Photography, Art or both


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I love my photography and I love bringing the beauty of the outdoors to you in it’s pure form and you will see that in my landscape images and nature shots, however there is also a creative part of myself that likes to start with an image and create something completely different out of it.

A few of my early attempts got lots of good feedback. There is some here.

abstract art

Looking inside a cave and I felt a presence there, so tied to recreate the feeling with the swirling light and then used blend modes to create the final image.

Tunnel Creek

This is from Tunnel creek in Western Australia, I looked towards the entrance to the cave and saw the light and the rocks creating the figure of a woman and so the image was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me hooked and  I wanted to learn more, so I started an Photoshop Artistry course. This taught me new techniques for blending and composition images but I was still looking for more when I heard they also run an Awake course.

This course is about being awake in life and using your photography and art to bring that about. I was off and running.

Natural spa

This is a place I go to where I feel safe and protected, so I wanted to convey this feeling in the image of the beautiful pool

Jabiru eating

A Jabiru swallowing a fish it caught. This was one of two images that I wanted to create a artwork of to give the feeling of the marsh that it was in.

Hunting time

This was the first in the series of the Jabiru stalking the fish.

frog praying

This little fellow was on my back deck and it looked like he was praying that I just left him to his own devices. The deck didn’t match the iamge, so I created a background using another of my images and created a composite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So finally I decided to step out even further…my challenge was to create something that could bring about change, a cause that meant something to you and then to create another piece that was just fun….

This is a cause close to my heart and be warned this can be quite confronting.

If any of these images triggers things in you then reach out to someone to help or give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14 in Australia or go to  arkofhopeforchildren.org

happy families

This depicts a family as we dream it to be, how many families look from the outside and it also shows the trust that the child has in the parents, this is what makes what follows so hard to fathom.

verbal or physical abuse

This is the second in the abuse series and shows what is often the first abuse a child suffers and that is parental abuse, be it physical or verbal and this is how it leaves them feeling.

self harm

This is the third in the series. Often a child who has suffered verbal, emotional or physical violence is looking for love and this is when the sexual predictor appears on the scene, they make the child or young teen feel special and loved so they are willing to sneak out and meet them, to keep them a secret. They are left broken and confused. They don’t understand how they can feel loved and used at the same time, how they feel that they are a bad person and deserve what they get. This often leads to suicide or self harm.

hate

This one represents domestic violence. This is usually the most aggressive and confronting and often the violence leads to murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

courage

This is the forth in the abuse series f images, this one shows a woman finally taking the step to walk away from an abusive relationship

letting go

This is the final in the abuse series, It depicts a woman finally free to be what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a very hard exhibition to put together as it looks at a side of society we try to turn away from, so after this I needed some healing therapy so created my fun peice.

It’s called In Full Swing and was recently published in the 17th edition of the Artistic Life Magazine.

Memories

Remembering times gone by. A wedding in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will continue to share both my nature based images and my artworks with you as well as articles to help you on your journey.

Thank you for accompanying me along this part of my journey.

You can see some of my images here and they are available for purchase and also here at Redbubble.

Photo Courses, Which one and Why?


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Do you want to take better pictures?

Do you have a new baby in the family?
Know someone who’s getting married?
Are you going on holidays?
Taking a trip?
Looking for a new hobby?
Got children or grandchildren who you want to capture as they grow?
Love Scrap Booking?
Dealing with illness?
Someone getting engaged?
Birthdays or Christmas coming up?
Have pets?

Whether it’s a special occasion or just part of everyday life, we like to capture the moments so that we have something to look back on and to share, so we want to take photos that look good. Sometimes you get great photos and other times it just doesn’t come together. You can learn how to take good photos no matter what the time of day, what the lighting is like or how much people or animals are moving.

Learn portrait photography

Captue treasured moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is something available that can help and is affordable.

Nearly there, keep reading…..

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a professional coach look at your images and tell you how to get them right?

But who could afford that?

You can!!!

There is a photo course called “The Dash” it caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Never alone

Trick photography, create a fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few different options you can choose from so that you get what you are looking for.

For the course, which includes lessons, challenges and bonus critiques picked from each stream it is $25 for 1 stream and you get an extra discount if you choose more than 1 stream.

What is a stream? It is what you will be learning about. For October it is Portrait Photography, Flower Photography and Trick Photography. You can do just one or two streams or all three, it is entirely up to you.

Isn’t this fantastic, you can learn what you need for less than $1/day in fact it works out at around only 80 cents per day!!!

But there’s more….

You can then upgrade to Gold or Platinum to have your own personal coach/ critiquer, who will look at each image you upload for the lessons and tell you what works and what doesn’t, but better than that they will teach you how to make it to work.

The critiques/coaching is tailored to your level so it doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner or a pro, there is something for everyone.

How much would it cost you to hire a professional photographer as a coach/Critiquer for a month?

A lot more than most of us could afford, so how do they do it for the Dash?

The Dash’s philosophy is to make learning available and affordable and so they have got with some professional photographers and worked out a special rate….are you ready…..

For only $79/month you can have a professional assigned to you.

You will do 8 challenges a month, so that works out at less than $10-00 an image and to top it off, you don’t just get one critique, you get to put into practice the coaching the professional gives you and upload a second image to check that you are on the right track and have understood what the coach has told you.

That means 2 images for under $10.

Learn how to take great flower photos

Learn Flower photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would professional photographers do this?

I can only answer for myself as I am one of the coaches/critiquers.

My love of photography is just that, a love or a passion as I call it, but I don’t just want to share my images, I want to be able to share the experience of photography, so that you can enjoy taking images, whether just for special occasion or as a hobby or if like me, you discover the joy and healing photography brings, then it will be something that becomes your passion.

I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia 7 years ago and so was very limited in what I was able to do. I was struggling with pain and feelings of worthlessness until I became re-immersed in photography, suddenly I had a purpose, there was something I could still do and I found that getting outdoors and into nature brought healing to my soul. I found even though the pain was still there, life was worth living, there was so much beauty all around us that I just had to stop and see. As my focus changed I was able to let go of disappointment and disillusionment and come to a place of peace and joy. Having done this, I realized I wanted to empower others to be able to do this to and so through the Dash I am able to achieve this.

So if you have ever thought about doing a photography course, now there is one that is affordable and worth doing.

The Dash is run by David Peterson of Digital-Photography-Secrets and is his brainchild. He sets the lessons and provides the teaching, there are then 3 other coaches/critiquers like myself and together we strive to bring you a fantastic course.

This is some of the feedback I have personally had.

Heather Steele 

Thanks for the critique Julia. It is very useful. I tried cropping it as you suggested and it is much improved. As it was a busy week I just popped the point and click in my pocket and was completely unsuccessful in getting a blurred background until I read about using the zoom as well….and it worked. I plan to practice however with my SLR camera as I like the blurred background effect and would like to experiment more with it so I am comfortable in attaining it when I want. Such a great course! I am really enjoying it! Thanks again for your help.

Joe Auck

Ms. Julia, You are the best, I appreciate u looking into that for me. I will try the adjustments u mentioned and send u copy. May not be till this weekend when I have time. Thanks for all the help.

So click here to have a look at “The Dash”.
If you want the Professional coaching as well, it will be offered to you after you have signed up for whichever stream/s you want to.
i love this quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”
this really sums up what the Dash is all about.
I would love to see you there and have the opportunity to travel with you on the next leg of your photographic journey.