Isn’t it great when you finally find/remember your blog?!

I’m such a goose.

I had totally forgot my password and then I totally forgot that I had a blog on photography. It’s one of those things. Lose touch, get snowed under with university assignments and life just gets away from you quicker than anything.

Currently, I am studying psychology. (Few more years to go and I can call myself a psychologist.) I am also am enjoying the eBay wave by buying and selling. I love finding awesome fabric and building a stash for myself but I also like sharing some of my finds with others.  Let me tell you now, you read one book – you’ve definitely read them all (I’ve read three).

So, what about photography? Have I done any photography since? Yes. I have. And here are some of my favourites:

Tiger on iPhone 4(!!!) with black and white filter.

Tiger on iPhone 4(!!!) with black and white filter.

Scruffy Kookaburra

Scruffy Kookaburra

Gold Coast Wintery Afternoon

Gold Coast Wintery Afternoon

Mother and baby Kangaroo

Mother and baby Kangaroo

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Until next time,

Take care!

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Animals From Today’s Outing

Hi Everyone,

Long time since a post, and I wanted to have new photos to share with you all before just posting any old thing. I love my work that I have done so far, but, as they say, your first ten thousand photographs are your worst. I haven’t yet accumulated that many yet, so I do hope I can only get better and better – got to put in the hard yards first. 
I’ve also been making greeting cards as a separate tangent to photography. Discovering photography and building things with my two hands – apparently I’ve quite an appetite for. So I have opened an Etsy.com store. It’s not live yet, because I am fiddling around with what I want to sell and making sure the craft is down pat before I let someone buy it. 
So here are some photos for your Saturday night (Australian time) and I hope you enjoy as much as I have enjoyed taking them.  All photos in this current post are copyright to me, bfpau – Vieanna Hughes and will be available for purchase through bfpau.smugmug.com. ImageImageImageImageImage

Learning Curves.

When I take a photo, I don’t think about composure, colours, rules of thirds, I just shoot what I see if it is interesting to me and stands out the most. When others say, “Wow! That’s a great photo what was going through your mind when you took that?” or “What settings did you use?” They usually get a blank look from me. Things I don’t think about. All of the shots I have posted of mine I have taken I just point and shoot (not on auto so I get some points there!).  When a good friend of mine takes his photos, he assesses, he will think analytically and his shots always have a wow factor in my opinion. I love watching him work and see his mind tick over. When out photographing together I will move quickly covering all angles I can – Kind of like a game show, move quickly get as much as you can before time runs out. Silly I know, but that is how I operate some times. 
I do want to learn how to make my photographs pop! I went out and bought Digital Photography for Dummies (See it’s got my name on it – ‘Dummy’) and I also bought four books authored by Tom Ang. I love how he’s written his books and formatted them, again for me the dummy to understand. I haven’t read all of them, something I have got to put time aside to do. 

Another book I bought was a book called Moments. It’s a book discussing Pulitzer Prize winning photographs. Every single photo in that book made me want to cry, say wow! Think. Think about what makes a good photograph, how to evoke emotion, what the subject was. There were some very graphic photos in there, no holds barred. Some photographers were deployed out with police cars to capture whatever the police were called out to. Made me think of how lucky I am to be in a country with no wars and living in a first world place. Photojournalism is amazing, however, if I had the chance to document these things, I don’t think I could. Seeing pain, death and war to name some would haunt me for the rest of my life. I take my hat off to those who do that for a living. 

So, anyway, every day is a learning curve when I have the camera rolling. It is a well known saying that your first ten thousand photos are your worst and I will slowly rise to that number by the end of the year I am sure. I can only try, be patient and practice at what I love to do best. Tomorrow being Friday I will be working on some projects myself getting more photos of the Gold Coast – weather permitting. 
ImageHere is a shot I took with a Canon Powershot SX40 in Macro mode. This is one of the first photos I took and thought I would share it with you.

ImageAnd this one I took in the Robina Town Centre gardens. (Guess you could call a garden). The reflections of the clouds in the water is what struck me. 
Until next time, you can see more images on bfpau.smugmug.com, follow on bfpau.twitter.com. 
Viv – bfpau. 

Leaves, Bridges and Birds

Here are some photos that I have taken over the the week and I have enjoyed capturing them.  Enjoy. If you haven’t already hopped over to bfpau.smugmug.com to have a look at our work. Thanks for stopping by! ImageImageImage

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Shots taken 10/02/13 Canon Powershot SX50. Gold Coast Australia.
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In My back yard basking in the sun.

In My back yard basking in the sun.

Lorikeets Basking In The Sun - Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Cheeky Lorikeets in my back yard. Amazing, colourful and beautiful birds. These are the last two shots I want to share with you all. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them!
You can see other shots if you haven’t already headed over to bfpau.smugmug.com – our site to check out other animals we’ve enjoyed photographing. Thanks for stopping by! Shots taken by Canon SX 50.

Portraits And Landscapes And Everything In Between

Recently picked up a book called “The Complete Photographer” By Tom Ang and I have to say I was very impressed with the layout of the book, the interviews with pro photographers and the hints and tips presented in this book is a gold mine.

It got me to think about where BFPAU is going, what can BFPAU do to further photography skills and enhance the quality further of the subjects being photographed.

Most photography books say that a photo needs to tell a story without words. Trying to capture a story without words is an interesting concept – one I am still trying to practice. I always had thought – point and shoot and the photo is done. It wasn’t until I decided to look into photography more, did I realise how much more there was to getting what I call ‘The Money Shot’.

A photographer has to consider lighting, their subject, how to manoeuvre the camera, what they want to convey in their image. Their images are their brand. It makes or breaks the photographer.

Anyone can take a photo, but photography in my opinion is more than taking a happy snap of a birthday or just total random stuff – it’s a craft and one that needs to be perfected with practice and more practice. It is one thing to have one lucky shot and milk the death out of it and it is another to keep going with experimentation, learn your camera and what it can do, learn what works and what doesn’t. There are rules just like everything else – yet rules can be broken and taken to a higher level.

There are so many genres of photography out there and I am still learning them all. It is such a diverse subject in itself.

Finally, just to remember not everyone will like what you do with your craft. Keep plugging away for photography is art in itself.
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Tiger, Tiger… ROARRRRR!!!

A BIG THANK YOU! To all who view and like our blog. I have been amazed at how many people are following and liking bfpau’s post. You are all very appreciated. And to show our appreciation I’d like to share this photo of a tiger taken while at Dreamworld, Gold Coast, Australia. One of my favourites and this shot always makes me conjure up what is going through the tiger’s mind looking like this?? I have used Aperture (Apple’s photo premium photo software to sharpen the colours ever so slightly by using definition).
Writing this blog for you all is giving me so much joy. I’m showcasing some of the work that has been accomplished in the last twelve months between me and my partner in photography, Graham. So together, we’re out there to take amazing photos while learning our craft through and through. To us bfpau is becoming an obsession! Take our cameras everywhere – you never know when you will need to whip out the ole Canon! 
I hope to go through this journey with you all and share with you our photos, our thoughts and processes in the next twelve months! 
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Until next time, please enjoy these images as much as we enjoy bringing them to you xImage
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