Saturday, January 30, 2010

Random photo - Exmouth Diving Centre, Western Australia

January has been a little insane and I do apologise (seems like I do that a lot!) for the lack of posting. My New Month Resolution will be to blog more :)

Here's a new little buddy who joined me for a day while I was working in the dive shop

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Jellies play Exmouth Yacht Club

Come one, come all! This is going to be a huge Saturday night at the Exmouth Yacht Club with HOT music and fireworks from the beach exploding over Exmouth Gulf!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy 3.1 Anniversary to Us!

Why "3.1"? Because we're a multi-continent couple and so we had two ceremonies, each in a different country, to celebrate with as many of our friends and family as possible! And because who wouldn't want more chances to eat really yummy cake?!

Three years ago today we were in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, for a fantastic beach side wedding. We had friends and family from Australia, Denver, Minnesota, Iowa, and Texas - not a bad turnout! Our second wedding was here in Exmouth on 2 February 2007 - it's great to have two chances to remember to buy a card!

Anyhoo, Happy Anniversary, Honey!

As I was trying to select a couple of images of our 1st wedding to share, I remembered how much our weddings were a big reason why I myself got into wedding photography, but that's a story for another day.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Poor Doggie - Exmouth, Western Australia

Today's post was going to be very different, but when I got to Exmouth Diving Centre today to get ready for the day's diving, things changed. Because someone has left their dog locked in one of our trailers.

We don't know whose dog it is and Doggie isn't wearing a collar. He's very frightened & stressed: tail tucked way down between his legs, growls whenever a man comes near the trailer and gives me cautious, hopeful looks when I get close. He doesn't like to look at you and tries to stay away.

Whoever left him did put a dish of water in with him, at least. I fed him a couple of slices of ham that he ate eagerly after oh, so very gently taking it from my fingers. He seems to be a good boy.

We are keeping an eye on him as there's no shade over the trailer and we are hoping his owner comes soon. Thankfully it's nice and cool with a breeze blowing so he should be pretty comfortable for the morning - if laying in a steel trailer by yourself can ever be considered comfortable. Of course, now that I write this, he's crying & throwing himself against the sides of the trailer.

Poor Doggie.

I was going to tell you all about our phone calls trying to track down the shire ranger (who doesn't exist at the moment), the police (who don't come to work til 2pm and all calls go to Karratha, a town four hours north of Exmouth) and about the incredibly RUDE man who aggressively gave me a super hard time about the dog in the trailer (he told me flat out that I was just going to sit here and watch Doggie die of the heat) but I won't.

I'll just say that Dave and I did get Doggie out of the trailer with a little ingenuity & slices of beef. We tied him on a nice long rope to a tree with lovely shade, a soft spot for snoozing & added a big bowl of water. After cooing at him for a while, he settled down to watch the world around him.

I then went back across the street to the dive shop, answered the ringing phone and looked out the door to check on Doggie. Gone. He'd chewed through the lead and taken off in a matter of seconds. Cheeky mutt.

So now he's wandering around Exmouth sporting part of one of our good leads (it's red, if you see him) and a decidedly girly girl pink collar with pretty bones on it.

Hopefully, he's trekked straight back to his home like our Girls would do.

If you see him, I would really like our collar back :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Random photo - Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

2010 has been incredibly busy so far and I took a break from everything earlier today and headed down to Town Beach just to do nothing for a minute and recharge my own batteries.

I saw this surfboard laying under the palm trees, backed up as far as I could since I had a nice long lens on (Canon 135L f2.0) and then ran the image through some Totally Rad Action lovin'.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Lobo in the backyard

Lobo is our big lover kitty. He sleeps with us most nights, loves to curl up for a long cuddle session and is always ready with some big purrs. He can be a pretty cooperative photography subject so when I had a few moments the other day to give my new Canon 135L f2.0 lens a bit of a test run I headed out to the garden to find him. He wasn't totally in cooperative mode, but since he's just so danged cute I couldn't resist a few frames anyway!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Denver Zoo - circa 2007

To say I take a lot of photographs is a bit of an understatement. It's a rare day that goes by that I don't shoot for fun. To say that I sometimes don't quite get around to looking at or processing all of the photos I take would also not be stretching the truth much. But I do remember everything I shoot and I do have plans to eventually catch up!

Yesterday I spent part of my day working on one of my New Year's Resolutions - tidy up the hard drives & sort through neglected photos. I feel pretty good about the day's effort as I was able to delete over 100GB of images (mostly copies of copies - I love to backup, I just don't have a very linear system so end up with four of everything!) I also found a huge folder full of images shot at the Denver Zoo way back in 2007. A few friends and I headed out on a crisp fall day and had a great time being the camera geeks we are. It was my first outing with my shiny new Canon 40D and Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS lens so it was a bit of a learning curve, but boy oh boy do I love this lens!

Anyway, here's a selection - enjoy!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

I love being able to start 2010 by giving things away!

Congratulations to Andrew, Amanda Jane & Mark - check your email coz you've each won an ebook copy of Dane Sanders Fast Track Photographer! I wish I had a whole heap more copies because I pretty much wanted to give each of you a copy - your enthusiasm for photography and considering it as a career are infectious!

I'm very much looking forward to 2010 being a great year. I'm turning 40 in March and so have decided that this year is going to be special (hopefully in a good way!) I have lots of ideas in the works and one of my my goals is to be more active here on the blog so make sure you're checking in often to keep up with how 2010 evolves! Oh yeah, I expect to have lots more giveaways, too.

2010 is shaping up to be another busy and fun year and I can't wait to dig in and get started!

Happiest New Year to you All - love Kristin & Dora!