f/2.8

For those who do not follow me on facebook, I have made the decision to move my weekly blog from Friday to Wednesday.  Welcome to the new Hump Day, hump over blog.

Even thought I am a Nikon user through and through (sorry Ash 🙂 ), just over 12 months ago I purchased a “little” camera “OLY” that has all the same manual functions as my Nik but due to the fact that it is a Micro Four Thirds body it is smaller and lighter, which makes it perfect to carry around 24-7.  Even though I love my Nikon, OLY has been a dream, gem and sometimes a lifesaver.  It has kept me actively taking photos every day and grabbing those OMG moments that sometimes happens in life.   My little OLY has become so much a part of me that at the beginning of the year I decided to trial the 12-40mm f/2.8 “pro” lens (Thanks to Jason at Ted’s Brisbane).  This pro lens has some weight behind it and feels very nice and solid, whilst the glass itself offers you sharpness that you expect to have in any and every pro lens.  This “little” lens, I must admit, I have fallen in love.

I love to push this lens and use wide open (f2.8) and I am constantly blown away just how sharp and precise focus this lens gives me time and time again.  Oh course my favourite subject to photo at f2.8 is Missy, my loyal mascot.  I could almost write a whole story based on the photos, poses and expressions that only Missy can offer.

The different faces of Missy at f/2.8

The different faces of Missy at f/2.8

Doing a search throughout my catalog just this year alone I have taken over 300 photos with that lens set wide open.  It is amazing how many different things I have found to photograph and make interesting using this DOF (Depth of Field), which for those not into photography is very shallow.

Amazing vision at f/2.8

Amazing vision at f/2.8

Nature at f/2.8

Nature at f/2.8

My verdict – This pro lens is worth it’s weight in gold and certainly worth the price tag, which compared to many other pro lens it is cheap.   As long as the Accountant doesn’t tell the “holder of the money” 😉 this lens will be staying in my kit and on my OLY, that is for sure.

Until next week.

Kassy

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Reflecting

Sorry it’s not Friday and this blog is late.  Truth be told I have not had a good photo adventure the last few weeks and felt I had nothing to write about and nothing to share.  I was actually contemplating moving the blog to fortnightly with all the changes in my life.   Again the universe has stepped in and a conversation today changed my thinking and perspective, yet again, and reminded me why I do this every week.

The conversation started around websites, business and blogging, we were talking about a recent podcast and advice was given along the lines that you should not always just blog about your business, show everyone your personal side, your funny side and share different tips – keep it real, keep it interesting.

So after this discussion, my head is spinning, all these thoughts are coming quick and fast then I sat back down and starting to read – I went back and had a look over my blogs, my stories and well my journey.   After reading through the last 18 months (well skimming through) I sat back and realised, you know what I am proud of every post I have, the hours of drafting, learning, growing all whilst keeping it real.  I have something to contribute to the world and I am proud to say it.

The last month I have been flat, struggling creatively and wondering what the universe’s next step was.  Don’t get me wrong I love my new job and the life changes I have made, I just need to work some creative/inspiration time back into the fold as well.  Life is all about balance and that is why I will make the time each week to blog.

To take back my creativity and maybe inspire someone else I want to share with you some photos I have taken this year that I look back at and find peace, motivation or inspiration from.

Trees, water, sunset  All inspiration things in nature

Trees, water, sunset
All inspiration things in nature

SoloImages_Reflecting-2

SoloImages_Reflecting-2-2

Until next week (well Friday 🙂 )

Kassy

Enjoying and Living Life

“Everything in life happens for a reason”.  Have you heard that before?  Do you believe it?  I know I do.  2015 started off with a flood in my studio, my floor removed, part walls taken off – well you get the picture.  After months of rain we have finally had enough of a dry spell to install extra drainage and now have the green light to commence repairs within the studio.  That means within a month I will finally be able to put back together my studio, with a few new improvements, get my creative juices flowing and start my next photography project.

During the last 4 months I have been concentrating more on myself, pushing forward and making changes, whilst still finding some time for photographs. Having watched another close photo friend embark on her own special project after she had some wins in the state awards (each one not related to the other) has renewed my desire and lit the passion inside to go forward with my “Rock” project.  It is time to get it off the ground, time to take my thoughts, ideas and vision and push them into action.  Once the studio is ready I will begin the model calls for this unique project.

In the meantime I will continue to photograph what I see in my life.  Late last Sunday I took a drive initially looking for “Metal” images and ended up discovering Jacobs Well and Cabbage Tree Point tucked in amongst the cane fields.  Heading out in the car just before Sunset gave me opportunity to find some metal on lamp posts, farm sheds and factories.  Once satisfied with my findings I headed down to the jetty and the waters edge to watch the boats and the colours in the sky.

Some "Metal" Findings

Some “Metal” Findings

Such a peaceful experience just sitting by the water edge, watching the keen fishermen try their luck as the birds circle around to steal their catch.  The light was just stunning as I watched the seagulls wander along the waters edge.  I walk up a bit further and see “percy” the pelican fly in and glide over the water as he comes in for a landing and wades along the shallow waters looking for a feed.  All the while watching the colours in the sky over the water turning pink as day turns to dusk.

Peace and Tranquility by the water's edge

Peace and Tranquility by the water’s edge

I was a little disappointed that the cane in the fields was so high, it was blocking out the sun setting on the mountains in the distance however it was almost dusk when I left Cabbage Tree Point and just as you head out of the town you are high on the hill and even though the cane in the cane fields high as you come around the bend there is a small gap and the sun was just above the horizon setting which made for a quick photo opportunity, the last of the day.

Sunset over the Cane Fields

Sunset over the Cane Fields

We are lucky to be alive and living in this glorious world, we need to remember that always.

Until next week.

Kassy