Day 2 saw me arriving at 6:15am to attend a Photography Workshop.
I left Rod sleeping peacefully as I ventured out across the foot bridge and across to Commonwealth Park.
I was encouraged to go outside my comfort zone and to try Manual Focus.
I found it a little tricky to get use to at first but I persevered.
I had the best time....learnt so much.
Now all I have to do is to practise....
I am very happy with my effort.
I am tired now though so resting up.
Floriade is on in Canberra until October 16th...a great place to take the family.
Keep an eye on here for further details of my GIRLS NIGHT IN Fundraiser for the Cancer Council being held on October 24th at my place FROM 7PM.
I have a site set up on the GNI website for online donations that is now live ....just click on this link......Lyn Dwyer Girls Night In
All donations over $2 can be claimed on your tax. The GNI committee send you an Invoice straight away if you make an online donation.
I have received further donations the past few days and have more to pick up this week. I'm getting quite excited as things are coming together nicely.
I'll post more about the night later in the week on here and on my Facebook Page. It is going to be a Games Theme Night.....such fun!! If you can't make it but would like to make an online donation please just go HERE
I shall be holding a Silent Online Auction on the Night also to enable more people to participate and hopefully raise more awareness and funds for the Cancer Council. So raffles,auction,door prizes and some giveaways on the night. I'm away from home for a few days but shall put up a GIRL'S NIGHT IN detailed post in the next few days.
If you would like to donate items for the online auction or raffle,door prizes....please contact me here via the comments section,ring me or flick me an email to email@example.com just put GNI prize donation in the subject. Thank you to those who have already given me a donation....every little bit helps!
Thought I'd go for a walk and see what flowers I could find around our street down here
It's a glorious Autumn day by the water.
Plenty of bees out and about.
Still lots of colour in the gardens along our street.
Plenty of Hibiscus....they do well down here.
.... I found some interesting plants to Photograph.
I put on my 24 -70 mm lens to give it a work out.
Still plenty of roses flowering.
It was about 3:30pm so some interesting light was coming through.
I just stopped and played around with different settings.
I'm becoming more observant now of soft and harsh light......looking for light and dark tones.
I met a few locals on my walk wondering what I was doing.....LOL!
Practise....practise....practise.....that's what makes one better at something.
As I came back into our driveway I noticed the filtered light shining through our Bird of Paradise plant...it was a photograph waiting to be taken.....so pretty.
Thought I'd change things up a bit and alter my White Balance settings.
Normal setting....then changing it up a bit to see what different settings could do.
See if you can spot the differences.
I rather like this next setting....can you pick the setting?
It was nice to get out and enjoy some sunshine doing what I love doing.
We are heading out for dinner tonight with friends before we head home tomorrow.
Here's a few more Monochrome pics of the Paperbark Trees around our street.
They always fascinate me.....
So much texture....so pretty.
Until next time...
Topic for today's Meet Up Group in Melbourne was " Focusing on the Foreground"
I had fun playing around ....once again a small group....only 8 of us today which was great!
I then changed perspective by walking around the other side and getting in close with my fixed lens.
The idea of the task was to make the foreground pop out......be the focus.....blur the background enough...but let some show through to try and show the relationship between the subject in the foreground and the background.......an interesting task.
So using Aperture and Depth of Field to give photos more impact.
I really enjoy Steph's Workshops as she is so helpful and easy to understand.
Here's a few more pics.....focusing on the foreground and the relationship with the background.
Not too sure what dead flowers these were but they made a great subject for our task...
And one more.....
With only 8 in our group today it was a nice small group.
I spotted these lavender so thought I'd try and get down low....
I have trouble doing this but was pleased with my effort today.
Next task was a reverse of the first....this time make the background be the focus....blur the foreground
I found a nice spot in the garden to try and achieve this.
It wasn't as easy as it sounded.....you had to try and change your thinking. A great challenge.
I did enjoy this task.
Then last task for the day.....take one last pic.....thinking about what we had learnt and focus on the foreground.....remembering to try and show the relationship between the foreground subject and the background.....
So I asked Paul to be my subject in the foreground.....
I had a great day. Can't wait now to do the " Night Photography Workshop now in a few weeks.
I know very little about taking night pics so I'm really looking forward to learning more.
I love using Full Manual now as it gives me greater control over my pics and I love that.....allows me to be more creative.
After being away from home for a few weeks we have come home to a very colourful garden.....lots of leaves around the paths,on the driveway and around the garden.
It's also been raining on and off since we returned home on Wednesday evening.
The leaves have been blown around and down onto our back verandah.
I love the vivid colours of the Liquid Amber and our Japanese Maple trees...especially after it has rained.
We also have our first Violets....I like to wait until I can pick about a dozen stems to bring them inside . They smell divine.
Our Pansies are growing slowly and our first Tulips are starting to poke through the soil.
Can you see them?
Can't believe it's only 9 days until Paper Arts Tarts.....the NEW Papercraft Event in Melbourne.
I'll be working on Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th.
This event is being held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.
We are having a Card Swap each day at 12 o'clock....the theme of the Sawp is " Celebration
With the Watergarden now closed I'm looking forward to having some ME TIME
Starting today.....I have had an afternoon Nana Nap to catch up on some much needed rest. I slept for 3 hours this afternoon......
Tomorrow I'll help Rod pack up our Garden Products and maybe create some cards....something I haven't done for awhile.....the trouble is I'm so tired.....so I think I'll just let my body heal a bit after working so much over the Summer.
I might even get the camera out again.
Photography gives me so much pleasure....trying to be the best I can be...trying to get the best shot I can....that's the challenge I have set myself.
Whilst I do have a great Nikon camera and some great lenses I now know that it it the skill of the person behind the camera that makes for the best shot......knowledge is the key.
It's always nice to have Easter Daisies out in flower around our garden at Easter Time.
I thought I'd walk around our garden and take some pics this afternoon.
I thought I'd play around with different settings....changing the Focus and changing the light
Can you see the difference in the two pics above?
We are well and truelly into Autumn now with the leaves on the trees changing colours now
It's always nice to see the different colours
I've had a lazy Sunday trying to rest up and get some energy back.
So I had a play with my camera which always makes me happy.
I'm so looking forward to attending my next Photography Group Workshop next weekend in Melbourne.
The theme for the day is " Horizons" and we meet at Station Pier, Port Melbourne.
I've had to look up how to get there by public transport......training it in from Lilydale to Southern Cross Station then catching a Tram followed by a short walk.......to be there by 9am. Being a Senior I get FREE travel on the train and tram.....so that's a bonus.
I have a Lens to pick up at Ted's after the workshop......so exciting!! It's a Tamron 24 - 70 2.8........can't wait to try it out!! At least now I know more about lenses and what they are capable of doing.