Sunday, June 6, 2010

(Sunday's) Sensational Six

Not a good week for my new hobby unfortunately.
I'll only be posting the first four this week. The EB challenge theme was 'Circle of Life' and I just couldn't think of a subject without coming back to Sam. Of course, I could have done a butterfly or a flower/seed, but they had already been done so much better than I could, and everything else was too depressing.
Then of course, K passed away. She was almost exactly the same age as Samuel was when he died. I just don't understand why this stuff has to happen It's just confirmed to me that sometimes the circle of life is uneven and unfair. So I'm not entering this week.

On top of all that, the new Morguefile lesson is based on lenses, and of course, my camera only has one, so I can't really get into it. I'm hoping that my dad's camera has an extra lens so that I can play with his. But I have to wait for him to get back from holidays.

So, here are the four I can post!

A photo of Sam
This was taken on Boxing Day 2008. Sam had been saving up all his money (he usually got nothing but money for birthday and Christmas presents) and he went out and bought the phone. He'd been without a 'cool' phone since his was stolen at school. As you can see, he's very happy with it.

A photo of Oliver
The same Christmas, we bought Ollie a camera, as he was very interested in photos. And what's the first thing you do when you get a new camera? Take a photo of yourself, of course!

An old photo
At my graduation in 2005. It was stinking hot (21st December), way too long a night for my kids, and of all the outings, Samuel chose this one to bring a pocket knife along. Did I mention the graduation ceremony was at Parliament House? You can imagine the reaction he got from the security staff!

An Interesting Photo

It's amazing how much difference a bit of cropping and editing can make. This is something I'm only just starting to learn, and unfortunately I'm fairly limited in both my editing software and abilities. I do have Photoshop Elements, but it's for Windows, and our Windows computer is currently playing up. I'll eventually buy it for my Mac - but then I've got to learn how to use it!
This editing is just done in iPhoto.

This is the original. Isn't it amazing how much the whole mood changes?

More bloggy stuff later...


  1. I think your cropping is fantastic! And going B&W gives it a great look as well. I just posted some pictures up on my blog too- and I edited them all in iPhoto. That and Aperture are definitely my photo editing applications of choice!

    I think one thing that would improve the black and white is if you increase the contrast a bit- that just makes the black blacker etc. :-)

    You've definitely got talent with your photos!!

  2. Lovely! If you want to play around with photos, maybe try It's easy to use and good fun, too.

  3. Thanks ladies for the nice comments!
    I've heard a bit about Aperture, might have to check it out.
    I've used Picnik a little, but it seems like you have to pay if you want to do serious editing- so then I wonder, is it just as easy to buy some software?
    Hmmmmm...will have to do some more research!


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