Life of the Party

Holidays, MyPhotography

Dear Readers,

This week, I decided to create and design a variety of “scenes” to photograph. These setups consisted of a range of objects that were centered around one theme (one theme per scene). I then photographed these abstract setups at different and creative angles. The result of my experimentation is below.

P.S Same blog, new layout! Let me know what you think of either the post or the new theme in the comments!

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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!

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

Olivia, expression through the lens…

81 Photos of a Ladybird

Animals, MyPhotography

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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!

Chapter 6, PART 1- Reality is Real

CYOA, Homework, Writing

Note:  Thank you all for your comments and contribution to bringing this novella together (sort of!). I have thoroughly enjoyed writing Saving Audrey and have found it immensely beneficial as I was motivated to do something productive while on my computer (this can be hard sometimes!). Unfortunately / fortunately, this is my last formal chapter, however, in the next few days, I will be posting an epilogue to wrap up the story. 

The time restrictions have meant that the participants of the CYOA challenge have had to think and plan their stories thoroughly and improvise in terms of elaboration and an uncomplicated resolution. This story would have involved a lot more content without this time restriction, however, I will make do. I do apologise for the abundance of “things” left unexplained… I have left these for you to imagine.

Last week, we experienced the aftermath of Daphne’s death and Audrey seeking help and support on Facebook. Last week’s votes were:

  1. 1
  2. 5
  3. 2

The obvious winner is option b, which entails Audrey continuing her search for support and finding it, with her new friend (suffering a similar reality) taking her to the places where they find happiness and inspiration together. THIS IS PART 1 OF CHAPTER 6. So the readers don’t have too much to read, it will be split into two parts. Please read on…!

! Audrey, you have one new private message!

I hear my mouse produce a hollow click as I snap to the destination my computer is providing me. Controlling, manipulating, seeming to mock the pain I am drowning in. The pain I am aimlessly flailing in, panic and devastation dragging me under a surface of hope. The surface was unbroken, but as I obey Facebook’s command, the tension is broken, a new hope revealed.

dear NinjaGirl654 i saw your avatar on the “click for support” chatroom last night. So useless. i just wanted to tell you that if you need any support, don’t go to that useless bunch of ignorant morons. i checked out your profile, and am so very sorry about all that has happened. a rough couple of weeks, huh. you guys seemed so close. my mum died a month ago, from a bicycle crash. i miss her so much, she was my best and only friend… I know it’s a touchy topic for us both, but i just thought it might help us both if we maybe met up some time, perhaps have a coffee together? let me know what your thoughts are. i understand if you aren’t up to it though. ❤ J best wishes until we (maybe?) meet? p.s im not some weirdo creepy 60 year old dude…!! my name’s Juliette btw, im 14 and go to school at st john baptist college.

From UnlovedKittie

I brush away the tears with frustration, hope, appreciation for this girl who has offered to help me, to kindle a friendship with one another. I feel my lips form a strange shape, happy, as tear collides with them, my fingers placing themselves cautiously on the keyboard so as to reply.

Reply to Unloved Kittie:

You’ve made me smile for the first time in 3 weeks. since I heard her laugh, saw her smile… can we meet at the café on theron street. 11am tomorrow?

My fingers react prior to my mind. I watch as the page informs me that the message has been sent. Stupid. Really stupid decision. Instantly, the inky blue notification box appears on my screen.

Okay, awesome! Meet you there…

From UnlovedKittie

 

Part 2 will arrive soon! Do you think this is the right decision for Audrey to deal with her pain? Will it pay off, or is a disaster to come, a friend or an enemy? Find out in Part 2!

Olivia, expression through the lens (and words)…

Chapter 3 – Quinoa

CYOA, Writing

Note:  Thank you so much all my readers for voting and commenting with such encouragement!  The votes for last week are as follow:

  1. IIII votes
  2. 0 votes
  3. IIII votes

We have a draw!  I do agree with the voters that these are the most likely and relevant options for the current generation, a take I aim to portray. Option A was the option of which I planned to work with as seen in the novel’s overview.

However, option c seems to have an interesting and relevant take, portraying the character to have the typical attitude of a teenager suffering from FOMA (fear of missing out) and attending a party she was made aware of through Facebook, the consequence not worth the negligence in popularity. Since the vote was a tie, I decided to run with option one, however incorporate aspects of option 3! Enjoy!

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Anatashia Lockwood: Gurl watchu doin?

NinjaGirl: Sleepin. Sittin. Livin.

Anatashia Lockwood: Gurl. Ma gut is cryin! U got 1 sad life.

NinjaGirl: …thx “bestay”

Anatashia Lockwood: Imma gonna help u get. a. life. Nathan hostiin a partay 9.00 at northstreeet pub. U need to come gurl! Do it 4 u. and me. Don’t wanna be seen with u when u don’t even come to Nathan – the most popula guy in school’s partay. Plz galpal. Say YES!!!!

NinjaGirl: Um… I can’t… res…ist…don’t…do this…to me!!! Fine. I’ll come – 9.00. How could I miss out? 1 word is wat that would be: embarrassing… ;D

My eyes flicker between the breaches of reality and my digital paradise, abbreviated slang appearing on the screen as my nimble fingers glide across the keyboard. I watch as they type an automated response – the reaction any “usual” teenager would expect to such an invitation. An invitation that cannot – should not be overlooked, without the person jeopardizing what is labelled as their “social rating.” I shouldn’t care about my “popularity”. But I do.

The disappointment formed within me evolves into the convergence of various hormonal emotions. I should not have agreed to attend “Nathan’s” party – I’m above that, above the usual teenage influences and attractions…

The iridescence my eyes usually possess dulls as I stare at the predetermined words. Shortly after an agonizing flight, my head begins to throb rhythmically as a tedious mauve vastness suddenly threatens to scald my retinas.I have departed for the day, the motion sickness extreme, unbearable.

Fresh morning air is what I need. The clammy warmth of my room lingers as I thrust my shutters open, a crisp wind sweeping and incinerating any humidity. A golden haze seems as though it has been respired throughout the atmosphere, resting and illuminating the street with an ochre glow. My world is ethereal for 27 seconds, before I am awoken from the temporary stupor by my mother’s squeal.

A series of profanities precedes the attention-seeking explanation for my mother’s anger.

Quinoa! How on earth could I have forgotten QUINOA!” I flinch as what sounds like a plate is thrust to the floor, the result of her temperament. I manage to recover the names of my sister and I amongst the babble.

“Audrey! Daphne – quinoa from Aldi. Now. Every packet in stock.” I stare at the porcelain shards scattered hazardously across the tiles of our kitchen, my mother’s cheeks flushed with frustration.

Little did she know the consequence her impatience would bring.

I watch mockingly as Daphne draws a misshaped silver coin from her pocket. My mother fumes with rage as her daughter’s intentions are revealed.

“Heads.” She ejaculates as the coin is tossed through the air…

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I slump into the comforting fabric of my sister’s Mini as she spins the key, jerking the motor to life. The imprint of my mother’s victory fades as I glance at Daphne, barely clothed by a threadbare jersey and tight-fitting jeans. Her hair lies in a bundled mess, twisted messily into a bun. Nothing unusual… is my assumption, until our eyes encounter one another’s.

Concaving circles penetrate her eye contour, sinking miserably and allowing her low cheekbones prominence. Her eyelids droop, little resistance barely exposing the cloudy hazel pigment of her eyes, dappled with red veins that surge through the whiteness. I feel my brow furrow as concern for my sister intensifies. I will purchase the quinoa, we shall drive home and she will sleep. Rest. Rejuvenate.

That’s what would have been, had my sister not taken her daily sedatives not ten minutes prior. The sedatives that should have only taken effect an hour later, but didn’t… Flickering shut for not 5 seconds, my sister’s eyes lose sight of their surroundings, her brain powerless over her actions. I notice this too late. My reaction is delayed and I simply watch as the car swerves towards an oak.

Daphne crashed the car. All because we picked heads.

I do hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Saving Audrey! Here are this week’s options!

  1. Daphne crashes the car (as in Chapter 2) and emergency services surround the Mini. As Daphne and Audrey are hauled to safety, Audrey wakes up to discover her sister has died from severe head trauma.

2. Subsequent to crashing the car (as in Chapter 2) Audrey and Daphne are rushed to hospital, Daphne remaining comatose for several weeks.

3. After the crash, Daphne and Audrey are dashed to the nearest hospital, Audrey awakening to her sister lying in the bed beside her, one million machines connected to her body. She comes to learn that her sister is suffering from severe amnesia.

Thanks for your support and let me know what you would like to happen below!

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Choose Your Own Adventure – Saving Audrey

CYOA, Homework, School, Writing

Dear Bloggers / Photographers,

As you may know, a fresh term has dawned on us, bringing new projects to complete! Last term’s project entailed students engaging in a Passion Project, where I learned about photography.

This term, we are assigned the task of writing our unique Choose Your Own Adventure novels. This entails the writer posting a chapter each week, and asking the readers to vote on an outcome, requiring the writer to continue the story based on their choice.

Below is my character planning, voluntary (Self-designed) book cover and overview (blurb) outlining my story.

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Cover Designer: Olivia Cejnar using Canva

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Audrey would have won the coin toss if she’d chosen heads. Her sister wouldn’t have driven them to Coles under the influence of sedatives that should only have taken effect an hour later. The car would have remained under a protective layering of steel casing and Audrey might have posted her latest photography collection on her Facebook page by midday.

Her sister would have fallen asleep, engaged in the thrilling plot of another sci-fi novel. Their mother would’ve had to adapt to the lack of quinoa in the fridge instead of insisting Audrey and Daphne buy every 250 gram packet Coles had in stock.

Perhaps Audrey would have noticed her sister gulp down the sedatives as she slid her hands onto the steering wheel.

Daphne certainly wouldn’t have fallen asleep and crashed the car.

Audrey would have won the coin toss if she’d chosen heads. Her sister and best friend would not have died in the seat next to her, the windshield coated in a blood that shimmered as blue and red flashing lights surrounded their heavily damaged Mini.

But Audrey picked tails.

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Protagonist character profile

Name: Kessinger, Audrey

Age: 13

Origin: Australia, WA

Relations: Kessinger, Daphne (sister, deceased); Kessinger, Easton (father, alive); Kessinger, Cordielle (mother, alive)

Pastimes: Photography, posting photography collections on Facebook

Best friend: Daphne Kessinger (sister)

Diagnosis: Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, comatose for 3 months

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sub character profile

Name: Kessinger, Daphne

Age: 17

Origin: Australia, WA

Relations: “ Simmons, Jason (boyfriend)

Pastimes: Reading, studying, sleeping

Diagnosis: Insomnia – treatment: sedatives

Fatality: Fatal Traumatic Brain Injury

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I do hope you remain engaged in my novel as I progress through it and stay tuned!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Lies

Poems, Writing

Photo Credit: We Love It

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soft
smooth
shielding
of the truth

lies –
scalding
malicious
a dagger
against reality

lies –
protective
or harmful
right
or wrong?

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Must Be Love

MyPhotography, Poems, Writing

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

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a swelling of
the heart
every inhalation brings
sweating of
my palms
of scalding fires
when I see
you
your piercing eyes
burn
infusing my world
with
the sweet fragrance
crisp taste
of something
mysterious
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…

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
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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

 

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catching alight as they
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Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Perspective

Art, Create, Homework, MyPhotography, Passion Project, School, Writing

Dear Bloggers,

As in the last post, I learnt about perspective. So, what is perspective and how can I use it to enhance my photos?

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

Perspective Definition

Perspective can mean, in photography – from a personal view or a two dimensional illustration drawn to give the perspective of a 3D object.

What is perspective in photography?

Earth is 3 dimensional, but a photograph is 2 dimensional. When a 3D object is photographed, it is really a 2D depiction of a 3D object. Putting perspective into action in photographs can make an image much more interesting.

Perspective refers to the relationships between objects in a photograph, the distance, size and space etc. When the perspective is changed, it can, for the mind, change the shape, size and, overall the perspective of the scene.

Linear Perspective

The farther an object is from the viewer, the smaller it appears, also, when parallel lines meet at a distance this is called linear perspective. This is how the human brain judges distance. Linear perspective is affected by the distance from camera to the subject and the focal length of the lens.

Rectilinear Perspective

All lenses apart from some like fisheye lenses are rectilinear. This means they shoot the lines as they are (straight lines). A fish eye lens, however, produces a rounded perspective. For example, as shown:

Parallel lines in a photo gives the perspective that they will eventually meet at a far distance, this is called vanishing point. This is another example of perspective.

Height Perspective

When photographing a landscape scene where the foreground gradually rises toward the horizon, the viewer‘s mind reaches the conclusion that the higher up the base of an object is in the ground, the greater its height perspective. I have experimented with this whilst photographing trees.

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

Overlap Perspective 

When photographing a scene with different objects overlapping, the objects that are nearer to the camera overlap or obstruct the objects that are farther away. THis is obvious when viewing the photo. This partial obstruction or overlapping of various elements gives the viewer a sense of depth and perspective of the distance between objects in reality.

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Dwindling Size Perspective

In our mind we are aware of the sizes of most objects we are familiar with. Such as people, animals, trees etc. When photographing, this can be used. For example, in a scene with two people, if one appears twice the size of the other, the automatic expectation is for the viewer to think the bigger person was closer to the camera.

When shooting a landscape with a person or any known subject in it, the viewer will be able to guess the distance and the scale. The photographer can then establish a scale the viewer could use to compare the real size of various objects in the photograph.

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Other simpler perspectives include bird’s eye view, side view, keystoned (from below). These are the perspectives I have used in my previous post’s photographs.

There are a few more, however, I won’t get into that today. After learning about this, I will try taking a few photos in more industrial areas!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Bibliography:

http://www.school-of-digital-photography.com/2014/01/what-is-perspective-and-how-can-we-use-it-to-improve-the-composition-of-our-photographs.html

http://digital-photography-school.com/perspective-photography-dont-just-stand-move-feet/

http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/perspective-in-photography/

http://photoinf.com/General/NAVY/Perspective.htm

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.

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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…

 

 

First Liebster Award

Liebster Awards, Life, Passion Project, Poems, Writing

Dear Bloggers,

Today, I had the privilege to discover that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award! This is an award that is given from blogger to blogger when a blog is considered interesting – from the nominator seeing potential in a new blog or outstanding posts from an experienced blogger, it’s for everyone to try! Liebster, in German, means – lovely, kind, pleasant, sweet, nice etc.

It is a very encouraging community chain award that really helps with supporting a blog worth recognition or publicly appreciating a blog that seems pretty awesome!

Blogging is a truly amazing aspect of technology that I have become engrossed and weaved into. The wonderful (not only WordPress) community of bloggers that take time to support one another and visit it others for inspiration is beautiful. It is a hobby that is very social and encouraging!

This is really the reason I love blogging so much, because of the social aspect and because of the fact that you can freely share and express your ideas, receiving and seeking support from those who share common interests.

I have dedicated this post to Julia – https://myredpage.wordpress.com – whose blog is full of inspirational posts, thoughts, ideas and beautiful photography.

I truly appreciate her encouraging nomination! Thank you so much! Please do visit her blog!
🙂 Here are the rules:

1. Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

2. Include the Liebster award sticker in the post.

3. Nominate 10 other bloggers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts.

5. Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you.

6. Think of ten questions you would like your nominees to answerLastly, copy these rules in the post.

7. Lastly, copy these rules in the post.

 

🙂 Here are my questions and answers:

1. Why do you blog?

Blogging is a really personal but public activity. I love blogging so much because if is extremely enjoyable, social and has a real sense of community, and allows you to express and preach your ideas, thoughts and opinions.

Blogging is a really personal but public activity. I love blogging so much because if is extremely enjoyable, social and has a real sense of community, and allows you to express and preach your ideas, thoughts and opinions.

Blogging is a really personal but public activity. I love blogging so much because if is extremely enjoyable, social and has a real sense of community, and allows you to express and preach your ideas, thoughts and opinions.

Blogging is a really personal but public activity. I love blogging so much because if is extremely enjoyable, social and has a real sense of community, and allows you to express and preach your ideas, thoughts and opinions.

I blog because I can share what I feel and what is happening in my life whilst always receiving support, encouragement and feedback who have similar interests. Blogging is a particular aspect of the internet that has a genuine sense of community and encouragement. On my blog, I love to share my writing and my photography, whilst also occasionally posting about what has happened in my life!

2. What are the first five words that describe you?

Hmm. I was really stumped on this question, but I decided to ask a couple of close friends what they thought…

Quirky, Passionate, Loyal, Friendly, Logical

3. What is it that you always wanted but never got?

As humans, there is always something we want. The latest gadget, a new car, healthy relationships, peace in society etc. One thing I have always wanted was a little sibling. I adore babies and toddlers and I have always thought, after visiting and playing with friend’s baby brothers and sisters, that having a baby sibling would be amazing, to be able to care for a totally innocent, perfect human being (except for the crying and nappy change)

When playing with other small children (well behaved) I have found that it is fun and wonderful to see them develop and their sheltered, but entirely innocent viewpoint in life. Unfortunately, now it isn’t possible for me to have that opportunity, so I’ll have to wait until I have my own children!

4. Have you ever danced in the rain? Would you?

Physically, yes. Metaphorically, yes! I have always loved the rain and stormy days. I have immense pleasure in the tormenting fist of thunder crashing down on the earth, and hail plummeting down, littering my yard with small, icy balls. When I was younger, I used to pull out my gumboots, throw on my raincoat and venture out into the storm. Puddle jumping in the huge rivers that formed on our tennis court was a favourite past time, and I have always loved getting dirty when helping Dad clear away the leaves that gather over the drains, preventing water drainage.

When I was younger, I used to pull out my gumboots, throw on my raincoat and venture out into the storm. Puddle jumping in the huge rivers that formed on our tennis court was a favourite past time, and I have always loved getting dirty when helping Dad clear away the leaves that gather over the drains, preventing water drainage.

Metaphorically, I have also danced in the rain. Life isn’t tailored to your likes or wants. So when the grass is not always greener, you need to get your hands dirty rather than stay cooped up in eternal warmth. And that’s not me! I love to try new activities, and if I don’t like them, that’s that! In competitions, for example, I am always determined to do my best and push myself to nearly breaking point. I’ve had a few injuries from this trait.

5. What does your perfect pizza look like?

My perfect pizza… My mouth waters at the thought of it!

Anchovies, olives, almost-burnt-broccoli, cheese, tomato base, soft bread, stuffed crust, BBQ meats, crispy bacon, pineapple, pepperoni. It sounds like a lot, but I love it! Deeeeelicious!

6. What was the last picture you took?

Well, since I am an avid photographer, I am constantly photographing life, nature, animals, food… whatever my camera lens can lay it’s focus on. Skimming to the most recent photo I took on my Canon EOS 400D, it seems that a couple of hours ago, I took an angled shot of the book I’m currently reading – Jane Eyre.

7. What is your motto in life?

My motto in life. I have many that I live by, or try to. Here is one that came to mind:Live today as though there is no tomorrow.

Live today as though there is no tomorrow.

8. What is the best book you ever read?

Goodness! I absolutely love books. I am always clutching one in my hand and sneaking a chapter or two during school (don’t worry, mainly when I am not needed like recess, lunch etc.) Whenever I finish a book, I am always listing it on my favourites, the one most recently on my list is The Shadow Girl, John Larkin. An inspirational, true story of a girl who becomes homeless and uses her brains to survive. Quirky, blackly funny, devastating, cruel, epic, inspiring! Read it.

I also adore the Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent. The Book Thief, Pride and Prejudice, Uglies (Pretties and Extras) and many others!

9. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

Friendship. I adore my friends, spending hours with them if I can! Their quirky conversations, the caring nature they possess, the way they make me laugh, cry, want to hug them, want to eat them, the way we jokingly make fun of each other, discussing our issues… There are so many aspects of my friends that I love… ❤

10. What is the best compliment you’ve received?

To be honest, I can’t really answer this one! I don’t really know the answer to this one! I was trying to think of something deeper than just – smart, funny, cool, nice, friendly etc. I do recall a wise person telling me something that really got to me – that I could make a difference in this world, that we all can! It’s not really a compliment, more of an encouragement, but still, it has meaning if you think about it…

Now, I have the opportunity of nominating 10 other blogs that I think are worthy of the award:

https://introversioninc.wordpress.com/

http://alifeofhappiness.edublogs.org/

https://reflectionsformysoul.wordpress.com

https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com

http://chrllrobb.com/

http://mabelkwong.com/

https://udayology.wordpress.com/

https://scrapydo2.wordpress.com

http://treshabarger.com/

https://heleneparish.wordpress.com

Congratulations, Bloggers!

Here are my questions for you:

1. What is your favourite aspect of blogging?

2. What is your best memory that involves photography?

3. What are you passionate about? Why?

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

5. What do you find inspiring?

6. What are 5 words that describe you?

7. What makes you laugh or cry?

8. What is/has been on your bucket list?

9. If it were your last day on earth, what would you do?

10. What is the best book you have ever read?

 

So congratulations! Read the instructions and answer my questions if you accept!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

 

 

 

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!

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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
beautiful
this is
real beauty

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

All photographs copyright. Subject to Olivia Cejnar, 2015

Forces of Nature

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Monotone Canvas

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

monotone canvas
painted
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 2

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Dear Fellow Bloggers,

Week 2 of my Passion Project! This week, we are required to write about the preparation of our term-long project, the skills, resources and materials that will be needed in order to complete a thorough and well planned project.

In case you missed my Week 1 Post, here’s a recap of what I will be doing for my project.

“I wanted to incorporate my passion for writing and poetry with photography. As you can see if you click on the ‘MyPhotography’ / ‘Photo Editing’ categories, I have been taking macro shots with the digital camera and uploading it to my blog. As an addition to this, I have found wonderful inspiration and have discovered poetry photography, or photography which is written about and described using free verse photography. A few of the blogs that have acted as an inspiration to me include: The Ancient Eavesdropper Raindrops, Passion Through Poetry, Nina Joan, The Darkroom Nerd and more… See my blogroll for more.

Long story short, I have decided to do poetry and photography as my passion project. The learning aspect of this is that I will learn how to use an SLR camera and demonstrate these skills by taking photos and experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I will then be writing free-verse poetry about these photos and posting it on my blog. For the presentation of the project, these posts will be put in a portfolio and made into a book.”

I have decided to call my project Poetography, as it will incorporate learning how to use an SLR camera and poetry to broaden my perspective of the world and my appreciation of it. Though in order for me to complete this project, I will need to prepare a number of materials, skills and resources. This will be an exciting project to carry out as I have had no experience, in fact, I have never even handled an SLR / DSLR camera of any kind.

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I need to learn these skills…

  • how to photograph using an SLR camera (no experience)
  • aperture, ISO, shutter speed, depth of field
  • angled shots
  • edit photos
  • sharpen images and use RAW
  • enhance photos and colour

I need these resources / materials…

  • a camera – SLR
  • computer to edit and write poems
  • information sources – to learn about photography
  • photography/poetry blogs to read and be inspired

I will know I have completed my task when…

  • I am able to easily enhance my photos using photo editing
  • Be able to explain clearly what each feature is
  • Be able to incorporate into my photography and explain what I have done
  • Produce quality images with descriptive, thoughtful poetry

An example of one of the Poetograph posts I have done are as follow:

https://wordingonawhim.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/1036/

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Ivory Saffron

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

ivory saffron
melts into lilac blush
fragile fingers, blemished
reach towards a luscious nectar
effervescent champagne tears
dapple wounded petals
verdant greens contrast
starkly

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…