Known elsewhere on the Web as TheBlueRose, I am always working to learn new things and improve my photography skills.Β  Also by blogging it, helping other DLSR newbies out there (if by nothing else, learning from my mistakes).

Living in scenic New Zealand, specifically in the South Island. Work in IT, and enjoy reading SF and Fantasy books, and am a somewhat lapsed member of the local SCA group where my persona is a 14th C merchants daughter. A big fan of food and cooking, and the eating thereof. When time allows I enjoy embroidery and crafts – check out my Handcrafts page for info and of course photos πŸ™‚

Having had my camera for some time now, its become clear that the more I learn, the more I have yet to learn. Its a consuming passion but a rewarding one, and I continue to enjoy my journey down its path.

In Jan 2015 I started a new adventure by signing up for a Photo Artistry course, teaching me how to use Photoshop in creative ways.Β  Have since signed up for the Awake Advanced course, learning much more and enjoying using my photography to create art in new ways.Β  Having too much fun doing it!

I have two mottos in life:

Why Be Normal?

No Day Is A Complete Waste If You Learn Something.

Hopefully you can take advantage of all the learning I have done and written down here, love to have you join the madness πŸ™‚

I am available for Photo Art commission work and can be contacted on lensaddiction @ gmail dot com

My current equipment list as of Oct 2016:

Canon 7D mk II body
Canon 7D body
10-22mm ultrawide zoom lens
50mm F1.8 prime lens
17-55mm F2.8 zoom lens
100mm Macro F2.8 IS L lens
70-200 F4 IS L zoom lens
580 EX II flash
1.4x Extender
(all equipment above Canon brand)

Manfrotto 190B tripod and Acratech GP BallHead
Lee Filters – Hard and Soft ND Grad and Big Stopper
F-Stop Kashmir Camera Backpack designed for women
Lowepro bag for storing extra gear
Assorted UV, Circular Polariser and Variable ND filters
Wireless Remote control and L-Brackets for camera bodies

(Please note that while I am grateful to receive any Award Nominations, I will not accept or fulfill any requirements for them, simply do not have time!)

My first ever sunrise outing, and one of my personal favourite images of the Moeraki Boulders



48 Responses to About

  1. Talan says:


    Bumped into your website. Your images are awesome!

    I’ve set up an online forum for NZ Photographers of all levels. Would love you to join and share your though with other photographers.

    It’s http://www.photographersonline.co.nz


  2. Renee Hollingshead says:

    Hello! Thanks for finding me on here & providing such a great blog site with tons of information!! I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚


  3. James says:

    Great to find someone doing something similar to myself. It looks like you are getting the theory down pat, now get out there and shoot like your life depends on it πŸ˜€

  4. Dear lensaddiction
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  5. Stephen says:

    Hi Stacey. It was good to talk to you at the Ellerslie FlowerShow on Saturday. Thanks for sharing ideas on photographing our dichroic glass. Here is our website where you can see our work:


    We probably should be trying to portray our jewellery as it might appear in use. If we take the shots up too close, then the focus is more on the raw materials and their imperfections etc. We might be better to show the items being worn, but taking a heap of decent shots like this would take a long time.

    Best wishes… Stephen Coote.

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  7. mississhippi says:

    Hi Stacy,
    I love what you are doing on your blog and I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.

    To accept the award you must make a post including the following information
    Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
    Inform said bloggers about their nominations
    Share 7 random things about yourself
    Thank the blogger who nominated you
    Put the Versatile Blogger Award picture in your post (this can be found on my blog or at http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/)


    • lensaddiction says:

      Hey Elaine, wow thanks for the nomination. Not sure if I will be able to do a post anytime soon due to STILL being out of my house while repairs are done, but I *really* appreciate the vote of confidence πŸ™‚

      Stay tuned for more blogging goodnes to resume!

      • mississhippi says:

        Hope you are back in your place soon!
        Just wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying your blog and that I look forward to seeing the pics you post. It’s quite a bit of work to respond to a nomination, so no hassles if you can’t do it – just get yourself settled back into your home again – much more important!

  8. Madhu says:

    I am so glad that your comment on my post earlier led me to your blog. You have a beautiful site and I look forward to seeing more of your lovely images.

  9. Jenn says:

    Oooh SCA πŸ™‚ was a member many many years ago … 11th century celt πŸ™‚ .. My friends from then are all till heavily involved πŸ™‚

  10. Jenn says:

    oh umm .. did you get a pingback from this post of mine ?
    http://the-serenity-space.com/2012/10/19/r-e-a-l-i-t-y/ …
    i was remiss in not notifying people directly of my nomination and relied only on the pingbacks … something I will not do in the future lol

  11. njhasan says:

    You take beautiful photos! I’m just wondering why you decided to go with this theme and not one that focuses on photographs?

  12. Trollbeadsjewelry.com says:

    Just came across this and your pictures are absolutely beautiful. You have an eye to catch what other do not see. Keep up the good shots.

  13. Lizzy says:

    Hiya, I really liked your blog so I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. Hope you don’t mind! The post is here:


  14. wendymc12 says:

    Love the sunset pic. It’s incredible!!

  15. I’m so excited to have your site to use as reference. I mostly take concert photos, but have no clue what type of lens I need. I’m overwhelmed and not the good kind. I use my photos for my blog, so it isn’t something I travel to do. I’m so excited to learn from you!

  16. Zest says:

    Hi there, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://sunshinescrapbook.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/ooh-yippee-another-award/

  17. Jeff Sinon says:

    If that image is still your only sunrise outing you need to get out more because that’s beautiful!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Jeff, the truth is I *HATE* getting out of bed early, and that is kindof a requirement if you are to shoot sunrises. Its just turning towards winter here so I will try to get out when early is not quite so early πŸ™‚

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        I feel your pain! I won’t be shooting too many more myself and I’m not opposed to leaving my house at 12:30 a.m. to start a 2+hour hike by 3 in order to be where I want to be for sunrise. I’m actually doing that again in a week or so. But winter sunrises are sooooo much nicer as far as wake-up times go.

        But well worth the effort don’t you think πŸ˜‰

      • lensaddiction says:

        I am going away on a photography trip later in April over the weekend, I will endeavour to try for sunrise (tho the sun rises on the other side of the country!)

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        It has to come up eventually where you’ll be πŸ˜‰

  18. snappychat says:

    I have nominated you for a Best moment award

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  20. pictogrammer says:

    Oh wow. Fantastic pictures!

  21. My goodness you have pretty much the same lenses as myself. Until very recently I was using the 550d but have now upgraded to the 5d mk III. Just popping over to thank you of rthe follow and see your own work. Great to meet you, MM πŸ€

  22. Bren says:

    I can see why that is one of your favourite images… it is breathtaking…. I could just imagine myself paddling in that water.. Beautiful photograph.

  23. Hello… I just found your blog by chance and I really feel great about it πŸ™‚
    Beautiful images and I really appreciate your very diverse collection here…
    Let me follow your adventures here and hope to see more from NZ through your images πŸ™‚
    Have a great time …

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thankyou, I saw you were having a good look at my blog and returned the favour, and followed you. What I saw of your photography was lovely work with rich saturated colours and a nice eye for composition.

      Nice to meet you!

  24. Read your guest post on Leanne’s site
    and decided to come over. Great Intro to composition, very informative for those that can use some nice tips without getting bogged down with jargon nobody understands. Also wanted to say you have some great work on your blog!

  25. Robyn G says:

    Hi Stacey, saw a comment on Leanne’s blog and thought Id visit. So glad I did. I really love your work and your outlook. Fantastic!

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  27. Rajiv says:

    Brilliant stuff!

  28. woldham says:

    Just had a short browse at http://www.1derful.info/Words/JPEGquality.pdf from your list of websites. Interesting material but, boy, it makes my head hurt!

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