Posted on February 28, 2021
This week is Symmetry week which I thought wouldn’t be too bad, and it was mostly OK.
Day 52 ~ Square. Symmetry in our images can be achieved when two halves of an image hold the same weight. However, symmetry doesn’t have to be literal in the sense that each half mirrors the other. But rather, it’s a balancing of objects and space. Symmetry in composition can also be achieved when different elements are used to help achieve the appearance of being symmetrical. This one caused me problems, not sure why, I did a whole month of squares back in the 366 days of 2016, maybe that was it, hard to think of something I hadn’t done before! Kitchen tiles to the rescue!
Day 53 ~ 2 O’clock. How will you find symmetry today at 2 o’clock? Maybe it’s just the story behind your symmetry. I am very excited to see how you will find it today! This one was also hard, I had a full day of clients so had to cheat and alter the clock when I had 10 minutes spare. At the real 2 O’clock I had a sucker in someone’s ear! Still this is what I do after each client, write up my notes on the laptop. There’s symmetry in there somewhere!
Day 54 ~ Incredible. When it snows, I like to go out and photograph snowflakes. It makes winter more bearable. To me, snowflakes are incredible! Each one is unique and the symmetry presented in each individual flake is perfection. If it’s snowing in your neck of the woods today, why not try and capture the symmetry in a snowflake. No two are the same! If not, I’m sure you can find all kinds of other symmetrical things in your world. What stands out as incredible to you? Nope, no snow here anymore. What we do have is Winnie, who is incredibly crazy, wild, nosy, fast-as-lightening, funny and definitely symmetrical.
Day 55 ~ Window. Windows are great photography subjects…. whether looking at them or looking out of them. They provide interest and can even pick up cool reflections. We are practicing symmetry in our photography this week and windows are perfect for this. Look for houses or buildings and notice where the windows are placed. How can you photograph them with symmetry? I decided the Love Window in my shed would be good for this one. Thinking about it could have used the Wallace & Grommet Window for square. Duh.
Day 56 ~ Meaningful. As we’ve seen this week, symmetry is a multi-faceted word. In its broadest sense, symmetry means balanced. In photography, this means that your photo is well-composed and that it has interest and movement throughout. How lines and light move through an image create balance. How a subject is placed in the frame with regard to negative space or background creates balance.Find something that is both familiar and meaningful to you. Study it for a few minutes. Notice its shape. How does its look, change in different light or from another perspective? Photograph the object such that you create symmetry by way of balance. You may choose to include the entire object or only a part. Whatever you do, create a meaningful image of something that is meaningful to you. This was easy.
Day 57 ~ Segment. Some images are symmetrical around a central point, like a spiders web. This type of symmetry is harder to find, but when you see it, it will immediately make sense. Radial symmetry pops up in architecture from time to time. Getting into the forest early in the morning to get the best light and with the dew still hanging around makes for great photos. I am lucky to have such a great place to go so close to home. Segments can be found in most circles.Where are you going to find your segments today? My first day off and nope to getting up early and finding a forest. I walked up to our local shop and bought a lemon!
Day 58~ Cones.
Are you ready for some photo fun! It is scavenger hunt day! Here is a list of items to go out and find and photograph! Once your hunt is complete, you will compile those images into a collage. Symmetry is everywhere. Today you are going on a scavenger hunt to look for cones and you will be photographing them in symmetry. The cone shape naturally lends itself to leading lines. Let’s find some cones and leading lines!Today you are on the hunt for cones! You can either position them in your photograph to draw your viewer’s eye, or maybe you might just want to find cones! Pine cone, ice cream cone, traffic pylon, pencil tip, nacho chip, tree, funnel, party hat, strawberry. I had to send off for party hats and funnels from Amazon as our local shop doesn’t have either, but I managed to cobble everything else together, and Phil got a cornetto for helping me out. I forgot about symmetry and leading lines and just made up little stories for most of them.
Well that’s another week over, and next week is the first week of the month so more ‘selfies’. 🥴😟
Stay tooned dear reader!
Posted on February 21, 2021
Well this was ‘pink’ week and I’ll be honest, pink’s OK for nail polish and lippy, and flowers of course, but that’s about as much as I’m bothered with it, or so I thought. However, it seems I have been fooling myself as I seem to have way more pink stuff than I realised!
Day 45~Treasure ~ Happy Valentines Day! Pink is a delicate colour. It represents all things sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine and tender. It is associated with bubblegum, babies, little girls, cotton candy and sweetness! What can you find today that is pretty in pink! Not so much pretty, but at least a ‘treasure’, my World’s Greates Mum rosette which Ben gave me when he was a youngster, and he and my grandson really are my treasures, as are my photo’s of them.
Day 46~ Meditative ~ As we continue with Pink color week, I want to encourage you to be mindful and present as you go through your day! Keep an eye out for the pinks that catch your attention. You may discover pink in the most unexpected place; like these little pinks I found washed up along the shore! Hope you are surprised by what you find today! Can’t wait to see! I was at work all day and not much pinks going on there unless we count the ear canal which is (mostly) pink but I’m not allowed to photograph. As it happened though I was sent to pick up lunches at Morrisons and came across this big candle with a pink flower embedded in it so I got that for the photo today.
Day 47~ Blurry ~ I just happened to have some pink glitter and scrapbook paper handy to execute my idea today. I set this up by propping up my paper, getting my camera in place and ready to shoot with my remote, and then I stood behind the paper and just poured the glitter out while using a slower shutter speed and voila – a blurry pink photo! Slow shutter speeds will be your friend today (and lots of patience as well). *Sigh* Who I ask you has pink glitter and scrapbooks just ‘handy’?? I have my phone handy, and my purse and some tissues. Who are these people? Roses will suffice.
Day 48~ One of the definitions of passion is “an extreme interest in something.” The colour pink is said to be a combination of the passion of red mixed with the purity of white. Putting them together for today’s photo seems to be a perfect match. We all have our individual passions and interests. As 365’ers I think it’s safe to say that one of them is photography. When you think of passion, what comes to mind? What are you passionate about photographing? Capture your passion and bonus points if includes the colour pink. I am so glad she defined this as “an extreme interest in something” and I didn’t have to snog my bloke (again) for a photo. So, mosaic tiles instead, mosaics being my 2nd passion. Or 3rd if we’re counting my hubby, which I wasn’t but I will in case he reads this. ♥️
Day 49~ Down ~You can interpret today’s prompt a couple of ways. Are you feeling down? Maybe something pink may cheer you up. Or…you can shoot down for your photo. Think flatlay. Have you ever taken time to experiment with unusual backdrops? The roses in my photo were placed on a cookie sheet. Doesn’t that give it more interest? You can shoot high key on a white background, you can go dark and moody with a black background. You can use contrasting colors. It’s totally up to you. But, think about shooting down on your pink subject and think of a way to make the background interesting so that the pink will pop! Think I did this one OK, it’s not a flatlay but I did shoot down, and the words are motivational/funny for when you are down. Also- cool background and the pink is a’poppin’!
Day 50~ Circle ~ Am I the only one who thinks doughnut when the prompt words are pink and circle? When you are intentionally trying to include shapes in a photo, it is fun to incorporate both the obvious and the maybe not so obvious. In this photo, the doughnut is the obvious subject. Its shape is enhanced by the circle of the stand. The hole in the center of the doughnut continues the “theme” as does the base of the stand even though the circle is incomplete. The eye is expecting to see circles, so it will find the incomplete ones as well. How many circles can you include in your photo today? Doughnuts shmonuts! Prawn vol au vents for this puppy! 14 circles. I’m winning at pink!
Day 51 ~ Take a photo of something pink that presents itself to you today. You may remember back in December I was looking after Sophies cats for 2 weeks whilst she went off to Spain to stay for Christmas with her chap. Well Sophie is still in Spain due to Covid travel and quarantine problems and we’ve still got the cats. Yesterday I got on Amazon and ordered some toys for them, and today the Postman presented me with a package, and I presented the cats with the contents of it. There were many lurid colours, so I did the selective colour thing, (which I’m none too fond of but sometimes has to be done) to pick out all the pink bits. Not as sharp as I’d like, but was wanting to get one with Vinnie inside it and he moves fast for a big guy! Also, Vincent’s nose, so cute 😀
So that’s the end of pink week, but stay tooned! as tomorrow we start symmetry week.
Posted on February 14, 2021
Into a new week, away from the trauma of selfies, and into the following week of dreaded landscapes. Dreaded because I’m such a fairweather photographer, I don’t like going out in the rain, it makes me miserable, and who wants to be miserable doing a hobby?? But luckily snow happened so I did manage to get out and about. I was hampered a bit by working and getting home too late in the beginning of the week, even though it’s getting lighter in the evenings. I made do with urban landscapes from my windows, but it’s not like this is an exam so it doesn’t really matter. Anyhoo, on with the show!
Day 38 ~ Surprise ~ This week’s theme is landscape photography, which covers a lot of photos with different sub themes–natural landscape, cityscape, urban landscape, abstract, to name just a few. Some mornings you look out the window and are surprised that the sun is going to be shining and it is going to be a beautiful day. What surprise in the landscape can you show us today? As it happened there were no surprises at all! It was grey and moody all day and still that way when I came home from work. There’d been a smattering of snow/sleet but nothing major.
Day 39 ~ Macro Monday ~ Rough ~How do we combine ‘landscape’ with ‘macro’ and also tie in the prompt word “rough”? Impossible? Nothing is impossible! I took my camera and macro lens to work with me, there’s a field next to our building and a college behind it and I thought I might find something there in my lunch time. I was quite chuffed with the result.
Day 40 ~ Ambience ~ Light can set the mood or tone of your image. Just think how the ambience of the day can change from sunrise to sunset. Bright days can feel enchanting, cheerful, even optimistic whereas a low light day often feels dreary, moody or even mysterious. As you go through your day, take notice of the landscape around you at various times. How does the ambience of the day change? Do you prefer the morning or evening light? I went for evening light due to aforementioned working, and took a night shot with the Iphone, not great quality but quite ambiotic I think!
Day 41 ~ Petal ~ We don’t always have the opportunity to capture a typical “beautiful” something, but remember that you will always have the opportunity to capture what’s beautiful from your day. What petals do you have access to today? Haha petals in February in Northern England, not going to happen. I took my camera for a walk over to the marshland across the way and some petals from the flowers Phil got me the other week. I scattered some on the frozen marsh ponds and took a few shots but didn’t really care for them, plus it felt a bit like cheating! I liked the look of the bullrushes though so I used my lensbaby to blur the edges and isolate them, and they’ll have to stand in for petals.
Day 42 ~ I think landscape week is the perfect theme for today’s word, spectacular. We’ve all seen amazing landscape photos that awe us. I bet there are plenty of magnificent sites in your area. Show us what spectacular looks like to you. Off to the coast with Phil to have a walk along the cliff face. I was hoping for big splashy wave crashes against the rocks but it wasn’t that kind of day, in the end I used a shot of the beach and Trow rocks. Not sure it’s ‘spectacular’ but I like it.
Day 43 ~ Chilly ~ Today your challenge is to capture a chilly landscape. That could include snow, or ice, or post processing magic. Well any of the shots for this week would count for chilly, but Phil and I went on a walk around the woodlands near us, then I had too many photo’s to choose from!
Day 44 ~ Resourceful ~ Landscape photography is a wide open subject, both literally and figuratively. As the photographer, we have to decide the intended subject, message, or purpose of the image we shoot, beyond being just a pretty picture. As you photograph a landscape today, do so with intention. You may also want to try a “less is more” approach and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised! Well that flumoxed me. Resourceful. Hmm “Think of resourceful people as “full of resources,” or tools for coming up with solutions. They adapt well to new or difficult situations and they are able to think creatively. For example, if a snake gets loose in the pet store, a resourceful person will be able to figure out how to lure it back into its cage again“. Really??? I’d run a mile! Well there’s no snakes or pet stores in the vicinity so I had a wander over to the marshlands again and took some pictures there. I found this tree/bush thing with bobbles on it that reminded me of milk chocolate Lindors and I figured whatever the were they would have been a food resource for birds.
Well that’s another week gone by, and now we are into a colour week again. This time it’s to be pink. (I’m really not a pink kind of person so bear with me!)
and a little treat for any landlubbers, a few seconds of seashore sound 🙂
Posted on January 31, 2021
We are now into the More & Break the Rules week. Not sure I’ve done that right but hey-ho, I’ve taken pictures that vaguely resemble the prompt so that’s OK by me. 😊
Day 25~Prompt Free Day ~ 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? To be honest this wasn’t a great think piece for me. Phil bought me flowers last week and although that doesn’t really stretch me I didn’t get home from work until after dark and have to have dinner and a shower so an easy shot was my choice.
Day 26 ~ Light ~ We are taught right at the beginning of our photography journey to put the sun behind you. Well, I just love putting the sun in front of me. If you do this, you need to make sure that your camera settings are correct. No sun today to take a photo? Find an artificial light to make a beautiful light flare. Well again work and dark skies put paid to all that. But I was recently impressed by Amanda Gorman’s recitation at the US Presidential inauguration, so I made this instead.
Day 27~ Wonderful ~ Wonder inspires delight. How can we combine ‘wonderful’ with rules? Rules tend to get a lot of flak, but deep down inside, most of us know that rules are designed to make life better. With photography it’s no exception. The rules of photography are based on general principles that create great photos. Sometimes though, the composition calls for rules to be broken! How much fun is that? Create a sense of wonder by breaking the rules. She was mostly talking about breaking the rule of 1/3’s and putting your. horizon in the middle, but again, work prevented a landscape shot. I focussed on the ‘wonderful’ and made Phil a Tuscan Chicken dinner to come home to, and it really was wonderful! 😊
Day 28~ Branch ~ In the sprit of breaking the rules let us give the prompt an abstract twist. Instead of photographing the trees as they are in their natural beauty let use them to create something unexpected. Of course it’s now my day off and it has rained, and rained, and rained some more, and I wasn’t taking my camera out into the woods in it. I instead hung out of my bedroom window and took pictures of my Happy Eater Tree branches, I’m not sure I’d call it abstract as the branch is a branch is a branch, but I defocussed all around and did a double exposure to get the bokeh.
Day 29~ Organised ~ Do you have a specific organized spot that makes you happy? Maybe it’s something unusual. Maybe you’re one who does better in organized chaos or maybe there’s no organization at all. Share it with us and break the rules! Off to the shed for this one, and my colour coded mosaic tiles. Rainbow coded on the left, miscellaneous on the right. Anal retention springs to mind! 🤣
Day 30 ~ 1 O’Clock ~ What does 1 o’clock look like in your world.? Is it lunch time, work time, maybe even nap time? Give us a glimpse into your life today and while you’re at it go ahead and break the rules. None of the above, 1 O’ Clock here on a Saturday is not long after Brunch, doing the crossword and having a cuppa.
So that’s the ‘More’ and ‘Break The Rules’ week over. Not sure I’ve broken any rules, certainly not deliberately as I don’t tend to think about rules when I’m composing shots, I just put stuff where I want. Never mind, the prompts all did the job to get me taking pictures. Next week we are into February, and the first week is all about what makes us happy. I say us, but that means me 😊. Stay tooned!
Posted on January 24, 2021
Day 18 ~ Leading Lines + Red ~ This is red week. Can you find lines that lead you to red? Lines that are red? Or lines that let you peek through and see red? Can you find an unusual way to incorporate the color red into your photo today? Not sure this is unusual, but it’s the best I could do for red leading lines. Also it tasted so yummy. I didn’t eat the chilli though 😊
Day 19 ~ Excitement + Red. ~ As you go about your day, keep an eye out for collections of red that create a little excitement in your world. It could be apples or flowers or crayons… You may choose to get in close and fill your frame; or, back up and show your red collection in context. The choice is yours. Remember that this project is about documenting your life so your red collection need only excite you! I just don’t have a ‘red’ collection, I’m more a bluey/purpley kinda gal. But I was excited to receive a photography book I ordered from a lovely chap called Sean Tucker, who’s youtube channel is a delight and inspiring for life, not just photography. So I shot that instead but added a red rose Phil had bought for me, and a glass of róse wine.
Day 20 ~ Humour + red ~Using your mini figures helps with making a fun image. Sure, I can do that, as you know if you’ve followed my blogs a while 😊
Day 21 ~ Inside + red ~ Red is such an interesting colour because it’s at both ends of the emotional colour spectrum. On one end it symbolizes happiness, love, infatuation and passion. On the other end it symbolizes danger, fear, anger and frustration.Document which end of the emotional spectrum you fall into today with an indoor picture of something red. Or, maybe you just like the colour! Well I’m not on the end of the emotional spectrum today, but I do like this vintage teacup that belonged to my Mum.
Day 22 ~ Uplift + red ~ I find the color red to be very uplifting! It evokes a certain vibrancy and energy. Today let’s get in close, highlighting the details of something Red. Yep, I can do that too 😊 one of roses from the flowers Phil got me this week.
Day 23 ~ A wall + red ~So, today, when you are looking for your red wall, how can you make it interesting? Play with angles or think about how much of a background or foreground you want to share that will help the red really pop. I didn’t have to go too far for a red wall, and the angle I chose was straight on, and the foreground I shared is all the other red walls 🤣 I think I’m winning at red!
That was the end of Red week, and now we are on to Picture More week, not sure what that means but we are also doing ‘break the rules’ week, which is fine as I don’t do rules. Mostly.
Day 24~Cheerful ~ Our first Picture More Week you get to “Break the Rules!” Forget everything you know about technique and composition and just let go this week. Today you get to be CHEERFUL while you are breaking the rules. Argh I have no idea what that really means so I fixated on ‘cheerful’ and left the rest out of the equation. Here’s my watch, it always makes me smile when I look at it, and it’s the same smiley used in the Watchmen movie, not the usual emoticon smiley. So that’s me, cheerful. 😊
That’s it for this week! Oh yes forgot, my 52 frames project picture is in the portfolio too.
Posted on January 17, 2021
This week seems to be all about travel, and being outside. Of course, the ladies providing the prompts have fek all idea of what North East England is like in January, rain and mud basically.
Monday Day 11 ~”Do you know someone open-hearted? Do you have memories of open-hearted folks you have encountered in your travels? How can you bring that memory to life in your photo. To challenge yourself even further, see if you can incorporate macro photography into your photo today.” I do have memories from when we travelled to America back in 2014 and my friend Kathy who lived in Fairport N.Y met us at the airport . She gave us a welcome pack with all sorts of goodies in it, but my favourite thing in it was this cool stars and stripes wine stopper. Kathy and her husband Dave were so kind to us, and took us on outings all over the place. Great memories.
Tuesday Day 12 was a prompt free day, but based on the weekly theme of travel. Well Winnie travelled from Sunderland to Gateshead for her 2 month holiday with us, so I think she counts. 🙂
Wednesday Day 13 ~ “take a walk outside and see if you can find something that reminds you of a feather~You may end up with something that feels a bit abstract. That’s OK.”. Well I was working this day, and not home until after dark, but there is a bunch of Pampas grass in our carpark at work, and I thought they looked feathery, so I walked over to them and used my slow shutter app on the iphone to take a few long exposures. Blended in photoshop to get an abstract-ish picture. Don’t really like it but best I can do today.
Thursday Day 14 ~Travel photography is intended to document an area to which you travel. Well, travel has been a bit limited recently, so we are just travelling to areas close to home. Do you have a place close to home that is effortless to get to? Well the answer to that is a resounding No, not at the minute, it’s bloody chucking it down outside yet again. Still I needed a shot, so got myself ackled up with the intention of walking to the secret lake. However, when I got to the beginning of the walk, this is the sight that greeted me. I went home.
Friday Day 15 ~ Today ‘travel’ somewhere in your neighbourhood and show us why we want to visit. Make it CRISP! Crisp as in camera sharpness, crisp as in cold temperatures, crisp as in leaves. Well I cheated a bit here and travelled to my front garden 😃 although it’s frosty outside there’s still mud, and I’m not doing mud. I think my frozen plant/bush thingy looks crisp don’t you?
Saturday Day 16 ~ Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to encounter kindness! It comes in a wide variety of styles! Show us the Kindness you find along the way today! It may be a coffee delivery from a spouse, a bit of encouragement along the sidewalk, chalk drawing in the street to cheer up the neighbors, or yard art to celebrate a special event. The spouse is on a 13hr shift at the hospital, and when I went to the local shop no-one was kind enough to pay for my shopping, and the streets and gardens are undecorated with drawings or art, so I thought I’d best be kind to myself today!
Sunday Day 17~Aparently the week starts on Sundays, and we are now into colour week, the first of which is red. Today’s word is abundance. I challenge you as you take your photos this week to look for red and include in your photos. You can make it the subject of your photo or you can hint at red. Off to the fridge for this one. Glad to be out of travel week! 🤪
Posted on January 10, 2021
The prompt for Day 4 was ‘Breakfast’. Well you can’t beat a boiled chucky~egg with toasty soldiers can you?
Day 5’s prompt was ‘Relinquish’. I’ll let you make your own interpretation of what I was relinquishing!
Day 6 was ‘Letters’. I chose an old calligraphy artwork I did back in the 90’s, a poem written in 1941 called High Flight by John Gillespie McGee Jr, an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. It’s my favourite piece of work that I did.
Day 7 ~ Open. (This one’s for Kim 😘) A good book can open the heart and the mind.
Day 8 ~ Home ~where I stand. This one had to include your feet, good excuse to get out the posh boots 😊
Day 9 ~ Fascinating. This will be a quarterly challenge, taking a picture from the same place in different seasons, and adding each one to the previous shot, so a diptych, then triptych finishing the series as a quadtych. This is the wildlife sanctuary down the road from me, usually full of water birds, but frozen over today.
Day 10 ~ Feathers. “Take us on a trip and show us what feathered friends are native in your neck of the woods. ” Ya got to be joking- no unecessary journies also the weather is pants here today so I trained my camera on the happy eater tree and waited a couple of hours until some birdies showed up. Luckily the bunch of long tailed tits arrived. Thay are doughty little birds and probably my favourites.
First full week over, onwards ever onwards…!
Posted on December 25, 2020
Hello dear reader, it’s not often I get asked to take photographs on a particular theme, but yesterday I was approached through the blog to do a little series. Now, usually I would not pander to men of a certain age with peculiar fetishes, but I do like Ol’10 and it is Christmas after all.
So here you are my friend,
Kitchen Utensils,~ in action!! by Moi.
No utensils were harmed during the making of this series, and all gave consent and proof of age. Christmas Dinner gave a good account of itself, all in all a successful shoot. 😃
Posted on August 2, 2020
“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
“Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in.”
― A.D. Posey
Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?
“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
― Victor Hugo,
To me, the sea is like a person–like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there…
My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it
“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.”
― Rolf Edberg
There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about the sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.
All pictures embiggable with a click.
Stay tooned, for whatever comes next! 🙂