{photography} Enjoy The Day

some days are more ordinary than others, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make the most of every day

Coffee and morning chaos - there's so much to do on the to-do list... remember to breathe and if it doesn't get done, it will still be there tomorrow.

Coffee and morning chaos – there’s so much to do on the to-do list… remember to breathe and if it doesn’t get done, it will still be there tomorrow.

Listening to Daughter play the piano each morning soothes my soul...

Listening to Daughter play the piano each morning soothes my soul…

The sign above my workbench - and swearing didn't help... all the same, I'm happy with how the earrings turned out.

The sign above my work bench – and swearing didn’t help… all the same, I’m happy with how the earrings turned out.

The stress levels are peaking by the end of the day - time to light a candle and take a moment to breathe....

The stress levels are peaking by the end of the day – time to light a candle and take a moment to breathe….

A final breath of fresh air - wood in, fire lit, time to start winding up and getting ready for a cool night ahead.

A final breath of fresh air – wood in, fire lit, time to start winding up and getting ready for a cool night ahead.

tomorrow will be another day – another day to live and not regret

‘And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.’

~Abraham Lincoln

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{photography} Study of Two Mushrooms

More mushrooms, I know, but they have gone mad on the grass strip out the front of our house since the recent rains.

And after a particularly trying day at work, I decided that the best way to decompress was to get down low and take some photos (much to Daughters disgust, who claims she no longer knows me…!).  Passing cars slowed to look at what I was doing, and I saw one lady shake her head – obviously I was not behaving in a suitable fashion, laying prone on the ground beside the street.

Regardless, I’m finding pleasure in playing with black and white, and dark and moody.  And it helped take the edge off my afternoon.

Hope you enjoy the viewing as much as I enjoyed the making of.

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{photography} Study of a Mushroom

It’s been wonderful to pick up the camera again after an absence of my Muse for the last couple of months…

i tend to forget the pleasure that photographing an ordinary item can bring

A mushroom, poking through the grass after the rains, and 10 minutes of joy.

i really should remember to do this more often

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I’m enjoying playing around in Lightroom 5 as well… having recently done the Lightroom Lush course with Heather (recommended, by the way!).  Still trying to find my editing style, but as I look back at my last {photography} post – a study of a little bird – I see that the Flypaper Glass Plate 3 texture is in common.

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The Weekend Photo Project: May

The Weekend Photo Project: May 2015

I’ve been playing catch-up.  Slowly.

I started The Weekend Photo Project as a no-pressure photography project for myself and others because I sucked (and still do!) at keeping up with a daily project.   It’s time to put some pressure back on myself though, so

this month I’m determined to post a photo every weekend

I’ll be sharing my photos on my Flickr page, and here on the blog (not sure whether I’ll post a #twpp photo every weekend, or do a monthly round up… what would you like to see?)

If you’ve ever considered joining in with The Weekend Photo Project, please do.  We’re a wonderfully friendly and supportive bunch, who share a passion for photography and a cheeky sense of humour to boot! here are some of the places you can share your photos:

Here’s a list of the places you can share your photos:

Blog: If you have a blog, post your photo there.
Flickr: Add your photo to your Flickr photostream. Create a set dedicated to The Weekend Photo Project and add it to The Weekend Photo Project group.  Don’t forget to tag it with #twpp.
Instagram: take your photo, pretty it up! Caption and hashtag #twpp.  Share.
Twitter:  You can share on Twitter by uploading your photo and adding #twpp.
Tumblr: Add your photo to your Tumblr feed.
Facebook:  You’ve a few options here.  Simply share with your friends on your own personal page, or you can upload it to my biz page.  Add the hashtag #twpp when you upload so that we can see who else is playing along (now that FB does hashtags!)
Pinterest: Add your photo to The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board.  You’ll need an invite to do this, so simply follow the board and I’ll send you one asap.

Wherever you share though, please use the #twpp hashtag so that anyone can search your photos.

Want to check out other people’s photos?

Please do!  Leave a comment, a smiley, a link – whatever!  Again, the more people we can get involved, the better.  Let’s build a community of busy people who love photography.  Share your love!!

I’ve missed a weekend…

No problems. We’re all busy folk and sometimes our weekends get away from us before we know it. Just keep an eye out for the next weekends prompt (live each Friday at 2 p.m. on the blog – hint, hint… subscribe so you don’t miss them) and start planning your photo for that weekend.  We all understand that sometimes life gets in the way of your lens.

The links:

The Weekend Photo Project on Flickr 

The Weekend Photo Project board on Pinterest

my business Facebook page

The Weekend Photo Project on the blog

And please share this project with your friends.

If you have any further questions or suggestions, leave me a comment on the blog, Facebook or email me.

now go have some no-pressure fun with your photography again

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Wordless Wednesday

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Tame Your Inbox

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How often do you check your emails?

I’m guilty of checking my email multiple times a day.

I’m waiting for a reply from someone.
Wondering if anything new has hit the inbox.
But it might be urgent.
I really should be doing something else, but I don’t want to, so I’ll check my email.
I’ve gotten distracted because I was just passing by the computer… and it will only take a moment to check.
Checking.
Checking.

Checking

It’s going to be a difficult habit to break.

But I’m going to try and only check my email twice a day

Once in the morning – I’ve developed a checking-my-email-while-I-drink-my-morning-coffee routine – and once in the afternoons.

I’m also going to close my email once I’ve checked it.

Apparently there are psychological benefits to not checking your emails.

Apparently checking your email stresses you out, and I seriously don’t need any more stress in my life.

So, now is the time to make this change.

Want to join me?

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