Wednesday, November 30, 2016

OPEN MIC SHOWTIME #1 - Blues Number

OPEN MIC SHOWTIME #1 - Cool Blues Number By Versatile Performer

 Local Performer Showcasing Homegrown Talent as Singer-Songwriter Composer and Guitarist Performing an Original Cool Blues Number to an Appreciative Audience.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


OPEN MIC SHOWTIME #3 - Pop Number By Talented Duo

Local Performers Showcasing Their Talent as Singer-Songwriter Composers and Guitarists Performing a Pop Number as Part of Their Medley of Original Music and Popular Covers.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DUCKS SWIM UPSTREAM: With Beautiful River Scenery + Relaxing Country Music

DUCKS SWIM UPSTREAM: With Beautiful River Scenery + Relaxing Country Music

Edited using the YouTube Video Editor for a seamless, video result for improved, viewer satisfaction.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BLACK SWANS: With Beautiful River Scenery + Relaxing Country Music

BLACK SWANS:  With Beautiful River Scenery + Relaxing Country Music

Edited using the YouTube Video Editor for a seamless, final, video result for better, viewer satisfaction.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

PUKEKO BIRDS: Flightless Pukekos (Australasian Swamphens) In The Wild

PUKEKO BIRDS: Flightless Pukekos (Australasian Swamphens) In The Wild

Edited using the YouTube Video Editor for a seamless, video result for greater, viewer satisfaction.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

NATURE, BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY: Seagulls Snapped Feeding In Mid-Air

NATURE, BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY: Seagulls During Feeding Action In Mid-Air

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LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: Sundance Collection from PhotographyPassions.XYZ

MOBILE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: Sundance Collection from www.PhotographyPassions.XYZ

Sundance on Esplanade Car Park

Sundance on Esplanade Canopy

Sundance on Canopy Post

Sundance on EsplanadeWall

Sundance on Esplanade Stage

Sundance on Esplanade Deck

Thursday, April 28, 2016


MOBILE, NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: An Afternoon Bonanza of Beach Gulls


Seagulls Takeoff 1

Seagulls Takeoff 2

Seagulls Takeoff 3

 Seagulls Takeoff 4


Seagulls Landing 5


Looking Out To Sea

Catching The Sunnies

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Checking out the View!

Fly Away With Me!

Your Lunch Sure Looks Good!

Save Some For Me!

Got my Beady Eyes on your Scraps...

Lunch Date With Gulls - All is Revealed in This Video!

Yay! Got Some At Last!

Size Matters!

Can't Take My Eyes Off Your ...

... M-O-R-S-E-L ...

Who Needs a Rear View Mirror?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

DUCKS' LOVE STORY: I Will Follow Him...Wherever He May Go!


A Tale of Two Ducks...I Will Follow Him, Wherever He May Go!


DUCKS' VIDEO: Love Story of 2 Ducks - I Will Follow Him, Wherever He May Go!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

WELLINGTON BOTANIC GARDENS: Some Shrubs & Flowers at the Botanic Gardens

Some Shrubs & Flowers at the Wellington Botanic Gardens

  Bees love blue flowers! By Carter Observatory aka Space Place

Monday, March 21, 2016

RIVER RUSH: Evening Rush of Birds During a Blushing Sunset - By Photogr...

River Blush: Video & Poem (Inspired by this Landscape at Sunset)

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VIDEO & POEM ABOUT: The Evening Rush of Circling Birds as the River Blushes in the Sunset - A Swan Song Dance with the Dying Day!

The Poem.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TILT-SHIFT LENS: Taking Undistorted Pics & Panorama Photo Tips

TILT-SHIFT LENS and Taking Panorama Photos

The above video gives a good explanation of what Tilt and Shift lenses do and when and how to use these lenses effectively. You can correct the (perspective) distortions when using normal lenses for those situations as explained above using Photoshop but you lose more than 40% of your pixels when you do so. It may also be more inconvenient if you often take those kinds of photos and therefore have to tweak often using Photoshop, rather than using the tilt-shift lens straight up.

Thursday, February 4, 2016



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© PhotographyPassions.XYZ


With 3.17 Minutes Ambient Music. Use as Reflective, Meditational or to Chill Out, enjoy.


After a scorching and perfect summer's day, the Sun finally sinks below the horizon, not as a fiery yellow orb, but as a mellow, orange glow-ball. It struggles with the eclipse of the Night to stay on the horizon, resulting in a prolonged, mandarin glow right across the whole horizon and high across the sky (although the extent of the latter is not evident in the footage captured with this camera model), long into the night.

This is a rare and beautiful event seen through dune grasses (shared with the night bugs!). The protracted drama played out between the Sun God and Lady Night is reflected in the music. Enjoy!

Friday, January 29, 2016




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OCEAN TALES: BOATS ARE MOORED FOR THE NIGHT - AWAITING YOUR RETURN. With Romantic Music, Ocean Scenery & Wave Splashing Sounds

THE STORY: Lament of the Seafarer's Wife
All the boats are in except yours...
Storm clouds gather as dusk falls...
I hear the seagulls cry as they reach the shore.
When will you be returning?
The little ones are waiting...
For you to come thro' the door...
To finish that bedtime story...
When, oh! when will you be home?

This video tells a story without words - the images, music, mood and title says it all.

Monday, January 25, 2016

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY, SKATEBOARDING: Street Skateboarder Struts His Stuff

 CITY VIBES IMAGES, STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Street Skateboarding Video & Images

There are 3 photo covers of "The Skateboarder" and 1 video in this blog post. While I did not use the 'failed' skateboarding clips (riders falling off their boards) in the video below, they did present some good action shots from which to create the 3 colorful, digital montages below using different art brushes / filters. These filters allow me to stylise and texturise the montages to simulate canvas and street art.  I then have the option of adding that to my collection of photos for this blog or use them as thumbnail covers for or within the YouTube video, or do all of the above, etc.

STREET SKATEBOARDING: The Skateboarder - Digital Photo Cover 1

TIP 1: Don't be too hasty to delete your or their 'mistakes' or the blooper shots especially if you have not taken too many stills while you were shooting a video. Try recycling these first, especially if they are clear and high resolution images but are not the cool pics you or your subject envisioned. You may be able to convert them into works of (digital) art if you experiment a little. You don't need Photoshop (although that would be great) and can use any free and simpler, photo editors instead.

 STREET SKATEBOARDING: The Skateboarder - Digital Photo Cover 2

 TIP 2: When taking street photographs, have your camera ready at all times and keep shooting even if you think the shots are not ok or rapidly resume filming if you have to stop prematurely. Take still shots as well. You have to move your camera to follow the action so keep your hand as steady as possible if you have to pan or follow a sharp turn in direction when filming. 

 STREET SKATEBOARDING: The Skateboarder - Digital Photo Cover 3

This will improve with practice but it helps if you can find a hand-rail, etc. to rest your arm. Also find shelter if the wind is very strong. Your clip will tend to be shaky if you are in the direct path of strong head winds. You can fix this to some extent when you edit your clip. During editing, don't hesitate to cull out the most shaky parts before you stabilise the rest of the clip.

When you remove the worst parts, the rest of your video clip will be of higher quality after it is stabilised, which you can achieve by using the online Youtube Video Editor (hint: use the trim tool or / and split clip tool if necessary). The stabiliser 'averages' the shakes, so to speak, so the less deviation (ie. smaller variation in the magnitude of your shakes) the better the overall quality and your end-result.


TIP 3: So delete the shakiest parts of your video clip BEFORE you stabilise the rest for a better, final video result, or eliminate very shaky clips altogether if you are reconstituting a series of shorter clips into a longer, final video using the online, Youtube Video Editor. The latter is especially useful if you are uploading and posting videos (or photographs from which you can later process into videos) on the fly from your device.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

CHIMES OF THE RED FLOWERS: Closeup, Flower Photography, Relaxing, Zen Temple Music

CHIMES OF THE RED FLOWERS: Flower Photography Closeup, Relaxing Zen Temple Music

NOSTALGIC CHIMES OF THE RED DRAGON FLOWERS Yearning for the Red Dragon Temple Spirit who resides above the clouds of Hong Loong Shan (Red Dragon Mountain).

Beautiful images of the tree with dense clusters of small and pretty, crimson-red flowers and 2 minutes of relaxing, Zen music to calm and soothe your body, restore and uplift your spirit.

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This model of Samsung (Galaxy Trend Plus) does a great job when taking landscape scenery especially in bright light but tends to overexpose and to over-represent the yellow hues for nature or plant studies.
I have deleted all but the best shots which tended to be slightly underexposed when taken closeup and out of direct, bright light. It is easy enough to edit to bring out the truer colors this way. Discard those that are overexposed to save time and energy! However given the price this phone-camera is a great perfomer for both stills and video.

Don't have 2 hours? No worries, check out the soothing repertoire from this playlist of, enhanced power-napping videos: - enjoy!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

HARBOUR SUN DANCE DELIGHT: Sparkling Lights Over Wind-Whipped Waves

HARBOUR SUN DANCE DELIGHT: Sparkling Lights Over Wind-Whipped Waves

HARBOUR SUN DANCE DELIGHT: Bright, Sunlight Highlights Sparkle Over Wind-Whipped Waves. What a Delight!

Rays of sunlight hit the ocean waves at a certain angle and at a certain angle of view plus the rippling effect of very strong winds ruffling the surface of the shallow sea aross a sheltered part of the marina - the Trifecta factor - created a magical spectacle of sparkling lights scintillating on the surface of the sea, like a gigantic, effervescent drink (especially true for the first and last parts), Great to stumble upon, capture and share such a beautiful landscape and seascape. Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2016

HARBOUR REFLECTIONS: Relaxing Ocean Sounds & Ambient Music, Night Ocean ...

HARBOUR REFLECTIONS: Relaxing Ocean Sounds, Ambient Music, Night Ocean Photography

HARBOUR REFLECTIONS - Street lights of the Esplanade are reflected in the twinkling Harbour on a fine, clear night with the bonus of a calm sea (the Trifecta factor), creating a shimmering and magical, seashore Wonderland and Nightscape.

3.5 minutes of relaxing, ambience music with ocean sounds, water reflections and night ocean scenery.