“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
What I’m listening to :- Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes. I particularly love ‘White Winter Hymnal’
I’m looking at abstracts and textures at the moment, it’s something I have become more interested in. To me this image represents my feelings at the moment. some light but lots of dark, sometimes I have a light bulb moment then almost a dive back into the dark.
I find this time of year as the dark comes early I hibernate, this year I must fill my world with more light.
I manipulated the image in Snapseed and Lightroom then textured in Photoshop.
Taken in my little studio early morning with my iPhone .
How do you cope with dark days ?
Finally here is my latest scrap page I decided to go retro !
Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Robyn Meierotto
Isn’t it funny that a day can make all the difference to how you look at the world ? Sunday I felt ill, Fibromyalgia, cold, achy and downright miserable. Not an ounce of enthusiasm and grumpy to boot. Today it’s raining and cold and I still feel achy , but I played with my tripod and trusty Lumix (still haven’t decided on a name) . The light was hideous but with the tripod and Lightroom I had a great time.
I feel Autumn edits should be gritty I don’t know why but the rusts, reds and yellows look so good with lots of contrast.
A different effect desaturated but enough contrast to show the veins in the leaf and the crackles in the pot.
Finally I have been playing with typography and as the retro look is so popular at the moment I made this….
Sigh that was fun…..
PS Thank you Mark for putting up with grumpy me 🙂
Hello everyone, I couldn’t resist TT, we have had such lovely weather and the trees in the park are dropping their leaves. So I did a little tinkering in LR (of course) and came up with this….
How is Autumn in your part of the world ?
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.
The Blogging for Creatives is my own copy and I do like it.
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.
Using Kim’s texture on the frame, waterfront1. Template by Anna Aspnes – FotoInspiredFrames no2 and brush Autumnal
Hope your weekend is full of crisp mornings and blue skies……
Continuing the theme of contemplative photography I am finding that I am thinking much more before I press the shutter, I have always loved the simple and am an ‘outside of the box’ photographer and thanks to Kim’s tutorials have learnt that less is more. So here is my image I processed it in Lightroom I desaturated then I used the split tone of blue mostly with a touch of yellow I used 2 layers of Kim’s new texture rainy day on multiply and soft light in Photoshop. I particularly like this font it has crisp lines but gives that handwritten look, it is called Halo Handletter I got it from DaFont.
That’s exactly what I am trying to do……
These dank cold mornings can be so uninspiring to the photographer so sometimes more processing is needed to get just the right effect.
This Silver Birch in our garden is a sad sight, it leans over as it once was overpowered by a huge conifer from our neighbour’s garden. We were hoping that it would recover but now I’m not so sure. I love the silhouette effect you can get so it has endless possibilities in LR and Photoshop.
After playing in LR I decided it had a Japanese feel to it. I love the pink hazy effect I got I also used a texture from Kim’s Waterfront collection..
Oh and designing logos has become addictive !
Have I said recently how much I love Lightroom ? And, all the clever and generous people who design and quite often give away their presets and templates. I do try to create my own but sometimes I just can’t get it right. So thank you everyone. One such person is Kim and now she is giving away free textures via Pinterest check them out HERE
Last week as we were getting ready to leave the house I noticed raindrops hanging from a
twig in our neighbour’s garden I dashed back inside to get my camera. Snap snap and later into Lightroom I delved. some of my favourite sets of presets are by Dave Delnea who you can find at Craft and Vision
, James Brandon
is the other .
In Photoshop I added Kim’s texture ‘Terri’ at soft light- opacity 69%, and just brushed off the texture from the leaves.
I just love this quote,
Image processed in Lightroom. Using James Brandon’s ‘Nostalgia’ preset.
Friday is a good day
‘She wakes with resolution in her heart.
Today is the day, the humming
of anticipation the joy of knowing
That at last she maybe on the right path’
That is my find this week
And my random five…..
Can’t get enough of these Autumn colours
Baked jacket potatoes with hummus and grated carrot mmmm.. lovely
Loving watching ‘Blacklist’ hokum but good escapism.
Distressed Fx is my app of the week
I can’t wait to get my
secondhand new iPhone 5…
Linking up with Kim @ Friday Finds and Nancy @ Random 5 Friday
“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”
The house is silent just the drip of the tap in the kitchen, she is on her own .. Does she like this ? No she doesn’t, She would much rather be out having coffee with a friend. The truth is her life is pretty insular. Since she moved into this house she has gone out for the day on her own less and less. Why is this so ? .. She always went out on the train or the bus .. She can’t put a pin on the moment when she started to feel anxious about being on her own, what she does know is that it must nipped in the bud right away. So she decided to set some small tasks to have some adventures..
Textures used, canvas magic, chill and deardreamer
Linking up with Texture Tuesday and Tuesday Muse
“Arriving someplace more desirable at some future time is an illusion. This is it.”
I am particularly drawn to this photograph, the light behind the leaves, the blue sky the sheer simplicity… The light is uplifting a sign of hope….The photo is anonymous it has no pointers to where the shot was taken which somehow makes it more attractive…