A Photo A Day Project – Part 4

Continuing on with my daily insights from my July Photo A Day Project, here is week 4, days 22 to 28.

Day 22

It’s a cool morning and around lunchtime down came the rain, even though I don’t have a garden I can appreciate that the rain is needed.  Come late afternoon the rain has eased and the wind has picked up, it is grey, cloudy and cold outside.  I have the perfect image in mind for today, just need to find the perfect location and subject.  A bare tree trunk in front of the grey and interesting cloud formations – Today’s photo transforms into “Dark and Gloomy”

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Day 23

At the end of a day chained to the office desk I take a late afternoon stroll near the farm on the way home.  Whilst playing with the macro settings on my camera I photograph a tree stump, the wood has split open in several places and it very dry.  By using the macro setting the textures within the wood are highlighted.  To add another element in processing I use sepia toning to really enhance the lines and textures of the wood.  Today’s photo “In Pieces”.

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Day 24

An impromptu trip to my hairdresser to say hi and to meet their new makeup artist provided opportunity for today’s photo.  Whilst sitting chatting I noticed this really cool looking money box with pictures of France stuck all over it, that sounds normal – but wait the money box had a timer clock stuck on the side, so unusual, so me.  Another bonus in a hairdressing salon you are surrounded by mirrors, so perfect to create reflections and come up with a great photo of the day.  A little colour filter added in processing makes this even more unique – Today’s photo is appropriately named “Time for Money”.

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Day 25

Thank goodness it’s Friday – come 5pm I am on my way home driving on the parkway (that’s a road, not a park for those wondering) and noticed the sun streaming across the fields – Im quick to turn on the indicator and pull off to the side of the road.  I am greeted by the last light catching on the strands of foxtail grass up against the fence line.  What beautiful light and framing for the sunset, the perfect view to end the week.  Today’s photo “Silhouettes of Dusk”

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Day 26

A social day today catching up with a girlfriend for an afternoon of wine, good food and company and I was too busy socialising to stop and think to take my photo of the day.  I finally realised on the way home and decided to take a quick detour into Emerald Lakes, there is always something here interesting to photograph.  By the time I got out of the car I was almost dark.  The first thing that caught my eye was the direct soft light coming from the lamp post next to the sandstone stairs and was shining up to the overhanging plants on part of the wall.  I took many photos from all sides and angles.  When I got home and looked I found one that had just enough elements to give the impression of a laneway, maybe like where “Jack the Ripper” would have been.  Today’s photo is appropriately named “The Laneway”

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Day 27

Sunday, Sunday another lazy Sunday :).  I am wandering the house looking for ideas, shapes, something out of the ordinary, something a little different.  In my reading room I have this stunning large mirror which when you look from the side you appreciate the scalloped edging and the textured details within the finish.  I squish my nose and face almost on the wall so I can get in nice and close and take a photo of a small section of the mirror to show off the details without showing too much of what it is.  In processing I added more light effect on the left side to further enhance the shape and detail.  Today’s photo is “Wall Shapes”

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Day 28

For a long time I have been researching and bookmarking different types of photos and techniques to try.  On the list was to photograph eating utensils in a unusual way.  Today I headed to the kitchen draw and grabbed a couple of forks.  At first I thought the stainless steel on the sink would give me a great reflective surface however due to the ripples this was not what I had pictured in my head.  Working with what I had I found an effect that was pleasing and at least interesting.  In processing I decided to use a sepia colour and increased the high key effect to highlight the forks.  Although happy with the final image this is a technique  I need to work on to nail.  Today’s photo becomes “Intertwined”.

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Week 4 of my project complete only 3 more days of July to blog.  Next week I will share with you the final few days of images and some out takes and favourites to wrap up the month and my July personal project.

Until next week.



Photo A Day Project – Part 3

As of today my Photo A Day Project for July is complete, 31 days and 31 photos all using my Olympus OMD-EM5 camera with the 12-50mm lens.  In this weeks blog I share with you my daily insights of Week 3, days 15 to 21.

Day 15

Nothing inspiring caught my eye today whilst at the office or driving around.  Once at home I looked around the house to see what struck or inspired me.  My “red light” lamp in the corner of my reading room caught my eye, a normal every day item now the challenge was to make it more interesting – I decided to isolate a section of the lamp to capture the glow of light, the lines, shapes and texture of the holder – Today’s photo transforms into “Seeing the Light”.


Day 16

Playing around with my shells tonight, taking photos using a mirror to create different effects.  To be honest I have taken so many photos of them in the past I really wasn’t finding the photos inspirational.  It was then that my hubby picked up a shell and held it at a side angle, which allowed me to see it differently and capture the spiral and shapes from the side of the shell using my macro setting.  The shell is natural looking with tones of cream and brown so in processing I decided to apply a filter to change some of the colour and loved the effect.  Today’s photo is “Going around in Circles” because at the end I felt like I had gone around in circles to find a new way to photo this object.


Day 17.

I took some time out in the late afternoon to catch the last of the sun and have a break from my desk.  Next to the office we have a row of plants separating us from our neighbour.  Amongst the leaves of this plant they have the tiniest buds that bloom for a short time into pink flowers.  Again using the macro setting on my lens and angle the camera to catch the light only on the flower today’s photo was created and appropriately named “Out of the Darkness”.



Day 18

A great friend and photography buddy of mine, who is also taking part in a photo a day for July, has been sharing his macro photos via facebook.  Some have a country element comprising of images featuring rust, timber and wire.  I really enjoy his photography and especially liked these images so that inspired me to detour past the farm on the way home to capture something with a country feel.  The light rays were beaming through the trees and light was catching on the twist of metal on the barb wire fence nearby, something so simply and practical looked so beautiful like this – Today’s photo “A Twist of Light”.


Day 19

It’s cold and has been raining but it’s Saturday – a perfect day to spend indoors in my pj’s reading a book and watching movies.  Come the afternoon I realise I need to pick up my camera and take a photo for the day, oh dear what do I do?  Looking around the bedroom my bedside table has these thick black heavy handles and when you look close at the handle, it looks like it’s smiling at you (maybe I have had too much coffee 😉 )  To add further interest to my photo I again added a colour filter during processing.  Today’s photo is “Get a Grip”.


Day 20

I playing today with reflections using a mirror and household objects.  I come across my tealight white lantern, a gift from my sister in law, and using the mirror for reflection and movement by slowing the shutter speed and moving the camera during the exposure combined with a custom white balance setting I create a object that looks like it is submerging into the deep ocean at a fast pace, it’s really cool and in my opinion impressive 🙂 Today’s photo is appropriated named “Submerged”.


Day 21

Another late afternoon break in the office (Is there a re-occurring pattern here 😉 ) I look out the window and see that the sun has fallen just at the right angle between the buildings to create shadow pockets on the textured outside wall from the plants.  I quickly grab my camera and head outside to capture what my eyes see before the sun fades behind the trees.  Today’s photo “Dancing in the Shadows”.


So another week of my project complete and I am thrilled with my daily results.  It is really one day at a time and you have to think outside the box to come up with something each day from my daily life travels.  I hope you are enjoying this series and much as I am.


Until next week.


Dealing with Life’s Challenges

For those who don’t follow Solo Images on Facebook, last week’s blog got interrupted by my wonderful 2 left feet that left me with a hair line fracture in my hand/finger. Damn! Perfect record of no broken bones gone 🙂

Once I got the news I was very cross and angry, so much disruption to my pretty normal life, after 20 plus years of touch typing now relearning one handed (Did you know it is harder for the brain to remember how to spell words, when your fingers know the spelling by heart, well it’s true) let’s not mention all the other areas that I now need help with, so much for independence. After a couple of days of honestly feeling sorry for myself, I had to take check, it’s only one hand and just temporary (as long as I am good), there are so many people in this world dealing with stuff much worse in their life than me. So I picked myself up and continue on with life much more positive – onward and upward with life and my blog.

At the beginning of July I undertook another Photo A Day challenge, this year to add challenge and interest I put a stipulation that was a Photo A Day using a particular lens focal length. I chose my prime 50mm lens. I was doing really well and totally on track up until Day 3




Temporary cast on and I just found it too difficult to hold the camera with only one good hand, so I changed my stipulation to allow myself to use another lens, my 12 to 50mm on my trusted “OLY”, the only camera I can manage and my saving grace over the past week. Rules are made to be broken or adapted right 🙂

As of today I am happy to say that I have made it work, Today is Day 11 and I am going strong, proving to myself that whatever life challenges are thrown you way if you really want it you can find a way to make like work. Be grateful for what you have and work with what you don’t. There is always someone worse off, embrace each situation to find a solution.

Days 4 to 7

Days 4 to 7

I am also happy to report that by being good (and maybe bribing the Doc 😉 ) they have removed the cast providing I “buddy strap” the fractured finger area up for the next 3 weeks. A positive mind and being grateful has many benefits in life, why are we so quick to forget that?

Until next week.

A Personal Project – July 2013

A Photo A Day in July 2013

July is now behind us and my personal project the I undertook in July is now done, 31 days in July and 31 photos, one taken every day.

When I decided to take on this project I chose to push myself and my photography and add a theme to the project to try to capture images that portrayed specific feelings or emotions. I am very happy with the project as some days were difficult but I feel I have grown emotionally and photographically during this challenge and with the support and help of other photographers also taking part in the Photo a Day found the inspiration and motivation to see it through until the end.

I decided to show you my project as a slideshow just for something different and chose to put the images to the song called “Glitter in the Air” from Pink, this song holds special meaning for me and everything about this song makes you imagine a feeling or emotion that I felt was fitting with what I was trying to portray. I hope you enjoy watching my 31 images as much as I enjoyed taking them, I would love your thoughts and comments.

Until next week.


Welcome to July

Welcome to July, I can’t believe it, a new financial year, a new project and a new start, no wonder 2013 is flying by. So what are you doing, are you on track, if not, now is the time to start something new or take a closer look at something you’ve been working on and ensure you are following your dreams.

This month I am joining with some fellow photographers to do a photo a day challenge, or PAD for short so at the end of July I will have 31 great photos to share with you (well that is the plan 😉 ).

I did a PAD project in February this year however I gave the project a theme: “A day in my life”. This experience was more than just a photo a day, having to think about the theme and take a photo relevant to my life was some days a push but I got there in the end and I am proud of the final product.

The July PAD will be a personal challenge; love and separation. I will load my daily photo on my Solo Images Photography Facebook page and at the end of July I will explain why I chose this theme.

When embarking on a challenge, any challenge, it is great to have the support of a buddy, someone to be accountable to, someone to help push you whilst at the same time you push and support them, this can be applied to anything in life. Are you wanting to push your own boundaries, learn something new, start something you have dreamed about or maybe you have something else in mind? Find yourself a buddy or a support person and share the experience. The challenge will seem easier and you can celebrate your accomplishments together.

I welcome your input and would love to hear about your challenges, dreams or goals and I sincerely hope you reach them.

Until next Friday