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.

Signs of Summer

Today I wanted to share a recent photograph which, to me, really sums up the summer season.

My photo walks during the summer months are often about trying to capture the vast array of  bugs and beasties, usually found around colourful wild flowers.

Honey bee on a daisy flower.
The (not so) ugly bug ball. (Technical info: focal length 300mm, 1/1000 at f/8,ISO 400)

I captured this photograph last week and seeing so many creatures on one daisy really made me feel like summer is here. It is a shame that the weather is not in agreement with nature though!

Happy Father’s Day!

Today in the UK we celebrate fathers day. A day when we get to say thank you for all those wonderful things our dads do for us, or to remember those brilliant dads who are no longer with us.

The reason for this post was really to have a bit of a rant though. Why is it that father’s day is not seen as such an important day as mother’s day? I know on an individual level we do all appreciate our families, but in society dads just aren’t appreciated. They are always portrayed as the “clowns”, people who shouldn’t be allowed to look after the kids, because who knows what trouble they will get into!

The my kids schools don’t seem to acknowledge father’s day either. Each year I get a beautiful handmade card mother’s day – demonstrating another new skill or craft that my kids have learnt. Each year the day before fathers day I run around the house looking for pens, pencils and motivation, attempting to get the kids to make cards for their dad. A lot of effort goes into these cards, but they are never the same as ones they make at school, mainly because I don’t keep a supply of glue, paper, coloured paper, glitter, embroidery threads and the like to make the work of art!

I could understand it if the school wanted to avoid any difficult situations where there may  not be a father on the scene, but couldn’t this apply to the mother too? The schools hold so much information about our family situations so it wouldn’t be hard to tactfully avoid upsetting a child. Either that or they could stop acknowledging mother’s day too (although I must admit I would really miss those lovely cards!)

I know my kids are very lucky to have their amazing dad in their lives, it’s the small things they love, like yesterday teaching my eldest to play Xbox games, or “taking the train” up to bed. They are not always great at telling him they love him, I think he know it really!

So to all those amazing dads out there who might be feeling a little under appreciated, I hope you enjoy your day and breaking with convention here is are some flowers for you!

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