52 Week Challenge – Week 39

Welcome back for another week of the 52 Week challenge, Week 39 is Spring. I purchased these gorgeous rose for some still life play and to me fresh flowers has Spring written all over it.


ISO 400, 35mm, F1.8, 1/320 second

I placed the single roses on white perspex, with a soft white background and spritzed with some water from a spray bottle to give that really fresh, dew drops, just cut look. I put them in several glass jars of different sizes and cut some of the stems to various heights to achieve the look I was after, here are some more shots from the same shoot.

Til next time, enjoy Spring, laugh and love and happy snapping…

~ Julz

Still Life – Fruit Salad

Here is Desley’s images from our citrus party……..check out the superb macro……..love, love, love!

musings of a frequent flying scientist

Again, a session with Julz in her studio. Our first experiment for the day was capturing this fruit in natural light. I love the colours. Pop over to Julie’s blog to see how we set up this shoot.

But I had to try it in black and white – a nice creamy tone, which I think world nicely with the wood.

But I still prefer the colour.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Monochrome Fruit And did you expect to see some macro? Of course!

This is my favourite shot – and i have some ideas for it too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hello Summer! x desleyjane

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Home Made Snoot

I recently did a post, where I featured a few images taken using a snoot on my light source, thinking back on it, I thought perhaps some of you do not know what a snoot is……….I only heard of it about six months ago (it might have been longer, but I didn’t know WHAT it was lol), and I had used one a few times for rim lighting and even back lighting, but never for such directional lighting.


A Snoot was used here for highlights or Rim lighting, for her hair and feathers

So what is a Snoot?

In photography, a snoot is a tube or similar object that fits over a studio light or portable flash and allows the photographer to control the direction and radius of the light beam. These may be conical, cylindrical, or rectangular in shape. Snoots can isolate a subject when using a flash. They help by stopping “light spill”, or when lighting falls in a larger footprint than intended.


Some have been making Snoots out of Pringles can over a Speedlight; great idea, as it also has a reflective inside and I might jump up to one of those next time too.But My Snoot used in the above shots, is just a cylinder of cardboard, placed over a continuous light….


Basic Continuous Light


Cardboard Snoot


shot without the snoot


shot with the snoot


Final edited shot

I have to admit I love the directional effect and it gives a fabulous mood. I find I am using it more and more.

~ Julz

P.S. I have just purchased some studio equipment and was given a free snoot…….make sure it actually fits your model speedlight or standard light properly……..I didn’t double check I assumed if it fits the 900 model speedlight it would fit my 910 speedlight………..guess what it does not! Colour me stupid for not double checking.

P.P.S. Sorry some of the images are a little blurry, I took them in a rush to write the post and didn’t take my mind in set up etc as I normally do, apologies

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Pale Green

Cee’s CFFC this month is concentrating on colours, I love colour, however I must admit I am not a fan of Pale Green, in fact I really could not find an image featuring pale green……..it is in the background of some of these images, so that might be as good as it gets!

I have a tendency to make all my colours pop……..pale green really doesn’t work in pop. However I did find this one image of soft pale green against the darker green background.


Til next week, happy snapping…

~ Julz

The Dapper Rabbit Series

As most of you are probably aware of the concept series I have been working on for most of the year featuring my Dapper Rabbit………I was calling him Edward Hyde, but Dapper Rabbit seems to have stuck :-), anyway this series is almost run it’s course, but I thought I would show a few more images I have done. I think I am going to go back and re edit them all once I finish shooting, as from start to finish they appear slightly different, as my skills and editing have improved and changed over time.

These were all shot on our weekend away in Beechworth a few weeks ago, mostly at the Mayday Hills Asylum, and some surrounding areas.

You can see some of the other images here and here. There is still a few more images to complete in this series and I am hoping to have a short story written up to go with it. If nothing else I have invested a year of my life and that of my Husband (who is the rabbit) into this project and I want to print it off as a coffee table book……just for us. It has been such a learning curve for me, well both of us really and so many other people have jumped on board and made it become a reality. It’s been humbling and yet empowering to have what started as a crazy idea turn into such a momentous episode in our life. I would not call it life changing, as nothing as really changed; no money, fame or notoriety…………ok well maybe a little notoriety hehehe. But in a small way it has changed me. I know I can do this……take a single thought and turn it into a series of artwork. Sure it is not to everyone’s taste and who cares. Taking a little walk on the dark side can be fun. I have plans for next year, something even bigger, Moth is on board already and plans are under way for my next BIG project and this one is BIG. Sssh……..it’s all a secret and will let you all in on it soon.

~ Julz

PS Artistry…

I have been playing again, this time with some content by itKuPilli a collection called Prelude. As you can see, very, very different from my normal artwork.


Whimsical Angel

Pretty much all the images and some of the overlays are from this collection with a few other bits and pieces thrown in as well. It’s good to experiment and try new things.All done in Photoshop.

I have been trying to move away from the dark and creepy (just a tad) and try a more painterly approach to some whimsical artwork. I could almost see this as a phone case or notebook cover…….what do you think?

~ Julz

Weekly Photo Challenge – Quest

This week WPC sends us on a mission to find a Quest with our camera, personally I was on a quest this weekend to find a suitable Canola field to shoot my ‘scarecrow’.


I love the sweeping panorama of gold under the threatening skies. This was shot about 1 hour from Melbourne on a Spring day, late in the afternoon. My Model was suitable attired as an Australian ‘Scarecrow’, can’t go past an old Dryz-a-bone overcoat. I almost put an Akubra hat on as well, but the straw hat seemed a better fit.

~ Julz