photography & instagram
photography & instagram
Have you noticed how things change and develop over time? All things? Like a field that is bare in winter, begins to show new life in spring. Maybe it flowers in summer, before it falls back to nothing in autumn? So too goes the long game of Instagram. The ebb and flow over years is somewhat different to the short game, the rush of beginnings when learning it is new and exciting. Yet frustrating in equal measure. When success can be measured in simple terms.
Over time our perspective shifts to that which seems to be whispered only by those who have experienced the long game, the undertone that can be more uncomfortable to speak of. It’s a conclusion I have seen people reach time and time again, when the lust runs out.
If you know my photography at all, you will know how much I love chasing light. I guess many photographers do, light is our friend and learning to use it is a fundamental part of learning photography. Up until the last few months I would never have considered adding sunflare to a photograph in editing. Because it feels a little like cheating.
Then I was trying out the apps you recommended to me here, and I made a bit of a discovery. Editing sunflare can be done in a way that looks pretty natural. Who knew? I came across a set of filters that have effects so similar to the light I capture using the sun that I have lost many a happy moment since experimenting with them to see how natural I can make them look…
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to keep the children entertained during the summer holidays. Plans and back up plans, some of which we will go out of our way to do and some of which I keep in reserve for quiet days at home.
Somewhere along the line, these plans invariably include baking. So I’m just popping in with this easy recipe from my family archives because I wonder if you might like to have it as a back up summer bake too. Though, if I’m honest, they’re worth a bake anyway…
I think there is a certain age where the giving of gifts for occasions requires more thought. This happens for several reasons. Perhaps we reach a point where we can afford to buy things as and when we need them, have acquired plenty of stuff already or the frivolous purchases – however lovely – don’t seem to carry the same meaning. I love to give presents with a little more thought, gifts that will be received and enjoyed rather than added to the category of ‘just more things’.
Several years ago now, we began gifting experiences to family members. To collect moments spent with them. From afternoon tea for two at a fancy hotel to a meal with us, via no end of days out or trips to favourite locations. And I have learned that these are the gifts that people love. Love to the point of my father-in-law actually feeling disappointed when we gave him a physical gift for his birthday rather than the meal out with his son that he really wanted. (Don’t worry, that was the plan for Father’s Day so all’s well that ends well.)
For the past few years, some time in January, I have made a plan. In a way I suppose you could call it a business plan, though I have been reluctant to title it as such because that, somehow, makes it seem official. Like a commitment to achieve exactly what I set out to achieve without room for stepping sideways which is an option I like to keep open…
Now that sounds like I’m setting myself up for failure – which is inaccurate – instead I have learned that what I achieve will perhaps be slightly different from the original goal. But no less of an actual achievement.