I’ve been writing a whole lot on Talking Digital Photography but I’ve been letting the blog posts slide. So I’m starting the new year with an effort to keep the Blog posts active as well. My latest additions are on: Zen Camera – exploring the ideas that the book has inspired. Notebooks section – A section for photography-related but more general personal ‘stuff’ that interests me and my camera. 2020 Vision – moving my journal online with photos I don’t use on Flickr or elsewhere.
Last week we took my old car to the car wash. I admit it is probably more than 5 years since I’d been through the strange experience of sitting in a car while the automated ‘wash and brush up’ whirred, rattled and rolled all about me. As I had my iPhone with me I decided to shoot the experience from the inside. After all it might be another 6 years before I get the chance again ;o) The whole process only lasted about 10 minutes, but I think I took over 60 shots. It was an ever changing kaleidoscope of almost abstract visuals – and enormous fun! Too many shots to share here, so I’ve posted the best ones on this page: Car Wash I think I’ll go back before another 5 years slip by!
Spoilt for choice at the opticians recently, getting new specs. As usual I have a camera with me – not just the smartphone – but small enough to be reasonably inconspicuous! And they kindly allowed me to shoot the displays while I waited. The array of frames is quite dazzling, and I was indeed spoilt for choice. Should it be big, bright and bold? Or maybe rimless – how about Harry Potter completely round and owl-like? I caught my reflection here in the full length mirror, surrounded by just some of the choices. Shot with the Lensbaby Sweet 50 optic, which gives an in-camera fly-away effect to the shot. On Flickr you can find my Album of Sweet 50 photos and more about the Lensbaby if you feel like exploring an interesting way of looking at photography.
I do try! Try to live the paperless life! I’ve got an excellent list-making app on my smartphone and on my laptop too. And they sync for added convenience. I’ve got Notes apps too. But I keep returning to my first love – actual paper notebooks! Oh … and Post-It notes as well I just love having real paper, and yes! a fountain pen too. I so enjoy discovering a new notebook – my latest find is Conceptum. A6 size and a pen loop for my favourite fountain pen. Purple ink this year. I stick in cut-out images, ideas, poetry and quotes I’ve picked up and enjoyed. I try to make it attractive, so I can enjoy it visually as well. Maybe I am just being old-fashioned and out-of-date? But this seems to be one battle that technology just can’t win – at least not with me ;o)
The kind of place you just want to sit and watch the world go by! The rhododendrons are still blooming at Fyvie Castle. Too good to miss the chance to enjoy them! And a chance to try out my latest Lensbaby optic, the Twist 60.
We’ve had a small wooden ranch-style fence in the garden for years – and this year we have replaced it. Work completed yesterday, and the smell of new wood, and wood shavings, fills the garden! I’ve planted clematis to grow up and over the fence, but at the moment it is bare, pale wood. I wanted to celebrate the new fence, so I took some rhododendrons from the front garden to adorn it. Shot with the Sony A77ii and the Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro.
A simple single white rose, shot against a black velvet cloth. I used the Lensbaby Edge 80 optic, which means shooting in Manual Mode. This optic is a favourite of mine, as it can produce amazing clarity and detail. I’ve written more about it here And ‘Flying Solo is all about using full Manual Mode on your camera.