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There was an ant in my yard.

I am at home most of the time. I watched my sons play in the yard today. They like the sprinkler on a warm day. I entertained myself with a macro attachment on my Galaxy.

I found an ant.

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I decided to make it a portrait.

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And the garden got a work out too. Here is what I found today.

Cornflour.

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Roses

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Looking for Light: exploring shadow

I have been feeling in a bit of a photography funk recently. A lack of opportunity to get out with my camera resulted in me losing confidence. I had only just started to learn anyway, but I expected that there would be some sort of lull.

I have recently started to take photos again. Mostly on my phone because that is what is with me. I would love an hour to photograph a subject that would pose for me, but I have neither the hour or the subject so my DSLR and its manual settings will have to wait for now (most of the time).

I am focusing on the basics again. Today while my boys played at the playground they gave me a flower. I took a few photos to explore the different effect the angle of light created. I knew I was supposed to try to light the face, but in this case I really liked the effect created by the shadows on the flower. It created depth and interest in my mind.

Lighting the face

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Shadowy interest

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Weekly Photo Challenge: illumination

Here is my entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: illumination. All images were taken using an iPhone, $3 magnetic macro lens attachment, the leaf and flowers and a torch.

Cucumber plant leaf

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Lettuce flower

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Lens flares weren’t meant for this.

I was looking through a few photos I had taken a couple of weeks earlier and came across this photo of a gerbera. It was OK. Not great, but I started to edit it and realised part way through that it wasn’t really salvagable so in desperation before I completely gave up on it I started playing with filters. I decided it might be interesting to make the centre of the flower look as though it was opening to reveal something with a bright glow, aka. magical being or whatever you imagine. Fake lens flares can be fairly cringe worthy so I thought I would go with it by using the lens flare filter in a way that was obviously not natural. Its not something I do really, but it was a bit of fun and what better place to showcase how I amuse myself than on my blog!

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What do you imagine might be revealed at the centre of the flower?

OOOaaaaahhhhhrrrgggg bleeeuurrrgggghhhhhh!

Hmmm. It would appear that my love of the summer holidays is more of a participate than document on a blog thing.

It reminds me of an incident that occurred in my early twenties when I decided that it would be a great idea to walk my cat on a lead much in the same way you  might walk a dog. I got out the newly bought harness and decided to do a trial around the small front yard of the town house I was living in at the time. Fast forward 5 minutes to me trying to walk and the cat in the harness lying on the ground immobile. I tried a few steps to get the cat to stand up and it just lay there being dragged by the harness. Needless to say I stopped. A young woman dragging a cat around a yard on a harness is not a good look regardless that the cat would of been quite comfortable.

In the same way I have been dragging my blog through the Christmas season, posting photos on my iPhone when I could, but it is lying down and does’t want to move. I am all about going with the flow of life so I am letting my blog lie down and rest. I WILL STILL BE POSTING PHOTOS! Just not daily, particularly in January. I will be outside, playing with my kids, having cups of tea with my husband, photographing everything and enjoying the weather. When February comes around I might try using the WordPress challenge as a weekly prompt and post anything else that I photograph and want to share with you all.

Watch this space! I bet I will get creative now and want to post a whole heap of photos!…and I got lens’ and a tripod for Christmas….you know what that means!

A few photos I have taken in the past few days.

macro bees

roadside memorial

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