Day 313~366

“The Rose is without an explanation, she blooms, because she blooms”.

Angelus Silesius

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Day 298~366

‘Ooh Frego those roses are lovely!’
“Yes they arrived this morning while you were at work”
‘Are they for me?’
“Of course not silly, I have a secret admirer!’
*sigh*

 

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Day 220~366

We had a visit from Shelley and the kids this afternoon so I took a few pictures of Liddy, just love the punk hair 🙂

 

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also the theme was ‘sport’ in the Sunday challenge group, so I did one of my old 10~pin bowling trophies from days of yore.

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and finally, the colour shot today..

Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as yellow, yellow-orange,orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.

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Day 198~366

Yipahoo today we had sunshine!  I had to go out for a walk to take photographs for the Sunday challenge group, and as always took a few (!) on the way there and back, The challenge was to use an online random point generator to find a place to get to and then go and find the place and photograph it. (Nothing to do with pokemon!!)

I put a distance of 1 mile in, which doesn’t sound far but when you’re stopping to take shots along the way a mile can take an hour!

setting off down the path over the road.
setting off down the path over the road.
next path
next path
this was where the random point was, I needed to get to the other side of the water.
the random point was on other side of the water.
oops
oops 🙂 
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inside the keep out fence
arrived!
arrived!
rushes and reeds
rushes and reeds
there were so many of these, damsel flies
there were so many of these, damsel flies

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one last stretch
one last stretch
survival of the fittest!
survival of the fittest!

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electric blue
electric blue
underneath the arches
underneath the arches
budding
budding
budded
budded
The Tree from tree month
The Tree from tree month
carpet
carpet
neighbours roses
neighbours roses

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neighbours lilly
neighbours lily
shadow of the day
shadow of the day

 

 

Day 180~366

Today was my last day at my job. The people I work with are usually voices on the phone, or email conversations. Our Head office is 3 hrs drive away so I rarely get to see them. Today I had to go and hand in all my equipment and have an exit interview. It was lovely to see everyone and I took them biscuits and Gin for my boss of 10 yrs, and Prosecco for one of the girls who bent over backwards to help sort my appointments out, and pictures of my cat for the lad that took over from her! They gave me flowers and champagne and there was lots of hugging.   I managed not to cry, but had a few tears when I got home and read all the lovely things they wrote on my leaving card. At times like these my hubby always reminds me of this quote by Anatole France

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

 

Not sure what I will do next, but now to have a bit of time off.

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Day 149~366

Trotted over to the tree this afternoon, a bit of sunshine today, though I’ve found that doesn’t help when shooting upwards as the sky gets blown out, not to worry, I’ve got used to the settings I need to cope with it, mostly.

Today I found a nail hammered into one of the upper branches, presumably to hang a swing of some sort from.

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But the shot of the day is of some fungus growing on another upper branch, and a tiny spider weaving a web between all the splurges of fungus. The branch is quite high up so had to use the 50-230 cheapo zoom I have.

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On the way home I noticed a few spots of colour in the sea of green, and focused on these isolated sentinels of the marshland.

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all alone

seems odd to find just one bluebell on it’s own as they usually are a carpet of flowers in woodlands.

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Not sure what the next few are but they stood out amid the grassland

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and one of the neighbours has rose bushes in their front bit, but don’t really look after them.

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I added a texture to this one for the fun of it

day149-8wand that’s it for today. Only 3 more days of tree now.

Day 32~366

Here we go into February and on to black & white.  Still going to be using flowers and indoor stuff on work days by the looks of it. I took my camera to work with me just in case, and spent my journeys in a B&W frame of mind, but no time to stop and the weather is blowing a hooley.   Never mind, it’s all practice.  I processed this in several different ways in B&W, I found it difficult to make a choice about it all to start with, so ended up playing around in different softwares and with presets and in PS so a lot done to it to make it look like it does.  I liked the end result anyway so that’s OK.  I wanted to give a feel for the vibrant yellow and blood red petal tips, not sure if that comes across. day32w

Day 31~366

Well that’s January over, and the end of the still life section of the 366, though I guess there may be some in amongst the other themes. I have really enjoyed this month, looking back at the beginning the first few shots were not very interesting, and not that well composed either. After day 5 I seemed to make a leap forward when I started trying to tell a story with the items I was choosing, and then also found out to do the simplest of shots like the flowers in the vases on a windowsill. I feel my composition skills have improved and hope that will help the rest of the project & my photography in general.

Tomorrow begins the black & white theme.  A little bit of trepidation as I love colour best, so now to focus on shapes and textures and contrasts!

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Day 29~366

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
― Georgia O’Keefe

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