Monday, 20 February 2017

Looking for an Ocean


On Thursday, a friend and I took a trip to Portsmouth, to find Cute Things, drink Tasty Things, and find a road named after a book...

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Incomplete

Incomplete

The prompt I went with for Delightful Aberrations' theme challenge this week was gap.
To be completely honest this photo happened completely by accident, but it fits the theme so here it is!
This one is also part of my 365 Project!

I know that the majority of my posts lately have been about photography, but I did actually Get Out And Do Stuff again recently, so I do have other things to write about. I just have to have time to sit and write the blog posts--!

Unfortunately despite the fact we're heading towards the end of February now, a lot of places of interest are still closed!
But spring is here at last, and I can at least tramp through muddy fields in my wellies!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Colour Fall

Colour Fall
For Delightful Abberations' theme challenge this time around, I opted for the fall prompt. I decided to experiment with shutter speed, and ended up with the above photo (after much editing because it's a dark day, so not entirely suitable for a fast shutter speed!).
I'm trying to do more with the technical stuff like shutter speed and depth of field, because I'm so out of practise with it!

Bounce
This second image was produced in-camera by combining two separate photos--one with a fast shutter speed (1/1000) one with slow (1 sec).

More photos taken for this challenge can be found on my Delightful Abberations tag.

Monday, 6 February 2017

January Roundup & 365

Into the Fog (23/365)
Since I plan to take a vast number of photos this year as part of my 365 Project (goal #65), I decided to post monthly round-ups to look back at what I've done over the past month, and share the photos I've taken in places other than Instagram and 365 Project.

Rings (12/365)
Ideally, I'd post the roundups at the start of each month, but this one is a few days late as I've been ridiculously tired lately. The weather certainly hasn't helped--cold, dreary wet, and occasionally fairly windy!

My roundups might not always take the format of this first one; I'll play around with that over the months and tailor each one according to the photos and what I've got done.

So here's how my January has been...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Circling the Stars

Circling the Stars
Just in case you hadn't seen enough photography here lately, here is some more.
This time it's photos for the theme challenge on Delightful Aberrations; I used the theme outline and am totally late in posting!

The first photo doubles up as one of my 365 Project images.

Tracing the Path
All I did for these pictures was photograph the raindrops on the window this evening, using a cheap macro conversion kit on the front of my lens. As it was difficult to get a shot without reflection on the glass, I had to focus on the section of glass directly in front of the lens.

I have some other photos to share, including a round-up of my 365 Project images for January, but I'll leave those for another day!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Brighton Seafront Photography


As I mentioned the other day, I recently took a trip into Brighton to take some photos, mostly along the seafront between Palace Pier and the beach huts in Hove.
I uploaded one as part of my 365 Project, but here are some others from that day.


Though I am usually guilty of snapping away merrily without thought, I put more consideration into my photography this time.


A lot of my shots were pretty run-of-the-mill; I'm pretty sure everyone who has been to Brighton has taken photos of the skeletal remains of West Pier! Years ago, I took a similar photo to the one above, which entirely by accident ended up looking over-exposed to the point of being black and white. I tried to create a better version of it in the image above, with intentional overexposure and just a hint of colour.


Besides the typical shots, I tried to capture things I would normally pass with a second thought, such as the reflections in puddles on the promenade...

Friday, 27 January 2017

Tea by the Sea


Whilst on a photography-focused wander along Brighton seafront last week, I stopped off for refreshments at Brighton Fishing Museum Coffee Shop, which I'd failed to notice back when I went to the museum itself.
This turned out to be an error, because they sell tasty tiffin traybake!


Though the coffee shop doesn't have any indoor seating, it does have some little tables and chairs out the front, and some cushions on the wall between the coffee shop forecourt and the main walkway for the seafront.


The winter air was chilly, but the sun that day made it pleasant to sit out and enjoy the sea (and the sound of the guy running the coffee shop playing the ukelele!)
Next time I'm along the seafront and want tea and cake, I know where to go!


Eating at this coffee shop brings me another step closer to reaching my goal of eating at 30 places I'd never eaten before. Previous the new-to-me places can be found on my goal #36 tag.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Bigger on the Inside: Horsham Museum


Today I ended up at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, which I'd stumbled upon one Sunday (when it was closed).
From the outside it looks pretty small, but once you get past the door, there is a lot to be seen, with many different permanent collections alongside their temporary exhibitions.

Compared to other local museums I've been to, this one turned out to be up there among the best!

The museum is a real aladdin's cave of rooms, each dedicated to one or two of the collections on display, with a couple of gallery rooms (which currently have temporary exhibitions by current artists).

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A Human Dragon

I've been working on some more costume designs for goal #53, "Design 50 costumes/outfits".

Once again they're designed for characters in my Folk Tales of the Sea People stories, including that of a dragon in human form...

Maya (12/20)
From: The Clam Keeper and the Sailor

+ Floor-length strapless silver gown covered with silver scales (aluminium or satin)
+ Silver satin insert in back of skirt, flowing down into boned semicircular trail (to resemble tail fin)
+ Metal scale gauntlets
+ Red ribbon at neck



Etienne (13/50)
From: The Clam Keeper and the Sailor

+ White cotton hat with upturned brim
+ Worn-looking white shirt with sleeves rolled up, pearl buttons and peach-coloured shell emblem embroidered on breast pocket.
+ Blue and white fine-striped 'sailor pants' with navy buttons, rolled to above knee
+ Woven leather sandals


Monday, 23 January 2017

Frozen Since Last Week


Since the beginning of the year, I've been working on a 365 Project (a year-long photography project in which the aim is to take at least one photo a day).

I've been so sidetracked by it, and generally head-fogged and irritated at the internet (FB troubles!) that I didn't get around to posting this photo for the Delightful Abberations theme challenge until now!
This is for last week's challenge, but it was also one of my 365 Project photos, so Lilia snagged it and popped it on the D.A. blog for me (thanks Lilia!)
The theme was frozen... It's been icy here for a good week now, and honestly it's a nice change from all the dreary grey clouds and rain we were getting.

I've been neglecting this blog for a couple of weeks, but have new things to post (especially a lot of photographs!) So keep a look out for what's to come!