Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spring and Stuff

An absolutely gorgeous weekend has made me fully realise that the start of spring really is here and the year has nearly gone full circle.  Amazing how time flies isn't it?

I remember thinking at about the same time last year that I didn't think I'd get to this point in 2011 without some things happening along the way.  I didn't know how I'd get here if they did or didn't.  And now, here I am, with things that have happened that I'd perhaps rather not have and things that didn't eventuate that I wished with all my heart that they would.

But you carry on don't you? Other people have much worse things happening to them or their loved ones and they cope and get by and live and well, carry on.  So how can you not?  Sometimes its good to be reminded of those special people, who never think they're special at all.  They are just living life the best way they know how, not doing anything different, not being heroic and certainly not being special.  

It's not like this year was filled with a nothingness either.  It has been a great year, filled with so much more than I could even begin to go into.  People have let me into their lives, just so I can practice what I love, I have been places, met people and I've done some things I didn't want to do or thought I couldn't, but guess what? I could.  You always can, you just can't give up on the trying.  And me, well, I hate to give up.  I'll complain, I'll kick and I'll scream but I find it very hard to just....give up.

And so, I'm awaiting summer (and my man who is out) with high expectations and desire for great things.    Some of the great things I desire are purely material and I'm hoping to get a new camera bag I've been eyeing off.  Not sure yet whether to get one from Epiphanie or Jo Totes, so many good bags, but it will have to last me for a while.   

I've gotten all philosophical today, I think I enjoy blogging and haven't done it for a while. Not many photos this weekend.  Too filled with outside, being a couple and removing all the old files from my old pc to my Mac and loading some great new actions from Paint the Moon.  I thought about them for a while, there is a great deal going on for the Picture Perfect Mega Set, and went for it today.  The photo below is processed using some of the effects from the action set.  

Have a great week :) 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

3 Top Tips I've Heard Recently

Let me just say before I start that these came from ALL over the place on the web and in books, they're NOT my tips. I've read them and think they're super. Unfortunately I can't remember where I read them all

1. Take photographs of things you enjoy
2. Try and take a photo every day. You'll learn to see something in everything. It also helps you work out what you like, how your camera works and know your lenses better (this is one I really need to work on)
3. Use natural light as much as possible, it is your friend. Clouds and wind can also be your friends.

And that's my super quick photo for today, shot on my phone and brightened on instagram. a busy day ahead and not sure I'll get another chance.
Have a good weekend

Friday, September 9, 2011

Desperate and Dateless

Well, haven't had a lot of time lately to take pics...I'm ever so desperate to do so, but I'm swamped at work with very little chance of getting home or out before dark.

Its set to rain here all weekend, I don't have any plans in the near future where I could take some gorgeous pics.  I'm going to have to knuckle down and take a photo a day. Everyone says it helps, everyone! Who is everyone? Well, those helpful tipsters out there, thats who! I love reading hints and tips, but they make me feel so inadequate sometimes.  If only I could take a decent picture of something. Next year I'm going to take a photograph a day, and do the 365 challenge.  By the time winter hits I'll have a habit started, surely? 

Anyway, wish me luck, maybe I'll entice 'he who won't be photographed' into doing some sitting for me :)