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Playing with the in-between bits

22 Oct
The venetian blinds in my office don't do a particulary good job of filtering out the afternoon sun (even wheh they're tilted the right way), but I like the effect make. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

The venetian blinds in my office don’t do a particulary good job of filtering out the afternoon sun (even wheh they’re tilted the right way), but I like the effect make. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

You would think that being involved in organising an outdoor sculpture exhibition, I’d spend a lot of time, er, outside! But lately I’ve hardly left my office, let alone ventured out into actual fresh air. So I’ve resorted to playing with my immediate environment in search of photographic inspiration.

The venetian blinds in my office don't do a particulary good job of filtering out the afternoon sun (even wheh they're tilted the right way), but I like the effect make. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

The venetian blinds in my office don’t do a particulary good job of filtering out the afternoon sun (even wheh they’re tilted the right way), but I like the effect make. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Black and white photography tells stories of contrast and texture. I was surprised at how much of both I managed to squeeze out of a couple of shots.

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Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

The light effects are post-production. I did intend to take the same shot again and again during a day, but I sat down at my desk to just check emails … and, oops, the day was gone. So Instead I’ve worked with the same couple of shots.

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Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

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Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Wordless Wednesday: climbing fences

21 Oct
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Feeling caught on small sharp things at the moment. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

So close to the opening of NZ Sculpture OnShore; too much to do and too many small frustrations. The Big T is away; so I’m playing songs that make me think of him instead.

Six Word Saturday: enjoying the blossom; hoping for fruit

18 Oct
The orange tree is laden with blossom again. Hopefully this year some of the tiny fruit buds will ripen. Sigh. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

The orange tree is laden with blossom again. Hopefully this year some of the tiny fruit buds will ripen. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

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Seeing what’s right in front of me – literally!

16 Oct
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Bubbles on a glass rim. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I’ve spent an awful lot of time at my desk recently and this week has been no exception. So it was a struggle thinking of an image for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge.

As is usual when I’m working silly hours, I’ve drunk a lot of coffee. I drink lattes and I’m quite fussy about them — particularly about the amount of froth I like on the milk (not much). After a particularly good cup, I noticed a little ring of milky bubbles around my glass. That’s what you see above and below — edited in various ways, because I’ve needed distraction.

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Bubbles on a glass rim. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

In just over a month the project I’ve been working on for the past year and a half will be over and my focus will turn outward again. Until that happens, I’m taking pleasure in the small, unexpected pleasures of seeing the minutiae of my world.

Bubbles on a glass rim. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Aviary photo editor.

Looking more like germs under a microscope? Bubbles on a glass rim. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Aviary photo editor.

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Taking iced coffee to the extreme? Bubbles on a glass rim. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to Lab Pro.

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My favourite; a simple woodcut. Bubbles on a glass rim. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to Lab Pro and Aviary photo editor.

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: dreamy

14 Oct
Even on an overcast day, the Pacific Island of Tahiti is the place of my dreams. This is the island of Mo'orea seen from the beach at Punaauia, Tahiti. Photo: Su Leslie, 2010.

Even on an overcast day, the Pacific Island of Tahiti is the place of my dreams. This is the island of Mo’orea seen from the beach at Punaauia, Tahiti. Photo: Su Leslie, 2010.

This post was written for the  Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. It was tempting to offer a shot of Tahitian bure in a golden sunset, but in many ways the day we spent exploring a stretch of coastline at Punaauia in the rain is more memorable and more embedded in my dreams. Tahiti is a magical, dreamy place to which I will return one day.

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Six word Saturday: pretty flowers I’d never seen before

10 Oct
Pretty flowers I'd never seen before. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Karo: or Turpentine tree. I’d never noticed this plant before. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Something new seen on my walk

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt from Cate at Show my Face.

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Nature’s healing touch

10 Oct
Muriwai; looking south from Gannet colony lookout. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Muriwai; looking south from the gannet colony lookout. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned (at least 100 times) that life is really hectic at the moment. My role with NZ Sculpture OnShore has become all-consuming, the boy-child has exams looming, and of course we’re starting to think about life-after-exhibition-and-school —  in particular selling the house and moving on.

Yesterday it all got a bit too much. Not so much the volume of work, but the politics of a voluntary organisation exacerbated by the stress that everyone is under. So I ran away!

Does that make me sound like a quitter? A bad person? To clarify — I ran away for the afternoon. Away from my desk and email and the telephone, to Muriwai, on Auckland’s west coast. I had set out to visit Boric Food Market for some last-minute dinner ingredients but somehow just kept driving.

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Down the hill, turn the corner, and this is the view of Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Muriwai is the first west-coast beach I ever visited. I was about nine, and on a school trip. I was enchanted — I still am. Not being a particularly strong swimmer, I prefer more sheltered beaches for taking a dip, but for a lung-filling walk to clear the cerebral cobwebs, the beaches of New Zealand’s west coast are hard to beat.

Looking north up Muriwai Beach.

Looking north up Muriwai Beach. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

One of the first dates the Big T and I ever went on was to Muriwai. We sat on the cliff at Maori Bay, drank Guinness and listened to Luke Hurley. Unsurprisingly, his song Japanese Overdrive is one of my all-time favourites.

Out to sea from Maori Bay, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Out to sea from Maori Bay, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

The gannet colony, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

The gannet colony, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

I wasn’t gone for long, and I even remembered to drop into Boric. Afterwards I felt better able to cope. Muriwai does that for me.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. You can join in here.

 

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