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I was looking forward to this one as it’s colour week, blue, and that’s my favourite colour of all. I was determined that no amount of AFACs or (Airy fairy abstract concepts) or AAFPs (annoying as expletive deleted prompts) were going to spoil things, and mostly it went well I think. So dear reader, onwards to the week’s offerings…

Day 213 ~ Scatter. ~ I can be scattered at the best of times so this clue is perfect for me! (this does not surprise me – F) It’s colour week again and blue is my favourite colour.  I was playing a Paw Patrol matching game with my grandson Charlie and I noticed that the cards scattered on the table were blue.  Perfect! What scattered items will you come across today?  If you don’t come across anything scattered in your travels, take things into your own hands and scatter away!   Have some fun with it.   Don’t forget to include something blue.

This one non-plussed me for a couple of minutes and I thought of scattering some of my blue mosaic tiles on the floor as if I’d spilled (spilt for my USA reader 😊) them, but then I thought of all the hassle of picking them all up after so I didn’t do that. Instead I photographed the blue lobelia scattered throughout the purple and white lobelia in the hanging basket Phil did for my shed.

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Day 214 ~ Facilitate. ~ Color week is such a fun week. This week we are photographing “blue” which is my favorite color. Today’s prompt is “facilitate.”  Facilitating is helping something along, making it easier. I chose these umbrellas because they would definitely be a help on a sunny day.  What can you find today that “facilitates?” Or… what can you find that helps you in taking your photo today. Approach it with whatever makes sense to you!  But make it BLUE!

A definite AFAC but she redeemed herself at the end with the ‘what can you find that helps you in taking your photo.’ AFAC neutralised! I have just the thing!

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Day 215 ~ Grainy. ~ The word “grainy” takes on new meaning to photographers.  We tend to do whatever we can to avoid grainy photos.  In a more general sense, grainy refers to texture…something not smooth or not fine. With this photo, I converted the original image to black and white and then overlaid it with a blue filter.  Doing this made the flower pop from the “grainy” (not smooth) background. Think about what grainy means to you.  Mix that with some blue and share your creative concoction with us.

To be honest all that converting and filtering didn’t really work for grainy, so I wasn’t going down that road. And now and then when I’ve been art~farty inclined I’ve added a shed load of grain to a photo for a vintage effect, but I didn’t fancy that either. So I did a still life on some grainy wood instead.

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Day 216 ~ Edited. ~ My favourite colour happens to be blue!  I have some ‘love in the mist’ flowers in my garden.  To make the blue stand out even more, I edit in Lightroom and make the greens more blue. Show us how you edit your photo to be more blue!

Is everyone’s favourite colour blue?? I’m changing mine to teal or turquoise then. I kind of completely ignored the bit where she says ‘edit your photo to be more blue’ and didn’t realise that was the thing to do until after I’d gone mad ‘editing’ it to be less blue! I didn’t change it though as I liked the result.

edited

Day 217 ~ Words. ~ Today is the day to go out and find some words written in the colour BLUE!  I didn’t have to go far!  The sign outside my cabin door reads “Welcome to the Barmby’s Lake House”. It is a welcoming sign and I will greet you with a glass of wine or a refreshing beverage of your choice. Think graffiti, think store signage, think hand writing, think tattoos!  What can you find in your world that is written in blue today!

Thanks Mrs.Cocktail~Dress, my refreshing beverage would be a glass of wine so that kills two birds with one stone. I’m an easy guest. But today is not the day to go out looking for words, it’s doing stair rods here! No blue tattoos, no graffiti or store signs either. Handwriting? Well I’ve done calligraphy a couple of times but I don’t like to keep doing similar things, so that was out. I chatted on to Phil about it and he came up with a solution, songs are made up of words aren’t they?

words

Day 218 ~ Collection. ~ Today’s color prompt can be taken literally or figuratively! You decide! You could photograph a collection of blue items you may have; for example, a set of dishes, an array of yarns, a handful of seaglass, etc. Or You could make a collection of the blues you find as you go through the day! Consider creating a collage or a flatlay to show them off.I ended up having a very blue day! My collage included flowers along the sidewalk, a trip to the store, the rising moon, and a stroll on the beach.What Blue’s did you collect!

I did the lot here, I did a flat lay of some jewellry and rocks, photographed my collection of bottles and gave the blue kimidolls from my collection a photo shoot with Frego, and shot my collection of blue cameras, though I had to chop that a bit to fit it into the frame. I used the same collage template I use on the header at the blog here, but changed all the frames and sticks to shades of blue. I’m winning at collections! 🀣

collection

Day 219 ~ Interior. This prompt is pretty wide open especially after I read the actual definition of interior, which is: being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center…  I could find so many blue things in my home.  Then, as I was working late one evening, I noticed this pretty blue light glowing from the interior of my laptop cooling tray and decided this was the winner.  Today, find ANYTHING blue inside of something and your photo of the day will be done!      

Well you’d think that would be pretty straightforward, but it turned into a right AAFP! I have lots of blue things in the house but not a single recepticle that a) has blue thing/blue things in it and b) is photogenic. I did try and photograph my chinese balls which are a beautiful dark shade of metallic pthalo blue with Cloisonné dragons on them, actually I’m not certain they’re dragons, they could be chickens. They’re in a pretty box, but they’re so shiny I couldn’t kill the reflections in them so after fannying on with blackout curtains, and trying to spot heal the reflections in post I gave up and started over. Not winning at shiny balls. πŸ˜” Then I tried photographing my jars of blue mosaic tiles in various iterations, and whilst I solved the reflection problems they had it just wasn’t working. Had a cup of tea and that did the trick. I found an old silver pendant inlaid with Turquoise Ben bought me years ago on holiday in Turkey when I was looking for stuff for the collections shoot, and I bought a silver chain for it which arrived today. Amazon, sigh. I have a small box of the same colour as the Turquoise, with a ribbon on it, so put them together, and hey presto! I’m winning at interior! Finally!

interior

So blue week is, sadly, over. It’s been a good one, maybe that’s because I like blue things so much! I wonder if I had the same prompts but for say, brown, which I’m not so keen on, I might have ended up with my usual moanfest. But that’s a psychological conundrum that I’ll be exploring in the colour week at the start of September. Next week we are doing ‘Patterns’, and having perused the prompts can safely predict the moanfest will return.

Stay frosty people!

57 comments on “365 ~ 1st ~ 7th August

  1. beetleypete says:

    Is changing non-blues to blue allowed? Hmm… πŸ™‚
    Nice selection as always, and the Polaroid camera looks like a kid’s toy, so double-good.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Apparently anything is allowed, no rules at all, you can even not do the prompt at all and do something else for your photo. Cheers Pete.

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      1. beetleypete says:

        I was only teasing. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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        1. I questioned it all back at the beginning when I realised other people were doing stuff I wouldn’t have allowed if I was boss! 🀣🀣

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  2. April Munday says:

    I feel very much in a minority, as blue isn’t my favourite colour. I wear blue a lot, but only because it’s so difficult to get pink. Anyway …

    The lobelia made me smile. It’s such a cheerful photo. It’s a shame we don’t have any choccie biccies in the house, as I suddenly have a craving for one.

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    1. Hands up they were Phil’s biscuits, I’m not keen on them. Cheers April!

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  3. richlakin says:

    I love blue too. These colours are fantastic especially the camera….

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    1. Thanks Rich, blue is such a versatile colour, so many cool hues.

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  4. Alex Good says:

    Didn’t know phthalo blue. These posts are educational!
    Is Polaroid film crazy expensive?

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    1. Yes it is, here it’s around Β£16 ($21) and you get 8 in a pack. I don’t use them a lot but buy a pack now and again so have a little stock built up.

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      1. Alex Good says:

        That’s not too bad, if you’re an artist. A bit high if you’re just being snappy-happy.

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        1. There are some Polaroid artists who do amazing work with them, you can lift the emulsion and all sorts of stuff, but I haven’t the time to be serious with it.

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  5. For some reason ‘Edited’ is really appealing, like an image in an interior decorating magazine. I also like how the blue record fills the frame in ‘Words’. It’s kind of hypnotizing.

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    1. Thanks ToC, edited is my favourite too.

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  6. Nice to see the polaroid make an appearance! There are some great shots this week, it has to be said: grain, edited, words (although Police!?; have you got a Shiwbiz Kids record…?) and, of course, interior – and blue isn’t even my favourite. But at least it’s better than Booky’s. Green. I know. *shivers*

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    1. Of course we have a Showbiz Kids record, but it sadly isn’t blue. Cheers Otsy.

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      1. Alex Good says:

        Do you have the original cover for the Police single? The one with Copeland hanging himself?

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        1. Yep and in good nick.

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          1. Alex Good says:

            Probably worth something now. Was a scandal at the time.

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          2. There are a few on eBay going for anything between a Β£5 and Β£40 and one for $2000 + because the seller thinks it’s a rare marble blue. It isn’t, it’s just a fault in the pressing πŸ™„πŸ€£

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  7. Bookstooge says:

    totally staying frosty here!

    And I’m pretty sure our good old american english has been corrupted by the king’s english as I see “spilled” way more often than “spilt”.

    I know everyone else mentioned the polaroid, but that is the picture that stuck out to me too.

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    1. Thanks Booky, glad the mother tongue is making itself felt! πŸ˜ƒ

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  8. Jennie says:

    You nailed it with the blues, particularly the ‘words’ record. ‘Facilitate’ was my favorite. Well done, FR.

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  9. Mary Smith says:

    Love collection – and your blue/turquoise pendant.

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  10. -N- says:

    Nice job! All of your colors work to convey both color and theme, and there is a harmonious quality in all of htem.

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  11. Well, you certainly showed Mrs. Cocktail Dress who’s boss! I’m a pink person, but blue is a close second and you did a stellar job with the prompts Fraggle. I especially love scatter, facilitate, and edited. And kudos to Phil on the clever assist with words!

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    1. Thanks Kim 😘

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  12. Mae Clair says:

    I’m definitely camp blue! It’s my favorite color, so I was gonzo on all of these. My favorites are Grain and Facilitate. Edited is darn snazzy too. You rocked it, Fraggle!

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  13. What’s that round thing, with some sort of spindle poking up through a hole in the middle?

    βœ¨πŸ™πŸ•‰πŸŒ±πŸŒΏπŸŒ³πŸŒ»πŸ’šπŸ•Šβ˜―πŸ‰βœ¨

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    1. Probably before your time Graham! πŸ˜‰πŸ€£

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      1. Ha! Reminds me of a line from a “Not the Nine O’Clock News” song. “It’s black and round and costs 5 pound” πŸ˜‰

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  14. Francis.R. says:

    Blue is my favorite color, so much that I try to choose red things in order to not be bored of my dear blue. Yours are quite beautiful, fragglerocking ^^

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    1. Thanks Francis πŸ™‚

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  15. Love the record. I would also mutter under my breath at the AFACs and AAFPs πŸ˜‰ But it gets you out of your comfort zone doesn’t it….

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    1. Certainly does,but it was nice to have an ‘easy’ week!

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  16. Eddy Winko says:

    So how did Phil manage to only eat half a chocolate biscuit? Not to mention melting the chocolate on the hot cup of tea πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha that was me who had a nibble, just for photographic purposes of course. 😁

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    1. Chocolate covered choc chip cookies.

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  17. It was a great week! I love the flowers, both Edited and Scattered! What a cool Polaroid camera. Do the prints come out with those rainbow frames? The cup of tea looks very inviting. I believe that we may have that same record in our collection….but my favourite is the collection (and your blog header). How did you do that? Did you put it all together in that cool flat-lay?

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    1. Re the polaroid, the film packs come in assorted frame colours and special editions, or just plain blabk or white. The blog header is a free adobe template and in photoshop you can change the colours of the frames and sticks and add pictures in the frames, it’s a bit of a faff the first time but once you figure it out it’s easy peasy. Cheers Connie!

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      1. Thanks! There are so many interesting thing out there for photography these days! πŸ™‚

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        1. Yes, I don’t get chance to do all the stuff I’d like to have a go at. Maybe when I retire!

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  18. Marvelous, Fraggle. This is a great way to have the blues!
    It’s actually timely too. Although that Polaroid looks new… I say this because as fate and serendipity would have it, today I just happened to use your 3 things for The Armadillo Files (Kodak camera, phonograph, NescafΓ© instant freeze dried coffee). So… do you have a photo of a vintage Kodak camera I could use for the post? I know it’s extremely short notice.
    Either way, I loved this post. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Hang on I’ll find you one, I have a few but on my computer upstairs. 😊

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      1. That’s fantastic. I’ll dig your email out of my blog, and send to you, so you can reply back on it. Woot!

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        1. Oops… that didn’t work out. I sent you a Facebook message with my email address…

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          1. Replied on facebook.

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  19. Big blue fan here, loved the tea cup as you know! Exceptional work Fraggle, hugs, C

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, it was a lovely blue week!

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  20. steviegill says:

    Sounds like you’ve had the blues (I’ll get my coat…). Anyway, nice shots. I really like the muted colours in Edited, works well. I think my favourite colour is black or purple, but that’s because I’m a bit of a goth at heart πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha of course! Cheers Stevie

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