The best hack for daytime photography! Well . . . Just daylight. A must know.

iPhone – I sat the iPhone on the ground – infact on the white line – your eye may follow the white line into the photo – gives an interesting perspective – sun is about 45 minutes away from setting – nice mini shadows and textures on the path – sky looks dramatic – what do you think?

Firstly, welcome to my blog and read on . . .

This is really easy . . .

The first hour or so of day light in the morning and the last hour or so of day light in the evening make the best times to take photos.

This time is called “The Golden Hour”.

Photos taken in this period look just magical!!

again an iPhone – very difficult light – sun was setting behind me – used a park bench to sit the iPhone on to keep it steady – is the photo too full?


This applies to mobile phones with cameras in them, or right through to very expensive high end cameras.

The reason for this, is that the light casts nice soft shadows and the light is also softer, almost golden, in that hour.

Low level shot using an iPhone – nice soft light coming from the left – gives interesting shadows –
which do you like better – this black and white or the colour version above this photo?

When the light is above us, it becomes harsh and photos look flat, lack contrast and zing !

You will be surprised how good your photos turn out when you go snapping in the Golden Hours.

Another benefit if you go out early in the morning is that the sights look different in that light, sharper.

Remember to make sure your lens is clean on your mobile phone’s camera – follow this link to see how.

Also many thanks to my spell checker HB!! xo

Happy snapping and let us know how your photos went!!

thats Brisbane – photo taken about 2 hours before sunset – if I had of waited another hour – the buildings would have had a nice gold glow about them – that’s for next time.

The single most important thing to do when using a mobile phone’s camera!

From Norfolk Point looking towards Port of Brisbane.  Using an iPhone on panoramic setting.  Can you see me in the photo?

This will improve your photos from your mobile phone’s camera 100% – if you are not doing it already.

It’s so easy to do!! Most of us forget to do this very simple thng . . .

Before you take your beautiful photo simply clean the lens with a lint free microfibre cloth.  Gently wipe from one side to the other.

Norfolk Point, Manly, Queensland. Australia. iPhone


Manly boat harbour – iPhone

Don’t use any chemicals or cleaning fluids

Don’t use tissues or paper towels as these can make your lens dirtier.

Once you have cleaned your lens, snap away, you will be surprised what a difference cleaning the lens will make.

Happy snapping!  Let me know how you went.

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Jim (James) Matheson


Sometimes you meet people in your life that leave a mark. Jim Matheson was one of those rare people.

I first met Jim about 2 years ago (late 2014) at an aged care facility in Murgon, Queensland when I was visiting my mother in-law.

Jim was an interesting man, he told me a little of his past and after an hour long conversation, I knew that I would want to talk to Jim again on my next visit.

What I also discovered was that Jim didn’t mind having his photo taken, so the first photo of Jim was taken, the first photo of many, he liked that!

I had the photo printed and took it back to Jim on my next visit. I think he liked it . . .

Jim had a great sense of humor, very dry but funny. We usually had a good laugh during our conversations.

I lost count on the amount of visits Jim and I had, but they were always good. Good conversation and the odd photo here and there.

Jim enjoyed posing for me and having his photo taken, I was able to print off a lot of photos of Jim on the spot with a portable printer. He would walk around with the photos and show people!

Whenever we went to Murgon, I always tried to look up Jim.

Jim died in January 2017 . . . I was sad to hear of his passing . . . but I do have many fond memories of Jim and his dog Dutchess.

Jim, thank you for being a friend, I will miss your smiling face  . . .

I will share some of Jim’s photos here.













Suzi stays out after dark in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane is on the east coast of Australia and is located on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Brisbane has a population of 0ver 2 million people who come from various ethnic backgrounds.

The sign is correct, it’s Brisbane.
Brisbane City from Southbank.

The climate in Brisbane can be rather warm and humid of a summertime, but the rest of the year it is very comfortable.

We had stroll around Southbank and checked out some of the lights to be seen at night.

Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane is “almost” 60 metres tall. It was opened in 2008.

You get a great view of the city and surrounding areas.

Victoria Bridge at Sunset


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The Brisbane River has a very good ferry service that runs frequently and is a must for locals and tourists to have a “ride” on.

Riverside Freeway and Casino behind the Freeway
From the overpass that leads onto Victoria Bridge facing South

If you are into fine food there are heaps of great places on South Bank to eat. There is a train, bus and Taxi service there and it’s an easy walk accross the Victoria Bridge from the city.


Plenty of parking and the theme at South Bank is changed often.

Its close to the GOMA, SL and Art Gallery.

Brisbane lights

There is a Mall that runs through the centre of the city shopping area – the Mall is called the Queen Street Mall.

Talking of royalty – all the streets named after Kings run in one direction and all the streets named after Queens, run over the “king” streets, so its easy to find your way around.

Bus Stop at the southern end of Victoria Bridge at South Bank
Yes, you got it, thats Brisbane at night!

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my photos and reading a little about beautiful Brisbane.

Suzi, says “Good Night” and enjoy South Bank and surroundings!


Should Suzi go to the GOMA?

The Brisbane GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) has it’s 10th birthday this month . . . wow it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was opened.

It’s one of my favorite galleries around the world, and I have seen a few.


The exhibits at the GOMA are extremely interesting and would be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The exhibits are changed every few months, so watch the internet for what is on currently.

As you can imagine, the daytime temperature in Brisbane can be very humid – but the GOMA has a very comfortable air conditioned building with viewing areas and eating facilities.

There are areas where you can sit and take in all that’s around you.

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Come see the Gallery and the People

What I find very interesting, is how the artists ‘dream’ up the artwork and then execute the artwork, to get art that is very individual for each person seeing it.

What absolutely creative minds they have (the artists)!

To see peoples reaction to the artwork is in it’s self very interesting.

Often, the GOMA has art that the public can get ‘involved’ in as well and that adds to the enjoyment of the visit.

So . . . should Suzi go to the GOMA?

Definitely . . . if you have never been before, then go and have a look . . . . it’s on the South Bank side on Brisbane City.

There is parking close by and if you dont mind a 10 minute work, then the King George Parking Station is good value on weekends, it’s about the cheapest around – was $5 on weekends – check what it is before you park there.

Next door to the GOMA is the SL (State Library) and also the Art Gallery.

If you have been before – then come again and visit.

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Where to from here?

A photo a day keeps the doctor away . . . No that’s not it . . . A photo a day keeps us interested . . . 

But, Suzi goes on adventures in all sorts of places.

So Suzi, Rose and I are getting our “stuff” together and soon you will get to meet us all.

As they say in the movies, I think . . . “Watch this space”