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Waiting for rain…

Waiting for rain…

Moments That Matter: lesson 7: topic 1: storytelling Firstly let me say this is not to be a ‘sad’ story. My ultimate plan is to take these images again when we get a little bit of water in the dam, and then again when the dam is full, and make that our ‘story’. So it will have a happy ending, just maybe not before the course finishes 🙂 The images are the girls standing in t... »

Lifestyle – cattle work

Lifestyle – cattle work

Moments That Matter: lesson 6: topic 2: think lifestyle We had to get the yards ready for the cattle we are mustering in this afternoon, so I took the camera with us and took a few shots of the girls in our lifestyle 🙂 I love the first image. I have cropped it down, but have also included the original because it shows how little they are compared to the yards. The image of Louise is a candid shot ... »

Creative and angles and cropping

Creative and angles and cropping

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 2: break the rules of composition I played around with breaking a few of the rules and these are the pictures I liked the best, or at least found most interesting 🙂 Clare’s image was taken on the trampoline – I was lying down and she was ‘space walking’ around me. It is taken very much off balance, but I don’t mind it. Quite a lot ... »

In the pursuit of natural smiles…

In the pursuit of natural smiles…

Moments That Matter: lesson 6: topic 1: natural smiles I took these pictures whilst the girls were playing on the swingset and trampoline, hence the odd green pole in the background. Very hard to avoid unfortunately. Clare is tired – the bags under her eyes would attract excess baggage fees at the airport! :), but her smile is a very happy one. The other one is a moment of downtime on the tr... »

Creative depth of Field

Creative depth of Field

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 3: break the rules of exposure Keeping a ‘glass half full’ frame of mind… One of the ‘exciting’ parts of drought-feeding cattle cotton seed (basically buying in trailer loads of cotton seed, putting tractor bucket loads of it onto the back of the ute or truck and then driving out to the paddock and shovelling it out into tubs for t... »

Changing angles

Changing angles

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 1: what’s your angle? The pictures of Clare were taken when we were going for our morning ride along the airstrip – I was sitting on the ground and leaning back slightly as she rode towards me. The photos of Lou were taken on the swing this morning. The sun was over her right shoulder, so I couldn’t get any catchlights, but the images are fun ... »

Backlighting

Backlighting

8 week online workshop lesson 4: topic 3: backlighting I like this picture of Clare, even with the bump on her head! Her eyes are so bright here 🙂 This was taken early in the morning, on our trampoline, with the sun behind her. The picture of Lou was taken in the doorway of the workshed, again early in the morning so the sun was right behind her. I managed a little bit of lens flare, but only a li... »

I love soft light (and just never realised it)

I love soft light (and just never realised it)

8 week online workshop lesson 4 2 – soft light I LOVE both these images. The picture of Louise was taken late this afternoon. I tried to get her to play around in the long grass so I could try to get some lens flare, and try out the lighting, but she wasn’t interested until I pointed out the ladybugs… This is her trying to see the ladybugs, and I am amazed that I took this pictur... »

Rabbit sits still

Rabbit sits still

8 week online workshop lesson 3 6 No one wanted to sit still long enough for me to play around with the focal length, so I roped in a rabbit 🙂 My favourite is the rabbit in the tree with its shadow against the tree. The picture further out shows the shadow best, but also picks up the tractor and fence in the background. Image 1: 70mm ISO 100 1/1250 f/7.1 Image 2: 131mm ISO 100 1/1000 f/7.1 Image 3... »

Little girls eyes

Little girls eyes

8 week online workshop lesson 3 5: simply eyes I like this exercise, probably because like mothers the world over I am fascinated with my children’s eyes! I took a lot of photos, and like Samantha, by the end of it the girls were screwing up their faces, or just walking away from me! I chose the first image because both girls were looking at the camera at once, which feels like nothing short... »

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