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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Cheviot is the pinnacle of the Cheviot range of hills in Northumberland and looks spectacular in all kinds of weather. This is a photo of an encaustic wax picture which I did some time ago and decided to add one of my textures and play about with blend modes and opacities. A good activity for a rainy day!
Two views (100mm lens) of a wonderfully blooming orchid (these are some of the buds) - it never ceases to amaze how orchids just keep on going when everything else (almost) is waiting for warmer weather. Hope you are all surviving anything the weather is throwing at you at the moment!