Learning wisdom

lilacs

 

Good morning from a rather chilly, but sunny Hastings day.  Just when you think the weather is getting warm we get hit by these spring storms.  At least it isn’t snowing here like down in the South Island.

By going out with my camera I am really starting to take notice of and learning about flowers.  I am not a gardener, I am actually allergic to a lot  of weeds and am prone to infections should I even go near a garden.  But I do appreciate the lovely gardens around me.  I must apologise for getting ranunculus mixed up with  peonies.  Now I must google the flowers to check that I actually  have the right name to the flower.  I do know that this image is of lilacs as I bumped into a horticulturalist who showed my what to look out for.  When I do my quotes I try to keep to the meaning of the flowers.  For example lilacs are both whimsical and childlike according to the website flower choice.com.  It is full of a gentle, sophisticated promise of wisdom, celebrating a growth of innocence into experience – from childhood into adulthood.  so I chose this quote from Confucious about the experience of gaining wisdom.

I cropped this image of some sunlit lilacs that I had taken.

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Then I made these three embellishments out of other photos from other lilac trees I have seen.

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To give a more three dimensional look I changed the opacity of two of the embellishments, one at 70% and the other at 85%, while the third one was at 100%.  It was just a matter of resizing and arranging to suit the image I had in my mind.

The text is Dumbledore 1 – chosen for it’s wise quality – I love Harry Potter.

 

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

A reflective time at Cornwall Park

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Good morning from a misty grey Hastings.

Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day, not a cloud in the sky and no wind either.  Perfect weather for photography.  So I headed down to Cornwall Park and wasn’t disappointed in the range of photos I took.

The waters were so still so that they became mirrors and the reflections were just awesome.  I am fascinated by how ripples can distort the reflections and turn them into something resembling nightmares or have a gothic feel.  I take a lot of photos like that as they make great backgrounds for digital scrapbooking after they are edited.  With the light yesterday I got a lot of great photos to add to my collection.  My son and I plan to develop an app to use these as background papers for smart phones.

Anyway this above photo is taken at the Chinese Garden.  Hastings has a sister city in China and this area is dedicated to this.  There are a couple of pagodas and bright red colours which reflect really well.

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I have taken a few photos of this bridge where the reflections are totally distorted which are rather striking but yesterday it was just like a mirror.  A perfect reflection.

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Here you can see the ducks enjoying the sunshine.  This is a great peaceful place for a picnic lunch, a serene sanctuary in the middle of the city.

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Here is another angle of the same pond but focusing on the Chinese trees that frame this pond.

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Around the park are small ponds which little fountains.  As there wasn’t any wind the reflections with the bright sky were just breathtaking.

Bathing beauties

 

I just managed to catch these bathing beauties before they flew off.  They were really enjoying their bath.

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Everywhere I went there was so much to take in.  I have a polarising filter on my camera, but I can rotate it to get the maximum images on the reflections.

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We have small canals running around the park with hobbit like stone bridges.  These two photos are taken from one bridge but looking in both directions.

Since the light was rather bright and harsh it make taking photos of flowers very difficult, but with no wind the reflections I caught made my day.  That said, I did get some really great backlit flowers and leaves, but they will keep for anther day.

Now,  though, I have to be careful as I managed to get a bit sunburnt, even though it is only October.  So I will have to go out earlier now to avoid the full sun.

So cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

 

A distinct Kiwi flavour – Looking into nature

Looking into nature

 

 

Good morning from an overcast Hastings this morning.

Today I have gone for a Kiwi theme to support our boys in San Francisco who will hopefully win the America’s Cup this morning.  It has been gripping tension the last few days.  I don’t think there will be much work done this morning.  So good luck to Dean Barker and the team.  Bring the cup home.

I take my inspiration from what I find around me.  There are so many interesting textures and shapes even at the local park where this photo was taken.

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I then used the plastic wrap brush, followed by the poster edge brush to make this background paper.

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From another photo I made this embellishment.

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I wanted to keep this page simple and uncluttered so that is all I added.  The font is FontleroyBrown.

I have become a big fan of this Photoshop filter plastic wrap.  It gives a real three dimensional feel to the pictures.

Here are a couple of others I have done as well.

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Flower - pink blossom

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There are so many different ways to make more dramatic papers.

So cheers and go Team New Zealand.

Have a nice day.

 

Scrapbooking Reflections Papers

Reflections - Gold

Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings.

I love going to Cornwall Park sometimes just to take photos of the reflections I see in the different ponds and streams.  Some days with a strong sun there are some amazing images to get.  Some are black and white while others such as the paper above are multicoloured.  I then edit them with Photoshop to make great digital scrapbooking papers.  This is my first collection, called reflections.  It is a set of 10 papers and is available as a winzip file at my website above 0 deco crafts.org.

Reflections - Purple

This was edited with the neon brush and is called purple.  It is a great all round paper.

Reflections - Pied

This is called pied for the many colours in it.  It is so versatile with the colours in it.

Reflections - Green

This green paper is great as a background for all those nature shots.

Reflections - Marble

This is a great background paper for backing cards for photos.  I use it a lot.  This one is called marble.

Reflections - Brown

This is another great background paper for nature, called brown.

Reflections - Yellow - Grey

This is another versatile paper, called yellow grey.  It makes a great statement as a background.

Reflections - Yellow-Green

Another stunning background paper.  Called yellow-green it gives an impressionistic look to your page.

Reflections = Blue

This blue paper is a great background for those water images you want to show off.

Reflections- tree

This tree image is also another great nature paper.

As I love taking photos of nature it is hard to find just the right background paper to match my images.  Plus New Zealand has a distinctive light and colours of the bush compared to other lands.  These match up to my photos perfectly.  I am constantly working on new papers so keep an eye out for new collections.

Cheers and  have a nice day.