Saturday, March 17, 2018

Learning new skills

On Thursday we participated in a drawing class at the Calyx in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.  It's a beautiful building -full of light and air -with an amazing garden wall backdrop. Perfect inspiration for creative pursuits of any kind. With a table full of beautifully shaped objects from nature's bounty, we chose a few of the simpler shapes (lemons, leaves, garlic) and began to draw.

Our teacher pointed out the light and shadows and gave us a few tips on shapes, perspective and shading. She was very encouraging, with positive and helpful comments that made us feel like we were doing really well. We did learn quite a bit and hopefully we will continue to practice at home. Actually, we were happy and a bit surprised at how well we did!

It's always great to try something new, meet new people and  be creative. A morning very well spent.
Here are our two takes from our drawing class....

top left, bottom right -Leanne
top right, bottom left- Justine

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas in the city

Last week we had a lovely time strolling through the city looking at the Christmas decorations, everything looked so colourful and pretty.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year and look forward to showing you many more of our collaborations here on two takes in 2018. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Reptiles and wildlife macro

This week we attended a reptile and wildlife macro workshop with Canon collective. We used some canon cameras with 100mm macro lenses that were set up in stations with speedlite flashes and various reflective surfaces to enable us to have some fun shooting these beautiful creatures. As we don't usually use flashes in our photography it was interesting to see how lighting makes such a difference to the final result. 

Here below are photos of Tardini, the magnificent tree frog, Goldilocks, the Darwin Carpet Python and Squirt, the Macquarie turtle. They weren't always happy to stay still so we had to be patient and manoeuvre ourselves into the best position to capture our models. We were pretty happy with some of the results. 

Leanne: top left, bottom right
Justine: top right, bottom left

Friday, October 20, 2017


This week is #roidweek2017 on social media so we decided to take our instant film cameras with us on our walk from Bondi to Bronte in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is the most perfect walk to do. You are spoilt for choice as you pass by the iconic Bondi icebergs pool, Bronte pool and the lifeguard tower at Bondi beach. 

Using polaroid film makes a pleasant change from the iPhone or the DSLR. You have to wait for your film to develop out of the sun and in the case of the polaroid 600 you only get 8 chances in a roll of film.  Then you will end up rejecting at least four of the pictures as you have limited control over the settings and can't change the ISO. 

There is something magical about polaroids, the noise as you release the box, the click of the film as it comes out of the camera and the result is a timeless memory. They are also very easy to pick up on eBay for not much money so if you are thinking about getting one, we highly recommend them. 

Top left, bottom left -Leanne (fujifilm instax 210)
Top right, bottom right - Justine (Polaroid 600)