Friday a Miscellany

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“A collection of various items, parts, or ingredients.”
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In this set of photographs I am wearing many hats. A Be Still Class, a prompt from The Studio. The subjects of this series are part of the family history.
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The violin was owned by Mark’s great uncle Will Dermott. Will signed up to go to war when he was only 18.
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He was killed in action shortly afterwards. so as you can see this instrument is precious.
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The music books belonged to Mark’s mother and father, they loved music and had a piano in the music room where Pat played and Richard sang. Sometimes at Christmas when the children were little we all stood and sang carols together. We have quite a collection of originals.
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We have bought some black material as a backdrop I love it,  so now I can be as organic and moody as I like. Also to add to our photography equipment we have bought a little Manfrotto monopod, I can see we will be fighting over it !!!
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 Have a great weekend…..
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 PS apologies for the layout of the blog , WordPress is being very awkward !!!

Be Still 52 – Week 36 Magazine Inspiration

 

This week I discovered photos I haven’t looked at for years. The top one is an example taken in Malta nearly 3 years ago and ‘gathering dust’ in the archives. Back then I didn’t have Lightroom. so wow –  what I can now do to these photos. I hope Kim doesn’t mind as this was a piece of ‘homework’ from Be Still. I actually used an idea from a good few years ago now that Kim posted in one of her classes about creating a colour board.

Her prompt made me think of warm sunny days in hot places, sitting in the shade with a cold drink, wandering through little narrow lanes never really knowing where you would end up. I created a colour board which made me think of a magazine layout before publication.

 

 

 

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Medina, Malta, June 2012

 

 

The plants above the models prompted me to look through my archives and find this image of wild roses past their best but still beautiful…

 

 

 

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 Taunton October 2014

 

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Be Still weeks 27, 28 and 29

It’s catch up time. For weeks 27, 28 and 29 I used the same chair with different props.

 

 

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Using black foam core, Kim’s texture ‘magic film’ and a preset that I created called, ‘green bottle’. I had to use a tripod the light was very poor but I’m pleased with the outcome…

Weeks 28 and 29, 3 things a chair and side light.

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A little felt heart I made, with a card from Liz Lamoreux and a pretty plaster heart I picked up on my travels. I used a preset I made called ‘chalk’ then into PS for a texture or two.

 

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The light is coming from the right and I love the tiny bit of shadow on the cap. Again same preset and Kim’s texture ‘aurora’ a particular favourite.

 

 

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Finally a sweet little jug, a pink heart and a little hanging bag that I made. Can you guess I love hearts !!!!

Be Still Week 30

I’m WAY behind so I’ve have skipped many weeks. Full of good intentions I went to the local flower seller who sells on our local high street . But to my horror NO FLOWERS TODAY…. I wasn’t prepared to walk to the supermarket as I had to catch the bus home. Instead I picked some evergreens from the garden and had a play. Instead of going soft and floaty which I had planned I went for over saturation and gritty. I’m quite pleased with the outcome although my camera was struggling with the light. I have downsized to a compact Lumix and it is fabulous but, mmm it doesn’t compare with grown up cameras.

 

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Hopefully the flower seller will be back soon….

 

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