Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 12


First let me say that I have not looked at any

other comments (apart from Chris’) or photos

about this challenge…as yet.

So, may be way off the mark.

Also the links to enlarge images were not working/opening

when I tried, so I have restricted my editing to

cropping and some colour, contrast enhancements.

With each of Cee’s photos I have included

the original followed by my version.
white wallWhite Wall and Door.

I listened to a camera club judge criticise an image similar

to this…’too much sunshine, harsh shadows etc‘.

However, I think these type of images reflect the

hard and long life that the shed/wall/door has had.

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Cropped and contrast added to accentuate

the corrugations and shadows.

Probably should have left some wall

on the left of image as well.

I think if I had taken this shot I would have

taken a front on shot to ‘level’ the wall.

However, having said that it would have

lost corrugated shadows in so doing.

My initial reaction to Red Umbrella was that the

point of interest/subject and to small.

However, I do think that this shot gives the impression

of a lost umbrella and that its owner

may have gone in either direction.

In cropping this shot I wanted to make the umbrella,

undoubtedly the focal point with some leading lines

away from it to suggest the direction of its owner.

After cropping to enlarge subject, I must confess to

seeing photos with a small subject gain many

online Facebook likes…which left me

questioning my photographic eye.


I found the background a bit too busy here and

was not too sure what the focal point

should be…lights, tyre, numbers or lettering.


Cropping has helped, but I still think

the reflections are distracting.

Instead of the taxi filling nearly two-thirds of the frame

it now fills nearly the whole frame.

Better or worse??


Sunset at the Marina.

First thing to do was straighten the horizon.

I do like the sun’s rays and the line drawing

one’s eye to the background/sun


Again cropped and played around with colours.

Not really happy with the result.

Coloured Chairs.

A riot of colour and too many reflections, got me.

Also I think the chairs are fighting with the window reflection/car.


 even cropping does not help a great deal.

There are still lines running all over the place.  Finally, it has taken two days since completing this post to decide to post it.

And I have added bits and pieces here and there.

Apologies if I have blown this Cee.

Nearly did not complete this week at all.


CCYC: Wk-12-Critique-My-Work



Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-6


Odd Ball

Week 6, 2016


Might be the closest I will ever get…liberty_0557

to the real thing.

I found this outside the Titanic Restaurant

in Melbourne’s, Williamstown suburb.

It raises slightly towards the end of the night,

to give diners/Titanic survivors

an idea of the view as the

Carpathia sails into New York.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-6






Travel Theme-Mask




Travel Theme.


During our stay at Sausage Tree Safari Camp in South Africa…

mask_0001this mask adorned the wall of our tent/accommodation.


It was said to be a fertility mask.

The only fertility we wanted increased was that of our garden…

and it doesn’t appear to have helped there, either :-)


Where’s My Backpack?: Mask



Weekly Photo Challenge-Time



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



Time, I think, has several definitions…

Flinders-St-Stn-clocks_0064Around Melbourne these time pieces date back to at least the

Second World War, if not the First.

If you wanted to arrange a meeting place with someone

it was ‘…under the clocks…’ at Flinders Street Station.


I found this time piece in a garden.

 It is frozen in time…telling the correct time twice a day.

I often wonder if the time has any significance to the owner.


 One thing about a clock tower they can be

viewed from many vantage points.

This one can be seen from Sydney Harbour Bridge.


 Houses of a bygone time…early Sydney.


Melbourne’s Keepers of Time.

Gog and Magog have ruled over Royal Arcade for many years.

southern-cross_1967New automatic ticket collection machines were

supposed to save Victorian’s time…

but cost taxpayer billions of dollars to implement.

Manly_0300On a hot December day this little one was

having a whale of a time

while mum chatted to a friend.


Floral Friday-16-0502


Floral Friday Challenge.


I found this banana plant/tree (?) in…

Geelong Botanic Gardens a few years ago.

Not sure who was more surprised…my Canadian friends or me.


Thought it would have been too cold down here.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday




Wordless Wednesday16_02-04

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For some reason…
food_8404I prepared…
food_8397these shots for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.

Then I realised…
food_8410that food was…
food_8415this week’s BW Challenge.


Wordless Wednesday

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Craftyspices.com_Wordless Wednesday

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