MAY – THE PHOTO HEART EDITION.

Looking back over my shots for May I am surprised by the number that are still life.  A year ago there would have been a lot less.  Certainly I am taking far more photographs, but I am using my images to tell a story and of course you can control your surroundings more if you are in charge of the subject.  I take immense time to create a still life and feel that creative contemplative photographs are now my goal.

Linking with Kat Sloma on Photoheart Connection

FRIDAY FINDS AND CLASS ROUNDUP….

My find this week is part of the courses I’m participating in, Kim’s Be Still 52 and her Start to Finish Round 2 classes. I have always been perfectly content with my Panasonic ‘bridge’ camera it only has one lens but can go from wide angle to zoom ( and a pretty impressive zoom) f2.8 to f8 as well. But I have always hankered after a Nikon so when Mark and I walked past our local secondhand techy shop and I saw a Nikon it was love at first sight and such a good price. It has has hardly been used but it’s not full of all the new features, but it is sturdy and I love it….

I only have the kit lens but that is ok it will be good for me to have the restriction. It takes great photos and is so accurate….

Immediately I started a shoot for Kim’s Start to finish ‘ On the Hook’. I used my clothes airer and pegged my favourite linen tea towel to it.
On the Hook
I needed to make very few adjustments in Lightroom it all flowed…..

Then today I was finally able to cut my Peonies and I carried them dripping into my sunroom and played…….
And finally remembering the towering influence of Maya Angelou who died this week……..

                                                                Kim Klassen dot Com

BREATHE – MY FRIDAY FIND

‘In the final analysis, our most basic
common link is that we all
inhabit this small planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children’s future.
And we are all mortal…
~ John F Kennedy.’

Do you find it easy to switch  off to just be ?  It’s something Kim has been talking about in her new class ‘Be Still 52’ I have so far failed miserably, I am constantly thinking  worrying about everything and anything…I find it difficult to live in the moment I am always worrying about what ‘might happen’ . So it is going to be a struggle, but I’m not going to give up…

I had a mini photo shoot on Thursday it was mini because the heavens opened and I had to get the camera out of the wet stuff. I was in the kitchen and looked out of the window and raindrops beautiful raindrops everywhere….

Oh my,  I only took about four photos and I loved them all. no props no tweaking Just snap snap and back indoors….

Processed in Lightroom I used Kim’s new texture ‘rainy day’ it’s perfect just enough texture..
I’m still waiting for these peonies to flower…

I am currently creating some cards for a groupies card swap here is one of them I’m having fun choosing which images to use….
My find is Mother Teresa’a words about being happy in the moment……..Are You ?
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FRIDAY WILL I BE ABLE TO SORT OUT THESE PHOTOS !

Ok so I said to Jo ‘I will back up all your NZ photos on dropbox and on my external hard drive’. Now I’m beginning to think I have taken on a mammoth task the photos are flying over and I am swamped already but never mind the photos are fantastic…

Onto Friday Finds. I have decided to post 5 photos illustrating my feelings this week….Very much a mixture of highs and lows but always with me my trusty picture taking equipment. I am finding that I’m using my phone a lot at the moment, my only wish a zoom but hey we can’t have everything .

# 1 Finding and loving more iPhone apps and sharing with Barb at Keeping with the Times for her app happy Wednesday link up. Here I used Distressed FX and Letter Glow
# 2 Seeking the simple I have embarked on a journey with Kim Klassen on her Be Still 52 I am loving this already. Registration is still open.
#3 Looking at beauty everywhere this is my neighbour’s wisteria it drapes itself so beautifully over the hedge at the bottom of the garden and the scent …..
# 4 I have had so much benefit from Jo’s leaving bouquet finally I have had to admit defeat and throw it away not before one last photo session. The soap is from  Anthropologie I bought it for the paper and it smells divine.
Using Kim’s canvasback texture.
# 5 Finally back to another app, I took this photo using the wonderful Hipstamatic app. I used Tejas lens and Dreamcanvas film my favourite combination….
Two other things that I am very interested in are connected to the World War One commemorations that will begin this August . Firstly the Imperial War museum have opened an archive called Lives of the First World War here you can read about and take part part in remembering the lives of the fallen. Also my friends Show of Hands are releasing a CD in June called Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War the narration is by Jim Carter Mr Carson, Downton Abbey) and Imelda Staunton ( Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility) 

Anyway back to the sorting of photos have a great weekend……

                                                       Kim Klassen dot Com

FRIDAY – ‘TWAS ON ONE APRIL MORNING AND A BIT OF LINEN LOVE

‘Twas on one April morning, just as the sun was rising
‘Twas on one April morning, I heard the small birds sing
They were singing Lovely Nancy, for love it is a fancy,
And how sweet were the notes that I heard the small birds sing.”
( Traditional collected by Priscilla Wyatt-Edgel from Mr R Bryant, Cowley, Exeter, Devon)
I have saturated myself this week in still life and spring flowers.
My Friday find is some lovely linen cloths.  It is sold as ‘scrim’ ( a strong, coarse fabric, chiefly used for heavy-duty lining or upholstery) it is supposed to be used for window cleaning but not by me ! I do blame Kim for this so many lovely things to look at on her Pinterest boards ! Linen being a natural fabric adds a lovely colour and texture to my still life photography.
Some beautiful Spring flowers appearing in the garden now, whites, yellows and blues so subtle and simple.
Digital supplies by Rosie Posey @ Scrapbook Graphics

 

Some random facts

  • A certain person has started practising packing for New Zealand, how do you get so much in a rucksack !
  • So far I have resisted Easter eggs .
  • I get so much joy from simple Spring flowers.
  • The periwinkle in the garden needs a machete to keep it under control !
  • Particularly loving this from Jim Moray 

                       
                        

Kim Klassen dot Com

                                                        

Have a lovely holiday weekend hope you get some Easter eggs …..

TEXTURE TUESDAY ` THE FROM ABOVE EDITION.

I found some Daffodil buds in the garden bravely struggling through the cold wet clay soil.  They were a welcome sight. In the warmth of the house they slowly opened bringing the clean fresh scent of Spring……
Using Kim’s VintageMagicMess texture and her beautiful new set of brushes (laurel). I created a soft light vintage feel.

And, because I was so happy to see some colour in these grey days I textured another with ‘Cherish’, added a heart and vine brush .

I made myself a little brush to add to my layout

Don’t you just love yellow it really lifts the spirits…..