Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Gap

Running late on this one, I know, I know, I am always so early (sometimes too early) with my challenge posts. This week Hugh’s Challenge is Gap.The only thing that really sprung to my mind was a recent trip we took to Point Nepean and we explored some old military fortifications from WWI & II. There was the really cool gaps in the walls to served as lookouts for the sentries, made for some interesting views.

Not to push my own buttons, but if you would like to see more of the Fort you can see it here.

Til next time, happy snapping…


Cover Make Over – Chris de Burgh, Home

Chris de Burgh_Home.jpg Another truly boring album cover. There were so many amusing and even imaginative album covers, why were so many done like this?

Chris de Burgh ‘Home’ is an acoustic release of some of his songs and was released in 2012. Not even a greatest hits album, but it does include Waiting for the Hurricane. I thought perhaps it needed something to set the mood a little more. Something old and comfortable, a welcome feeling of coming home.


I love this image of the old dog in the shade, I converted to B&W and then added some textured, dust and scratches to make it look old and worn.

Don’t forget if you would like to nominate a book, music or movie for us to do a Cover Make Over, let me know, we are always looking for ideas.



Cover Make Over Recap – Week 4

Sarah from First Night Design did two versions, I love her first B&W, it’s brilliant. I also love the extra snippets Sarah always add…… don’t forget to head over and check out her post.

Trevor from Silly Old Sod got creative with silhouettes and masking, with a really cool mad Hatters  Tea Party painting, giving a very dreamy childlike feel to the cover.

This weeks cover make over challenge is a book called, The Story of Alice, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. I haven’t really strayed too far from the original. I didn’t have anyone I could photograph for Alice, so I took a stock photograph and made a mask. Then the background was an old painting of the Mad Hatters Tea Party which I placed behind the silhouette of Alice, showing the picture more prominently through Alice and lighter for the rest of the background.  Anyway, I was quite pleased with the result.


I was so inspired by Alice this week I not only did a cover (below) I also did this composite image featuring Model, Jema


Til next time, remember to have fun, breathe, relax and create!


Cee’s Fun Foto Shoot – Alleys

This week is quite literally all about alleys, Cee’s Fun Foto Shoot, I have been going through my photos for My Art Installation post and even my Hosier Lane Fashion Shoot Post (will post next week), I even did a 1 and 5 on Alleys recently! So here is my finale…of my alley pics…… will see more in next week’s posts.



Photographer in Hosier Lane


Smell of Garbage


Enjoy………..til next time, happy snapping…


One Photo Focus – April

Stacy at Visual Venturing has us all it it again for April’s One Photo Focus, where we all edit and post process the same image, but in different ways, means and styles. This month is an image by Cee Neuner. A fabulous barn, which I decided needed a little bit of old world charm and drama.

Julie Powell_April 2016 One Photo Focus

My Version

So I replaced the sky with something far more dramatic, then I removed all the modern day bits; car, houses, telephone pole and wires. So I gave it a little fake HDR Treatment in Topaz adjust, increased the saturation, put in lots of dust, some lens aberration, wet lens effects in Nik Analog efex, added a frame and I thought it needed a pentagram, I am not sure why? There was one in the original which got a bit lost, in my edit. And there you have it.

April 2016 One Photo Focus-3

Cee Neuner’s Original version

This is Cee’s original version, I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

Til next time, happy snapping…


Cee’s Share your World – Week 13

I don’t participate every week in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge, time constraints and all that, but sometimes I have a quiet moment and after reading a few posts from other people I think, sure I’ll jump on board this week. So here I am.

Are you left or right handed?  

I am right handed, so much for the left handers are more creative? Sure I can pick up a cup of tea, brush my hair, pull a weed with my left hand, but generally I use my left hand for writing, painting, drawing, pc.

If you had only one TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

Sometimes, I wish we did not have a TV, don’t get me wrong I often love to veg out on the couch and watch some TV or a good movie…….but Moth will watch nothing and anything, as long as the TV is ALWAYS on. Before we got married I didn’t even own a TV! Now we have one in every room of the house, except my study………I refuse to have one in the study. He even has one in the garden shed! I kid you not.

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

Long distance walking, yep from here to the back garden. Occasionally a hike or two to get a photo, but these days it cannot be too far I’m afraid. I used to be so sporty, so athletic, buy now due to my health I can barely walk 1-2kms. 😦

Complete this sentence: Love is… . 

I agree with Cee…… is tolerance, and laughter. Moth and I have been married 25 years and we both know the art of compromise. If we go on holiday, I organise EVERYTHING (I live for that sort of stuff, Moth hates it), but he trusts I know him well enough to arrange to see things he would like as well as stuff for me, although we occasionally like the same stuff. With photography, I will do my thing and he wonders off to find his; say for a garden I will take hundreds of photos of plants and flowers in macro……..he will take a few wide angles or interesting statues or farm equipment!

Most photos for my SYW post were found on google searches … unless I say they are my photography.

I used to, way back when, use Google Images, now I use all my own; I have thousands of images to choose. And I once got in trouble for using something I thought was All Commons, but was not! Oops. I use my own and I can never get in trouble 🙂

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful (Like someone else’s I read) my tummy bug only latest a day or so, but it took me days to recover. Wrecked my whole Easter. Oh Well, it could have been so much worse, so for that I am grateful. This weekend I am looking forward to doing some antique shop scrounging and hunting through Op Shops for bits and pieces for  my Still Life project.

Til next time, happy snapping…


Autumn Outings – Little Ballerina Lost

A little while back I did a Fashion Photo Shoot in Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane or Graffiti Alley. It was a huge amount of fun, but while we were waiting for our models to show, we were witnessed to another shoot going on…….it was two girls working on a school media project. We were actually asked if we would join in and pose as paparazzi – no real stretch there. In which we could take as many photos as we wanted……….score.

The problem was I did not have my settings right and some of the images are blurry and indistinct………’s funny I love them. I treated most of them with harsh and dramatic filters, such as HDR and high contrast and saturation, as juxtaposed with the idea of a pretty ballerina. One was so blurry I gave it a Degas Dancer filter in Topaz. I think they are kind of cool.

One of the things I love about Melbourne, it is full of creative, energetic people; you NEVER know just what you will find around the next street corner.

Til Next time, travel safe and happy snapping…




The Concept of Truth in Photography

I am doing a Open University course, Open2Study, The Art of Photography, It is VERY technical and really goes deep into the mechanics of photography, but also a little into ethics. It is something a little different for me. We had a lesson on the Concept of Truth in Photography. The truth is, truth in photography can be quite abstract;

The existence of horses means you can take a photograph of a particular horse, but it does not prevent a horse painting from showing no horse in particular.  You cannot, however, take a photograph of no horse in particular.

-William Mitchell

This simply means, because you know horses exist you can draw one from memory, but you cannot photograph a horse from memory, it needs to physically be there. In saying that once taken, the horse can be digitally removed from the image, so if it is no longer there, if you never knew it was there in the first place; was it ever there? Or as my daughter succinctly said you can photograph a horse but not a unicorn!

Can photograph’s be trusted? I guess it boils down to what is digital art compared to a photograph and how much ‘editing’ is done, creating a true representation or turning it into what the photographer (or artist) wants it to be. Personally I do both. Sometimes there is something annoying or distracting in a photo, a piece of rubbish or a blurred bird in the sky……it is not there as a permanent thing, so why not remove it, same with pimple on portraits, the pimple is not WHO that person is, so why leave it? Removing a car from a photo by changing your vantage point, is that the same as digitally removing it? You can make a construct however you see fit by physically moving yourself or camera, you can change focus, focal length, aperture in camera, are they not distorting the image before you?

The photo is my vision of a place or moment in time. Sometimes I adjust the light, the exposure, shadows, contrast, straighten, but that is all I do, make it the best possible version of what I saw. Other times it is straight into Photoshop and I edit it til it no longer resembles the original photo……now it is digital art.But where lies that blurry line between?

What about truth in photojournalism? Is it real, does it exist? In this day and age it is more likely an image has been photoshopped (this is no longer a just software program, it is also now a verb, apparently), than not. Look at all the glossy fashion magazines, they have been known for quite sometime to flawlessly ‘paint’ their subject to perfection. Actually finding mistakes in editing techniques is something of a game these days. What about for newspapers, covering world events, current affairs…can these photos be trusted? How would we even know if we are not there to witness these events for ourselves?

Got you thinking now, haven’t I? This Open University learning course I am taking is something very different for me, it is very technical, which I find a battle in itself. But then the lecturer throws ethics at us, or philosophy, there is hours of extra reading material, assessments and group assignments. I am struggling with the group assignments as well, they are in Google+ , and I seem to be lacking the knowledge, energy and brain power to figure it all out; especially when my mind is mulling over stuff like this……….writing it all down helps.

Til next time……….happy what ever 🙂


Contemplation – Week 5

Just a reminder of what this little challenge is all about: each week, I’m sharing my response to one prompt from my Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and inviting you to join me to share your response as well.

So for week 5, Desley gives us a simple prompt –

What can you smell right now?

It is quite simple, as I sit at my desk (Reading and then) writing this I am eating my breakfast. The same breakfast I usually have, unless I am on holidays; Oatmeal and Coffee. My coffee is just instant, but I enjoy a good cup of instant coffee. My Oatmeal is flavoured with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon, smells heavenly.

Honestly there is not much else to it, smells of my office; pens and paper, just a hint of disinfectant and cleaning solution still lingers in the air, but that is it.

Til next time Happy Snapping…


1 and 5 – Hosier Lane

Melbourne is known for it’s arts, culture, fashion and sport, one of the iconic tourist attractions within the CDB is our Street Art, one of the more famous would be Hosier Lane (This is just one of Melbourne’s notable Street Art Lane-ways).


Fact 1 – Hosier Lane is a blue stone cobbled lane way (Cars and people use it) on the southern edge of the CDB. Hosier lane is a much celebrated landmark mainly due to its sophisticated Street art.

Fact 2 – Hosier Lane is situated opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders St, just a short walk from Flinders Street Train Station. It was at times in the (Not so distant) dim, dark past, a place of disrepute and criminal activity.

Fact 3 – The lane has been noted for the quality and the political nature of its art. It features in the state-sponsored book The Melbourne Design Guide and in Tourism Victoria’s Lose Yourself in Melbourne advertising campaign, leading to questions about the dichotomy of Victoria’s approach to graffiti. The graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion and wedding photography, (Me Included).

Fact 4 – Hosier Lane is also known for its upmarket cocktail lounges including the popular Misty and MoVida. An open air cooking session with MoVida’s chef Frank Camorra on Masterchef Australia (TV Show) season 2 showcased the lane as a major Melbourne attraction.

Fact 5 – The artwork is very much in the eye of the beholder – tagging has it’s proponents, street art and murals have their detractors. The discussion around varying different forms from; graffiti, street art, tagging, writing, stencils, street sculpture, installations, gallery and commercial art generates fervent opinions and responses depending upon who’s doing the talking. At the end of the day, none of the subjective assessments really matter – our lane-ways appear to be a much safer, vibrant and enjoyable place to be, thanks to the incredible artwork of these artists!

Til next time, travel safe and happy snapping…