Decay Day - Park Petals

Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Afternoon Snack

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Afternoon Snack

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Life

2016 April In Pictures

Hello again at the end of yet another month. As I’ve commented in most of my Friday posts, the weather showed us all it had. Let’s hope spring finally stays come May 1st.

How was April? I really, really miss my friend E who moved back to the US in February. Our monthly photo outings were always inspiring, and I still haven’t managed to go out by myself much.

I’ve been meaning to buy a second DSLR – a used D700, which I was hoping would be cheaper now that newer models are out, but so far I haven’t found one on the “used” market that fulfills all my requirements.

However, a friend has persuaded me to buy something else entirely, and I will receive this something else by the end of May. It’ll get me clicking more, I’m sure – I’ll keep you posted.

The month in pictures for April is mostly plant life;  with so much growing right now as well as my visit to the park plants made for the most obvious photo subject.

How was your April?

 

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FF - Dark Pink Rununcula

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Friday Flowers

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Decay - Bouquet Remains

Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Mono - Strawb + Cream

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Strawberries & Cream {Monochrome}

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Triptych - Lifecycle Hyacinth I

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Tuesday Triptych: Hyacinth’s Lifecycle

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Friday Flowers

FF Hyacinths

Good morning! My car finally got its summer tyres yesterday, but summer tyres do not bring summer weather with them, unfortunately. We’ve had beautiful spring weather this week, so let’s hope this rainy day is a freak occurrence and the weekend weather will be better.

I have no plans so far except for the usual food shopping at the Friday market and planting out more of the seedlings currently sitting on my dining table. I’ve already planted out cosmea, scabiosa, spider plant and Michaelmas Daisies into huge pots and have set them outside when it was sunny; now it’s the herbs that need to be planted out – coriander, basil and mint.

As usual, if the weather’s good, my good intentions are to go out with the camera, and also as usual… we’ll see:-) .

The above hyacinths were bought at last week’s market and are still going strong. I know a lot of people don’t like them because their scent can be really strong; a couple of evenings this past week I was close to exiling them to the other end of the room so I wouldn’t smell them, it can get a tad too much. I’m hoping to find different kinds of spring flowers today, then it’s goodbye hyacinths.

Happy Friday!

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Make A Wish {Monochrome}

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Friday Flowers

FF - pink rununcs jar

Friday – again. For me this week went really quickly, although I my days after work weren’t busy at all. The only thing I did this week was food shopping, otherwise it was home straight from work, where I enjoyed the longer days. I love daylight savings time – it’s already light outside when I wake up, and it’s still light when I leave the office. If only spring would comply now and do its thing by being continuously spring-like…

These ranunculi were leftovers from the bunch I had on the coffee table a few weeks ago. I decided to take a few pics before all their petals fell, then when their time to go had almost come, I deadheaded them and took some more photos on various surfaces. I wonder what I’ll take pictures of when ranunculus season is over…😀 .

Hope you all have nice plans for the weekend – have a good one!

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Blackcurrants {Monochrome}

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Friday Flowers

FF - Ranunc Macro

How was your week, everyone? Mine, for once, was really busy with meeting one set of friends from school one day, dinner with another set at a great restaurant the next day; the short work week due to Easter Monday was a bonus, especially after the clocks were turned forward on the Easter weekend.

For the past few days I took an alternative road to work that leads through bits of forest, and it all looked just beautiful shrouded in morning fog, no matter rain or shine. The first day I thought I should bring my camera the next day, and I kept thinking that every day but never brought it. Somehow my inhibition level with regards to stopping along the road to take pictures seems to be quite high still. That’s definitely something I intend to change.

Last month I had an online conversation with a fellow photo blogger as we found out we both feel quite uninspired at the moment; funnily, each of us had the same idea to maybe do a photo collaboration, so we’re currently thinking about what kind of collaboration it could be and trying to come up with details. Stay tuned.

Today’s flower is the result of me getting out my macro lenses last weekend. I’m always amazed at the detail you can get with those, so I haven’t packed away the lenses but left them on the table to remind me to use them more. I remember when I first got my 105mm macro lens – I would use it for everything. These days, for some reason it stays in the bag most of the time. But as I said, this, too, shall change.

Hope you’ll have a fun and relaxing weekend to look forward to. Happy Friday!

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2016 March In Pictures

Three down, nine to go! I’ve already been talking about mulled wine and our next visit to the Christmas market with my friends yesterday, even though I’m really looking forward to a proper spring first:-) .

March brought us the whole spectrum of what the weather has to offer: snow, sun, wind, rain, 3°C, 14°C… Let’s see what April will bring.

Photography-wise, for once this monthly retrospective is not full of food pics because I didn’t do much for the food blog. I guess plants feature most in my recent photographic activities but then that’s appropriate for the season.

I planted seeds for my balcony flowers at the beginning of the month, and they’re all growing nicely. I hope to plant them out sometime in April and can already envision them adorning the balcony.

All in all, I’m still a bit uninspired with regards to photography but have been picking up my macro lenses again in March and am hoping to get more passionate about it all again soon.

How was your March?

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Friday Flowers

Pink Gerbera Macro

Happy Good Friday, everyone! Hope you’re enjoying a day off as well; my Friday has been very quiet and lazy so far – reading, drinking lots of coffee and having bits of chocolate Easter egg for breakfast.

I took out my macro lenses yesterday to play around with, one result of which you can see above. By the time I got to the market yesterday all they had left were measly – albeit cheap – little bouquets, so I decided it was better than nothing.

I chose this gerbera with already slightly browning petals as my photo subject and then applied tons of different presets to the results. This one was one of my favourites – not the original colour (which is a very pale pink) but still not too unnatural.

It was really good fun using the macro lenses again; one little minus, though, was that with the 60 macro that can no longer autofocus I find it very hard to get sharp, in-focus pics. I mostly have to use the tripod for that. I was actually considering buying a newer model of the same lens but have been thinking it’s quite decadent to replace it just because I find it difficult to get the manual focus right.

What do you think? Would you invest?

Have a good weekend!

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Serenity {Monochrome}

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Triptych - Light It Up

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Tuesday Triptych: Light It Up

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Nature

Friday Flowers

March Pink Rununcula

Ranunculus *sigh* – my favourite flowers, and it’s the season right now, so I’m making the most of it. I’ve been buying a bunch or two these last weeks at the Friday market, and I enjoy seeing them on my coffee table. I’ll be off to the market later today and hopefully will return with more.

Hope you’re not bored yet with my weekly weather reports… Today is another beautifully sunny day, although it’s cold and crisp outside. We’ve had some snow earlier this week, and the view from my windows keeps switching between grey & dreary to sunny; the forecast for the weekend is more cold, then 17°C on Monday. Crazy, but I’ll take warm versus grey any day.

Plans for the weekend? For today it’s to enjoy the sunshine and go shopping at the market, for the rest of the weekend it’s cooking for the blog and taking pictures of whatever crosses my lens.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Friday Flowers

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Hello everyone! After two beautiful, sunny days today brought us fog of all things. It’s gotten quite cold again, too, we’re back to between 0° and 5°C, which is bearable on a sunny winter’s day but on a foggy one like today it made us take a very short walk only after lunch.

If you remember last Friday’s post, I told you all about getting the new bed up – and I can tell you I’ve been sleeping so well this last week like I haven’t been in ages.

What’s on at the weekend? I’ll be going to a friend’s 40th birthday party tomorrow, and I am so looking forward to that. He’s my friend’s husband, and I mentioned here before that his nickname is the grill sergeant as he’s basically a BBQ wizard.
I’ll be taking my camera with me, and I’ll very likely be crawling round my friend’s garden again to capture everything that’s started to blossom.

For today, I posted the same hyacinth that I showed you in my February In Pictures, only now it’s fully in bloom. Surprisingly it produced a second stem, which hopefully will be blossoming soon as well. This particular hyacinth is leaning so far over its glass container, straining towards the light, that I had to secure it with a wooden food skewer.

I wish my camera would capture magenta to lilac hues more accurately, though. In reality this hyacinth is a dark plum colour, and even in post processing I wasn’t able to get it to show up properly. At least I can see the original on my coffee table and enjoy the scent:-) .

Happy Friday!

 

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Prints

I was recently asked by Laura whether I print any of my pics to hang on my walls. I’ve considered doing this many times, but for some reason never did it. My answer to Laura was that I’ve taken to printing my favourites on my postcard printer and sticking them on the fridge with magnets. Laura said it must be a very decorative fridge but surely too urbane for my images.

So this made me think because I grew up in a generation where printing was the only way to get your pictures, and also I like being creative. What I also like is the square picture format on instagram, and all this together made me decide to print my favourite pictures in polaroid format, then stick them in an album and use that as a coffee table book.

The way I did that was very basic – I had an empty album lying around, I created a polaroid template in PowerPoint, added my pictures and printed. And voilà – coffee table book. Some would say I could have had a book printed but I honestly like the look and feel of holding an album in my hands and touching the pics.

I’m very pleased with the results, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up this book often to browse it.

What do you do with your pictures? Print? Just look at them online? Make a photo book?

Polaroid Album

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