Monday, May 31, 2010
These birds were lining up to watch the sun set over the harbour. It was nice to have a day of sun. I had my last lecture for the first year paper I did for fun today. Now I have to make the serious decision of what to do for my doctorate ...
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Day 5 - rain ...
I feel like I'm writing a survivor's diary. It has rained non stop for the last five days. This is the view from my office window that I look at time to time while I'm working. Believe it or not there is a beautiful ocean and a little island off to the distance, obscured by the rain clouds that now live in Dunedin.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
It has been raining non stop for three days. I had to go to Otago University for my lecture (you can tell I'm a 'mature' age student because we were the only ones who turned up in this dreadful weather). Umbrellas were a common sight and the water in the Leith was racing past.
We now enter the second day of constant rain. As luck would have it, our heat pump decided to break down at the same time as the bad weather arrived. The trusty wood fire has been recalled into business, there is nothing as nice as a warm cosy wood fire.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I thought I would try a long exposure at night. This is from my back deck and wasn't a very carefully set up shot. But it was interesting to see how quickly little star trails form with only a 30 second exposure. There was a really bright moon last night so I couldn't include that in the shot.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
On a Friday night I like to sit and relax and watch a video. Alas, we don't always get what we want. In reality on a Friday night, I run kids around and then finally get to sit down some time past 7 oclock. Tonight's image is taken on the road on one of the many taxi trips. Wouldn't it be lovely to have the time to pack your camera gear, travel to a chosen location, and wander around looking for good shots ...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Okay, so I'm cheating today. Jill Hammonds and I ran a workshop on the curriculum for the small schools cluster in Blenheim. I took a couple of shots of Jill in action however, we downloaded them to her computer and I didn't get a copy !! So I don't have a photo that I have taken today, but I do have this photo which I really like from my trip away, so it will have to do as a stop gap. I saw this duck in Hyde Park as I was walking through one morning. I quite like the composition.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This is not a very good photo but it was hard to get a photo for today. The problem is I have taken a card full of lovely photos today of the children at Renwick School so therefore I have lots of photos but none for this blog. Then when I finally had time to take some photos for myself it was night time. This is the restaurant in Blenheim where we had dinner tonight. It is not a very good photo but the thing I do like about it is that I switched my camera to manual and set the aperture, shutter speed and iso myself to try and get an image which looked the same as it did to my eye. Learning is fun.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I'm in Blenheim making a digital story at Renwick School. There are so many beautiful things to take photos of and hopefully I will go for a drive tomorrow to catch more of the country side. Today I am stuck at ground level in the township but I spotted this amazing church spire I think it is an art gallery but it was striking against the hills and the setting evening sky. Made me think of a fairy tale.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I was inspired by Martha's 'Have a seat' picture so I thought I would try my own variation. I really like the dappled light and autumn colours, but I haven't captured the depth of the experience as Martha has, so I will keep trying
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
I've decided to do a first year paper at uni on web development as the extra qualification would be good for my current work. After spending quite a few years as a post grad student it is very funny to be back in a class with 18 year olds (and a scattering of more 'mature' students). The workload seems to be very light compared to what I am used to and the exam is a simple cram, remember, regurgitate and forget type multi choice. Anyway, the doorway above is the door from the department at the uni. I quite liked the highly polished floor and red door handles.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I tried to set up a shot today with autumn leaves but I got the shutter speed wrong, so I will try again tomorrow. So instead here is an image of some one who can't seem to be away from FB for too long at the moment. Oh the joys of teenagehood.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Mother's Day in our household usually contains an outing. An outing for our family always involves a sport of some kind. So today we all went down to Arthur Street School for a game of 3 on 2 basketball. As always it was the two boys against the rest of us. And they have the advantage of long spidery teenage limbs.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
We have had quite a few ipods over the years. I couldn't think of whether we got the ipod classic first or the ipod mini, so these two could be in the wrong order. We then have the Nano followed my my iPhone. Missing is the iPod touch which was at work with the boss.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
We finished our tour of the top of the east coast and headed back to Gisborne ready to fly home. (lovely little 19 seater plane, oh how I love that). We had an hour to kill before the flight so we visited Bushmere Winery. The lovely lady there jumped off her tractor and took us for a private wine tasting even though we visited out of season. It was lovely. If you are ever in Gisborne, visit Bushmere Winery for the lovely wines and the lovely company (must find a new word for lovely).
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I'm up in Tokomaru Bay to shoot a digital story at Te kura Hiruharama and went for a walk this morning to watch the sunrise. Looking to the right I saw this beautiful land mass jutting out to sea, and looking to the left I saw the sunrise. I couldn't choose between the two.