Friday, 30 May 2014

Medieval Reflections


The weekend before last my daughter and I went to a Medieval Fair that was held in her suburb and I took this charming behind-the-scenes-picture.


There will be more in my next post because it was a great day with lots to see.

I have been experimenting with putting a watermark on my photos because I have found that you cannot outsmart internet theives. If someone really wants to lift your picture, they will.

I suppose it is a compliment in a way, but isn't it better to develop your own creativity?

Anyway, have a good weekend,

Val.

Friday, 16 May 2014

From the Archives



Hello Bloggers,

This is a photo I found from 2011 when I was living in the UK. It is a shop window in London. You can see the reflections of the street along the bottom. The rest of it was absorbed by the intriguing backdrop for the suit jacket. I loved the tailoring emporium streets of London, Bond Street, Saville Row
and the more theatrical vibe of Berwick Street.




Have a good weekend,
Val.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Portrait in B & W


Hello bloggers,

I took my favourite photo from my previous post and tried it in monochrome. I like it, but not as much as the colour version. What do you think? This lady was busking on the street, playing a small guitar and was happy to be photographed for a few coins. I like the character in her face.









Val.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Learning to do street photography


Hi all,

Yesterday afternoon I went to my first Meetup with the Sydney Street Photographers group. Just imagine about 70 avid amateur photographers on the loose in the streets of one of our multicultural suburbs. I learnt some handy hints and met some great people and went a long way to overcoming my shyness when it comes to asking total strangers if they minded me taking their photograph. It was much easier with the moral support of others doing the same thing.

I have also been learning how to watermark my photos. I will get better at it. Meanwhile, here are some of my shots of the streets of Fairfield in western Sydney.













I will definitely be doing more..there are other suburbs in this city where you truly would not know you are in Australia. We are a melting pot.

Edit: I went back and figured out how to make the watermark less obtrusive on the last shot. I resisted doing watermarks for a long, long time but unfortunately in todays world, they are needed. i made it opaque to 70% and angled it to fit it in. I'll be using this method from now on.

Happy photography,
Val.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Up side down world - Reflections in the river

There is a regional art gallery near where I live that is situated in an old powerhouse by the river. I drop in now and then when I hear of an interesting exhibition. I was there a few days ago and the exhibition was good but river reflections in the late afternoon also caught my eye.









This is a polluted city. So many people are crammed in one place and the river is not what is was. I grew up here, went away, came back again and I remember willow trees and fast moving water. 
I don't know why industrial greed and human consumerism takes precedence over this earth of ours, but my camera still sees beauty in the reflections.

I've linked this to Weekend Reflections

Have a good weekend,
Val.