Looking at the world through different eyes

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” 
― Barbara KingsolverAnimal Dreams

 

What I’m listening to :- Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes. I particularly love ‘White Winter Hymnal’

 

I’m looking at abstracts and textures at the moment, it’s something I have become more interested in. To me this image represents my feelings at the moment. some light but lots of dark, sometimes I have a light bulb moment then almost a dive back into the dark.

I find this time of year as the dark comes early I hibernate, this year I must fill my world with more light.

 

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 I manipulated the image in Snapseed and Lightroom then textured in Photoshop.

 

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 Taken in my little studio early morning with my iPhone .

How do you cope with dark days ?

Finally here is my latest scrap page I decided to go retro !
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Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Robyn Meierotto
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TEXTURE TUESDAY

Isn’t it funny that a day can make all the difference to how you look at the world ? Sunday I felt ill, Fibromyalgia, cold, achy and downright miserable. Not an ounce of enthusiasm and grumpy to boot. Today it’s raining and cold and I still feel achy , but I played with my tripod and trusty Lumix (still haven’t decided on a name) . The light was hideous but with the tripod and Lightroom I had a great time.

 

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I feel Autumn edits should be gritty I don’t know why but the rusts, reds and yellows look so good with lots of contrast.

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A different effect desaturated but enough contrast to show the veins in the leaf and the crackles in the pot.

Finally I have been playing with typography and as the retro look is so popular at the moment I made this….

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Sigh that was fun…..

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PS Thank you Mark for putting up with grumpy me 🙂

Friday Finds – distraction

This week has been a week of distraction. I’m still not happy with my blog, it’s not WordPress I love WordPress but I want more control. I want to choose my own fonts, colours and plugins. Also I love tweaking and playing. So Mark and I are embarking on the challenge of developing our own website using WordPress.org. I hope to document my adventure in blogging my way.

 

First research, Mark and I were pleasantly surprised to see a good number of new books in the library.

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The Blogging for Creatives is my own copy and I do like it.

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I have had a major think about my camera. Because of my Fibromyalgia I find carrying a largish, heavy camera painful. So I made the decision to buy a super zoom camera that is also so compact. I can shoot in RAW, it has a brilliant zoom and so light and easy to carry. One of the new features is that I can transfer images wirelessly from camera to iPad. Check it out HERE I used it in London and was very pleased with the results. I can still use the Nikon for still like on a tripod but the compact is pretty good at that too.

 

 

 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

A photo shoot inspired by Kim’s BeStill class. The prompt was organic. A lot of my images tend towards the earthy, organic look and I had a lot of fun . My wooden background, linen napkin and some crunchy leaves. I think my little camera did well.

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Using Kim’s texture on the frame, waterfront1. Template by Anna Aspnes – FotoInspiredFrames no2 and brush Autumnal

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Hope your weekend is full of crisp mornings and blue skies……

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FRIDAY – A SPLIT PERSONALITY (creatively speaking)

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”

                                                                                               ― Lois McMaster Bujold

I have a foot in both camps. I love soft and dreamy still life, but equally love the gritty, high drama of the everyday. So here are a few of this weeks offerings.

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Mark and I took another trip to London this time to The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, out of all the photos I took this one really spoke to me. A ray of light hitting some carving in the Painted Hall in The Royal Naval College.

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Resting weary feet in the shade.

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On my morning walk Autumn is coming….

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Morning at the farmer’s market.

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Playing with light…

Using my own Lightroom preset ‘chalk’

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Hope your weekend is sunny….

Kim Klassen {dot com}

MUSINGS

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 



The Winter will be here soon, short grey days with the sun low in the sky.  This is the time to take stock, to sort and to make plans. I find these days difficult, the cold makes my muscles ache and it is difficult to keep warm. The temptation is to sit curled up in a blanket with a good book and a hot drink.  But this winter I am determined not to hibernate
Friday Find this week is the wonderful Somerset Levels, a flat endless expanse  of wetlands once covered by sea, It is full of wading birds, often floods, and is impassable.  But on a cold frosty morning it is magical and with Glastonbury Tor on it’s hill in the distance rising often out of a low lying mist, is one of the most inspiring sights. No wonder many people find it mystical.
   Glastonbury has become a mecca for seekers of the mystical, shops are full of crystals, healers and wonderful music. One of my favourite musicians is Loreena McKennit listen to her HERE.
We came across this musician who was singing a song set to the words of Kipling, called the Tree Song.
“Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England is adorn,
Greater are none beneath the sun,
Than Oak, and Ash and Thorn. 
Sing Oak and Ash and Thorn good sirs.
Surely we sing no such thing,
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.
To finish, as some of my online friends know I am a tremendous Bellowhead fan check out this
YouTube video of Bellowhead on the BBC doing a music hall type Christmas it’s fab….

Have a wonderful weekend…

                                                          Kim Klassen dot Com

FRIDAY FINDS

Glorious light at Knightshayes in Devon this week. It was so cold and windy but the light as the sun slipped lower and lower pierced through the trees and it was magical.
One thing I am learning that photography from the heart is the only way I can be true to myself.  The most perfect image in the world if it has not been taken with heart can be meaningless. Watching Brene Brown and Ali Edwards this week on Oprah talking about gratitude and how important the everyday is made me realise that it is so important to document,  to show, that we need to be grateful for the little things, the day to day because that is what makes us who we are.
Linking with collage obsession today

My Friday find is rediscovering the present I had last Christmas from Mark a Poloroid Pogo it is a wonderful little gadget. 
It’s great for journaling . 
The backing is sticky so I can stick them in my journal,  
I’m going to start a gratitude journal, wish me luck my track record is not good.
I’m joining up with Kim at Friday Finds and Patricia at Finding Serendipity
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Have a great weekend any plans ?

TUESDAY THOUGHTS

        “A good river is nature’s life work in song.”
         ~ Mark Helprin
                             
Create with love, honesty and gratitude. 
After reading Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection I am trying to practice gratitude to access joy. To notice those little things that make my life complete.  

Using Kim’s preset autumncopper in Lightroom and a texture (test kitchen June collection ‘dive’)
Linking with Texture Tuesday 

TUESDAY- MOTIVATION.

Motivation 

 reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.“escape can be a strong motivation for travel”

               synonym:  motive, motivating force, incentivestimulus, stimulation, inspiration,

The change in the weather has made me want to snuggle down in my favourite red fleecy blanket with gingerbread men all over it, to drink hot chocolate and not do much else.
Creativity is a tender thing it needs to be cherished to be prodded and cajoled when it is cold and grey and dark. My creativity is snuggling and inspiration is a bit thin, so I will read and drink tea and make notes ready for inspiration to strike once more.

Textures used were Kim’s Totally and MoreMagic.

Sharing today with Texture Tuesday

Nancy at A Rural Journal is having issues blog wise hopefully all will be well soon.

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