Saturday, 16 February 2013

Photography Class and Something Made ...

Hello there! Many "Thanks" for your kind comments on my last posting. I have been feeling a bit under the weather - a bit of a head cold, which has meant that I have been a bit disinclined to be on the computer and more huddled up on the sofa with a hot drink.

Nine days ago now saw me attending the Improvers Photography Course. As is was a lovely day we were told that we would be going outside and that we had to photograph reflections. Thereafter we were to head down to the Church and in particular to the graveyard to take black and white photographs and to try to emulate something in the style of Alfred Hitchcock!

The above was taken from a barbers pole outside the barbers!

I liked the reflection of the bikes wheel spokes on the pavement.

I liked the building reflected on this BMW motorcycle.

I snapped this photo of two people on the course taking photos - what you can see is their reflection in a cafe window. I also like that I seemed to have captured the reflection through the window of someone sat in the cafe!

A gravestone a la Alfred Hitchcock! I liked the shadows on the gravestone. I'm not sure that I like black and white photography. I like images in black and white - just not mine!

Our homework had been to photograph something from a different perspective / angle. As I had been feeling unwell and not up to much I just about managed to find this hydrangea in the garden to fulfil the task. I like its lace appearance.

Another photos of the hydrangea.

And now, to something completely different! Just before Christmas we had visited Ikea and I had purchased a sewing machine! Mid-week the OH came home with some fat quarters and two zips! Foolishly, I had promised to make KP a make-up bag for her Birthday.

I used to like using the sewing machine at school - it was compulsory to do cooking and sewing until the end of the Second Year. We also had to do woodwork, metalwork, art and pottery! I remember the art teacher writing in my school report that I seemed more intent on painting people than the paper. In other words, I splashed the paint around the art room and  not that I was interested in portrait painting!

So, having no more experience of a sewing machine than what was learned by the age of thirteen I set about threading the needle - a few swear words were used when I pricked my finger but lo and behold the machine was set up and I was ready to go!

Why, oh why I choose to do something that involved a zip, I don't know. I sewed it on three times before I was happy! I then sewed by hand the letter "K" for KP. I left it on the dining room table for her to espy when she ate her breakfast in the morning.

Until next time,



  1. ~ Your pictures are very atmospheric, June, I love the black and white ones....Glad you are feeling a little better....I have been poorly off and on since Christmas and it does weaken you! Roll on spring time.. How sweet is that make up bag! Well done YOU......Love Maria x

  2. Hi June, I love your reflection photographs, they are all so different! The hydrangea leaf looks so beautiful too! Hope you are feeling much better now. KP must have been so pleased with that lovely bag.
    Sarah x

  3. Photos are lovely, especially the Hydrangea beautiful. Love the bag, I have no idea how to sew in a zip! Pretty fabric, love the 'K' Feel better :) xx

  4. Your photos are great - reflections such a good idea. I like taking themed photos too. Glad you mastered the sewing machine. Enjoy.
    Patricia x

  5. Amazing photos! Every one of them tells a story, you can see that you took your time and you had something in mind when you were taking them. My favorite are the reflections, I love when you can see an object through mirror, glass or building. It's even better when it's devided like this reflection on a skyscraper . Have you ever tried something like that? Keep up the good work, you're really talented.

  6. I love the lacy hydrangeas and the black and white aka Hitchcock. I love taking reflections and shadows sometimes they can almost look other worldly.

  7. The photos for your class of all the reflections are stunning, I really like the one of the window with reflections abound!
    Lucky KP getting her very individual make up bag.
    Hope you are feeling much better.
    Lisa x

  8. I like your reflection photos, especially the one with your class members reflected in it. I bet KP loved her bag! Hope you feel better soon:)

  9. Hi June, Hope you're feeling a lot better now.

    Your photos are great, one of my favourites is the tombstone one and I also love the hydrangea one which as you say looks like lace.

    KP's make up bag is very pretty, for a first attempt I'd say that's very good. What did she say? I know what you mean about zippers, they're a headache and I always try and get some way of doing without them.

  10. Hope you're feeling better, June. The make up bag is lovely, KP must have been thrilled with it. I'm useless at sewing, I much prefer knitting or crochet. Fantastic photos. I particularly like the tombstone and the barber's pole.

  11. Superb photos ... I do like the black & white one ! Super make up bag. I can't use a sewing machine. We had to take needlework & cookery in the first year but after could pich wood & metalwork which I chose !

    Get well soon xx

  12. Hope you are feeling better. Great photos - that first one of the shiny pole is wonderful.

    Gillian x

  13. I rather like your graveyard photo, and the leaf skeleton ones :D

  14. Love your photos, especially the reflection in the motorbike.
    Lovely little bag - I did metalwork and woodwork at school ... my mum still has a little hoe that I made!
    M x

  15. I've been thinking that I might enjoy learning to use my camera to it's full use and not just a snap here and there. Your shots were very good.

  16. Gorgeous photos, I love all your found reflections and that hydrangea looks amazing. Great bag too. xx

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