52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 7 Time

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When I have found the time, I have been working through a course on Photoshop from Creative Live. It has been a real eye opener and I have learned so many new techniques (remembering them is something else!) This picture was taken in a small village in France, a lovely little church with a very grand clock. To try and make it more interesting and generally just to practice and play about (!) I experimented with textures and blending modes to create this slightly darker, moodier version.

For the 52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 7 Time

52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 6 Red

 

It has been festival time again and my favourite thing about the 9 day event is the Open Gardens. The Victorian terraced houses in the model village of Saltaire have quite small back yards, but even so some of the local residents open their gardens for the weekend so that strangers can wander in and out and admire their “small space” creativity. Each garden also generally hosts an artist who will exhibit their work in amongst the plants. If you are lucky, the artist may even be there, I love talking to the creators about their work, they are so passionate about it and it is really inspirational. I was lucky enough to meet and talk to Sally Barker, an artist who has just started working in ceramics (visit her website sallybarker.org to see more of her work). Her pieces were exhibited on the walls of one of the gardens, it’s probably a complete cliche, but they had a truly organic feel to them. They reminded me of the fungi that you see growing on tree stumps, my other half said they reminded him of wasps nests. Created by squeezing little bits of clay and meticulously piecing them all together when they were fired, the glaze moved to the edges to create the unique look around the beautiful glowing blood red paint.

For the 52 Week Week Challenge: Week 6 Red

52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 5 Sunset/Sunrise

Sunset, for the 52 week challenge at The Girl That Dreams Awake

The other evening, I looked up at the sky and saw this wonderful sunset, some of the clouds were shading the sun and creating this amazing effect. I was taking them from my son’s room (its got the best view!) and so couldn’t resist experimenting with his Playmobil pirate ship sailing off into the sunset!

If you want to join in or just see more sunsets and sunrises, then hop over to The Girl’s site (link above) she’ll be awake and dreaming!

52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 3/4 Reflection of a self portrait

self-portrait

I’m way too late for this, but being determined to try to keep up with some challenges, at least for a few weeks, here is my week 3 and 4 combined. Taking a few moments in the evening sat outside, I looked up and the sun was shining on me and reflecting in my kitchen window. After recovering from the inital alarm at seeing myself, I thought, that it would make a good “selfie” for this challenge. I’m not keen on having my photo taken, but when I look over the holiday pics and realise that it looks like I stayed at home, maybe I just need to “get over it”. I’m the sort that would rather be hiding at the back, fading into the shadows, staying under the radar. Maybe I just don’t want to give anything away, be judged by other people, I keep myself to myself. I think many photographers are the same, we like to hide behind our cameras!

A Self Portrait and A Reflection for the 52 week challenge at The Girl that Dreams Awake.

Thursday Doors: Arras – Part 2

Arras town hall

As promised from last week, here is another door from Arras for Norm’s Thursday Doors. This one is from the Town Hall, constructed during the sixteenth century and totally demolished during World War I. During the 1920s and 30s, the local residents carefully reconstructed their historic building “brick by brick”.

This picture has also featured in black and white for this weeks Monochrome Madness.

Some more images of the beautiful Arras Hotel de Ville.