Consumed

Consumed // 17 09 14

260 // 365

Last year I noticed these purple flowers. They’re probably weeds, and at the end of summer/ mid Sept they crop up. Near where I live there is a woods within walking distance. Towards the edge of the woods there is a clearing where these flowers grow over hip height and as no one really goes in these woods (apart from me I assume) so they are undisturbed.

Last year I had a shot in mind – I really can’t remember what the shot was now – but for whatever reason I never got around to taking it. Last weekend I noticed that they were out in bloom, then as I had  shot in mind for Sunday anyway I forgot about them until yesterday when I drove a different way home and saw some at the side of the road.

Of an investigatory nature

067 // 365
Books books books books! ❤
A few years ago I taught a pupil who had the tiniest hand writing ever. One day I made a comment like "I'm clearly going to need a magnifying glass to mark this aren't I". The next week said pupil brought me one in 😛
It's been in a cupboard at work for a few years now, but when I was having a move around I found it and brought it home. I've got a couple of other ideas for using it, however for today floating around in the garden with some books – what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Other things which I have done today include wash my car! :-O
This is shocking because in the entire time I had my old car (2 weeks off 8 years) I think I washed it about 5 times! The benefits of living at home included my dad washing it for me. I can remember that I did wash it at least 2 times when I moved out. One of those times though, I did such a bad job of it my mum washed it me again hahaah.
I would rate my washing of the new car as 'fair'. I would possibly give myself 5/10.

Lost in the library

047 // 365

Today I went on a tour to the Sheffield Central Library with my photography friends. I was mainly most excited about the huge, ancient, about to fall apart books kept in the basement. The lighting was a bit poor, so this was shot at f/1.4 rather than use my flash gun (As I only had one and it was attached to the camera). Cool trip out though, I could have spent hours flipping through the old books.
Also, old book smell = <3.

Resolutions001 // 365

At the end of each year we think up what we want to get out of the year to come. What did we not do the year before? What did we do but regret doing it? Where do we want to see ourselves in twelve months?
A lot of resolutions end up not being kept; either because we were too ambitious or because we never 100% really wanted it in the first place. In order to meet these resolutions we need to be committed and motivated; which can be hard day in, day out.
Whenever you are feeling like you need some support in meeting your goals, don’t be afraid to seek help from those around you.

 

Anyway here we goo for p365 2014! I really wanted to shoot this outside but seeing as it is like a monsoon out there (slight over exaggeration … maybe)

I love reading, but it seems to be something I forget to do. What makes it even more unforgivable is the fact that I am reading a book that I am really enjoying! I have a particular fondness for children’s books. I think that it might be the illustrations in them which I am particularly drawn to.

It wouldn’t however be a new year without resolutions.
Mine are as follows:
* Get back on track with the exercise. Not only does it help with my wobbly joints but also it’s good for you. I’m normally OK at doing it, but I was ill and then Christmas.
* Read more.
* Experiment more with lighting in my pictures.
* Take a photo every day.

So you can see I have met 3 of my 4 resolutions today 😉

Lost in a good book

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Sometimes, OK well a lot of the time, I get really excited by an idea of what to shoot. When this manic phase comes about I find it hard to sit still or do anything else until I have executed my idea, and then obviously if it doesn’t work out then I get a bit mardy. Although mardiness aside it is a learning curve and it is usually these times when I learn the most. Learning from mistakes is the best way to learn, for me at least. So when shots go wrong I just chalk it up as experience (after a strop) and know what I should do differently next time.
I was worried that today’s shot would be one of those “experience” shots; I had a few ideas for today floating around in my head, then after visiting grandparents I decided to go and buy some material to make a blue skirt, luckily I found a vest top in the exact same colour in a cheap clothing shop opposite the market where I buy my fabric. Victory!
I went home with my purchases and knew that I should really wait for better lighting. The cloud that we had this morning had burnt off and we had glorious (31°) sunshine with barely a cloud in sight. The manic oh my god I must take this shot phase had come about though, so off I went.
Instead of trying new editing techniques I more practiced to an extreme level ones which I already had experience with and ended up with this.
I love books. I have bought a Kindle, but let’s be honest this shot would not have been the same with Kindles floating about. Nothing beats the smell, touch etc of a book. An actual proper book.

In other news my internet connection has been really bad for the last few weeks, and if nothing else it has brought to light how much I rely on the internet for daft little things; like looking up locations before I drive somewhere. Hopefully it will be getting sorted soon.

When a book comes to life

This is nowhere near what I had in mind for today, but we went out for a walk and I came over all hot and ill feeling so we went home.
I’d taken about 3 shots with my fisheye lens whilst out, wasn’t happy with them on their own so set out in Photoshop. Had the idea to photograph an open book and combine the two and here we are.

By candlelight

Really stuck for inspiration today and yesterday. The irony of it is that I am off work this week! Might have something to do with the weather – ho hum!

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