Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Nikon Photography Courses For National Photo Month

Photograph by Stef King
I just thought I would share this information with my followers, who like me, love photography (and I know there are many of you). I'm still deciding on which courses I will take.

Just in time for National Photo Month, Nikon Australia is offering a range of classes to inspire photographers to get creative for the month.  

Throughout May, Nikon School has launched online, giving fans around Australia the chance to learn the tricks of the trade from their team of Nikon School lecturers. All levels of photographers, from aspiring to seasoned pros, have the chance to upskill from the comfort of their own home.

Surf photographers can tune into 2019 Surf Photo of the Year winner, Stu Gibson's session to learn how he captured the award winning shot. While Heesoo Sung's session will inspire the star gazers with his introduction to capturing star trails. 

Fashion Photography with Stef King

  • Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Description: Join multi-award-winning fashion photographer, Stef King for an online, interactive workshop on portrait photography. Stef's feminine and natural style of photography comes from the approach that every subject has a spark. In this one-hour interactive course, get an exclusive insight into the world of portrait and fashion photography, as Stef talks through her workflow and the inspiration behind her recent project, ‘Botanical’ which she produced as part of Nikon Presents: Evolve earlier this year.
  • Register: https://nikonschoolaustralia.eventbritestudio.com/103876090182

Photographs by Stef King

Photographer Stef King

Understanding Star Trail Photography with Heesoo Chung

  • Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Description: Join Nikon School Lecturer and landscape photographer, Heesoo Chung for an online, interactive workshop covering star trail photography. Learn from Heesoo as he takes you through his workflow and passion for capturing these shots. This one-hour practical workshop will provide you with an understanding for the necessary steps involved in star trail photography, from the initial planning stage, to setting up your camera and the final post processing process.
  • Register: https://nikonschoolaustralia.eventbritestudio.com/103879133284

Photographs by Heesoo Chung

Photographer Heesoo Chung

Introduction to Abstract Photography with Mieke Boynton

  • Date: Thursday, 14 May 2020, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Description: Join award-winning abstract aerial photographer Mieke Boynton for an online, interactive workshop and be inspired to take some super creative shots in and around your home, with the camera and lenses you already own! Learn about settings, equipment, light and composition. We’ll explore some great ideas for creative abstract photography using items readily available in your local supermarket. We’ll look at lens choice, camera settings, lighting, and backgrounds. 
  • Register:  https://nikonschoolaustralia.eventbritestudio.com/103873548580
Photograph by Mieke Boynton

Photographer Mieke Boynton

Behind the lens: Surf Photographer, Stu Gibson

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 May, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Description: Join internationally recognised photographer and winner of the 2019 Nikon Surf Photographer of the Year Award, Stu Gibson for an online workshop on his career in the industry. Hear from Stu as he discusses how he got started, covers what’s in his gear bag and shares stories behind capturing some of the biggest breaks in Australia and around the world. 
  • Register: https://nikonschoolaustralia.eventbritestudio.com/104089023070

Photograph by Stu Gibson

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

What I Am Reading...

Like everybody else, I have been self isolating and generally being lazy. 

It's so nice to snuggle up in bed with a good book and knowing that you are saving lives by flattening the curve of Covid 19 in the process.

So, here is a list of the books I am about to start reading on my lazy days.

The Lost Jewels

By Kirsty Manning

Inspired by a true story, The Lost Jewels unfolds an incredible mystery of thievery, sacrifice and hope through the generations of one family.

In the summer of 1912, a workman's pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, London, uncovering a cache of unimaginably valuable treasure that quickly disappears again.

Present day. When respected jewellery historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she's on the brink of the experience of a lifetime.

As Kate peels back layers of concealment and deception, she is forced to explore long-buried secrets concerning Essie, her great-grandmother, and her life in Edwardian London. Soon, Kate's past and present threaten to collide and the truths about her family lie waiting to be revealed.

The Viennese Girl

By Jenny Lecoat

Inspired by the true story of a young Jewish girl - Hedy Bercu - who fled to Jersey from Vienna only to find herself trapped on the island during the German occupation.

In June 1940, the horror-struck inhabitants of Jersey watch as the German army unopposed takes possession of their island. Now only a short way from the English coast, the Germans plan their invasion.

Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl from Vienna who fled to the isolation and safety of Jersey two years earlier to escape the Nazis, finds herself once more trapped, but this time with no way of escape.

Hiding her racial status, Hedy is employed by the German authorities and secretly embarks on small acts of resistance. But most dangerously of all, she falls in love with German lieutenant Kurt Neumann -- a relationship on which her life will soon depend.

A remarkable novel of finding hope and love when all seems at its darkest.

The Satapur Moonstone

By Sujata Massey

Lawyer-sleuth Perveen Mistry returns in another fascinating Bombay mystery.

The delightfully clever Perveen Mistry, Bombay's first female lawyer, returns in an adventure of treacherous intrigues and suspicious deaths.

India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri Mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse has fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja and his teenage son are both dead. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow.

The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required - but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one woman can help them: Perveen Mistry.

Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house, but when she arrives she finds that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realises she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the deadly curse on the palace?

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Happy Shoes By Kung Fu Mary

I am not exaggerating when I say I have been looking for these shoes for years. I used to go into Chinatown in the 80s and buy my happy shoes from there. 

They didn't have the rainbow colours to choose from, they only had the black ones. Then they just disappeared and I never saw them again.

Fast forward to 2020...I'm just flicking through my Instagram and there they are!

The most comfortable and cutest shoes available to buy, thanks to the Sydney based company, Kung Fu Mary

Every colour of the rainbow!

I got the black pair (licorice), the red pair (cherry bang) and the blue pair (blueberry) and the gorgeous tote bag

Happy Shoes by Kung Fu Mary are so comfy that they feel like slippers.

Every colour is beautiful and I hope to add to my collection very soon.

Best of all they are animal free.

This post is not sponsored. I just wanted to share this with my followers because I'm sure that there are many of you that love these shoes as much as I do.

What colours would you choose?

You can find Kung Fu Mary on their website or Instagram.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Inspiring Women Instagram Story Template

Who are the women you find inspiring?

For me, I chose women in the arts - Frida Kahlo, Helena Christensen, Lana Del Ray, Annie Leibovitz and Neneh Cherry. 

You can choose whoever you like and let them know you find them inspiring.

All you need to do is save the following template. Then go to your Instagram stories and tag people and post. Don’t forget to include me in your story, I would love to see your answers - just tag @retrogoddesses

Saturday, 4 April 2020

The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal - BOOK GIVEAWAY

Long-buried family secrets surface in a compelling new novel from the author of The Teacher's Secret.
Moving from wartime Europe to modern day Australia, The Deceptions is a powerful story of old transgressions, unexpected revelations and the legacy of lives built on lies and deceit.

Prague, 1943. Taken from her home in Prague, Hana Lederova finds herself imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt, where she is forced to endure appalling deprivation and the imminent threat of transportation to the east. When she attracts the attention of the Czech gendarme who becomes her guard, Hana reluctantly accepts his advances, hoping for the protection she so desperately needs.

Sydney, 2010. Manipulated into a liaison with her married boss, Tessa knows she needs to end it, but how? Tessa's grandmother, Irena, also has something to hide. Harkening back to the Second World War, hers is a carefully kept secret that, if revealed, would send shockwaves well beyond her own fractured family.

Inspired by a true story of wartime betrayal, The Deceptions is a searing, compassionate tale of love and duplicity-and family secrets better left buried.

'The Deceptions is a stunning example of the way fiction tells war better than any other form - I could taste its madness, its horror. Saw from the outside, its utter absurdity. For days after reading the novel I found myself wrestling with the price of betrayal, and the value of truth.' - Sofie Laguna, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award

'At what cost can a survivor of hell rebuild a seemingly normal life? The Deceptions is a gripping and tragic story for our times.' - Leah Kaminsky, author of The Hollow Bones

'Impossible to put down. Leal is a master storyteller. Mesmerising, heartbreaking, honest-The Deceptions is ferociously good.' - Nikki Gemmell, author of After

'Those who grew up in the shadow of the Second World War had Elie Wiesel's Night to define for them the enormity for the Holocaust. Those who were born later can now rely upon Suzanne Leal's brilliant and confronting novel The Deceptions to open their eyes to the true horrors of Nazism.' - Alan Gold, author of Bloodline.


With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have a copy of The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal to giveaway.

To enter: Just send an email to retrogoddess@mail.com with the subject line THE DECEPTIONS BOOK GIVEAWAY. In the email, please leave your name and address. Easy!

Please be aware that this giveaway will only be posted to an Australian address.

This giveaway will be drawn on Monday, 20th April at 5pm. The giveaway will be drawn using a random number generator to pick the winner.

Good luck!

Monday, 30 March 2020

Boredom Busters - Virtual Zoo Tours

The Corona Virus may have temporarily stopped people visiting so many amazing zoos around the world, but don't let that stop you from visiting them virtually.

I've compiled a list of virtual zoo tours/live cams you can enjoy from your home. Just click on the link and away you go.

San Diego Zoo - So many live cams. The footage is so clear. I just watched a beautiful family of elephants with their baby. So gorgeous! The San Diego Zoo has the following live cams to choose from:

  • Baboon
  • Penguin
  • Elephant
  • Polar Bear
  • Ape
  • Giraffe
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Tiger
  • Condor
  • Koala

Elephants at San Diego Zoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey Bay Aquarium has 10 live cams to choose from :

  • Aviary
  • Coral Reef
  • Jelly
  • Kelp Forest
  • Monterey Bay
  • Moon Jelly
  • Open Sea
  • Penguin
  • Sea Otter 
  • Shark

Penguins at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Zoos Victoria live cams are from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Their live cams include:
  • Snow leopard cub
  • Penguin
  • Zebra
  • Lion
  • Giraffe
Zoos Victoria

Smithsonian's National Zoo - The  Smithsonian's National Zoo has four live cams. 
  • Naked Mole Rat
  • Panda
  • Lion
  • Elephant
Naked Mole- Rat at Smithsonian's National Zoo

Houston Zoo - The Houston Zoo has live cams for:
  • Elephant Yard
  • Giraffe
  • Gorilla Habitat
  • Chimp Window
  • Leafcutter Ant
  • Rhino Yard 
Rhinos at Houston Zoo

Hope you like these live cams of these beautiful animals.