Sounds of sirens, of many languages. Bustling, running, pushing. This is London, vibrant and loud, flawed and thrilling. Could I live here ? No, but a place to visit and marvel at the beauty. The immense landscape, of modern and ancient, somehow it works. Joggers pant past tourists with maps and cameras, buskers play steel drums all a glorious mess. I love you London…..
We visited London for the day. What a shock, I hadn’t visited for a few years. It was an assault on the senses and I was so tired when I got home. When I loaded my images to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But, when I start looking again I realised that this is street photography, you don’t have time to stand around composing, you get pushed and shoved so it has to be snap snap. So if it’s not completely in focus does that really matter ?
I have decided that I still love the whole Photoshop Artistry thing, and although I don’t process like this so much anymore, when I do I love it.
It is all about conveying a feeling and for memory keeping so important to maybe slip in some candid shots I have to learn that is OK.
River Thames with Tower Bridge in the distance
St Paul’s Cathedral from the South Bank.
Under the arches.
The wonderful Borough Market in Southwark see the website HERE
So I am going to continue looking for the intimate, the personal.
Have a great weekend keep looking for those special moments…
A bit of a marathon post today. .
Random 5 from the top of my head
- I love Tartan Noir http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Noir I can’t get enough of Rebus, Logan McRae and others.
- I have had a run of great films on DVD recently, Mud, The Kings of Summer and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- The town is surrounded by road works it’s driving all the motorists into a frenzy !!!
- My iPhone case I designed has arrived and I love it it has spurred me on to do some more photo books.
- Music this week is Capercaille stunning Scottish folk supergroup.
My Friday Find is Photoshop I know, I’ve been using it for ages but I am constantly finding new and wonderful ways of playing with my images
My dear friend Sarah at Paisley Rain Boots has set the Groupies a challenge called ‘My One Thing’ basically it means to try to accomplish one creative thing this week either a lesson from a class, a piece of writing anything. Also Cindy at Art is My Life has started a new link up called Show and Share.
So I have tried to jump back into my Photoshop Artistry class. This class is so full of content that I think I will be learning for a long time, so whilst I don’t think I will use some of the techniques I have certainly learnt a lot about Photoshop and how to get the best out of all it’s little secrets.
Additional digital supplies by Lori Davidson at Scrapbookgraphics.
Finally I have to add a bit of grunge ! Kim’s kk_Iam and lots of colourburn .
Supplies from Lilas @ scrapbook graphics (birdsong and never mind) paper from digilicious, photo processed in Lightroom using preset from James Brandon (split tone cityscape)
And my find ? Well hard to capture in words a feeling of..a… change afoot… maybe…..
Before I forget best music of the week Caroline Herring………
Have a great weekend…..
The contrast in this photo adapted nicely to the sliders being moved to the right, contrast was pushed way up and clarity as well to give a gritty look….
It is a wonderful class Sebastian is generous and so helpful and I have learnt so much already and I have barely scraped the surface of the course…
Here are a few examples of what I have attempted so far…thanks to Maria Amanda at Deviant Art for her wonderful stock photos (winters_melody___stock_by_mariaamanda) find her HERE
Check out Sebastian and here is a link to the Facebook page it is really worth a look such great talent…
Have a great Wednesday….