Friday, 16 October 2015

It's the thought that counts!

Every month local residents receive a free booklet about our town, mostly adverts, but always with a contribution from a member of our Camera Club. This month it was my turn - but sadly they missed my name out ! Never mind, it was nice to see the pics in print!

Monday, 5 October 2015

The conversation

The granddog and me. Taken by my son. A beautiful chocolate lab, Holly is now eleven years old. So gentle and patient - living with 4 children and a bossy cat, she has to be!

Thursday, 24 September 2015


I set up a small dark "studio" (hardly merits the name  - I could call it a box!). Here's the setup and three photos I took. Black foam boards and fabric, side window light, tripod, manual settings 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Indian Summer in Scotland

We go to the remote NW of Scotland each year for our fix of empty roads and great scenery. Our visit this month did not disappoint - even the weather left behind the rain and winds that had been part of the landscape this summer. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


When I lived in Blyth (UK) we had a wonderful butcher's called Maddison's. Always busy, double queues ( we love queues) their products were so tasty, especially the sausages. I really missed those sausages Then it closed down and the shop bought by another butcher. Decades later I have just discovered that this butcher bought the secret sausage recipe and sells them in a shop 5 minutes away from my house. I've been deprived of them all these years so thought they deserved a photo!

Monday, 27 July 2015


I took this iPhone photo of sweet peas from the garden in a Virol jar. Anyone remember Virol?  I can remember being given a spoonful a day sometime in the 1950s. It was a malt extract which tasted like a spoonful of melted toffee, obviously thought to be good for growing children. Also rose hip syrupy bought in small bottles. Anything I have missed out?!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Time lapse

Oh dear!  Just realized how long it is since I've blogged. I seem to spend more time on IG these days. So much beauty and inspiration there. This is an iphone image which I did for Kim Klassen's The Studio, another inspiring group of photographers. And now that I've learnt how to write a blog post on my iPad I'll probably do more!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Following the prompts

Sometimes getting motivated to set up a still life can take some time - that's one reason I find having a prompt or an idea to work on so useful.  These images are all in response to Kim Klassen's Bestill52 and The Studio prompts.  The image above was to find a sense of 'stillness' edited with Kim's LR preset - kk_eve.  The aquilegia was the only one showing its head in the garden so far.

The jar of buttons was for a prompt on 'one thing' - I did a series of photos based on sewing items.  The daisy clump (returned to the garden afterwards!) was for a Nature theme.  Both were photographed on a  mirror.
A small Greek bowl (a holiday present) came in handy for a  Studio theme.  Love being part of this supportive group! 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Take one thing

Choose one item - or in this case two! - and take different shots.  This was a challenge in Kim Klassen's Bestill 52 class. Had to coerce HI to pretend to be sewing - he's such a willing helper! The reels of thread (old aka vintage) came from a second-hand market stall.  Must have got rid of loads of items like this over the years.  Never throw anything out, at least small things!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter, and for those of you who are not well at this time or have undergone surgery,  a speedy recovery and freedom from pain.
  As you can see from my photos, for the first time in my life I have used onion skins to colour the eggs.  My mum always used to do it - I had to watch a Youtube video to remind myself what to do! Never too old to learn!  The bird's nest I found on the pavement (minus eggs) after it had been blown down, the egg carton I painted white and the ranunculus were one of a rare finds in this area at this time!  Hope you all get some sun to enjoy the start of Spring!

Thursday, 26 March 2015


Faffing is something we all like to do - isn't it?!  It often means we never get round to actually doing something constructive but recently I've found faffing with apps  to be one of the most enjoyable (photography) activities!  Here are some images, taken with my iPhone and edited in iColorama, a very versatile app but a steep learning curve.  There are quite a few tutorials on Youtube to help if you are interested.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Signs of things to come

For this week's BeStill 52 challenge the setup had to include something hanging in the background eg bunting, twine, string etc  I already had some mini bunting which I made for Christmas, so I whipped it out to use with this seed packet (I will get round to planting!) and some gladioli bulbs (ditto).  Edited in LR and then transferred to Elements to add Kim's texture 'follow'. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Clementine setup

As part of Kim's course The Studio' I've been playing around with a clementine (only one left in the fruit bowl!) and an old jam jar.  The setup is in the hall with a glass door to the left.  The cheesecloth backdrop has been stuck to the wall with masking tape and the base is a tile from a DIY store.  Some light has been bounced back onto the scene with a white foam board  (black on one side) balanced on a chair.  I'm always fascinated to see others' setups, so this might be a small glimpse into the 'portable studio' which is a too grand name for what is a table and a chair! Texture used is kk_magic waterfront, 24-70 lens.

Thursday, 22 January 2015


The challenge in Kim's Bestill52 class this week was to shoot a still life with the theme 'citrus'.  I'm almost sure kiwi fruit may not be classed as citrus so you might have to use your imagination here and think 'lemon' or 'orange'!  It was set up in the hallway, in front of a glass door, south facing, but no sun today so I used a white foam board for extra light. After adding Kim's LR preset 'lightairypastel' I added her texture 'flow' in Elements.  The knife is a vintage fruit knife which belonged to my mother so it's about 75 years old.  In other words, an old knife!  Now to eat the props!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A spot of sunshine

There is a short window of opportunity when the sun shines in through the south-facing windows to catch a shot like this,  so a quick set-up with the reflections of the glass on the wall behind.  We're having a week of high winds with the threat of some snow - I'm not a fan of snow, rather have sun or clouds.  I suppose tulips are a foretaste of spring - already in the shops along with daffodils.  Hope you are finding some spring flowers where you are!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope the transition from the old to new went well for you all!  We had a bit of a rocky start with eldest son in  hospital with pneumonia but he is on the mend now.  I've had a bit of a block when it comes to photos but got round to shooting these dried hydrangea today - it's tricky with reflections but I enjoyed it all the same.  I find I'm putting more on Instagram these days using the iPhone  and  editing with apps. It's a whole new world!  (There's a link on the page to my IG photos if you're interested!).

Monday, 15 December 2014

'Tis the season

As part of Kim Klassen's BeStill 52 class, week 28 the challenge was to place a chair in front of a window or glass door, together with a few simple objects.  This time of year it's a challenge to catch some light suitable for indoor photos but the sun was shining so I had a go.  I'm always on the lookout for an old typewriter - really old - the black ones with round keys.  Very hard to find although there must be a few lurking in lofts somewhere.  However I did find this cushion and cover for 50 pence in the market so this will have to do!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Pewter again

Well, I've sent these photos off to the Pewter Society to see if the plate is genuine or not.  Not that it will make any difference -  it's just out of curiosity.  You know when you've found just what you were looking for and you love using it.  Don't you?!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Found and loved

This is a pewter plate, actually a birthday present from HI.  I found it in an antique shop and was told it was Cromwellian. (Cromwell - 1599-1658).    It's battered and bruised and looks as if it might have spent time buried in the ground, but what do I know? it might be a good fake.  Going to do some research.  Anyway I didn't like to tell them I only wanted it for a photography prop but I must say I love it.  See the little 'trap door' thingy at the top?- this must have been where you poured the hot water in to keep the food warm.  Will take some more photos with it as you don't get the idea of the depth of the plate.  Going to be busy ....

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Second part

This is the lamp(?) which was in the last post - it's lying on the floor waiting in the wings as it were.  Two different edits, both in LR and text added in Elements.  Hoping the sun might make another appearance soon!