Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Courage


'It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are'
E E Cummings



I was hoping that once I'd found the path, the journey would be easy.  But it never works like that, does it? 

 
Just started Creative Courage with Stephanie Levy (button on the right hand side).


Happy Tuesday and here's to courage, creative and otherwise.:)




Sunday, 25 September 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

My bunting is finally up!  As the autumn sun shone brightly this morning, it cast their shadows along my wall.






Linking in with Shadow Shot Sunday at Hey Harriet.

Happy Sunday to you! :)



Friday, 23 September 2011

Me and My Shadow

On Kat Sloma's Find Your Eye course one of the exercises was to go through your photo journals, pick whichever photo stands out at that moment and then write whatever comes into your head as you look at the photo. 

Today I am tired, lacking inspiration and generally a bit below par.   Perhaps not ideal circumstances to try this exercise again but.....



This is the photo that jumped out at me today.  The empty beach, the blue sky, the beach.  And my daughter, in party wear, running free, playing with her shadow, without a care in the world.

That's where I'd like to be, that's what I'd like to be doing.  I can almost, almost smell the sea air.

I'm still tired but seeing this almost forgotten photo fills my heart with joy and makes me smile.

Happy Friday everyone, have a restful weekend. :)

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Health Kick

Trying hard to be healthy at the moment. 



Actually not too hard with dishes like this one - puy lentils with cold roast beef and a mustard dressing from Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall's River Cottage Everyday.  It even uses up the leftovers!  You can find the recipe here.



Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Colour

I'm linking in with Kat Sloma's Exploring with a Camera.  This month her theme is colour and you can find her explanation here.

I love colour - often I pick up the camera because something colourful has caught my eye - but I've never really given that much thought to colours and how they work together.   It took me a long time to get my head round each theme and choose an example!  I'm so glad I spent the time doing it, though, it has really helped me think about what works and why.

Monochromatic - Kat describes it as having one dominant colour from the colour wheel. 



Last time I posted this, someone commented that it looked almost black and white.  When I read this, I saw exactly what they meant but it really hadn't occurred to me before.  Looking at it now, I love the cool tones of it but if I'd been asked to go out and shoot something monochromatic I would have been much more literal and I would have shot the image in black and white.


Analogous - blue and green stand next to each other on the colour wheel


 
Easy on the eye, yet an unexpected contrast for two colours next to each other on the colour wheel.  The image below, however, is also analgous covering the yellows and oranges.   Instead of the contrast of the image above, the colour is much more unified.






Chromatic graduation - expands to several different colours next to each other on the colour wheel.  In this case reds, purples, blues through to the greens.  I had to look really hard to find an example of this, yet I love the overall effect




Thank you Kat for a thought provoking post which really made me think about colour (and I really hope I got them all right, it was a real brain teaser for me!)



Sunday, 18 September 2011

Rain Shadows

Sitting having lunch at my brother's house, listening to the steady pitter patter of rain.

Looking up, I saw the shadow of the rain..........



.......from the sky light.






Linking up with Hey Harriet and her Shadow Shot Sunday.

Hope you are all having a great weekend. :)




Friday, 16 September 2011

5 Random Lovelinesses

5  lovely things that caught my eye this week:

  1. Kim Klassen's Skinny Mini ecourse registration opened today, start date 26 September.  If you are even slightly interested in getting in to photoshop go and register now.  It's FREE and if you don't have photoshop you can download Elements 9 for a free 30 day trial.  I am all signed up and ready to go.  What are you waiting for? 

  2. A rather lovely online magazine, Cellardoor. Includes a  piece on illustration by Gemma Correll  which led me to her website - I especially adore her daily diaries -  and a piece from Dottie Angel on vintage thrift.

  3. Another magazine -  available in magazine form and online - Mollie Makes.   Includes a gorgeous free embroidery template call tea time which is on my autumn to do list. 

    Mollie Makes ISSUE 5


  4. 101 autumn crafts.  What to choose, what to choose?


    Everythingetsy via pinterest

  5. Waiting for it to be cold enough to try nutella hot chocolate.  This could be the weekend.
Looking forward to some relaxing family time and visiting a brand new cousin this weekend.  What are you up to?

    Wednesday, 14 September 2011

    Monday, 12 September 2011

    Project

    After months of rearranging, sorting and trips to the tip, I finally have myself my own little workspace.  As you can see it needs a bit of work!


    I think I'm going to give myself a blank canvas and just paint it white - that and if I faff about choosing colours I'll never get started!   Planning to give myself a month to get it all pretty.....

    Soooooooooooo excited to have my own little space. :)

    Would love to hear if you have any ideas/suggestions.

    Happy Monday. :)

    Thursday, 8 September 2011

    Debris & Intuition

    As part of Kat Sloma's Find your Eye course, we were asked to choose one of our own photos and then write whatever comes to mind.   This is the photo that I chose.



    I took this photo on holiday this year.  I was walking along the beach one morning and saw this pile of seaweed with a champagne cork next to it.  I wanted to take the photo because it is such a lovely juxtaposition - the raw, natural seaweed against the celebration, even decadence, of the champagne cork.  I love the possibilities of the story it hints at.

    I'm quite surprised that I chose this photo.  I expected that I would choose a picture of my daughter or of flowers simply because the majority of my photographs are of these two things.  I'm also surprised I chose a picture I had experimented with in post production.  Usually I do as little as possible to my photos, but it strikes me now that my editing tools can be used to enhance the mood and story of a picture.

    For me, this photo is a reflection of a moment in time - I was on holiday, relaxed, open to the details that I would have missed in my everyday life as I rush from one thing to the next.  But I also think that the details in this photo are things that I am always attracted to in images - detail, feeling, story - and they are the things I strive for in my photography.  I just didn't expect to find them in a picture of beach debris.

    Monday, 5 September 2011

    Chocolate cake



    I love chocolate cake.  This is the chocolate cake we make for everyone's birthday, and the chocolate cake that was made for me every birthday when I was little.

    The Moo and I made this one.  Not for anyone's birthday this time, just because we love chocolate cake.  She did the decoration.:)

    A lovely homemade chocolate cake, complete with smudges of icing,  individual mountains of sprinkles and strawberry shoelace centre piece. 
    What could be nicer?



    I'm linking in with Much Love Monday.

    Much love to you this Monday :)




    Saturday, 3 September 2011

    Beach Huts

    I'm linking in with Kat Sloma's Exploring with a Camera series.  This time the topic is 'elimination' - ways of eliminating elements of an image - by changing angle, cropping, cleaning up - in order to get a stronger image.  Kat has a great post on it here.

    I am using an image I've posted before as my example.  The shot is of beach huts and I love the repeated pattern of them.  I adjusted my angle to maximise this.  Here is the original photo I took:




    Lots of distractions.  To focus on the colour and pattern, I cropped the image and then cleaned it up to get the street light out of the background. 

    Here's the final image:





    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    Liebster Blog Award

    I was thrilled to bits  when I discovered that Leanne at Knowing Where to Stand has nominated me for  a Liebster Award.

    The idea behind the Liebster award is to recognise and share blogs with less than 200 followers.   So, you both receive it (thank you Leanne!) and then award it to 5 blogs that you enjoy. 


    Here is how it works:
    • Link back to the blogger who nominated you
    • Choose 5 blogs and leave them a comment 
    • Post the award on your blog
    • Enjoy and share the love :)

    Here's my five:
    The Other Side of Cool
    Wobbly Treehouse (currently experiencing technical issues, but make sure you bookmark it!)
    Mess, Muddle and Fun
    Tot Ho Faig Mament

    Now, go check them all out!

    Enjoy :)

    Thank you Leanne!



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