Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Geometry

When I started this challenge I thought it will be good to brush up on art theory from school, good for my art and my photography; and it has, it has got me thinking. This week’s challenge on Geometry in Photography has me scratching my head. Have I never really noticed these shapes before? It was actually a little more difficult than I first thought, I hope I did it correctly………I possibly missed some geometric shapes, in some of the images, as I was trying to find less obvious ones.

I tried not to go for cush obvious shapes, windows and doors in buildings etc. They are a bit rough perhaps, but you get the idea. I have found squares and rectangles and triangles, just realised there are no circles……..perhaps I should have added some to the fruit? Does this have some hidden meaning that the shapes I found are not round or does round happen less often? Or am I not looking hard enough?



Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Complementary Colours

color-wheelThis week Cee discusses Complementary Colours, these are colours that are next to each other on the wheel. As opposed to Contrasting Colours, which are colors that are opposites on the color wheel; orange and blue, red and green.

I remember learning all this in art at Secondary School, but sometimes these things are learnt and then forgotten, or you just never really notice them anymore. When I got back into art and photography after so many years, I realised how much I had NOT been taking notice of the physical world around me – not any more!

Quuenstown - 12 mile Delta

Purples, Mauves & Blues


Oranges and Yellows


Blues, Aquas and Greens

Cloude Hill Gardens

Greens and Yellows

Til next week, happy snapping…


Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Week 15, Cropping

Cropping is this week’s focus from Cee for CCYC, I agree with Cee, that it is an essential part of editing for most (if not all photos) and can be a powerful tool all in itself.

I may play around with a lot of digital art, but my images pretty much always start out as digital photos, and the crop tool is a vital part of getting things just as you want them.

Sometimes it’s just a subtle crop, to improve the composition, rule of thirds etc. or to remove a shadow or distracting area from a shot.

Sometimes it’s to zoom in on something special

Or to give a different perspective

But more often than not it’s to get rid of something that ruins a perfectly great photo

Til next time, happy snapping………..


Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Vertical Lines

This week’s CCYC is Vertical lines, which got me looking through my various archives and images and came up with these three shots and a realisation that I really must not like to use Vertical lines!

It is possibly a lacking in my training? Or is it a personal pique? I really never seem to use them, horizontal…sure all the time, but seldom vertical. This is something I need to look at, internalise, explore and ponder.

So I went out with the camera and purposefully took some shots featuring a vertical element.

90mm-1-2 90mm-2-2

Til next time happy snapping……….


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 Compose Yourself Challenge – Week 3, Always take more than one photo

So week 3 of Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge, is always take more than one photo.

This week’s challenge:

Take a series of photos of one object from at least six different angles.  You can put them in a gallery to save space on your upload.  Show the good, the bad and the ugly in your gallery.

Extra credit for Gold Star Award

On your blog post, choose the two best photos from the group, upload them at whatever size you would regularly use so everyone can see them clearly, then explain why you like them.  Did anything surprise you?

Taking Multiple images is something I have been trying to work on lately, so for this challenge I went out after work, just before sunset and took some photos of our glorious Protea in flower, and then the little sugar glider (it’s not real…….apologies for the cobwebs!)

For the sugar glider I took images from in front, to the side from underneath and from a 45% angle………..I really like the one from underneath & 45% angle!

I guess my two favourites are from 45% angle and the macro shot, I love the colour and light in the macro shot of the protea….even though a lot of the image is not in focus, I was quite close and on manual on f/1.8. I do love this lens the more I use it.

All are shot Nikon D7100, 50mm Prime, F/1.8, ISO 400 Protea 1/1250 sec, the sugar glider 1/250sec.


Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Week 2, What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common

This week’s CCY Challenge is What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common

Werribee Park Mansion

This building takes up virtually all space in the image, while still leaving a sense of space


Using the Rule of Thirds, this bird is the main focal point, the slightly blurring background and the grass in for foreground gives emphasis in just how small the bird was.

The Challenge

All well-composed photos have a main subject that is instantly recognizable.  Sometimes we think we have captured our subject but there is so much “noise” in picture that it’s cluttered and distracting.

You also want your subject to tell some kind of story that will evoke emotion from your viewers.  The most powerful photos cause your viewers to feel emotion; sadness, happiness, beauty, the “ah” factor.  Leave an impact. Show us a couple examples of your work where you have a strong, easily identifiable subject.

Extra credit for Gold Star Award

Find examples of your work that illustrate these three emotions:  something that is beautiful or inspiring, something that makes you laugh, and another that makes you feel sad or melancholy.

So this week I went through my archive looking for particular images, I found a few funny ones (2 year old cake smash and the camel – what a face), and some really sweet, ‘aahh’ ones (The cat’s face and the family shot), a few awe inspiring ones of Mother Nature (sunrise silhouette & Uluru), and a couple I thought looked sort of melancholy (The boat house with no water and the guy sitting on his own, looking off image, all that space behind him, makes him look lonely).

Til next time, happy snapping……..


Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Week 1, How your camera is not like your eye

Another new challenge, this is another weekly challenge based on Photographic Composition by Cee Neuner – Compose Yourself.

The Challenge

Post pictures of your comfort zone in terms of focal length from the subject. Then add photos the new ways that you’ve tried. Add comments and tell us how that change in perspective felt to you. What did you learn about yourself? About your vision of the world? About your camera?

This week, I was finally able to get out and about a little bit, I wanted to play with some different ideas for composition, as well as technique, for myself and a few various challenges, so it was a good time to try out some things, with no pressure. There was lovely pre-sunset light this afternoon, the golden hour; soft and warm with the last of the Spring Sunshine. So I grabbed my camera and headed into the back garden.

First things first I guess…..I usually shoot with my beloved Nikon 18-200mm lens; it’s is great for most situations, takes a lovely image. I can change from long distance to extreme closeup with the flick of a wrist, you’ve got to love that!

For this challenge I shot with only my 50mm Prime Lens. I am still trying to get used to this lens……..I cannot get really close up, I cannot shoot wide angles as such and if I want to alter the focal point (I can’t) or move closer, further away I physically have to move myself. I found this has forced me to really ‘look’ at my images. In every shot the focal length remained at 50mm, it was me who moved, occasionally I changed the f stop when I moved and at other times it remained a constant, even when I moved.

One thing I have noticed, that when I move for a shot, even if it is just a bit closer, I am framing slightly differently, not necessarily a bad thing, but something to be aware of. The other thing I REALLY have to watch, is WHERE my focus is, double check it, not just assume it is roughly where I want it, especially with a shallow depth of field [see first cat image not focused on eyes like the second one is]. Using a really shallow DoF means there is a smaller focus area, than F/4.5 or even F/9. Also I really love the bokeh from this lens on close ups……..F/1.8 – F/2 is lovely on 8 blade as opposed to 5 blade aperture! The more I use this lens the more I love it. I just wish I could get my camera down another ISO, 50 would be awesome.