So I was looking through some photos and realised that I could now use an online program called Pixlr to have some fun with photography filters. I couldn’t use the website for the longest time because its flash based, and my “Tea” Laptop (I’m referring to the one I drowned as the Tea Laptop, just for future!) did not have flash capabilities at all. So there were many websites I couldn’t access, which was vaguely annoying. I thought I would mess around with this shot I took on the Isle of Bute, in Scotland a few weeks ago to see how it could look with a nice dreamy filter on it.
We went for a walk a couple of days ago along the beach, and I took a photo of a lighthouse that was on some craggy rocks. The rocks were split so far apart that we couldn’t reach the lighthouse for a proper look, but apparently it was built in 1911 and still works as a proper guiding light for ships (or warning, depending on your point of view on a stormy sea!)
I made it black and white for effect – I love that sky!
So today we sailed off to the beach – one of many little islands dotted around the Scottish coast. It was a bleak day, mostly…muggy and grey. I only took my phone camera with me to snap a few shots, so here they are…
This was the view from the ferry – see how grey blue it all is? But interesting things happen on the water…
A rusty old fishing boat
A yacht. (Not mine, sadly!)
I found some jellyfish….GIANT jellyfish on the empty beach as the tide was going out…
My walking boot for scale
These things were like something from a horror movie!
Look how clear the water is though!
We found some ancient standing stones – I took this in black and white to highlight the “faces” I see there. I see faces in most things!
I tried to rescue an escaped cow that couldn’t get back in her field…..she ran away from me and her friends gathered around moo-ing defensively. I left them to it. Scary things, cows are – especially in a gang!
On the way back on the ferry, I just had to take a photo of this adorable lighthouse!
As we waited for the train, I saw this……now someone did make a face with this….didn’t they? They did. So funny!
I was out with my little dog today, and came across some lovely flowers – tulips I think. They had ragged edges, which looks quite lovely. The Frayed Tulip its called.
This one looks painted doesn’t it?
This is pretty as well.
Of course they have been modified to look like this, which my heart doesn’t agree with really (hypocritical, i know, since I’m posting them here saying “oooh pretty”) but I’m more of a wild meadow flower lover.
I took this photo last night when out with the dog. Again its the local Abbey (12 century dontchya know!) and what struck me was the single cherry tree – which is now very old, blooming as much as it can. I think the surrounding trees are struggling to flower this year….I have noticed that less and less blooms are appearing as each year passes. In fact, the council are now starting to chop a few trees down, which is very very sad, but if they are diseased or something, maybe its for the best. Down below the Abbey is the river which cuts through the town. It hosts so much wildlife, like herons, swans, ducks, otters, kingfishers, etc. This was taken in the evening so its getting dark and not much can be seen, but I thought this was a nice shot anyway. I’m trying to record the Abbey as it is, before it becomes a visitor centre with a glass frontage (ugh!).
So I was out walking the dog this morning, and felt that, despite the gloomy skies, Spring was stepping her little dainty toes in and around the local area. I haven’t seen much in the way of snowdrops or crocuses this year, but daffodils, oh they are in abundance! One thing I will say about round here, nobody picks the flowers. People tend to leave them alone, which is quite nice to see. I took this shot at the local Abbey and fiddled around with filters to highlight the daffs. The building is beautiful on a nice sunny day, but being gloomy as it was this morning, well….not looking its best.
Wherever you are, I do hope you are having a lovely weekend! 🙂
We just came back from a few days away. Well….it was supposed to be a “few”, but turned out only to be two. Saturday, Sunday, returning Monday. Now we actually went because of the dog. Let me explain….in a word, Fireworks.
Fireworks are the bane of our lives. From the last week or so in October, through to the middle of November, these things are let off randomly around where we live. Not including the big main “event” on the 5th. Our dog is terrified of them, and scrabbles on the floor, runs around the house, hides in the darkest cupboards, in an effort to escape. She shakes and pants and panics so much, its awful to watch. So, this year we booked a little place in the middle of nowhere, in an effort to get away from them.
It was a log cabin, surrounded by hills and water. (not the cottage pictured though)
Lovely walks in Autumnal woods
Being here was so relaxing and peaceful. But there were still fireworks. So we came home again. Because thats what we do. So far the night seems quiet, so fingers crossed. But the colours at this time of year are quite stunning – my phone doesn’t do them justice, sadly. But still….I love the countryside.
Hubby allowed me to post this – only because “its the back view” he said. He isn’t keen on getting his photo taken, ha!
So today, I discovered this app which is free, operates in your browser (so no downloads) and you can upload your art or photo’s to see how it looks in an actual room setting. I must say it puts a whole new perspective on things – although the rooms they have are limited, they now allow you to upload your own room to get a better idea of how your picture looks. Once you are happy, you can save the image. So I played around for a while, and came up with a few of mine. I must say now that the rooms are not my style, but hey….the pics look wonderful (if I do say so myself, heh!)
So yeah, I am well impressed with this. It really puts the image in context.
The sun streamed in through the window for a brief moment, casting a pretty shadow of a small vase of flowers, on the wall. I love those shapes…..
The I turned it into a negative, just to see what it looked like.
Funny the things a person does while waiting for the kettle to boil for tea 😀
Hello, back again with some photographs. Playing with the macro setting again, and examining the details in some flowers I came across at a local park garden.
“What are you doing?” asked a young mother with a small child who had been niggling for ice cream but had been dragged over to “see the pretty flowers” instead
“I’m taking photos of flowers” I said, waving the camera to clarify the fact.
“Yes, but why are you so close to them?” she asked, trying to grab her child before he flew towards the now disappearing ice cream van.
“well, so I can get good detail shots of the petals” I said.
“But why?” a seriously puzzled look had appeared on her face now. “Its better to get a picture of them all isn’t it? Not just one petal?”
“Yes, but I like close up photographs”
“You must need glasses then” she said as she wandered off with her grumbly child.
Hrmph. Here we are, some close ups.