Wow! There is some staggeringly creative young people out there! Imagination, creative and high levels of ability in costume design from children of all ages.
The semi-finals were held over two days during which time we saw over 400 children. Quite how the judges will decide who is in the final, or more to the point, who will win, I can’t imagine. Lot’s of work to do still for the organisers as they plan the finals. Perhaps head over to the Trash to Fashion Facebook page and keep in touch.
What a gorgeous car! Such a privilege to be present at the launch of such a special Commodore. This car has so many tricks up its sleeve to keep you safe and refinement usually reserved for the top of the line European marques. Great event hosted by Davie Motors in Manukau who will, judging by customer feedback last night, be selling quite a few of these lovely vehicles!
What a wonderful afternoon at the Vodafone Events Centre on Great South Road at the launch of the Four Go Flatting Book and DVD launch. The book is an invaluable resource for people looking into Individualised Funding. Individualised Funding is one of the most significant developments in recent years in relation to the rights of New Zealanders living with disabilities. It enables disabled people and their whanau to have real control over the daily supports and long term goals for their lives. It puts them in the centre of their own development, allowing them and theior whanau to make their own life choices.
I headed a little further south than usual today to take some photos. I always enjoy the view looking south as yoiu head donw the southern side of the Bombay Hills towards Waikato and toda was no exception. The first shot in today’s post show State Highway 1 just south of Bombay and what appears to be a lot of the Waikato district in cloud, mist or fog.
First stop for me was Pokeno as I wanted to check out a new subdivision being built there. Not a lot to see to be honest, but some very pleasant views looking east. It was the mist lingering on the hillside that really caught my eye … oh, and the reflections in the water too.
Heading back north again I stopped off at Bombay and headed up the hill for a view looking west towards Pukekohe. It really was a lovely morning today with some wonderful views across some lovely countryside. Still going through my images, but thought I’d share a few. Perhaps let me know what you think?
I thought I was just going to see hoists and cars being repaired, but then I heard the familiar noise of an angle grinder out at the back of the ‘shop so had to go see. I must admit to being more than slightly concerned that sparks may head my way, but all was good. Even though the sparks didn’t seem to be heading my way, I wasn’t going to change lenses with all these sparks flying about, so I stuck with the Nikkor 24-70mm lens. Both images you see in this post were processed in Nik’s Color Efex Pro. A product that continues to impress and frustrate! I’m impressed with the potential the software offers yet frustrated by my lack of ability to get the best of the shots with the various filters and recipes. I suspect a lot more practice is required!
Time to go back to enhancing my abilities with Color Efex Pro!
Great fun today shooting in a recording studio. Lots of fancy gizmos with heaps of buttons, sliders, dials … and … of course … lights. Apparently, the devices I’d always associated with a recording studio, the multi-channel mixer, is less common than you may think. These days computers are replacing the sound desks and mixers. From a photographic point of view, I think the old sound desk is much more impressive than a computer screen and keyboard! Mind you, it’s not the looks we’re interested in but the sound quality and I’ve been led to believe the new process provides a better sound. I suppose the two photos in this post can be thought of as nostalgic! The first is an old Technics Turntable … oh I so wanted one of these when I was much younger … and the second a view across a multi-channel mixer. As I said at the start, great fun today.
Back to landscape images. I’ve been out and about most of today, starting quite early with my usual Thursday morning BNI meeting in Manukau, and there seems to have been little time to capture any new scenes. Keen to get more images of South Auckland into my Landscapes galleries on here I’ve started a new section called Ihumatao Stonefields. Maori lived and worked the land at the Stonefields for centuries besides collecting shellfish and fish from the nearby Manukau Harbour. Ihumatao Stonefields is a very special and sacred place and offers some lovely walks and views. European settlers also worked the land here for over 100 years. Believe it or not, the reserve is also home to a rare and highly endangered plant called mawhai or the native cucumber, which has not been recorded growing elsewhere on the New Zealand mainland since 1866.
The shot in this post was taken with my D300 and the Nikkor 24-70mm lens. Often, under conditions where there’s such a range of light levels, I’d take several shots at different exposures and blend them together using either Photomatix Pro or HDR Efex Pro. However, this image is a single shot processed in Nik’s Color Efex Pro. I’m becoming increasingly impressed with Color Efex Pro. If you work with digital images consider downloading the free trial of the various Nik products as you may find they’re ideal tools for your workflow.
A quick trip to the Botanic Gardens earlier today as I really wanted some photographs of the Visitor Centre to add to my Manurewa Photo Gallery. After passing through the visitor centre there’s a wonderful show of Californian Poppies (you can see just one of them – with a bee – in the image above). I really need to go back again and take some photographs as the sun is going down … until then though, perhaps check out the Manurewa Photo Gallery for the shots I took today and let me know what you think. Now I’d better get back to adding more images to my Musician and Landscape Galleries! It seems to be taking me forever!
It seems to be taking be AGES to upload images into galleries! I decided I should organise the shots into different areas as it’d then be easier for me to add images to galleries in the future, but right now it seems to be taking me forever! I had a similar idea about the bands and musicians. I thought I could create separate albums for each artist as this might make the viewers life a little easier. Perhaps, if you get a chance, take a look and let me know what you think. I must admit to being a bit of a novice at this type of thing, so any hints, tips or helpful advice would be very gratefully received.
WordPress seems to provide a few interesting possibilities beyond what I experienced with Blogspot. Today I’ve been trying to add a few landscape images into eCommerce galleries, but as all this is happening retrospectively it seems to be taking for ever! Anyway, I have the placeholders sorted now so should be able to add and remove images with relative ease over the next few weeks. I also managed to set up a few galleries of the musicians I’ve been photographing. I need to tidy up the gallery selection process, but I think there’s some possibilities here. Maybe take a look at my galleries and let me know what you think. Easy to navigate your way around … or too confusing?