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Shutter priority, ISO 400, Aperture 4.5, Speed 1/4.

A slow shutterspeed

A slow shutter speed with a tripod capture the fun and atmosphere of the Charleston

One of my friends has just celebrated the big four oh and did so in style by arranging a 1920s Charleston Workshop with an instructor. Everyone entered into the spirit and after a number of frantic phone calls, visits to charity shops and begging, borrowing and stealing we were transformed. I was asked to be the photographer which can be a little nerve-wracking but after my recent course, I was up for capturing some motion blur as well the atmosphere of the party.

The lovely Rhoda instrusts us all

The lovely Rhoda instructs us all

Another triumph for Ali and Nicola

Another baking triumph for Ali and Nicola!

story3story2story1This photo challenge is a three-picture story. It is a way to help think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:

  1. An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
  2. A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
  3. A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.

I took up this challenge but have tweaked the order of the photos. By starting with a close-up photo, it makes you think, “A pretty photo, but so what? By drawing back in the second and third photo one realises how the iris flowers have flourished in difficult surroundings and are captured behind bars: they become more dramatic and were the only beautiful thing in a backstreet car park on a dreary day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

slow speed

Creating blur: Low shutter speed 1/30 (camera resting on wall). 16F (small aperture). WB – Cloudy. Shutter speed priority. IS0 400

panning

Panning – following the movement of the yellow van. It is roughly in focus and everything else is blurry. 1/15 shutter speed. 22F. WB- Cloud. Shutter speed priority.  ISO:400

shallow depth

Practising shallow depth of file and focussing on different parts of the wall. Lens on telephoto, Aperture priority – 5.6. Speed 1/320. ISO 400.

This month I had a hot date with my camera and I returned to Oxford School of Photography. I felt as if I had fallen into a rut, the shutter speed and got stuck on 1/60 and the ISO on automatic and I needed to break free. I did a ‘Understanding your Camera’ course over 4 Saturdays two years ago but I felt that a refresher would remind me of what I had learnt and help me know what I had missed. It was an excellent day – very theoretical with only a few short practical breaks but it was just what I needed. There were also a few comments the instructor said that released me – “It is okay not to automatically know and find everything on the camera” and “You don’t have to know but be prepared to practice”. I have fallen in love again with my camera and now we need to practice, practice, practise.

About this post: My 2014 resolution is to visit a creative place every month.
January – The Ashmolean: Malcolm Morley

window1 window2Looking in surreptitiously, looking out expectantly – windows act as the boundaries between worlds. I walked into a darkened apartment in Bruges where the light glowed greenly from the windows and when they were flung open I delighted in the beauty and sounds of bells from a medieval city.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge unexpected1The low November sun created a eerie and most unexpected shadow with a child’s wire zebra.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge unexpected 2

bike1 bike2 bike3 bike4I love cycling. I love cycling with friends on Saturday mornings, I love cycling my children to school and I love family bike rides. So when we were in Amsterdam, I was delighted to see so many bicycles in fact there are more bikes than people! When they are not in use, they are chained to fences, trees or in the multi-storey bike park creating a unique cityscape. It’s fantastic that it is the norm for the entire population to cycle – you see smart businessmen on bikes, women on their way to work with children in the ‘bakfiets’ – a wagon affair attached to the front of the bike and ‘free spirits’ with decorated bikes. We joined the love affair by hiring bikes and having a day out along the canals.

Three on a bike

Three on a bike

golenhour1 golenhour2 golenhour3golenhour4 golenhour5We have recently returned from two weeks of ‘Backpacking around Europe’ (well three countries anyway) with our three children aged 10,7 and 4. What a fabulous travelling experience it was; we took what we could carry in backpacks and each person was allowed only one luxury. Mine was my camera and I set myself the ‘The Golden Hour’ photographic challenge aiming to take photos in the early morning and early evening when lighting is at its best. I didn’t feel I fully met the challenge, I blame the cosy bed, a holiday mood and also the sheer energy required to backpack with young children. However, on reviewing my images there are some themes arising which I will share over the next few posts.

Setting off on our travels

Setting off on our travels

signageOf all the ridiculous signs in a risk-averse country…!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

bluebellOn Saturday mornings I go cycling with a few friends in our local hills – nothing too strenuous and not so fast that we can’t chat – but it is so invigorating. Getting out in the morning away from the children and seeing skies and glorious views invigorates and inspires mes. I love our cycle rides so much and I have just discovered a whole new route. My friends have often spoken about the ‘Bluebell Woods’ which sounds mysterious in itself (or something out of Enid Blyton) but it is at the top of a particularly steep hill. However seeing it is May, we decided to explore it and the deep blues against sparkling greens with hints of caustic yellow oil seed rape in the background was food for the soul.bluebell2

photo challenge change2I had a big change this week. I entered a new decade and turned 40 and these photos hanging on a line represent my life. I can’t help but reflect and recognise that I can no longer do anything I want. I won’t be a business woman running an empire (do I want that – not really). I won’t live in a house with acres and vistas (do I care – not really). What is precious and important to me? My faith, my husband and children, creative challenges, my family and my friends. Friends to laugh with, to cry with, to pray with, to shop with. Friends to run village events with, friends to cycle with and knit with, friends to giggle and gossip with and friends to advise and counsel me. I shall remember one friend’s wise words “Enjoy being 40 – it is a fruitful season.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge colourCornish Colour. I am squeaking in just in time with this challenge as we are just back from holiday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

Easter Saturday
This was a deeply satisfying challenge because although my day was ordinary, it was in its ordinariness that it became special as I focussed on all it offered. A solitary morning cycle over the hills and seeing five hares frisking and even boxing in the fields; a child’s enjoyment of an Easter egg hunt while reminding her what Easter really meant; the pleasure of knitting again after 20 years and an evening walk with my son and the surprise of a beautiful sunset.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge home photo challenge home2This is a longing in all of us no matter how young we are to create a safe place – a home. It may be cardboard boxes, or a rug thrown over a table or a den made of sticks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

winterwinter2Jack Frost has come and even the sheep in the fields are frozen.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

postaweek reflections1postaweek reflections2postaweek reflections3For some years now the village minutes have read that GR has inspected the horse-chestnut tree on the bank by the play park and has suggested that because it is somewhat diseased it may need replacing. The local gossip is that this magnificent tree was planted by a school child when the village hall was the local school. It seems so sad that its days are numbered and perhaps if a new oak tree is planted, it should be done by a pupil of the current school to provide continuity. I often admire the reflections created on clear winter days and this week’s topic motivated me to capture them. In the third photo I was annoyed that the building was in the background but when I reviewed the images I realised how significant it was to have the hall there as that was the old school and the chestnut’s history is linked to that of the school. Not only was it planted by a child but it has provided chestnuts to play with, leaves to collect and branches to hide in by generations of children.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.