I was filling in a rainy Sunday by taking some doll photos and somehow the shutter went off while I was still repositioning the doll.
When you live on an island it is not terribly hard to find water to photograph. Here are some waterside scenes in Tasmania.
Today I’ve been busy taking doll photos and haven’t got out of the house to photograph anything new for this blog so I am going to do something that I rarely do and post a doll photo.
This was taken using the photo cube and lighting that I bought recently. The kit came with additional backgrounds so I used a dark blue one for this shot. I’m still experimenting with this set up but I think this one came out not too badly.
Here are a few photos I have gathered together for this challenge. Some of them I had to try to work out the ages but I think I am mostly correct with them. Here they are.
While I generally try to avoid getting other people in my photos sometimes photographing the photographers can be fun and sometimes a way to get a casual photo of a friend or relative when they are occupied and not thinking about posing.
Rail fans love taking line side photos of trains, my friend Bruce is somewhere in this picture.
Here is Bruce taking photos while we were on a cruise on the Gordon River near Strahan six years ago this weekend. It was not a nice day but he persevered.
I took this one of David at Port Huon a few years ago. He always had a camera in the car in case he saw something he wanted to photograph although he rarely ever seemed to get a film developed once we moved here. He was thinking about buying a DSLR when he was taken ill.
Photographer at work, Gardens By the Bay , Singapore. From my point of view they spoiled my picture of the Super Trees but as a picture of a photographer and model it works.
This is the camera I use most often now.
As I have mentioned in the past David used to collect cameras. These next two photos are of some of them. First a Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera and then two instant cameras, one by Polaroid and the other by Kodak.
This last one is Paparazzi Dog, a bronze sculpture in Salamanca Place. There are a series of these in various cities around the world. I even saw one in Singapore though I neglected to photograph it.
One evening I looked out the back door and noticed this unusual cloud formation. Naturally the camera was not handy so I ran for the phone.
I’ve never been a big fan of having my photo taken, even on holidays it is rare for me to be photographed unless I am with friends who want a picture. I don’t feel that the world is missing out because there are few photos of me especially now that I’m way past my best. However, it seems that I’m in the minority as the whole world seems intent on immortalising themselves on social media.
Now it seems to me that many people have become so obsessed with selfies that they travel the world photographing themselves without actually noticing the scenery. In Singapore we went for a ride on a sampan in the shopping centre at Marina Bay Sands. Two young girls with a small child sat in front of us and honestly I think they wasted their money on the ride as they spent the entire trip taking photos of each other and the child. Not once did they look at where they were going.
Everywhere we went we encountered tourists being photographed or taking selfies in front of tourist attractions. Well of course at a popular attraction whether it be Gardens on the Bay in Singapore or the Sydney Opera House you are going to have to deal with crowds and it’s almost impossible to get a photo without some people in it. Even forty years ago when I first visited Sydney there were tourists who would ask us if we’d take a photo of them with their cameras. I don’t really mind that so much. It’s a nice holiday memory. Now people don’t just do a quick pose in front of the attraction though. They have to strike a pose, jump in the air, wave their arms around or pose like they are in that famous scene from “Titanic”. And it’s not just one photo, they have to have dozens. Then there are the ones with the selfie sticks who march around getting into everyone elses’ picture without so much as an “I beg your pardon.”
I”ve noticed that people who actually enjoy photography are a bit more polite, they take their pictures and then move on so someone else can have a go but the selfie brigade notice nothing but their own faces. It does make me mad that so many of these people are bad mannered and inconsiderate of others but it also makes me think that so many of them are missing the point of travel by focussing so much on themselves and not what’s going on around them.