Week 52: Self-portrait #5

Daniel

I had an idea for a shot this week, the clothes, the background, the pose. I got setup and took some shots but wasn’t convinced. I changed some settings, changed my jacket, took some more shots but still couldn’t get it right. This is nothing like the shot I had in mind but I like it regardless. It’s probably a fitting end to the last 52 weeks of photos really. I’m sure there’s a lesson about life and expectations in there somewhere.

Debbie

For my final self portrait I was determined to attempt to use the remote function on my camera. We were on the train from Essen (Germany) to Zurich for over 7 hours so I had some time to experiment. This was the best of a bad lot but I kind of like the wistful look on my face as I’m taking in the scenery. I played around some more and decided to go with the black and white image. It’s not my usual Debbie Smile photo – I’m happy with the growth I’ve experienced during this 52 week photo project.

Grant

Camera experimentation on the train near Baden Baden.

Melanie

I hadn’t expected to submit this shot. I was hoping to do one representing football in honour of England getting through to the WC semi finals (it’s coming home!). I hadn’t also planned to send a selfie, and most definitely NEVER take a selfie looking up. The sky was the most brilliant blue and my whispy hair glistened gold against the sun so of course I then put it in black and white. Although there is so many things I didn’t expect when I took this shot it’s my favourite one for this week and it’s a good reminder that everything doesn’t have to be as you expect it to be, for it to be right.

Sharon

This image came about through two divergent trains of thought: It references other self-portraits I’ve done for this 52 week project and the previous one and so acts as, if not a full stop, at least a semicolon in my self-portrait work. On the other hand, my hair is much longer than it’s been for many years and I wake up being wrapped in it. It also partly obscures me. The idea of making my shoulders visible – at an age when that’s not seemly – but my face partly obscured is an interesting dichotomy that appealed to my sense of contrariness.

Tim

To finish off this project, and the series of self-portraits associated with it, I decided to return to the same location I used in my very first one (which is really not hard, since it’s just outside our house!). The white wall behind always provides a large, soft light source, just right for moody self-portraits in black and white. Less technical than many of my previous self-portraits, this is natural light, single shot, nothing fancy. Back to basics…

 

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Week 51: Rewind

Daniel

This is a redo of the black and white theme. It’s a style I’ve always wanted to do more of and these white lilies provided a great opportunity.

Debbie

I’m not sure if this is a rewind to the themes of Summer, water, blue or play. We cycled 10kms to the beach at Karrebaeksminde (in Denmark) for a quick dip where I spotted these two elderly ladies using a ladder to enter the water for their (presumably) daily swim. The blue water, the blue sky, the heatwave conditions and the beach made me stop for a moment to remember where I was! Watching these two ladies made me smile and reminded me that we’re never too old to do something we enjoy.

Grant

A ‘look up’ at the former Avnø ‘transport’ facility (airfield) revealed the ‘geometry’ and ‘style’ of the staircase ‘frame’ and a flowing and lack of ‘corners’ feel in this ‘from the hip‘ shot. The ‘in the mirror’ feel to the shot highlights a detailed and intricate structure. Avnø is now a Naturcenter, providing a conduit to the ‘natural world’, mainly seals and many species of bird. This photo was taken on a lovely ‘blue‘ ‘Summer‘ afternoon.

Melanie

Green fields, trickling stream and a solitary white horse grazing all under the watchful eye of the unmistakeable warm golden hues of the summer sun heading off to bed.

Not the sharpest of shots and it’s been cropped as I didn’t have my good camera on me and this was an impromptu find whilst out walking Ozzy but I like the shot so please excuse any poor quality and bask in that golden hour light.

Sharon

The setting winter sun silhouettes the elderly couple as they wander hand-in-hand towards the winter of their lives.

Tim

Lost in concentration. Lego is calling. Play requires focus, planning, imagination, and time; it’s serious business.

Next week…

Our week 52 theme is: Self-portrait #5…

Week 50: Photographer’s Choice #5

Daniel

Here is Ziggy looking stately in her Sunday best.

Debbie

Windmills are synonymous with the Netherlands and this just happens to be one of my favourite photos from our cycling tour. The reflection in the canal just tops it off!

Grant

‘At rejse er at leve.’
H C Anderson (1805-1875)

Taken at Rådhuset, København.

Melanie

Total eclipse of the balloon.

Sharon

I’ve wanted to try this shot for ages. I saw a video by the fabulously creative and very enthusiastic Gavin Hoey, a UK based photographer, and since then have wanted to give it a go. Weeks ago we were in a second hand shop and I found the book I wanted to use, I bought some baby powder (gosh I love that smell), and then the other night it was time. I’m very happy with how it turned out!

Tim

It’s cold out. Looks pretty cosy in there though…

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Our week 51 theme is: Rewind…

Week 49: Purple

Daniel

I hadn’t seen any purple all week, and finally as we parked under the Story Bridge tonight for dinner the ever changing lights of the bridge were all the colour I needed.

Debbie

This week while cycling around the top of Amsterdam I’ve been on the look out for all things purple, as have most of my fellow riders (I’m very inclusive that way). There’s been lots of beautiful purple flowers but my wish was to find a purple house. Unfortunately the Dutch don’t do many purple houses, so imagine my delight when I managed to find this one on our walk around Alkmaar tonight! It was a momentous occasion! I hereby present my purple Dutch house.

Grant

This week I would like you to focus on purple. Now concentrate hard.

Melanie

The colours of the flowers in summer are out of this world and yet this lovely purple one actually looks like it’s got a whole other galaxy nestled within its petals.

Sharon

In times of desperation, having an eggplant to hand can only be a good thing.

Tim

Lost in a neon maze…

 

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Our week 50 theme is: Photographer’s choice …

Week 48: One object only

Daniel

I’ve always liked the tropical laid back vibes that the palm tree symbolises and now this ring serves as a constant reminder to slow down, chill out, because somewhere on a secluded white sandy beach under a perfect blue sky the palm trees are dancing slowly in the coconut scented breeze.

Debbie

It’s quite fitting to share this Celtic Cross from our time travelling in Iceland. The Saga centre told the history of Iceland which included their Celtic roots. A fascinating country and highly recommended.

Grant

Only one object of this type survived.

What is it?

No one really knows but it is believed to be a … .

Melanie

I heart waffles and I especially heart waffles when eating them in Iceland.

Sharon

Pear… or pair? Given that the theme is one object, it should probably be just pear.

Tim

Its beauty doesn’t diminish; it just changes form…

Next week…

Our week 49 theme is: Purple …

Week 46: Look up (Mel’s choice)

Daniel

I said I bet those windows are a pane. She didn’t laugh. Are your ears painted on? I asked. Still nothing.

Debbie

In the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall, there’s a floating walkway leading to a viewing platform way up high. It has spectacular views of the world below and a very impressive waterfall. This is what you see as you look up from the ground. I love the shapes and the touch of rainforest you can see here, but with the temperature at 41.3C, the walkway was closed to us on this particular day. I had to go and do the longest and fastest zip wire in England, soaring way above the centre, to get my thrills for the day. If you were on the ground looking up you would have seen me flying by.

Grant

Out for a promenade along a wide sandy beach below our motel at Newquay and a ‘look up’ presented this amazing sight. It looked so dangerous from down below (a long way below) on the beach. As we continued on our way our eyes were continually drawn back to the ‘look up’ position to check on the safety of the worker; he had an off-sider who occasionally held the ladder for him, but I’m not sure what they were doing would pass muster with Australian Work Health & Safety regulations.

Melanie

As pretty as the shapes from the barb wire are at HMP Shepton Mallet this is not what I’d want to look up and see everyday.

Sharon

I thought I should look up photography, just to see that I had the right idea.

Tim

Not what you generally expect to see when you look up, but as long as they aren’t moving I guess I’m okay with it…

 

Next week…

Our week 47 theme is: Sharon’s choice: Stranger (a portrait of) …

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)…