My poems and pix are being shelved for the next few weeks, as just as our cricket team do, I am going on a tour of New Zealand today. Nothing formal though, more like an exploration of the North and South Island, with a compañero who knows the lie of the land well. My boots will remain behind but walking sandals will be glad of a summer airing!!
I shall try to keep a journal and will update my travel blog as and when I can. Follow me over:-
Carbon offsetting is one idea for climate conscious travellers but it’s akin to paying conscience money. We must just do less air travel to have any real impact so this will be the first and almost the last long haul flight I do. (Carbon offsets)
I am a terrible sailor so mostly I holiday in the UK by train -and do not own a car!
By the time Spring has begun to stir, I shall be back. Late February when the Chiffchaff, the first of our migrant passerines, has returned from West Africa and the Med. Hard to imagine those tiny wings being able to make long and arduous journeys, and now some of these birds in our more southerly counties, forgo the trip and stay out the winter, in the optimistic hope that it will be mild enough for them.
“The year turns not on the sight of a flower or a butterfly but on a sound. In a brief snatch of simple, almost binary music. It is when you hear the [Chiffchaff’s] pattern of twinned notes, lobbed down jauntily from the summit of the handsomest tree around, that you know spring has arrived“
And as one old wag used to say to me: “When the bed falls in, I’ll see you in the spring!”
Frequently I find inspiration in a given prompt and had intended yesterday to join Catherine’s word prompt ‘colour‘ which is a gift for any photographer.
For me however, colour is also one of the bigger challenges in photography as I find it quite tricky to handle. Never being quite satisfied with results I often seek sanctuary in monochrome.
Thus I thought I’d do some research to learn a bit more about colour photography – and before I knew it the day had passed but not before I had read
And today’s word challenge from Catherine is SLOW – and a lesson for yesterday too in that I might not have lost the day had I not tried to fit so much in so quickly. Did I mention I also signed up for an online Udemy course in ‘The Art of Finding light in Photography’?!
Slow Slow Quick Quick Slow – And now I learn there is a ‘Slow Photography Movement’ which I thoroughly concur with and am often aware of my rush to capture every moment and end up capturing a lot of dross but…
“the real victim of fast photography is not the quality of the photos themselves. The victim is us. We lose something else: the experiential side, the joy of photography as an activity. And trying to fight this loss, to treat photography as an experience, not a means to an end, is the very definition of slow photography.”
” Step 1 in slow photography is spending a long time studying the subject. As one guide enjoins, “pay more attention to your subject than to your camera.”
That’s an order to actually use our eyes. It calls for consideration not just of what we think we see (a tree or a dog) but of the colours and shapes that present themselves. “
I think this is one of the reasons I love photographing Suffolk so much – the pace is slow, the interruptions are few and far between and the scenery is seemingly empty, which make me look further into it.
History of Colour Photography
Understanding color in Photography
Using ICC Profiles for Creative Colour Control + downloads
Udemy courses: The Art of Finding Light in Photography
The slow-photography movement
And so today I’m joining Catherine’s’ 366/2020 word challenge with Slow where she invites us to write, photograph or turn it into art