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Well, it’s been a while ..what with a broken computer and a hectic time at work, I have been sorely lacking on the WordPress front – anyway, the other day I finally got out with my partner, Carl – who by the way does a very nice blog about coffee, cafes and chess http://gorkachc.blogspot.com/

We decided to go to an old family Estate 5 minutes away from where we live … We have been here over 6 years and never been there…how many times does that happen with tourist attractions on your doorstep ?!

Ripponlea is the largest family estate in Australia; built in 1868, it was first owned by the Sargood family ..clothing and drapery merchants who made their fortune in the Goldrush era.

It remained a family home until 1972 when it was passed into the care of the National Trust following the death of it’s last owner Mrs Louisa Jones – I found this wonderful old wedding photo of her and her husband Timothy …hope they don’t mind !

While we did not go in the house itself, we did take a peek into the stables, kitchens and cellar

As well as the stately home, the estate also has some wonderful gardens

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It Lensbaby’s 7th birthday in a couple of days

Not so long ago I bought a Lensbaby,  and have since had lots of fun! I bought a basic Lensbaby Muse with a plastic optic which comes with aperture rings (though I do tend to stick with the f4 ring which I personally like) The bendy lens – which also comes in the  ‘lockable’ Composer and Control Freak and the static Scout; and single and double glass optics – can be tricky when you first use it, as the only way to focus is to pull, push and tilt the lens to get focus and effect.

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Ok, I’m a psychiatric nurse and a photographer…of course I love people watching and photographing them !

The suggestion of Candid Photography often throws up a myriad of responses .. Can I photograph people without their knowledge? Should I photograph people in this way? Am I being sneaky, invasive etc?

The way I look at it is that I am photographing people as they are … yes, sure you can ask them if it would be ok…but you won’t get anything natural – and people being natural are interesting..

 

Melbourne is a city of Festivals which celebrate our multi-cultural diversity ..Greek, Italian, Spanish, Asian, Jewish ..this photo was taken at a Turkish Festival – I had been watching her for a while..her face was so expressive:

 

This was taken in a park …the couple had been deep in conversation – maybe not the happiest..

 

People can be alone in a crowd:

 

This was taken at Melbourne’s Exhibition and Conference Centre – locally known as  ‘Jeff’s Shed’  after former Premier Jeff Kennet – this being one of his pet projects whilst in office. He is now a Director of ‘Beyond Blue’ – a national depression initiative

 

I just loved watching this girl twirling her ribbon around..

 

A full face image of a Palestinian girl on a rally against the war in Gaza.

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Some of the shots I took a little while ago whilst walking around my home city of Melbourne.
These and other works can be viewed and bought at http://carolineg.redbubble.com/







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When the email dropped into my box asking me this I thought…why not? I love my life. I made my life..something that I am grateful to have been able to do. My husband is my best friend, I moved from the UK to Australia where I have made a beautiful home and I have a good job as a psychiatric nurse. During my career, I have met people who have little control over their lives and whose only power can all too often be self destructive.
However, on reflection I think it is selfish to want to live forever…even if it was possible.
We have our allotted time, and instead of wishing to live forever, we should make the most of that time. ‘Treat each day as though it is your last’ is a worthy goal to try to attain.

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All photographs on this site can be purchased at http://carolineg.redbubble.com/

The use of textures in digital photography can enhance an image, add a new mood and even turn a rather mundane photo into a piece of art!

Here is one simple way of using layers in Photoshop, with some examples of how I have transformed a few of my images.

Step 1) Open up the canvas with the texture on it. Select the entire picture by right clicking on the picture with the lasso tool or the rectangular marquee tool (both located on the main vertical menu). The “moving ants” all the way around the picture indicate the picture is selected.

Step 2) On the top horizontal menu, click Edit and then Copy on the drop-down menu.

Step 3) Now open up the canvas with the photo you’re going to applying the texture to. Again, go to Edit on the top menu select Paste. This should put the texture on top of the photo you’re applying the texture to. At this time you should not be able to see the photo, only the texture on top. You may have to resize your texture image, as it must cover the whole of your photograph.

Step 4) Open up the layers menu on the right side.

In the layers box you need to right click on the layer with the texture. (There should be only 2 or 3 layers here). Next, select Blending Options.

Step 5) You will now be at a large menu. Highlighted in blue on the left side should be Blending Options: Default. We are going to use both the Opacity and Blend Mode under General Blending at the top. Click the drop-down menu under Blend Mode and select Overlay (towards the middle of the menu). This will now make the texture over the photo more transparent. The default Opacity should be 100%.

Have a play around with the Opacity to get the effect you want, and remember you need to flatten your work and save!

You can obtain ‘textures’ from various sites – for example, or you can go out and take photographs to make your own..a fun job in itself!

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I’ve decided I want to blog more…in fact, as I am fairly new to blogging, i though this would be great motivation for me!

While my ‘main’ reason to blog is about photography – I also want to do some writing and sharing – so this is perfect.

Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Caroline

 

 

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