Autumn light

We’re well into autumn now, but it can be hard to tell most days, with sunny, blue skies, and evergreen trees and shrubs. There isn’t much of those gorgeous reds and oranges from the falling leaves. But if you look closely, particularly at sunset, you’ll catch a glimpse of that unmistakably warm, autumn light.

Dee Why

Dee Why you ask? No idea 🙂 Sources point to a note made by an early explorer in his notebook, where he marked the spot as ‘Dy’.

Evening at the stunning Dee Why. It’s a beach a few kilometers north of Manly (one of the two iconic Sydney beaches). Frequented more by locals then tourists, it’s much smaller then Manly, but has some really nice features — two playgrounds for kids, a large grassy field perfect for picnics or games (pictured 😉 ), a bike path, golf course next door, ocean pool, cafes and restaurants, and last but not least amazing views all around.


This image was taken with iPhone X, edited in Lightroom CC, my new fave app ❤

Looking up

I struggle with photography these days. I’d like to do more if it, but can’t seem to find worthy subjects. Photographing the everyday things feels boring. I love to travel and take photos, but there’s not much opportunity for that these days, and pretty soon it’s going to go down to zero for a while. But I read recently something that deeply resonated with me – your everyday life, no matter where you live, is foreign or even exotic to someone else.

I live in Sydney – a dream travel destination for many. While living here isn’t all sunshine and surf — I spend most of the time within a few miles radius of my house, in my non-beach suburb — it’s still pretty good. There’s beautiful greenery and my beloved palm trees, the weather is fabulous most of the year, and I do get to go the beach, often every week. So I’m going to try to get over the fact that I’m photographing the same things a lot, and focus on photographing my everyday with purpose.

Lately we’ve been blessed with amazing sunsets, full of warm light, and incredible colors. This was one of those days, when I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and snapping a few pictures in my backyard. All it took to find inspiration, was to look up.

And after a few minutes sky turned orange during this glorious sunset.

Photo challenge: Five

 

A sample of my food photography props. I left 95% of my props back in Poland, and I’m slowly building my collection back up. More intentionally this time around. Old cutlery is my soft spot though, so I already acquired a fair number of quirky forks and spoons. Hopefully I can carve out some time for actual food photography soon too.

Photo challenge: Chaos

This week’s  52 frames photo challenge is titled “chaos”. My first instinct was to just snap a photo of my kitchen (or desk), but ain’t nobody wants to see that 🙂 After discarding that idea, I drew a blank. The word “chaos” is used casually quite a lot, but according to dictionary.com, chaos is:

a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order

which made me realize I can easily think of things that are messy, or cluttered, or random, but not truly chaotic. I was determined to come up with something though, so I decided to create my own chaos. Armed with paint samples and MDF board, I made this food photography background. I know it doesn’t look like much up close, but trust me, it will work nicely blurred in the distance.

Chaos

I’ll probably create a few more of those too, cause it was a lot of fun, and does not require any art skills whatsoever. 😉

Photo challenge: Texture

I’m not into photo communities, since most of them turn out to be way too competitive for me, but I do like a challenge 🙂 So I decided to loosely follow 52 Frames weekly challenges, and post the photos here.

This week the challenge was to capture texture. Initially I drew a blank, but then I noticed this wonderfully scaly, imperfect avocado sitting in my fruit basket on the counter. I tried to capture that rough texture, and subtle green-to-purple color gradient of the skin as best as I could.

This picture was taken with Fuji XT2, 60mm f 2.4, exposure 1/30 sec, ISO 800.

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