PhotoGRAPHy 101: Week 1

As I have been travelling for two days during this week I haven’t had the time to register for this challenge  so I am putting together a post to meet the five themes introduced this week and at the same time introduce you to my new neighbourhood (albeit temporary).

Home

HomeSydney, NSW, Australia is home to 4.576 million people and is the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is also home to my eldest son and family.

 Street

Corso in Manly

The Corso in Manly is one of Sydney’s more famous streets and runs from the harbour side at Manly Wharf to the ocean side at Manly Beach. In my image the focus is on the Victorian building on the left of the street with the palm trees and the people forming the background.

Water

Sydneysiders are lucky to have many beautiful beaches on their doorstep. This is the surf at Dee Why, one of the northern beaches. Finding this odd iron piling along the beach I couldn’t decide whether a vertical or horizontal composition suits it best. Which version do you prefer?

Bliss

Bliss
Lorenzo in his ‘sunnys’

This theme asks you to consider what the word bliss means.   To me, today, bliss means that first cuddle with a new grandchild. Bliss to him was wearing his shades to block out the glare of that Australian sunshine.

Solitude

solitude

The Manly Scenic Walkway at Shelly Beach. Today we are asked to consider placement of the subject in a photograph. My focus was on the bench, but I waited until a solitary figure appeared on the bend of the track and lined up the horizon with the metal railings to frame the sea from the sky. I was also rather pleased that the bench colour matched the sea and the lines were at a nice angle to the lines of the railings. Often a photo can look to be accidental, but I moved around quite a bit to get this deliberate shot.

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Heyjude

I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

46 thoughts on “PhotoGRAPHy 101: Week 1”

  1. Oh my! Where to start?! Wow – Grandson!! Australia!! Congrats – hope you have a wonderful visit full of squishy baby moments 🙂

    I really like all your photos – but especially the solitude one. I liked your explanation of how you lined up the shot. It gave me a different appreciation of the photo.

    1. I know I am too late to register for the challenge, and probably won’t have wi-fi after this week anyway, but I thought it would be an interesting way to show a few photos from where I am at the moment. Glad you are enjoying them. I don’t post family photos as a rule, but he is the exception 😀

  2. Ohhhhhh I just wanna smooch that handsome little tyke and sniff his baby smells . Yummy 😘. Bliss for sure!!!

    I like the horizontal iron picture and wish I was on the beach.

  3. I wondered where you were…I agree with FWF above, vertical works best for me. I also think the bench picture would work equally as well, maybe even better, without the lone figure.
    Enjoy the sun, and your family too of course!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  4. Love the blue seat one – and the alignment of horizon and fence shows you don’t just point and shoot.

    But your grandson is delicious. How will you ever leave him? It’s a wonderful photo and a true manifestation of bliss.

    1. Most times I do consider a shot, but often I just see something and click. Occasionally I study the scene for a while before deciding on the angle. I really need to cut down on the number of photos I take o_O

  5. How lovely to be with your family, Jude. Your grandson is just adorable, and I love those cool shades. he looks like a real celebrity, which I suppose he is. 🙂 That beach certainly looks like bliss to me. Prefer the horizontal. Have a marvellous trip. 🙂

    1. Thanks Aletta. Not much time (or connection) to blog so I thought I’d just select a few shots to whet the appetite. I’ll be posting about this trip all through the long winter no doubt 😀

    1. No consensus on the orientation so far! I’d prefer the horizontal if I had sw to straighten that horizon. Crooked horizons bug me, unless they are deliberately angled. Lorenzo is in NZ at the moment, but I’ll be joining him there in a couple of weeks for more cuddles 😀

    1. I was surprised that he kept them on. In my experience babies grab everything off their faces, but I guess he is just used to them, and they are pretty essential as the light here is very bright – wish I could bottle it and take some home with me.

  6. I’m not a baby person (understatement!) but I agree with the other comments, that is one ‘cool dude’ baby. I like the reflection in his sunnies too. As for the post shot, I like the landscape version. I hope you’re enjoying your Oz trip!

    1. Ah, now the horizontal vs vertical has evened itself out again! Babies are fine when you can hand them back to their parents and this one is exceptionally good (so far).

  7. Gorgeous, looks like you are having a wonderful time and what a cutie your grandson is…at last, you get your cuddles 🙂 Now if that isn’t bliss then I don’t know what is. Have a wonderful time Jude, I look forward to catching up with you again soon… xx

    1. Waiting for pick-up back to son’s flat and managed to hook into the free wifi in the lobby. I’m not sure how long it will last though so using it to check comments and browse posts rather than posting myself. Grandson has disappeared off to the ‘land of the long white cloud’ to visit his other grandparents, but I shall be joining them in a couple of weeks time for more cuddle time. Meanwhile I shall try and explore more of the Sydney environs, if it doesn’t become TOO hot (supposed to be in the 30 s this week – that’s not good for me), then I’m off south to meet up with a fellow blogger to explore her region.

  8. Nice to ‘place’ you in the landscape, Jude 🙂 I like the horizontal shot please and that sweetheart in the sunglasses. I’m starting to forget what sunglasses are for 😦

    1. Horizontal is now ahead, but the horizon still bugs me. Not quite straight enough 😦

      Sunnies are essential here, the light is so strong and bright it makes your eyes hurt – or that may be the cold I have had!

  9. Bloody tireless, you are, Jude ! – thank all the gods ! [grin]
    ‘Cause otherwise everyone wouldn’t get to see how super Sydney is (and no, I’m not one whit biased !).
    😀
    I agree with Jo.

      1. Or even a connection, eh, me old china ?
        😐
        Reminds me about the bloody Sheraton on the Park … That’s one thing you should be sure to pass on …

    1. So lovely to have an excuse to visit OZ, not that I need an excuse but I have neglected it over the last decade as son has managed to get over to the UK regularly with his daughter. Good to see Sydney again and I’m sure the Bookfayries would love the glamour here if they like heat that is. I’m afraid too hot makes me wilt. And 30 degrees is too hot 🙂

      1. Yes, that’s too hot for me, but Siri and Selma don’t care, they are not affected and would L<3VE to see the glamour in Sydney! 😉
        Keep chilling, Jude and don't forget to drink a lot!

  10. Perfect interpretation of all the daily themes this week Jude. What an adorable grandson, and so Aussie with the shades on. The colours and composition of that last photo is a stand-out, I love it. BTW I think I prefer the horizontal water shot.

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