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, 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