Among the machines

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #199: Mechanical/Industrial

For this lot of photos I have gone back and found a few old ones and have added a couple of new ones. I chose to use monochrome as I think it adds to the vintage feel of my images.

Start off with some oldies

Here are some new photos never been posted before

This had to be a slider don’t you think

The most appropriate song I could think of

Follow the rules

Lens-Artists Challenge #197: The Rule of Thirds

Some rules are there for a reason and some are there to be broken with great effect.

The post in the centre but the Spangled Drongo was the subject

The spire is the imposing feature. Being in black and white I feel make it more so

Looking where you are going – gives a sense of movement

The same photographing flying birds. Sometimes having the bird in the centre shows off the birds features. I like having negative space in front when I can to indicate where the Square-tailed Kite is soaring, hunting for food.

One Paper Daisy in each third with room at the top to grow

Does the Rule of Thirds work in square format? There is enough negative space so perhaps.

Mostly flowers should be the centre of attention, especially roses.

Others always want to be the centre of attention. King Parrots can be clowns around my place

Is it the table and chairs that draw the attention or is it the shadows?

Hope my playing with the Rule of Thirds and trying to explain what I works.

Blur in the background

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Bokeh

A Crimson Rosella in the garden this morning. The blues and greens work well with the subject don’t you think?

Using the subject as well as bokeh

Not quite right, A bit too much blur

Bokeh even works well in black & white

or in colour for contrast

Just being arty-farty with bokeh. Using the blur effect with water drops. First in black and white…..

……then in colour

From small to tall

The Lens-Artists Challenge #192: Earth Story

My focus for this challenge is vegetation. From a tiny moss “forest”

to grasses that support life

with seeds and flowers

ferns providing shelter

Bottlebrush bush with flowers and food for everyone

Grevilleas giving shade and food for insects and birds

Tree Ferns who are older than dinosaurs, first plants to recover from fires – yes those fires in 2019 – as seen here. The stems of tree ferns are a miniature ecosystem, with epiphytic plants like mosses, small ferns and maybe lichens growing on them.

The first fronds that emerge are called Fiddleheads

Bigger flowering trees can be spectacular like Poinciana trees

Or Illawarra Flame Trees which stand out against the green of the bush when flowering

and then there are the towering giants in the rainforest that support all manner of life from the soil to the tree tops

Where would an Earth Story be without our wonderful plants – from the small to the tall. The featured photo is my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout where you can sit among the trees as well as look over the valleys and the tree tops.

My cabin in the bush

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #190: Close and Closer

Number two post for this challenge as it was the original idea. I built this little cabin in the garden for my girls as a playhouse which went to a tools and my building odds and ends once they were too old to play in there anymore. A lot of the contents is now in my big shed so there are still some odds and ends plus the that’ll come in handy one day stuff.

So come on, get closer.

The walls used to be part of the Jackadgery Hall

When I helped build a new section onto the hall, the boards were just in a pile and they were going to burn them.

So I asked if I could have them and everyone said take them.

Not only did I use them for the walls on the cabin but also built a bookcase and part of a wall on another shed.

Photos that are…..well photos

The Lens-Artists Challenge #189: Odds and Ends

This a post of why did I take that photo? In Tina’s post one of the reasons she used was “just because” so that is the mantra for my post. I started out with a search for those weird photos that I have used before but that’s not really what is wanted. I changed my post and idea to Things Found on the Street which is in keeping with “just because” as well.

I know that everyone is interested in nail holes and nails so here you go but please try to contain yourself

A horrible end to an innocent shopping trolley in the shopping centre car park. A moments silence mat be appropriate

While in a sombre mood, this toy seemed to have met a terrible end at the hands of the mob with only the head remaining on the street, possibly as a warning to any other toy wanting to cross the mob

This is on the road to my place. An ancient tin can that has been embedded into the road surface for time immemorial. This is now an historical photo as the road has been resurfaced a few time since

Of course you would have to stay off the wet paint on the grass in the middle of a field. I am glad the sign was laminated so the paint could just wipe off. I did check my besties boots but they didn’t show signs of paint

Four trees at sunset

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#185: Change

There is a hill we call Sunset Hill. There we see some amazing sunsets which, over the past few years, I have posted for you to enjoy as much as I do.
On a distant hill there are four trees which I just love to see and photograph at sunset. The trees remain the same but the sky changes.

And there it was

Lens-Artists Challenge #183: Memorable Events

I have been trying to think of something for this challenge. I have something that will always stick in my mind.

Almost ten years ago I convinced my bestie to travel with me to Europe. I had been a few years before and just had to go back and find some new places and re visit some places I had been before.

We took off from Australia, travelling via South Korea, we landed in Rome at midnight. A driver picked us up and we went to our accommodation, a Wimdu shared place. Wimdu was an AirBnB type of accommodation finder. The people were lovely and Alba and Mauritsio welcomed us into their home.

The next day we caught the bus to the city centre and once at the Termini, we started walking. We stopped at the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and then walked on.

Rounding the corner there was the Colosseum. I shall never forget the look on her face when she first saw this wonderful building. This shall live with me forever .