Photographic musings by a camera happy chappy was born when fantastic friends and family members encouraged me to reach for my dreams...This is my journey

Monday, November 7, 2011

mew, mew, mew!

We have a new addition to the family, I must admit to not mentioning her to any of my blogging friends in the last few weeks....sorry :)

Her name is Geza, but we actually just call her Kat (the Afrikaans version for Cat). She is the cutest thing and I cannot get over the weird alien noises she makes when she whizzes past us, prancing on all four paws. Really, it is a sight to behold and has me cracking up in laughter almost every time.

My MIL got her about 2 months back and her growth rate is amazingly fast. She's gone from cute kitten to brazen teen in mere weeks and it is a battle to keep her from climbing the curtains...

Blessedly she gets along well with miss Jenga (our cute faced pekingnese). Granted, they chase each other all over the house while they play, but it is all in good fun and they thoroughly enjoy each other's company. What good little children they are.

I do realise that my toes are making another appearance on this blog, it seems they are attention hoggers. I will have to make sure they coordinate better with Kat's ginger hue next time they decide to make an appearance.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Happy dog and my pink nail polish

I am not scared of being in a photograph, I am scarily in love with photo's. And not because I am vain (ok, maybe just a little?). I am obsessed with documenting life and utilising my mad paper skills to create scrapbooks to look back on. See my crafting blog if you don't believe me.

I love family photographs and I wish I had more willing subjects... my husband is the only one who really tolerates my photographing hobby (obsession) with gusto.

It's at times like these that I just have to turn to my trusty sidekick for a photo filled with awesomness, you toes and all.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Summer time, and the living is easy*

I really don't like getting cold, my family will concur. I shiver at the touch of the slightest breeze or the inkling of an earlier winter. Really. I do. This is why I L.O.V.E Summer. Hot sun shiny days, sparkling swimming pools and braais outside on the stoep. Yes. I Love my summers :) What could be better than this?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hail storms

Last week Thursday we had a massive hail storm in our area. Our poor dogs, poor cars, poor trees, poor roses.

Thankfully the big dogs outside have dog houses to hide in, and I brought Jenga inside (yes, spoilt brat. she does have her own dog house outside too).

I had brought my FIL home from the hospital that day, we sat and watched the hail fall in amazement. Of course, I had to capture it all on camera. Not very professional looking, but who's gonna complain anyway, it's the fantastic hailstorm that counts right?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Light Practise

Remember our trip to the theatre? And my 'weird' bench photo's that hubby couldn't understand? Well, I did take two other photo's that hubby didn't get either...I must be weird.

He has these really cool sunglasses, I bought them for him so natrually they are awesome! But that is besides the point here. They were lying on the table where we sitting outside and I had a brainwave! Yes, it is possible for happy chappy's to have brain waves, and very good ones at that.

My brainwave was to try and photograph his sunglasses, playing with depth and light. I don't know about you, but I love seeing a photo that has been overexposed and has light, literally filtering in from all sides. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Anyway, I took the photo from an angle, so that the glasses took up the whole right hand side of the frame, which left only the left hand side open for an abundance of light. The photo below was my first attempt.

Clearly, I have my depth right, but not the light exposure. It just looks like a pair of awesomly cool sunglasses that were bought by a camera happy chappy for her husband. So I tried again, this time I went in really close to the glasses, focused on them and 'pulled' back. It allowed the light to penetrate deeper into the frame because I had forced the camera to focus on the glasses before taking other factors in to account. This is what I came up with.

It is a much better attempt, but I have lots of practising to do yet. I also think we should clean the glasses a bit more next time...just sayin.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pretty flowers and a naughty puppy....

...make for a lot of trouble.

Jenga, is our pekingnese puppy, we got her on the 9th of July at 8 weeks old. This makes her 18 weeks (4.5 months) on the day this photo was taken. Very cute looking. Innocent even. Lying down next to the pot of flowers.

But do not be decieved by the cunning of this little 'baby'. she is actually getting ready to pounce upon said flowers and devour them in their entirety!

Ok, so maybe she didn't devour them. She did eat a leaf though. A beautiful leaf. A leaf that could have lived out it's lifetime in the vase. For at least another week. sigh* Poor, poor Mr Leaf.


Monday, September 19, 2011

State Theater - Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

We visited the State theater in Pretoria on Saturday, wow. I loved seeing the buildings as we drove through Pretoria city, and the Jacaranda trees that literally almost line every street. The purpose of our visit was to watch the stage production that is currently being run there, called Ester (the Afrikaans version of Esther). It is about Hadassah, who became Esther, in the bible (read book - Esther).

Being my very first ever stage production viewing, I was most EXCITED :) We were not allowed to take photographs during the production, but I was able to take ample photographs in and around the actual theatre building while we waited for the production to start. here are a few of the lovelies :)

They have these really cool glass cases in which they have archived old costumes from past productions. Unfortunately I didnt get to take pics of all of them, maybe next month when we go to see the Russian ballet? I'll certainly do my best!

The light fixtures are so unique, I couldn't resist taking a photograph...notice the bulb that has blown? It reminds me of a photo bomb :) naughty light bulb.

There is a balcony on to which we could step during the break in the production and we utilised it both before the show and during the break. They have these lovely benches avaliable to sit on and a stunning view of some of the city building's. Pot plants make the area a bit more green and I fully enjoyed the photographic experience, despite my husband asking me why on earth I would want to photograph a bench... he just doesn't get it :) Either that or there really is something wrong with me!

I overexposed this shot and enhanced the colour richness in an editor. I really wanted the vibrancy of the buildings and interesting spike structure to stand out.

Loved these plants, so squidgy!

The Bench that caused the controversy...gasp!
The parentals with the big juicy kind hearts.

The children who loved every minute of it!

 Oh, and one last thing, I CAN drink tea like a posh lady...don't let anyone ever tell you different!

Catch you tomorrow with some more arty farty happenings!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tea Time

Here in South Africa, it was Secretary's day yesterday. Though none of us ladies in the office I work in could be classified as secretary's, our company spoilt us to a day out of the office at a High Tea function. What a perfect photo opportunity :)

I packed the compact camera in my handbag that morning and set off to enjoy the spoil. I did take some regular people photo' know, the ones with the ladies :) and practised the art of depth photography on the fabulous treats that were placed before us. I think I did quite well and am impressed with how the photo's came out, they're going to make for a great scrapbook page :) My only regret is that we didn't ask anyone at the venue to take a photo of all five of us, wouldn't it have been great to give each one a framed pic of us? I guess I'm just nice like that sometimes.

Chocolate mousee was first up, yum yum!

Next up were tea stands filled with savoury's and sweets, we were ravenous though and kept looking out for more! despite how large the cupcakes may look in the photo, they were REALLY miniature!

When we visited the ladies room, I couldn't help myself, it is so clean and fresh and stunningly luxurious that I had to take a pic.

And how could I not show you the pics of us ladies? We had a lovely time OUT of the office and I am looking forward to our next escapade :)


Monday, September 5, 2011

Floral Fancy's

I took a couple of pictures this last weekend, a lot of them were complete randoms and special's for our family album...which will most prabably end up in a scrapbook soon...yes!

I also practised depth shots with a couple of early bloomers in our garden. Not too difficult to get right on the auto setting and I must admit my reluctance to go it solo (without the clever camera's asistance). One day people, one day!

So, for now, a little look into our garden...

And a pic of one of our German Shephard's...Max


Monday, August 29, 2011

Suggestions anyone?

I am at a loss for how to run this blog. It seems my crafty photograph endeavours are far and few between and it just irks me. I love to post often, just look at my craft blog and you'll understand.
Should I change direction and/or dynamic of the blog? move from photographic lessons to just plain photo's? If I do this, the most photographed subjects you'll see are hubby and me...stemming from my obsession with self portraits....

This leaves me with a dilemma...close blog? don't close blog? that is the question.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Journey to the perfect photograph

I think that once the photography bug bites you, there isn't much you won't do to get that perfect shot. Because I am still relatively inexperienced in my photography ventures, I havn't had to do too much in terms of sticking my neck out to get a shot.

When I think about it, I'm pretty reserved and scared to do anything too bold. I suppose that as my hunger for this hobby grows, so too will my bravery. Either that or I'll take 'safe' pictures all my life. Nothing wrong with that either.

Most of my photographic opportunities arise over weekends, I work a full time job so I don't have time to fool around in the week. The camera (when I remember it) is bundled into the car with my handbag when we go on excursions. This was the case over the weekend as you will have read from my last two blog posts. It brought me much joy, and my husband a lot of funny laughs.

Today's post was brought to you by one of my not so lady like or elegant moments. There I was in all my Sunday church finery, squatting on the ground, trying to get the perfect frame. Hubby and In-laws asking me what on earth I was doing. Not scary or brave by a long shot, but worth it all the same...just sayin.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Animal Farm

As well as going to see the dogs and kitties at FORA the weekend, we also took a drive through Magaliesberg. This area is rich in wildlife and whimsical eateries, where you can lose yourself in the magic that is the 'countryside'.

There are farms and farmholdings, wildlife sanctuaries and cofeeshops. I thought it might be fun to take a few pics of the animals we saw at one place. No Easy feit, they do not stand still! And I struggled to get photo's that actually meant anything...only two will work for this blog post. And one has my favour, so will be the only one to feature. Nuff said.

So, contrary to my post title, these pics have nothing to do with George Orwell's book. They were all just regular old farmy beasts, roaming their way around their homes, not caring much for hostile farm takeovers. They were cool like that. Yes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


FORA stands for Friends Of Rescued Animals. What a good, no, what a GREAT cause! FORA is a pro-life animal haven for cats and dogs. Pro-life, meaning they do not put any of the animals to sleep should they not be adopted within a specific period of time.

Hubby and I had a bittersweet moment with some of these animals over the weekend. Sweet because we had the joy of seeing so many animals on display, well taken care of and waiting to be housed. Bitter because we have no more room in our house for another animal. I think we both wished we could take a few of them home that day. Big dogs, puppies and cats alike.

 A lot of these animals are picked up as strays, some have been abused. It is sad to see. It wrenches my heart even as I type because some people out there really don't love the animals God gave us to take care of and love. At the same time, I applaud the people who work at this shelter, cleaning, feeding and loving each and every life that lives there.

I used the opportunity to take a few pics of the lovelies in their cages, maybe one of my South African neighbours will see this post and find it in their hearts to adopt an animal, or make a donation to this worthy cause. Overseas readers can make online donations on their website
Now go home and hug your furry friends, and be thankful you have them to look after...just sayin.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cellular Capers

I never think about the fact that I might forget my cameras at home. NEVER. yet, I seem to do it so often. My most recent blunder was when hubby and I went to see my parents for this past long weekend...

I realised my misstep while we were on our way out of Johannesburg. It was one of those 'gasp!' moments where I sucked in a breath of air and said...,'S*#T!'... I never remember to keep these outbursts at a calm level no matter how small the crisis actually is and I almost give my poor husband a heart attack every time. I immediately followed the little outburst with a moaning, ' I forgot the camera bag'. No turning back however as we were on a tight schedule to get to our overnight stop.

I was, however, determined not to let this little upset get to me. Hubby was convinced that I was going to be mopey because I couldn't click away the whole weekend as I had planned. My folks were expecting snow you know... I defiantley told him I would be fine, no mopeyness from this camera happy chappy.

My parents live between Kokstad and Cedarville in KZN, on the border of the Eastern Cape. When we drive down to see them we take the highway until Howick and then climb off and take a beautiful scenic route through Bulwer, Underberg and Swartberg. As usual we stopped for a little something to eat at the Duck and Dolittle farm just outside Underberg. It was cold, really cold. We found a place to sit by the fire and revelled in it's heat.

Ten minutes after leaving the D&D, we found ourselves driving through snow! Bliss I tell you! and Excitement! Neither of us has ever seen snow fall before this, so it was magnificent to experience together. I jumped up and down in my seat like a little girl :) It was around this point that I had a tiny smidgen of regret at not being able to capture this on camera and Hubster suggested pulling out the good ole cellphones. Such a genius I tell you! Love my Man to the moon and back :)

It didn't quite catch the snowflakes, I think they were a bit too fleeting. I did however manage to capture the cold and iced window of my door. I like to think those are snowflakes on the window...and not bits of ice...just sayin.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In love with love

I love my husband; truly, madly and deeply (cue the Savage Garden hit song here). I am not in love with the idea of loving him. I really do love him. We live in our own little perfect movie life, it's way better than anything I've ever seen :) I could also just be biased, just sayin.
The point of my post however has got to do with the fact that I am also in love with love, specifically seeing other people in love. Isn't it just so beautiful? Those mutual looks of adoration, the meaningful glances, the hand holding, the stolen kisses. It's what makes a wedding so beautiful to capture on film, because no matter what, those two people will inevitably be glowing. I guess I could also just be a typical female in my views here but then so be it. I love, love!

Case in point being our family brunch on Sunday morning.  I caught my brother and sister in law in the sweetest hand hold when they thought no-one was looking. The original is colour, but isn't black and white so much more romantic?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


No lessons today, I thought I might give you all a rest from cat droppings and butt painting (happy now C?).

Some of my Craft blog readers might recognise this pic, it shows that a photo can be beautiful without having a person or an animal in it, just sayin...

Lion and Rhino Park, Magaliesberg

I've decided to leave all the technical jargon for those who ask, no point in boring the rest of you :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gastronomical Art

So my husband thinks that my idea for today's post is VERY arty farty, and he asked me why on earth I couldn't take a NORMAL self portrait?

Well, i thought that I was taking a NORMAL self portrait, he clearly does not agree. He even compared it to art we recently heard about....

This guy, no idea where he comes from, apparently uses a tube to suck paint up his butt (sucking with his butt, not the tube. The tube is the mechanism by which the paint flows into his butt...). Then he very arteeeesticly squirts said paint out of his butt onto a canvas. This is called Gastronomical art. Interesting, no?

[side note: Funny how I am talking about butt paint after posting cat poop....I am almost embarrassed.]

I love taking self protraits, it is something my sister and I have in common. I have it finetuned. But only when I am turning the camera around and taking a pic of myself (and others next to me) with my arm extended. This is no difficult task for me anymore and I need a challenge!

Which brings me back to my friend Christy's inspiration, taking a self portrait using a mirror and having the camera visible. I do not think that gastronomical art is the same as taking a self portrait of myself, using a mirror and having the camera visible. Point made. I would think it was the same if I was taking a self portrait of the inside of my left nostril on a particularly snotty cold day. So there, lovey. Take that!
For your viewing pleasure, here are a few examples of what I am trying to achieve (ahem, key word here is trying):

Photo source:
(make love to the camera!)

Photo source:
(simple, quick, easy)
(how awesome are her glasses?)

Photo source:
(I will opt to have all my clothes on......)
(how cool is this idea?)

 So clearly, I have my work cut out for me. This is an example of what I usually take. Spontaneous, on the go, in the moment, self portraits of myself and my hubby, and other family members:

How handsome is my hubby? Makes the whole photo I tell you.

These are my attempts at Self portraits, using a mirror and only myself as the subject (cringe):

I think this looks so dorky... there were so many that were just EPIC fails, I wont dare post them publicly.

This was probably the best of the lot...

Ok, so maybe hubby was a little right, it is a bit arty farty....and sooooooo difficult to get right. RESPECT to those who are good at it! I have to practise a bit more I'm afraid, or just take more photo's like this? I think so...