October 8th marked a full moon and a total lunar eclipse.
I was super excited to see this ‘blood moon’, but unfortunately I was battling with the clouds.
Like a kid at Christmas, I ran to the window every 5-10 minutes to see if the clouds had cleared, or if they were still blocking my view.
I did manage to see the moon throughout the night, if briefly, and it was a stunner.
Did you manage to see this ‘blood moon’?
I saw this article today – about well-known landmarks photographed from a different angle.
It’s funny, because while we were traveling around Europe last year, we often discussed how different certain landmarks looked in real life, compared to what we had seen online.
I’m not really sure what I expected, but when we finally got to see many of the places we were looking forward to visiting – such as the Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa or Eiffel Tower – we were almost disappointed that streets, houses and buildings had been erected around them over the years. Call me naive, but it did take away from the magnificence in some way.
So I always find it really interesting to see articles like this – and to view the landmarks in a different way – a more realistic way.
Of the landmarks mentioned, we visited seven – which has inspired me to share some of our viewpoints:
Not only did it give me the chance to learn how to use the manual settings on my camera; it was a great opportunity to explore the city and get some great shots that I never would have thought of taking myself.
For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a voucher for DJB World Photography to take part in a photography walk around Melbourne! I have always wanted to do a photography session and recently bought myself a new camera, so could not wait to get out there and learn how to use it!
At first I was worried that my little camera wouldn’t be very good for this type of session, but was assured that it would be fine! So long as your camera has a Manual setting, you’re good to go.
There are a few different walks to take part in via DJB, but I booked myself in for the Melbourne city lights and laneways walk for Friday Feb 22nd.
There were eight of us were in attendance, along with our host, Claire. First she explained how to use the Manual setting on our cameras and which bits were important to capture great photos (namely shutter speed, aperture and iSO).
We were then taken to a few different points of interest around the city where we had a free reign to snap until our hearts were content. I found the walk really useful and it was great being in such a small group where you could get feedback and ask questions. After the two hours was up, I had learned a lot and had great fun playing with my new toy!
Claire took photos of us during the session, you can see these here.
I still have a lot of work to do to improve my photography skills, but I’d like to share a few of my favourite snaps with ya’ll. I haven’t edited these at all, so they could do with a bit of work, but I think they really show how great my little camera is!
So, nine days into 2013 and I am already sure this is going to be a great year! Not only because January always feels a bit like a fresh start, or because the world hasn’t ended yet, but also because I have a couple of projects in the works and I am totes amped for them!
Last year I was extremely excited about a Becky Higgins’ scrap booking kit called Project Life. I immediately ordered one for myself and then got to waiting. And waiting. And waiting. The majority of my supplies didn’t actually take too long to arrive, but the core kit, the essential piece was delayed due to manufacturing changes. I couldn’t really start the project without it, but took lots of photos and saved memorabilia from every event or meal out that I attended until It finally arrived at the end of August. I got started and put about 2 weeks worth of pages together, and even though I had great intentions to continue, it never really happened. I then planned to get it done over the Christmas break, but realised how silly it was to work on putting together an album from a year ago! So I decided that 2013 would become my Project Life. My goal is to continue taking daily photos and keeping movie tickets, restaurant cards, flyers and anything else that means something in that point in time. At the end of each week, I’ll sit down and put it all together in my album. I’ve also found a huge network of Project Lifers on Instagram who I’m sure will provide me with motivation and inspiration to keep this exciting.
Yup, I’m doing this again. Last time I tried to take a photo a day, I really struggled. It was hard to find new and interesting things to photograph and I felt like my life was kind of boring (besides the daily earthquakes, that is!). But, now that I’m doing Project Life, I have a good reason to keep taking daily snapshots and ensure I notice the smaller things we usually take for granted that make each day brand new and interesting. I’ve downloaded an app on my phone which notifies me if I haven’t yet taken a photo each day, and also displays all the photos on a calendar so I can see the whole month at a time. To see what I’ve done so far, you can view my photos here. I’m toying with the idea of having a monthly theme, or creating/finding a list of items/ideas for photos, but so far I’m just snapping what I can.
Creative Pay it Forward
A friend of mine posted this status update on Facebook the other day and it really caught my interest:
I was too late to take part in her Pay it Forward, but decided to do it myself anyway. It took quite some time to get enough takers – seems no-one had enough motivation/time/ideas to commit to taking part so decided not to. Which, I am totally cool with – I’d rather people were upfront honest than those who say they’re doing to do something and don’t follow through. So over the next year, five of my friends/family will be receiving something I made. I’m sure they’re all really excited.
And last but not least, my 30 Things to do before 30 is still in the pipeline and I’m really starting to run out of time here, so better get a move on.
So, has anyone else got any projects in the works for 2013? What are you looking forward to the most? And any ideas for neat things I can actually make and send people overseas would be most appreciated!
I bet you’ve all been dying to see the last installment of my 30 Day Photo Challenge! What… no? You’re all living your own lives and totally don’t even care? Too bad, I’m going to show you anyway. Just think of me as that family member who bores you to death with a 3-hour slide show of their recent trip overseas, which is mostly all landscapes and features the same mountain from about 5 different angles. Just grin, bear it and try not to ask any questions. It’ll be over before you know it. Oh, and I totally didn’t bring you back any souvenirs either. Sorry.
Day 21 – Where I Sleep. Sounded kinda creepy, but I went with it anyways.
Day 22 – Clothing.
Day 23 – In My Closet.
Day 24 – Gratitude. So hard. How do you photograph something you feel?! So I took the cheesy route and used pictures of myself with my family.
Day 25 – Artwork. It’s a rabbit, but kind of looks like a dog from a different angle.
Day 26 – Transportation.
Day 27 – Daily Routine.
Day 28 – Night-time.
Day 29 – Light.
Day 30 – Self-Portrait.
So there you have it – 30 Day Photo Challenge is done! I hope you all enjoyed following me and my photos during the month. I had thought about doing another round of photos in November, but I really couldn’t be bothered. Besides, I am going to do a Christmas themed challenge in December which I am totally excited for!