Five Minutes @ Doughnut Time, Regular Random


This week’s regular random is quite special, well for me anyway. First I rarely do street photography, as most of you know, but this day it seemed fitting. Second, and most importantly I shot it with Desley. We had met up for lunch in Fitzroy and had just enjoyed a lovely lunch and wander through the Rose Street Artists Market, we started to wander the streets looking for graffiti and thought it might be fun to both shoot our regular random on the same subject; at the same time.

Desley used the Art setting on her camera and got some very cool effects…….don’t forget to check out her pics from her post. I felt that due to the area, the hipster vibe, the street art and the cliche doughnut shop, I really wanted to process as least some of them in over contrast B&W. I normally feel so self conscious shoot street photography, but with both of us together, it felt safe and comfortable.

It’s actually a cool spot for five minutes of random…….and as Desley just reminded me, NO doughnuts were consumed by us during the shoot! OMG what is wrong with us? lol


Well at least someone enjoyed them with a coffee. For more info on Regular Random, visit Desley’s Page; just shoot one object for five minutes and move only useful and not the object.

~ Julz


Regular Random – Antique Keys

Last week’s Fob Watch post sparked the idea for this week’s post with the same set up and different subject; a set of replica antique keys. As it turns out there really isn’t a whole lot to photograph with a set of keys, so I got all artsy and out of focus, over exposed etc.


I think next week I need to go find some flowers 🙂

Don’t forget to visit Desley Jane’s page for all the details of Regular Random.  Til then, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Regular Random – The Fob Watch

As per usual I seem to be running behind on this challenge, but I have hopefully made good on something a little more interesting.

I needed some better images of my Fob Watch for an image I was working on…

JuliePowell_Alice, TickTock

Tick, Tock, Time Keeper

So I thought I might actually set up a little mini photo shoot, with my Fob Watch as the star. I have had this particular watch for nearly 30 years and there is a sad little story to go along with it, maybe one day I’ll go into details, but it was a whole other life ago. I dragged it out of hiding perhaps a little more than a year ago and it has sweet bitter memories, but now I am creating new memories, sweet, funny and creative memories. So I set myself up for 5 minutes, using one studio light and my Nifty Fifty.


Oh and they are not in B&W………just very little colour 🙂 silver watch, white cloth, grey stoneware bowl.

Want to join in on Regular Random? Visit Desley Jane’s BlogDesley Jane’s Blog, Robyn at Captivate Me has some stunning shots this week of pears as well

~ Julz


Regular Random – My Journal

This week for Regular Random, Desley posted the most gorgeous pics of some of her stationery, she openly admits to being obsessed, love her to bits, but I can’t say I share this particular obsession; however it did spark my 5 minutes of randomness this week. I don’t care what pen I use and I often have scrap bits of paper stuffed into my journal, but my journal is my creative life line, my obsession if you will. I carry it pretty much everywhere I go.Every time I get an idea it goes in there, see a cool idea, learn a new technique, I write it down. Oh, and this isn’t the only one, since I started this journey 2+ years ago, I have filled several of this journals and I randomly go back to them from time to time.

And yes……..technically I did cheat a touch by opening the journal, but hey how else do you get to see inside. Looking at these images it appears that I may not have a stationery fetish……..but a Post-Iit fetish……….never really noticed before, but I have A LOT of spots marked, lol. And yes I must admit this was another rushed job, I had planned to do something more exciting…but I’ll leave that for another day.

~ Julz



Regular Random – Yucca Carnival in bloom

Every year my yucca carnival blooms about this time, I adore it….so pretty. So I thought for this weeks regular random I would feature it (it’s not like I can move  it). Also shot on my new smartphone….sooc no edits. I got the latest Samsung S7….camera us awesome!

Visit Desley’s Page for more info and to see her stunning silver pear, and join us for a touch of regular random; just 5 minutes and it’s fun!

– Julz

Regular Random

Every week Desley Jane host Regular Random, spend five minutes with the subject of your choice and go to town; up, down, over, under etc, etc…….Desley did her adorable dog GG this week, check it out.

I managed to get quite a bit done this weekend, one of the things I managed was to actually set up for this week’s Regular Random; some pretty dried flowers and hand dyed cheesecloth (as opposed to running around with a camera for 5 minutes after work one night trying to find something to shoot). My Five minutes of Regular Randomness actually yielded more photos, but I thought this was plenty to bore you with;

Oh…these are all shot with my 35mm Prime between F/1.8 and F/4.0 with natural light only, and edited with one of my new presets for Lightroom – Slightly Shadows (Still Life Preset Selection). This preset and other cool textures and preset sets are available free to download here.

~ Julz


Regular Random – Hippos

I love me some Hippos, apart from Elephants Hippos must be my second favourite of the large animals on this planet. Sure I love a lot of little animals too………but of the really big, can’t keep as pets variety, for me it’s elephants and Hippos all the way. I know both are dangerous, especially Hippos, but there is just something about them, so on a recent trip to the Zoo I took a lot more than just five minutes with these guys, but here is a few pics.



Want to join more Regular Randomness? Check out Desley Jane’s blog, where she hosts this weekly challenge.

Til next week, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Five Minutes with Regular Random

Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist has started a new weekly challenge – Regular RandomDesley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist has started a new weekly challenge – Regular Random

Take an object or a scene and shoot it for 5 minutes. Try not to move the object, instead move yourself! This challenge teaches us about composition, about the field of view and about the depth of field as well.

I had another reason to complete this challenge as well……my new Olympus TG4 camera. I wanted to take it through it’s paces and see what I thought. So after work I popped into the backyard for five minutes and shot in one area, moving myself (I could not move the bench seat if I tried)


So in front, each side, on top, below, 45 degree angle, squatting, standing, sitting on the deck, in close, stand back, wide (digital) and telephoto (also digital), I think it was all in 400 ISO and at F/2.0………still learning how to change some stuff although ISO and F/stop are limited. So far I am using it in aperture priority mode. Everything was slightly over exposed as I didn’t find the spot metering until after 😛

Oh and I think I spent a good 2-3 minutes of my 5 minute allotment with this little guy, this camera supposedly has a super macro 1cm minimum focus range…..I didn’t get quite that close and the images seemed a little grainy………I wonder if there is a noise reduction? OK So I perhaps too a few too many pics? But isn’t that the point?

Perhaps head on over to Desley’s page and see what she and other’s are doing, also to find out more about this challenge

~ Julz