WRITING 101, DAY TEN: HAPPY SNACK AT THE BEACH,

When I was just a kid living in a small country town there was no money to spend on take away food. Anyway it was just after WW2 and there was no such thing as a take away place, not in our town anyway.

You can imagine my absolute amazement when my dad was transferred to a place called Cronulla. Three great surf beaches within walking distance of our house, and public tidal salt water swimming pools galore.

Suddenly I became a beach boy, no silly, not a singer, but a ten year old surfie, of sorts.

Then, joy oh joy, I was introduced by my beach going mates to apple pies with cream. There was a take away bakery in the main street, just a short walk from the beach that had all these fresh beauties on the shelf, ready for the application of lashings of fresh cream at customer request.

I can’t remember how much they cost but I can certainly, vividly, remember how wonderful they tasted.

Our little mob would buy one each and have them completely gobbled up by the time we got back to our spot on the promenade outside the surf club building.  Then it was a quick dash into the surf, catch a few waves and back on the promenade to dry off, minus the crumbs and spots of cream from the pies that had been stuck to our little chests and bellies.

How I miss those carefree days in the sun and surf. It lasted for another thirty years. The original pie shop disappeared, to be replaced by two or three more, all competing for our business.  Our gobbling eating habits remained the same and the ritual swim to get rid of the evidence on our skin remained a constant.

Now I ride a motor bike instead of swim and live hundreds of miles from the surf. However, all is not lost, we have two great bakeries in town, both sell apple pies with fresh cream. As I’m sure you will realise, it’s most unwise to ride a motor bike and eat an apple pie with cream at the same time. Remedy, sit on the bike at the kerb, watch the passing parade, gobble down the pie and cream, flick the pie crumbs into the gutter, wipe the cream off the leathers, then lick it off your fingers, put the gloves and helmet back on and quickly ride home for a quick wash. The bike that is.

At seventy five years of age you’d think I had more sense, but an apple pie and cream, what would life be like without one. In fact I think I’ll go and get one right now. Hoo roo.

PHOTO 101 WEEKEND 3 HONE YOUR EYE

Time prevented me from visiting our local agriculture show this weekend passed which would have provided plenty of opportunities for images suitable for this exercise.

Instead, I visited my archives and played around with a number of images which took my fancy. Taking advantage of Photoshop’s tools for copying, cropping and resizing my images, the following just popped onto my desktop.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did fiddling with the originals. Here we go, full size No 1:

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GOULBURN’S 152nd BIRTHDAY PARADE –  AIF LIGHT HORSE BRIGADE RE-ENACTMENT.

Next, it was my intention to insert the first pair of horses and their riders but for some reason the image was not allowed even though It did meet the size requirements. Instead, I extracted and enlarged( no pun intended) the two young women standing on the median strip, let’s call them extraction No 1A and here they are:

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TWO HAPPY TOURISTS.

For full size image No. 2, I chose an image I made in our local art gallery at the opening of an exhibition. A good crowd had gathered to see the artworks on show and one individual’s shoes caught my eye. Here is the full size image, No.2:

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CROWD AT GOULBURN REGIONAL ART GALLERY

Note the footwear worn by the woman in the yellow dress in the front row. Here they are,  Extraction 2A.

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I’M WATCHING YOU.

Goulburn has been fortunate to have many colourful floats in recent parades, I thought the following one was a ripper so here it is a full size No 3;

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IN THE STOCKS FOR A FLOGGING

The Red Coat looked like a good subject for extraction so here he is, extraction No 3A:

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WATCH OUT, THIS WILL HURT.

In celebrating our town’s 152nd birthday, a short ceremony was held in our central park and a birthday cake was presented to the assembled gathering by town dignitaries and local school students. Here we have a group of proud students and the birthday cake, full size image No 4:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

The cake, a representation of our local War Memorial, obviously presented itself for extraction and here it is, Extraction No 4A ;

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COME AND GET IT!

Our art gallery has many attractions, including regular talks by local artists, sculptors and playwrights. Recently one of our playwrights presented a floor talk about a coming production based on an Aboriginal man who served with distinction with Australian Forces in World War I. Full size image No5 shows some of the audience for her floor talk and here it is:

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IN INTERESTED AND ATTENTIVE AUDIENCE.

The playwright in the striped blouse caught my eye and so here is Extraction No 5A:

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YOUR GUEST TODAY IS ON MY RIGHT.

The Salvation Army always supports our parades and the 152nd birthday celebration was no exception. Here in full size image No 6 is their contingent:

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PROUD, INSTEP AND IN TUNE.

The marcher in the from line wearing the sun glasses is perfectly positioned for extraction and here she is, No 6A.

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Finally, our local art gallery is always full of interesting people and on a recent visit I made the following image, full size No.7:

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‘AS I WAS SAYING’.

The young lady facing the camera seemed a perfect extraction for this exercise and here she is, Extraction No7A:

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WELL NOW, WHY ME?

A few technical details to round off this blog, all of the images were taken hand held using a 24-70mm f2.8 Nikkor lens. The majority of the images were taken at f2.8.

Photoshop CC2014 was used in the post production, cropping and resizing of the images.

I selected the images from my archives based on their resolution and original size.

Thanks for looking.

Hoo roo for now.