Week 45: 42 (Grant’s choice)

Daniel

I really struggled for ideas this week, it wasn’t until tonight when I was cooking dinner FOR TWO. Yep, that’s how much I struggled!

Debbie

This week we visited Glastonbury Tor and in my research I found an interesting connection to the number 42, which apparently is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. This link tells how a giant 42 was found underneath the Tor: “Geophysicists mapping the surface of Glastonbury Tor have made a discovery that is sure to excite fans of Douglas Adams. The number 42 is clearly visible in their computer generated maps of the tor. Indeed, the number is so big, stretching over 400 metres, that scientists believe it might be the biggest 42 on earth. It is so big that were it not covered by a layer of grass and earth it might even be visible from jets flying at 20,000 feet”. So I’m sure you’ll agree I couldn’t let this opportunity go by – I had to share this photo of the Tor!

Grant

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (the English poet, philosopher and theologian) changed the nature of poetry forever (with close friend William Wordsworth) when he lived at Nether Stowey in the Quantock Hills (Somerset) in the late 1700s. Coleridge Cottage in Lime Street Nether Stowey is now a National Trust property and is well worth a visit when in the area. There is also a 51 mile walking trail, known as the Coleridge Way, across the Quantocks covering many of the trails that he and Wordsworth would have used when out gathering inspiration.

Across the road is the Ancient Mariner Public House, in Coleridge’s day it was a farrier.

I had a glorious half day in Nether Stowey – a tour of the cottage, a wander around the quaint village and a few hours on the Coleridge Way up to the Dowsborough Iron Age Hill Fort and its glorious views down tho the coast.

To top it all off, there was ’42’ on the door of the Ancient Mariner, to indicate that it was at 42 Lime Street, Nether Stowey.

Melanie

Looking at these lovely blankets for my soon to be new niece or nephew I couldn’t help but notice the price.

Sharon

This is Josh. Josh was my personal trainer for 42 weeks before he decided to explore other career opportunities. He supported me to achieve all the goals I set – including lifting a 50kg deadlift (I actually did 3 reps of 10)- and he ran with me in the 5.7km event at the Melbourne Marathon last year. He’s been a great support in my efforts to improve my strength and fitness. I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to keep modelling for me!

Tim

In a city full of skyscrapers that take up entire blocks, it is surprisingly difficult to find streets with any kind of structure sitting wholly and solely at number 42. Luckily a little research on Google Maps led me to this location…

 

Next week…

Our week 46 theme is: Look up (Mel’s choice)…

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Week 44: Corners (Deb’s choice)

Daniel

Starting the day at Cosy Corner. That’s its real name, I didn’t make it up to fit in with the theme.

Debbie

In this lovely corner of the world, known as Somerset, I found this delightful corner which is part of the Bishop’s Palace in Wells. It’s not something you’d see in downtown Tumbarumba but here, history really is around every corner!

Grant

I wonder what’s around these nice corners?

Note the cyclist about to disappear into the next round of corners, a tough climb (looks flat from this angle) that many do for fun, on a road that is basically too narrow for two cars let alone cars, bikes, goats and dog walkers.

Melanie

This corner is patrolled a very friendly looking scarecrow. She looks more likely to make you a cuppa than scare you away. Bless.

Sharon

Looking down at all these corners makes me slightly dizzy.

Tim

Corners like these make me wish for a motorbike…

 

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Our week 45 theme is: 42 (Grant’s choice)…

Week 43: Golden Hour (Daniel’s choice)

Daniel

We discovered this spot recently by chance and thankfully there was a nice sunset this afternoon to capture some golden light.

Debbie

Golden light spills from the sky to add its glow to the golden vines.

Grant

The best view I could find at the right time of day with the required conditions. A nice mix of colours (including gold) and textures.

Melanie

Let’s fly under the golden sky.

Sharon

Driving home from work one afternoon this particular stretch of road caught my eye. It isn’t my usual commute, so I was thrilled to see the golden light stealing through the trees.

Tim

It’s hard to find wide horizons that let through that lovely golden light when you’re stuck at work in the middle of the city, but luckily I know a place just down by the Yarra…

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Our week 44 theme is: Corners (Deb’s choice)…

Week 42: From the hip

Daniel

Things you capture laying in the backyard.

Debbie

I haven’t had much luck with taking any decent shots ‘from the hip’ this week, although I’ve tried hard. From the hip means no setting up or framing of the shot, no looking in the view finder for how it looks or even what you’ve captured. It’s very difficult but also quite liberating. This is about the best of a bad bunch but it kind of appeals to me with its quirky simplicity.

Grant

Heading back to the car after a recce of Tumbarumba Hill from the rear. The recently removed pine forest now provides a magnificent backdrop of light in what was once a very dark and broody area. Holding the camera down low provides a different perspective on the view, highlighting the majestic tree which was felled when the path could have been called a vehicle track.

PS. Did you know that Tumba Hill is exactly half the height of Mt Kosciusko?

Melanie

When there is ice cream involved you’ve not got long to get a shot so I was just clicking away hoping I’d get a good one of him and lo and behold I’m pretty happy with this one. Just as he’s pretty happy with the ice cream.

Sharon

My attempts at capturing this boy’s little sister were not at all successful, so I was pleased this shot from the hip worked at all!

Tim

I enjoyed this week’s theme as it gave me a chance to shoot from a range of different angles and just see what worked out… I liked the “dog’s height” point of view here – the world looks quite different from down there!

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Our week 43 theme is: Daniel’s choice – Golden Hour…

Week 41: Autumn

Daniel

Autumn in Brisbane means it’s safe to go outside again without fear of heatstroke, it means you can turn the aircon off finally, it means lovely nights on the river like this one.

Debbie

A different look at autumn with a few of my favourite things – my favourite autumn colours in a favourite scarf taken in one of my favourite places in my favourite season with some of my favourite people visiting. Autumn is awesome.

Grant

Autumn in Tumbarumba – a beautiful vista luring us into the mountains as I commenced an early morning walk with friends and family.

Melanie

Little droplets glistening in the sun, the only sign of the spring shower that just passed over forest.  That or it’s fairy wee.

Sharon

There are a mountain of leaves littering our backyard – lucky Mum’s here to sweep them up – but autumn says pears to me.

Tim

Autumn in the city is a little more subdued, but the basic theme is there…

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Our week 42 theme is: From the hip …

Week 40: Photographer’s Choice #4

Daniel

There’s been a vacant riverfront block here for as long as I can remember. It’s in a prime position with great city views and I can’t believe it hasn’t been built on yet. I’m grateful that everyone else can enjoy the view at least, albeit looking through this fence from the footpath.

Debbie

Looking to the future. When you turn 18 the whole world is in your sights. Not technical at all, I know, but it’s a personal favourite for this week.

Grant

Boys and their toys.

Melanie

Funny how I can go ‘up the back’ of home on the other side of the world.

Sharon

We climbed a hill to experience the sun setting over the desert. Tim wandered a little higher and as he took in the view I saw my photo for photographer’s choice. The sun’s rays were an added bonus.

Tim

Letting go…

(For most of the time I’ve been doing it, photography has been primarily a technical challenge; learning the right techniques that will enable me to realise whatever ideas I have. It’s taken a long time, but I’m finally feeling as though it’s really become second nature. I don’t even need to consciously think about how to resolve most technical questions now – it comes to me from experience and is something like a habit. Studio lighting is the exception to that, but I’m enjoying learning that in fits and starts. So now, I can realise my ideas, but that’s led me to something of a new challenge – actually HAVING ideas in the first place. So this photo is a little special to me, even though it’s so obviously simple. It’s something I thought about and crafted an idea, turning it over and over in my mind until I knew what I wanted to the finest detail. The fact that I lit it with studio lights meant I could still have fun with the technical along the way! I’m still very much making that transition in my mind, from technician to hopefully artist, so this is a small step, but a step nonetheless…)

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Our week 41 theme is: Autumn/Spring…

Week 39: Self-portrait #4

Daniel

Well this is awkward.

Debbie

Autumn and I are kindred spirits, and I like to think we’re at one with the world. We share the same autumnal colour palette with the beautiful range of reds, yellows and oranges. We love the transition of the pretty dancing leaves as they flutter silently to the ground, on their way to becoming crunchy leaves just right for stepping on; the softer muted hues of nature and the crispness of the air around us. There’s also a sense of adventure on the horizon with the changes Autumn brings. If I was a season I’d definitely be Autumn.

Grant

Had a play with angles and shadows this week, angles win out. Maybe I should have played with a brush instead.

Melanie

This is how I see myself these days with a shiny large black thing attached to my feet at all times.

Sharon

It felt so far away – so out in the middle of nowhere. Yet I was able to download the camera app to my phone and work out how to take a self-portrait using the timer in the app. Although not well enough to give me time to put my phone away! This was my limitation rather than the limitation of time and place.

Tim

Sharon was busy on a ‘real’ shoot next door, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to have a play with the studio lights. The trigger didn’t always seem to fire, and according to my camera this is the face I make when I’m figuring out why that might be (turns out it was just too dark for my camera to focus, and not the trigger at all – good to know!)…

Next week…

Our week 40 theme is: Photographer’s choice…