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 🙂

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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! 🙂

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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 🙂

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Motion Blur Roses

Rather than trying to capture crisp, sharp images today I thought I’d play about with creating a dreamy, hazy feel to my pastel roses with a little bit of slow exposure motion blur – I love the way the colours blend out towards the edges. Apart from cropping to achieve the framing I prefer, these images are straight out of camera – what fun! 🙂

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The Art of Patience

I really love colouring in, but occasionally I’ll find a design in one of my many colouring books and think – nope, I just don’t have the patience for that.

This is one such design, made up of myriad tiny shell shapes, and although I first started it ages ago all I managed to complete was a small three inch square in the top corner before giving up.

So here I am in a winter Covid mini-lockdown, and I decided to give it another go – I’ve still got a long way to go but I’m finally getting somewhere… 🙂

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Rugby and Colouring In

I haven’t done any colouring in for ages, but yesterday brought both a stormy afternoon and a day off, so I picked up my gel pens again and sat and coloured in another design while also binge watching the last three matches of last season’s rugby Six Nations, postponed due to lockdown earlier in the year 🙂

Trusting the Twist

Sometimes I like playing about with my camera – not just using it practically to document reality as I see it, but using it artistically to create something deliberately abstract.

These are all relatively slow shutter speed images taken this afternoon, looking down onto a vase of red roses placed on a plain grey rug while quickly yet smoothly twisting the zoom lens from wide angle to telephoto. Other than cropping the outer edges to highlight the main areas of interest, all shots are straight out of camera without any further software post-processing.

There’s just something exciting in trusting in the twist to throw out an occasional delightful image or two that works, a pleasing prize nestling neatly amongst the dozens of dull discarded duds.

Definitely worth a smile for me today, even through my miserable cloud of depression 🙂

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