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Portrait Project – 22/52



Throwback Tuesday. The Energetic Four, Sydney, June 2013.


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  • Luisa Coates04/06/2014 - 10:37 am

    Ayu, this is so cute, you have captured them beautifully. : )ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]10/06/2014 - 9:31 pm

      thanks Luisa. they could hardly stand still, I was lucky I got this shot 🙂ReplyCancel

Portrait Project – 20/52



Weekend markets would not feel the same nor ‘complete’, for a lack of better word, without background music that’s usually performed live at the same location. The music probably is not what shoppers are coming to these markets for, but the performance from the local talents certainly adds a charm to the treasure hunting experience. It’s like having your own soundtrack, a bargain-hunting soundtrack. How charming.

Location: Rozelle Market, Sydney

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(wet) nite vision – Sydney

These photos were taken weeks ago, when the first week of Vivid in Sydney was on. We went that weekend despite the wet weather forecast because Nikon AU had a couple of events that day. They ran several classes we could sign online for free, and they also allowed us to borrow equipments for free (or really little money) during the event.

I signed up for a Low Light class, which consisted of half hour talk and a chance to walk around the harbour to capture the beautiful lights from illuminated buildings that was Vivid, with a borrowed lens from Nikon. I missed out 24-70mm by a minute and had to ‘settle’ for the 12-24mm, 2.8 instead. They swiped my credit card to charge a dollar for it, and I was free to run around with the lens for an hour and a half. Sweet.

The whole thing was a great idea. Except for one thing. The rain. Yes, it was raining the whole night. And I tell you one thing. You can have a kick ass camera or lens all you want, it would all gone down hill when water relentlessly poured down on you and made visibility really poor. It was hard to keep the lens free from droplets, even with a nice big umbrella on top of you. Not only it was hard to keep dry, it was hard to locate where the droplet landed, because it was night time. Many times I thought I had the shot when I checked in my tiny view finder and saw a big fat ass circle (which was the stupid droplet) in my photo. Everything seemed wet that night, I couldn’t find anything dry to wipe the lens clear.

So, as the drama caused by a simple rain persisted, I decided NOT to take anything Vivid related, well, except for ONE okay-ish shot of the Opera House, that night. With a big crowd of visitors with or without cameras (and their space-hungry tripods), it was very challenging to get a good spot. Oh, did I mention the rain?

The good thing came out of the rain was it actually made other things more interesting. The glistening wet ground was reflecting colourful lights from the surface made quite a beautiful and dramatic effect. Colours turned darker and shinier. That night I learned not to focus on the not-so-ideal elements so much, and turned my attention on something I did not normally see on drier conditions. Hope you enjoy the photos.


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  • Kevin & Joan Vivian03/07/2013 - 2:13 pm

    Your photos are just stunning!

    Cheers, Joan (Neroli’s Mum)ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]03/07/2013 - 3:37 pm

      Oh wow! Thanks Joan. Really appreciate you stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • snappystreet03/07/2013 - 2:39 pm

    Great! I sadly missed it this year, can’t wait for next years already!ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]03/07/2013 - 3:39 pm

      Maybe worth coming to Canberra for our annual Enlighten event next year (usually in March). Similar things, different buildings, and less people.. 😉ReplyCancel

      • snappystreet03/07/2013 - 3:44 pm

        I’ve never heard of this! Perhaps that is a MUCH better option 🙂 Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

Day 365 #Project365


Sydney Beach

Day 365 of the my Project 365. Surely this is the last day of the project? Or is it?  Project 365 runs for a year, which traditionally starts on 1st January to end on the 31st of December, as the 365th day. However, this year is a leap year. There are 366 days in a year. So I think we will have 365 days of photos and a BONUS day tomorrow! Yay!

I didn’t expect to be this psyched on the final day, but I am. It has been such an exciting year. This project has helped me value my life this year even more. You know that sometimes with all our activities, chores and routines your days just seems to mesh together in a blur, that you can’t tell one day from another when suddenly you are faced with another weekend? Well, no blurry days for me this year (excuse the pun). Every day there was something. Not always special, but mostly unique.

I’ll start with the downside of doing this project:

  • Stress. At the beginning it was not so stressful, as I exclusively used my iPhone to take photos. It was easy to do the post edit, write up and upload, because I could do all that in my iPhone. However, as of April I started using my DSLR to take photos, so the challenge went up a notch. It was stressful only on bad days; when I was too busy I often only remembered to take photos really late at night, and I was already too exhausted to do anything, let alone take nice photos. Sick days were always hard too.
  • Too many crappy shots in my library.  Every day I downloaded several pictures onto my computer, but I did not always chuck the bad ones into the trash.
  • Funny that I thought I would have a lot of downsides, but I don’t. Probably have to ask my family on this one.

The highlights of doing this project:

  • I became more skilful in photography. I guess it’s true what they say that if you want to learn more you have to take more photos. I was exposed to taking photos in different kinds of lighting, various subjects, and locations, and I can confidently say I am better at it now than I was in January 2012
  • A full 2012 journal with pictures! Since I also love to write a little something to accompany most of my photos, those posts became pages that I can go back to. A thought, experience and many sweet memories have been journaled, to be cherished in years to come
  • Great new online and off-line contacts. So many wonderful comments and ‘likes’ from fellow bloggers and twitter/Facebook friends made me happy and embarrassed at the same time. It’s a wonderful feelings to have people love what you love doing. I love the interactions I had with fellow bloggers, so much to learn from each other
  • A healthy mind. My family was fully aware of this project, so I always had at least half an hour of uninterrupted ‘me-time’ every day, which means A LOT for me. I know it doesn’t sound much to most of you, but as a busy mom with two kids, this allocated ‘me-time’ really kept the ‘craziness’ away

This might be the end of this project, but this won’t be the last  of me. I intend to keep on blogging, or maybe doing a different photography project in the future. To all my readers, I thank you for all your support; I may not show it enough, but I really appreciate all of it.

The day 365 post is dedicated to my constant inspiration. My two energy balls, T (Mr 8) and K (Ms 4). Love you loads, kiddos..!

kiddos 2012


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  • ria mahney01/01/2013 - 2:48 pm

    Keep blogging Ayu, I love your blog. Am gonna miss checking out your blog every night before I go to bed! 🙂 It’s kinda stress relief and also inspiration for me.
    Looking forward to February, please :))

    Ps: Happy 2013! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]01/01/2013 - 9:24 pm

      You are so sweet, thanks for your comment it made my day! Definitely will return to blogging, after spending January enjoying summer holiday with the family. Have a Happy new year! xReplyCancel

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Day 364 #Project365



This photo was taken in the long tunnel towards the parking lot at Domain. We were all standing on a long express walk way there after a long day of retail therapy. Two more fun days ahead to end the year 2012. Bring it on!

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