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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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Australian Summer: Bushfires

Well, we are on fire again. Not in that good way, as in “you’re on fire!”, but in that literal way. That way isn’t good.

My husband and I were out driving yesterday after a night of lightning storms. We stopped at Lake Bonney in Barmera in South Australia to take a few photos of the bushfire not far away.

There are numerous bushfires across SA at the moment. The extreme high temperatures seem to have set the country alight…again.

If you live in an area prone to bushfires it is important to have a bushfire plan. Changing your plans at the last minute can be fatal, so make a decision early and stick to it. Listen to the local emergency radio station for updates and advice on a battery powered device. If you are unsure about your plan perhaps take it to visit your local fire station and ask their opinion on its effectiveness.

Stay safe. My thoughts are with the people in the fire affected areas and those who volunteer to risk their lives defending them.
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Ideally, don’t leave your dog tethered to a jetty with no water in extreme temperatures while you are swimming.
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Happy New Year!

For Christmas I received a macro lens. My New Years Resolution is to learn to use it…hopefully, eventually well.

In January I will be posting some macro photos as I take them. I imagine they won’t be perfect. I have already found the shallow DOF a challenge. It seems that without a macro specific flash I am struggling to get enough light to get the depth needed to focus on an entire object. Until I work that one out and put together a dodgy homemade reflector for my flash, I will just have to try to focus on parts of things. The light issue also means that even the images I think look sharp are in fact blurry on close inpection.

Sharpness = my ongoing obsession

Nothing gets past the macro lens! This fly tried, but only managed to make its wings look beautiful.
Nothing gets past the macro lens! This fly tried, but only managed to make its wings look beautiful.

A Few From The Pool

The summer break for my family is spent by the pool. It can get to the mid forties with dry, harsh sun. We can either be found in the pool or directly under an air conditioning vent!

I decided to use my macro lens to take a few shots. Unfortunately it is a prime lens and so focusing proved a challenge. Changing the manual settings for each shot when the circumstances vary so much is hard (at least to me). How do you cope with the challenge of altering the settings so often, so quickly?

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I love the shape in the last shot. Such a shame we chose to swim in harsh shadow causing light!

Its Nearly Here!

My kids are do excited. Its the first year my eldest son who is 4 has really appreciated Christmas. His younger brother who is 2 is excited because its what his brother is doing. It makes me laugh. Just another reason to love Christmas.

Here are a few random Christmas photos I have taken that I thought I would share. Hopefully they help to get you in the festive spirit.

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The 25 Days of Christmas: 19. shadow

The setting sun causes long shadows. Often that isn’t great in photography, but you have to make it work if that’s what you have. Honk.

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