Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I receive lots of photos and videos via e-mail and talk on Skype but it is lovely to have cuddles, smiles and play baby games.
Polly has such a sweet little personality and is very alert, taking in all her surroundings. She is getting much stronger on her tummy and is nearly rolling over so it won't be long before she will be on the move.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The sails on the wharf have been absent for quite a while due to damage in high winds. Now they are back just in time for the festive season. Sunrise this morning was very festive ;-)) There is still a lot of cloud around which in this case coloured nicely at dawn before the sun slipped behind them to produce a grey day. Maybe it is a premonition of the heat to come as the forecast for Christmas day is 42 C.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
There are many new products available in the Arid Smart shop so I have also been taking pics of these as well as the new outdoor furniture.
The next task is to take images of cheese platters but we are waiting for the wooden platters and new china and glassware to arrive before this goes ahead.
Another new product is a calendar which features many of my images. This compliments the postcards and cards which have been selling well.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Lucky for me my sister Steph has done all the hard work of tracing family members and really all I have to do is transfer the information and add pictures.
The 11th of the 11th of the 11th of the 11th seemed like the perfect opportunity to remember Lee (my father) who fought in WW2.
Lee (Stanley John Muston) put up his age to 17 so that he could join the army with his friends and head off overseas on a big adventure. He served in the Middle East as a driver, transporting Italian prisoners of war and later saw action in New Guinea.
Many of his friends were killed in combat. Although he didn't talk much about his war experiences he told one story about being taken off a plane in New Guinea to make room for a commanding officer. The plane crashed not long after take off with no survivors.
When he returned from the war he took the attitude that life is here to enjoy and people can choose to make the most of opportunities.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When we visited Alice Springs earlier this year the park ranges and aboriginal elders warned of this bush fire season. Several burn offs had been done but the unseasonable rain had brought new growth which was difficult to contain over such a large area.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sales online have also been good with the "Red Bubble" calendars and cards being snapped up as people look for original and interesting "Australian" images to send to friends and relatives overseas.
Thanks for your ongoing interest and support ;-))
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Often at this time of the year mothers and calves venture up into the calm waters of the Spencer Gulf but rarely do they cruise through the town itself... The word was out at 5pm that whales were cruising past the west side jetty. By the time I got there they had moved over to the east side jetty. I headed over the bridge hoping that they wouldn't disappear underneath, heading further up the gulf... LUCKY... they played around the jetty for a while giving those watching quite a treat and then headed back south past the wharf and back down the gulf. I was able to get a few shots of them with the town centre directly behind them. No tail displays just a lot of gentle playing ;-))
At first light the fishermen are already heading out to their favourite spots with many having made the annual pilgrimage to Port Augusta to to try their luck at catching these huge fish.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This is a 3 to 4 hour session and I generally limit myself to one finished piece each week. This prevents me from "over working" the piece.
The A2 size allows some flowing body movement so I get a bit of a work out as well ;-)).
I love interpreting my photographs, looking for the patterns and designs where I can use sweeping lines of colour.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I managed to make the most of the event by taking a few photos and exploring the beaches around Tumby Bay.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
All of these showcase my photographs and to see them looking so good in a range of printed products has been very exciting.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
- Choose two images that compliment each other.
- Make a copy of the background of your main image by RIGHT clicking your mouse on the LAYER named background in the drop down menu on the right of the screen and choose DUPLICATE LAYER.
- Go to the SKY image and select the whole image .... either by using the rectangular marquee tool or by holding down CTRL and A.
- Copy the SKY and paste it on to your background.
- Drag the SKY layer so that it is sandwiched between the background and background copy layers.
- Use the MAGIC WAND tool and select the sky on the top layer.... the area will be surrounded by dashed lines... If it is not all selected adjust the Tolerance on the top tool bar and try again.
- RIGHT click on the selected area and choose FEATHER and adjust to between .5 and 1... this makes a softer edge.
- CUT , DELETE or ERASE the area.
- To deselect ( remove the dashed lines) hold down CTRL and D.
- Adjust the LEVELS of each layer to your preference.... go to IMAGE - ADJUST - LEVELS and a move the arrow to adjust light and shade.
- REMEMBER to merge or flatten layers before you save your new image. LAYERS ... FLATTEN IMAGE.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Only a month to go till grandchild number 1 is born!
The baby shower afternoon tea was a lot of fun with friends and family invited to afternoon tea.
On a beautiful Autumn day all the family silver, china and embroidered tablecloths came out for an airing and looked resplendent laden with miniature cakes, tarts, pasties, sausage rolls and sandwiches.
There were lots of lovely gifts and of course silly games and tips to educate the mum to be.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Two days at Uluru gave us plenty of time to see the rock in all it's moods (apart from a thunder storm ;-)) This photo was taken at the very last moment before sunset when the sun had been teasing us by hiding behind clouds. The previous day was a classic cloudless day with vibrant blue skies. Unbelievable beauty. The rock itself is very scaly and textured and it exudes a powerful and mystic presence.
I have been granted permission to sell a selected range of images by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities. These are available at http://www.photoartgallery.com/artist/GeorgieSharp
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
KataTjuta means many heads. This a fascinating rocky outcrop is not far from Uluru (Eyres Rock) in the centre of Australia.
The afternoon was moody with the sun light slipping in and out of the clouds creating many different painterly effects on the landscape.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The water holes in the MacDonnell Ranges are spectacular!
Ellery Creek is part of the Finke River system, with Ellery Creek Big Hole being one of the largest permanent waterholes in the West MacDonnell National Park, offering a important source of water for the local wildlife and a popular, refreshing stop for many locals and travellers.
The Aboriginal name for Ellery Bighole is Udepata. This permanent water made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people on the fish and honey ant dreaming trails.
The area around Alice Springs has been transformed by incredible Summer rains, usually dry, dusty and red the valleys are currently green and lush.
When we reached Glen Helen station we were offered the opportunity to view the landscape by helicopter. I really hate heights but the idea of taking some different photos was compelling.
I learnt a great deal during the flight..... a door less helicopter means a lot of wind and consequently passengers spend most of the time hanging on tightly... this didn't really allow much time for talking photos LOL.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
After all our travelling over seas we decided it was probably time to explore our own back yard. This week we travelled up the Stuart highway to Alice Springs and then visited Uluru (Eyre's Rock) on the way home.
The centre of Australia was incredibly green after the wettest start to the year on record.
I couldn't get over the transformation of the land around Coober Pedy, having visited this town regularly in my role as Curriculum Advisor for DECS.
The Breakaways were a riot of colour with the usually dry Gibber Plains covered with green growth that played against the many shades of the rocky outcrops.
Andrew Feilke held a master class as part of the "Tastes of the Outback" food and wine event in the region.
The founder of the Red Ochre Grill, Andrew is an internationally acclaimed guest and consulting chef specialising in creating unique dishes using Australian native ingredients.
Some of the foods available were familiar plants that we see in arid gardens but many were exotic plants from more tropical parts of Australia.
The trick with seafood is to cook it gently and Andrew demonstrated this by using an iron to cook barramundi fillets.
This was another opportunity take photos as a record of the event for the organizers.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Carly is currently coordinating the "Tastes of the Outback" and required a photographer to record aspects of the event.
We arrived at the Royal Flying Doctor hanger at sunset to find the tables bathed in a wonderful golden light.
Everything was laid out to perfection and the band of amazing young women coordinating the event were in full control. Before I knew it I was asked to take photos of celebrities for the media.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
After the coolest and wettest start to the year on record it is nearly the end of daylight savings and the perfect time to catch the dawn light at the top of the gulf as dawn is at about 7.30am.
Magnificent colours and atmosphere with the hawks surfing the breeze looking for breakfast.
The Red Banks is the eastern edge of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden and offers very different land form, vegetation and wild life to the rest of the garden.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Curdnatta Photographers Group is still going strong. This month the theme is Architecture and Structures. This was taken under the Port Augusta Bridge early in the morning when the tide was low enough to stand right under it. The wind was just picking up providing soft movement in the water. I love the play of the shapes and the reflections.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
This has definitely been the wettest March that I can remember in Port Augusta. Widespread tropical cloud moving down from the north brought rain all day long. I am starting to feel a little like the child in a bubble we saw at the Garden of Unearthly Delights during the FRINGE.
Monday, March 14, 2011
On Friday and Saturday John and members of his band along with the local choir Desert Voices and some Adelaide musicians performed at the Adelaide Fringe in "Nosferatu". The original performance was held in Port Augusta at the Desert Fringe last year.
The score was arranged by Mathew Timmis who spent some time teaching in the town but is now based back in Adelaide. A discordant and unnusual piece it complimented the old black and white horror movie well and surprised many in the audience.