365 ~ April 18th ~ 24th

This week we are on a composition week, ‘fill the frame’. What does that mean I hear you ask. Well maybe I don’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. When you fill the frame with your subject, you fill the photograph with the subject. So you’re making a clear statement of what’s most important in the photo. As it takes up most, if not all, of the image the viewer is immediately drawn to your subject. So there you have it. Not very complicated and I think I had an OK week. Give or take. SO onwards to the prompts and pics!

Day 108 ~ Goal. How can you use photography to showcase a goal you may have? Maybe the goal is your photography and maybe that means that you are creating a gorgeous photo album to enjoy for years to come.  Maybe your goals require a completely different subject like a musical instrument, textile work, crochet needles, or even food (just to name some examples of things I have seen in our amazing and talented community).I am excited to see the goals you all have – just remember to fill the frame! 

This one was easy. Last year with the plague and all, we didn’t get to any garden centres and consequently didn’t have lots of flowers in pots like I usually have. So this year we’ve gone a bit mental to make up for it. Phil is doing his hanging basket thing, which is quite labour intensive and complicated by the looks of it all, and I’ve got lots of colourful flowering plants to put in my pots, so that’s my goal, to have flowers everywhere, and we spent this day planting up everything.

Goal

Day 109. ~ Fence. What unique fence will you come across today in your travels?  Find an interesting angle or portion of a fence.  Make it the focus of your photo and fill the frame.

Today was a work day but with the evenings being lighter now, it makes things easier. I decided to shoot the fence of the house across the way from us that backs on to the path between the houses, it has lots of colourful berries and foliage so thought it would make a nice shot.

Fence

Day 110. ~ Express. Today we are going to express ourselves in a photo. This is also “Fill the Frame” in Picture Style Week. I love to express myself with flower photography. It conveys what my heart is feeling when words are hard to speak. How do you express yourself in photography? With your kids or grandkids? Pets? Flowers? Nature? Fill the frame with photography that expresses you.

Well I knew straight forward prompts had to end at some point, and here we are. another basically do what you feel day. Actually it wasn’t hard to figure out what to do as today was our wedding anniversary, and when I got up to get ready for work I discovered a lovely card and beautiful flowers from Phil. When I got home I photographed one of the gorgeous roses and added some texture to give it an arty farty feel.

Express

Day 111. ~ Prompt Free Day. Think about these prompt free days as a check-in as to how this project is changing you. What do you notice that you would have overlooked previously? What small moments in YOUR day now feel bigger and call to be documented?Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you.Keep your eyes open and have fun!

Hmm I’m beginning to think someone’s a bit lazy at choosing the prompt! We all know by now I’m going to photograph a cat on these days! Here’s Winnie filling the frame.

Winnie

Day 112.~ 4 o’clock. We are filling the frame at 4 o’clock! What are you doing at 4 o’clock and don’t forget to fill the whole frame up with what you are up to.

This was Thursday, my first day off and is always a chores and laundry day so I can spend the next 3 days in carefree abandonment or similar. I’d just finished the ironing at 4 o’clock.

4 o’clock

Day 113. ~ Powerful. Powerful objects grant those that wield them untold powers and strength.  Examples in our daily lives are tools such as hammers, sporting equipment, vehicles, common household appliances and even instruments of knowledge such as books and computers.  I couldn’t help myself from hiking into a field in 3 feet of snow when I spied an antique combine.  I walked all around it and was marvelled by the power of this magnificent beast.  I took a lot of macros of its inner works because the workmanship is astounding and the patina too hard to pass up. The power these combines gave to our farmers is also a powerful thought!What can you find today that is a powerful tool in your life.  Remember, it is “fill the frame’ week so get in really close and personal and show us your POWER.

This prompt is from the lady who feels fierce in Harley Davison motorcycle leathers and wants to swim in a pond in golden hour. I am thinking she may be a little bonkers. What is my power I wondered. Sigh. Removing ear wax from people is my superpower, but I can’t take pictures of that. I settled on the phrase  “ipsa scientia potestas est” from Sir Francis Bacon’s Meditationes Sacrae and is latin for ‘knowledge itself is power’ as I know how to take a photograph from all the books on it I’ve read.

powerful

Day 114. ~ Fuzzy. Fuzzy is defined by having a frizzy, fluffy, or frayed texture or appearance.The opportunities are endless. Trust me! Take a quick look at what you’re wearing, the furnishings around you, or what’s out in nature – like these fuzzy and rather fluffy little weeds I spotted along the sidewalk.A few things to consider when shooting textures; consider different angles, light and distance from the subject. Remember it’s fill the frame week so get in close and show off yours subject’s fuzziness! 

This was fortuitous as I’d bought white flowers for last weeks ‘white’ week, they included some willow catkins, which are well fuzzy.

fuzzy.

So that wasn’t too bad a week, not much to moan about and I quite enjoyed it. Next week we are returning to sodding selfie week, deep joy, so stay tooned for that.

365 ~ 4th~10th April

Well this week has been a bit of a mixed bag really. This is ‘style’ week and the style is Golden Hour. Golden Hour is the period of daytime an hour before sunset, or an hour after sunrise, when the sky is all reddened from the low angle of the sun. Of Course Golden Hour requires the sun to be in the sky, so looking at the weather forecast I knew this wouldn’t be the easiest of weeks. Let’s begin!

Day 94 ~ Nature. In photography the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset. It is also called the Magic Hour!  To me this is so appropriate for today’s prompt of nature. Nature is magic!  It may refer to living plants, geological processes, weather, animals or humans.  We are surrounded by a world of nature right outside our doorsteps.  Step outside at sunrise or sunset and see what kind of magic you can capture in nature during the golden hour. There is the chance that the weather or the hour for photography won’t suit or cooperate with you.  Not to worry!  If that should happen, show us what nature surrounds you today.

So basically do it in golden hour if you can but not if you can’t. Well I am not keen on this shilly shallying, and determined to only shoot in that period of time, which up here is from 6.13am and would require me to get up whilst still asleep, not do-able, or 7pm, which is doable, except that’s just around dinner time so adjustments had to be made. Day 94 did not have a golden hour at that time, it had the grey hour instead, so I made do with my blossom tree which has burst into action this past week or so and added a warming filter to give it a bit of a golden glow. It wasn’t very effective really as you can see how grey the sky is behind it, but here it is.

Nature

Day 95 ~ Energized. I don’t know about you, but when the golden hour turns the sky into a myriad of glorious colors it sure does energize me to grab my camera! When the sun is low in the sky, it is the perfect time of day to take advantage of backlighting your subject or trying your hand at silhouettes. When you illuminate your subject from behind, you might be surprised at details that stand out, things that might otherwise have been overlooked. No amazing sky today? No worries! This effect can also be achieved using the light from a window or open doorway to create your own backlighting. Can’t wait to see the light that energizes you today! 

That ‘Z’ is a bit mad isn’t it? and I had to stop myself from correcting the spelling, as I believe in letting people speak/write in their native tongues however incorrect they are. 😉 I had a really busy day at work and didn’t feel energised at all. Taking energetic pictures was the last thing I wanted to do. The sky was grey and moody when I got in from work so I figured I’d have my dinner and then play around with window light. But at the last minute, a break in the clouds happened and I spotted the chance to catch my eucalyptus tree engoldened. I know how the sun works on our estate, what will be lit up and when, and have spotted the gold happening before so was glad to get the picture. I didn’t bother with the backlighting or silhouette, nothing I haven’t done before, I just loved the side lighting on the tree. So I was energised in the end and chuffed with myself, this is my fave shot of the week.

Energised

Day 96 ~ Cable. Everything kind of fell into place easily for this prompt today.  We bought a fish house/camper earlier this year that has the most amazing cable system on it; and, the golden hour tonight was lovely.  Those two pieces together allowed me to capture the prompt and picture style week quite nicely. I hope you are able to find a cable today that catches your eye.  Just try to remember to use the beautiful hues of the golden hour to accentuate your subject.  I do believe you’ll also have a lovely photo to share with us today as well. 

This one annoyed me. Firstly, I didn’t know what a fish house/camper is. I googled it and found out that a fish house sells fish, but then found out a fish house camper is just like what we call a camper van, but in the USA people use camper vans to go ice fishing. I think that’s right. Here in the UK we don’t have many lakes that freeze over and require the fish to be removed so having a specifically designed camper for ice fishing is just not a thing. The USA ones come in various sizes, mostly ginormous, and cost more than my 4 bedroom house. I imagine the petrol needed to move it would power a small country for a year, so that’s annoying considering the climate thing. Also annoying is the assumption that we can all find a wonderful photogenic cable of all things. The picture she posted was like a winch with a heavy roped cable around it, and I’m thinking where the expletive deleted am I gonna find a winch in Wardley? I was moaning to Phil and he suggested electric cables and we still have a few of the old fashioned telephone cables on poles on the wrong side of the tracks of our estate. Luckily the sun was breaking through the clouds so after dinner I got in the car and drove over there to find one.

cables

Day 97 ~ What’s more refreshing than taking a stroll around a lovely pond at golden hour?  The water flows out of the fountain, hitting the pond surface with the spray lightly touching your face as you walk by…doesn’t that sound like a nice way to spend a warm evening?”Refreshing” can come in many forms such as a refreshing drink, a refreshing swim, or a refreshing change of scenery.  Taking photographs during the golden hour can be refreshing in itself.  The light falls so gently at this time of day, adding drama and texture to your photo. Show us the refreshing way you enjoy golden hour today. 

There was only grey hour this particular evening and no Missy, it wasn’t a warm evening at all, bloody freezing here this week! Refreshing swim??? In yer dreams 🙄. I had no inclination to find a pond. Also I received my new iMac today, and I had a lot to do starting with migrating everything from my old iMac to the new one. It’s an easy process as macs have a migrating assistant, and so long as both computers are on the same internet connection it’s just a matter of invoking the assistant, hitting a couple of keys, and hey presto, a couple of hours later it’s done. So I had a refreshing glass of wine whilst I was setting it up, and as it was in the golden hour timescale, put my golden faced clock next to it. I’m winning at golden!

refreshing

Day 98 ~ Prompt Free Days often bring to mind the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Some days, we feel restricted by the prompt, but on other days, no specific prompt makes us feel lost by having no point of departure.Think about these prompt free days as a check-in as to how this project is changing you. What do you notice that you would have overlooked previously? What small moments in YOUR day now feel bigger and call to be documented?Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you.

I usually use a cat for prompt free days, but today I’ve been busy resetting my old iMac to default so Phil can have it, then resetting his old one so we can give it to a grandkid. My old iMac has been with me since 2012, 9 years now and there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just too slow now for the size of the photography programs I use, but will be fine for Phil. The one he’s been using is a smaller iMac that I got in 2008 and gave him when I upgraded last time. It still works too, 13 years and still going strong. They may be top end price wise but at least they don’t conk out after 4 or 5 years. I don’t expect I’ll ever need another, but who knows. So meet the new boss, same as the old boss,but with upgraded internally stuff. Full disclosure, it was a miserable, bloody cold grey hour yet again, so the golden hour look is fake. *hangs head in shame*. 🤪

iMac in (fake) golden hour.

Day 99 ~ Authentic. I have spent many years trying to figure out what my personal style is when it comes to photography.  In a nutshell, I have come to the conclusion that I like authenticity in my images.  I like them to reflect true and meaningful moments in life.  I think that puts me in the category of lifestyle and documentary photographer.  What this means to me is that I don’t generally set up my shots.  I don’t edit out imperfections.  And, I don’t always shoot at “the best time of day.”  My intellectual self knows that shooting during the golden hour makes for gorgeous photos, but the realist in me also knows that a lot of life’s stories take place in the other twenty-three of hours each day.  And those stories need to be captured, even if done so in less than ideal circumstances.  Think about what creates authenticity in YOUR photos.  Capture that today.  If it happens during the golden hour, yay!  If not, shoot anyway.

A woman after my own heart. So this basically means shoot what you want when you like, sod the challenge. Another prompt free day in other words. Maybe she just couldn’t think of anything prescriptive. I had of course decided it was shoot the cats time, but just as I was considering that Phil called me to the conservatory as Lucy the hedgehog had turned up again. She’s been 3 times now during the day, but also turns up at night, as we see her on the wildlife camera. We are figuring her body clock is way off. Also she’s a lot smaller than the others that visit at night so maybe she’s trying to eat herself bigger and needs to do it more often. Anyway she seems fit and healthy, eats and drinks well and runs around pretty nimbly. She is definitely an authentic Hedgehog and not a copy.

Authentic Lucy

Day 100 ~Shine. By taking photos on a regular basis you learn when the best light of the day is for you.  I love it when the sun is shining and everything has a soft glow during golden hour.  I am better at taking the photos in the evening, I am not a person that gets up early enough to see the sunrise most mornings at this time of year. By using the golden hour to take a photo of my magnolia tree, I am making the bud shine. What can you find to shine today at golden hour?

Nothing. That’s what I can find shining in golden hour because bliddy golden hour is bliddy grey. Again. But although no lovely shafts of sunlight came my way, I noticed that it still lit up the higher clouds, the white ones toodling along higher up than the grey blanket in the lower sky. I could see their reflection on the back of my car so thought that looked a bit shiney. Works for me anyway.

Shine

And that is the end of Golden Hour/Grey Hour week. Only 2 shots out of the seven were in a proper golden hour, and the rest I had to fudge, but at least they were taken when golden hour should have been gold. I suppose I could have got up at 5 am and done a morning golden hour thing, but that was never going to happen, and even if I had it would still have been grey more than gold. So a challenging week, but stay tooned for next week, adventures in colour. I think colour week is becoming my favourite week!

365 ~ 28th March ~ 3rd April

Hi guys, this week is the sodding selfie week, and I find I’m taking a perverse pleasure in keeping as little of myself in the picture as is possible, whilst still following the prompts. I’ve checked out other peoples contributions on the Instagram page and am quite appalled at the amount of people who completely neglect to put any bits of themselves in the shot at all. I mean, come on, cheaters! Anyway onwards!

Day 87~ New. Where I Stand is a monthly prompt that we repeat throughout the year.  The idea is to include your feet, either taking the photo looking down or putting your camera on a tripod and taking a photo of just your lower half. What do you have that is new in your life, that you should include in your photo?  Put it next to where you stand and show us.

I didn’t have anything new unless we count some pitta breads and a bottle of milk, which I don’t, so made do with my latest purchases from Amazon and Ebay, though they are a few weeks old now. Some woolly socks, and a watch.

New (ish).

Day 88. Apparel. Don’t be into trends.  Don’t make fashion own you.  You decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live – Gianni Versace. I like an eclectic, bohemian style when I am not dressed for fitness. When my husband bought his Harley I was very excited by the potential for shopping for the clothes I needed in order to be his passenger.   I am in love with my Harley Davidson protective gear.  I feel really fierce in it!  It is almost as fun to wear the leathers as it is to ride on the bike. Fashion is instant language.  Show us your style and let us get to know you better.  

WTF? Fashion?? Style?? Leathers?? Seriously woman, left all that behind many years ago. Mini skirts and thigh high boots were the thing back in ‘my day’ but then I segued into sartorial elegance (jeans, T shirt) and now repose in the Andy Pandy school of fashion. This sums me up perfectly.

(For my non UK readers, Andy Pandy was a kids TV programme in the jurassic era and this is what he looked like).

Andy Pandy @BBC

Apparel

Day 89~ Remember. As we continue on with our Picture You Week show us something that is currently part of your day. When you look back on this day next year what will your photo remind you of? 

This! Today was the first warm, sunny day of the year, and my Happy Eater Tree which had loads of buds on it sprang into action. By the time I got back from work it was blooming gorgeous! (I’ll do a not-the-365 post soon on the other blog with the tree in full gloriousness)

Remember

Day 90 ~ dinner. Picture You week is my favorite week and I am always so willing to be in the photos. Today, however, I was more excited to eat our yummy, colorful dinner and didn’t take the time to get myself in the photo. That’s ok! We definitely want to remind YOU of that as well. What does dinner (or supper) look like for you tonight? 

If someone who likes being in their pictures forgets, what hope is there for the rest of us? Dinner though, that took a bit of faffing about but here it is. Chili con carne with rice and pitta breads and salad.

Dinner

Day 91 ~Relaxation. That feeling of bliss that washes over you when you “get away from it all” isn’t just in your head. Whether you spend time in the great outdoors, reading, or even cooking, total relaxation will help you find, clarity and rejuvenate your mind and body.  The exercise that generally goes hand-in-hand with spending time outdoors (hiking, biking, water activities, etc.) spurs the production of endorphins, your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters which helps you feel loose, clear-headed and calm.  While some find relaxation in exploring the outside, others find relaxation in the quiet alone time reading, doing needlework or just sitting and thinking. What will you do today to reach a state of relaxation; you can do it! Take a photo of YOU…relaxing!

This was guest prompt, the ladies let someone from the group have a go once a month, this time a chap who frankly I think of as ‘lazy geezer’ for suggesting this. Also a bit long~winded there, but if it’s your only chance to be famousish you’re gonna take it I guess. Anyway I couldn’t do my normal relaxation shot as we did that on Day 33, so I decided I’d do meself in the bath as I do know people think that’s relaxing. I don’t think so really as the water keeps going cold so you have to keep topping it up with hot, and the pages of your book get wet too. Just have a quick shower and get on with life FHS!

(fake) Relaxation

Day 92 ~ Centered. What brings you to that place of balance where you feel the most content.  For me, it’s always being in nature with a camera in my hand. It really transforms my entire attitude.We have had several requests for a day where we can show off our 365 Picture Today Swag. Today is the day! If you have your 365 Picture Today swag, wear it! If you don’t own any of our group attire, that’s okay too! You can still show us where you are the most centered and balanced. You can also go in the direction of centering yourself in the photo. It’s totally up to you how to approach it.

This one annoyed me a fair bit. Firstly, be centered, be balanced be content etc. This is a thing that newish people do, oldish people like me grew up just getting on with stuff, not self-analysing every damned thing we do. So I had to google what being ‘centered’ meant. Pfft! Clap trap. Secondly ‘show off your 365 swag’. According to the Miriam Webster dictionary Swag in the USA can mean ‘promotional stuff’ like their sweatshirts with the 365 picture today logo on them. Swag over the pond here means stolen goods. I don’t have either, and I chose to use ‘happy’ instead of ‘centered’ so sat in my car which is my exceedingly happy place for my sodding selfie.

Centered. Pfft.

Day 93. Pocket. Do you remember where you were on January 9th of this year?  Do you remember the photo that you took on that day?  If not, go back and look because you will need to revisit that spot again today. Today’s Picture Your World prompt invites you to photograph the same location four times throughout this year documenting the changing seasons along the way.  You may choose a different perspective or choose to include different subjects in these repeating photos, but try to make it obvious to the viewer that they are seeing the same location. Once you have taken today’s photo, create a diptych using it and your January photo.  

In the January shot I hadn’t realised you were supposed to be in the shot, so this is how it has to be now. Phil and I had a nice walk over to the nature reserve, still a bit of a chill in the air, but nice blue sky afternoon. I tried to match up exactly where I stood in January but didn’t quite get there, but you can tell it’s the same place. Also, pocket???? WTH?? I don’t get that at all.

Pocket

So another sodding selfie week comes to the end, but stay tooned for next week’s adventures in Golden Hour.

😉