September 25, 2012 … some people shots

A friend and former colleague commented on how  unusual it was for me to include images with people in.

Interesting thought. I already explained that I am never likely to be a street photographer, but I do quite a lot of family shots that rarely go beyond the walls. I don’t intend to make a habit of family album shots, or pets (I don’t have any). However, with permission of all concerned, here are a couple of exceptions to that policy. OtisFirst, meet the youngest of my three grandsons, Otis.

He is just two, and already has the reputation of being “laid back” and a “cool dude”. I am very much enjoying his friendly demeanour, and having fun with him.

Billie at speedAnd then, his six-year-old sister Billie is a lovely child (as are all of my grandchildren). She is active, reads well and is fun to be with. She was very eager to show me how well she rides her bike.  How could I resist such an invitation.

Self portrait with OtisAnd just to throw a total curve ball, I include a self-portrait … albeit in an indirect kind of way. Billie was at school, so I was in Queenstown with their parents, Andrew and Abbie, and little Otis. Andrew was doing business, Abbey was shopping, and I was left in charge of the stroller with Otis in it. We found ourselves waiting for Abbey in a women’s sportswear shop, and the mirror was serving to keep Otis entertained, I sneakily pointed the camera at the mirror, and thereby snuck up on myself.

At this time of year, Central Otago is ablaze with flowering stonefruit and pipfruit trees. They are everywhere, and make a spectacular showing. As well as the pink and blue of the fruit trees, there are the yellows of Acacia and gorse, as well as red bushes unknown to me. This particular tree, however was standing apart in the middle of Queenstown and I thought it attractive. Spring blossoms in Queenstown

Queenstown is definitely a different kind of town. It is the first place I have been where even the kindergartens have a bike rack, and all the slots have upmarket wooden framed “bikes” for pre-schoolers. Kindergarten bike rack

I think this is the pre-school equivalent of a car park full of BMW and Audis.

It’s all very interesting.

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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3 Responses to September 25, 2012 … some people shots

  1. Dennis Waltman says:

    The look of concentration, happiness and pride on Billie’s face speaks to grandparents…and parents everywhere.

  2. Lydia says:

    Very nice photo of YOU…. Lookin’ good, Brian.

  3. Diane Strode says:

    Can you show us the red bushes Brian? – I am curious to see them since I spent a goodly part of my life in that part of the world. I also thought the pic of Brian to be very good. I doubt the wagon wheels are fake – surely not – in Central! What a shocking thought.

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