Weekly Photo Challenge-Happy-Place



My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Happy Place


Usually I am reasonably happy wherever I am.

me_7872For instance an hour or so ago I was very happy mowing the backyard…

this machine saves a lot of walking and pushing.

garrden_7891Then I caught a glimpse of the orchard (fore-ground) and poo pit

house_7918and realised how happy I was when in the throne room.

garrden_7913Every time I spend a penny,

water used is processed in our water treatment plant…

garrden_7912and then at regular intervals, automatically sprayed on

to this garden bed, via sprinklers…right foreground.

As all our treated waste water ends up here,

we soon christened it

The Poo Pit.

garrden_7901 However, our orchard is watered by town, or fresh, water.

garrden_7892So there are some of my happy places.





Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 2

What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common

As many will have guessed by now,

nature and wildlife are my main subjects,

mostly because I do not need to gain permission

of the either to post its photo here.
Torquay_7147With the above comments in  mind,

many of my shots are taken using

a short focal length on my zoom lens,

which generally results in a happy snap as above.
Torquay_7147aHowever, by cropping the extraneous I think there is

more interest in this shot than the first.

Foreground and background waves breaking in the

early morning sun on August 3rd.

I was trying to capture the spray that morning and

while this does show some spray…it was not my best for the morning.

The problem is that enlarging the above cropped photo

does not produce a good result. Limpy_0624 Many will have seen Limpy (now deceased) before.

When she turned her head and looked at the camera…

it gave me goose bumps.

At ten or twelve feet from the car it was a once in a lifetime shot.

Again I have cropped the left of the shot,

although not a lot as we nearly ran over her,

she was so close to the track we were driving along.

Finally, I have read articles stating that there should

be no rules when composing a photo.

Not sure how many would agree with that.

I tend to make sure I have my subject in the shot

and crop out anything I don’t want.