Mandarin Orange Monday 54

A Walk through Callan Park…without the sandstone.

For most of this week I was internet free. By that I mean I was able to download emails, but not anything much bigger. No, not my blog nor your blogs. Why was this so? I was “slowed” by my ISP for going over my limit. That is what you get when  you leave your computer on all night long.

256k should be enough speed, wouldn’t you think? After all, back in the nineties I was really pleased to increase to 50k from 28k. And in 1999 when I first got cable ( I did miss the funny little connecting sound) I thought I was sooo lucky and it was sooo fast. But in those days you didn’t get much more than people’s Home Pages to browse, with the odd pic and you could easily turn them off too if you wanted more speed. And certainly not the sophisticated animation and high resolution images etc.
My internet package was called “unlimited usage” – it still should be…but, alas, it is not. I couldn’t even change my upgrade usage plan for the next month – the page wouldn’t load properly. You wonder why I didn’t use the phone to contact my provider? Well, I did, but he kept me such a long time on hold just trying to work out what I wanted him to do. Finally he came back and said it would “incur a fee”. At that point I hung up.
So housework got done, shopping, all sorts of fun things. It was also my son’s  birthday and for the first time we celebrated it at a restaurant instead of here at home. Our grandson, Matty, was delighted to show us his favourite restaurant and help with seating. Another day Matty had a little friend from playgroup over for lunch. It was meant to be a picnic in the park, but because of rain we had it at our place instead. Lots of fun!! A picnic in the sunroom!

 But of course I couldn’t visit your blogs and I couldn’t even link up to the blogs I had intended. The links were here on my blog….but I couldn’t join linky lists of others. My apologies. However, last night after work, I did manage to call in on a quick visit to most of you. I had miscalculated, so I got my speed back a day earlier.

If I did miss you… THANK YOU for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday and making it so much fun.

Did I just do boring housework? No, of course not. One day was spent wandering around Callan Park, camera in hand, with an old friend. We have the same name and first knew each other in kindergarten! You can imagine all the furious clicking as well as constant chatter. And a yummy lunch.  Loz contributes to MoM, so it will be interesting to see if she uses one of those images. 
This time I didn’t put up any images of the beautiful old sandstone buildings – you have already seen some of them and you will of course see more in the future. Instead I  am showing you other things we came across on our walk. Remember, Callan Park, was a Psychiatric Hospital (and before that a “Lunatic Asylum”) but now the old sandstone buildings house The Sydney College of the Arts. So of course we wandered inside as well as walking around the old stone wall which encompasses it. The art school is  set in acres and acres of  lush, established garden and empty and neglected old buildings, so naturally I couldn’t resist using my new micro lens.
Nik Color Efex –
 Indian Summer
Loz began the day in purple…but, little did she know..
Photoshop Hue/Saturation changes – decrease blues.
Photoshop Photo Filter – Warming (85)
Photoshop Fill – Orange Overlay


Not only a kookaburra but PINK – Pink Fencing actually! The day after I took this pic I found myself overtaken by a very fast Ferrari driven by a middle aged gentleman. The number plate said PINK and guess what, I managed to see a head of blonde hair in the passenger seat. I wondered. No chance of keeping up though. I read today that Pink is in Australia at the moment. I love her voice.
Nik Color Efex Filter – Reflector Effects.
Photoshop Levels and Curves adjustments.
Nik Color Efex – Color Glow.
Nik Color Efex Filter – Photo Styliser – Varitone
Photoshop Selective Colour changes –
 Increase red in yellow and cyan in white areas.

Pretty something-or-other growing along the roadside near the entrance of the art school.
Nik Color Efex – Glamor Glow
PS Increase Vibrancy and adjust Levels.
Topaz Detail – Soft Tones.
Nik Color Efex – Glamor Glow again and Fog.

Dandelion and “Santa Clause” as we called the fluffy ball
 when we were kids.
Nik Color Efex – Glamor Glow.
Who remembers blowing these and making a wish?

Crop Square. Nik Color Efex – Glamor Glow.
Photoshop Selective Colour – Increase magenta in yellow.
Photoshop Hue/Saturation.
Nik Color Efex – Old Photo
Photoshop Photo Filter – Warming.
Photoshop Selective Colour and tonal adjustments.
Nik Sharpener.

This isn’t the sort of thing I would usually photograph – it was actually inside the art school – and shall I saw where? On the back of a “bathroom” cubical door. When I was a student you would be more likely to find Bob Dylan or Jimi. Or even Stop The War!

Photoshop Fill – Orange. Fade Fill
Photoshop Filter Gallery – Accented Edges
Photoshop Selective Colour changes.

Old outside “Dunny”.
An unused “bathroom” as it is sometimes politely called. Also known here as a outdoor loo and back in the old days, when it was still function, an out door “dunny”. I know it is funtioning because until recently the door was open and half off its hinges and I was able to photograph the  old chain and litter inside.

Nik Color Efex – Glamor Glow
Photoshop Selective Colour
Nik Color Efex – Glamor Glow
Photoshop Selective Colour.
Nik Color Efex – Polorisation
and Polaroid Transfer
Can you see what I have done to the door?

My sister Lynn presented me this week with an early Christmas present. She was afraid it wouldn’t survive at her house. I have to make sure it does here at mine! Lately I have been remembering to water plants…

I wonder why she thought the perfect present for me?:)) Isn’t it lovely?
This pic was taken with my iPhone at our Dad’s house.
Nik Color Efex Filter – Reflector Effects.
Nik Color Efex – Polorization
Nik Color Efex – Photo Styliser.
Same as Above Plus
Nik Color Efex – Polaroid Transfer.


20 thoughts on “Mandarin Orange Monday 54

  1. o dear, you made a lot. Don´t even know where to begin. And I don´t have much time either as I will soon be on my way. Have a great week. To bad you can´t be online on the aircraft. There will be many hours on the plane.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your internet issues last week. However, it sounds like you had a great time with family and friends, as well as with your photography. I love the bird shot, and that chicken pot your sister gave you is really cool. That last alteration is my favorite. Blessings!

  3. Well, you were indeed prolific for someone who didn't have a computer all week. Leave it to the Company to screw up your computer then try to charge you to fix it … there is no justice anymore. I enjoyed all of your posts, but of course I was taken my your chicken. Don't know what it is about chickens, but they sure make great MOM subjects and when you get ahold of one you make it awesome. I happen to love Pink's music as well and added a little Pink in my post in her honor … by the way did you ever see "The Lone Ranger"? Anyway, glad you are back on line … hope your next week is less eventful (unless in a good way). Andrea @ From The Sol

  4. Corinne the kookaburra is related to the kingfisher… but the laughing one we have is native to Australia. I should have put up a sound file of its laugh! Maybe I will add one…

  5. Andrea, no I still haven't seen Lone Ranger …but I will. I haven't been to the movies for soooo long…it is about time I experiencing the "big screen".

  6. I haven't been here in a long time – not because I don't love and use orange in my work – my favorite color! I hope my fish are orange enough LOL! Sorry to hear about your internet problems. Glad you're back up.

  7. Your kookaburras are adorable. I like the last effect on the dandelion puff ball, it brings out the detail of the individual seed parachutes. I like the effects also of the last outhouse photo, it has a very artsy look.

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