Saturday, March 10, 2012

New clothes, Starry nights, Basket cases and Charlie

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The possibilities to enhance this linen/viscose "canvas" are endless. Hmm - fabric paints or embroidery?



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Full moons and Starry Nights - taken about 11.30pm
This one taken on auto setting


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As manual as I could go on my camera f2.8, ISO 64, Exposure bias 2 steps (+1), WB - custom (camera setting), Exposure time 8 seconds. Couldn't find my tripod adaptor so put camera on a fence post and held it steady! Took a few tries for a decent shot.


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Basket case...well, old fruit bowl that was being thrown away! I think she's repurposed it :).
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RIP Charlie:  Autumn 2003 - 09/03/2012. 
A good working dog and Neal's mate. (stock photo)

Robyn

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ordinary things to remember...

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What some farm kids do on hot days after school




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A trip to the doctor's can be enjoyed more if you have time to stop and check out the view.......


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......though it does have the odd hazard!

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Ensuring I still have a way of replacing those baby photos taken at the chemist's photo days 12 years ago  

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Some scrapbooking I wanted to do while it was still fresh in my mind

Cheers,
Robyn

Saturday, March 3, 2012

"Mountains" and Moggies

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The western paddock beside the house. 

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Lovely walk down the above paddock but it's a heck of a climb back up!

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The old dairy shed on the neighbours hill 

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A bit of beyond the page scrapbooking :D


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I did it again - left the car windows open - but this time it's the well in the dash that is just the right size.

Cheers,
Robyn

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Restricting Comments and Shaping

Firstly - Apologies to the rare anonymous commenters who have left appreciative comments. Unfortunately, because of a person called Jason - whose comment I deleted as it was trying to encourage me to visit a site that requires payments; whose links I did not follow  - I have restricted comments to those who are Google bloggers or those with Open ID. Open ID allows those with a Typepad, Wordpress etc blogs to comment and for me to be able to reply or to visit their blog if I wish. Just like I can with Google bloggers.
I left a reply for Jason under the post he commented on and if he wishes to become a follower and also apologises for leaving unsolicited free advertising on my blog he is welcome. However he will be blocked if he "tries it on" again as will anyone else who is thinking of trying to make money out of MY hobby!

Advice from friends is different :D.

As tomorrow is the start of a new month I'll be able to post some more photos as the shaping won't be in operation anymore. Thanks for your patience.

Cheers,
Robyn

Friday, February 24, 2012

Macro in the garden...and shopping

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52/366 My favourite flower - beautiful smell and no hayfever :) 

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Cheers,
Robyn



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Word Verification - bah!

Photos later but I'm posting this on my blogs as it really annoys me and I'm not normally one to post whinges on my blogs!





Thanks to The Run*A*Round Ranch for use of this image and also thanks to The Crafter'sApprentice for the post that helped me locate it.


I haven't been on blogger for about 5 days and then I'm faced with having to decipher gobbledegook - two lots of it - when I do leave comments on some blogs! I use satellite broadband because that is all I can have in rural Australia, apart from dial-up - which translates to 'useless' here, so it is quite expensive and also regulated by weather changes as extensive cloud cover or electrical storms can render it inoperable. Therefore my online time has limits to it that I don't like to waste. I didn't mind word verification previously and I can understand bloggers not wanting spam and not wanting to moderate their blogs but this latest stunt by Blogger is ridiculous. I'm joining the above blogs in the protest against the new word verification as I can't always decipher them and it wastes my time and my patience.
Please join us by removing Word Verification from your blog.

To remove WORD VERIFICATION:
From blogger DASHBOARD click on SETTINGS, then click on COMMENTS and scroll down almost to the bottom of the page where you will find Show word verification for comments? Select the No option.
If you are concerned about spam then select one of the Comment Moderation options in the section above the word verification section. I did.
Alternatively you can select Registered Users option at the top of the COMMENTS page beside the WHO CAN COMMENT?

Either or both should protect you from spam or unwanted anonymous comments.


Cheers,
Robyn

Monday, February 20, 2012

Trip to Sydney

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After overnighting at parents house, so I could have an early start, I was treated to Maggie hopping in the door for a bit of breakfast.


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ROXETTE!
Sydney Entertainment Centre - Friday 17.02.2012
Fluked this one as I was trying to catch the drummer, Pelle, when the picture on the screen started changing. I didn't know until after I'd taken it as the shutter speed was about 20. Couldn't have managed a better shot if I'd planned it :D


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I took the photo of this clock from outside the hotel, not realising this was the Central Station Clock until I arrived there to catch the train home. Great Landmark!


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Being a bit tired to remember to take photos on Sunday I thought I'd put in a couple of "Views from the train". Considering the time these were taken I think it's around Wingham. I'd not long woken up :). Pity the windows were so grotty or I could have had some nice pics.



Hope you enjoyed these!
Robyn :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Works in Progress


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Playing around with die cuts and card making.



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Two of my favourite girls - granddaughter on left and youngest daughter on right - monkeys up the tree!


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My "Horse Whisperer" at work teaching a youngster to lead alongside. His cohort is my appaloosa cross gelding.


All the above were taken on autofocus and no picture editing was done.

Thanks for looking,
Robyn

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mousing...this photo not for those with weak stomachs!

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Ginger wasn't happy with kibbles for breakfast so she found her own meal. We never need to use rat poison here! I used the camera's 'sunset' option but still had to use the auto-correct on the software as the overcast conditions made puss look a motley black/brown.

Cheers,
Robyn




Sunny Afternoons

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It's reached the stage where even the ducks enjoy some sunshine and warmer conditions.


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Lucy also prefers having dry feathers occasionally.

Cheers,
Robyn

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Landscapes

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I always like the way the fog makes the trees on the hilltop look ‘ghostly’. I sometimes think I might see the apparition of a long dead bushranger or stockman under them!




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I’ve been meaning to play with the panorama setting again for ages and I think I’ve matched this up better than any previous efforts. View is from the farm entrance gate.



Cheers,
Robyn

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A bit of this, a bit of that...

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Can’t beat this stuff for flavour….and kilojoules :P




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A new type of spider! Later clarification - my hand is behind the spider on it's web to show it up clearly for the photo. The spider is not directly on my hand and I think the autofocus lost the spider a bit amongst all the wrinkles - LOL!




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Birds on a wire. I had to take this one as they are arranged in a pattern and there’s half as much on the ‘borders’, a bit like quilting J. Not sure if the bird above is supervising the layout?! 


Cheers,
Robyn


Sunday, February 5, 2012

On the Road Again

The paddocks are still slushy so I’ve stuck to walking along the roads again. Amazing what visual delights you actually notice when you have a camera in your hand and play with the aperture.
Lol, brings out the artist in us ‘non painters’!


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After all the storms and wind this tree gave in and crashed into a nearby one. Notice the branch still stuck in the standing tree. 

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This is an error as I had the aperture set at F5.6 so I would obtain the natural colours but the speed then dropped to 1/7 second. I’m going to keep this photo of my favourite nemesis (orange flowered lantana and hayfever – achoo!) to print out as a scrapping background paper for farm photos because it smudged so perfectly :D.

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The quartz amongst the other rock sparkled and looked like tiny gems along the roadside. 

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And of course exercise makes one hungry so I made these last night and fiddled with the camera settings and reading light till I had a photo that looked like what I had cooked. Taken on incandescent white balance setting in Aperture Priority mode and I edited by upping the saturation a little. Fluorescent settings made the bread look orange.

Having so much fun learning to use my camera and enjoying looking at other's photos.

Cheers,
Robyn

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

10 days...big photo post

I missed a couple of days as the rain and the lighting problem was just too much to be bothered with but as I took dozens of photos when the light was good I've popped a couple of substitutes in :).

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Feral Tomatoes.  These self sowed courtesy of the hens. Great for a little snack whilst outside. Trying out the macro setting here. It took me a few tries to take a clear photo :).




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Something to read while the rain comes down and the lights just don't illuminate enough for sewing.

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Sustitute photo - actually taken 26/01 - the creek has receded a bit now as it was about 3m higher than this the day before when the bridge went under.


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"That's right", says Joe "a poor horse can't have a rest around here when the sun finally peeks through for a bit!" 

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Substitute photo - taken 27/01 - I've never seen these dragonflies before but they seem attracted to the Sallee Wattles. Hope they are a predator as Sallee Wattles are a pain! 

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It's funny how many bugs/critters appear after the rain :). Above and below photos were taken on a walk along the road and I think we were all enjoying the lack of rain for an hour or so.

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Heavy downpours again and I opened the bathroom window to call the cats in and spotted this. I did wonder how it managed to spin it but it looks beautiful encrusted with 'rain gems'. Photo cropped only.

Miss Maddy is a definite farm cat as it has to be really inclement weather for her to come inside!! Quilters - notice the hexagon patterns the raindrops make :). Both photos taken with the exterior light on and using flash mode. Makes the raindrops look like falling stars. 

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Doodling with a purpose. This will be the guide for something I want to sew. Camera has a 'text' setting and I had to use it to take a clear photo of this. I'll know if anyone steals this off here as it has my notes scribbled around the edges and the fill in is of a material I'm thinking of using!

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Here comes the sun.... washing day :D


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The pleasures of being out of bed with the sparrows - 6am. Taken on 'sunset' camera setting to allow the colours to come through.

Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed the 'slideshow', and I'll try to post more often in future.
Cheers,
Robyn