Deep in Their Roots

Black & White Photography, Grace, iPhoneography

Roots

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

~Theodore Roethke

Summer

Black & White Photography, Jane, Photography

Summer

Summer has at last arrived, a little later than expected, but I won’t worry about that small detail now. I will enjoy what it has to offer, peaches and all!

Wising you a Happy Summer xx

Heavy clouds

Jane, Photography

Silhouette against dark sky

The clouds hung heavy all day, watching me from afar, as I kept an eye on them. They won the battle as the drier whirred.

Have a great weekend xx

Cloudscape

Black & White Photography, Gilly Walker

Cloudscape

Experimenting with black and white skies – needs lots of texture in order to work.  I think I prefer them in colour on the whole, but it does add a new dimension to see them in black and white.

Life Is Like A Bicycle

Black & White Photography, The Girl Who Clicked

Life Is Like A Bike by TGWC-Chloe

 Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance, you must keep moving…

~Albert Einstein

June

Jane

Gypsophila

We await summer’s arrival, but Mother Nature pays no heed, as far as she is concerned it is June and despite the unseasonable weather the flowers still bloom and the bees still buzz.

Wishing you a good weekend xx

Summer Theatre

Black & White Photography, Jane Morley, Photography

I thought I would follow Ellie Dee’s lead and post a portrait today.

Bertrand

We will soon be playing host to our local theatre group’s summer spectacular, a very ambitious production of Balzac’s ‘Les Chouans’. Rehearsals are in full swing with just a  month to go and I am busy taking as many photos as I can whilst there are willing subjects available.  The portrait I’m posting actually comes from the last production we hosted nearly 4 years ago but it shows one of my favourite members of the group Bertrand, who, understandably given his wonderful face , gets to play all the character parts, here resplendent in his baker’s costume…….

Lady Liberty

Black & White Photography, Grace, iPhoneography
Lady Liberty
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
~ George Washington

Celebrating the arrival of the Statue of Liberty to New York Harbor 130 years ago today, on June 17, 1885.

Summer’s Bounty

Black & White Photography, Grace, Phoneography

Summer bounty

It’s summer, which means it’s time to cook on the grill.  Most of these veggies were grilled to perfection.  The sweet potatoes were roasted in the oven and the peach was added to a delectable sangria.  Ah summer, how I love you so!

A Beatle in Streatham, London

Black & White Photography, Ellie-Dee

Streatham Beatle-1-0745

Fujifilm X30 | 1/5 sec @ f/4.0 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100

This is the first ever portrait photograph I have taken of a complete stranger – I have much to learn! To discover the inspiration for undertaking this (to me) daunting task, visit the ‘100 Beautiful Strangers‘ project of Monochrome Muse Chloe, (The Girl Who Clicked).

When I explained Chloe’s project, this sociable gentleman was absolutely charming about having his photograph taken, although he categorically did not want to look at the result on the camera screen, explaining he never, ever looked at photos of himself!

Thanks Chloe for the inspiration – this is my Beautiful Stranger #1. Shaking so much after taking this photo, I completely forgot to ask the gentleman his name, so I will forever know him as ‘A Beatle in Streatham’. Next time (if I pluck up the courage again) might be easier and I’ll think more about positioning my subject away from distracting doors in the background!

Do you shy away from taking portraits? This is a good way to learn more about taking them while connecting with some amazingly friendly and obliging people. First of all, do make sure you feel safe and comfortable before approaching anyone – I was out with my husband and daughters for Sunday Lunch in a traditional, London, family oriented pub.

Shimmer

Black & White Photography, Gilly Walker

lamp post, Newark on Trent