What a beautiful autumn day for self-directed study!
Monday, 31 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
This is probably one of the most unusual trees I have ever seen. It must have such determination to survive under these circumstances, as it seems to grow out from nothing more than a cluster of rocks. I love it's gnarled bark and twisted branches which make it look weathered and ready to retire, however it's remaining green leaves tell a different story.
(Slight chromatic aberration here, but still a nice contrast against the bright sky)
Monday, 24 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Another roadside view from my recent trip to the Highlands. Love the golden light in the foreground clashing against the greyness of the mountains and the overcast skies in the background.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
I woke up to this today...
Beautiful sunbeams dancing around my living room. I got my hubby to bang the cushions together to create some dust, I know that sounds gross but it looked surprisingly pretty glowing and floating around in the beams, really showed them up well too. All straight out the camera with only minimal editing for sharpness and clarity. Slight cropping too.
I was so impressed and excited that I started grabbing random objects around my house and getting Peter to hold them in the beams. See what happened below...
I have amazingly white walls in my house which are perfect to use as a makeshift studio if needed.
I am starting to use my blog a bit more as a place for my thoughts,observations and ideas. I want to focus a bit more on finding things, doesn't matter what it is, as long as I am photographing I can never miss out on opportunities like this. It is still a place to see my most recent shoots and adventures too, so keep checking back and leaving me comments! I should have some good shoots coming up within the next couple of months, so keep a lookout!
Monday, 17 October 2011
The beginnings of Autumn 2011 at the London Temple.
It doesn't surprise me anymore (in a good way) how beautiful it looks each time I go, simply because I have been here so many times and know what to expect. Year after year the grounds blossom, showcasing the carefully planned gardens and landscape in every season. This time there was this gorgeous golden light too- you know I LOVE golden light!
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
One of my lecturers at University told me yesterday to always be photographing- photograph my morning routine, my walk to uni, my friends, everything. Always be on the lookout for an opportunity. I was chuffed when he said this because just a couple of nights before that, I was listening to the rain and caught a glimpse of it through my kitchen window. The drops had fallen on the glass so delicately that they looked like a dusting of tiny diamonds, enhanced by the light shining from the building opposite. I am always taking photos but recently I had forgotten the thought of them being observations. I had to record this- see how the drops shine through the thinness of the leaves and make them appear speckled..
I love to experiment with shutter speed...I decided to turn all the lights off in my house and have the only light source coming from the light on the building outside..It's amazing what results you can get from simply playing around.
I wanted to see if I would get the same kind of effect by using a completely different object...I don't feel it has the same impact as the leaves but my beautiful purple vase certainly benefits from having pretty light shining through it's cracked glass.
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Back to the Highlands posts!
On the way back from Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and Sanna Bay, we were blessed with the opportunity to see, feel and experience this awesome rainbow, which is without doubt the most vibrant, clear rainbow we have ever seen in our entire lives. We had to stop the car by the side of the road and get out to simply gaze at it! The colours were so bright and each stripe was prominent. Think about this, a camera's sensor, no matter how big or sensitive it is, is not able to pick up every single little detail that the naked eye can see. Now look at the rainbow in these photographs again and think about how perfectly clear it must have been with the naked eye if it looks this fabulous in a photo. It's breathtaking! I had trouble choosing only 4 photographs to show you, but here's some of the best...
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Last summer, I was given the opportunity to be hired to complete a 2 day photo shoot at a Leicester Primary School in order to print huge canvases to adorn the walls of their corridors. I absolutely jumped at the chance! I loved every second and felt completely in my element, enabling me to produce quality pieces of work. Almost a year ago to the day, I went back to the school to view the finished canvases...I had never felt such a sense of achievement in myself! Being absolutely content with fulfilling this job, I put it aside as finished and completed, to be looked back on with delight, elation and peace of mind.
I never imagined that a little more than a year after the completion of the shoot I would be presented with an offer from an Educational Establishment to purchase a number of my photographs from this shoot for them to use on promotional materials. What a great opportunity! With the arrangement gone through, I now await the day that my photographs are printed on leaflets, handbooks and other School of Education publicity materials. Thank you University of Leicester and Caldecote Primary!!
More of my photographs used on Caldecote Primary's school website.
Sunday, 2 October 2011
I know lots of you have been waiting for this post. I took my time with it because I had to find the right words. I am sometimes not so good with words, but this is when I let my images talk for me.
Some people ask me what do I love more than photography, what would I rather do in a day if I had to choose something other than photo making? Let me introduce you to some of my other hobbies (yes, photography isn't the ONLY thing I do!)
I love to bake. I love my breadmaker which was a christmas present to me last year. I like making fresh loaves and cinnamon rolls with the soft dough it produces. I love experimenting with mealtimes and baking tasty cookies and other treats for after dinner.
I love making my home look pretty. Whether it's buying something new or making some cute craft item or simply having a light spring clean, I enjoy making my house my home.
I love taking walks through pretty places and just being around nature. It makes me feel alive.
There is one thing that I love more than photography. Although the above things bring me much pleasure, they don't even scratch the surface of what I love the most.
The knowledge that I can be with my husband for Time and all Eternity is the one thing that comes before everything else in life and in love. It is the one thing I love the most, way before photography, baking, a house, whatever it is that brings pleasure.
I call this post 'not a day less will do'; for those of you who are not familiar with the LDS faith, we believe marriage is for eternity, not just this life- it continues on after death, so I don't want a single day less than forever, it won't do. Who wouldn't want to spend forever with the person they know they were made for, the person they love? And who could love anything more than that?
I am a lucky girl because I didn't realise what was just around the corner until it came rushing at me at the perfect time and the perfect opportunity. It was unexpected but much needed. I am just thankful I was prepared for it!
This is the thing I love the most. An unexpected blessing is the one that is most worth waiting for.
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Photos taken by Mick Howard, edited by Rachel C Photography.