Lose control in a positive way

I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my photography. I shoot in Manual as I like to set my own, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I have my ‘go to’ editing apps and programs, different lenses for different situations and whilst I’m happy with the results on the whole I decided this morning to abandon control. I’m fortunate to be returning … Continue reading Lose control in a positive way

When your plans have ideas of their own…

We love being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature and photographic opportunities.  Having visited the Outer Hebrides a couple of times, we opted to visit The Isle of Mull this time. We poured over cottages and have had this visit planned for over a year. I bought new filters, was looking forward to giving my birthday lens a workout. ( I actually never … Continue reading When your plans have ideas of their own…

A- Z challenge

Here’s a challenge for you photography enthusiasts out there who love nature and have hundreds of images on their hard drives or phones. Can you create an A-Z collage of your photos? This took me a while and I had to ‘stretch the naming’ (ie cheat) in a couple of places, latin names suddenly became necessary! Some letters were easy – S for instance Snail, … Continue reading A- Z challenge

A Year in black and white

Even if you really love a hobby there are times you you can get ‘stale’ and find yourself doing the same things over and over without challenging yourself. My 365 project this year is #ayearinblackandwhite. I started this on 1st Jan but there is no reason that you can’t start your own project whenever you feel like it. I’ve done 365 projects before, some just … Continue reading A Year in black and white

Photographing Snowdrops

Light – Camera -Angle I often get people asking for advice when taking photographs so I thought I’d just share a few ideas today. I love Spring flowers and bulbs they are just so beautiful and full of hope. Due to the recent mild weather it appears that UK snowdrops are out in all their glory. On a practical note I always wear old jeans … Continue reading Photographing Snowdrops

Lensbaby Velvet 56

Following on from my ‘Milestone‘ post earlier this week, my husband has been asking me for ages what I wanted for my birthday. I decided that I wanted to be selfish and have something I wanted rather than needed so after lots of research I decided on a new lens and it arrived this morning! The lensbaby Velvet 56  looks and feels sturdy and allows you … Continue reading Lensbaby Velvet 56

Still freezing flowers

If you read my previous blog post you will see that I began to play with frozen flower images. I’m hooked! After experimenting with different containers and flowers, I like the effect produced by smaller pots and freezing single flowers. By using distilled water and having the patience (something I’m not very good at!) to build up the layers of water slowly you get the … Continue reading Still freezing flowers

Taking air quality for granted

There was an interesting article published in the Guardian today saying that 300 million children live in areas of extreme pollution. Guardian article It made me think about the little things I saw in Shanghai last week about how pollution is a part of a school’s daily life in China. On the front door every day is placed an update about the atmosphere that day … Continue reading Taking air quality for granted

Out of my comfort zone

Eleanor Roosevelt said ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’, well last week I was terrified. The offer of presenting at The Festival of Education, Wellington College, Shanghai was too good an opportunity to miss. BUT and it’s a big but, I’ve never actually flown anywhere by myself, I’ve never visited China and as you know i’m just an ordinary person ‘A granny from … Continue reading Out of my comfort zone

5th – 7th May

I’m waiting to go to the dentist so trying to occupy my head! I have  areal phobia about this. I know it’s not sensible or logical but then phobias never are that’s why they are phobias!! I’m bad tempered and have already snapped at my long suffering husband and drunk 3 cups of coffee. I have work to do but can’t concentrate hence messing with … Continue reading 5th – 7th May