Thursday, 31 May 2012

Dreaming


Playing about with text and doing a little dreaming today.




What are you dreaming about?




Image created as part of Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.





Wednesday, 30 May 2012

In the Picture - May


Another month of selfies.  Christy's optional prompt was big world tiny you which I played around with a little bit:


Here is my best attempt at big world tiny you:



And then I reversed it...big me, tiny world!

I've got the whole world in my hand.....



The rest of my selfies this month were inspired by the weather. It's been a long, grey, wet spring so it is amazing to see blue sky, sunshine and feel the grass under my bare feet.












That's it for another month.  How 'bout you?




In The Picture


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Texture Tuesday - Warmth



My peonies have flowered and pretty much gone now and yet I haven't posted any images here.  So, in response to this week's prompt, warmth, here is one of my beautiful peonies with colour bursting from it's glowing centre.


Image processed using Kim Klassen textures pumpkin grunge and grunged up 2.


'Til next year, beautiful peonies....


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Monday, 28 May 2012

Hello Monday



I thought I'd try mixing it up a bit this week....a few happiness shots and a few hello Mondays à la Lisa Leonard, who I'm linking up with today. :)


The Moo had sports day on Friday.  She loved it, in a very non-competitive sort of way!  This week, she is saying hello to Olympics week - a week of sports and fun to celebrate this years Olympics in London.  Love those little legs in her sports shorts!




The weather here has been amazing.  So lovely to spend time in the garden and soak up the sunshine with some:

Cartwheel practise:



Bubble blowing (with the giant bubble wand)



buttercups and daisy chains:





and generally kicking back and relaxing:




The Moo is just discovering The Enchanted Wood series by Enid Blyton.  I adored these books as a child  - I am almost jealous of her having them to read for the first time....and am so thrilled she is enjoying them as much as I did.




A few hellos for the the week:

Hello sunshine!  Lovely to see you...we missed you, please stay!
Hello outdoor day beds and lazy afternoons in the garden.
Hello picnics.
Hello getting on top of the housework (you never know....).
Hello Diamond Jubilee decorating.  :)
Hello playing with text and patterns at Beyond Layers.  Having such fun with it!
Hello Picmonkey collage layouts, I've been waiting for you!


What are you saying hello to this week?

Week 34 - 365



Not sure where the time has gone...but here we go.  From the top:  Barnaby Bear's visit (having his teeth brushed); Barnaby playing with some of the new toys from the raffle win; awesome weather saw swimsuits and water games in the garden; horse chestnut blossom; daisy chains; ballet costume for the end of term show (chiffon and sequins, yes please!!); waiting for her races to start at sports day.


Hope you had a fabulous week and weekend.  :)



Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Visual Weight

This month's Exploring with a Camera is looking at visual weight.  Click here for Kat's full article.

Here's what I found in my own photography:

Colour



The vibrant blue and terracotta draw your eye to the shutter against the more subdued peachy tones of the stucco.



Here, your eye is drawn to the bright yellow egg yolk.


Illuminated Objects



Your eye is drawn up towards the light and sky in this narrow street.


In focus




Coffee is the focus of breakfast time....




Here, focus is placed on the curl of the rail and the water droplet.


Isolated


This tree is isolated from the group of trees in the background, bringing focus to it.

Break in the Pattern


Here, your eye is draw to the spot pattern as it breaks the more dominant striped pattern.




With the macarons, your eye is drawn to the pink macaron on the end primarily because of it's chocolate stripe.


Human faces




My eye is drawn initially to the human faces in this scene - despite the wide array of cake in the window which would normally draw me in!




I love the variety of ways you can bring visual weight to an image.   I think one of the reasons I struggle with things like landscape photography is that I find it so much harder to identify something I can give visual weight to.

I guess at the end of the day it's all about what you want to say with your image and deciding on the means of visual weight that best supports this. 


Click on over to find some more examples of visual weight.



Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Texture Tuesday



 
In a little shady corner of my garden, the bluebells dance as the sunlight catches them.


Linking up with texture Tuesday for today's theme - light.


Image processed using Kim Klassen textures the veil and now.



 
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Monday, 21 May 2012

Happiness Photo # 26


Having a snack and enjoying some TV; on the zip wire; safely down!

Ingredients for a perfect weekend (if you were six...)

  1. Be in charge of the class teddy (Barnaby) for the weekend.
  2. Go swimming.
  3. Take Barnaby to teddy abseiling at the church open day (didn't Barnaby time his visit well!).
  4. Spend the rest of the afternoon eating cake, doing crafts, getting Hello Kitty tattoos and running round church with your friends.
  5. Have fish and chips from the takeaway to celebrate going up a reading band.
  6. Taking Barnaby to church and finding out that mummy has won the raffle.
  7. Finding out mummy's raffle prize is a bag of toys!
  8. Having granny over for lunch and enjoying unlimited attention and someone to play with your new toys with you.

A pretty low-key weekend really, but isn't it awesome how simple events are just the BEST. THING. EVER. when you're six, open to joy and embracing life to the max.  :)  And isn't it awesome how that rubs off onto mummy too. :)


How was your weekend?


Happy Monday!


Friday, 18 May 2012

Week 33 - 365




From the top:  a partied-out Moo after a couple of hours on a bouncy castle at a birthday party; snails; the rain came back; dalit candle in a pretty box; happy flowers on my sideboard; we found Nemo!; my newly decorated and rearranged office space.


It's been a funny old week and I'm ready for the weekend.


Have a good one and see you next week. :)


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Light



We've been talking about seeing the light in all things over at Beyond Layers and the things in our life that continually shine light into our lives.

Of course there's my gorgeous daughter who radiates light wherever she is and makes my heart constantly sing.  But sources of light in things made me stop and think.  And honestly, it's back to the really simple things.  Nature - around me and in my garden which I look out on to everyday, rain or shine; meeting up with old friends; having fresh flowers on the sideboard; the light that streams in through our big windows at the back; freshly laundered sheets which still smell of outside; new books full of ideas and inspiration; fresh coffee; the way my house smells when I've been baking; quiet days spent with friends and family; afternoon tea; walks on the beach; sitting by an open fire; the smell of freshly cut grass...and really I could on and on. :)  I think the trick, though, is to pay attention.  Pay attention to and celebrate the detail.

So much light, so much to be grateful for.

So tell me, what brings light into your life?


Written for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.
Image of wild garlic from my garden processed with Kim Klassen texture Chase.
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Monday, 14 May 2012

Happiness Photo #25



We had a brief respite in the weather this weekend and enjoying sun and blue skies.  I mowed the lawn which made me very happy as it had been like looking out on a meadow!  And the Moo enjoyed picnics and patio art.


We are back to cold and rain today with a miserable forecast for the week ahead so this may be my sunshine for the week!



Happy Monday, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are today. :)



Friday, 11 May 2012

Week 32 - 365




From the top:  took the Moo to see My First Sleeping Beauty, such a lovely introduction to the ballet; blossom carpet; hanging about; iris; cow parsley on a rainy walk through the woods; more rain; a corner of my kitchen - taken for #photoadaymay on instagram - are you on there?  Would love to follow you if you are.  You can find me @catchingsundust.


Hope you've all had a good week.


Happy weekend. :)



Thursday, 10 May 2012

A culinary tour of sorts...

For the last of my South of France posts, I thought I'd share some of the food we had - I mean I couldn't really do posts about France without some mention of food.  I have to confess though, my enthusiasm to photograph was slightly overtaken by my enthusiasm to eat so these are rather select highlights....

I absolutely loved the open air markets and local grocers which are so much part of the French lifestyle.  So much nicer than the supermarket!

Bread

a little something for the tourists....


Fresh produce at the greengrocer.....and on the tree in our back garden. :)


macarons

and not for the faint-hearted:

snails

Washed down with my personal favourite aspect of the cuisine....




I love the French approach - sort of laid back 'let's have lunch' attitude whilst at the same time taking their food very seriously.  It was a fabulous feast for both the eye as we explored the markets and the taste buds as we sampled the local cuisine.

There is also something about eating out in the open air with the sun shining down on you.  My final photo is of a outdoor cafe in Grasse.  Such fun to watch the world go by whilst being part of the scene at the same time.  



So long, France. À bientôt......


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A couple of books I love....




I love books and I read a lot.  I read fiction but I also love books about creativity and photography.  Without a doubt the two that have had the biggest impact on me in the last year are these two:  The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh.

I have no idea why it took me so long to discover The Artist's Way but I am so glad that I did.  The three main things Julia Cameron recommends in it for unlocking and nurturing creativity are morning pages, walks and artist dates.  I've been doing morning pages all year (OK, most mornings...) and they really are amazing.  They soon become habit and are not the massive deal that they seem in the first place.   I also try to do the walks - much nicer than the gym and great for inspiration.  The one thing I continue to struggle with is the artist dates - once a week you have an artist date with yourself (anything from going to a gallery to buying some funky nail polish and doing your nails).  According to Julia Cameron herself, this is not unusual.  Everyone seems to find it difficult to carve out time to nourish themselves.  Still, something I'm working on.

Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh is a book that I keep going back to.  Each time I do, a different aspect resonates with me which I love.  This is the book which gave shape to my woolly, undefined ideas about my photography and where I was going with it and these two quotes pretty much sum it up (which I've quoted here a lot, I know!):

"Because it is our ordinary, we believe it is everyone's ordinary.  It's not".

"We have to reclaim the extraordinary in the everyday.  That's where the art is".

These two books are pictured with my morning page journal (the black journal) and my gratitude journal (with the pink ribbon).  I've been keeping the gratitude journal for a few weeks since being introduced to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach (I have the audio version) through Beyond Layers.  Every day, I write down 5 things I'm grateful for that day.  So simple yet it's amazing the impact it has on your outlook.  Really, I have so much to be grateful for.

So, what about you?  Any books you'd recommend for my bookshelf?



Written for Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers.
Jamie Ridler has interviewed both Julia Cameron and Patti Digh as part of her Creative Living podcasts.  Follow the links if you'd like to hear them (they're free!).


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Texture Tuesday



Image processed using Kim Klassen textures grunged up 2 and be still.


Love this time of year when ranunculus and peonies are in season. :)


 
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Monday, 7 May 2012

Happiness Photo #24




Last week the Moo had an unexpected day off school as her school was being used as a polling station.

Here's a snapshot of her (pyjama) day.  Pancakes for breakfast, some painting, some Lego, some crafting, an indoor picnic for lunch, a bit of TV.

I wish I was six.

Happy Monday. :)




Friday, 4 May 2012

Week 31 - 365



From the top:  lazy morning drinking coffee in my pjs; jam tarts; ranunculus; a quiet moment; pasta for tea; a bit of painting; lilacs.

Hope you've all had a good week.

Happy weekend. :)



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