2014, digital, Friday, friday finds, heartwork, holidays, journal, Journaling, July 2014, kim klassen, link ups, out and about, Photography, texture

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…



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



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…..




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



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..


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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 “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows



My idea of heaven is being by the water, the sea, river or lake. So my Photo – Heart Connection this month is a photo taken at Falmouth Marina in Cornwall on a late afternoon in June….THe boat was a perfect candidate for a shot.  Lost, broken and neglected it moved gently on it’s moorings . This short break in Cornwall will hold a special place in my heart, a spontaneous decision to take a few days and run away to Cornwall before schools broke up and those tiny lanes became choked with traffic. Warm mellow evenings and hot sunny days perfect….

Joining with Kat Sloma for her Photo – Heart Connection….



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Last week on the spur of the moment ( and a good weather forecast ) we packed up and headed down to Cornwall, about a 3 hour car journey. With our trusty National Trust membership cards we  decided to visit as many properties we could squeeze in.  This is what the National Trust has to say about the property of Trelissick….


Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants

“On its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. There are more than 12 hectares (30 acres) of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants. As well as the garden, the 121-hectare (300-acre) estate, with its countryside, woodlands and coast, makes for breathtaking walks.As well as the garden and countryside Trelissick has its own renowned art gallery with a wide range of work from local Cornish artists. Why not drop into Crofters café which offers a delicious range of light refreshments, hot luncheons and afternoon cream teas using seasonal and local produce. Trelissick also has a gift shop, second-hand bookshop and six of the best National Trust holiday cottages located around the Trelissick estate”

A beautiful setting with the best view over the River Fal imagine having morning coffee here !



Lovely shady secret places


Because of the mild temperatures many species thrive…


Imagine working in the secondhand bookshop in this beautiful cottage…..


Here is the first scrapbook page of the trip.




Joining with Kim for Texture Tuesday texture used in all images kk_waterfront1






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Black and white is the theme for this week’s Texture Tuesday
Lots of magic texture with some colour brushed back in….
And because I so love this cup and am on a bright colours kick at the moment here is a colour image (you might have to put some sunglasses on) BTW the orange was delicious !
Have a  bright and sunshiny Tuesday
Oh and for those lovely people who have supported me in my angst over Jo being over the other side of the world she is having a whale of a time…..
This is where she spent last Sunday Wailheke Island near Auckland.



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Free and easy today so one from the archives
taken in September 2006 when Mark and I spent ten days in New England.
The First Church of Christ Scientist is truly a marvellous piece of architecture.
This was a wonderful subject for some gentle texturing
Using kk_moremagic

Have you a favourite holiday photograph ?


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Happy Earth Day…….
Today we celebrate the joy, and appreciate, our wonderful Earth.
I thought I would combine my ‘simple’ edition with my appreciation and love of our wonderful home.
To me the ‘simple is the special’.  Don’t get me wrong the spectacular is wonderful but I find 
A footprint in the sand.
The raindrop on a catkin
Textures kk_waterfront27 and kk_1301
And the perfection of a flower
So breathtaking…..
So whatever you are doing today celebrate our Earth it is miraculous.


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I seem to be playing catch up at the moment I have far too many projects going at the same time and I so want to do all of them..

Anyway back to the colour edition,  this photo was taken way back in 2005 at The Beautiful Days festival in Devon, I remember we saw some great bands that day. I use Kim’s Canvasback and Stamped Softly. I’m learning new techniques at the moment so I use the opportunity for some practise.

Do you have a favourite Summer picture ?


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Lightroom is still continuing to amaze I feel it’s like an iceberg more hidden than showing.  I’m finding out more and more.  But thanks to Kim I am slowly learning.  I created this in Lightroom using a wonderful template from Kim, transferred to Photoshop,  and added a frame, a drop shadow (thanks Roxi for the tutorial) and a pretty font (noodle script).
This has been a tough week my Fibromyalgia has reared it’s ugly head and I am feeling so bad –  it is so dispiriting as I limp around the house.  So excuse me if I have a whinge…..
This week I found a bee on my Grape Hyacinth Spring must surely be around the corner ?
 Random 5
  • Sometimes I like to break all the rules photography speaking….

  • I have to make lists,  I used to be able to remember my shopping list – now I write one and leave it behind on the kitchen counter.

  • Love this…….The lead singer played Tonks in the Harry Potter films

(Molotov Jukebox – Give It A Go (Live on Sky Atlantic Thronecast))

  • I’m trying to learn about WordPress do I really want to move my blog !!!!

  • Oh how I would love to go back to Jerome and the Gold King Mine.

Why not link up with Kim at Friday Finds
and Nancy at Random Five ?

Have a great weekend…..

Kim Klassen dot Com


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                                        “If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet,
                                        Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
                                        Them that ask no questions isn’t told a lie.
                                        Watch the wall my darling while the Gentleman go by”.
                                                                       ~ Rudyard Kipling A Smuggler’s Song

A week or so ago Mark and I were invited to stay a few days with friends who had rented a house in Polperro in Cornwall. Polperro is a harbour town in the far south west of England.  It is a tourist trap in the Summer, full of holiday makers and unfortunately many of the houses and cottages are holiday homes, very few locals live by the water a sign of the times in this part of the world where unemployment is high and very seasonal.

Polperro has a long history – it dates back to the 13th century and certainly smuggling took place in the 18th century when duty on many goods were increased due to war with Britain’s neighbours.

In 1798 a Polperro boat called the Lottery was involved in an incident in which a Customs Officer was killed. One of the crew, Tom Potter, was later tried for murder at the Old Bailey and executed. As a result, the smuggling trade that had once thrived in Polperro began to diminish as Revenue officials determined to put a stop to it.

The houses are tightly packed and visitors are no longer permitted to take cars into the village and have to leave them in the main car park to the north of the village and walk the half mile length of the village to the harbour. I can speak from experience that the streets are so steep and narrow that we had to pull our wing mirrors in to drive down to the house.

Commercial fishing still takes place with twelve boats regularly operating looking to catch scallops, crabs and so on.
I had great fun walking along the harbour to get some shots of a working harbour.

The noise from the gulls was deafening !

From the house we could look down on the harbour – a very privileged position.


Of course there was plenty of this when the weather wasn’t good !

It was a photographer’s dream.   I loved it there and next time maybe we will stay somewhere else –  I would love St.Ives…

Joining up with Helen on her Weekend Walk.

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Last week we spent a few days in Polperro, Cornwall. Here is a shot of the sunrise on our first morning there.
We were treated to a perfect day. I processed in Lightroom then transferred to Photoshop and added 2 layers of Kim’s ‘canvasback’ and brushed off most of the texture. I found the wonderful quote from Goodreads.

I hope you have a wonderful day.