When photography, genealogy and Facebook collide!

I’ve been going to my Camera Club for about 14 months now. I know a few people by name, but am still mostly trying to put names and faces together. On Tuesday night we had a gathering after the print competition to discuss camera club stuff etc. One of the things we decided to do was create a Facebook group so we could share stuff between meetings. I volunteered with another lady to set it up so a number of us decided to friend each other on Facebook so we could include in the group.

The next morning I was looking at the profiles of my new friends interested to see if we had friends in common etc and in one woman’s (lets call her S) I noticed something interesting. When I opened her friends list up right at the top under A is a surname that jumps out at me because I know it. On further investigation I discovered this is her mother. Interesting because her mother is my dad’s first cousin, which makes us second cousins!

So I send S a message to confirm – with some details and she replies OMG yes how are we related?

Since then we’ve exchanged messages, emails, shared family photos, introduced each other’s family on and off Facebook, and had a long chat on the phone catching up. We have to arrange a suitable time to catch up between our busy lives but will also see each other at Camera Club and are planning some photo shoots too.

We probably wouldn’t have found this all out in a normal conversation so well done Facebook.

And by the way our Facebook Groups for our Camera Club is going gang busters.

Below is the family. S’s grandfather is the little boy centre Albert and my grandmother Emma is girl right. Photo taken Liverpool England about 1919-1920. The family except for the eldest daughter emigrated to Australia in 1926.

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Camera Club Comp – Nature

 

“Nature” is one of the definitions I struggle with for competition.  I hope the Judge reads the definition thoroughly!  

Definition:  Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.  Photographs of animals that are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.  Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls, or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.  The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used.  Any manipulation or modifications to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not aper the content of the original scene.  After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to ensure the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

We need to have 2 mono and 2 colour prints to submit.  So turning lovely coloured prints into mono can be a challenge also.  I’ve been busy and not taking lots of photos plus its winter here now but these are my two monos for next week.  But a challenge is always a good thing 🙂  

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I feel like it’s forever since I posted and the same for doing a proper shoot. Most of my shoots have to be on the weekend due to work and commute, but the weekends have been busy and the weather doesn’t always co-operate now that we are in winter. And I miss it, and I desperately need some new images for my camera club competition which is soon. Time to refocus :-). So I’m hoping this weekend I will fix the above. In the mean time here are a few from a quick dash down to the waterfront at Gosford just in time for the sunset and even while it sprinkled. The middle shot was through the windscreen via my iPhone.

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Loosing Focus

My mother was wonderful

And I am blessed that I had her in my life for 20 years. Sadly it was her life story to only be on this earth for 48 years and we have been missing her for nearly 35 years. I take great comfort when others comment that her beauty was inside as well as outside. But her legacy is still with us, and she has influenced the woman I am today and I even see her in my daughter and grand daughter, who unfortunately never met her.

It’s so easy to say I wish she was still here today, but if I follow that fantasy through I think my life would have been very different. So we live in the real world and I choose to be eternally grateful for my mum and the time we had together.

Happy Mothers Day to mums everywhere. Comfort to those who no longer have their mothers or the special ones who missed being mums themselves.

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iPhone for photography

So I still use my iPhone for photos often even though I’m a serious photographer (ha ha ha).  It’s the camera I have with me always and I’ve learnt some neat tricks.  I used to work at North Sydney and had a view of the Harbour from my desk which included the Harbour Bridge.  If I was good, sometimes at lunch time I would walk down to the harbour’s edge.  Oh yes it was hard to take.  Below are some of the photos I took from my desk view and street view with various treatments.   Love Sydney Harbour x

 

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I love old photos

Sorry I’ve been a bit distracted of late and I’m behind with my blog.

I have a thing for old photos. I love what they tell us of times gone by.

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This is a photo of my maternal grandmother and my mum. I hardly recognize my grandma as she was always an older woman to me (she was 60 when I was born). I look at this photo and it speaks to me of what their life was like. It is a snap shot in time.

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This is a classic image of my mum with her younger siblings. Another moment in time that our family cherishes.

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Another precious image in our family – two little girl cousins – meeting for the first time, with their mothers looking on lovingly.

We take so many photos today – it’s very easy with our digital cameras and mobile phones etc, but do we take the time to capture these images that will transcend time in years to come?

I really want to be a photographer that tells the story, and I hope to share some of those images with you in due course 🙂