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!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Still life with apple

Still trying to get the blog into gear and thought I would make the most of the sunlight coming into the south-facing window.  As you can see from the setup, I'm using black boards for a background and to block some of the light and although the camera is set up for a 'from above' shot, this one was taken with the camera on a cushion on the floor, using live view.  24-70 lens. The board was a length of wood picked up on the beach and cut into thirds which my willing assistant carried for me.  Guess who ...   I took some shots using the iron cobblers last and the small ornamental teapot which may get an airing later!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

At the beach

We've had such beautiful weather this week - a walk on the beach is always a must!  This is Holly belonging to the Blyth family -   she can look so fierce but is a real softie - she has to be with 4 young children and a cat in the house!  Love using this triptych by Kim Klassen which is so easy to use in LR

Thursday, 4 September 2014


Having a bit of an experiment with uploading this image.  Following one of Kim's videos about using the Publish Service in LR to upload to my blog without going into Elements (which I have been doing - it works ok but is a long way round).  I  think I've done it  correctly.  These things do my head in at times! 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Baltic exhibition

I've never been to see the exhibition twice but couldn't resist the opportunity to go to the Baltic in Gateshead to see Daniel Buren's exhibition, particularly as they lifted the photography ban.  Called 'Catch as catch can' it comprised "a series of large sculptural mirrors in the space, positioned to reflect and refract light from coloured windows above".  Even small children loved it!  The outside windows of the Baltic had also been covered with colour making for some interesting shots.  It's on until 12 October so I may go again as it's always different according to the time of day and the weather.  I reckon it's worth a few visits!

Friday, 29 August 2014

New finds

I guess we all like to root around in charity shops and bargain shops.  Where we live there are quite a few bargain/pound shops in the shopping centre - this is where I found this enamel cup which I thought had possibilities for a photo or two (I may even use it to drink tea).  The small tray with violets on came from a 50 pence stall in the market.  I think it may have been part of a vintage (aka old) dressing table set as I remember my grandmother having a similar one.  Not a bad haul for one week.  Now where shall I keep them? ....

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Still going strong

Had a busy time visiting family this month so not been taking as many photos as usual although I've found my iPhone useful for taking shots when I've not had the 'big' camera with me.  My sweet peas are still going strong in spite of wind and rain and go well  with this little dish I found on a charity market stall this morning.
Hope everyone is enjoying what may be the last of the summer!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Found and taken home

I'm joining in with Kim Klassen's Friday Finds this week.  The small tall vase? jug? was found in a charity shop and is the same colour as the bowl which I bought in Scotland earlier this year.  The piece of wood was picked up on the beach by HO who is tired of being pestered to look for/ make/ find at the back of the garage some textured wood to use as a background.  Have to say this was perfect and was duly cut into three pieces with the nails left in as they didn't have any sharp ends.  Edited in LR and Elements with Kim's texture 'brushed linen' and 2LO French Script.  I'll still be looking for bits on the beach though!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sunday, 27 July 2014


Hot hot hot!  Caught this in early morning light as I was getting a shot of a big spider.  You have been warned!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Old and new

Sometimes you just wish you could add the scent of the sweet peas!  It's a long time since I grew sweet peas as sunflowers had taken over for a while, but the delicate colours and the scent make it worth while!  I found this Mason jar in a local shop which was a surprise as I had only seen them in photos from the US, it's really a drinking 'cup' with a lid and straw.  The old book came from a second-hand bookshop in Scotland.  I offered to pay for it but apparently it was considered as unsellable.  If they only knew!