Tuesday Thoughts – A Week of Autumn

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This week I have been using my iPhone even more than usual to document my days. It’s always with me, it makes me think about limitations and how to get around those problems.

 

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Close shot using Snapseed and adding lens blur, taken at Trill Farm

 

 

Of course the days of low megapixel camera phones have gone and retro photography is all the rage, adding leaks, deliberately fading and adding lomo effects all add to the fun.

 

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Using VSCO and adding fade highlights and shadow colours. Taken in Vivary Park

 

It’s making people take photos again, documenting lives and making memories. I’m all for that, as a historian it warms my heart. But on the other side what worries me is that so many people don’t bother to take their precious images off their phone, they sit there never being printed or saved and one day pouf…. they will be gone when the phone crashes or the phone gets damaged.  Although i’m a disorganised and untidy human being ( my husband will testify to that ) but as far as photo organisation goes I am a fiend. I don’t keep my  photos on my phone for long they are saved to my Lightroom catalogue under year and month, they have their own key words and monthly they are backed up onto an external hard drive. I know I know you are thinking that is overkill but I don’t expect everyone else to be quite so picky as me !

 

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Taken using ProCamera tweaked in Lightroom

 

So if you know someone who has a phone and their life is documented on it please help them to take those photos off and save them and think of all those wonderful memories you have saved….

 

Layouts this week.

 

 

 

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I’ve just finished the wonderful Anna Aspnes’ AnnaBlendzLive class it was fabulous I learnt so much….

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Have a great week ……

 

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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Rumi

 

I’ve been missing in action on my blog for many weeks. I don’t feel very inclined at the moment to blog. I’m not sure why, but Barb has a link up on her blog called Sunday Sundries and I heard her call, ‘start blogging again Viv ‘….

I have been concentrating on my iPhone photography recently so I thought I would post a few of my favourite shots. I mainly use Hipstamatic or the iPhone camera to get the ‘instant’ look I am in love with at the moment. Also Instagram now gives you so much more control than it used to so loads more fun there as well.

 

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Still Life using Instagram

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Hipstamatic using Madalena lens and Daydream film

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Using Instagram adding a tilt shift effect

So that was a little selection of what I’ve been up to I’ll finish with another image of my beautiful Peonies that will be over far too soon. Happy Sunday…

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Using Instagram

PS  You can find me on Instagram  https://instagram.com/viv_halliwell/ I’d love to see you there.

 

Linking up with Barb on Sunday Sundries At Keeping up with the Times HERE

FRIDAY FINDS – DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF (or how I learnt that not perfect is ok)

2014, digital, digital art, family, Friday, friday finds, heartwork, Iphoneography, journal, Journaling, kim klassen, out and about, Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, Photoshop Artistry

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 ?

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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.

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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.

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River Thames with Tower Bridge in the distance

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St Paul’s Cathedral from the South Bank.

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Under the arches.

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The wonderful Borough Market in Southwark see the website HERE

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So I am going to continue looking for the intimate, the personal.

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Have a great weekend keep looking for those special moments…

FRIDAY FINDS – ROAD TRIP

2014, August 2014, digital scrapping, family, friday finds, heartwork, Iphoneography, journal, Journaling, kim klassen, link ups, national trust, out and about

Sounds, smells, whirling dancers. Girls with flowers in their hair, children running and laughing. A man in a stripy poncho with a leather hat. Hot chocolate , buzzing from music, words and thoughts run through my head.

 

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Continuing on from my Tuesday post,  we travelled from Somerset to Shropshire stopping off in Gloucester and Berrington Hall before visiting the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

 

Find One – The delightful Gloucester Docks, industrial heritage for the modern age…

 

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Find Two – Berrington Hall in Shropshire. A Georgian delight with a  Pride and Prejudice costume exhibition  with THAT shirt.

 

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Find Three – The sights and sounds of a festival I’d forgotten what fun they were.

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Find Four – The joy of live music.

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Finally – To see the joy on the faces of performers who love what they do.

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes

Music listened to: The Dhol Foundation, John Jones, Molotov Jukebox, James Riley, Karine Polwart and Marin Simpson, and so much more….

 Roll on next year !

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A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

2014, August 2014, digital, digital art, digital scrapping, flowers, heartwork, Iphoneography, journal, Journaling, kim klassen, lightroom, national trust, out and about, Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, texture, texture tuesday
“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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HELLO FRIDAY – GLAD YOU ARE HERE…..

2014, August 2014, family, friday finds, heartwork, journal, kim klassen, link ups, out and about, random 5, still life, texture

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

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A Sidmouth shot, the wonderful Airstream coffee spot.

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On my  daily walk .

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This week I met my dear friend Cathy who is visiting from Spain…

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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 HạnhBeing Peace

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Have a wonderful weekend…..

Kim Klassen dot Com

#apphappy – love PicTapGo

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Popping in today to link up with Barb for her app happy Wednesday. I used this yesterday in my Texture Tuesday post, but I so love the effect I created in PicTapGo it reminds me of a 60’s type album sleeve by someone like the ‘Lovin Spoonful’

 

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity?
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

 

 

 

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I added some text I had created in Photoshop then imported into Letter Glow….

Are you joining in ?

 

Keeping With The Times

Texture Tuesday – Drifting

2014, digital, digital art, digital scrapping, heartwork, Iphoneography, Journaling, July 2014, kim klassen, link ups, Photoshop and Lightroom, texture tuesday

‘Joni Mitchell thoughts
today
drifting
on the sound
of
guitar and voice.
Amelia flying, swirling.
‘Amelia it was just a false alarm’…

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For my Be Still52 class print your photos #9 …..

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Looking for light Be still52 #10

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Photoheart Connection – March

Journaling, Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom

“Each of us has an equal amount of Shadow and Light buried in our souls. What makes us different is how much Shadow we choose to suppress, and how much Light we choose to show.”

― Taylor Chackowsky

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My Photo Heart Connection this month is all about change, this makes me sad and reflective.  Shadows and light, moving from the shadows into the light, a reawakening.  My life is going through this change in so many ways.  My son is starting  his first ‘proper’ job after a long battle with illness and little formal education.  A daughter who is still finding her way, her place, illness a breakup and now a long journey.

Although I am so excited for them both it is going to be a challenge to let them go.  They live in the same town I talk to my daughter every day and now they are entering a new phase in their lives and I must let them fly.

So now my focus has to change , after breast cancer and now Fibromyalgia my focus must be on getting stronger and healthier.  To stop being afraid of change to banish the shadows and look for the light.

“The thing about shadows is that they’re not all darkness. You need to have light to have shadows. So just look for it.”
― A, Meredith Walters

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