Taking Stock #003

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It’s been a busy-busy-busy couple of months, and the third Taking Stock couldn’t have come at a better time.

It’s time to slow down, re-assess and recharge for the year to come…

Making: time to slow down finally
Cooking: dinner for the first time in what seems like forever
Drinking: ginger tea
Reading: Susan Sontag on Photography
Wanting: to sleep in
Looking: forward to kissing my nephew
Playing: with my new 7d Mark ii
Deciding: on nothing significant at the moment (again!!)
Wishing: the world would be nicer to one another
Enjoying: hanging the washing in the sunshine
Waiting: to hug my brothers and my sister
Liking: no plans for the holidays
Wondering: how hot it will be in North Queensland
Loving: the rain on late
Pondering: what I will prioritize for 2015
Considering: what else I need to pack
Watching: nothing – I’ve been too tired for television
Hoping: that we can all get on
Marvelling: at the details
Needing: more sleep
Smelling: nothing due to a blocked-up nose
Wearing: maxi skirts & t-shirts
Following: a little one around a paddock (at least I will be shortly!!)
Noticing: the green grass and full dams after the rain
Knowing: that holidays will end all too soon
Thinking: about tomorrow – the last busy day before holidays officially begin
Feeling: like I need a lie down
Admiring: the work of photographers who aren’t afraid to push their boundaries
Sorting: what to pack
Buying:
Getting: excited about kissing my nephew (I think I’ve mentioned that already!!)
Bookmarking: nothing – been too busy for anything in the online world
Disliking: how the media embellishes their stories
Opening: a beer with my baby brother
Giggling: at the shenanigans of my kids
Snacking: no appetite of late, so I’m not snacking at all
Coveting:
Wishing: it was Monday afternoon already – then I’d be kissing my nephew
Helping: by listening to other
Hearing: the sound of birds whistling outside the window (some things never grow old)

photo credit: Curtis Gregory Perry via photopin cc

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘under the tree’

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The Weekend Photo Project has been on a bit of a hiatus of late… sorry!

I was determined to get the last couple of prompts up for the end of 2014 though.  And in keeping with the Christmas spirit, both are Christmas themed.

As always, here are the places you can share your final #twpp photos for the year.

Hoping everyone has a safe holiday season, filled with lots of love and laughter.

Want to join in and share your Weekend Photo Project photos?  Here’s where you can -

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘from your car window’

The Weekend Photo Project prompt

just promise me that you’ll be the passenger as you’re taking this photo

I chose this prompt as I figured it would be a wonderful way to see a little bit of everyone else’s part of the world.  I know where I live it’s getting hotter and drier, whereas folks in the Northern Hemisphere will be anticipating snow soon enough.

If you’d love to share your ‘from your car window‘ photo with me and my fellow The Weekend Photo Project-ers, one of the best places to do it is at our Flickr group.  We’re a pretty friendly and supportive bunch, and would love for you to join in the fun.

If you’d prefer to share on other venues, here’s the list of where you can do so.

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘smile’

The Weekend Photo Project prompt

it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown

Supposedly.

Apparently there’s no definitive answer on whether or not this is true, because apparently not everyone has the same number of facial muscles (according to how stuff works), but everyone can smile (although some people’s smiles look like grimaces).

Your mission this weekend, should you accept it, is to photograph a smile.  Any smile.  Anywhere.

have fun

Want to join in and share your Weekend Photo Project photos?  Here’s where you can -

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

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{photography} Tobi Wilkinson: Buddha’s Robes

While flicking through a recent issue of Art/Edit, I came across a photograph from Tobi Wilkinson’s recent exhibition titled “Buddha’s Robes”.

I was mesmorised by the darkness of the blacks and warmth of the reds.  The simplicity of the subjects and their calm demeanours.  But then life hit fast forward again and the images were soon forgotten.

It wasn’t until I took a quite moment for myself recently – with coffee, cake and magazine in hand – that I stumble across it again.  As it did initially, the strength of the image (shown below) took my breath away, and I decided to share some of them here with you.

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Tobi Wilkinson is a Sydney-based fine art photographer who works predominantly with black and white film (already in love with the lady!).

Her ‘Buddha’s Robes’ exhibition was shot mostly in her studio, and on a few trips to the monk’s monastery.  The concept behind the shoot was to capture the paradox of the robes – once an undesirable colour, but now one that stands out as a uniform.  To see more of the ‘Buddha’s Robes’ series – and read more about the concept behind the exhibit – you can visit Tobi’s website here.

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All images via Tobi Wilkinson’s website – with thanks.

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – a wide aperture’

The Weekend Photo Project prompt of aperture

call me a creature of habit, but the blurrier the background is in my photos, the happier i am

If you’re new to photography, learning about aperture is one the easier ways to get started.  Remembering that the smaller the number – f2.0 for example – means you have a larger hole in your lens, therefore letting in more light, can be a little confusing when you are starting out.  But aperture really is a fun and easy way to dip your toes into creative photography, so don’t be scared!

As per all composition prompts, I’m including some reading about aperture, and in particular a wide aperture:

  1. Understanding aperture – a beginners guide (if you’re new to photography, this will be a great article to start with)
  2. How to photograph with wide apertures
  3. The beauty of large aperture in photography
  4. The Magic of Wide Aperture: Technique, Lenses & Settings (this article has some lovely examples)
  5. 20 Tips for Shooting With a Shallow Depth of Field

If you’d love to share your ‘a wide aperture‘ photo with me and my fellow #twpp’ers, one of the best places to do it is at our Flickr group.  We’re a pretty friendly and supportive bunch, and would love for you to join in the fun.

If you’d prefer to share on other venues, here’s the list of where you can do so.

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