Happy New Year

2015! Time flies! I’m not a great one for making new year’s resolutions – let alone keeping the ones I do make, but this year I am resolved to try and post more regularly on my blog.  Not lots of text, just sharing my photos once in a while. Here’s the first one of 2015, from the 1st Jan when I went on a wee solitary photowalk around town exploring the street art that has emerged recently.

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eBooks

London Streets eBookLife has been somewhat busy lately and while I’ve been taking lots of photos, this blog has been a bit neglected. Anyway, I thought now was a good time to get a post up about my latest thing… making eBooks for sale on Blurb.

I’ve made a couple of print books and have been very pleased with the way they have turned out. However, I find myself reading more and more books and magazines on my iPad these days, so thought why not try making an eBook.  I have made two so far: “London Streets” http://bit.ly/1tgykVT, and “Dunedin: the land, architecture, and people” http://bit.ly/1xD1Rd7.

They are really fun to make – I love putting all the photos together and working out which ones fit together best, and it’s great to see the final result.  It’s just a shame that they are only available for the iPhone/iPad at the moment through the Blurb store.

Book Published – Dunedin: the land, architecture, and people

I have just finished creating a book for the final paper of my Photography Diploma.  I chose my home town of Dunedin, NZ as the subject and have focused on the Land, the architecture and the people of the city.

This was a fantastic challenge and I have learnt a lot from the process. We could chose to do a book, exhibition, or website and had about 6 weeks to take and process at least 50 photographs.  Originally I had thought I would do an exhibition, but when it came down to it a book seemed like a nice keepsake from the Diploma.

I have used Blurb for publishing and I’m still waiting for the final hard copies to arrive, but it was really easy to use and integrated seamlessly with Lightroom – I had a collection that I used for all the photos to be in the book and then just created the book from that collection.  There are lots of different page layouts you can use, but I tried not to get too carried away and used only about 3 or 4 different ones in the end.  The hardest part was working out the layout of the images in the book.  I would have an image I liked, but then when I sat it next to another image the clouds wouldn’t match, or the horizons were at different levels and they looked funny.  There were a lot of trips back to some locations trying to reshoot photos to get what I wanted.

In the end, I’m happy with what I have created, and if you would like to check it out you can do so here: http://www.blurb.com/books/5414984-dunedin

Dunedin
Dunedin
The land, architec…
By Melanie Middlemiss
Photo book

Autumn Print Exhibition

Last week was the first of our club’s seasonal exhibitions of the year – the Autumn Print Exhibition. Members are able to enter up to 6 prints in the Open section, and 6 in the Natural History section and the prints are selected to appear in the exhibition on the final meeting in April.  I entered 6 prints in the Open section and was lucky enough to come away with 4 acceptances, 1 honours, and the Champion print award.  A lucky night!

First light beach dashThe Carriers Waipapa Point LighthouseA shared glance

In a rush
Honours
Evening Rush
Champion

Trip to Southland

UPDATE: Sorry if the photos don’t display below but something is a bit awry with the Flickr-Wordpress connection. You can see them all over on Flickr though, and I’ll try to figure out what I’ve done wrong.  

Had a nice couple of days with friends travelling and photographing around Southland. The objective of the trip was to photograph the shipwrecks around Bluff but, as quite often happens, my favourite photos came from the other places we stopped along the way. Here are few from the streets of Riverton.

You're local

Walk In Beer

Riverton

Church and State

Oamaru Victorian Fete 2013

Oamaru Victorian Fete 2013 by mjm_nz
Oamaru Victorian Fete 2013, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

Had a great day out in Oamaru at the Victorian Fete http://www.historicoamaru.co.nz/fete.html. I went with a few people from our photographic society and there were plenty of cool things to experience and photograph.

This image has been created by selectively layering multiple images from a time lapse to get a scene with the people all dressed up for the occasion.