October 2010

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had signed up for the Canon Photo5 Competition this year but I have to admit that even as I was writing that post I was unconvinced that I would actually get around to submitting photos for all 5 briefs, I do have a tendency to flake out on most of the projects I start after all, but I’m happy to report that I did manage to come up with something for all 5 briefs and even managed to submit them on time. Yay for me. If you want to read the briefs in more detail you can do so HERE.

Here are my submissions for this year.

1. Water Droplet: Canon supplied the water dropper and told us to ‘get up close’ I don’t have a macro lens but I’m quite happy with the results anyway. I photographed droplets on my shower curtain. I especially love the way the weave of the fabric is magnified in each droplet. The colours also kind of remind me of a NIN album cover which is quite cool.

2. The bubblegum portrait. This is probably the shot I am least pleased with. I wasn’t really able to come up with a unique idea for this one and without the assistance of a model I was left with no choice but to do a self portrait.

3. Confetti in Motion: For this shot I had originally planned to have the confetti catching alight as it fell toward the flame but when I was reviewing my shots afterwards this one turned out to be my favourite, I like that the confetti is still falling and the smoke is rising up to meet it.

4. Black and White Smoke: This photo is the one I am most proud of, even though it is probably the least inspired of them all. I’m so happy with the definition of the smoke, but truthfully it does look exactly like just about every other entry, it’s definitely not an original concept but I’m proud of it all the same. I really wanted to get a solid black background, but didn’t have anything suitable to use as a background around the house so I ended up using a black jumper. I probably could have edited the shot to make the background black, but my editing prowess ends with being able to crop so the grainy background stayed, I quite like it though.

5. The final brief was ‘Inspired by Sound’ and instead of sending through a prop they gave us the link to a sound clip. Listen to it HERE. Of course my first instinct was something falling but I figured most people would take that approach so instead I went with an Alice in Wonderland theme and took the shot from the perspective of Alice as she suddenly finds herself unexpectedly shrinking.

All in all it was great fun, I really felt quite challenged by the whole thing and considering I don’t really know anything about photography I’m quite proud of the results. Of course I’m not anywhere near the level of some of the entries that were submitted which is a bit daunting but maybe by next year I’ll not only enter, but actually be good enough to have a shot at becoming a finalist! Here’s hoping anyway.

A while ago when I did my 101 places to see before you die post, the lovely Nathan from Blog-of-Nathan asked me to write a list of places I have actually been to. It’s been a long time coming *cough10monthscough* but here it is Nathan! I don’t think I’ll get to 100 but I’ll try and come up with 50 interesting places I’ve been to!

The Daintree Rainforest – Australia (I got married there)
Sentosa Island – Singapore
Ubud – Bali
The Great Barrier Reef – Australia (Scuba Diving – Amazing!)

Bintan Island – Indonesia
Sihanoukville Beaches – Cambodia
Fairy Dell Rainforest – Australia (Our favourite camping destination)
The Plain of Jars – Laos

The Mekong River – Laos, Thailand, Cambodia AND Vietnam – lots of kayaking!
The Buddha Cave Lam Pa Fa – Laos
The Killing Fields – Cambodia

Milford Sound – New Zealand
The Fireball Festival – Thailand
Cancun – Mexico
Malolo Island – Fiji

The Nullarbor Desert – Australia (our car broke down here)
The Great Ocean Road – Australia
Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets –  Thailand

The Big Banana (haha) – Australia
Blue Mountains – Australia
Krabi – Thailand (great Kayaking)
Franz Josef Glacier – New Zealand

Luang Prabang – Laos (Mekong River Tubing Pub Crawl!)
Saigon – Vietnam
Waiheke Island – New Zealand
Hill Tribe Villages in Chaing Mai – Thailand

Janolan Caves – Australia
Nadi (stranded during a flood/cyclone!) – Fiji
Stinky Rotarua – New Zealand
Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Fremantle Markets – Australia
Wonderland Theme Park – Australia (doesn’t exist anymore so it’s worth a mention!)
Adventureland Perth – Australia
Whale Watching in Hervey Bay – Australia

Sunrise in Dunedin – New Zealand
Temora – Australia (not a town worth mentioning except I skydived there)
Umphang Mountains – Thailand (we volunteered at a school there)
Khao Sok National Park – Thailand

Jutajuk Markets Bangkok – Thailand
Cradle Mountain Tasmania – Australia
Orchard Road – Singapore
Sydney Harbor Bridge – Australia

An outward bound course on a strange island I can’t remember the name of – Singapore
The freaky ‘Edge’ platform in the Eureka Tower in Melbourne – Australia
S21 Prisoner Camp – Cambodia
Hopetoun Falls – Australia

Easy Riders Motorcycle tour through Rural Vietnam
Floated down the Murrumbidgee River in a Houseboat – Australia
Linh Phuoc Pagoda – Vietnam
The Great Australia Bight – Australia

Not nearly as interesting as the 101 places to see before you die since I haven’t been to all that many places but hopefully interesting enough!
I have lived in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore so it makes sense that there are a lot of places from those countries. My husband and I also backpacked through South East Asia and spent over 6 months exploring Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in 2005/2006 so we’ve covered a lot of ground there too. I hope to see MANY more places in my time though, if I dream of anything it is spending my life living out of a backpack and exploring the world, now if only I could figure out a way to fund it!
One of the things I love about travelling is being able to cross things off my lists of places to see, and one way that I do that (since EVERYWHERE is on my list) is by adding virtual ‘pins’ to my trip advisor travel map.. here is what my map looks like at the moment.

Not nearly as ‘pinned’ as I would like, that’s for sure!
What cities are pinned on your map? What places are on your ‘must see’ list?

So I’ve been MIA since April, but I thought I’d come in and dust off this old blog of mine and see what’s what.

There’s probably too much to write about in detail in one measly little post so here is a dot point rundown of the last 7 months.

  • Spent 4 weeks in Australia
  • Celebrated my Mum’s 50th
  • Watched my Mum get married (and cried)

  • Came home to find our town flooded
  • Got an eviction notice in the mail (owners returning from OS)
  • Had two lovely visitors from Australia en-route to South America

  • Found out I was pregnant (Wahoo!)
  • Moved house

  • Found a homebirth midwife
  • Stifled agoraphobic tendencies and went to the homebirth meetings in town
  • Grieved the death of my trusty iPod
  • Became the fundraising coordinator for the local homebirth group
  • Had a photo selected to be in the 2011 Yes and Yes calendar

  • Signed up for the Canon EOS Photo 5
  • Realised I am not creative enough to do the Canon EOS Photo 5

  • Got a new (secondhand) iPod Touch and fell in love
  • Survived our first Queenstown winter

  • Buoyed by last year’s success – Signed up for NaNoWriMo

  • Panicked about NaNoWriMo
  • Realised I only have 143 days left in my 101/1001 list and have absolutely no hope of finishing everything (I am 6 months pregnant after all)!!

So, that is the update on me!