Saturday, May 30, 2009

Awww Thanks Sheri and finally some photos..LOL!

Awww Thanks to the sweet Sheridan Rose....I love your blog darlin and Thank you for loving mine!!! I will display this award with pride and display it forever!
Girls you should go over to Sheri's blog and check out the gorgeous photo of her on there today!!! She is so beautiful!

Now who do I give this award to.....Let me think who makes me smile every time I go to their blog????? Thinking thinking....Ohhh I know!!!

Very sorry I have neglected this blog of late...been really unwell and not taking many photos at all!!! I have heaps of photos to share but just haven't felt like posting them!!! I am sorry to my followers and anyone who usually visits my blog.

Here is something stimulate you visuals and appreciate nature at it's very best! These are photos of my cycad about to sprout new leaves! Most of these were taken by my darling hubby who got up on the roof to take photos looking down into the cycad.

These are when I went outside about midday...they look totally different now hey? These are my fav's!!!
Looking forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kite Surfing Photos on a miserable, wet and wind day in Bowen

Well Good Morning to you all, hope it is not too cold for you all!!! Here we are getting this cool lil sneaky breeze!!! I am still in my jim jams!!! Yeh I know I am slack...but I am a bit yuk today!!! Just need to give myself a good slapping and get myself moving. But first I wanna share some not so good photos that I took while I had to do a quick trip to Bowen yesterday!!! Sorry bout the quality! But if you click on them you can make them bigger. Well as you can see I didn't get this loaded this morning as it is now 3.51pm. I have scrapbooking tonight lets hope that I can actually get some scrapbooking for me done!!!

Looking forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Almost neglected....But not tonight!

Ohhh My Poor Photography Blog has almost been neglected!!! It has been almost 10 days since I last posted anything and 15 days since I last posted a photo! Well today I am going to share heaps and heaps of photos you will probably be bored with all of them.

After learning all this stuff about how to use the camera on different setting I tried the Shutter speed setting today....Baz & I went towards the Bowen River Hotel, but we got sidetracked! I saw lots and lots of galah's on a clearing near a dam. So out I got and I got my trusty tripod and camera out to take some photos. Well I took about 20 photos of these galah's and this is the best shot! Click on it to make it full sized.
It was back in the car then onto the river, we decided not to go to the Hotel, we went down to the water's edge....have to be very careful lots and lots of croc's in that river!!! I took some photos of the water running over tree branches and rocks but I am not happy enough with the quality to share them with you all. I took this photo of a tree hanging over in the river and the reflection on the water.

Then I saw this really cool looking root or vine....Then I wanted to try my shutter speed setting on a rock being thrown in the water and catching the splash. I took 3 all in very close succession of eachother....2 are very dark and one is light! It was still daylight. And you can see where the rock is almost hitting the water, then it hit the water and then Baz threw another rock and this is what the shot looks like! Don't know what I did but they were all taken within a 3 min time frame. Can't tell you what setting I had them on until I work out where to find it in Photoshop 7.
Then another photo taken with the rock and the splash and I am really happy with the composition of this shot! Captured the perfect splash and the droplets of water but again it was daylight not dark when I took this photo!
On the way home we saw lots and lots of Deer, Plain Turkey's, Kangaroo's, Kookaburras, Hawks, Pelicans and I got these awesome sunset photos. Hope you like them SueHad heaps of fun taking photos today....So happy that I am able to put into practise some of the new skills I have learnt from the camera course!!! Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them, Looking forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo

Friday, May 15, 2009

OMG Check out this blog - Scrapbooking LO's and life

Hello to you all....I am sorry that I have neglected my photo blog of late, but today I really want you to go over and check out my friend Sue's Blog!!! She is just so talented!!! Love your photos Sue!!! They take my breath away!

I promise I will be back on Sunday with photos from the camera course that I am doing again tomorrow! All I know now is that I really want a Digital SLR Camera....Catch you on Sunday!!! Have a great day and I look forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Camera Course - OMG! I have so much to learn!!!

Well today I went to Bowen for the 1st day of my Camera Course - Taking Your Camera Off Auto. I have always loved photography and I am sure that this is going to make me love it even more!!! There is so much to learn about it though!!!
There was 5 of us there today and I was so surprised how much more my camera could do than what I knew how to play with!!! Taking it off the Auto setting is going to be trial and error though! I am going to read my manual now! And play play, play and play some more with the settings! Practise makes perfect!

We started off with Shutter Speed and Aperture...well I thought I had a fair idea about them but Ahh I still have lots to learn!

I do know though that Shutter Speed determines how long the shutter stays open, thus controlling the exposure to the image sensor.
The slower the shutter speed-the more light that will reach your film.
So in the case of a waterfall and you want to capture it so it looks like the water is held in suspension you need to have a slow shutter speed so you achieve this look.
The faster the shutter speed-the less light will reach your film.
So in the case of a child running in a sports day race you need to have a really fast shutter speed to freeze the action and avoid blurry images.

Then we went onto Aperture - Regulates the amount of light passing through the diaphragm opening in a camera lens when the photograph is taken. Aperture size is recorded as f stops, the larger the f stop the smaller the diaphragm opening is. This diagram is taken from Photography The Resource Page

Then we spoke about Depth of Field or (dof), which is another word for 'zone' of sharpness between the nearest and furthest of the subject in focus. So the larger dof you need a smaller aperture to make the image sharp. And a small dof results in the foreground being in focus and while the background is blurred! This is where we tried to take photos of flowers getting the ones in the front in focus and the ones at the back out of focus....I did say I tried but I didn't get this to happen when I photographed the Lilium and Gerbera flowers! I said that I have to practise more and more!Then we went onto all the different modes on the camera. These I will explain tomorrow! As I am now getting confused!!!
A - Aperture Priority Mode

S - Shutter speed Priority Mode

P - Program Mode


White Balance

OMG by the time it was finished I was so confused....But I know that I have to play with my camera now to get the right setting in the manual section of my camera....So taking it off the AUTO setting seems a lil daunting I am sure with practise I will be taking perfect pics in no time! Well I hope I will anyways!
Looking forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sorry for my absence and Woo Hoo 15 followers!!!

Hope this post finds everybody healthy & happy today!!! I am sorry for my absence, I have been busy over at my Scrapbooking blog!
Lots of fun and games and RAK's to be won this month to celebrate it's 1st Bday!!
OMG I woke up this morning to find that I had my 15th follower, Thanks Emily!

Not that much has been happening in the photo department at the moment,
I have been very slack! This Saturday I am heading into Bowen for a camera course, Taking Your Camera Off Auto! So hopefully I will learn lots of new stuff and start to take some more photos.

The first two are inspired by looking at Sue's gorgeous photos earlier this morning. There are so many things I love about Sue's photography but the thing I love the most is Sue's Sunsets....They are just gorgeous!!! Today's inspirations from Sue was this lil tiny dragonfly on her bright orange flower (Yeh I had to look for him Sue) And always her beautiful sunsets that she takes...Yesterday's photos were so stunning with the sun and pine trees and smoke haze.
So girls go check out Sue's blog and become a follower of hers you won't be disappointed!!!

The first is this lil dragonfly on the dead leaf litter at the river! Can you see him?

Then the next one is also inspired by Sue's blog....Of the glowing red sun during the bushfires.

Then the next 3 are of the fog that was hanging around, So of course I had to go take photos of it! And I am really happy with the one with all the trees and sun just starting to break over the horizon
Hope these photos inspire at least one of you to grab their camera and head out into this beauiful landscape of ours and take some photos too.Looking forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Flowers From My Garden and my Shutter entry

Sorry I have been away for so long....I have been busy with my personal & scrapping blog(no scrapping unfortunately)....Please check out all the fun at CreativeMe68 to celebrate my blog's 1st birthday - 6 plus RAK's to be given away this month!!! Random prize draw today, so check it out if you wanna win!!!

Now getting back to matters at hand here on my photography blog - What to share with you today...Flowers from my Garden & Vegie Patch! We had a very beneficial vegie garden in 2007! We did companion planting to combat the bugs.So we planted Marigolds and Garlic beside and in between the vegies.
I hate the smell of marigolds but I love their vibrancy as seen in these 2 different coloured varieties and these have water droplets from the hose.

Hope these photos inspire you to take photos of your vegie garden too!!!

And now don't laugh at me but this week over at Shutter, they want you to take a photo of something you can't live without- My first thoughts were of my DH & My Beautiful children and then my mind ran off to chocolate, so then I asked DD what she thought that I couldn't live without and and here is what she said that she thought I couldn't live without!!! And I think I would have to agree! I love the computer and the internet! Thank You Big Pond!!!

Looking forward to sharing more photographs with you all, in the mean time Happy Snapping! Point, Focus and Shoot!! Luv Shaz xoxo