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……

Kim Klassen {dot com}

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}

FRIDAY FINDS – DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF (or how I learnt that not perfect is ok)

Sounds of sirens, of many languages. Bustling, running, pushing. This is London, vibrant and loud, flawed and thrilling. Could I live here ? No, but a place to visit and marvel at the beauty. The immense landscape, of modern and ancient, somehow it works. Joggers pant past tourists with maps and cameras, buskers play steel drums all a glorious mess. I love you London…..

We visited London for the day. What a shock, I hadn’t visited for a few years. It was an assault on the senses and I was so tired when I got home. When I loaded my images to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But, when I start looking again I realised that this is street photography, you don’t have time to stand around composing, you get pushed and shoved so it has to be snap snap. So if it’s not completely in focus does that really matter ?

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I have decided that I still love the whole Photoshop Artistry thing, and although I don’t process like this so much anymore,  when I do I love it.

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It is all about conveying a feeling and for memory keeping so important to maybe slip in some candid shots I have to learn that is OK.

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River Thames with Tower Bridge in the distance

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St Paul’s Cathedral from the South Bank.

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Under the arches.

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The wonderful Borough Market in Southwark see the website HERE

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So I am going to continue looking for the intimate, the personal.

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Have a great weekend keep looking for those special moments…

FRIDAY FINDS – A SUCCESSFUL STILL LIFE

 

 

A selection of my photography this week

After taking many, many shots I finally was happy with this edit.  Adjusted in Lightroom using Kim’s lovely new LR preset ‘bare.  ‘ Some light texturing in PS and one of my photographs from printed.com

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 I’ve always liked photographs of bottles with flowers in them and I created this using my painted wine box on a coffee table to give height.

 

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Copying a still life in THIS magazine

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I played around with type and created my own brush….

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And finally two layouts, the first one showing my beautiful blue vase that my good blogging friend Helen gave me. She hosts a linky called weekend walk check it out HERE

 

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Katie Pertiet

And continuing with my Be Still work….

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes

Have a great weekend……

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Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FINDS – Connections are what makes photography a personal journey.

My friend Sarah at PaisleyRainBoots  has been pondering recently about personal photography , a connection to the place, person or occasion. I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday as I was strolling through the grounds at Stourhead in Wiltshire. Stourhead is a magnificent stately home and the grounds are a work of art. The property is often used in film and television . A picture postcard place.

The Pantheon

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But when I came home and looked through the photographs I was underwhelmed, don’t get me wrong it is a remarkable place, but I felt a decided lack of connection.

The photographs that spoke to me were a set I took at the Pantheon which is going through intense renovation.

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The Tools

 

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So much work needs to be done

 

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Showing the work behind the beauty, the skill of the stonemason is a real connection for me.

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And of course there had to be a selfie in a mirror in the wonderful shop.

I will continue to explore what I’m calling ‘heartwork’ how about you ?

A touch of random

I love Spotify have you tried it ?

Some great ideas here at Mollie Makes magazine

Design Seeds never lets me down.

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Music I love at the moment  the wonderful Richard Thompson HERE

And finally I love the retro look of this shot I created in PicTapGo moved into PS and added the Poloroid look

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Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

 

 

Have a sunny weekend…..

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FRIDAY FIND – A MORNING AT THE RECLAMATION YARD

It’s not very often you see the Statue of Liberty in Somerset ( in fact never). But Wells Reclamation Yard has everything including many kitchen sinks , and a tank and a rocket launcher !

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Mark and I visited this dream of a place last week to buy old wood to make a backdrop for me to use in my Be Still class.  We were spoilt for choice, so many treasures to explore.

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The quirky up against the valuable this family run business is an Aladdin’s cave.

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We will definitely return there are some wooden block letters I have my eye on and some wooden crates as well.

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Some help ….

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As you can see Mark entered into the challenge, the wood was very old taken out of a Romanian brewery we believe.

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The backdrop is so heavy we have decided to go back for more to make a smaller one , well who could resist…..

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Scrapbook supplies , Anna Aspnes and my own…

Linking with Friday Finds…

Kim Klassen dot Com

 

OH DEAR

I have lost the fluffy, the soft, all I want to do at the moment is the strong and crisp, but with a little fluffy…..

I did some backlighting but I strayed toward the dramatic rather than the soft. I think it’s the flowers  I don’t think they are good subjects for fluffy the peonies are over and everything is a bit megh ….

Texture by Kim from The Waterfront Collection.

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Here is a digital layout. Not my garden I hasten to add…

Supplies by Anna Aspnes..

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Thought for the week, thanks to Cheryl Crotty for posting this wonderful quote on Facebook..

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Some Lightroom play…..

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Texture by Kim …..

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Linking up with Kim for Friday Finds…….

Kim Klassen dot Com

FRIDAY FINDS- STILL FINDING MY STYLE…..


Perhaps the steepest learning curve in photography is learning to see as the camera sees.

~ David duChemin

 

I’m still in search of the elusive ‘style’, just when I think I have it I ‘discover’ a new idea or perspective and off I go again doubting and wondering. I currently am looking at two books on the soul of photography,  ‘Photographically Speaking, (a deeper look at creating stronger images)  by David duChemin, and Shooting with Soul by Alessandra Cave. Both of them look at how to communicate your vision through your photographs, I am finding this concept fascinating and of course this ties up beautifully with Kim’s BeStill52 class….

 

Here are my random five shots showing I hope that it’s less about style and more about heart……

 

 

My take on one of Kim’s prompts…

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Practising focus and depth of field with the Nikon still struggling…

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I like this one, using Kim’s preset ‘breeze’ and ‘simple’ texture…Just when I think that I’m not ‘getting’ the soft look Lightroom proves me wrong…..

 

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And I love the deep and rich as well.  I  love the colours and the sharp almost alien look of this cornflower seedpod.

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Finally a few weeks ago Taunton had a mini festival and I took a series of photos of the Punch and Judy Man he was a very willing subject..

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I think I’m just going to go with the flow and enjoy the process and the creativity….

Have a wonderful July 4th my U.S. friends……

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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 ?
Kim Klassen dot Com

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.
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# 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