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My 2012 in Photographs

At the beginning of the year I saw the Daily Post had a challenge or a personal challenge for anyone who wanted to post every day.

I'm part of Post A Day 2012

I had, for the last two months of 2011 posted every day, so I thought, how hard can it be.  I decided to put the image on my blog and vowed to do a post a day.  I am happy to say that I did this.  I didn’t miss one day.  It wasn’t always easy and some days I thought, nah, won’t worry about it, but couldn’t let it go and I always found something to blog about.

Posting every day has been a very rewarding experience for me.  I found that having that pressure to do a post a day meant I had to go out and find things to photograph.  I had find ways to keep the blog interesting, not just for you, but for me as well.  I have really enjoyed doing it, and no doubt will continue in 2013.  I worry that the day I miss will be the end and it will go downhill from there.

For you today I have just images really.  These are some of my favourites from the year.  I hope you enjoy seeing them again.

Rialto's ReflectionQuiet StairsSheep Crossing the BridgeSpring TulipsLast OneThoroughfareCalla Lily in Black and WhiteVictoria - ReworkedShop ClosedThe TowerIt has been an incredible year.  I have developed my photographic skills and I have been given some wonderful opportunities.  I am really looking forward to 2013 and what may happen.  My husband has given me a year to make it work, so fingers crossed that I can do that.  I am excited about the following year and what possibilities there might be.

Happy New Year and may 2013 be prosperous and wonderful for you.

Thank you as well for all your support in 2012 and I hope you will continue that into 2013.

The Things You Find

The way I save my photos is on external hard disks, they hold a lot of photos, but if you take as many photos as I do, then there comes a time when photos have to be deleted.  You can’t always keep them all.  It isn’t easy to do, but in my case, the photos I decided to delete were many of the cycling ones I have taken.  They are from events that I did a couple of years ago, no one is going to want them any more, so it was time to delete them to make room for new ones.

It is easy to just delete some of them, but others, my daughter was competing so I needed to save the ones of her and while I was going through them, I found some lovely surprises.     Ararat Waking UpThis is Ararat in May and was taken very early in the morning.  Every May Ararat Cycling Club has a Junior Tour and my daughter would compete and I would take photos.  These images were taken in 2011.  It is cold at that time of the year, so you can see the sun coming up and the early morning fog.

Frost on the GroundThe Cycling tour or racing is held out of town on some fairly quiet roads.  You can see that it was a foggy morning and the kids were riding in the fog.  I am fairly sure that is frost on the ground there as well.  I do remember it was freezing.

In the ShadowsThis is pretty much the same image, but zoomed out a lot more.  It was about 8 in the morning.

One of the things about mornings like this, we know that once the fog lifts it will be a beautiful winter day.  The sun will be bright and will shine for the rest of the day. It may still be cold, but if you can find a wall where the sun hits you will be warm in no time.

It was so lovely to find these photos.  Though finding them meant a lot more work. Having to go through the old events and find my daughter is time consuming.   I think I probably deleted close to 50,000 photos.  That was just for one year.  It may not have been that many, but it was a lot.  I used to take a lot of photos at the cycling.

Notes for Sale

I have been working on some notes for people to buy if they would like some information about using a DSLR camera.  I know a lot of people find them confusing, so I have been working on some notes, in three parts to help people understand how to use them and what the different things mean.  My daughter read through them today and she said they were easy to understand.  Always a good sign.  Now I just need to fix up the mistakes and make them look pretty.

With any luck they will be available to purchase from my website sometime tomorrow.  They will cost $12 each, or if you buy all three they will be $30.

(Notes now available on Website)

Wait In Reception Please

Today I have another image for you from the Manchester Unity Building.  Since this week and some of next week are basically holidays, I am not going to go back to my usual posts until after next week.  The Bay Crits, cycling, is on next week and I am going to be going to that for 3 days, and I want to do some posts on those.  Most likely, I will go back to my usual posts next Friday or Saturday.

As I was saying I have prepared another image from the Manchester Unity Building.  This one is the small reception area that is located outside the Boardroom and near the head office.

Reception The first time I went, I fell in love with the etched glass panel of the building.  I also knew that it would be a challenge to get a really good image of it.  I wasn’t wrong about that.  The lights behind reflect so much.  I had a good idea that one of the best ways was going to be a HDR image.  I had found that if I did the image to expose the glass correctly then I lost the chair, and if I exposed for the chair, I lost the glass, you get the idea?

When I went to take the photos, I already knew this, so all the photos were taken Reception - Originalas bracketed shots.  I knew that would cover everything.

The image was processed with all 5 images, using Photomatix Pro to get my HDR.  Then it was opened into Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.  I have added some detail, then a couple of blur layers.  I really turned the blur down a lot more than usual.  I wanted a softer look, but not too much.  I do love what the blur layers have done to the glass.  I think it has really brought it out.

One of the things I like is the basic neutral colours in most of the image, and then there is that splash of red in the image.  I took other photos of this and from different angles.

I am finding one of my problems is that my wide angle is not wide enough and it is something I am going to have to look into if I am going to continue this kind of photography.  It is a small space and a wider angle might have meant I would have been able to get more in.  In time.


I have started working on my screencasts.  I did another one this morning on using Photomatix Pro, and this time I saved it correctly so you can enlarge it and see what is happening.  My mouse wouldn’t work on it, so I will have to do it again, and I think I need to start writing a small script, but I am getting better, that has to be good.

Hopefully I will have some done soon.  The main problem I have is that the house needs to be quiet and with everyone home right now, that isn’t always possible.  It will be better when my girls go back to school, but that won’t be for another month.  Maybe early mornings before they wake up.  Thank goodness I like early mornings.

Through Here

The Manchester Unity Building has so many wonderful features.  I don’t know if I will ever feel like I am done with it.  It is like stepping back in time.  One of the things I don’t think I do enough is detail.  I am trying to get better at doing it.  This was an attempt, though, it really isn’t a detail.

The Way to the Boardroom

The writing on the wall is wonderful.  I wonder what the Grand Secretary is?  I have a feeling the signage is there from when the building was first built.  You don’t really see signs like that any more.  The dark outline and the gold leaf inlaid into it.  Do they still do gold leaf lettering.  I learned signwriting when I was young, it was becoming a dying art then, but I did learn how to do this kind of lettering.  By the time I left the business most of the work was being done with vinyl lettering.  Shame really.

This image was taken the day I went in their to photograph the tower.  I quite likeThis Way to the Boardroom - Original it, I hope you do too.

The image above is a 5 image HDR image processed in Photomatix Pro.  I have put the original image there on the right.  The original is not a HDR, and is the correctly exposed image.

In the work I have done many similar things that I usually do.  I have added some blur, and tried to highlight some parts of the image.  I think I am getting better at the blurring, and I like the effect, I just have to remember not to do it too heavily.  I hope you are enjoying the images.

Photography Field Trips

Just letting you know that I have put up more trips for next year.  Please take a look and see what you think.

I am also planning on doing some online classes on photo editing.  I am still planning what I am going to do, but I am thinking something like some one hour classes over 4 weeks.  I can do some in Photoshop CS6, GIMP and maybe one in Photoshop Elements 11.

Another thing I am planning is doing a series of screencasts of the tutorials that I have previously done, though, if they work, I thought I might try selling them.  If I am any good at doing them, then I am going to have buy software to do them, so I will need to find the money to pay for it.  I am sorry about this, though, the charge would be minimal, I hope.  It is my hope that you won’t mind and will continue to support the blog.  I do appreciate all of you.

New Places

A friend and her daughter, who is a friend of my daughter, and us went out today for Yum Cha in the city.  We love Yum Cha and she had purchased some vouchers for a place we had never been to before.   It was called Dynasty and is just off Bourke Street in the city.  Check out this place.

Dynasty ReceptionThis is what we first saw when we walked in.  It was so amazing to see a Chinese Restaurant with a reception area.  We did wonder what we had walked into.  The level of detail was so nice.

The Hallway This is the hallway from the main restaurant back to the reception area.  I just loved how much detail was in it.  I don’t normally do the whole tourist thing, but I had to take some photos and show you.  They didn’t have any problems with me doing so.

The Yum Cha was amazing.  It was great food.  The variety wasn’t as great as what we normally get from the place we usually go to, but it was really good.  The vouchers turned out to be really good value.  They included drinks as well.  I thought after one glass we would have to pay for a second, but it was included in the voucher.  Very good value, did I say that already?

The city was absolutely packed with people.  So many going to the after Christmas sales.  We went for a quick walk through Myer, and were astonished that all their decorations were gone.  There wasn’t any sign of Christmas in the store anywhere.

I did take my new Tamrac camera bag with me.  It was great.  It is also comfortable to wear and getting my camera in and out wasn’t a problem at all.  It was easy.  Other bags I have used I have found difficult, but this one is brilliant.  Plenty of room for my other stuff as well.

For details about the bag, check out my post from yesterday.

Board Room Empty on Boxing Day

Christmas for 2012 is done.  We all had a great day and enjoyed ourselves.  It was very relaxing, though the puzzle still isn’t complete, it was harder than we thought it would be.  I was very lucky to be given a new 27 inch monitor to do my images on and my mum gave me that Camera bag from Tamrac that I wanted, more on that later.

It has been a very busy time I feel as though all I have done is Christmas images for you.  I have only one image today.  There is nothing Christmassy about it.  Time to move on.

Empty BoardroomThis is the first image I have processed with my new monitor.  It was so nice to see it so big.  Though the resolution isn’t fantastic yet, there seems to be a problem getting the laptop and the monitor to work together.  It was so great to see the image so much bigger and to work on it like that.  I am going to have to learn to control the pen with my Wacom Tablet a lot more, I kept going all over the place.

This image is one of the ones I took when I went to the Manchester Unity Building. My invitation included being able to take images of some of the indoor areas, and who could resist the Boardroom.

The table has a massive piece of glass on it and it is very thick.  I thought it had probably been put there recently to protect the table, but it has been there for as long at the table has been.  Karleen told me that it was imported and at the time it was imported it was the largest piece of glass to ever have been imported to Australia.  That is pretty amazing.

I love the boardroom, I like how majestic it is.  It is like it was stuck in time.  If you look on the Manchester Unity Building website you can see some old images that were taken in the boardroom.

My new bag from Tamrac is wonderful, though I haven’t tried it out yet.  I am going back into the city tomorrow so will take it and see what it is like.  This is the bag I got.

3375-clsRt-R_lrgMine is all black, and if you want to see details on the bag go here.  The camera sits in the bottom and you can put your stuff in the top half.  Great idea.  I would like to thank  C.R. Kennedy once again for helping me to get my bag.  C.R. Kennedy are the Australian Distributors for the bags, and if you would like to find one in another country then go to Tamrac for details.

I am looking forward to try it out tomorrow.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Christmas StarI have some photos from the tree again.  It seemed appropriate.  I don’t know about you, but in my my family we stay home.  We do our best not to go anywhere.  Today will be just the four of us, which is fine.  We have been looking forward to it.

It is 6.30am and I am the only one awake so far.  I thought I would do my post very early so I wouldn’t get into trouble later on.

scxmas-3hpm3388-4The presents are all wrapped and under the tree, except one, would have been a dead give away, so it is still hidden.  I love surprises at Christmas and one of the things I enjoy the most is seeing the faces on my girls when they unwrap something they really wanted but didn’t think they were getting.  I have got good at fooling them.  They now think that it is always a trick and never quite know what to expect.  Brilliant.  I love Christmas, a time to be with the ones you love the most.

scxmas-5hpm3442-2Everything to cook lunch is ready, so when it is time, I will start.  Breakfast will be bagels, chocolates and lollies, no doubt.  Once the presents are unwrapped, then we will begin our jigsaw puzzle.  We have a 1000 piece puzzle to complete today.  We started this last Christmas, we try and see if we can do it in a day.  Last year my husband picked the puzzle, and the one he choose was very hard.  It took a week.  Also our eldest daughter, Briony, was in hospital last Christmas, though allowed out for a few hours on the day.  She is so much better this year.  It is going to be a lovely day.

I have talked to much, again.  I just wanted to say this

Merry Christmas Everyone

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and finally thank you for all your support.