Monday, December 30, 2013

Some Favourite Pics From 2013

Well this blog started out as a photo a day but sadly morphed into a once a week, sometimes even once every 3 or 5 weeks.  I was terribly enthusiastic to start with then the novelty kind of wore off, not the pic taking, just the sitting down and uploading photos with a description. Hopefully I’ll be a bit more conscientious in 2014.
Anyway I thought I’d go through my photos for the last 12 months and single out a few that I really liked and was particularly happy with.
I really like this photo, it was taken in the Botanical Gardens in Adelaide in the autumn.
Photo 30-04-13 10 47 02 AM
This was one of my first attempts at collage using Procreate and layers.
Photo 19-10-2013 8 07 48 pm
Trees figured prominently in my photos this year, especially during winter when they had lost their leaves and became very sculptural.
Photo 15-07-13 11 01 35 AM
My beautiful daughter even posed for some photos for me.
Made with Repix (
Fell in love with lots of painterly apps……..
Photo 7-10-2013 10 19 16 am
Photo 8-09-13 1 42 14 PM
………and blending apps.
Photo 21-12-2013 4 52 18 pm
Photo 18-05-13 3 17 20 PM
Hoping to gain a bit more confidence with street photography.
Photo 23-06-13 1 48 36 PM

And maybe someone may even read my humble little blog.
Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The App Hoarding Continues


Waterlogue a fun new painting app just released in the app store. Quite a basic app with easy to use interface but I though it was a little pricey for what it is. But app whore that I am I bought it anyway.

This is a photo I took the other day and it just piqued my odd sense of humour. A garden bed planted with 4 x 2’s and I just pictured how freaked out the owners would be if they started to sprout.


Photo 12-12-2013 8 35 53 am


So I put it through a couple of different filters in the Waterlogure app and here’s how it looks.


Photo 13-12-2013 7 09 02 am


Photo 13-12-2013 7 10 46 am


And another  shot of fake flowers I took in a store using Hipstamatic and put through Waterlogue


Photo 13-12-2013 6 59 04 am

I think the flower below was Hipstamatic and then I played around in Camera Bag after downloading some more of their filters.

Made with Repix (


The fun NEVER ends!


Friday, December 6, 2013

A Calendar For Next Year


Every year I like to buy a calendar with interesting pictures, but by the time I get around to looking for one all the good ones are usually gone and all that's left are the daggy ones, you know the ones with pics of barely dressed models splayed over muscle cars, or Justin Beiber, or One Direction……..not really my cup of tea. So this year I decided to use my own images and have one printed.


Photo 6-12-2013 4 01 54 pm 


A couple of things I’d do differently is have a white background instead of the patterned one I chose and maybe next time instead of one large image use several images on the one page.


Photo 6-12-2013 4 02 39 pm


This was my workflow for designing the calendar. I went through my camera roll on my ipad and chose 14 images. I then uploaded them to an app called Big Photo and increased the resolution to about 2000 x 2000 so they could be printed at a larger size.

I then sent them all to Dropbox and opened them up on my poor neglected laptop. It was just easier to organize the images in the calendar software on the laptop. I used Harvey Norman’s photo service here in Australia and opted to pick up the calendar in store rather than have it delivered, figured at this time of the year Australia Post would be overloaded and I didn't want it to get lost.

In case your wondering why 14 images as there are only 12 months in a year, one image for the front cover and one on the back, although there was a slight hiccup with the back image…..they printed it upside down! So that's a phone call tomorrow to see if that can be rectified.