This is July 2020

Well July has been a quite interesting month. I will say now that I am quite well and feeling great. The only sort of downside is I am not allowed to drive which is quite difficult when you live in the bush a fair way from town. The upside is my bestie doesn’t want me to be by myself so we have been together since the start of the month so living in isolation between her place and mine has been easy.

You may wonder what the hell is he talking about! It all started on July the fourth early in the morning. I was asleep so have no recollection of my seizure and consequent trip to hospital in the ambulance where I spent four days. I don’t remember that first day in the Emergency Unit only to say that I had a nurse with me for part of the time as my heart rate dropped to 37. Over the next three days I had all sorts of tests to examine my brain functions and contrary to what some people may think, my brain is quite a good brain with no signs of impairment at all. This is why my posts have been rather sporadic as I have been trying to come to terms with using my phone and small tablet to post. Downloading photos and trying to get them as I want is the hard part. I found a good free photo editing software at last for the tablet. I am sorry I missed a lot of Becky’s Perspective Squares and not many songs get added either.

OK on to what I saw in July

The mornings at my besties have been lovely misty mornings. I did manage to post a few others for Becky’s Squares

The bees were quite busy in July as a Beekeeper put his hives on the dairy farm across the road

Noisy Friarbirds like to call early in the morning. They seem to be the most predominant bird at my place at the moment

The Grevilleas look great in the morning sun. Honey Gem is one of my favourites as it attracts birds and insects

This flower actually looks like a Sun

Despite looking a bit scraggly, this Grevillea get visits from small Honeyeaters

I am not sure what this small native flower is but it has appeared since the fire.

A Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Honey Gem Grevillea are always a winner

A female Figbird was quite curious of what I was doing

The male Figbird has his red eye patch and feather colours at full mating mode in the morning sun

Going for a walk down my road, I saw a different bird in a tree. It was a Collared Sparrowhawk, the first time I have seen one here.

The Superb Fairy Wrens enjoyed the birdbath. See the difference between the female and male

He looks quite lovely with the colours of the Salvia

“Do these feathers make me look fat?” the Double Barred Finch seemed to say

An afternoon at the beach was a good restful way to spend the day. The Pied Oystercatchers think so as well.

A rare opportunity of seeing a Darter swimming underwater in search of a meal.

The pink and grey of a Galah look lovely in the afternoon sun

On an afternoon walk we often see a Pied Cormorant or two on this branch over the creek. This day there were more than ever and was a had to take reflection photo as well.

Above the Pied Cormorants, a pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters were enjoying their afternoon meal.

I did have time to muck about with some photos. These water abstracts are the raw images. I should send them out for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere as well

It is amazing what can be seen from inside a car at a car wash.

Water abstract of a Pelican

I did some black and white photos too. The empty cafe was my favourite

I love water drops

Well I must be going so as I slide down and away here’s a Green Tree Frog to say good bye

I wonder if the cows enjoy sunsets as much as we do?

An almost full Moon during the day is nice to see so it’s goodnight from me and hope you enjoyed a scroll through my July

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Topless – with apologise to Jo

Day twenty-three of Becky’s Square Tops Photo Challenge
Bren’s Mid-Week Monochrome – MWM – 33

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I was going to do a post called Topless when my good friend restlessjo beat me to it hence the title.

Moving the camera for Intentional Camera Movement images

Debbie’s Trying Something New – ICM

I went to my archives for this photo challenge and found some interesting shots and some that are, well, best described as what were you thinking!
Of course the folder is called Arty Ones.
This was a lot of fun that I started doing a while ago and I keep doing ICM. I find the night time shots can be interesting as there isn’t any references to say this is a shot of….. I have told of the subject on each image for those who need details.

Here is a selection of my Intentional Camera Movement images.

A tree with diagonal movement. This one is from 201520200319_blog_challenge_icm_diagonal
Horizontal movement – you may recognise my besties old bird bath. Taken in 201620200319_blog_challenge_icm_horizontal_green
Taken from a high rise in Sydney in 2010. Cars on a freeway from memory20200319_blog_challenge_icm_lights_neon_lines
another from a Sydney high rise of neon lights in 201820200319_blog_challenge_icm_lights_neon
A moving view of Cockle Bay again from a Sydney high rise in 2010  The lights look like birds20200319_blog_challenge_icm_lights_neon_birds
I did a series of a Magpie Lark or commonly called a Pee Wee on the lawn in 201220200319_blog_challenge_icm_pee wee

Masterpiece

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Sunday: Masterpiece

The masterpiece
that arises from
where?
Is this a study
of work
of thought
of desire.
The head
decides
the fingers
twitch
the heart

beats.

 

What is
this?
What is
that?
will you
see
show me
your masterpiece
I’ll show
you mine.
A collaborative
decision
This goes
there
What about
this
here.
To you
my friend
it is just
a bit of
stuff
to us
it is
a
masterpiece.

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The Hoya flower

Bren’s Photo for the Week: Abstract

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Bren had instructions for Photoshop to alter your image. I use Corel PaintShop Pro 2020.

My image is a Hoya flower (Hoya carnosa)

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1. I cropped to just the flower
2. Opened Reflection Effects
3. Chose Kaleidoscope
4. Chose number of petals – 20
5. Radial suction – 10
6. Edge mode – reflect

Hope you liked my abstract Hoya

 

 

City lights

Becky’s January Square Photo Challenge: Light

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Come on over to Becky’s and join in the fun
Here’s the rule:
All you really need remember about this photographic challenge is that a square is a rectangle with four equal sides!
Yes the photo format is Square. Look on your camera setting before you get totally inspired and set it to 1:1 There you have it Square Format. If you forget crop your image to Square

Secret

Debbies quotation inspired image photo challenge

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. “                Diane Arbus

I was in a quandary of which photo should I use. I quite like taking photos that aren’t quite right or in focus just to see the resulting image. The photo Debbie used set me on this path so for this post, I am using multiple images as I cannot decide on which one fits the best.

This was my first idea
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But when I was looking for the above image I found this taken on the same day191009_blog_challenge_quote_photo_tells_light_sun
Which made me think of some other images like this one170615_blog challenge_focus_leaf shadows
and this one180614_blog challenge_light_water drops

Perhaps I should have stopped at one as the photo challenge is quotation inspired IMAGE

What do you think? Should I have stopped at one? What is your interpretation of the images?

 

 

Before and After Challenge – October

I thought I would have another go at one of Bren’s Before and After Challenges

This is Bren’s original photo followed by my photo edits done in Corel PaintShop Pro 2020
Unfortunately I just started playing around hoping to get some inspiration and I didn’t right down all the stuff I did. A bit of Tone Mapping, some added highlights, a vignette and maybe something else. Sorry Bren for not doing the edit thing properly, I got carried away.

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Original photo supplied by Bren

 

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Photo edited by Brian at bushboys world

Before and After Photograph Challenge – June 2019

Bren’s Before and After Photograph Challenge June 2019
Sue’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Edit

Bren supplies a photo for us to play with and edit as we see fit. I did so many changes and didn’t write down what I did to one photo and the other mainly altered the photo to black and white.

Sue wants to know if we edit our photos before inserting into a post. Sometimes I do but mainly when converting to black and white. Some photos do get cropped to get a better view of the subject or to remove an element that distracts or isn’t part of the image I had in mind.

Here is a combination of both photo challenges. The program I use is Corel PaintShop Pro Ultimate 2019

The original photo supplied by Bren of Old Scotney Castle

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Photo supplied by Bren at Ryan Photography

This is my first edit. Convert to black and white, increase the black, reduce the overall brightness, increase contrast and add a vignette

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Image supplied by Bren Edited by bushboy photos

My second edit. I removed some elements. Can you guess? From then on I just started to look at the effects. I used one called Time Machine which changed the photo to around the 1900’s look, applied selective focus, a bit of colour enhancement and increased the black.

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Image supplied by Bren Edited by bushboy photos