November 15: Line of fire

I was sitting inside eating dinner tonight after I got home from training when I saw flashes coming from outside. I couldn’t figure out what it was so I got up and looked out the window to see an awesome sunset and our neighbours standing on their deck taking photos of it (with their flash on for some reason – but it worked out OK for me as I wouldn’t have seen the sunset without it) so I grabbed the camera, rested it on the fence then took  shots for HDR. It was pretty cool because it looked like the horizon was on fire and reflecting on the clouds so I like the shot for day 317 🙂

September 18: Yellow tree…

I’m sitting here watching Manu Samoa and Wales play their Rugby World Cup match and trying to figure out what kind of tree this is. In the end my friend Google and I couldn’t decide what it was so we decided it was just a yellow tree (hence the extremely creative title)… Anyway, less writing, more rugby watching! Go Samoa, make my day 259! 🙂

August 13: Sunshine

I looked out the kitchen window this afternoon and the sun looked pretty awesome coming through the clouds so I wandered out to take some photos. Unfortunately our section isn’t this big but this was taken over the fence of the empty section next to our house. The colours of the sky and grass looked pretty cool and I actually quite like this shot…  That’s it for day 223!

July 21: Derelict

I was driving home this afternoon and saw the clouds were looking pretty stormy so I headed home and grabbed my camera. I’ve been looking at some pretty impressive HDR photographers over the last few days and a lot of them use clouds to good effect in their images. I’m not pretending that I’m even close to them but I figure the best way to learn is from the best. There is a great link here: to some of the top HDR photographers who have some amazing work. I’ve also spent a bit of time this afternoon looking at the “how-to” tutorials from and really appreciated when such awesome photographers share exactly how they do it so everyone else can learn from them. Good form! Anyway, these are the shots for today from an unused building of some sort just down the road from where we are staying. I think that rustic buildings really come up well in HDR so that’s what I went with for day 202 🙂

3 shots from a tripod at f/13, ISO 100

July 9: Saturday sunrise

I had a massive sleep-in this morning (7:30am) and woke up to this sunrise. So I got Brylee up and ready then grabbed the camera + tripod and ran over the road. I know that you can see my shadow in the bottom and was going to crop it but kinda like it so decided not to… So that’s it for day 190 🙂

July 7: Old rail bridge

I got in just before the rain today. It was an alright day but then the dark clouds started to come over later on and it was looking like rain so I decided it was time to get the photo done. I got in the car and drove down the river a bit looking for something to take a photo of. I have run or biked past this bridge plenty of times before, but never thought it would look good in a photo…until today. I’m still on with liking the graffiti and was again pleased with how it came out in the photos. I also like the effect of HDR on the water and being able to see the detail (portrait shot) in the water is pretty cool. Overall I’m happy with the shots so that’s day 188 down 🙂

3 shots from a tripod at f/10, ISO 100.

July 4: Ambulance

Today was not a day I was looking forward to! I had to attend a full-day First Aid refresher course (not the two-day thankfully!) and didn’t really have the most positive expectations based on previous First Aid experiences… BUT it actually wasn’t all that bad and it was far more interesting than most other courses which made the day go pretty fast. Proof that the difference in boredom levels is pretty much down to the presenter (and ours was pretty funny and onto it – thanks Margaret!). After the course finished I saw the shiny ambulances parked out the back so went and got my camera then asked out tutor if I could take some photos. She let me out into the back lot and kinda looked at me a bit weird as I set up the tripod and pottered around but was happy to wait for me so I was happy. What a legend! So that’s my 186th day done and dusted 🙂


P.S. If you want to die any time soon, don’t do it around me ‘cos I’m pretty much a First Aid ninja now! 😉

June 30: Clouds in the puddle

I left my photo a bit late tonight and it was getting dark by the time I took this photo. I know I’ve already used the reflection in the puddle deal on May 31 but this is better…. because it’s HDR and HDR is always better! I also like that it’s a bit darker but still light enough to see the grass and the puddle etc in the foreground. And I’ve just hit day 180! Only 2 more days to go until I’m halfway through my project 🙂