June 27, 2011

A Quickie

My sweet readers, I just wanted to know about my health- what's going on with it, so I went to my doctor who advised me several tests.
I am in sheer agony now expecting the test results.
I just know my health hasn't been the greatest in the last couple of weeks.

I hope that you all have had wonderful weekends. xx

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June 23, 2011

In the Middle of Summer

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I've caught a cold from my air conditioning by being exposed to a chilly environment for almost a week or so.
By the end of the week I had a nice cold going. I've not been feeling so well lately...been coughing non-stop. It's so annoying! I apologize for not personally commenting on each and every post of yours, or getting back to you for a while. In case you're wondering...now you know why.

See you all soon, hopefully. xx

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June 20, 2011

First Day of Summer

Today is the first official day of summer! In the U.S.A. and the rest of the northern hemisphere, it is the day
of the year when the sun is farthest north. This day is known as the Summer Solstice. 
The Celts celebrated the first day of summer with dancing.
I wonder if the day is still celebrated around the world.

Have a great, sunny summer! Never forget to use sunscreen. xx

(Paintings by Michael A.)

June 17, 2011

Beaches: Bantham Beach, Devon + Perspective

Bantham Beach, one of Devon's best known beaches, UK. {Photos taken in November 2010.}

It has been nearly seven months since my last trip to Devon, but these photographs keep making me feel happy.
I'm excited to share these images with you and take you all on a journey within my photos.
Bantham Beach is a beautiful sandy beach on the south coast of  Devon, UK, ideal for water-sports, especially surfing.
I love to watch people surfing. 
I'd love to take a stroll down the Bantham beach. I've been feeling the travel bug pretty strongly as of late.

Composition And Perspective 

A brilliant photographer and wise person once told me.
"Use your creativity to:

*"build" your image,
*figure out what perspective would be best,
*make your photographs tell a story."
Actually, I've seen pictures with stunning color combination and perfect exposure - taken with big, fancy, expensive cameras, but they look quite ordinary. Because in my opinion they lack two major things:
Composition and perspective.
If you're into photography you may have heard of "The Rule of Thirds". It is one of the basic techniques and refers to the way a composition is constructed. (Of course, there are many Photography Composition Rules - but rules are meant to be broken, right?

The Rule of Thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds- both horizontally and vertically. Ideally your picture will fall in or near one of those intersections.  (Highlighted in red.)  The human eye tends to be more interested in images that are divided into three parts, vertically and horizontally, with the subject falling at or along one of those divisions.   

What makes a great photograph? What are the elements that make a picture great?
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my lovelies! xx

(Photo diagram credit Rick Baker Images )      

Update: A great tutorial on composition by Steve McCurry. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.


June 14, 2011

You're Amazing!

It's my Birthday! So today I'd love to share a few flower photos with you, my sweet readers. Oh well, one year older but still young at heart. 

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional!"
Chill Davis 

Now I'm off to celebrate another year of life and, of course, eat
cake! :)                                                              
Hugs to you all, friends, followers, readers...you're amazing! xx                        

June 10, 2011

Have a Cuddly Weekend!

I found this video by Septimiuskrogh to be ridiculously hilarious cute, however, I was a little worried about those beautiful dogs. 
So I had to check out the story on the You Tube.
Both dogs loved it! 
Aren't these dogs adorable?!

My darlings, hope you have a wonderful, loving weekend! xx

June 07, 2011

Minimal Photography - Are You...

Are you a minimalist or a maximalist? They say "Less is More", 
"Do less and do it better". I definitely like that!:)

Most of us may possibly be unaware of how little we need to truly live and be happy. I am not quite sure I deserve the label 'minimalist' living in a materialistic and globalized world and era.

I actually am a city girl and I can honestly say it is not easy for me, but I've already simplified my life a lot, and cleared a lot of unneeded possessions.
I'm trying to downsize...giving non-essential stuff away.
De-cluttering is great fun! looking at the open uncluttered space,
I love it!
"Living in a tent"...is it really starting to appeal to me? Definitely not, but I do strongly believe that the pursuit of wealth has made more people unhappy than happy.
How about you? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear. xx

June 03, 2011

Photographing Through a Bus Window + Have a Fun Weekend!

It was a lovely day. The weather was glorious; warm, but the wind 
was chill. The green fields were just gorgeous, and seemed to 
stretch all the way to the mountains. The haystacks piled up in the meadows looked beautiful. 
Definitely an idyllic landscape!
Oh, how I love this misty picture! (Photo above.)
It was a wonderful trip through a beautiful scenery and countryside
roads. I've always enjoyed bus rides on educational trips. 
(Photos of Evros area, Thrace, North Greece.)

Hey... look! It's a cow! We saw this beautiful red-brown cow walking along the road. What a great find!
They were watching us at first, but soon they lost their interest! 
Cattle are not very talkative...at least they say a big "Moo!" :)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, everyone! xx

Sharing with Camera Critters .

Have a great one!

Tip: Shooting from a bus or any moving vehicle can present
some difficult challenges like distracting reflections and dirty
windows; yet it's really hard because you have a little control
since it is usually moving and carrying you along with it, but
it was worth it. I think the lush landscape and these pretty cows
really afforded a great subject matter.