Proverbial Thursday – World Sayings

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.

Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something and this week it comes from Iceland a place of immense beauty and natural forces.



 You do not really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks – Icelandic Proverb

and a really wonderful inclusive quote from Confucius………

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”


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Proverbial Thursday – Something to Ponder About


Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: The Streets

Challenger’s choice over at Sally D’s Phoneography Blog this week and I have some recent Street /Night Photographic phone photos that I think worthy of posting.

I have chosen some night photography scene of the streets. Such a lovely warm pre – summer Monday night, perfect for a stroll after dinner.The streets were relatively but not spookily quiet. One can always window shop and spot the early Xmas decorations, before the silly season and extended shopping hours starts.


I edited the photo with Picsart  and quite liked the effect of the bathroom window filter, as it adds an almost forbidden, voyeuristic atmosphere, as if one is peering out to a world one normally can’t or shouldn’t access.

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The streets in November are dotted with lilac carpets, from the flowering Jacaranda trees. Such incredible beauty and blaze of colour, I could not resist, and so am posting another photos where I have used post-processed effects, and this time with Snapseed. Playing around with shadows, I found the blackened trunk seemed much more defined with this adjustment and a little added sharpening.

I love the surreal nature of the following photograph and the contrast of the lilac flowers against the purple sky. Nature has such harmony in colour.

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Join in with Sally’s weekly phoneography challenge here where you will not only excellent photography and tips but this profound quote:

Joyously or not the photograph becomes the source of reality, but it can also become a dreamlike force for interpretation. So if photography is memory, then the image is the moment–a moment of sanctuary in a lifetime of them.


Something to ponder about



Travel Theme – Frame

In response to Ailsa’s Travel theme – Frame I try to look for a natural frame –beach frame - Copy


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or, Something man made that will assist to frame the photograph

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SwedenOr something artificial…


     and finally, another frame: ( pardon the corny pun/Dad joke!)

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and a frame I hope to never have……

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

With the ubiquitous phone cameras accumulating an over-abundance of photos, joining in with the Phoneography challenge, over at lensandpensbysally , is almost a given.

Here is my macro submission! Cropped but no other filter applied.

Taken with my new Galaxy S4 note

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and the original for comparison, (and cuteness) :

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Macro photography –

revealing in its detail,

stunningly artistic in its form

and surprising in its (original) format

Join in over at Lensandpens

Something to Ponder About


Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge – Black and White

A beach wreck with some inclement weather was my favourite photographic subject this weekend. I am experimenting with a new S4 galaxy note phone camera.  This is a black and white version of a photo using the S4.

Sally’s challenge rotates through weekly themes each month and here is my entry for this week:

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Please join in with your best monochrome phone photo this week.  Something monochromatic to ponder about.


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds

I try to keep in mind the Rule of thirds when taking photographs, but it doesn’t always work. My old point and shoot Cannon used to have a grid overlay that I could see in the display, assisting me to frame and compose photographs.

The weekly photo challenge asks us to use a SLR or smartphone to produce a Bokeh effect, which is my assignment this week. This is what I have so far, and I’ll hopefully add one or two more in coming days…..





Lighthouse Airey's inlet


Skarrild, Denmark
Skarrild, Denmark

Rule of Thirds

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Serenity – Weekly Photo Challenge


Waves at rest now on the sandy shore,

A mountain stream babbling ‘neath a cool glade,

Sun releasing a final, firey blast before sleep,

Raindrops forming crystals on a fluorescent leaf,

Comfort, quiet, a place where stress disappears

That is Serenity





serenity photo challengeJoin in with the Daily Post Weekly Photography Challenge




Something to Ponder about


One four Challenge – Week 2 January


This week I played around with the saturation, contrast and brightness finally adding a HDR and frame effect in PicsArt. Thanks to Carrie’s advice I  downloaded ‘gimp’ but as yet still just trying to fathom my way through the incredible depth of tools available.

I’d very much appreciate your thoughts or feedback on this week. I feel the saturation in the water is way too much, so compensating for the soft effect of wordpress was way over the top this week? Well, that is a project for next week!!

Week ONE of the January challenge is HERE

Join in with Robyn and the rest of the talented crew for Week 2 for January- here.

Some photo effects to ponder and play with.


Professional Photography Critique

Otto von Münchow very generously offered a critique on my photography. It is so very rare to have a professional photographer give you ideas and suggestions based on his wealth of experience. I so appreciate it, and his comments are so very helpful and give me plenty of scope for ideas.

His blog Picture Critique is definitely worth a visit.

Firstly, the photographs I submitted to him:



Secondly what Otto wrote:

You captured the forces of a wave as it comes smashing in on the coastline at Mooloolaba, Australie. Of the two photos you show in the post, I find this one be the stronger. It has more depth, and plays with more elements. In the one I have chosen to comment on one can see the outline of a city in the background and I like the contrast between the two worlds. There is some tension between the forces of Mother Nature and the manmade world. You have captured the waves when it shows itself at its most powerful and the city in the background becomes very small in comparison. It would have dramatized the power and force of Mother Nature quite significantly if you had been able to come back and do the shooting when there are more thrilling clouds on the sky. As it is now, the sky is unfortunately empty and a little dull. Another element to think about when shooting a photo where the horizon is very dominant as in this case, is to make sure you have objects that cross the horizon and maybe more importantly that not all the «action» in the photograph takes place around the horizon. As you can see in this photo, the significant elements are mostly placed around the horizon; the city in the background, the breaking wave and the ocean with its white caps. By making sure you place elements spread across the frame, you create a more appealing and captivating composition. As I mentioned, it could be clouds in the sky – or birds flying by. In the foreground – on the rocks – it could be a special formed rock or plants or some animals – just as examples.


Definitely much to Ponder About


Monday Mystery Photo – (Last week Utne, Hardanger Fjord, Norway)

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog.

YouMonday Mystery can leave a comment if you think you know where this week’s mystery photo was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

Where in the World are We Today (photo immediately below)? Can you guess?



Last week (picture below), we were overlooking the stunning Hardanger fjord, at Utne, Norway, enjoying a lunch at the historic Utne Hotell.

Tara from After the Rain correctly guessed Norway and Tina at Everyday life in Vienna wins the prize for the closest guess of Folgefunna, Norway. We were in fact, just around the corner of the fjord from there, Tina.  Well done, girls.

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