Serenity Circle September 2019 - A staycation

September 18, 2019  •  6 Comments
While we didn't go away this summer, we did try to get out and about a bit more than usual. You know when you have visitors to stay and they say "is that place worth a visit or how about this one?" and you have to admit that you don't know because you haven't actually been?! Surely I'm not the only one who loves visiting all the sites when I'm on h...
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Serenity Circle August 2019 - Stolen Moments

August 21, 2019  •  6 Comments
"For most of human history, then, the vast majority of people have made their art in stolen moments, using scraps of borrowed time". I couldn't help but think of this quote from Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic this month, as we raced from one place to another, trying to get to appointments, catch up and get organised before the start of yet ano...
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Serenity Circle July 2019 - Letting Go of Perfection

July 17, 2019  •  5 Comments
I try to remind myself to take out my Lensbaby Edge 50 from time to time, but despite this, it has spent the better part of 3 years just sitting in the cupboard. We always seem to be in a hurry, racing out the door for some activity or other and my usual go-to lenses, the Sigma Art 20mm and the Nikkor 85mm are just, well, easier. But this time, I...
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Before & After in the Poppy Field

May 18, 2019  •  1 Comment
I received a question about the Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) of this image so...here we go!:-) It was actually a pretty quick edit, with most of the work in Lightroom! I added some contrast (+10) and raised the shadows (+40). In the HSL panel, I increased the yellow hue, lowered the yellow saturation and lowered the yellow luminance to reduce the...
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Serenity Circle - May 2019

May 15, 2019  •  7 Comments
Two things happened last week. Firstly, I caught my husband, my Mum and my little girl curled up on the sofa giggling over an album of old photos. Secondly, the poppies began to bloom in the fields where we live. So I got the chance to 'recreate' one of my favourite childhood memories with my own little girl. One of the lasting childhood memories...
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