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Wow how did I get to be 62 so quickly!! I have lots of passions one being travelling around Australia in our Camper trailer "Myrtle". We have already had 12 month on the road seeing a lot of Western Australia and South Australia and are now heading of to see some of the East Coast. I would love to have you join in on my adventure of travel and also my other passions which are my family, my jewellery business, my crafts and anything else that takes my fancy. You are most welcome to come along for the ride.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March update

Wow what a busy and varied March I have had. My month started off with a week in beautiful Bali for a friends 40th. This was my 5th visit to Bali and each time I spend time there I love the people and place even more. It's funny I can't really pinpoint exactly why I love Bali so much, I just feel so comfortable being there. The Balinese people are so friendly, the bartering to some is annoying, but I treat it like a game and keep in mind the tiny amount I am actually bartering about and how much it actually means to seller.
The streets of  Bali are always busy
Just near Tanalot Temple
This time we had a few events we could have done without, for some reason I got a dose of Bali belly and unfortunately one of our party - Alice - broke her ankle. Luckily she had taken out travel insurance and once she contacted them, they took care of everything. 
Before the Bali belly and Broken leg!
The day after I arrived home I started my babysitting stint of my two granddaughters for the rest of the month while my daughter Rachel and her husband Luke went on their honeymoon to Europe. My three plus weeks with Clare (4 years old) and Mikayla (2 years) was exhausting, fun, brain draining but one of the best months I have ever had. It's so much fun spending time with little people. 
A day at the park with Clare and Mikayla
I also celebrated my 63rd birthday in March with a little birthday cake and birthday song with Clare and Mikayla celebrating with me. Then I had the joy of spending the day with all four of my grandchildren - Clare (4), O'Shea (4), Mikayla (2) and Finn (2). After getting a heart warming Happy Birthday song from all the precious treasures in my life, we then spent a great couple of hours playing at the beach in Cape Paterson.
My daughter in law Stacey with O'Shea, Finn, Clare and Mikayla
Tonight I sit here in a quiet house with the girls back with Mummy and Daddy wondering where my April will take me. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

UTAS Project 2 - Images for the Social World

After much self-debating on what theme/story to tell for my Project 2 of my Photography and Social Media course and I have finally decided to go with “Colours of the Queen Victoria Market”. I have always and still do enjoy visiting this Melbourne landmark on a regular basis. So in my 10 photos I am going to endeavour to give the viewer the vibrant feeling I always feel at the market.

Content and Context
The content I have chosen to submit are the colours of the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. In the shots I have included some graffiti, fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood that is the heart of the market. I have chosen these photos as I feel they all convey the true colours, sights and feelings of the Queen Victoria Market. Each visit to this market confronts me with the same food but the sights and experiences I am bombarded with are different every time.

Composition and Technique
As with my Project 1, instead of using my DSLR I have challenged myself to only take photos using my iPhone. Using my iPhone made the process of taking the shots in sometimes a very crowded busy market a lot easier and spontaneous.  I have modified some of the images on the apps in my iPhone and also in Photoshop Elements on my laptop.

Project 2 Editing
I am submitting my 10 photos portraying the colours of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market and I am hoping they convey a bit of my joy during my visits. My theme is “Colours of the Queen Victoria Market”. I am using Tumblr http://davinerae.tumblr.com/ and my blog http://53buddhas.blogspot.com.au/ as my digital journal.


Photo 1 - As you enter the market grounds from the carpark you are greeted by this mural. Painted from stencils under the guidance of local artists Fred Fowler and Michael Fikaris. I feel this photo gives an idea of how the market is a place of fun. The manipulation on this shot was a bit of cropping and I also increased the saturation slightly in Photoshop Elements. 
Photo 2 - Mushroom are mushrooms but get right up close and the underside veins are intriguing. I wanted to show what you can really see when you really look.
The manipulation done on this shot was only cropping right in close. 
Photo 3 - I find the colours of the Salmon and Blue Swimmer Crabs very appetising.
With this shot I cropped and increased the saturation slightly to bring out the orange
of the salmon and the blue of the crabs. 
Photo 4 - Looking everywhere rows and rows of fruit are a vivid colourful sight.
All I felt this shot needed was a bit more saturation with Photoshop Elements
 
Photo 5 - Not everything at the market is appetising to everyone.
These cow tongues make my tummy churn but I found the texture on the surface intriguing.
This shot was cropped right in close on Photoshop Elements to enlarge the texture of the surface.
Photo 6 - There is a stand full of many different herbs and spices that tend to
blur all together, but this turmeric just stood out to me.
 I increased the saturation slightly on Photoshop elements to really give the colour pop. 

Photo 7 - I love the colours of these beautifully fresh tomatoes.
The manipulation I used was to increase the contrast and also accentuate
the edges to highlight the green stems. 
Photo 8 - Even though the colours of these oranges and melons are in the same range they are totally different. I increased the saturation to brighten up the contrast. 
Photo 9 - Yes onions are onions but when one is cut in half and magnified look at the amazing design that appears. The only manipulation was that I zoomed in on the subject. 
Photo 10 - No visit for me is complete without having one of their famous Hot Jam Doughnuts. I wanted to zoom in enough that it felt like you could almost touch and taste to sugar and jam. 



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

UTAS Project 2 lead up.....

With my UTAS Photography and Social Media course almost at an end I thought it time I do a short summary of where this course has taken me and what I have learned. I have been interested in photography for a long time and taken many shots over this time. But I have found through the process of looking at other photographers work and exposing myself to a much wider range of work I am now looking at what I photograph in a much different manner.
I have also found I have had to discard some of my views on my photography and just go with the flow. I thought I had never produced themes before, but looking back I have been photographing themes without realising it. In fact I love themes. After much self talk I have decided to construct my theme around "Colours of the Queen Victoria Market".
I have also found a few sites I have found inspiration in are Steve McCurry on https://facebook.com/stevemccurrystudios
I love the way his images catch people just doing what they do in their everyday lives.
Another site I have found inspiration from is The Hungry Australian.
Following are a few of my reject shots I thought I might use as my themes.
 
This was taken while walking the Golden Mile in Melbourne 
Doors of Montsalvat was another theme possibility


William Ricketts Sanctuary was another option

This is one of my rejects from the Victoria Market

And another reject..

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Golden Mile - Melbourne

For a number of years when I worked in Collins St. in the heart of Melbourne CBD, I would always see these little gold circles and bigger gold discs in the footpath saying "The Golden Mile". I would always say to myself - One day I will walk the Golden Mile and learn about it and this week was the week for me to do it. I could have done a guided tour that takes about 2 hours, but me being me I know I always venture off and find other interesting things along the way so I thought it best I do the self guided tour that I could upload via an app on my phone.
Golden Mile Discs
What is the "Golden Mile" I hear you ask. On the Golden Mile you trace the story of how migration and the immense wealth from gold shaped Melbourne. From 1835 when the first European settlers sailed up the Yarra River, to 1901 when "Marvellous Melbourne" became the first capitol of Australia. Looking out from the steps of the Immigration Museum, the former Customs House it is hard to believe that the sight I now see was Melbourne's earliest landing point.
Hard to imagine this was the original landing spot
The Mitre Tavern a place I have frequented a number of times in the past, has been a long time favourite for Melbourne lawyers and sporting men. The Tavern has occupied this site since the 1860's.
Mitre Tavern
The intersection of Collins and Queen streets was transformed into the banking hub of Melbourne back in the 1880's.The classical Bank of Australasia was erected in 1878, contrasts with the Gothic extravagance of the English, Scottish and Australia Bank  which was built in 1880-83. On the north west corner the National Mutual Life Company (now the Bank of New Zealand) was erected in 1891-93. But I think my favourite out of these amazing buildings would have to be William Pitts Stock Exchange Building (now ANZ Banking Museum)  built back in 1889. My ex- husband worked many years at this intersection and I was there a lot and I can't believe I have never ventured into this totally amazing space. The beauty actually took my breath away.
The English, Scottish and Australia Bank

The amazing ceiling in the ANZ Bank

The walls, ceiling and ambience is amazing

Beautiful stained glass window
Further along my journey, behind the modern fa├žade of 333 Collins St is the amazing domed banking chamber of the former Commercial Bank of Australia. Even though this foyer can be busy with city workers walking to and fro, it is for some reason a very peaceful place to sit and people watch and admire the amazing work in the dome.
The Incredible Dome at 333 Collins St
While working in the city I would often wander into the beautiful Block Arcade and salivate at the delicacies in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Established in the late 1890's by Lady Hoptoun for the Victorian Ladies' Work Association.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms
The top of Collins was the place for the upper class Melbournians as it was once a very fashionable residential address to have. Even today a handful of town houses and terraces remain. The Russell intersection has St. Michael's Uniting Church, a Romanesque style (1866) and it's Gothic neighbour Scots Church 1873. Joseph Reed was the designer of both these churches and David Mitchell, Scottish stonemason, gold rush immigrant and father of diva Dame Nellie Melba built Scots' Church.
Scots Church 
St Michael Church
After walking past many historic locations such as The Melbourne Club, Melbourne Lodge, Parliament House, Old Treasury Buildings, Princess Theatre, Chinatown, the Royal Society of Victoria I arrived at the Carlton Gardens and the beautiful Royal Exhibition Buildings. Joseph Reed's design for the exhibition Building, World Heritage listed in 2004, have been built in a design known as Rundbogenstil (round arch style). I fully intend to do a guided tour in this building as soon as possible as it has the most beautiful interior.
Royal Exhibition Buildings
But with that my self guided tour had ended and with my sore feet I headed to the station to head home.
It's amazing how someone can grow up in a city and not be aware of certain things until they reach 62, I am so glad I have committed to my weekly explorations.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

I have always loved the Vic. Market, from a little girl enjoying the sights and sounds with my parents, to a Mum taking my children there to experience the many smells and sights. And now as a grown up who can head there and just wander, not necessarily buying anything but soaking up the people, the colours and everything else the Queen Victoria market can throw at my senses.
Queen Victoria Market 
In it's 130 years this market has had many faces, many changes and many many stories. It has been a livestock market, a wholesale fruit and vegetable market and a cemetery. Between 1837 and 1854 much of the land the market now stands on was the site of Melbourne's first official cemetery, housing the remains of an estimated 10,000 early settlers including those of John Batman. When the market was extended in 1917, 914 bodies were exhumed and re-interred at various other cemeteries around Melbourne. But numerous bodies remain buried beneath the existing carpark. I am not sure why they were not moved but from what I have read it is because there were no records of who the graves were for as the red gum headstones had been stolen for firewood. Also official records had previously been destroyed in a fire at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Oh Yummo I do love the Vic. Markets Jam Doughnuts.
I only know of one time in my whole life that I haven't indulged on a market visit. 

Some of the offal in the meat market makes an interesting
photo but I couldn't bring myself to eat tongues!!!

All the seafood is way to tempting and we usually come home with more that we intended

The colours and smells of the fruit and vegetables as amazing
Colourful graffiti on the toilet block walls.
But even though that gives me food for thought when I park my car, I still love heading to the Vic. Market early on Saturday mornings to buy some fresh seafood, meat, fruit and vegies and take photos of the colours of the Queen Victoria Market.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Year of the Monkey

Last weekend we decided to have a day in the city visiting the Travel show, and the Lunar new Year celebrations at Crown Casino. I just love all the colours that come along with the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Monkey colours didn't disappoint.
The Hawkers Market was buzzing
The Money is the ninth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. The years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028....

Year of the Monkey
The Monkey's strengths are said to be Brilliant, Independent, Honest, Cordial and Positive. Weaknesses are supposed to be Irritable, Impetuous, Easily Frustrated. They are also said to be Loyal, Faithful, Steady and Responsible. My son Shane was born in the year of the Monkey (1980) and I don't agree with all the above but some is spot on.

Year of the horse ..... My dear Dad was born in the year of the horse back in 1918.
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026....

I was born in the year of the Snake ... 1953
1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025...

Year of the Dragon....1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.....