The Changing Seasons: June 2017

Close up shot of fallen Liquidamber (?) leaf against black background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The last leaf. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

It’s mid-winter here; although some days you would be totally forgiven for believing it’s still summer.

Days that began in heavy mist have ended with us barefoot and t-shirt clad on a beach.

If there is a theme (or perhaps an obsession) in this month’s photos, it is light. Harsh light, filtered light, reflected light — or just the focus on a single object in the dark.

Close-up shot of arum lily, against black background. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

Arum lily. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The Changing Seasons  is a blogging challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

The Changing Seasons V1:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

The Changing Seasons V2:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

 

DP Photo Challenge: evanescent, take 2

Sharing secrets? Girls at the LUX Light Festival, Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Sharing secrets? Girls at the LUX Light Festival, Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The LUX Light Festival of Wellington has ended. Over 10 nights, thousands of visitors came to watch an ever-changing play of light and dark in a series of sculptures and installations around the city.

The cinema of the washing line. Images projected onto giant petticoat and bloomers. The Light Launder, by Raysordoll, seen at the LUX Light Festival, Wellington. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The cinema of the washing line. Images projected onto giant petticoat and bloomers. The Light Launder, by Raysordoll, seen at the LUX Light Festival, Wellington. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Woman standing against projection of the word LUX, at the LUX Light Festival in Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

LUX. Light Festival in Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The word LUX in lights, seen in Eva Street, Wellington during the LUX Light Festival. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

LUX. Light Festival, Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Daily Post Photo Challenge | evanescent

 

DP Photo Challenge: Shine, take 2

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Double-exposure. Late afternoon sun shining through the trees. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Fused.

Photography is all about light; about capturing how and where, and the intensity with which it shines.

In the montages here, two shots of the same view are overlaid. The first shot was in focus, showing trees silhouetted against the sky. The second shot was out of focus, reducing the image to blob and bokeh.

The difference between the two montages is largely an effect of the intensity of the light electronically shone in the editing process.

Photo-montage of sunlight through trees and same shot out of focus to give bokeh effect. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Fused.

Double-exposure. Late afternoon sunlight through the trees. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Fused.

Shared as a contribution to the  Daily Post Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is shine.

 

Let there be light

Photo: Su Leslie 2012

Photo: Su Leslie 2012

Humans are diurnal creatures; we operate in the daytime and rely on vision as one of our principal senses (if not THE principal sense). For that we need light. Arguably, our ability to create light – fire, candles, electric lamps – has transformed human culture, allowing us to work, play, create during the hours when the Earth is naturally dark.

All lit up; Auckland's Sky Tower, an office building and St Patrick's Cathedral in the foreground. Photo: Su Leslie 2011

All lit up; Auckland’s Sky Tower, a hotel and St Patrick’s Cathedral in the foreground. Photo: Su Leslie 2011

Light is one of the oldest, most powerful and most pervasive symbols. It can invoke knowledge, enlightenment, spirituality, purity and the divine. We use the word “enlighten” to mean sharing or imparting knowledge – literally to shed light upon. Religious teachers speak of spreading light in darkness. It has also been co-opted to underpin centuries of racist oppression and discrimination in the contrast of “light” and “dark” skin.

In New Zealand, as in much of the world, we take light for granted. Our electricity supply is reliable and largely affordable. For how long  -who knows? But it does mean that light has become decorative; we illuminate buildings and structures because it looks good and we can.

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Su Leslie 2010

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Su Leslie 2010

Sometimes we illuminate buildings to share more than beauty. For a few days around the 25th April, the Auckland War Memorial Museum stages the Anzac Illuminations; with archival footage of New Zealand’s war stories projected onto the facade of the Museum. Hundreds of Aucklanders visit on each nights of the illuminations. We take blankets and cushions, picnics, friends and children and we watch a few moments of silent film played against one of city’s iconic buildings. It is part of the way we remember those who have served in the many conflicts our small, relatively young country has been involved in.

Anzac Illuminations, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: Su Leslie 2012

Anzac Illuminations, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: Su Leslie 2012

Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: Su Leslie 2010

Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: Su Leslie 2010

This post was written as part of the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. You can find out more about “Let there be light” here.

And here are some other posts on the theme that I’ve enjoyed:

http://offthelava.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

http://neophytephotographer.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

WPC: Let There be Light

http://theamateurcamera.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

http://artbea.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

http://morganebyloosphoto.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

http://brecore.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light-2/

http://underthemonkeytree.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

http://belgianstreets.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

http://redstuffdan.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light-2/

http://bopaula.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/wpc-let-there-be-light/