Monday, September 29, 2014

Capture Your 365 - Update

Although I haven't added any new project pictures to the blog since day 60, my photo a day project is still going strong. It's 272 days into the year and I'm still going. The act of taking a photo each day has now become a habit for me. Although I must admit, there have been a couple of days recently where I have taken some photos very late at night. Instead of posting every photo here, I'm just going to pick my favourites for each month.

Here are some favourites from the March, April and May:

Day 66 - Frustrated

Day 69 - Asymmetrical

Day 87 - Foreground

Day 89 - Tight

Day 103 - Comical

Day 111 - Multi-Coloured

Day 115 - At Last

Day 133 - Activity

Day 134 - Healthy

Day 135 - Make Believe

Day 147 - Monochromatic

Day 151 - The Present

To see the rest of my images or join in with your own project, why not pop over to Capture Your 365 . It doesn't need to be January 1 to start. You can start today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


This beautiful Gazania flower just popped up in the lawn.

The flower was originally orange/yellow in colour.  The image was converted to black and white with the remaining visible grass in the background painted black.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jazz's Formal Photos

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing my gorgeous niece, Jazz, before her Year 12 formal.

The afternoon sun filtering through the gum trees created a perfect backdrop for the photos.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Capture Your 365 - Week 9

Day 54 - Crowded Around    Gathered | Huddled | Many

(The prompt suggested using a phone today.   I wasn't able to get my hands on a camera phone so I had to use my big camera for this one.)

This was taken very late in the afternoon.  There wasn't much light so I used the flash (which I don't normally do).

I noticed a group of little black ants crowding around some crumbs.

Most people probably would have cleaned this up when they saw it, but I took a photo instead.  I guess that's what makes me a photographer.  LOL

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF 100mm f2.8L macro    Settings: ISO 2500, f2.8, 1/250 sec.

Day 55 - Predictable    Expected | Likely | Anticipated

I can almost always predict that where there's one, I will find the other close by.

It's also predictable that I will take a photo.

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.4    Settings: ISO 4000, f3.5, 1/250 sec.

Day 56 - Bittersweet    Mixed | Chocolate | Nostalgic

Dark chocolate with hazelnuts.

I arrived home late last night and hadn't even decided what to do for the prompt.  So I looked in the fridge, found some dark chocolate and arranged it on a chopping board underneath the brightest light in the kitchen.

I would have liked to say that no harm came to the subject of my photo shoot ..............................but it was delicious.

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF 100mm f2.8L macro    Settings: ISO 6400, f8.0, 1/30 sec.

Day 57 - Admire    Appreciate | Like | Respect

Today was the day I almost gave up my photo a day project.  It usually happens around this time of year when all of the family commitments get a little too busy.  The last few days I have been taking images at night which is not what I like to do.  But I don't want to give up this time.  So I tried something simple - a definition from the dictionary.

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF 100mm f2.8L macro    Settings: ISO 2500, f3.5, 1/250 sec.

Day 58 - Seize The Moment    Carpe Diem | Present | Now

We are living in constant mess but I must remind myself that the puppies won't be puppies for much longer.  So it's as good a time as any to 'Seize The Moment'.

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF-S 18 - 200mm @18mm f3.5 - 5.6    Settings: ISO 5000, f3.5, 1/125 sec.

Day 59 - Keep Going    Persevere | Endure | Press On

When I saw the prompt, I thought of using one of my favourite quotes from the Harry Potter series:

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light."
~ Albus Dumbledore ~

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF 100mm f2.8L macro    Settings: ISO 1000, f3.5, 1/200 sec.

Day 60 - Step Outside    Natural | Outdoor | In The Street

Self-portrait day again.

For this image, my daughter was acting my stand in so I could try and get the focus right.  When I jumped in the frame, it didn't quite work, but I decided to use this shot because it reminds me of the fun we were having.  This photo was taken in my backyard.

Camera: Canon 7D    Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.4    Settings: ISO 320, f5.0, 1/800 sec.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Printing Your Photo-A-Day Project

As of yesterday - 24 March - I have managed to take a photo every day in 2014.   That's 83 days of photos in a row, which is the furthest I have gone in a photo-a-day project without missing a day.   To encourage myself to keep going, I decided to print my photos at the end of each month.

As part of my project, I'm using the Collect Photo App on my iPad.   The app is very easy to use.   I simply tap on the day in the calendar, add a photo from my camera roll or take a new photo.  Then add a caption which appears underneath the photo along with the date.

At the end of the month, you will have a collage of images.

Here are the steps I follow for printing:

Tap the icon in the bottom left of the screen.

Select 'Export Photos'.

From here you can choose the dates of the images you wish to export along with the style of image.

I choose 3 x 4 for my images.

Select "Export to Camera Roll'.

After my images are added to the Camera Roll, I transfer them to my computer using the Photo Transfer App.

This enables me to work on my images in Photoshop.

In Photoshop I create a new 6 x 4 inch document.

In a 6 x 4 inch document, you can fit two 3 x 4 images side by side enabling you to print two images on one piece of photo paper.   Save the image as a jpeg, then it's off to the printer.

When I get my photos back, I slice them in two with a guillotine to get a nice, straight edge.

The photos are now ready to be placed in an album.

I'm using Project Life for my album.   Design F holds ten 3 x 4 images along with one 6 x 4 image on each page.

And here's the finished product.

Please note: You can get your 3 x 4 prints printed directly through your Collect Photo App.   Here is a tutorial I found online to show how to do this.   The option I have shown is convenient if you would like the option of printing at home or have someone print your images for you.
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