time for some link love

Times flies over us but leaves its shadow behind. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Times flies over us but leaves its shadow behind. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

And another week has gone flying by. Did you know it’s like 17 weeks until Christmas? I’m sure you didn’t want to know that actually but it’s a frightening thought.

I’ve only just got used to saying 2014 and soon it will be 2015.

Anyway, today it’s time for some link love to take you into the weekend ~ may it go slow!

Have a great one!

top 5 // photo-inspired reads


There are two things I bookmark obsessively ~ organisation and photography articles. And so you know, it doesn’t necessarily make me better at either.

But this week a few photography-inspired article caught my eye so for all my photo loving friends, I thought I’d share them here today. And we can bookmark obsessively together!

And hopefully take more, and better, photos!

  1. About the connection The Cameras we bring 
  2.  I get it, but I don’t. So this is handy. The histogram explained.
  3. So true. A reminder for every photographer
  4. 10 creative Instagram accounts to follow.
  5. And a  fun photo tutorial ~ CMYK dissection display



photo-a-day … the story so far


We are eight days into Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day July challenge and so far I’ve taken eight photos!

You know what that means ~ I’m up-to-date! So I thought I would take the moment to post about it while the going was good!

The first five days, pictured above, were red + white, beginning with K [Kellie holding a K1000], match, stars and on the table.

To take the match photo, I balanced my iPhone on its side and snapped the shots using a Shuttr remote which I got in the original Kickstartr last year.

I thought I would also share a little about the stars photo because although I did it quite quickly one afternoon, I was pretty happy with the result and see some other possibilities for the technique.

It was taken in the daytime with some fairylights held up by one of the boys. He stood in a doorway with the darker hallway behind him and the door shielding him from the doorway. [Where deflating number balloons are still residing from my birthday party!]


I then played with it in VSCO Cam, my present go-to processing app at the moment, darkening the exposure slightly for more effect and then used the Tadaa app [the Mr is a huge user of this app so knows it inside out!] to turn the fairylights into stars using their blur filter. They have a range of bokeh shapes just for this purpose which pick up any highlights and turn them into the shapes.

Tadaa is its own burgeoning community of photo users and has been going for a while but also has some really robust filters and techniques inside the app and is continually developing. It also developed a couple of app spin-offs for 3D and SLR.


And to the final three for the first eight ~ View, First and I’ve Never … [in this case I've never had an outdoor bath ... until this day].

Are you playing along with photo-a-day? Are you keeping up?

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