the filters the phone offers you. I really want to get back into lomography but can’t find any place that processes film. Think I’m going to have to teach myself that process and I’ve been meaning to do that for years. So maybe it’s time. Check out some of my lomo shots here.

I’ve been so busy recently! Where does time go? I’m busy with my creative writing course and learning heaps about fiction writing. I’ve also been taking a photography course. I tend to take them regularly so I can keep learning.

The latest course I’ve been doing is with a New Zealand food and landscape photographer who is old-school. Amazing photographer and he encourages students to only shoot in Manual mode and preferably in black and white because it is so dramatic.

I’ve been busy running around the property snapping away. Some shots have worked; some haven’t. C’est la vie!

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Just a bench in the secret garden but gets a bit dramatic when shot in B&W.

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Great drama!! Probably too dark but I quite like it.

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Lots of textures.

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Good old Kiwi ferns.

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Had to take this shot in colour – my beautiful girl, Zsa Zsa.

I regaled you in my last post with a photo of me at around 17 years old. The stand-out in that photo was the weird white jumpsuit I was wearing. I know it’s a jumpsuit because the next photo in the album (below) is of me with my Dad. Probably taken the same day I’d guess and, from the setting, I can tell it was snapped at the bottom of the front steps leading to the house (but facing towards the house). Guessing my mother took it and I’m talking about the house in Sydney where I grew up.

I was always running around with a camera from about the age of 10 or 12 years and so was Dad. He was a keen amateur photographer and, since he’s in the photo below with me, it must have been taken by Mum. She knew zilch about photography and wasn’t interested but she could point and shoot.

I haven’t seen this photo in YEARS and it’s one of the few I have of me with Dad. Happier times in many ways. Whoever said that school days and the young years are the best days of your life got that 100% right. Didn’t have to worry about elderly parents; having a mortgage; finding a job; or dealing with all the lunatics out there!

If I had my way, I’d get in a time capsule and return to when I was about 8 years of age. Happy, happy times. Doesn’t mean to say I’m not happy now but there is something carefree about your childhood and teenage years that can never be recaptured. But the photo below does capture so much for me; I can remember it like it was yesterday!!

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The Bhutanese don’t celebrate Christmas as it’s a Buddhist nation. In fact, their calendar is quite different. We’ve spotted one lone, small Christmas tree in a new restaurant but that’s it. I’m missing the elaborate Christmas decorations, sparkly tinsel and traditional Christmas fare back home.

Zeph and Zsa Zsa are at the kennels enjoying themselves. I’ve been in regular contact with their breeder and she tells me that Zeph is awaiting his cigar LOL. His puppies will be born on New Year’s Eve. Zsa Zsa, who I admit was a little on the rotund side, has apparently slimmed down. The challenge will be to keep the weight off her as she loves her food.

So Christmas in Bhutan. We’ll be going to Paro to stay for a few days. It’s about one hour from Thimphu and is a much nicer place in my view. The streets are flat (although you can still fall into a few holes) and there are lovely handicraft shops. We’re going to stay in a hotel that is over a 100 years old and I’ll get some photos for you.

Meanwhile, the colours of Bhutan. Incredible. You get used to the vibrant yellows, the fuchsia pinks, the emerald greens. But when you look at your photos, the first thought is wow, look at those colours.

So if you celebrate Christmas, a very merry Christmas to you and I leave you with some photos of the colours of Bhutan.

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I can’t take my eyes off the photo below. Have you seen it before? It dates back to October, 1839 when pioneers in photography were experimenting with the daguerreotype (the first practicable method of obtaining permanent images with a camera, developed in France).

The photo below is considered to be the first self-portrait and is of Robert Cornelius, a Dutch born American chemist. According to stories I’ve read, Cornelius set up his camera at the back of his father’s gas lamp-importing business on Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. It was a sunny day and his knowledge of metallurgy and chemistry gave him a great interest in photography.

At the dawn of photography, it could take up to 30 minutes to get an exposure. I don’t know how long this quarter-plate daguerreotype took Cornelius but you can see his arms are crossed and, what I find AMAZING, is how contemporary he looks (not to mention pretty good looking). He kind of reminds me of Colin Firth playing Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice. We are talking 174 years ago people and, when I think about dudes in the early to mid-1800s, I don’t imagine them to look as hot as Robert Cornelius!

Apparently, he went on to operate two of the earliest photographic studios in America. He later seemed to have lost interest in photography or perhaps the market became saturated with photographers and studios. Cornelius went to work in the family gas lamp business and died in 1893.

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