Last day of winter first day of Spring! What does it really mean???

31 August 2012 and if we look at the calendar it’s the last day of Winter. 1 September first day of Spring. Well here in South Africa anyway.

Today it’s 13 degrees Celsius outside, raining and the wind is howling. I can’t see that tomorrow 1 September the first day of spring will be any different.  The only difference  between today and tomorrow will be the name of the rain. Yes the rain will we called the first Spring showers….

When I was a young girl the picture I painted for myself  of Spring was sunny blue skies, fields of flowers, butterflies sitting on the flowers and birds chirping in the trees. I guess I watched to much Heidi when I was small. 😀  Something else that I can remember about 1 September is that you did not go to school in a uniform the girls had on lovely sundresses and you took flowers to school for your teacher. In high school the boys gave the girls they liked flowers and everywhere you here of  a spring dance to collect money for one or other charity.

As I grew up that picture changed and for as long as I can remember it was still cold, the wind was still howling and it was still raining on the 1st of September…

Looking through my window on 31 August 2012
The garden is wet wet wet
Raindrops on the leaves

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Leaf with raindrops…
Leaf with raindrops in Black & White

Just my luck.  The first day that I can go out and take a photo it rains….. This leaf with raindrops on it caught my eye on my way back from my parents granny flat. So I decided I did not carry my camera along just to come back inside with an empty memory card. So I took a photo of the raindrops and the leaf.

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Okay today I finished Arno’s Photo Shoot. This photo had me in stitches….

 

 

I asked Arno he must not laugh or smile he must be very very serious. Well look at that serious face….

For the next few weeks I will post photo’s of the SAPS Cycle Tour, photo’s taken on holiday, some of the functions and charities I visited with Sunette Nieuwoudt and of course some freshly taken photo’s….

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Did not get much done today. Was just to tired and in the end I was not satisfied with the outcome of yesterday’s photo’s I edited. So I deleted them and started over…

Clearly I need to get out there and take some photo’s I think I have withdrawal symptoms…

This photo was my last photo for today and I just love the way he looked into the lens…

 

Expanding my Photography boundaries…

 

If you can remember a few weeks ago I posted some photo’s of beautiful ladies in cocktail dresses.  Well with the cocktail dresses I still had a working flash.

When it got to the evening dresses my external flash batteries was dead and I tried to take some photo’s with my camera’s built in flash but for the distance I had to zoom it was  far to weak.

I had to expand my photography boundaries and tried something new. I took photo’s in manual mode without a tripod and only the knowledge of an article or two I read on this type of photography a while back…

I must be very honest with you and I think I have right to brag… My photo’s came out stunning!!!

Now if I can only get the opportunity to practice some more…. I think I can show some of the photographers with their degrees in photography a thing or two.  I am proud to say that I am a self taught photographer. My friend showed me the basics and the rest of my knowledge I got from reading articles in photography magazines and on the internet.

If I am uncertain about what to do for a upcoming photo shoot, I go to my computer.  Google is a wonderful tool to have I just type in the topic I want to research and within seconds it gives you lists and lists of articles on the topic. I then grab my “boyfriend” and start practicing.  I use the information I gathered as a guideline and then  I start playing with my camera’s settings. I believe in practice, practice, practice and practice oh and then once more practice. I don’t think that any photographer out there can stop practicing. Well maybe I am the only one that thinks like that.

Okay you waited long enough here are the photo’s I took of the lovely ladies in their evening dresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Only a few photo’s left then I am finished with Arno’s Photo Shoot.

I must be honest I am looking forward playing with my “boyfriend” again. But till I am not up to date with my Photo Shoot’s I am not going to… My clients have been waiting far to long…

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Handsome in green and black

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Pretty in pink

 

What a beautiful lady in pink…. Her smile and laughing eyes is the reason I chose this photo as my photo of the day.

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I just love the romantic mood this photo represents.

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 21/52

Dassie, Avocca, Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lake Arthur, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

Elephant, Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“Change your thoughts, and you change your world.”  Norman Vincent Peale

Sterkfontein Dam, Free State, Drakensberg, 2012, South Africa

“That best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”  William Wordsworth

Elephant, Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“If you wait for perfect conditions before you do something, those conditions may never come.” Gina Mohammed

Water, Howic Waterfall, KwaZulu Natal

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” Leonardo da Vinci

Golden Gate HighlandsNational Park, Maluti Mountains ,Free State,South Africa

“To focus on the people who do not like you and the things you cannot change is like climbing an infinite mountain; instead focus on the people who love you and the things you can change and you will find you can move mountains!” Michelle Ghislaine Ambler