Monthly Archives: October 2012

Starzyia Photography Challenge, day 4

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What a day, and I am so grateful to have recieved a photo from challenge participant and special friend, Diane, what a relief it was for me to see her online this morning now the storm has passed. So far all my American friends are present and accounted for, and I hope the same for all of you reading the blog. Phew!

Now I haven’t received all the photographs yet, and I am happy to update this blog post and all previous days any time that I receive your pictures… here we go

Day 4: Things Fall Apart

by Samara Maddison

by Shelley Sypko

by Adelle Favas

by Diane Rodgers

by Starzyia

 

 

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Starzyia Photography Challenge, day 3

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I can’t tell you how much I enjoy receiving each new submission, it gives me a thrill each time I get notification that a photo has been posted on the event wall or sent to me in a message, thank you to my brilliant, creative participants, you rock! If you are a blog reader who is camera happy, and you have been quietly testing yourself against the theme each day, or even just on some of the days, you are welcome to submit your photograph – you can either join via the facebook event page and post there, or message my facebook business page Starzyia with your image attached (if you want your picture to have its debut straight onto the blog).

Day 3: The Good Earth

by Natalie Love

by Liv Raston

by Starzyia

by Diane Rodgers

by Samara Maddison

by Adelle Favas

by Shelley Sypko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starzyia Photography Challenge, day 2

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Here are the first submissions for day 2 of the challenge, its not too late to join, or for challenge participants to submit days 1 and 2, I will update the blog collections as many times as necessary. Thanks everyone for your pictures.

Day 2 theme: Great Expectations

by Shelley Sypko

by Samara Maddison

by Adelle Favas

by Liv Raston

by Starzyia

by Diane Rodgers

 

 

 

 

 

Starzyia Photography Challenge, day 1

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Welcome to the Starzyia Photography Challenge, this is the beginning of the collection of wonderful photographs from participants, and thank you one and all! Its not too late to join in, and I will be updating this post later when I receive the rest of the photographs for the day.

Today’s theme was: A Room With A View

by Diane Rodgers

by Starzyia

by Liv Raston

by Shelley Sypko

by Adelle Favas

by Samara Maddison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing: the Starzyia 21 Day Photography Challenge

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Official Theme List for the Starzyia Challenge

Hi, just a quick invite for those of you interested, I am hosting a 21 Day, Daily Photography Challenge as a facebook event, if after reading this post you feel you would like to participate, please head on over to the facebook event page and join. The event begins this Saturday 27th October and ends Friday November 16th 2012.

I will be collecting each day’s set of photographs from participants and posting them here, so I hope you won’t mind seeing daily posts for me during that time. I have enjoyed being a part of two daily photography challenges hosted by others and wanted to try hosting for myself. Here are a couple of my photographs taken during the current challenge I am involved in… I will put the day’s theme as the caption so you can get an idea of how easy it is to interpret and get creative with a theme.

hourly, daily

Young, Modern
fashion patterns from the time when my mum was young, modern

Tea & Sympathy

21 Day Photography Challenge
Take a photograph each day for 21 days, following the designated theme for each day – the themes are titles of my favourite novels. (The list will be published on the event page)Please do not use photographs taken before the date of the theme, this is a challenge to see whether you can think creatively with what you have on hand each day – that is what makes it fun and interesting.
If you are unable to take a photograph on the day, you can play catch up afterwards, but please

don’t take photographs in advance.This is a public event, photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
Please keep in mind that I can only accept photographs that can appropriately be viewed by children.

This is not a competition and there are no prizes, please join in if you are interested in growing your camera skills and/or your imagination and artistic thinking.

You can post each day’s photograph (please select one only each day) on the event page, or attach the image to a facebook message to me and I will gather them to post on my blog. You will retain copyright to your work and will be named as the artist of record. Visible watermarks are okay, but please be aware if you use invisible i.e. digital watermarks I may not be able to post your photographs in the challenge collections here on the Starzyia blog.

You can also share your photographs on your own facebook pages, albums, or blogs (anywhere you like) … and you will find you end up with an amazing portfolio of your own stunning images!

I hope you will consider joining in, and please don’t be daunted by the theme list, the pictures of mine that I shared here are from daily themes that are album titles, at first I was a little bit unsure how to create in response to a set theme, but I have grown so much and it becomes so much easier to recognise creative opportunities that surround be every day now, just one of the ways I have grown from taking part.
And here is a previous blog post I wrote during the first photography challenge I took part in The Challenges & Perks of Taking Part in a Photography Challenge
See you soon!

Living & Creating: Starzyia Spring Smilebox, 2012

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My Spring smilebox for 2012, this features some seasonal pictures of Mandurah, Fremantle, my garden, my birthday, and my beautiful dog Fizzy

Now it won’t be long before I start taking my summer pictures, can’t believe how this year has flown by!

Why a Self Portrait Photograph is My Birthday Tradition

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self portrait 17th October 2012

 

I thought I’d take a little time today to share why it is that I always take a self-portrait photograph on my birthday, and yes it has just been my birthday and I did have a beautiful, enjoyable day.

My first self-portrait photograph was taken on my 30th birthday. Although I have never outgrown the joy of birthdays, even my own, I was not happy to be turning 30. It was not so much a feeling about the age as about my life circumstances at the time. I was single, unemployed, living with my parents, with little prospect of changing any of those pertinent life details. 30 in that light seemed embarrassing. I dreaded it. It just so happened that my 30th birthday was the same year that Denmark’s Prince Frederick was celebrating his – thanks to the Australian connection (with his beautiful Australian bride) we heard no end of Danish birthday traditions in our media. My feelings about turning 30 were so negative, that when I heard that in Denmark, if you are unmarried when you turn 30 it is tradition to gift you a pepper pot/mill, that I shouted “why not salt so you can rub it in!!!!!”

About the only thing I had going for me at the age of 30 was that I looked young enough to not look silly living with my parents. I looked young enough that out with a friend (who admittedly was ten years older than me) people confused her for my mother. Great for me, she however had a not so thrilled reaction!

I decided about the only positive thing I could do was take my photograph and try to feel good about myself. I didn’t ask anyone to take my picture, I snuck off and did it myself.

That decision was the best thing I could have done. By taking quiet time away from people, I had stillness, and serenity, and even more magically it was a private moment with myself – no one knew about it, no one was watching me, and I broke down some barriers – I overcame the thought and feeling that what I was doing might be founded in vanity or narcissism. I actually found that taking the photograph, and examining the results was very balancing for me. I wasn’t overly proud, but I wasn’t ashamed either… I felt liberated, humble, content, worthy in just the right amounts.

Since then, I decided that every year I would take a self-portrait photograph, and have stuck to it religiously. I also really like that by taking the photograph myself I am independent. With my aging family, and family and friends spread across the globe (actually very few in my local area), it is entirely conceivable that there will come a day when I spend my birthday alone. I don’t want to be sad if one day I can’t get my birthday picture taken, and I don’t want to feel anxious like I have to track someone down who can do it for me. I am setting myself up for a future where I can be happy and tranquil in my own company and honour my birthday and my self and not say ‘oh you’re alone, no birthday for you this year’. Hell no. I have my birthday every year and I enjoy it!

And the best news is that I have a lot more ‘going for me now’ in my life and I don’t care a jot that I am now 36 (and single) and I really, loved hearing from my niece that “my ability to never age, rocks!”

 

$5 Earrings! Starzyia live market on facebook

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I’m holding my very first live online market event through my Starzyia facebook page. This is a $5 Earring Market, everything in the album can be purchased for $5 plus an economic, capped shipping fee of $2 for Australian domestic orders and $5 for all international parcels. All earrings have been handmade by me and are lead and nickel free. Payments will be handled via paypal invoice, this means you get protection not only of keeping your financial details private, but of the paypal complaints resolution – meaning you have my word you will receive your goods and they will be in mint condition. There are almost 30 different designs which you can view in the market album, the first person to comment ‘sold’ under each design is the buyer, and therefore you must only comment ‘sold’ if you are committed to receiving and honouring a paypal invoice from Starzyia within 3 days of the close of the market.

The market is open now! and closes 6pm Sunday October 7th 2012 (Perth, Western Australia time)

I had so much fun working on this market that I really hope it will be successful, I’d like to hold a $10 market in two weeks time and perhaps some more closer to Christmas.