Arty Stuff

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.


It’s been a while now since I participated in a challenge so I thought it was time to pick up my camera and give their latest challenge a go. Might give me something to blog about in my blog brain freeze of late so that there will be something other than dead air around here. Here is the challenge:

Q&A : The Photographic Interview is running during April 2010

To play, take 1 photograph as your answer to each of the questions below. The aim is to get to know you better, through your photographs

Upload to your blog, flickr account or anywhere else on the net, then come back and share your photographic interview.

1. What is your favourite part of your home
2. Your favourite number
3. The place that holds the most memories
4. One thing you wish you could do, but can’t
5. One thing you wish you could do, and can
6. Someone you don’t see alot
7. Your favourite piece of clothing
8. What do you see in your future?

Anyone else want to join me?
I’ll be back over the next few weeks to share my answers.

Until then you can find me guest posting over at Sharnanigans, writing for Vegan Mainstream, or sharing food on my Vegan Food Blog.


I have just signed up for NaNoWrimo 2009. Last year was my first attempt, and I managed to get to just over 13000 words before declaring defeat, this year I’m hoping to “win”. There’s a good chance I’ll be able to do it. Last year I was working full time and this year I am enjoying a sabbatical so that should work in my favour!

Anyone with me? T? J?

Interestingly November is also the month I start my BA through Macquarie Uni, and is also when we’ll be heading North for our Pearl Jam road trip (Not to mention the excitement that is the New Moon release – oh dear me how embarrassing!) so it looks like it’s going to be a pretty great month!

I thought for once I would start at the beginning instead of jumping right the middle of things like I normally do.

Here is #1 of this months Q&A challenge: What is the first thing you see in the morning?


The background changes, different rooms and cities and states and countries, but for the last six and a half years, this is what I’ve seen when I wake up every morning. Doesn’t matter how unfamiliar the place is this stays the same, it’s part of the reason I find it so easy to pack up my life and move to a different place, home is always that scruffy hair and that faded tattoo.

Don’t forget to check out T & J’s progress as they work through the challenges as well:

blog of nathan

Number 66 on my day zero list is “Participate in a photo scavenger hunt” and while searching online for a suitable web challenge, I came across Turns out, it’s exactly the kind of thing I’ve been looking for. Some of you will know that I’ve quite recently bought myself a little beauty of a camera and I haven’t the slightest idea how to use it property yet. I’m hoping that participating in the challenges will help me learn how to use the camera better. Anyway without any further ado, here is this month’s challenge:

Q&A : The Photographic Interview is running during September 2009

To play, take 1 photograph as your answer to each of the questions below. The aim is to get to know you better, through your photographs :)

Upload to your blog, flickr account or anywhere else on the net, then come back and share your photographic interview.

1. What is the first thing you see in the morning?
2. The biggest thing to happen to you recently/soon?
3. Your best mirror shot
4. The person that you see the most in a week
5. Your favourite shoes
6. Your favourite meal
7. The colour of your eyes
8. Your favourite place to be on a Friday night

I’m off to brainstorm. Anyone else in?