My contribution for


‘Captivate Me’ 



I am late with last week’s post.  However, better late than never.  I have still kept the urn as my first photo as it was the one I commence the month with.  I did managed to take some garden shots using the same effects and have included the relevant shot in each of Week  1 and Week 2

During the Christmas break I purchased and began to

READ…yes, read

the instruction book for my camera.

Marvellous what instruction books contain!

I discovered by pushing a button or two I could

severely affect the look of my photo…

no computer software required.


I decided our Christmas tree would make the ideal subject.

I turned my back one day and the next thing I knew it was

back in its box packed away until December.

So this urn is going to be this month’s subject.

Scroll down further to see a

garden shot in colour sketch

colour sketch

This shot is in ‘Colour Sketch’ Mode.

The instruction book states that

Colour Sketch turns a photo into

something resembling a coloured pencil drawing.

I think this effect in the garden shot, below,

is the best of all the effects I have tried

to date and is better when there is

some colour in the subject.

Technical Stuff

Week 3 – The Urn

Apart from focal length, all the technical stuff is pre-set by the camera:

  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105
  • Focal Length: 105 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/50
  • F Stop: 5.6
  • ISO: 800


All photos are taken with a

Nikon D7100 shooting in Effects Mode

and letting the camera do the work.


Technical Stuff

Week 3 – The Garden

Apart from focal length, all the technical stuff is pre-set by the camera:

  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: Sigma 50-500
  • Focal Length: 116 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/250
  • F Stop: 8
  • ISO: 110





 Hope you enjoy!



Weekly Photo Challenge-Express-Yourself


My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Express Yourself


This was a bit of a challenge…then two ways of

expressing myself came to mind.

art_3975These artworks which adorn our walls are mostly my purchases.

I like Australian scenery
art_3976However, not everyone in our household shares that point of view.

Me? I like them 🙂

art_3977This one is on my study wall  and was either

a birthday or Father’s Day gift, a few years ago.

I had commented that I  did like it but was not expecting it.

None of these will never be regarded as ‘masters’…but I like.

magpies_3973The second way of expressing ‘me’ is this series.

magpies_3972Collingwood Football Club (known as the Magpies)

is an Australian Rules football team

which I have supported since  the late 1950s.

I cannot wait for the season to commence in a few months.

magpies_3971Depending on the weather and my seat (in the open or under cover),

you will find me wearing my team colours at the games.

The windcheater is a given…

and if the weather looks a bit on the chilly side

the Adidas jacket (first photo), complete with beanie and scarf,

also accompany me to the football.

As the years progress I find the beanie more useful 🙂

Collingwood is a suburb of Melbourne.