Perhaps seven will again be
Lucky but that October day
Electrifying in its impact,
I lost faith in numbers.
All the years I held you dear yet
Departure came without a wave.
Epitaphs are noble but words, myriad as
Stars cannot transmit how much you’re missed

Merope our ‘lost’ sister.
Mystifying to human
Minds, her sudden evanesce.
Myths abound but we six know
Mizzle is her chosen cloak
Most modest maiden, even
Mirrors do not see her face

[Acrostic of Pleiades]

[The Pleiades Poetry Form]

My Poetics prompt looks up to the seven sister Pleiades on cosmic, mythic and/or numeric themes, written in acrostic and/or eponymous poetry forms: Stars that Count

Haunted by silence

Through planned, positioned trees,
round the next bend,
we stumbled upon the ruins,
still and lifeless, shrouded in mist….

On, past the frugal remains of a kitchen
and a refectory carpeted in grass,
a chapel, roofless
and still haunted by silence.

Fountains Abbey ~ Gill Renard

Another misty Autumn evening walk and Roche Abbey becomes even more atmospheric

For the Photo a Day Challenge @ CitySonnets: Old

Breezes, blur & Bokeh

Having just stumbled across Paul @ Photo Genius and his monthly challenges I was prompted to join in and go in search of some Bokeh on a country lane walk.

bokeh (/ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə or /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay; Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image. Bokeh has also been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

It was mid afternoon and the sun was as splendid as only an Autumn light can be – the trouble was it was also a very breezy somewhat blustery afternoon

Tip 1 : use a wide aperture (I could only go to 4.5 on my zoom lens)
Tip 2: Bring the camera really close to the subject as this helps to throw the background of out focus
Tip 3: Zoom in or try a telephoto lens (no bokeh here but the puddles were stroked to impressionism by the winds)
Tip 4: Try manual focus (and zoom in and out of focus til you have the amount of blur or bokeh that you want)
Tip 5: If you have a prime lens use it (for wider aperture & clearer bokeh) I only had my kit zoom lens but it’s a poor workman that blames her tools!

Whenever you shoot with a lens wide open, check to make sure the subject is sharp. At wide apertures, just slight movement can throw the entire subject out of focus. 


Your telling me, and here was I trying to shoot close up with wide aperture in stronger and stronger winds….but all good photographers go with the flow! I decided to capture natural blur instead by standing in a field of maize. No wonder art tries to imitate nature sometimes

And of course, Bokeh works well in monochrome without the distraction of colour!

To join this month’s theme the hashtag is #pgc14 for Instagram and Facebook

Introspectives:  thinking out loud with an aim to improve and learn more about photography. Hence the images are not always for show – feedback is welcome.