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by M.R.Vavala (subscribe)
I'm a current PWE student, living in Melbourne, that loves writing poetry, short stories, children's stories and anything else that will entertain. Visit my blog at www.pagesofyesterday.blogspot.com
Published July 18th 2012
Have you ever taken a photograph and then looked back at it, impressed with the clarity, depth and symmetry?

No? I confess, neither do I. For me the importance is always trying to capture 'the moment'.
Light on St Kilda pier in sepia

Recently though, I decided to download my photographs as my memory cards were full and I thought that as I had put the task off for long enough, I really should do something about it.
Rest your feet, Botanical Gardens, in black & white

What I discovered as I scanned the many hundreds, was not just the photo itself, but this thought of how wonderfully taken they were. Of course, I am far from a professional photographer, but when I looked beyond the picture and begin to notice the smaller details, I was most excited.
I've got my eye on you; Luna Park

The photographs of the sites around Melbourne; sights we are all familiar with were suddenly presented to me in a different light. I noticed the arches, the angles and the beautiful simplicity in common things.
Palm tree on St Kilda esplanade

Now, they may not be award winning shots, many were in the moment shots—almost touristy shots, but the simplicity of them was what made them all the more special when I looked back on them.

As a result, I have cropped some, played around with the saturation, different effects and light and have blown some up to make original art pieces for around my home.
Black & white

With all the technology available today, saving the image on a memory stick and then taking it to your local printer; Harvey Norman, Officeworks even Big W, can print these for you for a small cost—the result a piece of art that is original and will have your friends and family wondering where you got it from.

Don't tell! If they genuinely like it, your Christmas or birthday present problems will be solved—get one done for them. Cheap, personal and a sure talking point.
Sail boat in Williamstown

Next time you're out and about taking some happy snaps, make a conscious effort to be aware of what is in front of you, you'll not only be surprised but I guarantee it'll make your downloading ventures more exciting.
Seagull in Williamstown, in antique finish
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