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

Tethered

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!

Friday, 18 July 2014

The Kelpies

On our way back from our holiday on the Hebrides we called in to see this magnificent work of art, open only two months, Over 30 metres high, lit up at night (we'll have to go back), named the Kelpies.  Have a look at the website to see some of the details - worth the detour!








Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Hebridean holiday

Visiting the Outer Hebrides involved four ferries - I was a bit worried about these as I'm a bad sea traveller but I needn't have worried as all the crossings were perfect.  Even saw dolphins on one of the crossings which was a first for us.


We loved the empty roads and the wild flowers especially the 'machair', the flowers which grow on the low-lying areas next to the sea.  The sand and crushed shells are blown onto the land and create the ideal conditions for this carpet of wild flowers.  Another thing crossed off my bucket list!
Vatersay was once an island but is now reached by a causeway.  White sands and wilderness - second off the list!
A bit of excitement!  Watching the small plane landing and taking off from the airport beach on Barra.  What more could you ask for!  All this and the pleasure of meeting up with Annie and Niels in Ullapool - so nice to meet bloggers you've only seen in photos!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Eggs anyone?


Found this egg holder in a small craft shop when we were out in North Northumberland the other day so had a play with it.  I always like to see how folks set up their shots so I've included a couple here.  Nothing fancy - a home-made light box and a velvet dress (still with sequins on!) from a charity shop and cut up.  LR templates.  Eggs still to be eaten!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Still life and set-up


Week 5 of Kim's Bestill52 class was all about side light exploration.  This was set up next to a north facing window with a white board (propped up on the chair) reflecting the light.  The backdrop was a charity shop scarf, the boards were from B and Q (free as they were just packaging!) and the blue bowl was found at TKMax.  Flowers out of the garden but have no idea what they are!  Shot with the 50mm lens and edited in LR and Elements.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Found in Scotland

Can't believe how long it is since I posted!  I blame FB and IG not to mention all the interesting things on Pinterest!  I originally started this blog - many years ago - in order to post about textiles which I loved doing at the time after completing the C and G courses.  And then along came photography with my little point and shoot, which developed into a bit of a hobby and then a real interest thanks to input from Kim Klassen's courses and friends at the local camera club.  So textiles have taken a back seat for the moment.  More later!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Ink bottles


Still discovering treasures at the second-hand market stall!  The green ink bottle is Victorian and unusual in that it has a well for the ink inside the bottle.  A bargain due to a small chip and damaged cork but perfect for photos (£2)  The small brown one I found this morning, (50p),  feather my own!  or rather an ex-pheasant! Used my light-box and added a texture from Distressed Textures to the second one.  One of Kim Klassen's textures to the first one.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

The older the better!


I found this old book with a leather cover on Geordie Broon's second-hand market stall in the market (£1).  It must be at least 100 years old and falls to pieces when I open it,  I love it - who did it belong to and what tales could it tell if it could speak!  It's been so well used, stuck together with sellotape.  The title itself shows how old it is - "The British Empire Universities Modern English Dictionary".  I know Kindles are useful, but in my opinion there's nothing like a book, new or old!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Nearly Spring

At last we have clear blue skies after the wind and rain (but no snow) so we decided to take advantage of the good weather and go out to the hamlet of Alnham near the English-Scottish border.  We came across this memorial at the end of a one-track road over the hills surrounded by nothing but sheep and a few isolated farms.  Sad to think that these two shepherds died in the snow only half a mile away from the farm.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

My light box!



I finally got round to making a light box following the excellent instructions in Rosie's blog.  My box should have been a bit bigger but as I often shoot in macro it does just fine.  As we have two large windows at each end of the lounge I didn't use any lights and it seemed to work all right.  I may have to use lights if it is a dull day, but so far I think I got away with it.  Edited in LR and Elements, no textures.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Tanfield and old trains


We both love going to see steam trains and the volunteers at Tanfield work enthusiastically to restore the engines and carriages which fill the sheds and yard.  Me, I like the small details and try to capture some of the decay and rust before the restoration starts.  The first image was an old can which appears to have been burnt at some stage but now has grass growing out of it.  The second image is more poignant - the original number of the train is just visible beneath a layer of paint.  So much work went into these old engines and it's a shame that some of it is lost for ever.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I found this white cup in Sainsbury's supermarket and thought I'd try to do something with it for the 14th.  I've used one of Kim Klassen's small heart brushes along with a fabric background fastened to the wall.

This was a similar 'studio' set up with the window on the left and the camera screen flipped out.  Using the live view meant that I could use the cable release and the lens would focus in by itself, as it were (very technical as you can tell!).  It's really useful when you want to capture something low down - it's not a problem getting down to do this but I might not get up again!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Still growing!


The orchid is still producing flowers much to my amazement!  Thought you might like to see the set-up which is very basic.  Crumpled tissue paper fastened to north-facing window (first time I've tried this), kit lens on tripod.  On the right you can just see my home-made reflectors made of white mount board and silver radiator foil.  No texture on this image.  The 'studio' might be in a different place next time!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Orchid

I know there are a lot of similar orchid images out there but I was so pleased that I hadn't managed to kill this off that I had to record its existence!