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Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Being a huge bird fan – I love British photographer Luke Stephenson’s “Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds”. Having said that I am opposed to the keeping of caged birds and sadly most of the birds photographed in this amazing body of work are all caged pets, but Stephen has done them all justice, he has carefully captured their delicate finery and vibrant characters beautifully – doing justice to both the birds and their loving owners.

In his words: “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds began with a very simple idea, that I wanted to photograph budgies. I met a great deal of people (mostly men) who were very knowledgeable about their hobby and only too happy to share it with me. Their enthusiasm became infectious so that by simply photographing a species I felt I was adding it to my collection.”

An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds has been published in a really gorgeous book and can also be seen in Luke Stephenson’s portfolio.

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

All photos are from Luke Stephenson’s Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Test driving my new lens

In the hope of improving my photographic skills I recently purchased a new lens for my camera – a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is a very basic lens and is often referred to as the “Thrifty Fifty” (it’s slightly more expensive brother the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM being referred to as the “Nifty Fifty”).
Well what can I say… I wish I had bought one of these ages ago. It makes photographing stuff in low light a breeze and as you can play around with really large aperture settings you can get great blurring effects in the foreground and background – making portrait style photos so much more interesting.

The first few photos I took with my new lens where all pretty bad, but after reading a lot about using this lens and watching some tutorials on Youtube, I thought I better buckle down and take some serious shots.
Of course Stripes (better known on Instagram as #bestcat) was quick to volunteer and making use of the bright autumn sunshine – we set up our own little home photo shoot.

I know I have a long way to go, but I thought I would share some of my favorites from this morning’s little session – what do you think?

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An evolutionary marvel – Dirds

Okay, you know how somethings on the interwebs just make you chuckle and you have to share them, well these Dirds did it for me.
They livened up my Wednesday completely! I hope they put a smile on your face too.

I know Stripes (#bestcat) licked her lips when she saw these tasty little critters.

Found via Lost at E Minor

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Found via Lost at E Minor

On my Christmas wish list: A pet sheep

Dear Father Christmas, if you can fit him on your sleigh, I would very much like a pet sheep. Much love xxx

When I lived in the Lake District in the UK, the owner of the hotel I worked at also owned a flock of prize winning sheep. Not ever having fancied sheep much (except for their delicious legs) living in the midst of sheep country, I really did get to know these funny creatures a whole lot better.

Contrary to popular belief they are not as stupid as folks think, and within their flock, the Mums all take turns to baby sit the lambs – it’s so sweet seeing five or six little lambs frolicking in the daisies together, with one watchful ewe resting in the shade nearby.
Thankfully I was privileged enough to be around during lambing season and so got to hold an almost brand new baby – her coat was soft but bristly and she smelt SO amazing (as most young due). A truly wonderful experience.

While trawling through vintage photos on Pinterest I found loads of pics of people with what would appear to be pet sheep.
SO… I now want one too! Never mind that our front courtyard is the size of a large postcard – my new fleecy companion and I will make do! I am not sure how Stripes (#bestcat) will take to her new hoofed sibling, but we will try to keep him off the furniture and out of her pellet bowl.

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Movember is around the corner

We are over half way though October and the month is rushing by. If you (or your nearest and dearest) are planning on growing your tash for the month of November, here are some pretty inspiring role models to keep you going.

These amazing examples of male grooming where photographed for the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships (which took place in September in New Orleans) by Greg Anderson. The competition involved 150 hairy contestants from all over the world.
You can see more of these manly beasts in Greg’s giant gallery of 164 portraits.

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All photos by Greg Anderson.
Found via This Is Colossol.

Rebecca Groves Photography goes live

I am so lucky – I get to work on amazing projects with really exciting people. One of these inspiring peeps is my most recent Blog Makeover client Rebecca Groves. Rebecca is a super talented photographer who’s work makes you want to get married all over again (just for the photos). After much hard work, many late nights and a ton of emails, Rebecca’s new website went live this week.
Check it out: www.rebeccagroves.com.
Thanks Rebecca for being such a rocking client!

Is your blog (or website) in need of some loving? Why not drop me a line, I may be able to help. Check out my website for more info.

Below you can have a sneak peak at a couple of steps in my design process. For all my Blog Makeover clients I put together a mood board of imagery collected on Pinterest.

Rebecca Groves - Mood board (Pretty Pretty)

For some clients I also put together a brand board, it helps set the tone and showcases how the new look brand will be best represented online.

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Check out Rebecca’s new website here.

Memory Keepers

I am a sucker for typography and this morning I was inspired by this piece by Zachary Smith. It reminded me so much of our dear friends Desmond and Toni (from DNA Photography).
This one is for you guys, hope you are having a blast enjoying the European Summer. Keep doing what you do so well – you guys rock!

Wise words by Zachary SMith
Visit Zachary’s site for more amazing typography

Your Pet and You

Do you have a pet (or two)? We do, Stripes is her name and she is the world’s best cat. If you follow me on Instagram you will be very familiar with my feline companion, little business partner and shadow. Stripey Cat rules the roost in our house and life would not be the same without her.

I am sure I am not the only one who dotes over their pet, in fact I know I am not alone. You only have to go to De Waal park on a Sunday afternoon to see the numbers. People are obsessed with their four legged friends.

Tobias Lang had a brilliant idea, he started photographing his friends and their pets and suddenly folks from all over the world where asking him to capture them too. Check out his Facebook page to see. Tobias is in the process of putting together a coffee table book of his impressive collection. Here are a few of my favorites.

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All photos are by Tobias Lang, check out more of his Your Pet and You collection here

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Feeling under the weather

Apologies for falling off the radar entirely – seems that a platoon of nasty germs have set up camp in my sinuses and have managed to convert most of my head (brain included) into snot! Seriously… where does all this liquid come from?

Oh well, I promise to get back into things as soon as these nasty critters move base camp and I can breath again.

(The gorgeous photo is by William Wegman)

Flying Houses

Is that a flying house? Yes! Isn’t it fantastic?

French photographer Laurent Chehere has travelled the world putting together his flying houses series. He has taken photos in far away lands including such far flung spots as China, Argentina, Columbia, and Boliva.
You can see more of his work on his website.

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All photos by Laurent Chehere

Double exposure loveliness

Sara Byrne

When I was studying photography at Tech (back in the olden days) we where taught how to do double exposures using film. It was/is a simple technique involving taking two under exposed photos in one frame. Simple but relatively hit and miss – sometimes you got amazing compositions, but most of the time is was rubbish.

Nowadays, achieving the same magical effect would require a fiddly long exposure (which sounds too complicated for me) or possibly merging two photos in Photoshop. However, if you are lucky enough to own a really fancy camera (like the Canon 5D Mark III) then you can do the whole double exposure technique on your camera. Lucky sausages!! Sadly my Canon is not quite that fancy, so any ideas of creating crazy double images will have have to be dependent on my Photoshop skills.

If you are one of those fortunate folk in pocession of a fancy pants camera, then you should watch this tutorial by Sara Byrne. Sara explains how to go about creating gorgeous double exposures much like the ones she did below. Her technique is simple, but the end result is simply breathe taking. You can see more of Sara’s work on her website.

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All photos are by Sara Byrne, read more about her here

My Year Of Flowers (part 6)

Living on the foot of Table Mountain is such a blessing (except for when the South Easter blows through our little house and drives me insane). As you may know, Table Mountain is covered in its own floral kingdom, a unique and very special natural wonder that we are all very proud of. So naturally when the opportunity to bring home a bunch of fynbos came up I couldn’t resist. Of course, I didn’t pick this bunch myself (you can get a whopping fine if you try) but thanks to Woolies we can all have a stunning bunch of our natural heritage at home. Proteas and fynbos make very resiliant cut flowers and last quite a long time.

It wasn’t until I popped the Ollo Clip on my iPhone that I realised just how hairy these stunning plants are. Guess it must be to trap all the moisture they can in the early morning. Isn’t nature so clever?

Well here is the sixth installment in My Year Of Flowers – Cape Fynbos
(All photos taken with my trusty iPhone and Ollo Clip – not bad hey?)

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