Another year has
Come and gone in a hurry:
Time waits for no one
It was my birthday today. I turned 32.
It feels a bit weird, saying that. 32. I don’t really feel 32. But then I never really felt 18 or 25 either. I guess they’re all just numbers to me in the end.
The weather was beautiful earlier and I went down to the lake for about an hour in the afternoon. I took this photo while I was down there. I try to take a photo on my birthday each year and I thought this would be a nice one with the yachts in the background.
In taking it I set up my camera on a table overlooking the lake, then positioned myself and triggered a timer with an app on my phone. I love how easy wifi makes taking portraits like this these days. It’s all right there on your phone, no bulky remote trigger required!
I also took this photo of a father and son while I was down there. It was a nice moment and I like how it looks in black and white.
Coarse sand, crashing waves The smell of salt in the air ~ The ocean is home
I went on a group photowalk yesterday afternoon. There were about eight of us and we wandered around Newcastle Beach and the ocean baths for about an hour or so around sunset, taking photos and talking photography.
It was absolutely freezing and very windy but it was a nice afternoon and I enjoyed taking photos as part of a group. It feels different to taking photos on your own and makes for a nice change.
This is one of the photos I took. I particularly like the contrast between the gritty textures and soft colours, and the way the lines lead the eye toward the ocean.
As you can see, it’s a beautiful spot and the ocean baths in particular are very historic. I’ll have to go back with my tripod at some stage for some long exposures as walking around gave me a few ideas I’d like to try.
I’ll post a few other photos from the walk once I’ve edited them. Will have a new poem to post soon too.
Have you ever seen A black swan on the water? Their beauty astounds
NSW has had some torrential storms over the last week. Belmont got hit quite strongly – the winds were scary and some of the rain leaked through the roof, leaving us scampering for buckets and towels until it had passed.
Once it had all cleared I went for a short walk along the Belmont lakefront yesterday evening. I was feeling a bit stir crazy after having to stay indoors for several days and wanted to see what the weather had left behind.
There wasn’t too much damage thankfully and as I was walking along I spotted a family of black swans on the water. They were quite curious and friendly and I watched them for ten minutes or so before taking this photo.
I like how it came out. It feels quite moody and atmospheric. The dusk light was beautiful too.
Do you play to win Or for the love of the game? Life is how you play
They say no one knows you like you know yourself so I thought why not play myself in a game of chess and see who wins? So here it is. Chris vs. Dark CJ. The prize? My soul! 😉
More seriously I took these last night for some fun and to experiment a bit in Photoshop. I’d wanted to do a quirky self-portrait like this for a while and as I wasn’t doing much last night I thought it was the perfect time to try it.
Chris warns Dark CJ not to get cocky
Creating the images looks hard but it’s actually quite easy and you can do it with any kind of camera, even a simple point and shoot. The most important thing is having a background that doesn’t move and using a tripod or a flat surface so the perspective doesn’t change. You can then take as many photos of yourself in different positions as you want.
When it comes to combining the photos I use Photoshop CC but you can do it in Photoshop Elements or a number of other programs as well. You simply open the photos you want to combine, copy and paste them on top of each other, and then use a layer mask or an eraser tool to paint over/erase the sections where the other versions of ‘you’ would appear. Because the background itself never changes, you should end up with something like this.
Taking these was a lot of fun and has given me a few ideas for some other projects as well. I’m still not sure who would win the match though. I’d like to think Chris would but maybe Dark CJ might have more to play for. Might have to go best out of three. 🙂
I took a more normal self portrait as well which came out quite well too. Think I’ll use this as my writer’s photo for the year.