Posts Tagged ‘photos’

Happy blog birthday to me…one day late

Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of Crossed Wires! Granted last year wasn’t my best blogging year ever but oh well.

I was going to post yesterday but was finishing the copy edits for The Wolf Within (which hopefully will be available in a week or so) and continuing on with my house decluttering and reorganising (I’m doing Apartment Therapy’s January Cure) and then I did a photography class/walk late in the day, so I missed it.

The class was on to use your camera in manual mode, so it was interesting to experiment with the settings and see what happened. It was a glorious sunny summer evening in Melbourne, not to hot not too cool so great for walking around playing with pictures. Here are some of the shots that worked…

Sky over Federation square

Sky over Federation square

 

Flinders Street station and St Paul's Cathedral from Princes Street Bridge

Flinders Street station and St Paul’s Cathedral from Princes Street Bridge

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull lives!

Jonathan Livingston Seagull lives!

 

Eureka Towers bee

Eureka Towers bee

 

Eureka Towers

Eureka Towers

 

City from SouthBank

City from SouthBank

 

Williamstown Ferry

Williamstown Ferry

 

The Yarra looking shiny instead of mud brown

The Yarra looking shiny instead of mud brown

 

Locks on pedestrian bridge. Southbank.

Locks on pedestrian bridge. Southbank.

 

City laneway

City laneway

 

Reflections on park bench

Reflections on park bench

 

St. Paul's Spire

St. Paul’s Spire

 

St. Paul's spire

St. Paul’s spire

 

St. Paul's spires

St. Paul’s spires

 

Refleciton of the Forum Theatre tower

Refleciton of the Forum Theatre tower

 

Pretty

Today is a lovely, lovely summer’s day in Melbourne. Not too hot, sunny, with a bit of a breeze. My mum has been down so that we could go visit my aunt and cousin and said cousin’s too cute little boy, all of whom live interstate. I didn’t grab my big camera as I left and, naturally, that meant we ended up taking a (slow and hobbly) walk along South Bank. So I defaulted back to the iPhone (yay for camera phones…the iPhone really does take some nice pics). I posted a bunch of them over on the Facebook page but here’s my fave:

Melbourne, which is a very pretty city and I’ve always loved this view up the river towards the CBD.

In other news, Blood Kin page proofs are done and so is my last chance to fiddle with the story. Hopefully I’ll have some ARCs to giveaway soon. I’m futzing around with a couple of other ideas which shall remain nameless for now and doing some planning but mostly I’m trying to get through the post book phase where a writer’s brain goes all fuzzy and all sorts of weirdness (like forgetting one’s purse, dropping things, turning up early or late for appointments etc) occurs. So lazy summer days are good therapy for that!

Freedom

Aka Pic of the week #2

Not sure it’s brilliant photography but it is my poor right ankle free of the dreaded walking boot and venturing outside in thongs! Freedom after three long months.

Now starts the fun job of physio to make the darn foot and leg work as they should and the ankle is still not 100% healed so I have to be careful with it but the first big hurdle is passed.

If anyone is curious the pic was edited a bit in both Snapseed (which is a very cool little iPhone/iPad photo editor) and Photoshop Elements (another of my goals this year…figure out how to use Elements better!).

Beginning

Happy New Year!  Given it’s Sunday and therefore both the start of the year and the end of a week, I thought we’d begin with a photo.

So have a gorgeous clear blue sunny sky and I hope it stays that way for all of us this year!

Stormy weather

Hope everyone had a lovely christmas/hannukah/solstice/whatever holiday you choose to celebrate!

Melbourne got hit by some wild and woolly weather Christmas day. Rain, thunder and ginormous hailstones (seriously, some places they were tennis ball sized).  I wasn’t in the city (and my house was fine as the worst of the storms bypassed my suburb — which I think is fair as I got flooded pre-christmas a few years back and also got nearly flooded in the post Yasi rain last year), as I was down at my parents place which is further south.  We didn’t get the one massive storm that Melbourne got but there were rolling thunderstorms and rain from about 11pm on Christmas Eve right until late Christmas night.  About 8.30pm, there was some seriously spooky yellow gold stormy sunset light going on, so I grabbed the trusty camera and took some pics. Have to say, my Canon does an awesome job at sunset type shots!

 

Love finally having a camera that takes good shots in all sorts of light!

 

 

 

A study in orange

We were talking about bucket lists/life lists at my crit group yesterday, which got me thinking about some of the things I want to do. Learn more about photography is one of them (along with buy a digital SLR). But given I’ve just paid for cat palaces and a new spinning wheel, the camera yen has to wait. I do have both a point and shoot canon and a fancier does more stuff without being an SLR Panasonic Lumix camera. The Canon and the iPhone tend to get reached for because they’re either handy or little. The Panasonic does take better shots than the Canon but it eats its battery really fast plus the battery tends to die if you leave it out of use for a while. (to which I am applying the brilliant solution of buying some extra batteries!). But I shall have to pull it out and play with it some more to satisfy the photography yen for now.

Today, for a giggle, I bought the iPhone Hipstamatic app which makes your photos look like old film camera photos from the seventies etc which is fun.

So today I played around with that, and the recharged Panasonic and the orange cat being the nearest subject, I present…a study in felinus orangus.

First, felinus orangus hipster

And second, felinus orangus more really toastus these days, in close up

There were lots of other things on my list…the question is how does one get the time and/or money to do some of them??? Who’s got something they’d love to learn/try/take up?

Schmapped

No, that’s not the noise one’s brain makes just after finishing a book (that’s more like zzzzzzzzzzzschnfargl), but today I found out that one of my photos has been included in Schmap’s guide to Brisbane.

Check it out.

Mine’s the pic of the lighthouse on the right. See, you never know what can happen on the big wide internets.

The sky is smiling

No, really, it is! There’s a very cool alignment of the crescent moon/jupiter and venus over Australia tonight. And I managed to take one non blurry shot thanks to the new camera and my baby tripod. The stars looked bigger and brighter than this in real life (click to make the photo bigger and you’ll get a better effect):

And here are some other squiggly attempts just because they make cute faces! May the sky smile on us all and hopefully it’s a good omen!

Photo frustration

I make no claims to be any kind of a photographer or even knowing much about photography but I would kind of like to know a bit more than I do now. I have friends and read blogs belonging to people who take such gorgeous pictures and I’d like to be able to as well. I did a little bit of photography back in high school but that was back in the pre-digital days and I could never afford an SLR and never pursued it.

I occasionally manage to fluke a shot I think is okay but my little Canon Ixus 55 is getting on a bit and has some limitations. It takes some really nice snaps…for instance, I think this is not bad for a point and shoot after I did a teeny bit of cropping and adjusting in iPhoto (given a teeny bit is all I know HOW to do):

But then this evening when I got home, the sun was starting to set and the light was all golden and pretty. I have those blinds which are kind of opaque (you can see through them but they block out some light etc) and there were some amazing intricate shadows of leaves from the plants outside playing on them with all this glowing gold light behind. And this is all I could capture of it:

which in no way resembles how striking it actually was. Wah. Colour the girls (who do have a love of colour and image) all frustrated. And yes, I could probably know a bit more about how to use it but my main gripes with it are that it doesn’t really do close up images (as evidenced by the fact that my measly 2megapixel, no zoom iPhone camera took a better pic of that old photo I posted last month than I could take with my camera), which is a problem because I like to take pics of flowers and plants and cats which never quite work. It just doesn’t have the zoom or the depth of field or whatever the technical photography thing is that lets you focus more on the foreground than the background etc (told you I knew not much at all).

The other thing it is TERRIBLE at is anything more than 1 or 2 metres away in dim lighting (yes, even with the night settings, I worked that much out). Which is not good when you semi-regularly go to evening award ceremonies to watch brilliant friends win awards…everyone else manages to take decent shots and mine come out looking like I was drunk, lying under a table and trying to shoot through a linen table cloth. Lots of vague dark blurs apart from the odd moment at a rock concert or something when there’s enough light from the lighting show to compensate (not something that happens often at romance writing award ceremonies, I must admit). So maybe I need a camera with a bit more grunt for when I feel like taking “photos” rather than snaps. And need to learn a bit more about the whole process (luckily I have a brilliant friend who falls into the ‘serious amateur photographer with mucho dollars of equipment who can probably help me’ category) but I’m willing to take advice from the peanut gallery as well. Anyone out there got a digital camera they think takes good shots that wouldn’t require a second mortgage? Anyone done a good, short, fun digital photography for dummies type course in Melbourne? In true virgo fashion I shall do some research and maybe you’ll see some slightly better photos here in the future!