Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 15



The New Holland Honey Eater was photographed with my

Nikon D90 and Nikkor 55-300mm zoom lens

set at 300 mm.NH-honey-eater_0025-1

This is the original, out of the camera,

New Holland Honey Eater photo.


Cropping to keep the whole bird in shot is

not my favourite shape of photo.


This is my favourite version of this image, although,

I have sharpened, or cropped it, too much.

The beak is soft and I am not sure if this is a depth of field issue

or because the beak was constantly moving.

Someone in the family was getting

a right royal telling off that day.

Dad would have said that this photo was okay

as when placed behind a piece of glass

any imperfections would be covered by the glass.

Another friend of the family would have exclaimed:

‘A blind man would be glad to see it and

a galloping horse wouldn’t stop’  

Many times I have recalled that saying…and it is so true.

wyndham_1089I was trying to capture the hand rails in this shot.

However, knees and back were not assisting me at all,

so I placed my camera on the concrete.

Camera: Nikon D90,

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm,

Focal length: 50mm,


ISO: 200,

Shutter: 1/400

wyndham_1089aBy cropping out the first bar I achieved my goal.

 I can see this fitting into a challenge of some

description down the track.


Many will guess this what this is, however,

I think it is a more interesting shot

than the original…


which leaves nothing to the imagination, except…

how did the photographer get so close.

Camera: Nikon D90,

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm,

Focal length: 116mm,


ISO: 200,

Shutter: 1/200


CCYC: Wk-15-Cropping



Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-9


Odd Ball

Week 7, 2016


I found these signs during…Joes-Cafe_1076
my Friday drive to Werribee Zoo, at…


where else… Joe’s Cafe.

Wyndam is a newer area south west of Melbourne

on Port Philip Harbour.

I didn’t have a coffee but everything else,

including the service was good.

I will certainly return when next visiting Wyndham.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-9







Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 14



I am way behind with this challenge, my apologies.Taji_8360Symmetry in one’s prized pooch,

or other livestock is always valued.

Even though Taji has her head slightly

to one side a line down her face

would provide two near symmetrical sides.


Apart from the blown out background and

the angle of our lawn and the rest of the yard

providing a lopsided view,

there is something missing in this picture.

Why is a Labrador sitting a few feet away

from some bread and not eating it?


When I show the original shot, the magpie balances the scene.

At least in my eyes it does.

Still  not a good photo though.


I have posted this shot a long time ago.

Horizontal symmetry…

or at least as close as I have ever seen.

Yes…severely cropped


upside down.

river_0076dThis is the way it should be viewed.


 And this is what we awoke to on our first morning in Botswana


CCYC: Wk-14-Symmetry



Silly Questions??

In a few months were are planning a trip to Europe.

The question is:

Does anyone have recommendations for

a reliable ISPs and/or telephone companies

which cover all countries

between and including, the U.K. and Germany?

Either Wi-Fi although a 3G/4G network/satellite

would be preferable.

Just thought there with the EEC that there may be ISPs/Telcos

which cover multiple countries.

Weekly Photo Challenge-State-of-Mind


My contribution for this week’s challenge…

State of Mind


An early rise yesterday, preceded a morning spent shooting lions.

Lion_0998I was not expecting to be in such close proximity to them…Lion_0999

 and I felt a bit like joining in their siesta

Not the same as shooting in the wild but

when they decide to come so close…

I will accept the acrylic or glass barrier.






Black and White Challenge:

Sepia Tones.


Visited Limeburner Lagoon which is north of North Shore.chimney_0880

Normally I would be on the other side of this ship.


This is the first time I have visited this part of Corio Bay

and I don’t think it will be the last.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Sepia




Black and White Tuesday16-2302


Black and White Tuesday

 February 23, 2016


With the temperature aiming for the high thirties,

I decided to tie Taji up  in the shade of the

back verandah while I kept an appointment.Taji_0817

Upon my return she  had decided to take

herself for a walk in my absence.
Taji_0819I call her ‘goldfish’ at times, because three seconds after

the first photo was taken she discovered the pot…
which up until the weekend had contained an agapanthus.

Taji_0821It bounces, makes a noise and she can put her head into it.

I shake my head in despair when I think of the money

spent on toys for her to play with.



Hope you enjoyed.