Sunday, February 27, 2011

Massive cans

Hi-dey ho all, here's another picture I took for homework yesterday. The homework was to take a picture of three cans :p exciting, I know! But I suppose we had to be creative about the whole thing. We weren't allowed to decorate them, or photoshop the image. Here's what I came up with!



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clothes line

We've been getting a few little homework assignments at college the past weeks, and this is just one I did. We were given the task of taking a photo of a clothes line or hills hoist for our Lighting Principles class - keeping lighting in mind of course.


I've never really been much of a black and white photographer, but I've really started seeing the pros of it for when colour isn't important (or when it's distracting). I am of course a huge colour fan and usually take photos with it in mind, but this photo for example, colour was just distracting!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Frankie Says Relax



Took this photo for Visual Communications homework. We did an exercise where we had to free write whatever came into our heads without stopping for 8 minutes, we then had to pick one word that stood out to us, and it turns out we had to 'photograph' that word! My word was relax, I was actually talking about how I couldn't relax but I'm not having quite so much trouble with that now... so I just took a photo of a little relaxing setting of mine! You see, I have to do about 3 things at once if I want to relax nowadays :p
Anywho, one of my lecturers, Tania, said it was like a self portrait... and I agree.

Also, this is my new room (still obsessed with windows!)

banana muffins

Good afternoon bloggers! 

Well today was a semi lazy day for me, I've watched a lot of The Office, done homework for school and generally hidden from the heat in my room. 

I decided to bake banana muffins this afternoon when being in my room was becoming a bit monotonous. It's not my own recipe, but it's a nice one and quite healthy too so I thought I'd share it (plus I got to take pictures of it of course).

This recipe is from the Frankie magazine Afternoon Tea book. 


mixture

1 tablespoon butter, melted, plus 1/4 cup, extra
2 cups plain flower
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon mixed spice (I didn't use this because I didn't have it)
2 eggs
5/8 cup (155ml) butter milk (or milk with a squeeze of lemon juice, which I used)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed


preheat oven 230 degrees Celsius. Using melted butter, generously grease a 12-hole muffin pan and set aside (I used two 6 hole pans because a big one wouldn't fit in my tiny oven!)

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.



In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a wire whisk or rotary beater until they are pale yellow in colour and fall in a steady ribbon from the whisk. Add the remaining butter, the buttermilk and lemon juice to the eggs and stir well.

Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture as quickly as possible. Do not over-mix as the ingredients should be just combined. Fold in the mashed banana.



Divide the batter evenly between the holes in the prepared muffin pan. Place the pan in the centre of the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres of the muffins comes out clean.


Remove the muffins from the oven. Cool in the pan for about 4 minutes and then turn them out onto a plate, if you are serving them warm. Dust with icing sugar for presentation.



Makes 12.

Enjoy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Calypso

It's funny, I would have thought my blogging would have gone through the roof when I finished up at work and had heaps more time. But I've realised, I blog a lot more when I'm procrastinating! Not that I don't want to blog at the moment, but I'm just having a hard time coming up with content to blog every day! I put this down to the heat, my lack of friends at the moment in Sydney and the heat again.

However, I'd say in a month or less I'll be back to blogging in full swing, especially considering I just finished my first week of college! Woo!

First week was good, didn't get to take many photos but that's not a surprise, we're just learning the basics at the moment. I'm really quite excited about my visual communications subject, and Lighting Techniques is interesting me a lot too.

Any who, these pictures aren't particularly exciting but I thought I'd post them anyway. Yesterday we had to run around The Rocks and just take a few photos, trying to focus on getting out exposure just right... which is surprisingly hard. The main goal was to get the exposure level on the exposure meter in the middle, but then the correct exposure also had to show in the histogram. I don't know, it was hard. :p Here are some shots anyway!


This cool building on the waterfront has a wall completely filled with stacked strawberry pot plants. Unfortunately, all the strawberries were shrivelled and the plants were wilting, except up the top.
Actually, at a second look, I see a full strawberry there in the bottom left corner. Dammit! Should have eaten it :p



Ziggy's lower half :p






Some dudes rockin the tandem bike. This wasn't correctly exposed, for the record :p

Monday, February 14, 2011

Froudist


Before I left Orange I did a photo shoot with Hanli and Sophie, Sophie painted Hanli who modelled. The idea originally came from me suggesting a forest themed shoot with a forest nymphish type girl - and Hanli and Sophie elaborated on it!

Here's just one of my favourites from the shoot...


While I was doing the shoot I found myself thinking of this artist, Brian Froud. My sister Beki has always been a big Brian Froud fan, and we always had one of his books in my house when I was growing up. His drawings of faeries, pixies and goblins kind of freak me out... but I also really like them.

Here are some Brian Froud pieces...






Friday, February 11, 2011

Might as well face it you're addicted to love

Good (early early) morning everyone!

Today I finally got the chance to do a kind of outfity/self portrait shoot :) it's been a while!
This one's taken in my room in my new house. I know the window isn't particularly exciting but I'm used to have not particularly photogenic windows so it excites me so much to have a photogenic window!






Dress is Quirky Circus
Hat is from a shop in Wellington, NZ called Swonderful :) (i lost the tie piece of fabric that went on it a day after i bought it! that damn Wellington wind!)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

No beard, no good?

Last Friday night I got the opportunity to photograph The Beards, a hilarious and brilliant band from Adelaide in Aus. I'd heard some of the Beards before and enjoyed them, and then when FasterLouder asked if anyone would like to photograph their Sydney concert I jumped at the opportunity!


The Beards are a band of men with... beards. And they sing about beards. It's all generally a bunch of beard pride. Anywho, they do so with a lot of enthusiasm and it makes for an absolutely brilliant show, especially for the bearded guys in the crowd.













It's a whole lot of beard touching and no beard hating. I already thought that I'd want a beard you know, if I was a man. Now I'm convinced :p











Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wish I had a mango tree...

in my back yard...

Hello blogworld! Ahhh, it's been quite a shocking amount of time since I last posted, but I'm back now, and hopefully better than ever! :p Haha, or at least... better than the last 2 weeks. I think that's how long it's been...
Anyway, to explain myself, two things. 1. I moved to Sydney last week. Ahhhhh! Freak out. First time I've moved out of home, living in a share house, being all independent and stuff, freaky. 2. My laptop broke :( :( :( I don't know what happened but it just stopped and I tried and tried to fix it (erasing all my stuff from the hard drive in the process, the last two months of which was not backed up...) and it finally came back from repairs today, hurrah, I love you laptop! And I've promised to look after it much better and give it lots of encouragement and laptop pats (am I sounding like a lunatic? Ah well.)

So I have a few posts to... post, but I thought I'd just start with some nice pictures I took of my new house! For all of those who might be interested. Sarah, one of my new flatmates, has decorated the house beautifully with all this vintage furniture and stuff and I just love it and I had a little wander around one afternoon snapping away.


This is my back yard. And that is a mango tree. I kid you not. Okay, so the mango tree isn't in my back yard, but that just makes it more exciting and song-worthy to me. For those of you who don't know the song by Angus and Julia Stone, I might as well link it here too!


That appears to be a tiny little video, but ah well you can just listen to it. I don't know why it's like that :p 
Anyway, it's a goodun. So, some of you that aren't from country NSW may be wondering why I'm so excited, but you must understand that my entire life I haven't lived somewhere tropical enough to even.. think about growing a mango tree. Granted, I'm not the biggest fan of tropical weather, but this is a step in the right direction. I think the rule is that if the fruit is growing over my side of the fence then I get to take it... and that big one doesn't appear to be... but a bird might... accidentally knock it off? Shhh!






my hat rack, and the palms outside the window to brighten up the brick wall :)

View from outside my window...

The amazing vase my mum bought me and a spider web I didn't see until I looked at this photo on the viewfinder :)

That's all for now, I start college next week and I hope to be bringing to plentiful updates from now on!