Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

This week we are asked to post an unusual photo, something unusual to us or a technique, this is a hard call when my of my art is pretty unusual. But I do suppose this one from last Summer was one out of the box

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I did this awesome Milk Bath Shoot with Rachelle James. We got a kiddie pool and laid a black sheet over it and then filled it with water and added almond milk. I then scattered these pretty carnations in. One of the problems I faced with this shot was getting in close enough with my then current tripod…..in the end, I donned a pair of shorts (also unusual for me) and got in too, it was the only way to get the shots I wanted, of course, Rachelle thought it was all hilarious. Fortunately, it was only me that got wet, camera all high and dry. The studio, on the other hand, got quite wet and trying to empty the pool……………well that’s a whole other story in itself!

I have also entered this shot in a recent competition, it would be wonderful if you could go and give me your vote!!! Hint Hint……….would be lovely

http://fineartactions.com/contest

~ Julz

 

In the Studio, with Hayley

After a forced leave of absence due to injury, Hayley was back in the studio last week for the first time, and we were very excited to be back working on our Monochopsis Project; So many wonderful metaphors, quotes, and ideas still to work with;

A Single Candle

A Single Candle

“Look how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness” – Anne Frank

The Stars Make Me Dream

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“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,. I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.”  – The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high. Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star.” – Mozart

Vincent’s Stars

Vincents Star

“Starry, Starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the
Darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land.”
~ Don McLean

The Book of Life

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“The world keeps spinning, and the tales keep turning, and people come and people go, but they’re never forgotten. And the one truth we know, it held true one more time… That love, true love, the really, really good kind of love never dies.” – La Muerte (from the movie The Book if Life)

 A Light in the Dark

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” ― Roy T. Bennett

The images are dark and moody and oft times the message is too, but my wish is that there is some joy and hope to be found in these pieces also.

~ Julz, xox

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Hallways

I have apparently gotten myself all confused and jumped the gun on this challenge, I’m too early! Cee is probably thinking oh No not this again lol, apologies, but as it has been seen and commented on I will leave it for now

…….This week’s theme from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Hallways……I have a few!

And for those who picked it, it is a cardboard cut out hanging, not a real person or even a mannequin, it was in an old Gaol in Melbourne. For those who missed it….go on, go back for another look 😛

~ Julz

Share Your World – 18th July, 2017

What is your favorite cheese? Being lactose intolerant, cheese is NOT my friend! However, there have been major improvements in the taste of Lactose-free cheeses. They actually taste better than the packaging these days. I can tolerate a little hard cheese, parmesan for instance. And if I am feeling particularly naughty I love some Edam or Gouda……..just a little.

Are you left or right handed? Right handed, although there is quite a bit I do with my left hand. I believe that spending so much time on a PC and typing has taught my brain that my left hand is actually quite useful and I should use it more often. I still don’t use it for fine motor skills; writing, drawing and such, but holding a cup of coffee, texting and scrolling through my phone.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? LOL my mind, my body is so crippled these days. I know I should get fitter and lose weight, but it is painful. I save my energy for trips with my camera and worry about the pain afterward 🙂

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …much better than what we currently have here in Melbourne. In Australia, we have Winter, OK so not like below freezing with snow kind of cold, but I doubt I would cope well with that. Give me warm tropical breezes any day. Mind you once it gets over 36° – 38°C (approx 100°F) hot is just hot and not much good for anything apart from swimming.

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

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My new PC, finally after such a long wait it is finally here. I have had to ‘make do’ with what I had or could afford before and it was driving me crazy. This time no settling, I would be overpowered and over capacity for my needs. It’s wonderful and quick and the bonus is it even has a good sound card, so my music sounds better too! I am still putting it through its paces, but so far I am very happy with it.

I have also been finishing off some images I shot with Hayley the other week for our Monachopsis Series, something a little more hopeful and cheerful this time.

 

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The Stars Make Me Dream

 

Next week, I have a little project I am working on with a new Hair and Makeup Artist, and she is bringing a model I have not worked with before too, so hopefully, it will be a fun day too. I have been busy doing some behind the scenes prep work on that one.

I hope you have a fantastic week…

~ Julz

 

 

Monday’s Musings

I had such a quiet weekend, which is a shame as it was going to initially be jammed packed but due to circumstances beyond our control, we either had to cancel or postpone various events. So we missed the whales and we missed out of the Birds of Prey 😦

I did go and have dinner with Desley on Friday night and we spent the evening chatting, on the couch with the gorgeous Miss Gidget and caught ourselves up with Game of Thrones, been so long I had forgotten some of the details, so now I am ready for the next series 🙂

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This image and another were featured in this month’s Living the Photo Artistic Life, page 18 and this one with my dear friend Suzanne

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But it did give me a chance to make sure my new PC is set up just the way I want it, yay………looks no different but it doesn’t crash on me in the middle of doing something 🙂

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It’s been a long time coming, but so happy.

This week…..just planning for the weekend, I have another new makeup artist on Saturday and then I have a private class on Sunday, so that should be fun.

I hope you all have a brilliant week…

~ Julz

Regular Random….Quail Eggs

I actually took these shots months ago and was planning to use them for Regular Random, but I don’t think I ever did. So I am using them now, as I honestly did not pick up the camera all weekend…….shocking I know!

Anyway, I was out shopping and came across these totally amazing quail eggs, so cute and small and colorful, and SO cheap. I had to take them home. I shot with them quite a few times after this session, I had every intention of cooking them up, but I placed them in the fridge and after a few sessions, I completely forgot about them. Unlike normal chicken eggs…..these little ones went moldy! Even though they had been washed and were not cracked at all….a little strange, but not worth cooking!

Check out what everyone else is doing for their Regular Random;

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to this post

Don’t forget to tag and Visit Desley page and check out her post on Degraves Street, Melbourne.

~ Julz

 

In the Studio, with Ally Xu

I was fortunate to have the lovely Ally Xu back in the studio, and out of it as well, last week. We did a mid-week session and actually still had some daylight and it wasn’t too cold or wet, so we quickly ran up to the park and did a quick location shoot

I have been trying to be very good and get some behind the scenes footage from my Conceptual shoots, even if it’s just snippets for Instagram, everyone seems to enjoy them. Not to mention suitably impressed with the end result, and often surprised that where I am shooting is often not overly impressive, when compared to the final image.

For some reason, I cannot load it to WP, but you can view it on my Instagram Page

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Spring Beckons

Hanging

Left Hanging, with a World turned upside down

hang OrigThis is another piece I created from the same afternoon shoot. This is the original photo taken at the park, as you can see not much left of the original background, but that was the point. This is another one of those pieces, in which I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve, the shoot for this only took about 2 minutes and was mostly about posing the hands and feet etc. It is a little provocative, in regards to the message conveyed….but honestly, I am sometimes left reeling after watching the news, there is so much awful, horrible things being done by people, through fear, anger, racial hatred and religious zeal. When will it all stop? So this I guess is sort of a silent protest. We are all one, are we not?

Not all my shoots are doom and gloom, but occasionally I use it to voice my thoughts and opinions. Sometimes Dark and Moody is just fun!

I have a few more images I am working on, but they may have to wait a little while before the reveal 🙂 .

~ Julz

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Bathrooms and Outhouses

For Cee;s Fun Foto Challenge this week the theme is bathrooms and outhouses, I offer you two outhouses and a completely normal and uninteresting restroom in my own house 🙂

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I used to have a collection of old Outhouse’s, cannot seem to locate them at the moment. Personally, I think the old outdoor ones are often more interesting

~ Julz

 

Winter Workshops #3 – Dark and Moody Fruit

I ran another Dark and Moody Fruit Still Life/ Food Photography shoot in the home studio, pretty much the same as last time, I had three workstations set up and similar ideas and fruit. Berries, Citrus and we also did some Light Sculpting to start with. I had even less time to shoot at this workshops as I have five newbies, who needed lots of help, both with their cameras and settings. I confess, I still get a little panicked when working with brands I am unfamiliar with; this workshop there was no Nikon, so I really had to fumble around (quite literally in the dark) and figure our settings on cameras I have no real idea how to use, however, the upshot is that I am starting to get quite good at figuring out what’s what.

So three hours of fun in the dark, well it was light and moody after all. I love showing them simple setups and perhaps discussing a few ideas, throwing in a suggestion here and there, and then watching them get quite creative as their confidence builds, some more than others. Some even had a go at some light sculpting on their own; so cool.

I was very naughty and forgot to take behind the scene images as well, so sorry about that. I have one more workshop, which is a special request for some VIP…more on that another time, and then on the 29th July Pixel Sisters Studio has it’s very first official workshop, so exciting.

~ Julz

Share your World – 11th July, 2017

Here are this week’s SYW Questions from Cee

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Rainy wet days are good for three things, curling up on the couch with the dog and binge watching whatever it is I’m into at that given time (Lately, that’s Marvel’s Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d), shooting in the studio (it doesn’t matter how cold and wet it is, I put the heaters on and off we go), or shooting waterfalls, as long as it’s not raining too hard.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary). Chocolate, cream filled biscuits, chocolate chip biscuits, chocolate cake, chocolate ice-cream (do you see a theme here?), p.s. unless they are all egg and dairy free, they will also make me sick 😦

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? Oh up in the Dandenong Ranges for sure, Puffing Billy steam train, the rain forests, the views, the shops, the gardens, it’s a wonderful area.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? I tend to agree with Cee, trapped with a guy who could fix it would be the best course of action or Michael Buble, I adore his voice he could chat to me or sing, I wouldn’t mind either.

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

Last week was such a great week, amazing photoshoots, amazing people, lots of fun, we actually got some Winter sunshine and I managed to shoot outside (briefly) and my Youngest Daughter came home to stay with us for a couple of months, before permanently moving interstate.

I am still waiting on my new PC, apparently, there is a hold up on one of the Solid State Drives I ordered, but soon I hope. I also ordered new glasses, be nice to see clearly again 🙂

This weekend we have a Bird of Prey photo shoot, which I am looking forward too as well, hope the weather is kind.

~ Julz