Camp Cove emerald

So I had got a guest from Chicago for last five days.  She headed back to Chicago this morning.

We have been long standing friend which has been over twenty years, and she visited me in Sydney last time ten years ago.

Here is a snapshot I took when we went to Watson’s Bay.   Water at Camp Cove Beach was breathtaking.

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Sails and top of the bridge

Photographing tourist (or popular) spot and/or architectures become a challenge for me to do sometimes because in most of times I would like to capture them without humans (or have them but in minimal like silhouette).

It was a good sunny weekend when this was taken and there were many people out for enjoying their leisure walking and sun-bathing.

I did not have my tripod with me and there was no ideal solid spot to set my camera fixing for doing long exposure, so I gave up making people disappeared from my image.  Instead I changed idea trying to make these people a part of the landscape.  I took some shots in changing a bit angles and timing to see how people passing in front of me came into the frame.

I think the below one was made my favourite, and..

This is my contribution to this week’s Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole .

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images.  As it is open community, everyone can participate.

Sails and top of the bridge

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Resting 2

I put this title with ‘2’ because I referred to my earlier post last week.

And yes, this was photographed same morning and the both were ‘resting’ on the ‘shed’ together.

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole .

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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Snaps at The Grounds of Alexandria

Here are a couple of snapshots I took at The Grounds of Alexandria, one of Sydney’s most famous and successful cafes.

They opened sometime 5 or 6 years ago in the concept of ‘organic fresh from the garden to the table’ ( something like that, I thought…) and became popular quickly.

My lazy character trait and crowd hatred nature, however, took me this long to visit them.  We went there quite early in one beautiful winter morning.  It was still quiet with less people at that time.  Actually, their serving coffee was good and breakfast was delicious.  The former warehouse has good space for them to make the cafe premises the nice farm styled amusement space.  There was no doubt why they are so popular.  The Grounds are great spot for both locals and tourists.  By the time we finished our breakfast, the site was getting much busier with crowd (as expected).  I was lucky to have took some photos before they were filled with people.

For more details about them, here is the link; https://thegrounds.com.au/

Anyway, it was a lovely morning cafe time I had. 🙂

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They seem be very popular for wedding ceremony and reception also.
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There were a few stalls preparing for ‘farm fresh’ products displayed on.   This stall was for fruits.
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This stall was for freshly baked breads and sweets.

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The florist.  They were lovely but the cotton was the best as I had posted in here.

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Bright afternoon in blue and gold

This was taken at The Rocks, Sydney on last weekend.  Lots of buildings in Sydney city were shone by afternoon sunlight.

The contrast of colors between foreground in gold and background of blue sky was quite impressed to me. I did not have my DSLR with me but my old iPhone did a fair work like below, I think… :-).

It was warm winter afternoon and the crowd around the area was frolic with wines and foods as served by number of stalls at the site. The photo was caught when the light started dimming toward evening. It was a lucky shot, I caught. 🙂

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Photos in front of a local Milk bar in Sydney

Olympia Milk Bar was city’s the oldest yet iconic milk bar in Sydney, and was closed down last year.

Myself had not been there for enjoying their serving coffee or milkshakes, but the other night I chosen them for my quick photography spot to do some long exposure.

In front of the shop was a bus stop, and I was standing and watching the shop across the road.  Then I found it fun to train my lens toward the shop because one single spot showed me many little stories performed by people waiting for buses and by buses and cars passed by.

Here are some of them I took there.  I hope I could share with you how I had fun shooting time in that evening.

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Plain, old fence divided us to rail tracks

Oh dear, I have been trying to keep active on WordPress posting at least one note or photo everyday as often as possible, but I have been on completely opposite way for several days. 🙁

Well behind non-posting gap period, I have experienced a several small coincidences occurred to me in a sequential manner.  Those coincidences in a series brought me jaw-dropping surprise, then laughs because it was funny to see the coincidences in multiple times.  Well, I then kind of realized that miracle is not anything special to see in your day-to-day life, but it must happen every day to everyone in some form.  It might be our issue if we do not receive or accept it.

By the way, the photo below was taken in Japan (not on last trip but one in early May).  I took a short walk on the path along with rail tracks of a local train service.  In Japan, 5th of May is national holiday for celebrating children (Boy’s Day), and behind of me in this photo, there were many hand-sewn carp figured streamers hanging over a local brook (Carps have been used as symbols of boys’ growth and prosperity).  The local community in the area made this every year in this season and kids participate making / painting the streamers.

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My first pastel workshop in Japan

So this is one reasons why I kind of gave up carrying my DSLR and tripod with me.  🙂 One of my plans to accomplish during this trip was to do a pastel workshop for whose who had expressed interests to me since last year.

Due to the pastel drawing needs a suite of tools to do, despite the method was to use your finger(s) and rub them over the paper, it is apt to be rather bulky to carry by yourself unless you drive.

The workshop was made successful.  The participants who had never done this before, expressed their beautiful souls onto a piece of square paper to the full extent.  It is hard to tell you of how thrilling time I had with them as watching (and guiding) the whole process of the unique beautiful artwork was born out.  Japan, which has turned to rainy season, have got Hydrangea in full bloom, and I suggested them to draw Hydrangea.  Their touch and expression demonstrated during the work gave me inspiration and motivation.  🙂

I personally interpret this drawing process is quite similar to that you are meditating, which it may make you feel quite refreshing.  I am so glad that I shared those aspects with them.

Thank you beautiful souls for having me share this time with you.

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