Taking time to smell (and shoot) the flowers

I love getting outside and photographing gardens, but it's easy enough to do it indoors too! I had a few days annuak leave this week, and paid a visit to the Brisbane Flower Markets.

The range of flowers - native and exotic - was awesome, and I picked out bunches of my favourite pinks and purples in varying degrees of bloom.

At the moment, I'm going through a bit of a high key phase, and love the look of virbrant flowers against a stark white background. This is easy enough to do with a light tent, and over-exposing by a couple of stops on the Canon Powershot G12. Whack it in macro mode, and off I go.

I love close up floral photography - the colours and textures all within such delicate petals....I find it really relaxing too. Flowers don't make demands. They don't talk back or blink...they always look great, even when they're wilting or have dried.

Here's a couple of my favourite images from the last couple of days!

They're coming to take me away, hee hee!

The minifigs are well and truly taking over my 365 challenge! They're getting into everything! This week saw a potential romance blossoming in Cathedral Square, a large weird duck and a hazardous substance in the kitchen...

Jump on over to my Facebook page or Flickr stream to see the rest of the nutter minifig antics ;)

A few excuses for the delay between blog posts....

It's been a while between posts, but I do have some excuses!

Firsty, I got engaged three weeks ago - my lovely boyfriend popped the question at Sake, our favourite restaurant. He almost forgot to actually ask me to marry him after he'd presented me with a beautiful sparkly ring - but we got there in the end, and we are now engaged and planning our wedding :)

Having looked at so many wedding photos since the photography passion amped up, we both have a pretty good idea of what we like and don't like about all aspects of weddings. If I had a dollar for every time we've been asked in the last three weeks, "who'll photograph YOUR wedding?", I'd be rich! Rich enough to fund this looming wedding. For now, we have a few feelers out....I pity the poor photographer whose job it will be to get me to crack a natural smile in front of the camera (without the automatic reaction of holding my hand up, in a massive gesture of NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO). I have always been a behind-the-camera kinda girl...

The other main excuse for not posting, is that my photo challenge (and in fact, daily life) has been taken over some little people....Lego Mini Figures (or minifigs). They'll all about 3cm tall and come with a varierty of interchangeable accessories. In just a few weeks, I've amassed a collection of about 15 little people, who seem to tag along in my handbag....I never quite know where or how they're going to appear in my images, but there's a growing collection of their antics on my Flickr Stream.So far, all my minigfig shots have come from the G12 - I'm still loving this little camera. The macro lens on it is great - so versatile and LIGHT! I take it everywhere...and it seems the minifigs turn everywhere into a photo opportunity.

Since starting to shoot under the influence of these whacky little dudes, I've come across a whole bunch of minifig fanatics on Flickr. It's nice to know that there are other nutters out there. Until next time....