Monthly Archives: November 2013

To Kill an Elf

127. And then I stopped counting.

127 Christmas trees at the local shopping center.

And it is only November 27th.

There was this facebook post going around last week, that informed the reader of the fact that every Christmas tree being put up before December 1st will kill a Christmas elf.

The first born told us about it at dinner. The look of total shock and horror on the young one’s face!

For the record: we have never put up our big tree that early (I don’t even want to know how much dust it collects in four weeks!), but, knowing this monstrous truth, obviously, there is no WAY, we can even put up the teeny weeniest one for early Advent decoration now.

So, nothing that looks remotely like a Christmas tree, whether in a leafy or chocolaty or a plastic sort of way in our house till next Sunday. Save the elves!

Since I cannot show you the photo of a Christmas tree, I’m sending you some sparkle instead. We all can do with some sparkle at Christmas 🙂



A Confession

Black-and-white images tend to not be starkly contrasted black and white, but combine black and white and a vast range of shades of grey (nothing to do with THAT book!).

Of course movies were originally in black-and-white, as were cartoons and photography. TV changed to colour as early as 1963 if you lived in the US, 1967 if you lived in the UK, and not so very long ago if you lived in Australia, who kept airing black-and-white broadcasts till 1975.

Newspapers and computers changed from monochrome prints and screens, and today fewer and fewer people have experienced the ‘good old times’ in black-and-white. For today’s generation it is an almost ancient thing. My eldest stayed up with us recently to watch a movie from 1992. Anxious, he asked ‘Is it in black-and-white?’.

Today newspapers limit their colour print due to costs, some modern film directors shoot movies occasionally in black and white as an artistic choice, but it is much less common for big Hollywood productions. It is, however, very much present in landscape, portrait and what is called Fine Art photography.

I do like black-and-white photography. Many times it is the only perfect choice for a photo, as colour would only take away from the overall effect.

However, I confess, I love colour and I do have colour dependency issues. So when I took this photo, I knew I wanted it in black-and-white, but I had to leave those flowers yellow, for a splash of colour  🙂


Good as New

This restoration might just have come in the nick of time.

Mold was present, the photo had water damage, and started to turn yellow altogether .

I fixed the big scratch, all the water blotches, the mold, worked on colour and contrast, and voila …

Pretty little girl on a special day. Taken in the late 1930s. Ready to last another 80 years  🙂


Hot And Smokey Days

It has been too hot already. It’s only spring for heaven’s sake!

Strong winds and extreme temperatures already brought us severe bushfires.

I don’t cope well with the heat, even less with the hot winds. And on some days the smoke was so bad outside that I had trouble coping with that, too.

If I’m not pacing through the house every 30 seconds checking the bush at the back of our property, I’m searching for things to photograph inside the house. No-one would know about fires and smoke and tragedy, just looking at these photos.

Please spare a moment thinking of all the people who have lost everything. Thank you.




To Print or Not To Print

That is the question that divides the photographic community even more than the answer to ‘if Nikon is from Mars, is Canon from Venus?’ or whether to give the client the photos of their photo shoot at all.

If you have a business you have to make decisions about your job work flow. Once the decision on how you ‘run things’ is made, you ‘run’ with it. But, nothing is ever set in stone, and one should never be afraid of changing things. After all, habits and opinions can change, and so can trends.

Trends come and go. You might not like some, personally, but the world really does not care about what you think, which is the hardest lesson to learn, I find.

For a business, in the end it comes down to the clients. If the majority of your clients are after something in particular, it would be foolish not to somehow find a way of embracing it, putting your own pride and vanity aside. We want to be professional, after all.

A wedding photographer probably won’t get away without providing prints and photo-books and canvas in their package. Because that’s what the clients expect to get.

For me: most clients of photo shoots want to get one or two prints to give to Mum or Pop or Aunty Kate for their birthday or for Christmas, maybe a nice acrylic print to hang in their own house, but prints on paper … hm… no, sorry, I think that ‘trend’ is all but gone, certainly for portrait photography.

What clients do want, and ask for all the time, is whether they can share the photos online. Emailing them to their brother on the other side of the world, sharing them with all their friends on Facebook.

This is the new trend. People share photos on social media, no matter what I personally may think of it. And having been a client of photo shoots myself, I could never wrap my head around why photos with my face on them are not mine to keep. Personal opinion here.

So my clients now receive the photos from their photo shoot both in a high resolution version for printing, and in a low resolution version with my logo on it, for easy online sharing. Best of both worlds, I hope.

And no, the thumb drive doesn’t just get delivered in a plain old envelope, but with a bit more style, box and ribbon and all.   🙂