Out & About: Cairo

I spent the first 6 years of my married life living in Cairo – know as mother of the world.  It captured my heart and imagination as I wandered the streets looking up at towering minarets and listening to the call to prayer, ducking through old doors and hailing a cab from street corners.  Going around every corner and crossing every street was an adventure and new experience and although I did not capture enough of this city that became my home I will share a few shots here of some of the places I visited during my days there.  Continue reading

Out & About: Auckland Zoo

Over the Christmas break I saw a little point and shoot camera on sale 1/2 price and decided to upgrade and pass my old point and shoot that I rarely used on to my Mum.  As it was summer holidays and my little girls 3rd birthday we decided to take her on her first trip to the zoo.  With three kids and the grandparents in tow we explored the Auckland Zoo armed only with my new point and shoot and ALOT of snacks to keep the kids going for the day.  Despite spending the most part of the day chasing after three kids and getting pulled in different directions I did manage to take a few photos and was quite happy with the result.  I am looking forward to going another time on a solo mission armed with more camera gear a less food.

WPC -Seasons

Seasons are always changing, but for my three year old she doesn’t mind.  Her love to explore and enjoy what each season brings is inspiring and a reminder to live happily in the season around us right now.  Here she enjoys an evening at the beach, and finds puddles to jump in even if there is no rain.

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WPC – Time Captured

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I loved the quote and the context in which we were challenged to show our contemplation of time this week in the Photo Challenge.  As photographers we have another way to stop time and relive a moment that has passed by capturing it. This was a moment in time for me this weekend, watching the first rays of light appear to welcome a new day.  A new day offering new chances and new opportunities to use as we will.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Composition: Break the Rules

I have heard it said that to become a great photographer (or artist) you have to know the rules, but then you also have to know when and how to break them.  I have to admit that I am not much of a rule breaker when it comes to photography, I have a natural affinity with doing things the “right way” and not using the boundaries.  After looking through my work I did find that at times I did break the rules in subtle ways because I thought it looked good, so here are a few samples of work that I don’t think fit into the bounds of my composition guidelines. This is an area I could push myself more in in the future.

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WPC – Vibrant | Fireworks

As I thought about the challenge of vibrant this week that thought that came to my mind was without light there would be no colour, vibrance or light.  As photographers we depend on light to make our images and art.  This weekend is Anniversary Weekend in Auckland and for part of the celebrations I went out to see (and hopefully capture) another form of art using light and a beautiful way to make the city vibrant on a beautiful summers evening.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Photography: My Kit

There is always big discussions among photographers about their gear – what’s best, what they choose and why.  As some one who loves photography, but doesn’t have the budget of a full time photographer my choice of gear reflects my desire to get the best quality I can with out breaking the bank.  I have carefully researched all my options each time I have bought equipment and made a decision on what I think would best suit my needs. So what’s in my bag?  Continue reading