Abstract Roses Again

A few more abstract motion blur zoom burst roses before they start their journey to the great rose garden in the sky… OK, the compost bin… I really enjoy playing about with my camera like this, with a bit of cropping the effects can be quite spectacular, almost dream-like. And I love the way the colours blend together in such an artistic fashion – all images are variations on a theme of pink, yellow and orange roses in a vase placed on a blue rug 🙂

Flower of the Day

Fun with Flowers

My husband bought us some yellow, pink and orange roses for Easter, and I was going to take a few standard shots in a vase but then I thought – why not have a play about with my camera, and see what kind of creative images I can make… Sometimes I just feel like I want to be a bit more artistic with my photography.

The first pic shows the roses head on, looking straight down from above. Then I slowed the exposure and started twisting the zoom while the shutter was open. I took loads of shots, deleting all of the first set, then thought about what effect I was trying to achieve and tried again. The second set were much better, far less random, and far fewer were deleted. With the third set I’ve kept almost all of them. Some of my favourites (see above) come from the originals being cropped a little to bring a better balance overall, but the very last shot shown here is 100% straight out of camera, with no cropping at all.

I’m really happy with how they came out. Happy Easter Sunday everyone! 🙂

Flower of the Day

Mermaids

A different kind of colouring in design for me yesterday – no kaleidoscopic mandala, and no clearly demarcated shapes of straightforward single colour either, just three simply drawn mermaids swimming in the sea with their long hair fanning out and floating around them.

So I used coloured pencils rather than gel pens to be able to layer and shade and blend the colours together in a more pleasing way to suit the style of the drawing. I took pics as I went along to show the different stages, and I was surprisingly happy with how they turned out 🙂

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My Colourful Imagination

Oh how I miss going for a decent brisk walk along the canal! I’ll get back to it soon enough, of course, but for now I’m convalescing after Covid so am taking things easy for the time being, keeping close to home until I fully recover.

My last walk there was on January 1st, and I’ve been looking through my photographs from that day. I’m remembering the feel of the bracing winter air on my face and imagining everything looking so much brighter, as if painted in a palette of primary colours, just waiting for me to get well enough to manage to walk that far (and get all the way back again, of course).

So I applied an online art filter to help create the kind of colourful effect I could see in my mind’s eye – K2 from Lunapic – and I’m sharing the end results above. Hopefully these stylised, artistic images bring a smile to your face as much as they cheer me up until I feel fit enough to get back out there and see it all for real myself once more 🙂

Weekly Smile

Umbrella Plant

More playing about with free online filter effects for today’s Flower of the Day – this time the boring green Umbrella plant sitting in my living room is having a bit of a colourful artistic makeover courtesy of Lunapic – this particular filter effect is called K2 🙂

January Colouring in: Take II

And another mandala coloured in…

I find it so calming to colour in these circular designs, just beginning in the centre and slowly working outwards, deciding one colour at a time and only seeing at the end exactly what my colour choices have created. It’s not difficult to do, only time consuming, and time is something I certainly have an abundance of right now during our second national Covid lockdown. So I think colouring in as an enjoyable and engrossing creative pastime is my Weekly Smile this week…

How do other people choose to spend their leisure time while staying indoors during a winter lockdown? 🙂

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