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{fat mum slim photo a day | sun flare photography tutorial}

for those of you who dont know, my lovely friend chantelle {fat mum slim} asked me to get involved in her photo a day challenge for june. i wrote a heap of the photo a day prompts and designed the list. the best part is, ive been choosing 4 favourite images each day to feature in a collage on my instagram account and chantelles. ive really loved seeing how everyone interprets the prompts and being part of the gorgeous community over there on instagram… so fun!

if you ive in australia or nz, todays prompt is sun flare! here is a post on how to capture dreamy light on your phone, written and shared on fat mum slim earlier this week.

lens flare (aka: sun flare) ~ noun. unwanted, excessive light in a photograph due to internal reflections and scattering of light caused by a camera lens with non-uniform optical characteristics.

sun flare in a photograph is considered to be a flaw by some (as expressed in the description above). by others its a form of artistic expression used deliberately to evoke a feeling in an image, to add drama and mood. i personally LOVE sun flare!
there are two types of sun flare… one that causes a star burst affect or other shapes of white or golden light within the image (known as specular flare), usually achieved when the sun is in the photo. the other type of flare causes a hazy image, low in contrast and often a little soft by nature (known as veiling flare), usually achieved when the sun hits the lens at a certain angle but is not actually visible in the photo. i love both types of flare but i especially love the hazy kind… it feels so dreamy to me!
different ways you can achieve sun flare and dreamy light on your phone {all images below taken and edited on my iphone}…
1. shoot into the sun. experiment with your composition placing the sun in different parts of your image and experiment with your exposure! to change the way the camera exposes the image, when shooting with your phone, tap on the screen in various places ~ on the sun, on the land or the subject in the image. tap till you are happy with what you see, then take the photo!
2. shoot your subject with the sunlight behind them (backlit), be it a person, animal or object. start with the sun directly behind for a silhouette image. then experiment by moving around ever so slightly so the sun is peeking out from behind them or reflecting off other things within the frame like water for example. again, experiment with different exposures by tapping on the screen in various places. you will see the sun takes on so many different forms and two photos taken just seconds apart can feel completely different just by the creative choices one makes!
3. shoot towards the sun but rather than trying to capture the sun flare mentioned above, try to get a hazy feel. this can be achieved when the sun is softer or further away or just outside your frame. move your camera around in all different angles till you see a hazy affect in your image. experiment with your exposure ~ for less haze, try tapping the brighter areas in your image. this will add a little contrast and richness to the shaded areas.
tip : sun flare results are usually best first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is lower on the horizon and softer. at other times you can try getting down low on the ground and shooting up towards the sun.
go. play. have fun like these little cuties ~
most of my favourite images were captured that way! if you blog images, be sure to come back here and leave a comment with a link so i can take a peek! rowe x

{fat mum slim | photo a day}

im super excited to have designed this months Fat Mum Slim photo a day and to have chosen a heap of my favourite prompts to be included! as if that isnt enough… im honoured to be choosing the fab four each day too!!! i think its going to be so fun!

do you want to play along? its not too late… join in for 1 day, join in for 3! do as many prompts as you like. i would love to see your images!

if you are keen to play along and you havent done so before, pop over to chantelles blog {fat mum slim} to find out more or visit my instagram feed! im going to do my best to shoot and share an image everyday too… fingers crossed i can commit! rowe x

{kaleidoscope project ~ april edition}

for over a year ive been doing a personal project called 10 ON 10 with so many amazing photographers! i love this project so much and im super excited to be continuing in 2014 with a new name and a slightly tweaked concept… the kaleidoscope project!  

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Kaleidoscope  is derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos), “beautiful, beauty” (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and (skopeo), “to look to, to examine.”  Hence “observation of beautiful forms.

We are a group of friends, mummas, visual artists and photographers from around the world who are passionate about capturing images of the real, the messy and the magical – the wonder of the everyday. Like a kaleidoscope, our photographs are playful and experimental, ever-changing and infused with light and colour. They reflect the shared meaning and beauty in our lives.

im sharing photos i planned to blog last month. a long weekend with nyepi and melasti ceremonies, afternoon beach adventures filled with sunshine and audrey luella learning to surf!

the surfing thing is a huge deal! danny has wanted to get audrey out in the ocean, surfing, for the longest time. she loves swimming in the sea but has always been a little anxious about the idea of learning to surf {maybe thats my influence because truth be told, im a little scared of waves!}.

then one day in march, things changed. audrey decided to give it a try and she actually liked it! this project is about documenting our everyday. all the big and small moments i want to remember. these are the kinds of days i want to remember.

the warmth of the sunshine on our skin.

the taste of the salty air.

the way he took her hand and she stayed close because this experience is still so new and she is still a little unsure.

the smiles and high fives when she manages to ride the board with steady legs!

audrey is 10. she is in grade 5 and we are living in bali. this life is sweet and so precious.

melasti ceremony at batu bolong beach {iphone pic}

bali melasti ceremony nyepi

surf lessons at pererenan beach

nyepi ~ ogoh ogoh parade at audreys school

im so honoured to be part of such an amazing project with an inspiring and talented group of photographers! please go check out the kaleidoscope project website. i know you wont be disappointed! rowe x

May 2, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Kirsty - I love this – love seeing her all apprehensive and then gaining confidence – and the nyepi celebrations are fun to see too

May 3, 2014 - 7:55 am

Kirsty De Roach - Beautiful photos Rowe she’s lucky to have you capturing her life with your talent.

May 3, 2014 - 10:09 am

Margo Plowright - OMG this is truly wonderful… Kerry and I read the post and watched all the images scroll past, both teary about how proud we are ..of audrey and danny and their lasting memory together.. His forever love of surfing has now become even better having Audrey to share it with . Wish I had been there for that moment ..especially when she triumphantly stood on the board… It must have been so hard for you to hold the camera steady, you proud mummy. Kisses and hugs nanna and grandad xx

May 8, 2014 - 5:12 am

Nicola - The expression of pure joy in the second shot is my favourite but living vicariously through every image!