Pink

Sharing with you all here that I got another good feedback from the Photography for Beginners team, on one of my photos. They selected my photo named Pink into their Photos We Like section, along with becoming a runner up (with the same photo) in their recent Still Life Photo Competition. This made me incredibly happy, but also incredibly eager to continue my learning process into photography.

Balls (edited & resized colour)

I’m in the position where I’m trying to figure out what sort of photography I’d like to be focusing on in the future. Not quite there yet, as I’ve still got lots of general learning to do (lacking mostly in technical- and in editing skills, I believe), but that would be the next step to take. It makes sense aknowledging that to become really good in something, you have to limit that something to as less somethings as possible, instead of more… one can handle. So far, I enjoy portrait- and landscape photography most, monochrome bringing the two in one basket, which suits me well. I may be able to enjoy still life photography too, where I’d be able to really use/show some creativity; haven’t done much in this field so far though. There are lots more photography genres out there (see street, travel, fashion, wildlife, etc.), but I think I’ll be choosing my area(s) from the four mentioned earlier on.

I welcome any (good hearted) suggestions, comments, advice on this! One thing is for sure, I love being behind the camera, instead of in front of it….

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At The Lion Park

When in Johannesburg, we visited the Lion Park, which has been named by Newsweek one of the top 100 tourist destinations in the world. Our main purpose for the visit was to give our 2 year old daughter a taster of the South African wildlife in a child friendly establishment. At the end of it, not only she was blown away by the experience, but me too. And on top of everything, I managed to gather some pretty nice shots of the animals (mostly lions, lion cubs), which I’m sharing with you guys now.

The original shots were in colour, but after having read in my latest copy of the Photography for Beginners magazine that wildlife photography can work surprisingly well in monochrome, I’ve experimented with that and I’ve been using my new Elements 11 photo editing software to get to these results.

Lion Cub (edited BW 1)

Thoughtful (edited BW)

Lion Cub II (edited BW)

Grrr (edited BW)

Protective (edited BW)

The Big White Lion (edited BW)

Giraffe Head (edited BW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Photo Published

I’d like to share with you all my joy over the fact that for the very first time but hopefully not the last, one of my photos got published in a specialised magazine -Photography for Beginners, Issue 21 (UK). I feel even more motivated now to pursue my new found passion in photography. Thank you to everyone who is believing in me!

Published

Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter

Happy New Year!

After almost three weeks away I’m back to my blog and, as I promised in my last post of 2012, with fresh photo material from our trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Firstly, I have to share with you my joy over the photography related Christmas present I got from my husband. Seeing that I am becoming more and more interested and passionate about taking photos, learning into the ins and outs of digital photography, I received a new laptop of my own to work on AND Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to start becoming able in photo editing as well. So happy!

These following photos were taken at The Willows in Johannesburg. The Willows is, how shall I put it, a paradise in the midst of the shabby and the more underprivileged, a gated community, not uncommon or rather say, very common in South Africa. I feel a bit guilty to admit that I like it (in the previously mentioned context), but because it offers a home to me and my family when visiting, I succumb to its charm. It’s got everything for a peaceful living (aimed at young families and the elderly) -nice architecture, lots of green- and well-maintained grass, (willow)trees, an abundance of flowers and rich birdlife, a river running through it, a lake with waterlilies and fish, bridges crossing the waters, playgrounds, inviting swimming pools, the chirping of the birds, friendly neighbours…. ahhh. It’s beautiful.

Reflection in the Willows (edited)

Bridge in the Willows (edited)

Waterlilies in the Willows (edited)

Rock (edited)

Can't Remember Tree (edited)

View Over the Lake (edited)