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!

Next week…

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

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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…

Next week…

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…)

Next week…

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…

Week 38: A tabletop object

Daniel

10 points to anyone who knows whose car this is.

Debbie

Love having Melanie pop over for a chat, even if she does sit on top of the table.

Grant

Every table needs a nice shiny bauble.

Melanie

Not the photo I had initially planned to use, but when you randomly come across a vintage tabletop sale and there are that many flat caps with a bright yellow motoring of Britain map, you just have to take a photo.

Sharon

I had no ideas. Days went by. Still nothing. Then, an egg. It’s an object, I thought. I looked around the kitchen for an egg cup, saw the vase, saw that the egg fitted into it, took it to the tabletop. Voila. As simple an image as you’re likely to find…

Tim

Yes, you’re absolutely correct; last week was fruit and vegetables. But these tomatoes were just so photogenic, and they fitted so well in the bowl on top of the table, that, well, here we are again…

Next week…

Our week 39 theme is: Self-portrait #4…

Week 37: Fruit and vegetables

Daniel

Unfortunately I haven’t been getting my daily dose of the 5 and 2 this week and veggies have been scarce around the house. I was hoping to visit the market and get a nice shot of all the fresh bright produce but that didn’t eventuate, so with time running out today as I’m out in the garden I look up and see this lovely bunch of bananas. Not just a good source of potassium, they saved me a last minute trip to Woolies.

Debbie

A Russian riddle – She came from the east in a beautiful red dress and when she undressed they all cried. Can you guess what I am?

Grant

Anyone for a peach?
Yes thanks, said Mr Parrot, but I’ll only have a bit from each one and you can have the rest.
PS. they are very tasty.

Melanie

These aren’t just any old Kiwis; they are M&S Kiwis.

Sharon

A colour palette of fruit and veg. And then there’s a slice of orange, just to mix it up a little.

Tim

Perception is not reality…

Next week…

Our week 38 theme is: A table-top object…

Week 36: In the mirror

Daniel

Friday night reflections.

Debbie

While cycling in Vincentia on the weekend I kept seeing great sights in my bike’s mirror – the beach, the bush track, the sky, others out on the walking track, dogs being walked -and then this little beauty! A Naval ship floating in Jervis Bay – how appropriate! I positioned my bike so I could capture the ship fully and there you have it – a ship in the mirror.

Grant

In the mirror? For the mirrors on this old beast I would imagine there are thousands of memories, many of which would be spine tingling.

Melanie

Mirror mirror in the snow, when will you go away so I can grow.

Sharon

A shoot through the week with the beautiful Anne Duffy gave me the perfect opportunity to see something different in the mirror.

Tim

When an emergency hair repair is needed on a 38-degree Melbourne afternoon, any shiny surface will do…

Next week…

Our week 37 theme is: Fruit and veg…