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  1. SIJ - Day 31

    SIJ - Day 31

    Dogs looking like their 'masters' Well I wish I had his Steiff-brand cuteness, but alas I work with what I have...and what both time and I have done to myself.:blush: But Dougal well and truly symbolises me at this point in the challenge. A little tired, a little dishevelled and with...
  2. SIJ - Day 30

    SIJ - Day 30

    A fragment of my Canberra postcard I was going to treat you all to a postcard of my home city...well the city I have to go to daily to win our bread. The 180 degree panorama came out quite OK, but far too small to share, so here is a snippet - of a little less than 90 degrees that takes in...
  3. SIJ - Day 29

    SIJ - Day 29

    A moment's reflection Thought I'd try a pretty iconic image of mornings on my property - and I do apologise for the emphasis on my place this month.:blush: This is a pretty typical Summer's morning, low lying cloud - well comparatively as we are well over 900 metres above sea level - with a...
  4. SIJ - Day 28

    SIJ - Day 28

    Light Crush I clock the 28th up to being quite a good day photographically. Had three sessions with a total of about 400 frames with about 60% keepers and another 20% potential from the rest. Not saying this is the best of the day - far from it - but it was the biggest surprise for me from...
  5. SIJ - Day 27

    SIJ - Day 27

    Cracks to the sky Sorry folks. Slim pickings yesterday I'm afraid. Weather was miserable as was my humour...especially after I saw what was on offer on my card. So you'll have to indulge what small excitement I had in examining the form of this budding Gladioli - having said that I do enjoy...
  6. SIJ - Day 26

    SIJ - Day 26

    The real deal A few days back I showed off my little boy, Sebastian, who fancies himself to be a bull, but here is the real deal. This is a new addition to the area. He's not ours but our neighbours, who has kindly offered his services. Well I liked the look for him from the safety of the...
  7. SIJ - Day 25

    SIJ - Day 25

    Sunrise over the range I warned you all that with my limited windows of opportunity to shoot that there would be a few sunrises for y'all to contend with. Well here's the sight I sipped my coffee to yesterday morning.
  8. SIJ - Day 24

    SIJ - Day 24

    Broadside strokes Just the single frame so this had to be it I'm afraid. Am I happy with it? Well not completely. But having recently re-read Freeman Patterson's "Photography and the Art of Seeing" I thought I'd try one of his Exercises in Thinking Sideways - so I intentionally broke...
  9. SIJ - Day 23

    SIJ - Day 23

    Shadow of a budding bull Well I suppose Sebastian can wish as much as he likes but a very tight elastic ring applied when he was much younger has precluded the fact that he'll never quite be a bull. Though it appears so though someone has neglected to tell him as he acts more bullish by the...
  10. SIJ - Day 22

    SIJ - Day 22

    Temptation in the wilderness Ironic isn't it? We have an orchard near the house which we prune, feed and generally tend very carefully the yield of fruit again this year approximates...well zero!!! Now today we head down to the creek - about 1/2 a mile from the house and what do we find...
  11. SIJ - Day 21

    SIJ - Day 21

    Burning through the fog Was a relief that it was the weekend so I could shoot in earnest, but it was dreadful weather. Sat in a cloud for most of the day. Just glad I snuck this shot early in the morning as the sun struggled to burn through the fog. It almost made it too...but the cloud...
  12. SIJ - Day 20

    SIJ - Day 20

    A study in rust In the dying light these rusty tins took on a weird hue. Funny thing to post-process is rust, so much more going on in the colour channels than first meets the eye. So kept the processing down to a minimum with small tweaks to the curves, contrast and saturation....as...
  13. SIJ - Day 19

    SIJ - Day 19

    Testing 1, 2, 3, testing So little personal time to look let alone see. As I'm reconnecting with my other compadres on the challenge. I thought I'd show how I talk with all you folks. I'm rural so am completely dependant on a wireless connection - not sure what this "ADSL&quot...
  14. SIJ - Day 18

    SIJ - Day 18

    Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do Last day of leave today. Back to work tomorrow :dash2: So we thought we'd end on a high note and went for a quick drive to the coast - not a short trip from the farm...but a world away from what's in-store for us tomorrow. Didn't bag as many...
  15. SIJ - Day 17

    SIJ - Day 17

    Mum says if I drink all my nectar I'll be big and brown too one day OK the PL25 aint really one for macro shots, but I thought this one turned out quite OK - well I more liked it for the story. :blush: Cropped the image a little, to balance the composition, but otherwise you're seeing the...
  16. SIJ - Day 16

    SIJ - Day 16

    Impressions of the Aussie bush I'd committed to attempting an impressionistic landscape - without reverting to extreme presets, unsharp masks, drastic noise reduction or the like. So I was going for natural tones and hues that gave that soft landscape look - not so easy with an Australian bush...
  17. SIJ - Day 15

    SIJ - Day 15

    Feeling a little under the weather today and the weather was pretty darn low too. We never exited the cloud this morning so it's been drizzle, overcast and windy from dot. I didn't wander far and tried use the elements to my advantage.
  18. SIJ - Day 14

    SIJ - Day 14

    Were those the days? Awful day outside today, cloudy with rain and then absolute humidity. But a great day inside! I ended up getting to finally look through slides that I found a week or so ago. I stumbled on an interesting little case while tossing out my recycling at a roadside station...
  19. SIJ - Day 13

    SIJ - Day 13

    Who watches over the watch dog OK I could have been a little more creative today, but I hit a lull. When I started becoming restless, my partner asked what was the matter and I reminded her that I had to take my photo for the day. She said "why not take a photo of Peggy". "I...
  20. SIJ - Day 12

    SIJ - Day 12

    Lights are amber Our house pump decided it was going on strike without notice first thing this morning. No pump = no water! So after exhausting all known expletives in at least fourteen foreign languages, just before lunch I thought I'd duck into town for anything to effect an interim fix for...
  21. SIJ - Day 11

    SIJ - Day 11

    Captive Light Not much chance for photography today - and not the weather to take on the Grass either...thank goodness!! Found this image this morning, in the corner of my old garage. Well it was once the garage and is now the dog kennel - OK it's a big 'kennel' but we do have a lot of dogs...
  22. SIJ - Day 10

    SIJ - Day 10

    Dawn range Apologies folks but I've had to rely on my safety from first thing this morning. After Round 6 today of Mark vs Grass - I'm just dog tired and so sooooore! I'd preferred not to upload a dawn landscape, as I've got the other half of this challenge happening when I'm back at work...
  23. SIJ - Day 9

    SIJ - Day 9

    A long hard thirst Bit of a hypocrite today didn't take my own advice and neglected my safety this morning. Well it ended up quite a big day - being Round 5 of Mark vs Grass. Only just got in at 7pm and all I felt like was a big cold beer. But I made a pact with myself..."you can have...
  24. SIJ - Day 8

    SIJ - Day 8

    Lawn dozers Thought I'd get today's entry in early. Here's a fraction of my lawn mowing herd. You'd look at the fore- and mid- ground and think they're doing a great job...well I find it curious that I work hard for a few days to mow about 5 acres of our property and that's where they...
  25. SIJ - Day 7

    SIJ - Day 7

    At the mercy: small and significant This was the very last shot on my stroll this morning to secure safeties. There's a lot that can be improved about this image - esp. from a composition and processing perspective - but I thought as it stood it sort of still says exactly what I was thinking...
  26. SIJ - Day 6

    SIJ - Day 6

    Portrait of two constant companions Not much opportunity in the way of photo making today. Was overcast and a little cool so we hit the paddocks for some "hard yakka". Half they day hitting weeds (that will be the subject of another SiJ image) and the other half mowing, and mowing...
  27. SIJ - Day 5

    SIJ - Day 5

    Bit of a struggle for my day five. I'd taken my safeties in the morning, and thought they'd do the trick. Busy, then, for the rest of the day with driving to town and then the city to get supplies for humans and horses. With dying light I thought I'd process the day's images and found the...
  28. SIJ - Day 4

    SIJ - Day 4

    Stormy today so any photo strolls were short lived without straying too far from the sanctuary of cover. Like many others have mentioned in the past, I toed-and-froed on which image I wanted to upload to the SIJ gallery. I liked the sense of movement on both images but this one just seemed...
  29. SIJ - Day 3

    SIJ - Day 3

    Had the farrier over today doing the horses hooves. He was a little perplexed as to why I'd want to take some photos of him at work, but he was compliant enough....for a time. You have to understand it was hot today - about 34 degrees celsius (about 93F for those still using the old money). So I...
  30. SIJ - Day 2

    SIJ - Day 2

    Well I'd certainly not intended another safe garden shot, but I didn't take my own advice and neglected the early morning safety. So by photography time the clouds came over and it bucketed down with rain. Still pelting down on my iron roof. Love that sound :smile: So focused here on the...
  31. SIJ - Day 1

    SIJ - Day 1

    OK it's not the most inspiring image...it was actually one of my safeties from the morning. But what I do like - and no it's not about showing off the PL25's sharpness or bokeh ;) - is the play of the sidelight on and in the budding rose. Desaturated the colour a little as I'm not a fan of...
  32. Central Park

    Central Park

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