Wednesday Lensday: Kaleido-blumen

Wednesday Lensday: Kaleido-blumen

I fully intended to just display some images I’d taken (mostly) over the last few days of flowers from my garden. But then I started pottering and tinkering with the images and…well… see for yourselves!

Each image is shown with the original, unedited photo. The main manipulation comes from using a kaleidoscope filter, then a little further editing with contrasts / blurring etc, etc. I’m extremely happy with how they’ve turned out, especially my ‘fuschia bee’! I might even get it printed on canvas. (I’ve tried to create little beasties in the majority of them.)

Are they something you could see on a wall? I’d love to know your thoughts, as always.

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Wednesday Lensday: Artistic Impressions

Wednesday Lensday: Artistic Impressions

A couple of years ago, we had an art themed topic at school which taught the children about some major artists and had them interpreting their well known works for a school auction. Parents came to view these outstanding recreations whilst being pushed ever higher in their bids by a 7 year old auctioneer!

They painted Monets, Seurats and Picassos. And although it baffled them that their Mondrians didn’t reach the million pound price tags they were all hoping for, (“Miss, but it’s just a red square. Anyone can do that!”), they all loved the hype and excitement. However, the favourite paintings to recreate were by a certain Mr. Van Gogh. Some chose Sunflowers (a few creating it as a group project with each person assigned a segment to paint) but by far the most popular was his Starry Night.

The children's interpretion of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'
The children’s interpretion of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

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Wednesday Lensday: It’s all Moo-nochrome…

Yes, cheesy title I know, but I couldn’t resist! I’ve been a little busy this week to process further images from our Ireland trip, so I thought I’d share some previously taken a little closer to home.

We’re lucky enough to live near a large area of common pasture land that is home to several herds of cattle. I’m quite a fan of cows (I think it’s their large emotional eyes), especially the shaggy, Highland variety. ‘Our’ cows, which are a mixed bag of Friesians and other dairy types, roam freely, often wandering into town and turning up in unlikely places. Whilst I always think it would be lovely to open the curtains and spot a cow in the garden, it’s probably a good job we live just far enough away for this not to happen – I doubt I’d be happy with crushed plant pots!

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In addition to the images, I’ve added in a little poetry. It’s actually a Kenning – a collection of words that describe an object, derived from Old Norse and later used strongly in Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon poetry. I love poetry but I’m not great at writing it, so if I’m ever required to create one (it happens more often than you’d think…) I opt for this style. Quite a fun way to get children writing poetry too, or even ask them to guess what’s being described!

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Reaching the end of the Rainbow(fication Chronicles)

So summer is pretty much over, I’ve passed leprechauns along the way and now I’ve reached the end of the rainbow! My photo challenge to take images of each of the seven colours, a week at a time, is complete.

It’s been an interesting challenge as it has made me appreciate the colours that we take for granted around us everyday. For the most part, I purposely only photographed mundane objects – individually the images are nothing special. However, when put together in a collage, I hope they represented each shade well.

As promised, I’ve now incorporated all the hues together to give a rainbow effect. It also seemed a good post to include as my entry to Cee’s photo challenge – The colours of seeing. I was trying to look for colour after all!

The first image I created using BeFunky collage maker. I chose to only use the 6×6 grid, but could have created a larger one to use all my images if I’d wanted.

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Void of Rainbows 3: Marks and Scapes of Land

Everyone loves a landmark, right? Well I certainly do, those easily identifiable monuments that help place us on the globe. Here’s a collection of my monochrome images – some marks, some scapes – from travels close to home and further afield. Many locations you may recognise, others perhaps not but I’ve tinkered and tailored them to my liking – I hope you like them too!

Image credits: All my own 🙂