Looking back over my shots for May I am surprised by the number that are still life. A year ago there would have been a lot less. Certainly I am taking far more photographs, but I am using my images to tell a story and of course you can control your surroundings more if you are in charge of the subject. I take immense time to create a still life and feel that creative contemplative photographs are now my goal.
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….
|On the Hook|
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……
Popped it into Vintique to give it a matt look.
Then into Letter Glow to add some text
over into Image Blender to add some text.
Finally into Distressed FX for some grunging I love the effect.
I then imported them into lightroom to create a photo booth effect …..
Hope you like my take on some of my favourite apps take a look and see what everyone else is talking about….
What am I working on ?
I can be working more than one thing at a time, usually it is a digital scrapping or journal piece and also a photographic project prompted by a tutorial. I have neglected my journaling type pieces recently but I really love the challenge of creating a piece collaged with ephemera and other elements. I relish the challenge of creating from scratch a piece using all my own elements in my work whether it is brushes or papers.
How does my work differ from others of it’s genre ?
I think it is so difficult to describe what you do and also most artists would probably say that they are influenced by other artists to some degree. All I know is I’m quirky with a romantic side but also I love to mix up what I do. I always like to add a little twist somewhere either a quote or flourish and in my digital scrapping I sometimes like the gothic…
Why do I write/create what I do ?
Because I have to, it’s my therapy – my safe, level place. When I’m creating everything is calm I can lose myself in my work. All my life I have wanted to be creative and I tried various hobbies. but photography and journaling stuck.
How does your creativity process work ?
It can be anything really that sparks my imagination. I think of photography as telling a story, sometimes a colour and very often words. I love to use quotes or lyrics from a favourite song. I trained as a History teacher and will often use words from a folk song to illustrate my art journaling pages. I use my photography and scrapping pages to tell our family history as well. I will take a long time deciding which images from a photo outing then choose the type of page I want to make mixing and matching colours and elements.
I’m not very disciplined so I don’t think I could ever be a professional but I love what I do and that is enough for me, I have favourite designers that I always go to, it’s very like pulling out paper and glue and ribbon and trying them for size on a piece of paper only it’s all digital and you can delete if you don’t like it !!
|Supplies by Anna Aspnes|
Hope you have enjoyed a trip through my creative process, next week three of my favourite creatives will be posting their thoughts they are:-
Helen Whitaker At A Flash of Inspiration
I’m based in the north-west of England and blog about my passion for photography. In particular I enjoy exploring all things vintage and heritage related. I’m also addicted to seeking out beauty in the unexpected from grimy neglected buildings to fading flowers. I make a point of getting out each weekend into the city or countryside with my camera and share my discoveries on my feature “Weekend Walks”
Diana Foster at Studio 56
Is a lifestyle photographer and card designer living and creating in Kansas City. She is wife to one, mother of two, sister to many, a musician, blog addict, and a hopeless dreamer. Her days are spent romancing ordinary life and everyday stories. Lovely images captured by Diana have been published in Life Images and Kansas
Roxi Hardegree at Creating Beyond the Layers
Has a passion for photography. Her photographic art includes still life, nature photography and random things that catch her eye. However she also believes that variety adds spice to life and enjoys the challenges of capturing life as it happens, or happened as the case may be.
Hop along and check out these wonderful artists, thanks for visiting….
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 .
|Using Kim’s canvasback texture.|
Anyway back to the sorting of photos have a great weekend……
|Using Tejas lens and DreamCanvas film|
|Bracelet by Liz Lamoreux|
Oh I so love apps …..
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 !!!!
|Jo, Theo and Tom.|