WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Horizon

This week we are asked to feature horizons – the space where sky meets the earth.  For me my favourites are sky over water, but all can be beautiful.  These are from my archives, but I don’t think any have been posted before.  They were taken in the surrounding countryside and in Tasmania last year.


WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside

This week’s challenge could be interpreted in several ways – I’m going the simple and literal way, but something a little different.  As I began to prepare a meal, I was struck by the shapes and colours of some of my ingredients, and saw a simple, quick and easy opportunity for this week, without much thought.

A Useful Aperture Exercise

At one of the recent meetings of our new Camera Club in my town, we spent an evening discussing the basics of photography – aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the like for the benefit of some beginning photographers.  We were asked to take two images to illustrate focal depth resulting from different f.stops.  These were mine – some tiny fungi that had grown on firewood in the woodshed. Taken using a 100mm macro lens, and the clever in-camera natural looking HDR mode of the 5D MkIII giving perfect exposure for the whole image in natural light.

A very sharp image from front to back – f/20

Fungi - f/20

Fungi – f/20

An image with very shallow depth of field – f/2.8

Fungi - f/2.8

Fungi – f/2.8

For those who might need a little visual reminder, this diagram shows the relationships discussed above.


Diagram found on Google, copyright of

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – The Golden Hour

In photography, the Golden Hour is the first and last hour of sunlight – Sunrise, or Sunset are times when the quality of light makes it possible to capture magical shots.  The addition of water, either sea or lake can result in the most beautiful images.  Here are a few of mine from the archives…….it is mid winter and pouring with rain where I am, so there is no chance of something new!

These were taken in Tasmania, Queenscliff in Victoria, near where I live, and the lake in my own backyard.

As usual, clicking any image will make it larger.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Curves

A while ago I purchased, very cheaply, several broken mechanical watches on eBay, specifically for the purpose of taking some close ups of their innards – these are a few of them.  I think they have a certain beauty, and also meet this week’s brief of Curves.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting

This week we are asked to share a photo that means or represents those special fleeting moments that occur occasionally in our lives, that are enjoyed for a moment or two and are then gone…..leaving behind a sense of peace, or excitement, change or even sadness.  I’ve chosen images from nature (as usual), and hope you enjoy them too.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sign Says…..

This Week’s challenge is about Signs. Funny, poignant, symbolic, incorrect, informative, foreshadowing…there are so many signs in the world.  

Interestingly I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about signs and often take pictures of them – so these are from my archives and were spotted in Victoria close to home, Tasmania and Singapore.

My favourite is the Wombat one….. they obviously speed between dawn and dusk!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – In the Background

This somewhat weird photograph is in response to this week’s photo challenge:-

The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or the foreground, the center of attention.

This is a photograph taken through a window, through my house, and a window on the other side.  There is a shadowy reflection of myself, but also a very clear reflection of the garden behind me.  Weird for sure, but kind of interesting!


WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Pattern

From the archives……

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Up

This week’s challenge is to show a photo which means up – it can be be a direction, an orientation, or even a movement.  These were all taken on a recent trip to Singapore and Penang.  The roof structure and the Supertrees are in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, and the Palm was outside the window of my hotel in Penang.