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….

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TEXTURE TUESDAY – BACK TO SCHOOL

 

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.

– ‘You’ve Got Mail’

 

Hello September, goodbye August. I love this time of year, crisp mornings, blue skies the sun getting low earlier, which makes for some great photography. Here at Little Orchard I’ve been playing with the print module in Lightroom and creating pictures of a still real life.

 

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Light is a problem in the house, we do have a unheated sunroom which I use when it is warm but I’m scratching my head when it comes to the colder months. I may do a series called catching the light .

 

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Do you have problems with light ? If so do you have tips ? I would love to hear them….

Linking up today with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday

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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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Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.

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TEXTURE TUESDAY IS ROUTINE A NECESSARY EVIL ?

As some of my blogging friends know my daughter Jo has left on her big adventure to New Zealand. For the month before her departure she gave up her flat and moved back in with us to save money.  This of course threw routines out of the window, another person to use the bathroom, meals to be cooked for 3 not 2 and so on. I loved having her with us but of course it made the parting worse as I miss her a lot.  My blogging and digital scrapping has suffered and I’m finding it quite difficult getting back in the swing, So new routines have to be made slowly but surely.

So to Texture Tuesday, the theme is yellow and I had a mini shoot with sunflowers taken from Jo’s thank you bouquet from her work colleagues. I had to let them decay slightly of course !!!!

Here is the original photo SOOC.
After processing in Lightroom.

The finished photograph.

 I added two layers of Kim’s Waterfront 18 one at soft light 78% and one at multiply 70 %.

SAME PHOTO DIFFERENT TREATMENTS~ TEXTURE TUESDAY

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 branch 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 .
Lightroom. ‘Toy camera- light leaks (free from Photography Concentrate).
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.