Have you been joining the challenge?

Have you been keeping up with the #alphabetchallenge? Or just watching mine? (And that’s OK too). Maybe you haven’t even seen it or know about it? You can play catch up here Well we’re half way through September already, who would believe? I had a few tricky letters to cover, but so far I am…

Creative Challenge – Alphabet

I am going to push myself this month and capture all 26 letters of the alphabet as a series of still life images. You don’t have to go that far… SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE Just because I am pushing myself this month, it doesn’t mean you have to. I decided I am going to create an image…

My favourite camera apertures & why

I shoot a variety of styles, there is no doubt there. I am frequently shooting still life and portraits more than anything else. But have you noticed I seem to have particular aperture settings for different genres and styles? granted I don’t always post my camera settings, but I do have them on my images….

Winter Workshops – Still Life

So nice to get back to some classic still life basics, after a few hectic weeks. I find it so enjoyable to teach. We had four stations and three different lighting types, from natural to incandescent to LED. As we were working with a soft & dreamy vibe, we had mostly white and neutrals. Someone…

Regular Random – Splash!

This is a fun project, which does require a little setup, and a few pieces of equipment, but it can be done on a small scale. I covered a table and the background with some black non-reflective fabric and placed a fish tank. It is rather a small fish tank, you could use a larger…

Regular Random – iced raspberry tea

The days and nights are getting hot, Summer in Australia! Heat, storms, bushfires and flies! But sitting on the back deck on a balmy evening sipping iced raspberry tea with a twist of lemon and a mint sprig. Hits the spot! I don’t even pretend I made the tea, it is Lipton’s Raspberry Iced Tea,…

Regular Random – Summer bright with Citrus

Nothing quite says Summer like fresh fruit. I love some citrus; oranges and lemons, tangelos, limes and mandarins. Throw in some tart blueberries and you have some great subjects for this week’s challenge. I set mine up on some simple old fence palings and some backlit natural light. Grab one or a whole basketful and…

Silent Night…

What’s your favourite Christmas Carol? Can’t go past a classic like Silent Night, right? I took this image at a friends place, we set up a mantle and made it look all Chritmassy and pretty… I do hope you are getting into the Christmas spirit this year, I do hope you can be with friends…

Jingle bell rock…

I adore certain Christmas songs, this is and oldie but a goodie, that is often used in movies (ie Mean Girls) and always gets me singing… Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rockJingle bells swing and jingle bells ringSnowin’ and blowin’ up bushels of funNow the jingle hop has begunJingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell…

Tis the Season…

No #RegularRandom as such this month, instead I am going to get into the Christmas Spirit, feel free to join me #tistheseason Gold painted pine cones and red berries, add a little touch of Down Under with some dried eucalypt leaves. So from my family to your family, may this year be merry and bright,…

Regular Random – Details & Textures

Get in up close and look for the textures and details in a subject, capture what makes it unique. Capture the imperfections, the colour variances, is it smooth or course? What about your light? Is it soft and subtle, or harsh and bright? Discover what is unique about your subject…really look. Would you like to…

Regular Random – Monochrome

It’s very tempting with all the pretty colours available to just shoot and edit in colour, but if you actually slow things down and remove all the colour, the simplicity of the staging, the lighting, the DETAILS can shine through. I used presets from the Classic Black and White Lightroom Preset Collection, available in the…