I’ve been cheering myself up with some festive photography lately – hope you like them …. just a bit of festive fun !
Of course, the true meaning of Christmas is that God sent his Son into the world to redeem mankind and offer eternal life to those who believe in Him, not because we deserve it , but He reconciles us to Himself through His grace.
If I’m not back here before Christmas, I wish you many blessings, Eileen
My favourite subject when I used to paint was Still Life and that seems to be what I like to do best with my camera too. Sometimes I thrash around for ideas and sometimes a lone object just pops into my head and I begin to plan what the eventual picture will be. I was trying to think of something that would be more minimalistic and an Egg seemed ideal. The first image presents it in the context of food we eat for breakfast. To make it less boring, I thought I would try balancing a little white feather on top and this pic came after a couple of attempts. Because I’d taken it from the fridge the shell began to get a bit moist and so when I dropped the feather this time it got caught at an angle – oh goody!
This is a much more minimalistic picture and more true to the idea I started out with. Hope you like it …. it’s forcing me to experiment more with lighting my subjects and I’ve learnt the hard way how highlights can glare and look ‘burnt out’, and as my room is very, very bright I’m learning to adjust my camera’s exposure settings to compensate. I’m really hankering after getting a CSC – which I may have mentioned before – they come under various names – Compact System Cameras, four-thirds cameras, mirrorless cameras et al. The thing that appeals to me is that they are lighter to hold than DSLRs and have separate lenses. It’s a bit scary for me, but I get a bit frustrated with my present cameras’ limitations [good as they have been for me] and I would love to learn to use a proper Macro lens.
That’s all for this post folks, see you soon dv, Eileen
Decided to try out some tin foil for a background to these cherries. This one looked as if the cherries were ‘jumping’ to me ….
That’s all the cherries for now …. up next – more flowers! bye for now, Eileen
I had to resist eating the cherries I’d bought while I had fun photographing them. I can’t claim originality for the idea of using forks in a still life image, but I tried to do my own thing with them ….
Hope you liked them … I hope to show some Roses next time, Eileen
Been stuck indoors a lot lately but amused myself with setting up some more still life subjects. The trug and especially the brown jug have been favourites of mine from way back – I like the ‘rustic’ look and feel of them.
It seems that there are people out there who haven’t heard of, or known about ‘trugs’. I believe they are unique to Sussex ? so generally called ‘Sussex trugs'[obviously Lol] I love the shape and sturdiness of them. This one is a mini size, but the full-size ones can be really quite large. Very useful too. The only drawback is that they can also be expensive – that must have been why I settled for a mini one at the time! But I’m glad I did because it’s ideal for a table-top still life set-up.
This second shot, although much the same, has a nice glow from the orange onto the nut which I hadn’t noticed when I was actually taking the photograph. The not-so-good point is that the handle is full on and sort of blocking entry into the picture.
It happens to be my birthday today and my lovely daughter took me out on HER birthday a few days ago and bought me this beautiful orchid. I complemented it by buying myself the mini one. Together with the oriental gentleman taking tea, I thought they would make a nice harmonious still life group, so out came the camera. I thought the colours went well together and added a border to finish it off.
Not sure that this one completely ‘worked’ but I cut out the tall orchid [ not because I didn’t like it but wanted to experiment a bit] and made a more compact group. It meant using my Paintshop Pro software to crop out the other orchid and erase the stalks and sticks etc and boy – did that take a long time and a lot of doing! Anyway – I hope my perseverance was worth it … not sure about the two large leaves though – a bit like bunny rabbit ears – but I tried to make them less obtrusive by fading and softening somewhat. The thing is, you can’t overdo these things because it can end up looking too artificial.
The main thing is that I had a lot of fun doing it and I’m always learning new things, which is a good thing at my age!
Please click the ‘like’ button if you feel so inclined -[ just to let me know you’re there] and as always, constructive comments and suggestions are very welcome …. see you soon – Eileen
After doing some ‘still life’ with this little chap I tried to use my imagination in other ways to involve him in a story and this is the result. It took several days to do stuff in my Paintshop Pro , mainly because it’s fiddly trying to get accurate selections and then reversing them to enable background alterations. I wanted to keep the objects fairly sharp but not the backgrounds. I’m sure I could have made a better job of it if I knew how to use Layers properly, but sometimes you need even more patience I think – and mine is in short supply these days!
Anyway – I hope it brings a smile …. Eileen
See ya’ll soon I hope – don’t forget to use ‘like’ button[ if you do]or leave a comment – they are always welcome – as well as any constructive critism or suggestions. Eileen
In my ‘artistic’ days when I did a lot of painting in water colour and oils, the subject I enjoyed most was Still Life. So, in the times that I’ve exhausted garden stuff to photograph, and when there are no ‘hoomans’ to hand, I turn to setting up objects indoors to get creative with. It’s essential not to have a distracting background, and in the absence of a proper studio, I bought a small Light Tent some years ago that came with a couple of spotlights and several different colour cloth backgrounds. It easily sets up on a table top, but I need to sort out my little ‘office’ so that I don’t have to keep setting up and dismantling every time I need to use it. I still have stuff to dispose of since downsizing.
Anyway – back to today’s offering: I have some marbles ‘donated’ by my grandchildren which I’ve photographed a few times before.
I placed some on a mirror tile and eventually managed to get them to stop rolling around …. what a palaver!
I guess it’s just been an exercise in using shapes, reflections and lighting. I do love a bit of sparkle, don’t you? Eileen
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I took these photos through the window a few days ago when we had rain as a respite from the heat wave. The forecast seems to be for a bit more of our usual weather shortly, but that’s ok cos I don’t like the heat that much! It’s probably an age thing as all the ‘olds’ I know feel the same , but the young absolutely love it!
When it rains it makes everything look different and it creates opportunities for me [when the rain stops] to search out things in my otherwise ‘samey’ little patio garden. Plus I can shoot through the glass if it’s pouring down outside. I was very pleased to capture some ‘splashes’ in front of Ollie the owl and his companion [who I haven’t thought of a name for yet].
I will post some sedum/raindrops later today hopefully, take care all – Eileen
I love lavender plants and so do the bees …. ladybirds and butterflies are in short supply in my garden – well, non-existent really – but the bees are out in force. So, I thought I’d have another go at practicing with the macro setting on my new camera. Hmm – very disappointing I must say – goodness knows what I’m doing wrong. It must be because I’m treating it asin ‘auto’ mode I guess – I don’t know if I’m supposed to be selecting other things to help.
Fortunately I’d read tips from someone about using the zoom lens for flower close ups instead and so I’ve contented myself with experimenting with that. These are the results, but I know I could do so much better! I found it wasn’t much good my trying to set the camera for fast-moving objects either …. I find it all very frustrating as I really hanker after lovely sharp images. However – as I’ve said elsewhere – I try to make up for that with being more ‘artistic’ when sharpness isn’t crucial. And as I enjoy using my Paintshop Pro it becomes such a pleasure to do. I try to get as good a photo ‘in camera’ as I can though and I don’t like to be too obvious in ‘enhancing’ images. But there are instances when it’s ok to go to extremes and a lot of fun too.
Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings. More ‘still life’ or abstracty. See you soon, Eileen
As well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6. I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.
I’ll sign off now …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ ! Eileen