Avignon – France Tour

France Tour, Holidays, MyPhotography, Travel

Dear Readers,

As you may have read from my previous post, I was recently touring the beauties of France. Avignon is another of the many places we visited during the tour, its main and most well known feature a bridge called Pont Saint-Bénézet, known more commonly as Pont d’Avignon. This bridge was the inspiration for the song ‘Sur Le Pont d’Avignon’. The bridge was built between 1177 and 1185 and is now a major attraction of Avignon. Another major landmark of Avignon includes Palais de Papes which translates to ‘Pope’s Palace’. Photographs of this can also be seen in the portfolio below. The Gothic building was opened in 1364 and is simply beautiful inside, taking a floor space of 15 000 meters squared. Enjoy the photos!








































I look forward to posting the third portfolio of the France Tour.

Olivia, expression through the lens…


81 Photos of a Ladybird

Animals, MyPhotography












































































Olivia, expression through the lens…

P.S. Obviously some photographs are better than others, but none are edited – goes to show that you do not need to edit your photos for them to be beautiful!

Must Be Love

MyPhotography, Poems, Writing

Photo Credit (x3): Olivia Cejnar (me!)




a swelling of
the heart
every inhalation brings
sweating of
my palms
of scalding fires
when I see
your piercing eyes
infusing my world
the sweet fragrance
crisp taste
of something
and new
this must be love

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project Wk 7

MyPhotography, Passion Project

Dear Bloggers / Photographers,

So, this is our last week completing our passion projects! Hasn’t it shot by swiftly… Over the course, I have learnt and gained an immense toolbox of skills – from never even holding a DSLR camera to mastering and learning the many techniques.

Though how will I present the project? I have created a photo book with Snapfish. Snapfish is an abundant site that works with photos and presenting beautiful accessories for different occasions. The service caters for many specialising in stationary, books and more!

– calendars

– stationary

– photobooks

– more!

To display and showcase some of my best and most interesting photographs, I have created a photo book with Snapfish to share on the day of presentation, which will be Thursday, 18 June.

The camera I used will also be on display along with its case. I will also be bringing an antique Brownie camera to ‘contrast’ the two. The photo book will be resting on a stand, which is supposedly designed to hold a cookbook whilst cooking.

In case of an emergency, where the photo book doesn’t arrive on time, I will be using my laptop and presenting the preview of the photo book online.

Hopefully, everything goes to plan! I will be posting some pictures of the final printed copy of the book once it arrives!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Burst Zoom Photography

MyPhotography, Photo Editing

Dear Bloggers / Photographers,

Another technique that I have been learning about this week has been burst zoom photography. This type of photography is simple in that it can be used with any DSLR camera. The result creates a colourful, blurred effect for the photo that brings attention directly to the subject and enhances colour.

How it works is that the shutter speed must be set to a slow setting, so the aperture must be raised to avoid overexposed shots. While the photo is being taken, the photographer can zoom out – in or in – out towards the subject. To create a whirly effect, the photographer can also turn the camera with the right hand while the zoom is zoomed simultaneously.

These are a few of the examples that I took:

What do you think?

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project Wk 6

MyPhotography, Passion Project

Dear Bloggers,

As a result of a dramatic (though beneficial) fluctuation of weather patterns, I have been able to venture out of the warmth of my house and do some photography as I walked my dog.

Currently, my personal opinion is that our street is one of the most sumptuous halls of autumn shades! Crisp orange leaves line the pavement in neatly stacked piles and threadbare trees droop over the ebony bitumen, wary of the approaching winter. So… I have been taking many autumn / winter photos to share.

I will also be spending the last week of the ‘doing’ stage of the passion project learning and absorbing as much as I possibly can!

As you can see with most of these photos, the exposure has been perfected. Even though I have learnt the functions of ISO, I have chosen not to adjust that particular setting in the area I was photographing, as the light was sufficient. From the skill of exposure that I have learnt, I have implemented it in order to create perfect photographs.

One thing I really need to work on is how recklessly I photograph. From what I learned about perspective recently, I have been snapping multiple photographs of each subject in different angles, consuming much space on the CF card!

In this photoshoot, I also executed the skills I learnt in my ‘focus’ post and how I can focus and use aperture and depth of field in order to enhance the focus and blurred effect of the background and of the subject itself. In many of the above photos, the focus and emphasis has been placed solely on the subject, the depth of field very shallow. However, in other photos, the setting, background, foreground and subject have been carefully taken into account and the aperture / depth of field set to the appropriate setting.

In the next Wk 6 post, I will be posting on my monochrome photographs, and my experiments and education on how I can enhance the effects of my monochrome photography. As well as this, I will be posting my poems in mass. Don’t forget to read my Wk 5 post to check out what I will be doing about the poetry!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Crimson Canopies

MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)


deep, chestnut skin
cracked, dehydrated
crimson canopies
catching alight as they
brush the sun

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project – Wk 4

Homework, MyPhotography, Passion Project, School

Dear Bloggers,

This week I have been experimenting with photographing the flowers my Mum received for Mother’s Day. Using my camera, I was experimenting more with ISO, aperture, exposure times, shutter speed and exposure brightness.

As you can see in the first few photos, I have adjusted the exposure and the aperture to change the effect of the colour saturation and tone. In the first photo, the exposure and aperture was set perfectly to have maximum brightness and good tone.

The second and fourth photos, however, were under exposed and came out too dark. The third photo came out quite yellow, neither under or overexposed, however I was not satisfied with the tone. This is why the first photo is the best.

I was also playing with the exposure brightness. The higher the exposure brightness, the brighter and more exposed this image will look. I changed it to 3 settings below the average to make the photos look less exposed.

Another aspect that I was focusing on this week was, in fact, lens focus (get it?). By turning the lens focus, the image can be more distinct and clearer in certain areas. For example, if I turned the wheel towards the right, subjects closer to the lens would be in focus. If the wheel was turned to the left, objects and landscapes further away from the lens would have been in focus. I often changed the setting to ‘Manual’ for the lens focus, so I could manually choose which object I wanted in focus.

For example, in a few of the photos above of the roses and the ferns, I have alternated between focusing on the rose and focusing on the fern by manually changing the focus. By changing the focus, it also changes what appears clearer in the background and the depth of field.This also sometimes gives a lovely, interesting effect because, if the frontal subjects are blurred and the focus is sorely on an object in the near distance, it can have an interesting effect, such as some of the photos above do.


Lastly, I have been looking at perspective (get it?). The angle of the lens and the shot can give different perspectives. For example, in some photographs, I have angled the shot to be bird’s eye view. This gives the perspective of the bird, or of the viewer looking above the subject. I have also incorporated side view, which is one of my favourite angles in photography. The side view I find interesting because the subject is stark and focused from the side with a plain, blurred background that contrasts against the subject.

The perspective of the image can also make the photo look like an illusion. For example, if a person stands near a large building and the photo is shot closer to the person with the building in the background, the person can appear nearly as large as the building, which comes out like an illusion. Same goes for inanimate objects. If a bed of flowers is shot closer to the lens with a larger image in the background, it can appear larger than it truly would be in reality.

Geometric shapes shot at a particular perspective can also make the shapes look like an illusion. See more on this subject here: Perspective

So that’s what I have been doing this week! In the following post, I will be posting my poem and more information of this week’s investigations.

Olivia writing (and photographing) on a whim…



Dear Bloggers,

This was taken with my Dad’s Samsung Galaxy S4. Very good quality, 13MB but great all the same. I did not have an SLR then, now, instead of playing around with his phone camera, I have an SLR that I can play around with. Still, never underestimate the abilities of a phone! Especially Samsung! Keep scrolling for the poem!


Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

in lilac flower
are the faeries
an agapanthus bloom

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Enveloped.”


MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Weekly Photo Challenge, Writing

Dear Bloggers,

I have recently discovered the ‘The Daily Post’ for photography. This fits beautifully with my Passion Project of photography and poetry (Poetography). This week’s challenge was ‘Forces of Nature’.

I have chosen the beauty of small things. I have picked a selection of photographs that I have taken with my new Canon EOS 400D Digital that my Dad brought home from work. I took these photos around my house and down the local area.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
– Aaron Siskind

So true. With this new camera, I have been able to acheive some great things, in my opinion. What do you think? I’ll pop a poem I will write down the bottom, so keep scrolling!












In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

real beauty
genuine elegance
only appears in nature
innocence is beauty
peace is beauty
soft hues are beauty
the forces of nature
not always powerful
but dainty
small large
powerful powerless
this is
real beauty

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

All photographs copyright. Subject to Olivia Cejnar, 2015

Forces of Nature

Passion Project, Poems, Writing

Monotone Canvas

MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

monotone canvas
hostile obsidian
raven feathers
enclosing, protecting
wet acrylic
pure, rich black
one inconsistency
a dirty yellow moon
unfulfilled, floating
an accident
on a monotone canvas

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project – Wk 3

MyPhotography, Passion Project

Dear Bloggers,

Recently, I received a new Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR camera! In my latest post, I was explaining a few of the features of this camera and the lens I will be using. So over the past few days, I have been avidly photographing anything and everything I can lay the lens on.

From flowers, to animals, to a sickly yellow moon, I have been (perhaps overly) enthusiastic about this new camera and its open abilities. Even when I am experimenting with its capabilities (which are dramatically different from the small digital camera I owned prior) and making mistakes, I have managed to transform these mistakes into modest successes (if not masterpieces).

Saturday night in Sydney, the moon was an unusual yellow shade. So at 10.00PM that night, I ventured out, armed with the camera, a skimpy cream nightie exposing my skin to the unwelcoming and frigid night air. Since this was my first time with astrophotography, (let alone my first time holding a DLSR camera), I decided to begin with unplanned experiments.

Originally, my goal was to photograph a few clear images of the yellow moon, and perhaps a few photographs of the stars that seemed to be dappled across the universe. Easy! However, to master (for me grasp) the art of astrophotography proved difficult. Initially, I placed the mode to Manual, set the exposure to 10″ and off I went. However, to take crisp images at such a long exposure time was near impossible without a tripod. My photos came out blurred and trails of light were the result of my camera shake.

In order to reach my goal, I experimented with faster exposure times, ranging from 1/5 – 30″, attempting to discover the perfect exposure for the situation, settling with 8″. The photos remained blurry, as a result of the lack of any tripod. However, the trail of light began to catch my attention, and when I set my exposure time to 15″, the blurry trail transformed into ‘light patterns’.

From this, I gave up trying to take crisp moon photos and focused on making more patterns with the light. I realised this was the result of the movement of the camera, and, setting the exposure time to 8″, began to move the camera in patterns to make shapes with the light.

After doing this, I tried changing the aperture, where I discovered that the lower the f/stop number, the brighter the image. So I changed the aperture to F4.0. This setting allowed maximum light in making a brighter image. Later, I learned this is because the lower the number, the more light it lets in. This is why, in some photos, the image is whiter and brighter than prior photos. When I changed the aperture, the light transformed from a yellow light to a cleaner, platinum white.

At the time, I did not change the ISO, but have now learnt that changing it in darker scenes is agood idea. However, the higher the ISO, the noisier and grainier the image will be. I only dared experiment with ISO 100 to 400. So it turns out that a disappointing mistake has transformed into an unanticipated success! Experimenting with the exposure, ISO, aperture and shutter speed was definitely enjoyable and produced a promising result.

After this, and absorbing what I had learned about how I can adjust the settings to extract the most from the camera, I tried to take some crisp, clear photos of the oddly yellow moon and the stars (I am always amazed by them, they seem to be dappled among the infinite universe of blackness). As you can see, nearer to the end of my gallery, I have (barely) managed this, but have certainly improved from where I started! I have definitely learnt a lot in this one hour. You can see my (failed) attempts of star photos in the images that seem to be black. If you look close, you can just see a few patterned specks!

You can see my (failed) attempts of star photos in the images that seem to be black. If you look close, you can just see a few patterned specks! This probably failed because the photo would have only been clear if the exposure time was 30″. I was unable to access a tripod, and my shaky hands could not find a clear picture of the stars because of the camera shake. Next time!

Astrophotography will certainly be difficult to master ( in my case grasp), however, until I near it, playing around with settings will be fun! In the following post, I will be writing the poem to describe my favourite or most intriguing photo. Which do you find most interesting? Have you experimented with astrophotography before? Let me know!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

At Witching Hour…

Life, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing
Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

titian blush
seeps through
ethereal clouds
igniting, smoldering
gliding across
forest canopy
mystery of
decrepit dwelling
its occult
its secrets
concealed by twilight
at witching hour

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…