On Sunday we went on a Jaguar Car Club “run”, to the Bealey Hotel, for lunch. The weather was rubbish, but the drive was nice, and the company was good. After lunch we three decided to drive on, to Hokitika. In New Zealand you can drive from one side of the country to the other, and back, in a day. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but we were quite late getting home. The weather didn’t improve as we drove further west. However, a silk purse had to be made from the sow’s ear - I was determined to make an image, of something. I was actually quite pleased with the finished result, but I didn’t have a long lens, it was raining and I didn’t want walk across the beach and bring sand back into the car (no gumboots) so the image needed quite a lot of post processing to get it to this stage. There was a sign somewhere on the Hokitika beach made of drift wood which is made of driftwood and spelt out the letters of HOKITIKA. Recently there was a big storm and the sign wasn’t there. The track out to the beach was closed, with a warning sign that it was an area of erosion, so we didn’t go far. We watched some hardy folk white baiting in the river in the rain, and talked to one who had caught a cupful, but he was sure it wasn’t “enough for a feed”. In years gone by coasters used to fertilise their gardens with whitebait, not today though. This dancer was performing on the tide line of the beach. I wondered who made her, and also the boat (maybe a boat) to her right. She made the drive worthwhile for me.
What fun. It has been lovely today, to have time to spend on this week’s image.
I finally recalled the inDesign technique I wanted, after forgetting how to do it when I made the shell image last year. Finding the right chapter in the ebook was the hardest part. I do think ebooks are great, but somehow holding a real book in your hand and flicking the pages until you find what you want is probably quicker and less frustrating.
My husband made a smoothie each for breakfast this morning and as we finished them I noticed the patterns the bubbles left on the glasses. It was a dash for the camera and macro lens before the bubbles slid to the bottom of the glasses. He made them with yoghurt, trim milk, a banana and some frozen berries. They were delicious. They keep us going until lunchtime and, while the sugar police would recommend control because of the fruit, we really enjoy them. I placed the empty glasses on a window sill and photographed them, from all sides over about 5 minutes, with back light against a clear blue sky, which is where the blue patches come from. A couple had to be discarded because the colour was out of whack with the rest and they stood out. It would have been easier, and maybe more effective to pick a single image and just send one, but there is nothing like a challenge, so I turned it into a learning opportunity and used inDesign again. Making this sort of image is much easier, (once the right instructions are to hand) I find, when placing the images into inDesign than it is in Photoshop. The individual images snap to a grid more easily, and somehow the grid remembers the spacings and replicates them between the placed images. I find it much harder to get the images in place, with consistent gaps, in Photoshop.
I've known for a long time that we see images through our own life experiences. This was illustrated to me recently, by my cousin, who is a nurse. She thought it was a photo of someone's unfortunate skin disease. My background with food, and hers as a nurse ........................okay!
This morning this scene greeted us as we climbed the stairs for breakfast. The fog had rolled in overnight. I had made a few images after dark last evening, thinking that they might be interesting, and even tried to capture the planes landing at the airport, but I didn’t think the images were up to much, and certainly not good enough to share. Anyway, I scrapped them all once I made this image this morning at 6.46. It was so different from the usual scene. The sun rise made the sky glow, yet the timing meant that the fog still had a blue tint, because the sun hadn’t quite reached the fog. Within about 30 minutes the fog had started to burn off, leaving lines of trees in the far distance beyond the airport first, then buildings in the city and suburbs and finally the streets and gardens. Stunning to watch. A few days ago I found a slow exposure single image of fog moving, taken with an ND Filter on the internet. It was very beautiful, with the fog rolling and looking like waves. Odd coincidence that just a few days later this happened, right under our noses.
The group of cranes on the left are at the hospital, where a new building is going up. The cranes to the immediate left of the two buildings are the Justice and Emergency Services precinct, then the Forsyth Barr building on the corner of Colombo Street and Armagh Street, just north of the Square. I don’t know what the one with the spike is. The cranes on the right are at the Polytech, I think (recently rebranded as Ara Institute). The steam in the distance is the chip mill at Ashley. Christchurch is the crane capital of New Zealand right now. Hand held, ISO 400, f6.3 at 1/125, not that I would normally bother sharing the numbers, but it was just one of those moments!
I found these three seed heads in Perth, when walking to Bunnings. The grass was littered with them and it made for a careful walk. I picked up quite a few and discarded those which were damaged by feet and lawn mowers. I photographed them on a light cream coloured kitchen bench, deliberately overexposing to render the bench as featureless as possible. There is still a slight texture, but I think it is acceptable. The lighting is simply the morning sun, which was variable on the day and I needed to pause between shots to get the bright light I wanted, because I liked the shadows, especially those of the stems. I have no idea what the trees are. The seed heads walnut size. I finally decided to take my DSLR to Perth, after changing my mind several times, right up until we packed the bags! I think all photographers do that. Somehow I don’t feel properly dressed without that camera!
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.