One shot – two ways

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is to shoot the same scene in both landscape and portrait orientations. The terms “landscape” and “portrait” imply what we can expect from a shot, and to an extent how we read a series – moving from the establishing landscape shot which provides context – to the portrait which invites us to appreciate detail.

Mostly, that’s what I’ve done – but there are a couple of exceptions!

Sculpture; Te Papa, Wellington

Sculpture; Te Papa, Wellington

Capturing the photographer; reflections in sculpture. Te Papa, Wellington.

Capturing the photographer; reflections in sculpture. Te Papa, Wellington.

Boats; Herald Island wharf. Auckland, NZ

Boats; Herald Island wharf. Auckland, NZ

Detail of boats at Herald Island wharf. Auckland, NZ

Detail of boats at Herald Island wharf. Auckland, NZ

Bar, Aotea Square,  Auckland, NZ

Bar, Aotea Square, Auckland, NZ

Auckland reflected in chair-back. Bar, Aotea Square, Auckland, NZ

Office buildings reflected in chair-back. Bar, Aotea Square, Auckland, NZ

Water feature, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Water feature, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Water feature, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Water feature, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Unexpected emergencies

What happens when ambulances get sick?

What happens when ambulances get sick?

I confess I've sometimes got the pinny strings tangled, but I wouldn't exactly call it an emergency. The mind boggles.

I confess I’ve sometimes got my pinny strings tangled, but I wouldn’t exactly call it an emergency. The mind boggles!

Thanks to Sue (A Word in your Ear), who offered “unexpected” as her Word a Week.

Travel theme: motion

The boy-child doing what the boy-child does.

The boy-child doing what the boy-child does.

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As I’ve mentioned before (Travel Theme: peaceful #2), the boy-child has been pretty much on the go since he was born.

Until recently he played soccer every winter; basketball, touch and rippa rugby for a while. He’s been into gymnastics, snowboarding, skim-boarding – and of course, skating.

He definitely fits the theme of motion – and probably “airborne” as well.

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s my Backpack for this week’s theme.

A thousand thank yous

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This little message popped up in my feed last night and I’m pretty chuffed!

ZimmerBitch started out last September as a bit of a giggle – a side-project from my family history blog Shaking the Tree. I wrote a couple of posts then forgot about it until earlier this year.

But thanks to you – visitors, readers, likers and comment-leavers – ZimmerBitch has become really important to me. It’s become my space to think through and get feedback on issues that matter to me (like learning to parent my teenage son). Your generosity in reading my musings and offering thoughtful, funny and helpful comments is humbling.

And – quite unexpectedly – ZimmerBitch has re-awoken my interest in photography. The weekly challenges posed by The Daily Post, Lens and Pens By Sally, Where’s my Backpack and A Word in Your Ear have all inspired me to dust off my camera or whip out my iphone and pay more attention to the world I live in. Not only am I taking more photos, I’m also editing them (especially those from my phone) to create images that I am proud of.

So thank you all – my blogosphere whanau*. A thousand thank yous in fact.

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*Whanau is a Maori word that means family, but not merely or necessarily in a biological sense. It’s about the communities of care that we build, and I feel very connected to this community.

Where has the time gone?

The other day I was doing the nostalgia thing … looking at old photos of the boy-child. I guess I knew it, but until confronted with the evidence I’d forgotten just how long skateboards have been part of his life.

I’ve lost count of how many times people have asked me how I cope with his hobby.

Am I not afraid he’ll hurt himself?

Yes, but I’m more afraid of trampling on his dreams, closing down his passions, stifling him and making him afraid – of pain and worse – of failure.  I don’t ever want to see my son hurt, but I also don’t want him to grow up being afraid to challenge himself.

I know what that is like and if I could have my childhood again, I’d take broken skin and fractured bones  any day.

And, on the plus side, my son has discovered that his niche in the skating world is largely as the film-maker, documenting the crazy antics of his friends.

Here’s a teaser from his latest project; a “feature” length film called Illusion.

Travel Theme: peaceful

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
— Rachel Carson (Silent Spring)

Lake Whakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Alisa’s travel theme this week is “peaceful.” You can find out more at Where’s My Packpack.