Still Life

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” ` Claude Monet

I’ve neglected still life recently as I don’t like faffing much. I get frustrated and cross if I can’t manipulate the objects, my camera or myself ! I have become a more outdoors only person either locally or on day trips with Mark my husband.

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This week the weather has been awful, heavy rain and even thunder and lightning. The garden is wet, sodden and if plants could look miserable they would look totally fed up.

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So I rescued a few roses and set about trying to set up some still life.

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I decided to try to go for simple and to use as few props as possible. my processing was heavy as I have made a new Lightroom preset which is heavy on saturation and moodiness.

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I am happy with the finished set of images, but fingers crossed that the weather improves soon…..

 

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“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr

Continuing

 

After A While Poem

After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns
if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and that you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
with every goodbye you learn…

by Veronica Shoffstall