Cheri Desailly Photography: Blog http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Cheri Desailly images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:04:00 GMT Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:04:00 GMT http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v54/u1065792641-o404466076-50.jpg Cheri Desailly Photography: Blog http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Project 2 - Final Entry - The Brisbane Street Art Festival http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2---final-entry---the-brisbane-street-art-festival In the final 10 images that I have selected here I have endeavoured to stay true to social documentary style photography.  That is minimal post processing in order to maintain the integrity of the story.  I have  discussed in my previous blog entry that I used Lightroom to catalogue, select and process my images.  The processing included adjustments to basic contrast, highlight, shadows, white balance and sharpening.  Little or no saturation was applied.  In fact I often had to reduce saturation and luminence a little because the colours were so vibrant that they were going out of gamma. 

Over the course of the festival I published photos on my Cheri Desailly Instagram site.  After the first couple of days, organisers and artists started to recognised me from my self portraits on the site and greeted me where ever I went.  I had requests from artists for photos and even a commission from one to photograph a large public art sculpture that he has done here in Brisbane.  The manufacturer of the acrylic paints used by most of the artists has also contacted me for photos. All of the artists, volunteers and organisers use instagram, as do their fans.  I have attracted a following from all over the world and I must admit that the likes and comments that keep popping up on my iphone are akin to instant gratification.  I am finding it much more difficult to attract people on my public  Cheri Desailly Facebook site.  

Here are my final 10. Thank you to tutor Jess Lewis for your very helpful critique.

 

 

Part of a larger work by Drapl and Treas on the exterior of the old burnt out Skating Rink in Red Hill. Treas is not keen on having his photo taken, preferring an element of anonymity in the tradition of street artists.

 

 

 

 

Drapl and Treas at the old Skate ArenaDrapl and Treas at the old Skate Arena

 

 

Drapl working on the large work by Drapl and Treas on the exterior of the old burnt out Skating Rink in Red Hill. "This is the most realistic portrait I have done" said Drapl.

 

 

 

 

 

Drapl and Treas at the old Skate ArenaDrapl and Treas at the old Skate Arena

 

 

The Great South East Team came to The Brisbane Street Art Festival.

 

 

 

 

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Sirmano's Sugar Skulls brightened up the bar in the old GPO, Fortitude Valley.

 

 

 

 

Buttons at the OOld GPOButtons at the OOld GPO

 

 

Buttons has become well known for her artworks and said that she has been "heavily influenced by Japanese culture".  This latest piece is in the stairwell of the old GPO in Fortitude Valley.

 

 

 

 

Jugglers Art SpaceJugglers Art Space

 

The Entrance to Jugglers Art Space where four young street artists were painting the walls.  Jugglers Inc "supports emerging across a broad range of genre". http://www.jugglers.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

The negative part of a larger work at the Brightside in Fortitude Valley., Hounds on the Hunt, is by well known local artist and sculptor, Cezary Stulgis.  

 

 

 

Sofles at the BrightsideSofles at the Brightside

 

Sofles was amazingly fast and efficient at completing this very large mural at the Brightside in Fortitude Valley.  He did no preliminary sketching and unlike other artists, appeared to have no plan on paper or iphone to refer to.

 

 

 

Ekear's Roller Door, KerbsideEkear's Roller Door, Kerbside

 

Ekear painted the roller door at the Kerbside Bar in Fortitude Valley.  It is a great addition to a street with a number of other works.

 

 

 

 

 

A fitting finale to The Brisbane Street Art Festival.  Australian Guido Van Helten is a  world renowned artist, famous for his grand works. This mural will be finished in the next few days and is on the side of a building under construction in Woolloongabba. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2---final-entry---the-brisbane-street-art-festival Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:03:16 GMT
Project 2 (cont) _ The Brisbane Street Art Festival http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2-cont-_-the-brisbane-street-art-festival I have definitely settled on this topic, The Brisbane Street Art Festival, and to that end I have been out for the past 10 days and a couple of evenings photographing street artists at work.  It has been a great experience and after the first couple of days and some posts on instagram, I was greeted like an old friend by organisers, volunteers and artists.

Instagram has proven to be the perfect social media platform for this type of photography.  All of the artists, venues, organisers and followers use instagram.  I have tried to upload at least one photo a day with the aim of not just taking a photo of someone else's art work but rather put my own take on the photo. using people and other props. to good effect I think.  The photos have been well received and, to date, I have built up quite a following.  I have had a fast learning curve on the use of instagram and enjoy the instant feedback when posting a photo.  This particular genre of art has a very big audience worldwide.

In attempting to present the art work and artists in a different way I have taken over 1200 photos.  I'm sure there were plenty of amused shoppers in the Fortitude Valley Mall when I was sprawled out on the ground photographing Jasper painting his mural on the Burrito Shack and the owner of The Brightside Bar didn't mind at all when I was climbing up on to stools and then bench tops to get "that shot".  Exposures were often difficult and sometimes with very high iso (up to 6400).  Fortunately my Nikon D800 is a very good low light camera.  some of the images were indoors in dark narrow hallways or under bright lights and others were on very large walls and difficult even at 16mm to fit the whole image.  I often went back to the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid) and zoomed in on just part of an image, of a hand and spray can, a brush or other things like a ladder. The most used lenses have been  a Nikkor 16-35mm F4 and a lovely old Nikkor 35-70mm F2.8.  There has been occasional use of a 50mm F1.8 in very low light situations at night and yesterday I used my 70-200mm F2.8  to get a close uo of Guido Van Helten who was up high on a massive wall in Woolloongabba.

The process of elimination - After backing up my raw files, I use Lightroom to catalogue sort and process my images, only straying to photoshop where extra work or creativity on the image is warranted.  On import I rename the images Year/month/day_camera generated filename.  I then trash those that are poorly exposed or blurred (unless the blurring is intentional).  I use a star rating system, to reduce the images down to a usable number with the best being 5 stars.  Set up a Collection for the particular project I am working on, sometimes also using flags and colours to further reduce to the final images. Because I am also publishing the images  selected mostly suit square format.  Because Instagram recently allowed for different formats, I haved strayed occasionally where I felt another format would make a stronger image. Below are examples of images I have used. Note that I have been frustrated by the lack of control in arranging my images in this blog.

Diz at The Met 3Diz at The Met 3Diz painting a wall at the Met in Fortitude Valley, Queensland as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival Xato Stencils at the Old GPOXato Stencils at the Old GPOXato Stencils at the Old GPO,Fortitude Valley as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival Drapl up a ladderDrapl up a ladderDrapl is a Brisbane based artist collaborating here with Treas to complete a very large mural on the old Skating Rink at Red Hill in Brisbane. Part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival Kasper at the Burrito Shack 1Kasper at the Burrito Shack 1Kasper creating one of his beautiful stories - part of "Kasper's World" - on the Burrito Shack, Fortitude Valley mall during the Brisbane Street Art Festival Fuzeillear at Lost BoysFuzeillear at Lost BoysFuzeillear working on a beautifully evocative piece at the Lost Boys in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. Drapl up a ladderDrapl up a ladderDrapl is a Brisbane based artist collaborating here with Treas to complete a very large mural on the old Skating Rink at Red Hill in Brisbane. Part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival

 

 

Ekear's Roller DoorEkear's Roller DoorEkaer's great work on the roller dooor at Kerbside in fortitude Valley as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. Negative part of Hounds on the HuntNegative part of Hounds on the HuntPart of a larger work, Hounds on the Hunt by Cezary Stulgis at entrance to the Brightside bar in Fortitude Valley. Part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. Guido Van Helten 1Guido Van Helten 1Guido Van Helten, australian internationally based artist, working on a massive wall in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland

 

 

 

 

 

Buttons at the old GPO 1Buttons at the old GPO 1Cherie Buttons, Brisbane based artist painting a large mural in the stairwell of the old GPO in Fortitude Valley during the Brisbane Street Art Festival Treas Spreading StardustTreas Spreading StardustTreas is a Brisbane based artist collaborating here with Drapl to complete a very large mural on the old Skating Rink at Red Hill in Brisbane. Part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival Cezary's DogCezary's DogOne of Cezary Stulgis' great doberman paintings is on the back door at the Brightside bar in Fortitude Valley. Part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival.

 

Sofles at the Brightside 3Sofles at the Brightside 3Sofles creating one of his great works at the Brightside bar in Fortitude Valley. Part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. Street Art at Skate Arena 1Street Art at Skate Arena 1

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2-cont-_-the-brisbane-street-art-festival Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:14:25 GMT
Project 2 (cont) - Inspiration http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2---inspiration I have been giving a lot of thought to who and what inspires me to do Street/Social Documentary photography.  I have always been interested in  what other people are doing around me going about their everyday lives.  I tend to photograph everyday ordinary things and events and particularly like to photograph crafts people and artists.  We look back with great interest at photographs taken 50 years ago and forget that others will do the same in another 50 years. 

I like to capture people so intent on what they are doing that they are often unaware of anything else.  That fleeting smile, a big sigh, agony and laughter - it's all there.  The difficulty is then in getting a good quality photo where you have no control over the light the environment and the tricky situations in which I often find myself. Street photography is like that.  Not all of my photography is surreptitious.  Usually my subjects are fully aware that I am taking there photos and are comfortable enough with me to drop their guard and allow their personalities to shine through.  My photo story at this link  Impressions of Uganda demonstrates a number of facets of social documentary and street photography.

Henri Cartier Bresson has been called the father of modern street photography and remains my greatest inspiration.  He liked to show how "life offers itself" to the photographer and established the principle of "the decisive moment" in modern street photography.  Like Bresson I love to show the chaos and I prefer to use colour for further emphasis, only straying to monochrome occasionally.

I love John Free's work and that he is also a great teacher of the genre.  Yanidel is another great source of inspiration.  He is mostly known for his street photography in Paris. He uses his blog and RSS feeds to great effect, sharing his extensive knowledge through the blog rather than via workshops. 

Inspiration comes from a number of sources.  In previous blog entries I have referred to that great anonymous street artist, Banksey.  I have also been fortunate to see and to photograph some street art in Paris, both legal and illegal.  Below are some examples.

I am delighted to now be finding and enjoying our local street art right here in Brisbane.  On discovering that the Brisbane Street Art Festival commenced last Saturday, I embarked on a complete change of direction for Project 2 of my uni subject, Photography and Social Media.

Street ArtStreet ArtStreet Art in Paris Street ArtStreet ArtStreet Art in Paris Street ArtStreet ArtStreet Art in Paris Street ArtStreet ArtStreet Art in Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2---inspiration Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:08:09 GMT
Project 2 (cont) - Another option http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2-continued---another-option Hold the phone!  Another theme has just popped up.  This morning I discovered that the Brisbane Street Art Festival started yesterday and is on all week.  Spent a couple of hours photographing Real and Meks who were putting together an amazing piece of work. I really have to consider this theme as an alternative as I love photographing artists at work.  Here's a couple of images from today.

Reals & Meks - Street ArtistsReals & Meks - Street ArtistsStreet Artists, Real and Meks working on a piece for the Brisbane Street Arts Festival 2016 Street Artist - RealsStreet Artist - RealsStreet Artists, Real of Real and Meks, working on a piece for the Brisbane Street Arts Festival 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My other project has the potential to get too big and so this is a real alternative for me.

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2-continued---another-option Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:21:14 GMT
Project 2 - Photography and Social Media http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2---photography-and-social-media On reading the outline for Project 2, the first idea that leapt into my mind was about issues surrounding Ageing and Technology.  I have an elderly mother, Margaret, who has for many years used a computer.  As her health declined and she was more and more confined to home, the computer allowed her to stay there for longer.  She did her supermarket shopping online and ordered meals online from a variety of suppliers.  The ability to maintain communication with her friends and play canasta  with them online also helped to keep her from being too isolated.

When Mum moved into a nursing home almost six years ago, she took a new computer with her and, at 86, uses Skype, email and Facebook to communicate with family and friends.  Mum has grandchildren overseas and relatives in other states. She competently communicates with them and staff who have left the home regularly.  Much to the annoyance of her GP, Mum also researches her health issues and medications on line and knows all the tricky questions to ask.

Mum is now trying to learn to use an Ipad and it is clear that learning knew technology becomes harder with age.  Her old computer still uses a Windows XP operating system and navigating the Ipad has not, to date, been very successful.  Moving on to Windows 10 and a laptop is going to be challenging.  Cconstantly changing technology and continuing support for the elderly so that they don't become isolated in an increasingly technological world is going to become a very big issue.  The baby boomer generation will be much more technological savvy and those who have rejected the likes of social media and not kept up, will find it difficult to function in this environment in the near future.  

While I am still using the theme "Ageing and Technology", The photo below and some others I have since taken, have caused me to rethink the emphasis.  As you can see computers are not the only pieces of technology that my mother relies on to maintain some quality of life.  In this picture of Mum in her Nursing Home room you can see a computer, an Ipad to the left of the TV, a stand for her high tech wireless earphone, an old DVD and video recorder and a HDD recorder. Mum is almost completely deaf.  She wears hearing aids and uses a telephone that is designed for the hearing impaired. Apart from the Ipad she controls all of the other items without assistance.

Watching TVWatching TVOld lady in wheelchair watching TV and wearing earphones.

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/project-2---photography-and-social-media Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:16:14 GMT
Final 3 Self Portraits for Project 1 http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/final-3-self-portraits-for-project-1 I have finally settled on the three Self Portraits that I will use for Project 1.  I have loaded them onto Instagram www.instagram.com/cheridesailly/  and shared them with my Facebook site Cheri Desailly .  I have also completed my word document to submit via Dropbox to the Photography and Social media Unit home.  A bit late due to some ill health and other distractions, but fortunately not penalised for this.  

Because of the sort of photography I do, I prefer to convey a somewhat casual, slightly familiar and relaxed feeling to my images, while endeavouring to produce a high quality of photograph.  I initially had selected six images and after the very good critiques I received and a little soul searching, the photographs below are the ones selected.

Outdoor SelfOutdoor Self Getting Ready

In the two images above I am wearing hats.  Because I am a skin cancer sufferer (my nose is mostly skin graft), I rarely walk outside the door without a hat. For the more rugged outdoor pursuits of my travel photography I wear the one on the left.  I happened to be doing a shoot for The handsome Horse and decided that location would work well for the outdoor self portrait.  I have many hats for different occasions, and the last thing I do before walking out the door is to look in the mirror and put on my hat. Hence the next image.
Musical InfluencesMusical Influences This final image is meant to show a blending of personal, creative and work life.  I love music from all eras.  The Cat Stevens album cover is straight out of my young adult life.  The Blended singer in the background is my son, Locky, who is a full time professional entertainer.  Gig photography is part of my repertoire and it is a lot of fun.  The mirror ball effect is a photo of Christmas lights taken in Singapore.  Other photos from Singapore can be seen on my website, www.cheridesailly.com

For the benefit of who ever will be marking my project 1 submission.  The preceding blog entries for this project start with Week 1 - Photography and Social Media

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/final-3-self-portraits-for-project-1 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:43:04 GMT
Dragging the Chain http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/dragging-the-chain Well the weeks are blurring into each other now.  A bout of ill health and then a week looking after a family property has put me behind and now I'm dragging the chain a bit.   It is now week 7 and I still haven't finalised my self portraits or done my final critique.  In the meantime I picked up some photography work so I will be quite busy.  

I haven't been completely off track.  I have been exploring instagram and Pinterest and have started to post images.  I have even attracted some followers as well as some favourable comments on my images.  I have found some more great inspiration on Instagram.  Symmetrical Monsters is a place to hashtag your best amazing symmetrical photos and Barry Cheeseman whose evocative images of people in Vietnam are beautiful.  I had started to think that I would use Instagram for just  a particular sort of image.  Maybe using the influences of people like Steve Scalone and Art Wolfe.  Here are a couple of images that I have posted.

Chateau de BeynacChateau de BeynacChateau de Beynac sits high above the Dordogne River, across which it faces Chateau Castelnaud. It is a heavily fortified château dating originally from the 12th century and subsequently heavily modified View from Chateau de BeynacView from Chateau de BeynacChateau de Beynac sits high above the Dordogne River, across which it faces Chateau Castelnaud. It is a heavily fortified château dating originally from the 12th century and subsequently heavily modified

On Saturday I was diverted by  entertainer Locky who needed some new photos for a website I built for him. It was a raucous afternoon at Irish Murphy's in Brisbane where a group of crazy cricket fans from all over Australia had been celebrating since 10.30 in the morning. They were all so intent on getting into the photos of Locky that I took some for them too (for a small fee).  The whole crowd were singing and dancing. I Had lots of fun and was asked to post some on instagram and Facebook.  I also downloaded an app called Layout so that I could post a small group of photos to instagram instead of one at a time. Not sure if it worked all that well though as the images are all a bit too small when viewed on a mobile phone.  Now to quickly prepare the rest to put on the Client Images section of my website. Here is one of the images I posted on Instagram.

Locky - Accoustic Rock EntertainerLocky - Accoustic Rock EntertainerLocky playing to a crowd of Cricket fans at Irish Murphy's in Brisbane.

Saturday's events have caused me to rethink the use of Instagram.  I am still determined to try to put up high quality images so will have to give it some serious planning and in future be extremely selective.

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/dragging-the-chain Thu, 21 Jan 2016 02:43:36 GMT
A Productive Couple of Weeks http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/a-productive-couple-of-weeks I have finally started sorting photos that might suit instagram and have actually managed to load one.  Of course this means that I have to get my portfolio sorted out on my website too so am going to be busy.  Keeping my emotions under control when selecting my best images doesn't come naturally. My partner Jim Evans, is very good at critiquing me and that helps.  In the end it's my decision and, while I take on board his advice I don't always follow it.  I also allow myself a bit more free rein in my photo stories.

Apart from the UTAS course I am also doing an online course with Photo Artistry - Grunge.  I am learning lots of techniques for adjustment layers, masking and using textures and backgrounds.  I have a very large collection of textures and background photos as well as an extensive archive of a great variety of images.  I am now finally learning how to make use of them.  That's where my next Self Portrait comes in.  This is one I think I will put up for the UTAS course assessment.  I would welcome feedback on how it can be improved.  Below are the images I selected to use.  I used layers, multiply as the blending mode,  opacity, to reduce intensity and masks to erase through.  The layers were the bark of a hoop pine tree, lights in Singapore, and Locky, a Brisbane based accoustic entertainer.  Hope you like it. #smputas

Christmas Lights 7Christmas Lights 7 LockyLockyLocky (Mark Lockyear) is an acoustic rock entertainer playing most nights in some of Brisbane's most popular pubs. Locky's guitar designed and crafted by Daniel of Gowan Guitars

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) #smputas http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/a-productive-couple-of-weeks Sun, 03 Jan 2016 07:45:18 GMT
Getting Serious. http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/getting-serious My partner Jim and I recently went up to visit Suzie Poultney who owns the Handsome Horse. Formerly known as Pretty Ponies Australia, The Handsome Horse offers classically tailored equestrian apparel and accessories.  Suzie also designs and makes some beautiful products such as her whips for the equestrian market.  We were there to help Suzie set up for photographing stock.  Suzie and her husband Greg have a lovely property just out of Landsborough in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland.  Her artistic flare is everywhere to be seen in and around the house and stables so while Jim helped Suzie I took the opportunity to explore, set up and take self portraits.

Setting up for the self portraits was an interesting exercise.  I had the use of a wireless remote for my camera and that certainly made things a little simpler once I got it working properly.  There was a fair bit of toing and frowing to check exposure but the hardest thing was getting the focus right.  I had wanted to use a fairly shallow depth of field and was not always positioned correctly to achieve that.  The shot in the mirror was worked out by moving a broom with a bucket on it until I was sure the camera could see it.  Focus on the bucket and then change places with it.  Didn't always work though.  The images are are a bit soft still.  I also tried with and without flash. Last but not least, at the stables I also had to keep a horse at bay so that the tripod didn't get knocked over. Below are the fruits of my efforts.  I'll be back up there in a couple of weeks so might do some more and better.

 

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) #smputas People Person Portrait Woman http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/getting-serious Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:33:14 GMT
Week 4 - A Floral Selfie http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-4 I had wanted to do an on location self portrait however, no opportunity presented itself for me to get out with my tripod during week 4.  Finally I decided to try an Iphone selfie.  The one and only selfie done with my Iphone prior to this was in front of the Collosseum in Rome and that was purely because there was no one with me.  I  fiddled around and tried a few different angles and some window light.  I forgot to smile and looked very stern so started again.  Eventually I managed to take a photo I was reasonably happy with.  Seems it's all about the angles.

 My intention for the Iphone selfie was always to blend it with one of my floral photos.  I had photographed some mass displays recently at the Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba.  I used some painting filters and then lens blurring filter on the flowers and then overlaid it on my selfie and blended using Linear Burn.  I then merged the two layers and made them slightly smaller than the original floral background layer to give the image a border.  I think the flower layer has become perhaps, a bit too contrasty, although, I am reasonably happy with the final result.  

A Floral Self PortraitA Floral Self Portrait.

During Week 4 I have really started to explore other forms of social media.  I found Tumblr annoying hence the use of my blog on Zenfolio.  Instagram still interests me the most and am going to spend some time with a couple of people who use it for their businesses.  Pinterest also interests me and once again I have found a couple of avid Pinterest users so more to follow in later blog entries once I have consulted with them.

I have also turned my mind to the 2nd assignment.  I think it could be really interesting and I need to plan it.  I have a number of projects that are works in progress as a result of travel that I have undertaken in recent years.  I have a large collection of backgrounds and textures that I really should do something with.  I also want to do a series of photos called Burnt as everywhere I went up in the Kimberleys the land was burnt and there were some dramatic images to be had.  There is also the large collection of bird photos.  So I probably could just use what is in my archive but feel that would not be in the spirit of the course and what would I learn?.  So, I have decided to do a social documentary topic, Aging and Technology.  More on that later.  For now, I have to do some more selfies and convince some lovely octogenarians I know to let me take their photos.

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-4 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:03:50 GMT
Week 3 Navel Gazing http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-3-photography-and-social-media Okay so I am still mulling over Self Portraits.  Not so intimidated now, but how best to represent myself as Cheri Desailly Photography requires some thought.

I'm not a niche photographer.  I don't go out and do family portraits and weddings.  Well hardly ever. When people ask me what I like to photograph I say “everything”.  As a result it is easy to get distracted from a project and be scattered when one should be focused.  Having said that, there are some things that interest me more than others:

  • social  documentary – my first love
  • wildlife – both flora and fauna.  I have had amazing opportunities to travel to Africa and I also camp a lot in Australia.
  • abstract – both in the built environment and nature
  • textures  - both in the built environment and nature
  • Still Life – just occasionally an image pops up in my mind that requires some setting up.  Eg early on in my photography learning curve, I wanted to challenge myself to achieve separation of the same colour and tone using slide film.  I selected red and decided to use a red tulip in a red vase against a red background. I then had to wait nearly a year for red tulips to be back in the shops.   In the end when I looked down the lens the image without the vase worked best.  

Do I show myself in the context of some of my interests?  In the mean time Here is the photo of my red tulip.  It remains one of my favourites and is called "A Study in Red".

A Study in RedA Study in Red

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-3-photography-and-social-media Mon, 07 Dec 2015 04:20:37 GMT
Week 2 Photography and Social Media http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-2-photography-and-social-media We have been told that Project 1 is a series of 3 Self Portraits.  My first reaction was  - No, no, no! I don’t want to do that.  I’m older now.  Have rarely liked photos of me for some years now.  Vanity?  Insecurity?  I couldn’t put it out of my mind.  How could I do it?  Clearly there has to be an online presence.  Clearly I’m not young.  So be an adult.  I can do it.  Slowly ideas start emerging.  They seem to have a life of their own.  I’ve even tried a selfie with my Iphone just to see what different angles look like.  Still prefer my DSLR though.  Although a Nikon D800 is cumbersome, it is a lovely camera to use and so versatile with the variety of  lenses I have. Hmm!  First images with the iphone weren't bad though.  Will experiment further.

The possibilities are popping up all the time.  Now I need to see if I am technically proficient enough with both the camera and the software to achieve some of them.

In the meantime here's a photo of myself I took in Italy when the scene was crying out to have someone on the seat and I was all alone.  Very glad I took the tripod.  Distracting skylight at top of image, but didn't want to crop the image down any further or I would lose the sense of depth in the narrow laneway.

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) Europe Italy People Travel http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-2-photography-and-social-media Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:31:22 GMT
Week 1 - Photography and Social Media http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-1---photography-and-social-media Well I have received my Unit Outline, prowled around the online site and  had a play with the discussion board.  Introduced myself and started to research social media platforms.  I already have a Cheri Desailly facebook page and like the look of Instagram and Google+ so have registered with them too.

One of our first tasks is to come up with the names and sites of inspirational photographers, why they inspire us and social media sites that they use.

I recently attended an inspirational talk by Steve Scalone on Fine Art Composition and Abstract.  He is a big user of Instagram and loves the square format.  So I was heavily influenced by that evening to try this platform.  I have over the past years taken a number of photos with the square format in mind, so now is the time to revisit them.  

While it is not square format here is an image I think meets the sort of compositional elements that Steve was discussing.  

Art Science Museum, SingaporeArt Science Museum, Singapore

My other photographic/artistic inspirations that I have listed are Art Wolfe, an amazing photographer and Banksy an artist whose social media platform is street art.  The course work did say photographers though so I will come up with another.  So many great photographers to choose from but am trying to stay with modern day photographers rather than the likes of Ansell Adams.

 

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/week-1---photography-and-social-media Wed, 02 Dec 2015 06:05:54 GMT
A few more notes about France http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/a-few-more-notes-about-france I realised recently that I didn't get around to finishing my blog about travelling in Europe last year and here it is nearly the end of 2015.  We continued the road trip in France enjoying a stay with friends in Eymet in the Dordogne and wandering around the many Bastide Towns in the region area.  We visited Chateau, and the amazing Rocamadour, wandered around the markets at Sarlat and much more.

Château de BironChâteau de BironThe Château de Biron is a castle in the valley of the Lède in the commune of Biron in the Dordogne département of France. RocamadourRocamadourRocamadour is an important pilgrimage destination on the path to Santiago de Campostela, and has been for 1000 years.

Markets, SalatMarkets, SalatPopular with tourists, the Markets at Salat in the Dordogne of of France are spread over a number of streets and squares. Château de Castelnaud,Château de Castelnaud,The Château de Castelnaud stands high over the Dordogne valley, with magnificent views of the châteaux of Beynac and Marqueyssac and the medieval village of La Roque-Gageac.

From the Dordogne we continued to Paris and had a wonderful few days.  My PhotoStory, A Walk in Paris can be seen in my Gallery at http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/f616781380.  By the Time I left Paris I was a bit footsore and was looking forward to some rest, relaxation and good seafood at Etretat, a lovely seaside village in Normandy with the most spectacular scenery. Of course as soon as I saw the amazing cliffs I had to go walking again and spent most of my time wandering the clifft tops.

Cliffs of EtretatCliffs of Etretattretat is a popular seaside village in Normandy with spectacular white cliff formations

From Etretat we travelled on to the famous Mont St Michel, the fortified port city of St Malo, and then to Carnac to visit the ancient Menhirs (Standing Stones).  From there we headed to Roscoff to catch the ferry to Plymouth and a stay in Cornwall.  At some point I will revisit my travels in Europe and put together some  Photo stories but for now I have a pressing need to use my Blog for another purpose.  Au revoir.

Mont St MichelMont St MichelMont St Michel is an abbey on an island on the border of Brittany and Normandy. Access is affected by the tides.

St MaloSt MaloSt Malo is a fortified, walled city and port on the coast of Brittany.

Le Grand Menhir AlignmentLe Grand Menhir AlignmentLe Grand Menhir Alignment is located at Carnac in Brittany in France. The menhirs are thought to be from the period 4500BC to 3300BC.

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/a-few-more-notes-about-france Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:29:46 GMT
Cathars, Templars and the Search for the Holy Grail http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/cathars-templars-and-the-search-for-the-holy-grail Wandering around the south of France is just magical for anyone who has never seen a castle (chateau). They are everywhere. , particularly in the Languedoc and the Dordogne regions.  Many are ruins high on the tops of hills and mountains and seem to grow out of the rock they are built on.

There are also whole walled cities and towns that sometimes include castles and moats and usually a cathedral, an abbey or a significant church building.  In some cases there are old Templar graves and in others the cemeteries are still in use and have family plots going back centuries.

While staying in Provence and the Languedoc Regions, we visited Templar villages and drove a “circuit” of so-called Cathar Castles.  Unfortunately the weather was too wet and windy to be able to walk up the steep paths to get a close look.  Then we drove in a different direction and spent the day in an amazing World heritage listed walled city called Carcassonne.  In this same stunning, mountainous and forested area is a place called Rennes-le-Chateau, controversially famous for the search for the Holy Grail.  It’s mystery exemplified in Dan Brown's fictional work, "The Da Vinci Code."  

In one place that we stayed in the Dordogne, I walked out the door and 100 metres down the road and could see not one, but three chateau.  Two were what I would call proper castles and the other more of a grand house. There were two more around the bend out of sight.

There was much much more to see; Rocamadour, a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike, is a spectacular natural and religious site perched high on a rocky plateau; Chateau Beynac;  Chateau Biron; and, too many more to describe here. However you can go to my gallery and see other images from the area.  Just click on any of the photos below.

Suffice to say, it is a feast for the photographer.

PeyrepertusePeyrepertusePeyrepertuse. One of the so called Cathar Castles in Languedoc, the ruins are impressive, set high on a defensive crag and seem to emerge from the rock as though part of it.. Rennes-le-ChâteauRennes-le-ChâteauThere are many mysteries surrounding Rennes Le Chateau that link with, among other things, the Holy Grail CarcassonneCarcassonneCarcassonne is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. La ConvertoiradeLa ConvertoiradeLa Convertoirade is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. At one time an important Templar village the site was fortified in the fifteenth century. RocamadourRocamadourRocamadour is an important pilgrimage destination on the path to Santiago de Campostela, and has been for 1000 years.

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) Architecture Castles Chateau Europe France Historic Medieval Travel http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/cathars-templars-and-the-search-for-the-holy-grail Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:01:56 GMT
The Camargue http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/the-camargue When I was researching my trip to Europe, I learned about a national park in France called The Camargue.  It is Western Europe’s largest river delta where the Rhone River meets the Mediterranean.  Located in The South of France on the Mediterranean, the Camargue is designated a Ramsar site as a "Wetland of International Importance".

 

The Camargue is comprised of plains, lagoons, marshlands and cultivated areas.  Indigenous to the area are the black bulls used for bullfighting and an ancient breed of white horse used by the Guardians to round up the cattle.  While waiting for a car ferry, imagine my surprise when along the road came a woman riding one of these beautiful white horses and behind her 6 white horses, two abreast with a man standing on the rear two driving them. Quite a sight!  This is how the guardians move the horses between paddocks.  On this occasion, they dismounted, boarded the ferry and continued on their way on the other side of the river.

 

In spite of having been to Africa four times I had only ever seen flamingoes at a great distance.  The Camargue is teeming with birdlife and its brine ponds provide one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo.  I was lucky enough to see quite a few of these beautiful birds and was privileged to watch them displaying and entwining their necks. 

 

The area around the Camargue, supports a large rural community where fine crystalline salt is produced and some really lovely local rice (both red and white).   Local towns include the seaside town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and the old walled port city of Aigues Mort which is now some distance from the  waterfront.

 

Click on any of the images to go to the full gallery of my trip to France. The White horses of the Camargue with GuardiansThe White horses of the Camargue with GuardiansThe white horses of the Camargue are frequently moved by guardians along the roads and over the river by ferry. They and the Black Bulls take precedence over cars on the ferry. The Greater FlamingoThe Greater FlamingoThe Camargue is a designated RAMSAR site of international importance. It is teeming with birdlife and its brine ponds provide one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo. Aigues MortAigues MortAigues Mort is a walled port city that is now several kilometres from the sea.

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) Carmargue Europe France Travel http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/the-camargue Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:14:43 GMT
A week in Italy with Camera Etrusca http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/umbria-tuscany-and-latium-with-camera-etrusca  

To those of you who have followed my previous blogs, yes, I have been tardy in keeping my promise to tell you about my week with a photographer in Italy.

When I decided to go to Italy I also decided that I would try to book some time on a photography tour.  I did some research on the Internet and for a number of reasons, finally decided on Camera Etrusca.   This company had some good reviews on a couple of different forums,  I liked the work that Patrick Nicholas (a professional photographer) had in his website, he is English speaking and resident in Italy, and promised to take me to some unusual places off the beaten track.  

Well this was a packed full week.  We started every day with a leisurely cup of coffee at a local bar and then headed out with Patrick to explore the local area in his Landrover.  Friday afternoon and Saturday morning were spent exploring Orvieto and visiting the markets.  Lots of photo opportunities and the locals were very friendly.

Orvieto is a medieval hill town in Umbria, only an hour north of Rome.  It has impressive town walls that seem to be an extension of the volcanic rock they are built on.  The narrow streets are cobbled and wind through the town and in and out of the piazzas (squares).  This friendly place is busy with tourists during the day and quiet at night.  I was quite comfortable wandering the streets in the evenings taking photos and just enjoying looking around.  I walked along the town walls and enjoyed the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and tried out a few of the local trattorias for dinner.

The rest of the week was spent exploring some of the medieval hill towns and the wilder side of Tuscany, Umbria and Latium.  We walked down sacred ways carved through 20 metre high cliffs and climbed up to Etruscan tombs and temples cut into the cliff faces.  We explored old medieval and roman ruins overgrown with vines and wild flowers.  Strolling down pretty forest paths strewn with cyclamens and 4 wheel driving along the side of tumbling creeks were among some of the surprises that Patrick had in store for us.

Patrick kept our small group of 4 people entertained with witty commentary and was a knowledgeable source of historical, political and literary information. We lunched on beautiful fresh local produce, sometimes picnicking, other times in Patrick’s home where he and his wife Lucia and daughter Allegra made us feel very welcome.  I was very comfortable in the lovely La Soffita B&B where Maria looked after me very well. All in all, a delightful week.

Click on the photos to take you to the gallery.

Markets, OrvietoMarkets, OrvietoMarkets in the Piazza Popolo in Orvieto, Italy.

St Patrick's Well, OrvietoSt Patrick's Well, OrvietoSt. Patrick's well, completed in 1537, is 62 metres deep and has two double-spiralled stairwells to allow foreasier transportation of water by donkeys. Wild CyclamenWild CyclamenWild cyclamen and ferns grow along the forest paths. Badia Castle, VulciBadia Castle, VulciBuilt on the ruins of a 9th century fortress, the castle was restored during the 12th century by Cistercian monks and is connected to Vulc Archeological Park by the Ponte del Diavolo bridge, which crosses the Fiora River.

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) Europe Italy Travel http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/umbria-tuscany-and-latium-with-camera-etrusca Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:43:31 GMT
A Tale of Two Bridges http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/a-tale-of-two-bridges Pont du GardPont du GardPont du GArd is a roman built aquaduct in France and is today a UNESCO Monument of International Importance Pont du GardPont du GardPont du GArd is a roman built aquaduct in France and is today a UNESCO Monument of International Importance A Tale of Two Bridges

 

The roman built Pont du Gard is part of a 50 kilometre long aqueduct that stretches, largely underground, between Uzes and Nimes in the South of France.  The most well known and best preserved section, the Pont du Gard, spans the Gardon River gorge near Remoulins.  We spent a lovely day wandering around enjoying the great views of the surrounding countryside and wondering at the beauty, size and impressive engineering of this structure.  The pont was constructed largely without the use of mortar or clamps and the blocks, some weighing up to 6 tonnes, were precisely cut so that they would hold together by friction alone.  UNESCO declared the Pont du Gard a World Heritage Site in 1985.

A couple of days later we travelled to another large and amazing feet of engineering, Viaduc de Millau (pronounced mee-yo).  At the time of its opening in 2004 Viaduc de Millau was the world's tallest bridge and the longest cable stayed bridge in the world.  Also called Pont Millau this spectacular bridge spans the Tarn Valley in the South of France.  It is regarded as one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time.

I do wonder though if it will last as long as Pont du Gard. Pont du GardPont du GardPont du GArd is a roman built aquaduct in France and is today a UNESCO Monument of International Importance Pont du GardPont du GardPont du GArd is a roman built aquaduct in France and is today a UNESCO Monument of International Importance Pont MillauPont MillauPont Millau, or Viaduc de Millau (pronounced mee-yo). At the time of its opening in 2004 Viaduc de Millau was the world's tallest bridge and the longest cable stayed bridge in the world.

 

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/a-tale-of-two-bridges Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:37:24 GMT
A Touch of Irony http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/a-touch-of-irony 810_5610-Proof810_5610-Proof 810_5610-Proof810_5610-Proof Irony and Power

 

Australia does not have nuclear power stations and until I went to Europe I had never seen one.  In this image the mural of a child playing juxtaposed against a cooling tower, and the location of two wind turbines in close proximity, were the greatest of ironies for me.

 

Nuclear Power StationNuclear Power StationThe mural of a child playing juxtaposed against a cooling tower of a nuclear power station, and the location of two wind turbines in close proximity, were the greatest of ironies for me.

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/a-touch-of-irony Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:27:00 GMT
Le Palais Ideal - One Man's Dream http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/le-palais-ideal---one-mans-dream 05-Reception-22505-Reception-225Beth & Doug Wedding - September 10th, 2016 - Majestic Oaks Lodge - Logan, Ohio - www.muschlitzphoto.com 05-Reception-22505-Reception-225Beth & Doug Wedding - September 10th, 2016 - Majestic Oaks Lodge - Logan, Ohio - www.muschlitzphoto.com 05-Reception-22505-Reception-225Beth & Doug Wedding - September 10th, 2016 - Majestic Oaks Lodge - Logan, Ohio - www.muschlitzphoto.com Palais Ideal - One Man’s Dream

When planning our trip through France, Deb and Gav suggested that we visit a place they had heard about called Le Palais Ideal.  It was off the beaten track and a little out of our way, but we decided it would be worth a look. This also meant that we were able to stop in at Chateauneuf du Pap, a noted wine area on this first day of our road trip in France.  Le Palais Ideal proved to be interesting and unusual to say the least and we were pleased that we had taken the time out to see it.

Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) left school at 13 yrs. He spent thirty-three years of his life being a postman (facteur) by day, collecting stones and building his dream palace, Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace"), at night. Le Palais Ideal covers some 78 square metres and is located in Hauterives, France, in an area called Drome between Valence and Lyon. It is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture and is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism.

We spent a delightful afternoon wandering around Le Palais Ideal and were amazed at the achievements of this seemingly ordinary man whose work influenced the likes of André Breton and Pablo Picasso.

Facteur Cheval was a wonderful example of how one man’s dream can become a reality no matter how humble his origins.   Further information about him and Le Palais Ideal can be found at http://www.kristinfiore.com/cheval/

Le Palais IdealLe Palais IdealFerdinand Cheval (1836-1924) left school at 13 yrs. He spent thirty-three years of his life being a postman (facteur) by day, collecting stones and building his dream palace, Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace"), at night. Le Palais Ideal covers some 78 square metres and is located in Hauterives, France, in an area called Drome between Valence and Lyon. It is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture and is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism. Le Palais IdealLe Palais IdealFerdinand Cheval (1836-1924) left school at 13 yrs. He spent thirty-three years of his life being a postman (facteur) by day, collecting stones and building his dream palace, Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace"), at night. Le Palais Ideal covers some 78 square metres and is located in Hauterives, France, in an area called Drome between Valence and Lyon. It is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture and is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism.

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images@cheridesailly.com (Cheri Desailly Photography) http://cheridesaillyphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/le-palais-ideal---one-mans-dream Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:24:40 GMT