An upward glance or two; in black and white

Upwards is not an angle I shoot from often (though I don’t know why not … I’m not exactly tall). Maybe I just haven’t figured out how to make the composition work for me … yet.

Thanks to Sonel for a challenging black & white theme for this week.

Here are some other posts I like on the theme:

http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-weekly-challenge-upward/

http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-photography-upwards-theme/

http://verenacave.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-upward/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-photo-challenge-upward/

http://alwaysbobswife.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/blackwhite-photo-challenge-upward/

http://holley4734.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-white-photo-challenge-upward/

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-photo-challenge-upward/

http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/i-raised-my-eyes-upward/

http://beatsofpieces.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-photo-challenge-upward/

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Masterpiece: a harmony of taste, craft and simplicity

Home-made marmalade on toast, and a good coffee. A breakfast masterpiece.

Home-made marmalade on toast, and a good coffee. A breakfast masterpiece.

Ok, so it’s not the Sistine Chapel, but there is a perfection in producing simple food from good ingredients.

I didn’t bake the bread, but I did make the marmalade from grapefruit grown in my backyard. I made the coffee; and now that I’ve learned to drive our expresso machine – and fluff the milk – it’s just like a bought one!

Last spring we planted our first proper vege garden. All summer and well into autumn we harvested tomatoes, peppers, herbs, courgettes, radishes, beetroot and a few others bits and pieces. Every perfect red tomato, each sprig of thyme or bunch of spring onions was a masterpiece; grown in soil we’d prepared, fed with compost we’d made, watered with rainwater from our roof, and ultimately eaten a few metres from where it was picked.  Perfection!

A response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Masterpiece.

Here are some other masterpieces I like:

http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/

http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/

http://suejudd.com/2013/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/sunrise-beyond-the-metropolis/

http://wrygrass.com/2013/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/

http://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/#

http://photodreamin.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/07/29/weekly-photo-challenge-masterpiece/

 

Amazing what you see on the neighbour’s roof

The view from my bedroom window. Gayhurst House, Buckinghamshire, 1998.

The view from my bedroom window. Gayhurst House, Buckinghamshire, 1998.

Sue’s Word of the Week is roof, and – well I just couldn’t resist. This really was the view from the flat I lived in in Gayhurst House, near Newport Pagnell in England.

I’ve blogged about Gayhurst elsewhere, so I’ll be brief here. The building in the picture was originally a servant’s toilet block, constructed in the 1840s by a former tenant of Gayhurst, Lord Carrington. Somewhat eccentric, Carrington was apparently obsessed with plumbing. This led to the installation of an unexpectedly large (for the time) number of toilets around the house including this –  highly unusual one for his male servants. A History of Gayhurst describes it thus:

… the male servants were provided with a remarkable five-seater lavatory in a circular building which still stands behind the house, surmounted by a carved figure of Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades.
 

This building is now fully attached to the main house and is the living room of one of the apartments.

Thanks to Sue Llewellyn at A  Word in your Ear.

Here are a few other roofs I like:

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-word-a-week-photo-challenge-roof/

http://tehicho.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-word-a-week-challenge-roof/

http://mholloway63.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-word-a-week-challenge-roofs-of-nyc/

http://nosteptooloose.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/word-a-week-challenge-roof/

Black & white abstractions

A reminder that I need to clean the oven.

A reminder that I need to clean the oven.

Maybe I should bake some cupcakes?

Maybe I should bake some cupcakes?

The Film Festival is on at the moment so I'm spending as much time at the Civic as possible.

But the Film Festival is on at the moment so instead, I’m spending some quality time at the Civic Theatre.

I love the ornate wall panels at the Civic Theatre, Auckland.

I love the ornate wall panels at the Civic Theatre, Auckland.

The theme for Sonel’s black and white challenge this week is abstract.

Here are some more posts on the theme that I like:

http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/07/23/black-and-white-weekly-challenge-abstract/

http://travelwithintent.com/2013/07/24/abstract-hidden-gem-manchester/

http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/memory/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/after-the-storm/

http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/black-and-white-photo-challenge-abstract/

http://hgharbin.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-abstract/

http://holley4734.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-abstract/

http://moondustwriter.com/2013/07/23/abstract-in-black-and-white-photography-blackandwhite/

http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/distracted-by-abstract/

http://goomfh.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-abstract/

Black and white: not in my life

If we really do eat with our eyes, I'd be a lot skinnier in a black and white world

If we really do eat with our eyes, I’d be a lot skinnier in a black and white world

food 3

food 4This week for Sally’s black and white Phoneography Challenge, I thought it would be fun to experiment with photos of food.

TV chefs keep telling us we eat with our eyes first  – and if I ever needed evidence for that – I found it trying to capture any sense of the pleasure of eating in black and white food photos.

For me, the only one that works is the coffee shot; and that’s hardly surprising since we order coffee on this spectrum. Luckily for my photographic endeavors, my partner drinks his black, I take milk.

I guess I could have spent some time in the kitchen and constructed a salad of feta cheese and kalamata olives, or bought some licorice allsorts, but that kinda seemed like cheating (and I’d only end up eating all the sweets).

All of these photos were taken on my iPhone and edited with Ultimate Photo Editor Lite.

Fresh from the oven

Fresh baklava; La Cigale, Auckland

Fresh baklava; La Cigale, Auckland

The boy-child and I are back on early morning photography trips; only this time he’s interested in deserted urban landscapes so we don’t have to get up quite as early.

Just as well really because our new favourite breakfast stop – the French Market at La Cigale in Ponsonby isn’t open until 8am and that’s well after sunrise.

Pretty much everything we saw there yesterday looked fresh and appetising, but the tray of baklava really stood out.

for this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge the prompt is fresh.

Here are some posts on the theme that I enjoyed:

http://mrscarmichael.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-wordpress-challenge-fresh/

http://breathofgreenair.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/freshly-poured/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://princessorchid.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://verenacave.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://murphymusthavehadkids.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://theruminantautiodidactic.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://www.wollreflections.com/first-blood/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh-basil/

http://paintedwords1.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/

http://michd74.com/2013/07/20/morning-fresh-weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/