Wednesday, December 29, 2010

9/52 - Tennis

Tennis
Tennis

With December coming to an end and the Australian open kicking off early next year, I figured I'd shoot something Tennis related. I had seen a similar photograph taken by David Hobby a while ago and had been waiting for an opportunity to try the lighting technique he used. This is the result.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

St Peters Square - Vatican City

A fountain in st Peters Square - Vatican City
A fountain in St Peters Square - Vatican City 

While we were in Rome, we stayed just outside the Vatican City. On one of our first nights in the city, I decided to have a look at St Peters square with the hope that it wouldn't be too crowded. It was close to  11.00 PM when I walked in and I was surprised with the number of people still in the square. It was by no means crowded but there were at least a couple of hundred people milling about.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

8/52 - Merry Christmas!

Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations 

I know I have published a photograph of this figurine before but decided to use it as a subject for this weeks shot anyway. The figurine and the presents are decorations for the Christmas tree.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Buckingham Palace - London, England

Buckingham Palace from The Mall.- London, England
Buckingham Palace from The Mall.- London, England 

While we were in London we visited Buckingham Palace hoping to see the changing of the guard. We got there quite early and as we had time to kill, decided to go for a walk instead of hanging around outside the Palace. We walked up The Mall towards Trafalgar Square, when the photograph above was taken, and back through St James Park. I decided to capture this image when I noticed the black cabs, which are quintessentially English, travelling towards us with the Palace in the background.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

7/52 - Christmas Candle

A Christmas Candle
A Christmas Candle 

This is a quick shot of a candle that my wife has decorated with Holly and placed on our dining table for Christmas. I was out of ideas and had to come up with an image for today and this is the result.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wagtail

Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) - New South Wales, Australia
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) - New South Wales, Australia 

I thought I'd go back to my bird / wildlife photographs for a change and give you guys a break from Europe.

The wagtail is a common resident found throughout Australia. It is very restless and its name is derived from the fact that it constantly waves its tail from side to side. It is the best known of the Australian Fantails. I have photographed these birds in Sydney, in the hunter region and at Myall lakes on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

6/52 - Bauble

A Bauble for the Christmas tree
A Bauble for the Christmas tree

It seems to be getting harder to come up with ideas for this project.... and I am only 6 weeks in! If any of you have any suggestions as to where to look for inspiration, please let me know via the comments.

The Christmas decorations have now gone up at home. This is one of the Baubles from the Christmas tree.

For those of you who are interested in lighting information and setup shots, please read on.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France

The Apollo Fountain - Versailles, France 

The Royal palace in Versailles was the seat of power in France from 1682 during the reign of King Louis XIV. It was originally a hunting lodge but was expanded in to a palace in 4 separate phases of building. King Louis XIV's decision to move the court from Paris to Versailles was based on his need to extract more control over the government from the nobility. The Royal family was forced to return to Paris in October 1789, once the French revolution started.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

5/52 - Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations 

Shops and department stores have been decorated for Christmas since early November which is ridiculous. Since December has arrived I don't feel too bad to upload the first Christmas pictures of the year. This shot is of one of the ornaments which will end op on our Christmas tree, whenever we get around to putting one up. I introduced a bit of  "home made bokeh" to add a bit of colour to the image.

For those of you interested in the lighting info and a setup shot, read on.
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