Bathed in natural light

Evening light on Kawaha Pt. and Mt Ngongotaha, Rotorua. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Evening light on Kawaha Pt. and Mt Ngongotaha, Rotorua. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

Sometimes a moment is so perfect, you have to stop what you are doing and appreciate it. Last Friday night the Big T and I were driving along beside Lake Rotorua when I saw these amazing shafts of light. The Big T obligingly pulled over so that I could take some photos.

This image speaks so much to me of how nature constantly presents us with jaw-dropping beauty; it’s up to us to open our eyes to it.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

From this to this; in less than an hour

The open road; big skies and few cars. Travelling through the north Waikato. image: Su Leslie, 2016.

The Big T and I have been WY for the weekend. We drove home on a series of quiet back roads for as long as possible. But finally, we had to join the motorway and almost immediately hit traffic. Heigh ho; welcome to Auckland.

In front and behind; cars and more cars. Southern Motorway, south Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016.

Something from nothing: playing with the digital left-overs

Edited close-up shot of feather. Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Maybe it’s my Scottish Presbyterian childhood, but I hate waste.

I compost, recycle, re-use, re-purpose. Every few days I feel compelled to empty the fridge of left-overs, which makes for some interesting (but usually tasty enough) meals.

Why am I telling you this?

When I was thinking of a post for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge, it occurred to me that — however silly it may sound — I have the same approach to my photos. Shots that don’t quite work but aren’t completely dud have a tendency to end up in the digital equivalent of the “you never know, it might come in handy someday” box.

Which I guess makes photo-editing tools the mechanism for turning digital leftovers into something … um, tasty? Or at least fun.

Photo-montage; feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Photo-montage; feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables, Fused and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Photo-montage; feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables, Fused and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Photo-montage; feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables, Fused and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Photo-montage; feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables, Fused and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

Photo-montage; feather. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables, Fused and Pixlr. Su Leslie, 2016

You’ll find Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.