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Portrait Project – 42/52


For the past few years I’ve been meaning to visit the Tulip Top Garden. Only this year we finally managed to go there. The garden opens for roughly one month long every year, so I felt lucky we ‘caught’ it in time this year.

The garden was beautiful, the flowers were gorgeous -the tulips looked so vibrant and healthy- and even the weather was kind to us that day. The flowers in the garden provided a very colourful and perfect backdrop for this week’s portrait project.

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Portrait Project – 10/52


I’ve been wanting so long to try on taking pictures underwater. Last week, I finally got the chance to do it. Using my daughter’s red Lumix* camera (her christmas present from last year), the three of us had tremendous fun goofin’ around taking photos in our backyard pool.

I took close to a hundred photos that day, but I think only ONE (shown above) I really like. In the photo, the light was perfect, no excessive bubbles around that could distract, and what a mega watt smile plastered on her face, eh?!  Imagine the potential money wasted had it been the old instant underwater camera that I used instead of the digital one of today.

Taking photos underwater was very challenging. There’s all the bubbles to navigate through, the sunlight that shone through the water (that most of the time unevenly lighting the subject), the subject’s ‘decent’ expression to capture (and not the eye bulging cheeks popping, the holding-the-breath-in kinda face), and so much more. Oh, also keep in mind that you have to hold your breath longer to stay down at the bottom of the pool when taking the shots, while keeping steady hands while doing all of the above. It’s also worth mentioning the uncontrollable floating hair that could block the camera (thus your vision) completely.

The fun would not be complete without trying out a selfie underwater. Yes I did. Limited time was spent doing this, though, as the heavily chlorinated water stung my non-goggled eyes. How do models do it? I spent hours with foggy vision right after.

Here are a couple of ‘more presentable’ photos of the bunch. Plus my selfie. Of course.


Anyone has more tips and tricks for underwater portraits photos, please leave link on comments below. Much appreciated!

* Camera used: Lumix DC Vario – waterproof (dive to 7m deep), shockproof, and dustproof

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  • ohdearria08/03/2014 - 4:04 pm

    My boy has the same camera, might try this too, Ayu! 🙂 and I like your selfie…I reckon its fun doing this stuff, good jobReplyCancel

    • [ayu]12/03/2014 - 9:27 pm

      The same camera?! Awesome. I call this the little camera that could.. haha. You should really try it underwater. It’s great fun.ReplyCancel

52 Portrait Project – 9/52

This week’s portraits were all about my family in a lazy Sunday morning. It’s one of those Sundays when despite the great weather outside you are happy enough just to be home, around each other, and do…well, practically nothing that has any objective or significant goal.

It’s interesting to see the various reactions each one gave me to my photo taking today. I’m happy with the result as it shows each family member’s characteristic quite well.


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52 Portrait Project – 6/52


Multicultural Fest 2014Multicultural Fest 2014

These lovely girls were prettily dressed in Indonesian traditional costumes yesterday to join the children’s parade at the annual Canberra Multicultural festival. It was such a hot day (around 39 degrees), and the kids had to wait a bit until the adults got organised and started the parade.

The portraits show the girls’ happy personality. The heat and the long wait didn’t seem to bother them, and believe me, there were many grumpy/cranky children (and adults) around who were just couldn’t stand to wait in the dry heat. These two surely could keep their cool, and always camera-ready.

Big eyes and big smiles. Oh so perfect!

Multicultural Fest 2014


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