MELBOURNE’S FITZROY GARDENS lies on the edge of the city, and amongst it’s beautiful beds of flowers, and trees sits the home of Australia’s discoverer Captain James Cook. Originally standing in the place of his birth in England, it was dismantled brick by brick and transported to be preserved for history here. It’s an interesting as to whether he actually sailed into Port Philip bay, or bypassed the heads instead heading up the coast to make his claim for the land at Botany Bay. Today, we focus on the trees that are at home there. Take the time to inspire the KWC with a POST Of PRAISEff16-tccnk6

ff16-tccnk6. What better way to start this collection but through the tree frame of an aspect of this beautiful parkland. The image by Nadia K uses the tree branch to focus on and highlight one of the features of the park. Adding another perspective to the TREE CAMERA CHALLENGE. Unfortunately, light plays out to the detriment of the shot, although not destroying it.Look into the frame to see if you can make a POST Of PRAISE


ff16-tccnk4. In all of these images from Nadia have an important light aspect, and so it is relevant that they should all appear together and look at the contrasts. In this shot, said to be breaking all the rules. But, if we stuck by them; look at all the beautiful sunsets and rises that would never be captured. In this, the late afternoon sun looks into the camera and casts shadows on the trees. The blue sky highlights the image, and the strategically placed cloud adds a lovely composition aspect to the photo. Give Victoria a ray of hope with a POST Of PRAISE


ff16-tccnk7. In the first shot we spoke of light, and how it worked to the detriment of the photo. Here in this from Nadia,the reverse can be said, and the light has definitely worked to the advantage of the image bringing highlights to the leaves, and even the tree itself. Sometimes, it is an advantage to return to the location in search of better light if the image is worth it. Don’t leave it until later to make a POST Of PRAISE.

ff16-tccmr4 ff16-tccmr4.A line of trees stand tall and straight forming a guard of honour for the passers-by and strollers enjoying the serenity of the vast parkland. Melbourne is renowned for its open spaces for the people to enjoy. This image shows an important part of that, and would certainly encourage many to come for a weekend wander. Believe us Misha would enjoy reading your POST Of PRAISE


ff16-tccmr1.Misha found these two trees stand tall overlooking a vacant seat waiting for someone to come along and sit, enjoying the peaceful serene surroundings of the park. This is a typical “mood” image that could be the subject of a million stories of who sat there, and why? That’s what a photograph can inspire. Take the time to pretend that your on the seat at making a POST Of PRAISE


ff16-tccmr3.Misha takes on light, and casting a giant shadow feeling over her image. Once again, the sunlight plays its games, which you can see by the small round circle in the centre being creating by glare. It is always a challenging battle, and it is only for the photographer who took it to know whether they got what they wanted! Come out of the shadows, look to the sky to make a POST Of PRAISE for Misha.

HOW TO SEND A POST Of PRAISE. Choose the SUPER SHOT submission you like most. Go to bottom here, and click on “leave a comment”  nominating the image number (shown in purple text) and FF Kids With Cameras name in the post. Then add a few words of praise to encourage them. When that’s completed click on “post” in the bottom right corner. It’s that easy.

You can make a POST Of PRAISE by 6.00 pm Friday. Only ONE person per post, and multiples will not be accepted.


About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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