Introducing my floral Sticker collection

Today I thought I would share with you some of the stickers available in the floral collection from my  Redbubble shop. Below is a sample of a few of the flower designs available:

 

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These bespoke stickers can be used to brighten up any laptop or notebook and start at the bargain price of £1.69! Discounts are available if you want to buy a combination of stickers. So you can get a 25% discount on any 4 stickers or 50% on any 10 purchased. So if you love your stickers – Redbubble is the place to go!

The main features of these stickers:

  • Removable, individually die-cut vinyl
  • Ideal for smooth flat surfaces like laptops, journals, windows, etc.
  • 3.2mm white border around each design

They are also available in four different sizes from 10cm to 35cm high.

 

High Key tulip flower snaps up one of the winning spots in photo competition.

Last month I entered a couple of my photographs into the ephotozine monthly competition. The theme for June was “flowers” so my high key floral images seemed like the perfect choice.

Single tulip flower set against white background.
High key tulip flower

This week I discovered that one of my images, the high key single tulip flower,  was chosen to be one of 20 winners. It was very exciting  to receive the email letting me know I was one of the winners.

I also enjoy scrolling through the other entries into the competition to see all the other interpretations of the theme. Looking at the other shortlisted entries made me very proud of my achievements too, as there were some very impressive images.

You can take a look at the competition page showing all the winning floral images here.

Launching my floral tank top collection.

Last week I shared my floral dress collection and was overwhelmed by the great response and lovely comments I received. So thank you all so much for that, it is really appreciated!

Following on from this I thought I would share a different product from my florals range. Using the same flower photographs but this time applied to a vest or tank top. This tanks have a slight sheer silky chiffon front panel, with a soft jersey back panel creating a loose flowing fit top.

This range can also be purchased from my RedBubble shop. The great thing with shopping with RedBubble is that they have a great returns policy, so you can rest assured knowing that should the item not meet your expectations they will refund or replace. This is brilliant considering you are buying unique bespoke clothing!

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Tulip wins bronze award.

I have been having a play around with some high key still life photography. I chose some tulips and carnation flowers as my subjects and set them against a white background. I  used a photography light tent, and lit the scene using a couple of powerful lamps.

It took a while to set the correct level of light in order to light the subject well without blowing out the whites or creating distracting shadows.

One of my favourite images from this series was of a single tulip. I love the way the colours look even more vivid against the plain white background. I was very pleased to hear this week that this image was awarded a bronze bar from the Guild of Photographers, taking my total up to 5 bronze awards this year.

Single tulip flower set against white background.
High key tulip flower wins bronze award.

 

I had also previously selected this image to feature on a number of products in my RedBubble shop.

Tulip Laptop skin being modelled
Laptop skin with colourful tulip design.

I felt the simple, yet beautiful nature of this single flower lent itself wonderfully to the photo products available. These can be viewed here.

Unique products featuring my photographic art!

I am loving spring! With the longer sunny days and the colourful spring flowers it really is my favourite season. It has inspired me to capture photographs of some colourful flowers. I Wanted to try and get something a little different so I have been photographing single flowers and playing around with the colours.

I am enjoying the results, so much so i have uploaded some new images to my Redbubble site. This site allows my images to be printed onto a wide range of products, from gift cards and stickers, to clocks and clothing. Some of my floral designs can be viewed here.

I particularly enjoyed playing with this tulip image and adding the different effects on it. I thought I would share a couple of the designs with you here. In the first image I decided to remove the colour to create a sepia tone. As it is colour that is normally associated with flowers I thought it would be interesting to see how it would look with the it removed. I think it produces an unusual and dramatic image.

Tulip t-shirt being worn by a model.
Tulip T-shirt design.

I also removed the background colour to the image to create a .PNG. This has allowed me to upload just the image of the flower which can be purchased as a cut out sticker, as shown in this image below.

Tulip Laptop skin being modelled
Laptop skin with colourful tulip design.

Getting up close at Highdown Gardens

This week I spent a morning in one of my favourite “hidden gems”. I decided as we only had a few hours of sunshine forecast that I should stay fairly close to home, which gave me an excuse to revisit one of my favourite places, Highdown Gardens.

I love these gardens and visit at least once a month. Now, because I am a frequent visitor I am used to the peace and quiet of the place and having it pretty much to myself. It was a little different this week – the place was full of visitors! It felt very odd, but it was nice to see so many people enjoying it.

As the colourful summer flowers are now in full bloom, and the insects are buzzing around them, I was on a mission to capture some macro photography.

Today, I am sharing some of the beautiful flowers I discovered there. I’ll let the photographs do the talking….

Close up of the centre of an African Daisy,showing the purple and white petals and blue and yellow centre.
African Daisy. (Technical Info: focal length 100mm, 1/200 at f/9, ISO 250)

 

Deep red hollyhocks
Hollyhocks (Technical Info: Focal length 100m, 1/200 at f/9.0, ISO 320)

For more floral photographs click here.

National Meadows Day

Today it is the first Saturday in July, which means that here in the UK it is National Meadows Day. This day is all about getting out in the countryside and exploring these wonderful habitats. It also recognises the work of different organisations aiming to preserve these natural landscapes, providing homes for many protected species.

I particularly love visiting meadows, as there is such an abundance of colour and life, meaning that there is plenty of photo opportunities.

Poppies in a meadow
Poppy meadow (Technical info: Focal length 75mm, 1/320 at f/6.3, ISO 100)

For more floral photography click here.