During November I’m participating in the WordPress Blogging Uni photography course. For me it’s all about learning how to get the best from my camera.

On this page you’ll find my response to the assignments. Some of them are on Flickr, too. And Instagram … and Twitter

Assignment: Triumph

This is a historic photo but one that represents a triumph I waited a long time to achieve. You can read about it in my post Snow Days.

My first ever snow man!

My first ever snow man!

Assignment: Double

Today, you and your camera are seeing double

I took this at Midway Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand




Assignment: Edge

Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned.

This photo was taken backstage in a recently restored  theatre



Assignment: Treasure

Show us something (or someone) you cherish, and get up close.


A grand old dame


Assignment: Landscape

It’s a big world out there! Show us what you see in a landscape.

Lake Rotokaha

Lake Rotokaha, near Tiniroto


Assignment: Architecture

Study architectural forms, and also train your eye to look for shots that will translate well in black and white.

I experimented with this image in iPhoto. This antique effect enhances the structure of the trees, which were planted in order to create the image of spokes when looking up.

 Eastwoodhill, Gisborne

Eastwoodhill, Gisborne

Assignment 11: A pop of colour

Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.

Voyager (Konstantin Dimopoulos) The enduring journey to self discovery A pop of colour

Voyager (KonstantinDimopoulos) The enduring journey to self discovery

Weekend two: Play with light

We’ve practiced shooting outside, getting different kinds of shots, and experimenting with light. This weekend, let’s build on these skills.

Clouds 2

Clouds 2

There are more photos like this in Summer comes early in Gisborne

Assignment: The Natural World

Capture a moment, big or small, and pay attention to the lines and curves produced by nature.

Kaka beak

Kaka beak

When I first linked this photo int the Commons, Josh checked it over for me. He told me the focus was slightly off. I went back to check and had to agree. Since then I’ve learned a bit more about the editing options that are available in iPhoto. I think I’ve managed to improve it.

I incorporated the photo into a post about my experiences with  my camera: In which I realise driving and photography have a lot in common

Assignment seven: Landmark:

“Landmarks are everywhere: iconic places, meeting points, markers on a map. Today, consider a unique point of view as you photograph a landmark.”

On 15th October 1769 Captain Cook  sailed across Hawke Bay and recorded “Bluff Head” in his log.

Bluff Hill

Bluff Hill


Assignment six: Connect

“In today’s world, we’re more connected than ever. How will you capture our theme, connect, through your lens”

Knitted hexagons - one day they'll be a quilt

Knitted hexagons – one day they’ll be a quilt

Craft Group  tells a story about connection.

Assignment three: Water

For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you?

I played around  lot, trying to capture water. It wasn’t easy.

Assignment two:  Street Scene

Today, capture an establishing shot of a street scene in your neighborhood — or someplace new

To market, to market

To market, to market

This photo was taken with my iPhone4S.  There are more  in the post Bangkok Street Scenes

Assignment One: Home

To kick off this course, let’s introduce ourselves, share an image that means home, and get to know our cameras.

My home town. Over the horizon 9,000 kilometres away, Chile

My home town. Over the horizon 9,000 kilometres away, Chile

Check out other photos  here

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