Sunday, 20 July 2014

Catching up

It has been nearly threes weeks since I posted here. So far I have had the busiest summer I can remember with first my friend from Zagreb staying with me and then the kitchen revamp and working long hours at work covering for my boss's holidays. I still found an odd moment here and there to take or process photos. Having recently started mobile phone photography I have also been trying to decide whether to post on my blog all the mobile phone photos I want to share or just certain ones. I decided that all the snapshots and social photos I will share on Facebook only and my blog and Flickr will be just for a more creative images. Today's post is a collection of images I have taken/worked on in the last three weeks.

Photos taken with camera:

Some houses in the village of Darley, in Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales. I completely fell in love with the farm house in the first photo. I could move in tomorrow! The grand house in the second photo also caught my eye of course, but it is the farm house I would choose any time between the two. The third photo shows the village green. Next to the post there is a board with maps of some lovely walks around the village in the beautiful Dales countryside.

A window sill still life created for my Flickr album named "Seasons in My Window" inspired by my new net curtains, old books and ink blotter as well as the red tones of the curtain and alstroemeria  flowers.

I took this photos back in 2012. I fancied sharing a landscape and this image appealed to me for its lovely silvery contrasting light. It was very easy and quick to process not needing anything other than slightly modifying exposure and colour.

Photos taken with mobile phone:

I simply adore sunflowers! They are among the top favourite summer things for me. They bring summer indoors adorning my dinning room table throughout the season.

Love my kitchen window sill and am always changing and rearranging the objects on it according to the season and time of year. Our back garden that can be seen outside gives the set up a nice backdrop and emphasizes the theme.

My favourite part of our newly revamped kitchen. Love the antique copper utensils I won on Ebay and the retro saucepans both from the country I was born in.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Coming home

This year for some reason the grass is not getting cut in the park. I don't really mind it, it's nature and nature is beautiful. I love to see various tall grasses and Queen Anne's lace. The light was beautiful this afternoon as I was coming home from work so out went my new mobile....I'm having fun with it.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Foxgloves Seasons

I have not been a great fan of foxgloves but lately they have grown on me. They are a bit of an "acquired taste" for me. Like many flowers I find them quite difficult to photograph in an interesting way but they add great spots of colour in landscape scenes. In the shot below I liked how they worked together with the dry stone wall. They seem to also grow freely in shaded areas at this time of year and I wonder if they would do well in my front garden instead of hollyhocks and lupins that I planted from roots but am seeing no signs of yet. 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Darley Mill Centre

I am a very keen and passionate amateur photographer but not one of those who always carry the camera with them. It's simply not always practical and I don't really get inspired to take photos unless I purposely go out to take them or take the time to create a still life at home. But a while ago I warmed to an idea of taking everyday snapshots with a mobile phone. They may be little more than records of an event, a memory or even creative images... the point would be to take some good shots of everyday life in between my outings with the camera. I needed a new phone with a better camera but I did not want it to cost me very much so I opted for a Motorola G smartphone. I tested it on a trip to Darley Mill, a very beautiful 17th century corn mill owned by the company I work for. Inside there is a most charming home furnishings and homeware and gifts shopping centre as well as a gorgeous restaurant serving delicious food. I don't know what I enjoyed more -  the experience of the mill or taking photos with my new mobile phone. A great day and I hope my new phone will make my life that little bit greater in general.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

I genuinely believe not many people can say they have such a good, lovely and dear father-in-law as I have. I lost my own father when I was very young and I guess that is why I appreciate him and love him even more. I created this image for him back in 2010 (it is showing the card we sent him then) and it is only high time I posted it here for this year's Father's Day. Cheers, and thanks so much, Dad! xxx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Buttercups Season

I have recently purchased some textures hand made by Distressed Jewell, a very talented American rural photographer whom I admire greatly and derive a lot of inspiration from. Here are the ULRs of her Flickr photostream and her Textures blog:
There are plenty of free textures on Flickr and elsewhere on internet but sometimes it is nice to treat yourself to some special ones as they are inexpensive anyway. I love Jewell's textures and feel they are most effective on images with plenty of sky or plain background, something I would like to do more of.
As I have felt quite adventurous lately I also decided to try actions in post processing. I have wanted to try them for a long time because I was amazed at tones they produce but felt a bit daunted because I struggled to understand what they are and how they work. After reading a few tutorials on how to download, install and use actions and a lot of browsing I decided to buy a set from Jessica Drossin
called Fine Art Tints. I am still learning how to use it but after playing around for a while I think the set is best suited for portraits and for achieving beautiful skin tones which is what Jessica is all about. I do intend to start doing some portraits and am looking forward to using Jessica's actions on them. I am also hoping to buy some more actions and overlays from her fantastic and very clever Beautiful World collection. Next I would like to try her cloud overlays.
On each of the two images bellow I used one texture by Distressed Jewell and one action by Jessica Drossin. I so love buttercups. They are such a cheerful sight at this time of the year. Wild garlic is very abundant this year and the two alongside each other together with a lot of tree blossom do create magic in nature.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Salt & Garlic

.....and "don't forget rosemary!" as an English saying goes.
It's been a while since I posted here. I have recently started a new job which is quite life changing. There is a lot to learn and adjust to new circumstances so my photography has been a little slow. I don't mind that. I think it helps to freshen your creativity if you have periods when you are not doing much but just concentrating on other things and thinking of new ideas.
I shot this still life at the beginning of the month. I wanted to make a traditional, old-world looking image that would evoke the spirit of the past times kitchen, As my house is done up in country style there is quite a few objects to choose from in my kitchen. As usual when I am creating a still life with a few elements I went for a theme and this time it was seasoning and herbs used for cooking. I opted for a low key look using dark wood textures and a low brightness setting as a lot of old cottages and houses had small windows and therefore it was quite dark inside. (It would not bother me, I would love to live in an old English cottage!)