FAREWELL SUMMER – SHREWSBURY PART ONE……

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.

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Mark and I have been away at a folk festival in the wonderful town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire. It runs for four days finishing on Bank Holiday Monday the last public holiday before Christmas. People congregate from all over the country and from out of the country as well, to celebrate dance and music from all over the world.

 

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Such a mixture of emotions. I hope to write more when the photos are downloaded and thoughts are consolidated. But I came away with my head full of wonderful music and memories of happy, smiling faces, of weird and wonderful costumes of groups of friends meeting up, swapping tips and stories.

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A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” 
― Susan SontagOn Photography

 

As many of you know Mark and I try to visit National Trust properties as often as we can. We are members which saves us a considerable amount of money. This week we revisited Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum in Wiltshire. It has a very interesting history, not only is it 800 years old in places but also was the home of Henry Fox Talbot. It was founded as a medieval nunnery in 1232. For movie and TV buffs it was used as the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films, and the village was used as a setting for Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one) and Cranford. To me it is the almost perfect place to visit (all is missing is water), it has wonderful medieval architecture a botanic garden and a very interesting history.

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But this visit was really to learn more about Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). He was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. he is known for inventing photography, his process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  His work was based on earlier experiments by others.

 

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Talbot inherited Lacock when he was 5 months old but didn’t live there until he was 27. His disappointing attempts at drawing whilst on his honeymoon led him to think how science might help people with no artistic talent to make images.

If you would like to read more about this amazing man you will some more information HERE

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I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !

Photo taken using Hipstamatic.

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As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.

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I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.

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HELLO FRIDAY – GLAD YOU ARE HERE…..

A selection of my photographs this week.  I’m continuing with my ‘heartwork’ and these five photographs really spoke to me..

One of my favourite places to visit Bristol Harbour

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A Sidmouth shot, the wonderful Airstream coffee spot.

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On my  daily walk .

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This week I met my dear friend Cathy who is visiting from Spain…

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A  simple shot. I was prompted to post this by my  blogging friend Cheryl who wrote a meaningful post this week that really spoke to me. You can find her post HERE.

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

― Thích Nhất HạnhBeing Peace

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Have a wonderful weekend…..

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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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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…

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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…….

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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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TEXTURE TUESDAY – OH TO BE IN ENGLAND

 

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 !

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Lovely shady secret places

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Because of the mild temperatures many species thrive…

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

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Here is the first scrapbook page of the trip.

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

 

 

 

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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.
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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……..

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