Happy Halloween

While you are reading this I am literally at a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival! Don’t worry I am sure I will be posting lots of photos soon! In the meantime I thought I throw something suitably Halloween for you all. Not a big fan myself (as some of you are aware) but there is a Zombie Apocalypse at my favourite Urbex Spot – some of you may remember it!!



Ghoulish enough for you all? Happy Halloween………..don’t eat all the candy!


Spring – Summer Bucket List

This is my new Baby…………need to give it an appropriate name, don’t you think? Any suggestions? I am thinking Betty Boo (sort of rhymes with Subaru lol). And Yes! It had the big red ribbon on it when I went to pick it up…….isn’t she so bright and shiny ! lol

So now armed with a new SUV, my knee fixed and warmer weather on it’s way, the Wedding finally over; I thought I would take a few minutes to make a bucket list of places I want to visit and things I want to see and do over the next few months.

  • Mornington Peninsula Take 3 (or is that 4); Blairgowrie Back beach No. 16, Mount Martha Beach, Dromana Beach, McCrae. [There are several dog beaches and I want to take my fur babies to the beach]
  • Great Ocean Road – Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Portland (lighthouses people, lighthouses, oh and ship wrecks!) We’re all set to go just before Christmas – can’t wait!
  • Abbotsford Convent
  • Werribee Park Mansion(Inside) & Zoo
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Melbourne Tram Museum
  • Melbourne (Peninsula) Quarantine Station
  • Kamesburg Gardens
  • Clovelly Gardens
  • Alfred Nicholas Gardens
  • Blue Lotus Gardens

So I wonder how many I get to do, I have 3 weeks off over Christmas (so does Moth), so hopefully we can get a lot of these done. I already have so many things in the pipework, need to catch up on some editing for some posts! Honestly between pics of the Wedding, tomorrow we have the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, then The Zombie Shuffle (coming soon), Sunsets, Boardwalks, and so many more…………yep you got it back to being only slightly Manic!! Can’t wait.

So, what have you got lined up for Summer (or Winter)? Til Next time, happy snapping………


Fabulous Friday – Happy Anniversary to Me

Can you believe it, my first post was 29th October 2014! Wow, what an amazing, awesome and fun filled 12 months it has been. I have met so many people, learnt so many things and have been guided in directions I never thought I would have seen myself 12 months ago. Some things haven’t changed; I still have Moth, my two wonderful daughters, my fabulous Son-in-Law, all my animals – Chloe, Buddy, Teddy, Zorro, Crush and Sheldon.

But I have changed and grown myself, my interests, my photography, my artistic skills, all thanks in part to writing that one simple post and enrolling in Blogging101, way back then. That in turn led me to meet many wonderful people and push myself through various challenges.

I now have over 400 readers, I thank you all; for your comments, words of encouragement, as well as your wonderful posts, that have inspired me, made me laugh, occasionally made me cry, sent shivers up my spine and made me giggle at myself – I thank you all. I have had over 17,000 views, more than 6,000 visitors and written over 700 posts! Wow where did I find the time 🙂

I have enjoyed so many different challenges, taken charge of my learning by enrolling, reader, watching and expanding my brain in all things photographic and artistic imagery; but still have a long way to go. Life is learning, challenging oneself, through the ups and downs.

I will leave you all here with a gallery of images from way back when, here’s hoping for another wonderful, fun filled year.

Til Next time, happy snapping….


PhotoRehab Cover Make Over – The Long Kiss Goodnight

Often I read a new challenge and I get the lightbulb moment………I know EXACTLY what I want, not this week. Badfish out of Water thru me a curve ball on the Photorehab Cover Makeover for this week, when he suggested The Long Kiss Goodnight, don’t get me wrong, I adore this movie, I have watched it quite possibly 100’s of times; but I had no idea where to start on this cover! Then I started reminiscing and thinking my way through the movie, scene by scene (helps when you have soon it SO many times). An idea started to form.

Action packed thrill a minute ride with Geena Davis & Samuel L. Jackson, The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black. Schoolteacher and single mother Samantha Caine (Davis) lives an average suburban life — until she begins having strange memories of unexplained violence and discovers that she has physical skills that she never imagined. Hiring private detective Mitch Hennessey (Jackson) to probe into her past, Samantha discovers that she’s a well-trained government assassin who went missing after suffering a bout of amnesia and that her former handlers want her back in their employ.

So I thought I might get a little creative with this one and use various elements from the movie; if you haven’t seen it (Seriously go get a copy it’s a cult classic!) it may not make as much sense.

  • At the start of the movie and in flashbacks Samantha (Charlie) writes her name over and over again on a piece of paper. The text I have put in is to simulate this.
  • The Postcard is something Mitch finds in some old belongings he tracks down, that lead her on a trail of mis adventure
  • The Knife “all chefs do it, right?” she kills bugs (and bad guys)
  • The key is what she puts around Mr Perkins (her daughter’s Teddy Bear) neck, which unlocks (literally and figuratively) her past.
  • The Red Lipstick for when she transforms back into Charlie the assassin.
  • The Red gradient symbolises the blood, fire and hell she goes through to get her daughter back

Julie Powell_Long Kiss Goodnight

It took awhile to figure out what to do, once I had the spark of an idea, it all happened so quickly! I must say I adore this cover!

Til next time, happy snapping (or creating)………………


Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Week 5, Leading Lines

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge, it’s Week 5, Leading Lines.  Most leading lines are fairly straight.  They can be placed in any direction in your photo.  For this exercise, I just want your eye to be trained to see and define leading lines.

Your Turn

Let’s try to keep your lines fairly simple and obvious.  And don’t use crossed lines, because they break up the viewer’s concentration.

Exercise:  Show us 4 to 6 leading lines photos.  These photos should have fairly straight lines.

OK so here are my Simple Straight lines for this Leading Edge post, just to prove that they are almost anywhere I have selected roads, gardens, nature and of course man made.

Extra credit for Gold Star Award

Show at least two photos of lines that have a slight curve or “S” curves.  This a different kind of leading line than the straight one, but it still takes your eye through your photo

And just to round (no pun intended) it out, here are some ‘S’ curves as well

Til next time, happy snapping………..


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Indoor Walkways, hallways and Lifts

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge for this week is Indoor Walkways, hallways and Lifts. I must say not really my thing, anything related to architecture, also with the edit still continuing from the wedding, I am pleading out this week, sorry Cee…….so I’ll just quickly throw in a few old ones (I Know I’ve used them before!)

Someone walking away

Someone walking away

Shadows & Reflections--3

Til next week, happy snapping……….


This n That – Wedding Shoot Follow Up

Last week I wrote about about getting ready for the Wedding (sorry it’s kind of obsessive when I look back at some posts) you can view it here. I thought I would write a follow up piece and add to the list.

1/ Make a packing list for yourself………….honestly I thought I packed everything; I forgot the reflector (I used the day before on another portrait sitting) and forgot to repack it, also I had bought an old gold coloured frame for a few key shots of the bridal party……….I also left that at home. Luckily I got away we not having either.

2/ Dress comfortably (I cannot stress that enough) you get into some pretty weird poses…….I had a top on that kept riding up, when ever I bent over (not a good look), also I did not have enough pockets!!

3/ Don’t forget the sunscreen! It wasn’t too bad, but I did end up a little sunburnt! That Aussie Sun can be a scorcher, even in Spring.

4/ Ask for a complete run down (in writing of the days events), I found out (from the Celebrant) 2 seconds before it happened about a lock ceremony and balloon release, I didn’t have my wide angle set up ready to go in time………..I never in knew about it (actually I have never even seen it done before) and the couple just went ‘Oops, sorry we forgot to mention that part’. Luckily I had on my trusty 18-200mm so it was also OK.

5/ The Bride really wanted a photo with both her elderly Grandmothers (But did not tell me until it was too late………..Grandmothers had been taken off the shooting list as they were not going, I was not told about the change of plans), however by the time I had finished the group shots etc, one Grandmother had already left………..if I knew about it before hand I would have done things differently.

6/ Test & clean everything before hand, cards, lens, filters etc etc. A) you just want have time on the day B) you don’t want failures [it would not have helped my failure of the card, however]

7/ Which brings me to the next item, get new SD Cards for big events, and make sure your camera (if it can do it) is set to back up not overflow! Format the Cards prior to use, perhaps even do a quick trial run of non important shots (hubby, kids, dogs, backyard etc) to make sure all is OK.

8/ This may sound egotistical, but be confident in your photography, I was worried about so many small details, however I had faith in my ability to take great photos, this was NOT something I was worried about. If you have no faith in yourself then things would become a lot harder from the start. I knew as long as nothing mechanical went wrong, everything would be great. The couple need to have complete confidence in your abilities as well. If you don’t convey confidence in your ability, they will loose confidence and that will make everything harder. Hey they have never done a wedding shoot before, but YOU have taken photos before, you’re the one in control here!

Well that’s about it……….til next time, happy snapping,


OWPC – Winter

This week’s theme for Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge is Winter. I do not like Winter where I live, it’s not cold enough to snow, just be miserable, it’s not wet enough most of the time either; just cold, grey, windy and boring. It’s the only Season I really am not fond of. I envy the picturesque settings of colder climates that get snow (not that I envy their temperatures much), but that pretty pristine snow!

I know I have shown these same shots before, but they are really the only ones I have with snow capped mountains.


Spring Outings – Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen

Alowyn Gardens

Moth and I recently were invited to visit Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen with a few other ‘Togs’, we have been doing a few meet ups lately, with a particular group, lovely bunch and very social. We met mid morning, it was a overcast spring day, with bright patches of occasional sun, making shooting a tad challenging. I had looked these gardens up, as I had not previously heard of, nor visited them before and I was excited about getting the wisteria arch ways in particular.

There was walk ways, a parterre garden, a formal garden, lawns, poppy fields, birch forest, it was all perfect but for one small flaw; we had missed the height of the wisteria and lavender flowering; such a shame, there was still the few remnants, but it must have been amazing a week or so ago. There were hundreds of peony poppy and water iris to make up for it. We had a lovely time and took way too many photos. I will leave it here with a long gallery of just a few of my favourite pics!

til next time……….happy snapping


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Phones

Cee’s Challenge this week is Phones, so I grabbed an old image of a London Telephone Box and treated it to some Photoshop Artistry; I have to say it is the quickest image I have created so far, which meant less stress! But I am really happy with it. This is something I could see hanging on a wall……….isn’t it funny – this started as a throw away shot and look at it now.