PhotoGRAPHy 101: Week 1

As I have been travelling for two days during this week I haven’t had the time to register for this challenge  so I am putting together a post to meet the five themes introduced this week and at the same time introduce you to my new neighbourhood (albeit temporary).


HomeSydney, NSW, Australia is home to 4.576 million people and is the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is also home to my eldest son and family.


Corso in Manly

The Corso in Manly is one of Sydney’s more famous streets and runs from the harbour side at Manly Wharf to the ocean side at Manly Beach. In my image the focus is on the Victorian building on the left of the street with the palm trees and the people forming the background.


Sydneysiders are lucky to have many beautiful beaches on their doorstep. This is the surf at Dee Why, one of the northern beaches. Finding this odd iron piling along the beach I couldn’t decide whether a vertical or horizontal composition suits it best. Which version do you prefer?


Lorenzo in his ‘sunnys’

This theme asks you to consider what the word bliss means.   To me, today, bliss means that first cuddle with a new grandchild. Bliss to him was wearing his shades to block out the glare of that Australian sunshine.



The Manly Scenic Walkway at Shelly Beach. Today we are asked to consider placement of the subject in a photograph. My focus was on the bench, but I waited until a solitary figure appeared on the bend of the track and lined up the horizon with the metal railings to frame the sea from the sky. I was also rather pleased that the bench colour matched the sea and the lines were at a nice angle to the lines of the railings. Often a photo can look to be accidental, but I moved around quite a bit to get this deliberate shot.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

46 thoughts on “PhotoGRAPHy 101: Week 1”

  1. Oh my! Where to start?! Wow – Grandson!! Australia!! Congrats – hope you have a wonderful visit full of squishy baby moments 🙂

    I really like all your photos – but especially the solitude one. I liked your explanation of how you lined up the shot. It gave me a different appreciation of the photo.

    1. I know I am too late to register for the challenge, and probably won’t have wi-fi after this week anyway, but I thought it would be an interesting way to show a few photos from where I am at the moment. Glad you are enjoying them. I don’t post family photos as a rule, but he is the exception 😀

  2. Ohhhhhh I just wanna smooch that handsome little tyke and sniff his baby smells . Yummy 😘. Bliss for sure!!!

    I like the horizontal iron picture and wish I was on the beach.

    1. Yes he has that baby smell and no offensive ones yet! The beach is 5 mins from where he lives, so that is quite blissful too 🙂

  3. I wondered where you were…I agree with FWF above, vertical works best for me. I also think the bench picture would work equally as well, maybe even better, without the lone figure.
    Enjoy the sun, and your family too of course!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  4. Love the blue seat one – and the alignment of horizon and fence shows you don’t just point and shoot.

    But your grandson is delicious. How will you ever leave him? It’s a wonderful photo and a true manifestation of bliss.

    1. Most times I do consider a shot, but often I just see something and click. Occasionally I study the scene for a while before deciding on the angle. I really need to cut down on the number of photos I take o_O

  5. How lovely to be with your family, Jude. Your grandson is just adorable, and I love those cool shades. he looks like a real celebrity, which I suppose he is. 🙂 That beach certainly looks like bliss to me. Prefer the horizontal. Have a marvellous trip. 🙂

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