We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.
As usual as soon as the school term begins we have a wonderful spell of warm dry weather. The mornings start with a bite, but before long out comes the sun. The wasps are gorging themselves on the fallen apples and the trees are beginning to turn.
texture used kk_2801
This is not going to be a good year for our apple tree. But luckily my neighbour has a glut so if I need any all I have to do is walk next door. Mark is relieved, less windfalls to pick before he can mow.
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
― Susan Sontag, On 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.
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.
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
I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !
Photo taken using Hipstamatic.
As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.
I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.
I love this quote from Talbot
Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.
A selection of my photographs this week. I’m continuing with my ‘heartwork’ and these five photographs really spoke to me..
One of my favourite places to visit Bristol Harbour
A Sidmouth shot, the wonderful Airstream coffee spot.
On my daily walk .
This week I met my dear friend Cathy who is visiting from Spain…
A simple shot. I was prompted to post this by my blogging friend Cheryl who wrote a meaningful post this week that really spoke to me. You can find her post HERE.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace
Have a wonderful weekend…..
The warm sunny days need to be stored in my memory capsule to take out and look at on cold, rainy days.
Taken on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty garden of a tearoom in Wedmore Somerset. We had driven there to meet a blogging friend and family …. Happy Day
Textures by Kim Klassen
Linking with The WordPress weekly photo challenge
As part of my continuing search for the heart in photography I am trying to be more thoughtful in my process, though it is a balancing act between getting it just right and over thinking. I still want to keep the spontaneity but rein it in a bit. Playing with my new purpose built backdrop (which I have now painted the other side a very subtle white with a hint of green). I used it as a base with an old coffee sack as the backdrop. I had to do a lot of tweaking as the colour of the sack really overwhelmed the image. In LR I used 2 of Kim’s presets ‘dark mood’ and ‘within’ then in PS I added kk_chase and kk_pinit11.
Onto the next edit, I decided that the texture of the sack was almost too textured, so using a painted wine box as a backdrop I did this…. In LR I added my own dramatic workflow then tweaked to soften it in PS using kk_chase again.
Finally a dramatic version which I love using Kim’s new preset ‘within’ and kk_chase and kk_pinit 11.
Have a glorious Tuesday
This is from the archives from August 2002. I was using my Fuji point and shoot. Thanks to the wonder of Photoshop and Lightroom I am able to play I really brought up the clarity and split toning and added kk_canvasbackmagic.
And a photo from Jo who is now in Queenstown New Zealand. It’s ski season there and so so beautiful….. I used kk_canvasmagic this time….
Perhaps the steepest learning curve in photography is learning to see as the camera sees.
~ David duChemin
I’m still in search of the elusive ‘style’, just when I think I have it I ‘discover’ a new idea or perspective and off I go again doubting and wondering. I currently am looking at two books on the soul of photography, ‘Photographically Speaking, (a deeper look at creating stronger images) by David duChemin, and Shooting with Soul by Alessandra Cave. Both of them look at how to communicate your vision through your photographs, I am finding this concept fascinating and of course this ties up beautifully with Kim’s BeStill52 class….
Here are my random five shots showing I hope that it’s less about style and more about heart……
My take on one of Kim’s prompts…
Practising focus and depth of field with the Nikon still struggling…
I like this one, using Kim’s preset ‘breeze’ and ‘simple’ texture…Just when I think that I’m not ‘getting’ the soft look Lightroom proves me wrong…..
And I love the deep and rich as well. I love the colours and the sharp almost alien look of this cornflower seedpod.
Finally a few weeks ago Taunton had a mini festival and I took a series of photos of the Punch and Judy Man he was a very willing subject..
I think I’m just going to go with the flow and enjoy the process and the creativity….
Have a wonderful July 4th my U.S. friends……
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.
Linking with Kat Sloma on Photoheart Connection
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 %.
Free and easy today so one from the archives
taken in September 2006 when Mark and I spent ten days in New England.
The First Church of Christ Scientist is truly a marvellous piece of architecture.
This was a wonderful subject for some gentle texturing
Have you a favourite holiday photograph ?