365 ~ 28th Nov ~ 4th December

This week is what they call a ‘picture more’ week, a kind of techniqe week. The theme for this one is using framing, in our compositions. You’re going to see a few of my windows as it’s been freezing outside, snowed a couple of days, ice on the car, rain and sleet. The prompts have not been sensible really, but no change there! Let us begin….

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt. HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also- there may be swearing.

Day 332 ~ Invent.~ Using nature framing for your photos is always a good idea.  I stood back on the banks of the lake and used the trees to frame this beautiful sunset, it would be good to take a photo without the framing but I really think it helps draw your eye to the main subject the sunset. Make sure that you can find something to frame your photo today, be inventive!

Invent. What kind of cockamamie idea is that!? AFAC, and AAFP right off the bat. 🙄 I think I am not an inventive person. By the time the sun was going down I still hadn’t invented anything so I just took a shot of the view through my playroom window, at least it’s framed so there’s that.

invent

Day 333 ~ Odd. ~ Odd?  Can you say odd?  Ostriches are super odd in my opinion.  Did you know that their eyes are bigger than their brains? Taking a picture of one item or subject matter takes on a whole new level depending on how you frame the picture.  I always try not to put the single subject in the middle of the frame.  If you put it to the side, or at the top or at the bottom you can create a whole new dimension and give even the oddest subject that ‘WOW’ factor. Find an odd subject to photograph today. Or, if at ‘odds’ with that, find an odd number of subjects to photograph and remember to frame it so that the picture pops! 

Mrs. Cocktail~ Dress is being quite prescriptive there, but no odd subject from me, or odd angle, or even an odd number of things. She says ‘odd’, I say ‘socks’. Of which I have quite a few. So here I am wearing odd socks and my feet are framed by them. I’m winning at odd.

odd

Day 334 ~ Stillness. Windows and doors can make excellent frames. They can add visual interest and context to an image. They can add dimension, give a peak into an area, help fame a beautiful view or make an excellent light source for portraits. I pass this doorway quite often it is always locked and my curiosity is peaked as to where the stairwell goes? Show us what lies beyond the windows or doors you encounter today!

I meant to take my camera to work and do a window shot there, but I forgot it. I was knackered when I got home from work, so I took a picture of Winnie who was quite still being all curled up on our bed, and put a digital frame around the picture.

stillness

Day 335 (only 30 days to go!!! 😃) ~ Sweater. I didn’t need to go anywhere for my joyful sweater – I just set up some fun props and made my own frame (which sort of looks like a window a bit).  Maybe framing a sweater can mean some window shopping for you today!  

Firstly, it’s not a sweater, a horrible word that invokes an image in my head of smelly fluids leaking out of people’s upper region clothing. Yuck. No, it’s actually called a jumper, which, I grant you can invoke an image of someone badoynging down the road, but at least there isn’t a nasty body odour involved. And no I didn’t tell my boss she’d have to do my clients whilst I went window shopping for said jumper. I waited until after work and asked my favourite old jumper to dick about outside my window and make like it wanted to get back inside. Which it did as it’s bliddy cold out there now.

jumper

Day 336 ~ Candle. ~ The Christmas season is the perfect time for an evergreen scented candle.  I like sitting in our dark living room with the Christmas lights and a lit candle providing the only light.  It’s a great time to just sit back and relax from all the hullabaloo of the season.   For this photo I’ve used framing in a more concrete sense.  The candle is framed by the Christmas ornaments gathered around it.  The bokeh in the background also provides a frame for the candle. For some it may be a tad early for Christmas decorations for others, it can never be too soon.  Regardless of where you stand, take a moment out of your day today to light a candle and relax.  

A tad early??? It’s only Dec 2nd for heavens sakes! It seems she isn’t the only one though as I’ve seen peoples houses already festooned with illumnated reindeer/santas/snowmen etc, and that’s since the last week of November. I suppose with all the pandemic trauma people want to have as much Christmas as possible before it starts all over again next year with the omeycromey variant or whatever it’s called. But no decorations here as yet, I’ll wait for a couple of weeks and then stick the tree up. So for my candle shot I put some on one of the window sills in the shed-of-dreams, and took a picture from the outside.

candle

Day 337 ~ Gracious. ~ This week we are looking for ways to frame our photos when we compose them. Framing doesn’t always have to be obvious or precise. This cute little “gracious” fox is framed by the dots of evergreen. It isn’t an obvious frame, but it makes her stand out. The definition of gracious is “courteous, kind or pleasant” The example photo is pleasing in its subtle framing. Think of ways to frame your subject in a subtle way.

Actually no. My picture is about as subtle as a ton of bricks on the big toe. Gracious! Seriously. 🤦‍♀️🥴 AFAC, AAFP. And I think she’s really reaching here with her fox and green dots! However, Winnie to the rescue! Winnie goes out in the wee, quiet, dark hours, and hunts. She graciously brings back her captured prey for us to be impressed with, and I have photographed her collection. The ‘frame’ is made from several cable ties she has tracked down, the blue foamy things we think are missiles from a pop-gun of some sort. The orangey/pink cross frame are 2 sherbet filled straws, (sherbet removed to save carpet). In the top left square is a white cable tie and a pencil split in half lengthways with no lead in it. Top right has a missile and pigeon feather, bottom left another white cable tie and an arm from a pair of spectacles. Lastly, bottom right her two favourite finds so far, a lollypop stick and a straw.

gracious

Day 338 ~ prompt~ free. 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 you day now feel bigger and call to be documented?

Ya dah ya dah, yipee for prompt free. I took a couple of just-in-case shots

Lord Vincent
Livvy
Matty

But went out with Sophie today to Chillingham Castle, and in spite of it being closed for the winter (which we did not know) managed to get into the courtyard and take a few pictures. This one has more frames than you can shake a stick at!

prompt~free, Chillingham Castle

SO that’s frame week over, and I think we can say I’m winning at frames 😃. Next week is the final sodding selfie week and I am more glad than a glad thing on a glad day about that!

Stay tooned dear reader 😘