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or by oneself

I love playing with light & colour

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whether in a crowd

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art for me, as an individual, is
          what I bring to it


 photographic art is what I do with it...


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I see the editing process, i.e. extent to which we alter images, as the main point of differentiation between photographers.

I love it when a photographer crosses the boundaries exhibiting characteristics of each group with mastery and flexibility.

Just such a photographer is the amazingly-creative, multi-award winning and internationaly-recognised Michelle Stokie.

The groups are not mutually exclusive...

Many of us specialise, others prefer to generalise.

We photographers all fall generally into three categories: 'happy-snappers' 'naturalists' and 'creatives'.

As I see it...

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While essentially realistic this series of JFimages draws attention to the differing groups.

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My friend and fellow photographer, Michelle Stokie, blurs the lines between realistic and creative.

Series One. Gone shearing...

Series Two. Unreal naturalism...

Series Three. Strikingly creative...

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Michelle is forever exploring...

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"a creative never stands still"

orever Explorin



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Those "happy-snap" days

As I was growing up my parents never had a camera. They saw no need for one and besides cameras were expensive. Suddenly, somehow at some stage, I remember a box brownie. I don't know who got. It was just there. But photos had to be snapped (only on special occasions) until the roll of film was filled; taking months or even longer. Then the roll was removed from the camera, placed in the provided packaging and taken to the local chemist (or later - Camera House) for processing. A week or two thereafter we collected the envelope containing the printed photos (initially black and white); not remembering what photos had been taken and not knowing whether they would be blurred, ghosted white or even legible. I can understand mum-n-dad not taking a lot of photos; too many failures. In time I got my own camera only to soon realise it was an expensive hobby. I gave it away.

As pay-days passed and my bank balance improved, I experimented with 35mm transparencies (a box containing thousands of memories is still tucked away in a cupboard waiting for that time-in-retirement when I will have a surplus of time in which to transfer the captured images to my PC), then a Sony 8mm video camera and finally a quality Pentax (still with negatives and paper prints). Developments saw me at a later stage progress through a series of digital cameras; each getting more and more elaborate. I became an enthusiastic amateur photographer.

However, it wasn't until my sixties that I was introduced to the mind-blowing world of photo-editing. It was after joining a U3A photographers group that I underwent a personal paradigm shift in thinking; the concept of post-photography editing changed everything. Thus I entered the world of creative photography where images could not only be improved and modified but creatively changed... Magic!


As I progressed though the LightSeekers (a Geelong Camera club special-interest group), I was introduced to real 'creatives'; thus coming to realise the potential of digital photography. I finally developed the confidence to leave the group and focus more on my own interests; writing /creating / self-publishing / web-site development. My next leap occurred as I moved into smart-phone photography; particularly when, at one LightSeekers session, I threw  out the challenge  - separate the DSLR and iPhone  photos. A task that could not be done consistently - even by these knowledgeable enthusiasts.

"Them was me 'happy-snappin' days," says I.


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Post-U3A days...

My discovery of editing software and smartphone photography


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Personal Explorations...

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My Bing collection of images is personally inspiring creative exercise.

While the photographs are totally real and naturalistic, enhanced editing has been masterfully achieved; thus achieving immediate recognition and maximum impact. This has not involved great changes to the physicality of the image which I think remains not-necessarily true to the original scene.






To watch:

  • a video-gallery of Bing images click here.

     Sit back, relax and, perhaps, enjoy.

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2022 JFimages Distractions

Good morning,sunshine!

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Beauty in my everyday world

Mary Moments







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AI Distractions that highlight the breadth of explorations possible

JFimages AI Fun-Time #1

JFimages AI Fun-Time #2

Selections to show what is possible (not mine)

In the Readings Theatre Foyer


Just playing with

old Google Docs files...

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Tall Ships Race


are for resharing 
with ourselves and others

Daily detours
en-route to Christmas 2023

On a stroll with Mary
(not quite the usual Archie's Walk)

Words of love...

How come...?

Reaching out...

Dragons Beware!

3 days, Mary


Mary, my sweetheart

I promise you...

25 hours a day...

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