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

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):

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(make love to the camera!)

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

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(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...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Big Cat Poop...yes, Really.

I was supposed to show you a really insightful post today about self portraits, inspired by a friend of mine called Christy. She posted aout self portraits yesterday because she had to choose one of herself for a notebook, but I digress.

My hair decided that it absolutley had to be washed last night because if I didn't I would look like an absolute hot mess at work today. I wasn't ready for the humiliation and gave in to said hair washing experience. That, and washing the puppy, who smelled to the high heaven of poop and wee. Could someone please explain how they get this right? I digress again.

My point being that I ended up washing my hair, washing the dog and rushing through a craft project for a challenge deadline.... evening finished. No pretty straight hair for pictures in sight, this blogger was way too tired to whip out the ole straightner. I am not vain, but really, who wants to see a dishevelled self portrait? Albeit a lesson in selfportrait taking?

I'll be leavng my little self-portrait lesson for tomorrow's post now.

So, I leave you with a completely random photograph taken last month at the lion and rhino park. It has something to do with a Big cat living there.

I thought it was funny, hubby and sister not so much. I have a feeling they were wondering how sane I was at this probably will too. Then again, I'm not usually one for taking 'normal' photographs.

Taken in the Lion enclosure, Lion and Rhino Park. Magaliesberg

I wont even bother with the finer camera details, I doubt National Geographic will ever want to publish it. Also, note how I specially changed all colour to black and white, wouldn't want you to barf up your stomach contents now would we? 


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pizza Perfect

So we had pizza delivered for supper last night and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try my hand at photographing food...

Of course, my hubby first asked what on earth I was doing as I made my food scene ready with camera in hand... I told him it was a perfect photo opportunity for a little camera happy chappy like me :) I mean really, what's not to understand? My Hawaain with extra mushroom looked too good to be wasn't though, it was delicious!

Camera: Canon powershot SX210 IS
Colour Representation: sRGB
Shutter Speed: 1/30sec
Lens Aperture: F/3.1
Focal Length: 5mm
Date taken: 19 July 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Abstract art

I often wonder what it is about a scene that draws artists into them and to paint them so abstractly. Granted, many artists paint an image exactly as they see it, but many paint an image in a way that makes it so different from the obvious.

I think photographers can do the same. You either take a picture of the obvious, with no preconcieved notions to something artsy, take a picture in such a way that it completely blows the mind. Sounds like the ramblings of a mad women but I'll show you what I mean with something as simple as a row of pots. Keep in mind that I am an amateur photographer and I learn as I go along, this means...practise, practise, practise!

I took these photo's in artificial light, and at night. The pots are actually positioned inside a fireplace in order to absorb most of the light that is available.

Before I give you all the technical details, note that I used the camera's flash for this photograph. The image captured is exactly the image that I see with my own eye. No arty farty action happening here (except maybe for the placement of the pots, but that's way out my depth)

Camera: Canon Powershot S5 IS
Colour Representation: sRGB
Shutter Speed: 1/60sec
Lens Aperture: F/2.7
Focal Length: 6mm
Date Taken: 18 July 2011

The next image was captured without the use of the flash, you will notice quite a difference. To me, the image has a few connotations for my eye. It looks almost as if the pots are being swallowed whole into the dense darkness of the fireplace. It looks like a painting, where the artist has expertly placed the white lines to show the curves of the pots. It could also look as if someone just forgot to lift the flash on the camera...just sayin:

I think the differnec is amazing, and the only change was the amount of light I exposed my subject to.

Camera: Canon Powershot S5 IS
Colour Representation: sRGB
Shutter Speed 1/8sec
Lens Aperture: F/2.7
Focal Length 6mm
Date Taken: 18 July 2011

I quite enjoy experimenting with my cameras, I hope this gives you something to think about when next next you press that button on yours. Try something different, you might just surprise yourself.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A blog is born

And so, my journey begins...

Camera: Canon Powershot SX210 IS
Frame count: 1
Colour Representaion: sRGB
Shutter Speed: 1/8sec
Lens aperture: F/3.1
Focal length: 6mm
Date Taken: 26 June 2011
Venue: Hartbeespoort Dam wall tunnel, Gauteng, South Africa