Who remembers Hungry Hippos? Just as much fun now that we're adults, apparently!
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
This shot was taken over the weekend when I met up with a group of my lovely school friends and their expanding broods! It is so wonderful that I am still in touch with these girls - some of whom I have known for almost 20 years - and get to share these precious moments. This little one is only 5 months old and so placid and calm. I love how the light is reflecting in his wide eyes.
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
I'm really pleased with this shot. I was just spending a bit of time at my allotment this evening and the bees and butterflies were having a busy evening, flitting too and fro. This cabbage white landed on my bolted broccoli and stayed still long enough for me to get a sharp shot. So pretty and delicate.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
We watched a falconry display today in the grounds of Lacock Abbey. I tried to get some shots of the amazing birds as they flew but they were so fast - especially this peregrine falcon - that it was very tricky to catch them in flight, even with my motor-drive taking continuous shots per second and a high shutter speed! It was the first time I've ever really wished for a long zoom lens, as well. My 70mm just didn't cut it. As a result I've had to crop this in really close, reducing the image quality significantly.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
This evening I had a very quick play around, after being inspired by Ashley Sisk's Tutorial Tuesday challenge. I'll hopefully give this a better go later in the week when I have a bit more time, but it was fun to experiment with something new. This tutorial focuses on changing background colours in Photoshop.
I took this photo of my friend Litsa and changed the back/foreground colour in the field to a deep red hue.
I wanted more of the red, however, and got a bit carried away! I copied Litsa to an additional layer and then worked with the background, using the 'clone' tool to add to the background.
Although definitely not a polished finish, I am pleased that I now know how to alter background colours.
Next step, cleaning up edges...
Monday, 7 May 2012
A little delayed this week - with the bank holiday weekend here in the UK, I've been out and about. Please do pop over to Ashley Sisk's page, where she hosts the Scavenger Hunt Sunday, and check out some of the other links.
In the sunshine earlier this week, the lambs were casting clear shadows. They're getting big so quickly.
This one is from my archive as I didn't have chance to get a shot of keys this week. It was taken with my Lomography Spinner camera, which takes full 360 degree panoramas. This was in New York last year and the link is the street performer's piano keys.
A lovely smile from a lovely little boy.
The scanned negatives from one of my analogue cameras - these were taken on a recent trip to Amsterdam and I just got the film developed. I scanned them in to digitise.
Finally, my lovely other half eating fish and chips by the seaside.
I hope you've enjoyed this week's scavenger hunt.
Happy snapping in this coming week.
Sunday, 6 May 2012
This is one of my beautiful orchids. I love its delicate, full flowers. It was a gift from some students, when I left my previous school and it has just started flowering again this month. It must love its sunny position on the windowsill.
Two photos for day 126...of the same thing with different light sources.
Can you guess what it is?
For the shot above, I placed the item in a light box, with no artificial light.
For the one below, it was held up against a window, with the sunlight shining through. the item.
It's a beautiful piece of stone that my Ben brought back from America. The lines are so interesting and beautiful. I love how it is partially translucent, so when the sunlight shone through, the grains became clear and bright.
Friday, 4 May 2012
Both the colour and the weight of these dandelion seed heads are incredibly delicate and light. So lovely.
I took lots of photographs of them, around my garden, earlier this week and this shot was actually one I was about to discard, in favour of clearer, sharper images. In the end I thought I'd use it for a 'Fix it Friday' post.
Here is the original shot...pretty uninspiring and flat...
However, I realised that the centre of the dandelion clock was actually sharply in focus and created an interesting contrast with the blurred background and seeds. I edited the shot using the following steps:
1. Open in Adobe CameraRaw and adjusted the exposure - by bringing this down the details became clearer.
2. Still in CameraRaw, I pulled the blacks up significantly - to about +50, as well as the contrast. This helped to define the seeds and create more striking colour. I didn't need to up the saturation as the increase in the blacks created this effect.
3. I then opened the image in Photoshop Elements and cropped it in tight around the dandelion clock, so the focal point of the shot was the central seeds.
4. Finally I added the Pioneer Woman 'Boost' action to really make the colours pop.
A big improvement, don't you think?
Happy Friday everyone - and happy snapping this weekend.
Thursday, 3 May 2012
This picture was actually taken earlier in the year, but I had completely forgotten about it. I opened it up yesterday, looking for an image to represent the May fire festival of Beltane. With a quick edit, I thought it would do for this theme as well.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
With all the rain, we've not really been able to get down to our allotment. We have planted some seedlings on the windowsill though, which we'll be able to plant out when the weather improves. These are the beginnings of some pak choi!
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
As I mentioned in Sunday's Scavenger Hunt post, this ring was my great-grandmother's. She must have had tiny fingers, because it is so small, I can only get it on my little finger!
Happy 1st May, everyone! I can't believe how quickly this year is whizzing by. We're already four months - a whole third - of the way through!