Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Photo a Day #196 Flashback Sunday

Sports Day

Another blast from the past- this was taken by one of my parents at a Primary School Sports Day. I was never the most gifted with sports, but I did try! I look so lean and long-legged in this photo- I've never really looked like that since!

The original below on the left isn't much different, but I did some brightening and removing of dust specks. I'm not thrilled with my editing skills here, but I am a learner! This photo is probably from around 1994 I would guess.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Photo a Day #292

Autumn Leaves

I took this on Saturday afternoon. Before I dragged myself out I felt lethargic, 'crampy' and pretty gross to be oxymoronic about it. Walking around with my camera, taking pictures of all of the colours, I felt a lot better on return home. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Photo a Day #289

Wrong Side of the Street

A self portrait: the light here behind me was blinding, so perfect for silhouette photography. Apparently we're due some extreme weather over the next few days in the form of Hurricane Ophelia passing over.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Photo a Day #288

Into the Light

By chance, two people walked past me when I was snapping away in this subway. I've photographed this before and find the colours and lighting fun to capture.

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Photo a Day #287

Birthday Girl

Maisie is two years old today. She brings us so much happiness, even when things are tough. I made her a birthday cake which she devoured without even offering us a slice. We love this little cat and couldn't imagine life without her.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Photo a Day #286


I'm not sure what to say about this one at all. Sometimes I try to find the interesting in the mundane; sometimes I succeed, other times I fail. It's all subjective of course! I'll leave it at that.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Photo a Day #282: Flashback Sunday

Shelley with Kittens

I scanned some old photographs from my collection. This photo was taken before I was born, probably around 1982-1983. The cat in the photo is Shelley. She was the most sweet-natured tabby cat who lived to the age of 20. She was a mummy to 4 kitten of which 2 were given away and 2 died as young cats. 

The original colour tones are of an era and I wanted to bring out some of the rich purples that were in the original (taken by my dad). I've added some clarity and contrast to show off Shelley's beautiful markings. 

I thought editing some photos from the 80s and 90s would be a fun edition to the 'Photo a Day' project. Whilst these photos will not be originally my own work, they will be images that are significant to me and taken from my collection of album photographs. It'll be interesting to see what modern technology can do to photos that were taken before this technology existed. Watch this space for more 'Flashback Sunday' images.

Trying DECIEM Skincare Products (The Ordinary, Hylamide and NIOD)

Deciem products are much talked about in the beauty world currently. One of the key reasons for this is that they offer ranges of skincare for an array of budgets and focus on the science behind effective skincare. I am by no means an expert, but through my interest in skincare, I have read up quite a lot about the types of ingredients to look when investing in anti-aging products that actually work. I have tried three products- one from each of the main Deciem brands and I have some opinions to share. 

Friday, 6 October 2017

A Photo a Day #280

Secret Place

I took a picture at night looking into the shed (PAD #246), so today I thought a contrasting shot looking out from the inside in the day would be an interesting parallel. This is shot using 'partial colour' mode as part of my weekend Photo a Day shoot.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A Photo a Day #279


I know everyone thinks their cat is beautiful, but seriously- look at her. She was having a snooze, but she sensed me moving and posed for a quick portrait.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A Photo a Day #278


I shot this below a tree in 'partial colour' mode. Give it a few weeks and we won't be seeing many green leaves, so this I wanted to record this fading of green as we move towards Autumn and the leaves begin to change and fall.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

A Photo a Day #277


There are slugs everywhere in my garden at the moment. It's a slug party. I've even caught some making slug love. I thought I'd take a photo of one of them. I used the 'miniature' mode, hence the blur pattern.

Monday, 2 October 2017

A Photo a Day #276

Bananas & Salad Cream

Another shot taken whilst playing with the 'partial colour' feature on my camera. It picks out your preferred colour and leaves the rest of the shot in black and white. You can see that the mode does leave some areas untreated in the shadows of the yellow objects which gives it a graphic quality.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A Photo a Day #274

Green-eyed Monster

This is a shot that I took while messing around and trying some different 'self-portrait' shots. I liked the blurring in this particular shot because the bokeh effect appeared as blue and yellow circles. Not a pretty representation of green eyes, but an interesting one.

Friday, 29 September 2017

A Photo a Day #273

Hands up for Rock 'n Roll

Maisie grooming herself in the garden. She is definitely a badass cat, hence the title of this photo. Yesterday she was chased up a ridiculously tall tree with really sparse branches by the cat next door. Both cats appeared to be stuck and Maisie was being hissed at by the other cat. It was a stand off. Like the adventurer she is, Maisie managed to shimmy down the tree like a bear, past the other cat and back to us and the Dreamies that we had in our hands. The other cat was left looking sheepish and miaowing for help. It's ok, she did get down eventually, after hissing at my partner when he tried to climb up and get her! 

"Don't mess with Maisie," is the moral of the story.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

A Photo a Day #272


Maisie caught a tiny mouse in the garden so I rescued it. Considering my phobia of mice (following traumatic encounters in student housing), I felt really sad for this little baby who was limping about trying to hide from our cat. I'm not sure whether it survived after the shock. Nature is cruel.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

A Photo a Day #269

Cooling Down

I often edit my photos to be black and white, but this was actually taken in the B&W mode in high contrast. This was taken in the garden of our rented house, so this isn't something we purchased, but it reminds me of something you could find in The Secret Garden. I liked the contrast between the fence and the light above in the background.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Nars X Christopher Kane 2017 Chrome Collection: Review and Swatches

Scottish fashion designer, Christopher Kane, has collaborated with Nars for the second time and the two-piece collection caught my eye instantly. In fact, I haven't seen anything quite this exciting from Nars for some time. The collection features a high-shimmer, limited edition eyeshadow palette and holographic lipstick in a very wearable light pink. It arrived today and I've been testing it out, feeling like a kid at Christmas.

Kane's Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2018 show featured make-up looks focused on nude iridescence. The palette, on first glance, looks so glitzy and fun on the Nars website with its duo-chrome rose/ teal and bright yellow shades jumping out at you; despite being wowed by it, I did wonder whether it was really for me, considering I am no longer a night-clubber and work in a conservative environment. Then I saw the Christopher Kane runway images and saw how these eyeshadows could be worn in a very pared-down way, particularly with the pale pink lipstick which adds an ethereal glow to the lips. Here are my thoughts after testing today:

A Photo a Day #267


Studio Ben Allen, The Clearing, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017-
I wanted to capture people's reaction to this installation; the sense of calm in the room, and the size of the gothic wooden construct, resembling a canopy overhead.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Photo a Day #265

Lady with Bag

People milling around looking at art are good subjects for portraits. I'm not sure whether I'm 100% happy with the outcome of my editing, but I had to do something with the background as even with a wide aperture shot, the T shirt logo was detracting from the woman's skirt design.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A Photo a Day #264

Town Crier

This chap was stood over-looking the beach for quite some time and he didn't seem happy with all of the humans taking over his beach.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Photo a Day #263

The Bell that was Banished

Still remaining on the seafront from Folkestone's 2011 Triennial, A K Dolven's 'Out of Tune' installation features a 16th-century tenor bell from Scraptoft Church in Leicestershire, which had been removed for not being able to keep in tune with the others. I converted this photo to black and white because I felt it was quite a solemn piece whilst being very simple. I wanted the image to reflect this as best as possible.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Photo a Day #261


I liked these interesting shapes and textures. 

3 Lush Products for the Stressed and Sleep Deprived

Having problems sleeping or relaxing in the evening? I am at the moment, but that's the start of term for you. I could send you to sleep by elaborating, but instead I'll share with you three Lush products that could help you relax, unwind and hopefully reach the Land of Nod a bit quicker... 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A Photo a Day #260


I'm interested in geometry in photography. This was taken on a hill which makes this shot not quite as perfectly composed as I would like, but the near symmetry of the bins and windows works well enough for me. I've come to enjoy looking out for these kind of 'flat' shots using walls with items just in front of them or quirks and shapes on them. I have two more for you over the next few days!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Photo a Day #258


Lubaina Himid's 'Jelly Mould Pavilion' is situated on Folkestone seafront where the Rotunda once stood with its fairground attractions. This is part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial arts event which sees many modern art installations appear throughout the town. I've posted quite a few photos of this over the last week or so having visited Folkestone on the day of its official opening at the start of September. It is well worth a visit if you like this type of art, and walking! To read more about the thoughts behind her work, click here.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Photo a Day #257


Walking along by the market at Folkestone harbour, I came across two of these. 'The Kindness Rocks Project' was a really sweet idea: if you need some kindness in your life you pick up a rock; to spread kindness you can leave a painted rock with a message for a stranger. It's the quirky things like this that makes modern Folkestone a really artsy and interesting place to walk around.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Photo a Day #256


Following on from yesterday's shot of Folkestone harbour, the light on the water here was particularly pleasing.