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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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘sweet’

The Weekend Photo Project: 'sweet'

Oh the possibilities….

apart from the obvious cakes and lollies

As I type this, I’m sitting here nodding my head, going “Sweeeeeettt”and madly trying to remember the movie (or movies!) where the dragged out ‘sweet’ is uttered.

Now all I need is for a sweet set of wheels to roll into town this weekend, so I can take me a photo of it!

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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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘dislike’

The Weekend Photo Project prompt

How apt that I should be so late in getting the dislike prompt up, when being late is one of my pet dislikes!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, what with helping to get the new Walcha Handmade retail space up and running, trips to Sydney for art exhibitions, many hours of planning meetings for school and the general run-of-the-mill kids, work and home.

so please forgive my tardiness

and enjoy the late prompt of dislike.

Want to join in The Weekend Photo Project fun?  You’ll find all of the details here.

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{photography} Study of a Little Bird

Another glorious day was spent at Marinka, and as the sun was setting, a small bird caught my eye.

The little blue wren’s around our house aren’t as brave, so I took the opportunity to photograph this little fellow as he (she!?) hopped along the stone wall.



small-bird-up-close  Edited to black and white, with the Glass Plate 3 texture from the FlyPaper Textures Antique Edges 2 set.

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Be Still


it seems like life has been stuck in fast forward lately

The momentum has been tremendous and the world outside a blur.  And it’s only going to get busier and blurrier at the year progresses toward Christmas.

Not all of it has been bad.

My Beautiful Girl has grown in confidence with her trip to Sydney.  My Little Man has grown literally.  I’ve taken on a new volunteer role with Walcha Handmade and am thoroughly enjoying the company of like-minded creative souls.

Husband is the only one who’s not done so well… too many trips away for work, too many stressful hours and he’s needing time off to mend.

Daily I remind myself though…

take a breath

let it out

take another one

let it out too

rinse and repeat

rinse and repeat

Because before we know it 2015 will be here.  My Beautiful Girl will be getting ready to spread her wings and fly.  My Little Man will still be growing.  Husband will still be busy and I’ll still be enjoying the company of my newly discovered like-minded creatives.

and i’ll be taking the time to be still

To see the details, to remember the moments and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me.  Because fast forward isn’t as fantastic as it is made out to be.

Photo credit: Indigo Skies Photography / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.53


Day at a time.
One foot in front of the other.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

Whatever you are up to, wherever you may be, if you just keep at it, you’ll get there in the end.
Or maybe you won’t, because you weren’t meant to and life has other plans in mind.

And on this note, so ends the 53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice series.

i hope you enjoyed them

 photo credit: DaraDPhotography via photopin cc

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