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Giovanna Tucker midnight in NZ

Midnight in NZ, Lake Tekapo

ah Winter is here and its been snowing the last few days, I am so glad to be inside with the heater going 🙂 it’s not settling though so thats a shame, but its still freezing!

This photo is midnight on a full moon, and a long exposure making the moon turn into a big sunflare on Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, normally when taking pictures of the moon you need to take a separate shot of the moon as well with different settings and then put them together on the computer.

Have a good week everyone 🙂

Queenstown New Zealand

Christmas night in Queenstown New Zealand

I missed New Years as I was flying back from New Zealand to England, in theory I should have had lots of New Years (as I stopped in NZ, Australia, Bangkok, Dubai and England) but instead I didn’t have any, I didn’t think I would mind but it turns out I do.

I have been busy trying to decide on a photography project for this year, i’m going to put all the thief of my photos behind me and start a new year fresh, happy and motivated, so I have finally decided just in time to still be within the first week of 2013!

I’m going to do a Weekly Creative Photography Project and to start week 1 and because I’ve just got back from 6 weeks in NZ, I’ve got a photo from Queenstown, New Zealand a Long Exposure at Twilight on Christmas Day (you may need to click on it to see it properly).

I have had a very busy year last year, getting married twice (don’t worry it was to the same guy!) next week I’ll post a wedding photo, the photographer in New Zealand did a great job at getting some creative shots of us, which as a photographer I appreciated, but unfortunately because I was the bride I didn’t get to take many shots myself, gutted! I guess it’s the one time when I need to just chill and let someone else be in control.

I love New Zealand the photo opportunities there are endless, we made it into Milford Sound but the weather was not on our side, I wouldn’t have minded if the weather was awful but it was just bland, white sky with nothing but complete cloud cover, it did not make for pretty photos, still while I was there we went to Arrowtown, Queenstown, Kaikoura, Pancake Rocks, Hamner Springs, Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Akaroa, French Farm, Arthus Pass, Christchurch among others, so I’m sure somewhere amongst my thousands of photos there will be photos to post.

Merry Xmas and Happy New Years to everyone out there, I am a little late but better late than never and I hope 2013 brings you all you dream of!
x

Had a bit of a scare last night when I realised Christmas is this week! I know I’ve been living in my own little bubble, but this week!  I need to go xmas shopping!

Now you have all seen Positano by night in one of my earlier post, so today is Positano by day, what a gorgeous little village, would definitely recommend it to people, though watch out for the inflated tourist prices and the cover charges, but if you did what we did and buy a drink from a diary/corner store and just sit on the rocks, you can enjoy a lovely view as the sun goes down for next to nothing 🙂

Positano, Italy

 

It’s the weekend! 🙂 and it’s more getting to know G Fridays

Well today in honour of my partners b’day, I’m doing two photos, one of the two of us and one – a behind the scenes photo taken by my partner!

Oh and it snowed today in London! Cool ah! I can’t wait until it settles properly and I can get out with my camera!

Introducing James…

James and Giovanna

and one behind the scenes as taken by James

Me in New Zealand taking photos of seals and the lovely landscape

of me taking photos of Seals in New Zealand, Kaikoura (can you see the seal?)

You can walk all around there with no barriers, a few times I almost stepped on a seal by accident, but if you do get to close to them they let you know!

Oh well off to enjoy Birthday celebrations, enjoy your Friday night!

 

This one I call my Sherlock Holmes Westminster shot.

I used two different textures over the photo to create this effect, which I explain how to do in my new eBook…

How To… Night Photography eBook now available on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords (where you can buy in any format you would like), and on my website.  www.exploretravelphotography.com

Happy hump day 🙂

Sherlock Holmes Westminster

I thought it was time to learn a little bit more about me….   So now and again I’m going to post a photo of me travelling.

I’m a New Zealander living in London, UK – I have been over here for 5 years now with the reason I moved here was to be closer to Europe so that I could travel.    That I have done, I have been to 50 countries with a goal to reaching 100 at least.

I have always loved to take photos and I would always be the one that brings the camera on a night out to record everything but I’ve only been serious about it in the last few years and only just this year got my super duper camera so it unfortunately means I will have to retravel to those 50 countries to take photos all over again!

But for now here is a photo of me in the Amazon on the Peruvian side with a Snake! I love the guy laughing in the background!

Me in the Amazon with a snake

Well at least for a little while, back from Berlin now and ready to finish my many projects that I have on at the moment!

But before I do that I am starting a new one!

Project 365 – a photo uploaded a day

So to start it all off and in honour of just getting back from Berlin….

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Brandenburg Gate

Back from Sorrento, Italy with hundreds of more photos to edit!

Below is a lovely village called Positano, we spent the holiday getting charged cover charges and outrageous prices for food and drinks, we had just been to Capri where we had brought one beer and one coke while sitting  on the main strip, the bill came to 12 Euros without tip so by the time we got to Positano with half the holiday over we decided to just buy beers from the supermarket /local store and just go sit on the rocks while watching the sun go down, it was a beautiful view and we had it all to ourselves.

Positano, Italy

With such a beautiful view, it was a great location/time, to discuss our future, (me and my partners that is!) there was no ring or no get down on one knee, just a conversation to decide we will get married next year September and a ring was to follow, it was all followed up a lovely fireworks display while we ate our dinner on the seafront, we got a little bit carried away and had to catch the last bus at 9.50pm back to Sorrento, which meant we were going to miss the last shuttle bus from Sorrento up the hill to our hotel, but after such a lovely night I didn’t mind, and then something amazing happen after 30 minutes in the bus with 30 mins still to go we drove past our hotel, we quickly pressed the button and the driver stopped pratically outside our hotel, we ended up back hours before we had planned and without a 30 euro taxi ride added on, so I went to bed very happy that night after such a lovely day 🙂

Hi,

I have a couple of things this week, I have a few more London photos, I’m trying Reflections and Silhouettes at the moment, below is a Reflection of Westminster in the Thames.

Westminster Reflection

Westminster

I’m finally feeling a bit better after getting sick in Malta and being ill for almost a month, so I am finally starting to edit my photos from Malta, London and Alicante and am off to Sorrento and Berlin soon so will have more to edit soon!

My Calendar is coming along slowly, (i know i’m running out of time!) just so much to do! and I have another exciting product in the process that should be finished within the month, that i’m very excited about, I’m so busy i’m getting up at 2am and working through to 6am as I’m so excited I can’t sleep, so I can’t wait to be able to reveal everything soon!

Also as my weekly update from the world of Photography this week my favourite piece of news is…

(Click on the Blue Title to be  taken to http://www.PetaPixel.com to read the full article)

The Self Esteem Act: Parents Pushing to Pass Anti-Photoshop Laws in the US

 

A Lancome advertisement featuring Julia Roberts caused a stir back in July after it was banned by the UK for being too “Photoshopped”. Now a couple in the US are trying to bring stricter regulation to the United States. Seth and Eva Matlins, founders of Off Our Chests, have started the Self Esteem Act:

We’re asking for support to pass federal legislation requiring advertising and editorial that’s meaningfully changed the human form through photoshopping or airbrushing to carry “Truth in Advertising” labels. The labels will simply state that the models shown have been altered. No judgments, no morality, just clarity.

[…] Photoshopping, airbrushing, digital manipulation isn’t the issue. The issue is too many look at these images and theink they should look LIKE these images. And they can’t…because they’re not real.

So let’s call a duck a duck and modified picture a modified picture. All we’re asking is that if you do it – you tell us you did.

They’re currently trying to raise 10,000 signatures for the petition, which can be signed here.

Until next time….

x

Firstly apologies it seems it is harder to keep up with 2 full-time jobs than I had first thought, I have my day job and then my love of photography, what I would rather be doing, full-time job and keeping up with them both is proving hard, but here I am now so lets continue..

It has been a very busy period since I last wrote and I’m in the middle of signing off 3 new and amazing tutorials that you will love, a newsletter that I hope you will get involved in, and putting up more photos on to my website www.exploretravelphotography.com
 
In the last month we have been away to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and also to Marlow, England, which was great and very welcome breaks, I have attended Miss Aniela’s MC Motors Workshop which consisted of 10 photographers 5 Models which was a lot of fun but also very scary as I don’t normally take photos of people and also her workshop in a haunted theatre where we did levitation style photos (see below).
 
I had my first market in Leather Lane which was a great success and I meet lots of lovely people, and I came runner-up in the TNT photo contest with my HDR photo of Westminster (due out this Monday the 16th), and one of my photos of Italy was also used in an article on a travel website for most romantic travel destinations in pictures.  http://www.globalgrasshopper.com/travel/pictures-worlds-romantic-travel-destinations-part-2/
 
I joined the social picture network and have been amazed at the response from them, every photo I have uploaded has been featured and Istanbul – A Moment was most popular image of the month after only 1 week of being up.
 
It continues to amaze me how wonderful and supportive people are to complete strangers, but I do hope you all get involved by sending me emails or leaving me comments so we can no longer be strangers.

My photo from the levitation workshop