Monday, 30 April 2012

Happiness Photo #23




This weekend was wet and miserable but we had fun at home.  Here are my top five highlights of the weekend:

  1. An excuse to cuddle up and watch a film - Matilda (loved it!)
  2. Roast chicken
  3. Making jam tarts (and other interesting things with the leftover pastry)
  4. Rushing out in the 10 minutes of sunshine for trampoline bouncing before the next round of rain
  5. The Moo spent hours tidying her room.  I love starting the week with a tidy house!

The sun is out today so I am off to make the most of it as more rain is on the forecast!

Hope you had a good weekend.  Happy Monday. :)




Saturday, 28 April 2012

Week 30 - 365



Hmmm, I'm a bit sad that  picnik has closed as now at week 30 of my 365 (30 weeks, ha!) my collages are all going to look a bit different. Hey ho....

From the top:  a day snuggled up on the sofa with Kelle Hampton's book Bloom - a great read but you will need a box of tissues!; something sweet on Sunday; participating in Shot4life's/World Immunisation awareness week on instagram (via Shutter Sisters); homework on the trampoline; my car windscreen looked a lot like this for most of this week; early morning play behind the curtain on the Lego ledge; a beautiful sky after a very wet Friday.

Hope you've all had a good week.  Happy weekend. :)



Thursday, 26 April 2012

Dynamic Diagonals

This month, Exploring with a camera is looking at dynamic diagonals.  I love diagonals and use this a lot in my compositions - sometimes intentionally, sometimes intuitively - and love how they can draw the eye in.  However, I hadn't really considered that there were different types of diagonals.... head over to Kat's post to read the explanations.  Here's what I found in my own photography:

Primary diagonals

Top left to bottom right is the most common example of this, being the direction we read in:



I find it intriguing that the flow for the eye on the wisteria is very natural from top left to bottom right which is in contrast to the lines running on the buildings which I actually read the other way around, ie from the bottom right. Maybe because of the natural slope the building is on or maybe because the diagonal appears to start in the right hand corner? Which way do you read it?


Primary diagonals running bottom left to top right:



and although these are less common, I find that if I am consciously composing an image, this is a diagonal I am really drawn to:


Of course, as Kat says, the degree of the angle affects the overall image too.  With the examples above, the olive branch (and the toes) are a much more dynamic diagonal than the starry path.


Multiple diagonals

Multiple diagonals add an additional layer to a composition.  Here are a few I found:

Parallel







Converging



Zigzag:



I love how the zigzag draws your eye from the snow capped Alps, over the Mediterranean, landing at the beach (or do you start at the beach?). 

and less dynamically....

For me, the natural starting point for the image above is the bottom left hand corner, moving to the right and then back left as your eye progresses up the stairs.  What about you, how do you read it?



I love the sense of movement that diagonals create in an image.  Many of these examples are naturally occurring diagonals but when I'm composing an image I do consciously look for diagonals to bring interest and movement and create them where I can (for example the little toes in the bath).

I think diagonals are also really intriguing because although they guide your eye, different people read them in different ways  - on the last image, I'm going up the stairs in the way I described, but what about you, are you with me or starting at the top, on the right or left? All of these things affect the overall impact of an image and how it is interpreted by the individual eye.


You'll find lots of other examples over at Exploring with a Camera, so click on the link and come exploring. :)



Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Follow the Stars

The South of France is full of Medieveal hill villages and history.  Intriguing narrow streets with coloured walls and shutters, inviting you to get lost and uncover their secrets.  In fact, the best way to uncover their secrets IS to get lost.  So whilst in some villages we loosely based our wanderings on their rather beautiful starry path, in others we just....got lost.


Follow me....



This way!...



Come on!



Intriguing....


Join me for a coffee here? :)

Many of these little villages don't allow traffic on their precarious, narrow streets which makes for a wonderfully peaceful walk, allowing you time to really drink in the beauty.  It really did feel like a different world.




  

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Texture Tuesday



A bit of pretty pink blossom for this week's Texture Tuesday.


Processed using Kim Klassen texture let go.


ps did you know it's World Immunisation week?  Shot4life are raising awareness for this and you can get involved too - check out this post over at Shutter Sisters which has all the details.  It's simple, creative and fun....seriously all you need do is take a picture of your coffee - there are even prizes! I'm doing it through instagram, so come and visit (@catchingsundust or click on the instagram link on the right hand column to see it on the web if you don't have instagram). 



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Monday, 23 April 2012

Happiness Photo #22




This made me smile so much.  Do you see those wires hanging between the buildings?  Every few minutes they spray out perfume!  So whenever you are near the perfume house Fragonard in Grasse, you will always smell something lovely.

Pretty awesome air freshener, non?

Happy Monday. :)





Friday, 20 April 2012

Weeks 27, 28 and 29 - 365

I'm on catch up this week!


From the top:  chilling out at the start of the school holidays; pretty pink nails to go on holiday; preparing the holiday diary; a bit of window shopping in the UK; at the airport; waking up with a view; snails anyone?



From the top:  Fragonard perfume museum in Grasse; luckily the Easter bunny remembered us in France; pretty Provençal colours; rain; even the supermarket has pretty artwork; people watching in Antibes; a pretty drive back to the airport.





From the top:  peachy scented candle from Fragonard - at least it smells like summer in my house!; a bit of healthy eating; flowers; rainy day; rainy day with rainbow; heart "tattoos"; things I find in my kitchen.


Hope you've had a good week.  Happy weekend. :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Colours of Provence

It's difficult to know where to start with the myriad of photographs I took on our recent trip to the South of France.  But the thing that really jumped out at me as soon as we arrived were the colours.  Beautiful, earthy, soft colours that merge with  and reflect the natural surroundings.  These colours are reflected across the natural and the man-made and are at their best sitting bathed in gorgeous Mediterranean sunlight. 

Houses nestled into the hills across Provence

Soft blues and purples


...combined with soft oranges and yellows


...and shades of pink


Alongside soft olives

This is the first time we've been to the South of France in early spring. I loved watching the colours change from their sunlit glow under clear, blue skies to their surprising vibrancy in the low lying, heavy-with-raindrop clouds.  Maybe it was that the man-made complimented the natural so beautifully or maybe it was that we were relaxed and carefree but these gorgeous colours seemed to combat any grey beautifully.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Texture Tuesday





A little dish of macarons while I keep going through my pictures from France. 

Processed using Kim Klassen texture now.



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Monday, 16 April 2012

Happiness Photo #21



Well hello again.  It's lovely to see you and I hope you had a lovely Easter.


We snuck off to the South of France for the spring holidays and it was divine.  This is where I was this time last week - sitting on a very beautiful terrace, sipping rosé wine, enjoying a fabulous French lunch and people watching.  Even typing that make me feel relaxed!


Thank you for your lovely comments while I've been away.  I'm looking forward to catching up with you and seeing what you've been up to. :)


Til then, have a lovely week. x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Rainbow




I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x


Collage originally created for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Red




I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x


Collage originally created for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Blue



I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x


Collage originally created for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Pink




I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x


Collage originally created for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Happy Easter!


Hope you're having a good one. :)




I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x 

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Yellow



I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x


Collage originally created for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Green




I'm unplugging for the spring holidays but will be back online on 16 April and will respond to comments and return visits then. 'Til then.....x


Collage originally created for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Texture Tuesday



Today's prompt is soft and I processed this using Kim's the veil.


I also wanted to let you know that I'm 'unplugging' for the spring break.  I have lots of lovely, colourful collages to share with you while I'm offline so you'll still have something pretty to look at.   Have a happy Easter and I'll be back to blogging and visiting on Monday 16 April.  Have a good one. :)


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Monday, 2 April 2012

Happiness Photo #20


Inspired by Kim Klassen I made a list of 10 simple things that are making me happy today:
  1. Blue sky and sunshine (despite the weather forecast)
  2. Lazy mornings with no school (yay!)
  3. Fresh flowers
  4. Blossom
  5. Easter decorating
  6. Drying my sheets outside
  7. Lovely fresh notebooks to fill with inspiration and ideas
  8. Chocolate
  9. Craft time with my girl :)
  10. Holiday planning


What's making you happy today?







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