Location Scouting

A family affair. My husband and three boys came along. Here is the first location with my very helpful subject.

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Portrait of a thinker. Pondering 2.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: texture

Sometimes things that are not meant to be beautiful are. Especially when you look at the details.

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Mount Lofty, Adelaide, South Australia

I stood waiting for the sun to set. As it did my fingers froze and the sunset was not outstanding. A few images salvaged. Ironically, the yellow of the sun reminds me of the fire that waited for me at home.

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A Story of Emily

Some of the others photos I took with Emily. As an experiment it was fairly successful. She came for about 3 and  a half hours although I think at least an hour was taken up by me trying to set up the lights. Actually it was the Godox octagonal softbox. I would never be able to construct that thing or deconstruct it without help. I am not strong enough. Perhaps there is a better method than I used but it was like an awkward tent. Until I can afford one that just pops up umbrella style it makes good light!

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Emily

She was kind enough to help me test out my lights and figure out how they work.

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Let There Be Light!

But only if its good light.

I finally decided to get myself some lights. I am only really able to do anything, unless someone is looking after my children, at night. Enough said. I had resisted getting lights because so many photos I see look ‘studioish’. You know what I mean. Hotspot here, too dark there, flat, shadow in distracting spot. The list goes on. I have no idea why I decided to become obsessed with photography? It must be the most complicated obsession around. Anyway, I set up my lights last night. I am interested in newborn portraits so I had a go. I didn’t have a newborn. I had to use a teddy. I also wasn’t happy with the placement of lights in the beginning. In the end I had one with a softbox facing the front of the bear and one without anything aimed at the ceiling, then used a reflector (balanced on my head due to lack of assistant!) to reduce the shadows I didn’t like and to introduce a catch light in the eyes. I had to use an ND filter as the lights were too bright for the space. Obviously this is going to need to be refined if it is going to be workable, but I am reasonably happy with my first effort.

Behold, the bear!

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Sneaky Pikelets

We are always looking for ways to sneak good nutrition past our boys.

These are delicious and healthy. I make them dairy and egg free, but you can adapt to suit.

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Sneaky Pikelets
1 cup SR flour
1/3 cup divided into 2/3 quick oats and 1/3 quinoa flakes
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 tbsp xylitol OR 1tbsp sugar
1 cup soy milk
1tbsp chia seeds combined with 3tbsp water (left to sit 5 min before using) OR 1 egg
1tsp vanilla essence
1tsp bicarb soda

Pre organise the chia seeds to soak.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Leave to sit while you heat a frying pan. Add a small amount of butter to grease. Cook in tbsp sized lots. Serve with fruit, butter, jam or anything else you like.

Portraits with flash

I am at the beginning of my journey to learn how to use flash to light my photos in a way that I am happy with. That is so that it doesn’t look like flash unless I want it to. So I started in the backyard this evening as the sun got low with my sons. The light is pretty flat. I am confident if I had a subject that would stand still and look at the camera for more than 2 seconds I could set up something better than this, but it was a start. The blog is about the journey after all. This is the beginning.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra

An extra rainbow.

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You know that moment when you really wish you had a full frame camera body and a really wide lens…

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So you focus on the interesting details instead.

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I did check the tree though…nothing.

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