Life comes full circle

I have recently renewed my love of photography, which started when I was a student studying zoology, geology and botany in New Zealand a very long time ago! Using print film was fun but expensive. Like all kiwi graduates, I went travelling and ended up in Sydney, working in the corporate world for many years, photographing holidays but not much else. Then motherhood intervened...

Last year I got the use of an iPhone6 for several months, and found how easy it was to take many images and select just the good ones. I was off! I posted my artfully composed and cropped snap/shots on Facebook, where my friends started insisting that what I was doing was more than ordinary - it was just a little bit special and beautiful. WOW! After upgrading (slightly) to a Canon Powershot SX60 a few months ago, I can now take a lot more images in one day, and push myself to get just the right light and angle.

I walk the local bush trails and take what I see - forest, flowers, water, fauna; sometimes I head into Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and look for what's new, or visit tidal rock pools. I like beauty, texture, nature, the quirky and hard urban angles!

After months of hearing friends say "you should submit these to Dreamstime", full of self-doubt and insecurity, I thought "why not?". I submitted eight images a couple of months ago, and all but 1 were accepted. Since then, I have had a total of 132 accepted and maybe 8 rejected. I learn from the rejection comments and try not to make the same mistake again.

I've made a few sales, and am looking forward to people finding my work and appreciating it enough to download. I aim to improve a little bit each day. Thanks for reading!

Definitely something to crow about

Rockplatform wonderland

Garden tap on concrete post

Grass tree flower spikes

Pretty pink native fuchsia

Photo credits: Phillipa Gordon.

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October 29, 2016


Thank you everyone who has read my first blog, and for your wonderful appreciative and supporting comments. I'm still learning my way around this site, so apologies if I don't respond directly.

October 26, 2016


The i6 phones are a great tool when you do not want to carry alot of equipment like Macro and Heavy Tele-Lens . They are great and can be carried in ones pocket. Also the are more acceptable than full-fledge DSLR's which are quite noticeable and do indicate your intentions of recording ( Photographing )....which is sometimes not what is Not so Acceptable every where you go. This is one advantage of Cell Phone Cameras....! They are now producing large file sizes much like the DSLR's do. That is why it is best to have one as a backup...just in case the DSLR's becomes to noticeable....also great for Backpacking or the City.

I use to submit 35 mm Transparencies to an now non-existent Picture Agency and so Rejections are Expected and are not always so I tend to shoot many images of the same subject...Not all are Great....Back then I would consider myself having a Great Day if I would get 3 to 6 really good images in a 36 exposure roll of Kodachrome...that was expensive about $15.00 per 36 exposures which is about $1.00 per image...this included the film and processing...then the shipping to the Picture Agency...then to have about 80% ( many duplicates of the accepted ) was a bit tough to bear ( they were my backups ) and still are...! ) Rejection is your Friend, as it teaches you "How' and "What" to photograph. Many of my rejections were for "Creative" Art"...which today is "Not So Acceptable"...they want the polished, clean, sterile Images and then allow the clients to create from them....the difference back then and now was...Creative, Artistic, and Abstract Images were more acceptable for use for Packaging, Posters and Album Covers...also most images back then brought a minimal price of $125.00 for single use and I have had some that sold for up to $3,000.00 for exclusive use, Today, with use on most internet sites becoming the Norm, Prices are Low and have become "Mass Produced" with Digital and most Clients require smaller image sizes and generally accept them over a large file size as they load quicker on most site pages.

Nice Work on the Nature Close-ups....
You may want to consider an i7....a bit more upgrade from the i6...

Great Work...!!!

Gil Du'Fresne

October 24, 2016


Nice work Phillipa !

October 24, 2016


Beautiful images.

October 24, 2016


Beautiful images! Congratulations on your sales and best wishes for submitting many more. What a blessing to be able to see with our eyes, capture these images with cameras and share with the whole world.

October 24, 2016


Nice images. The tap caught my eye

October 24, 2016


Excellent Work Phillipa...Congrats!!

October 24, 2016


Lovely images Philippa, Rockplatform wonderland is very good and unusual! :)

October 24, 2016


beautiful images :)

October 24, 2016


Nice images! And I saw that sales are coming :-)
Congrats Phillipa!

October 24, 2016


Wonderful work Phillipa Gordon!! The image of water tap is too good! I especially liked your concept - seeing and showing beauty of small (and not so small) thing around... It resonates with my interest too... :-)

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