The Right Light

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I’ve burbled on a bit about my love for light in many a post since I started here. It has amazed me just the difference that light makes to a photograph. This may seem obvious, but I truly didn’t quite understand its importance and significance in the mood or feel of an image before I started taking this time to learn.

I have an absolute favourite corner in our house for taking the kinds of shots above. It’s in the corner of our living room, just near a North West facing patio door. All day the light changes there, and makes the most beautiful shades. Sometimes I love to just sit and watch it. It is fascinating how it changes. I have actually moved all of our furniture round to take advantage of this lovely light, so that a table and flat area of wall is there waiting for a picture to form.

I painted the walls of this room a light reflecting grey, not just because I love how it works with the wood and colours we have there but also because I knew it would work as a great backdrop for the kinds of photographs I wanted to take.

Sometimes, a small gleam of sun will reach its way into that corner, and sometimes it just rests in a silvery haze. It is always surprising, and fickle too.

At the moment, light is spare, and I have been struggling a bit to get the effect that I want. But today, it came in and gave me something that felt like the edge of Spring – perfect for these growing beauties, my beans and hyacinth.

Emerging, seeking, the essence of new breath..

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© C. Rennie, 2013

New Space

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Some of my favourite new corners in my new workspace.

It’s a great space to reflect and learn. I’m setting things out and making a home there.

I’ve added a wall of favourite shots too, to look over slowly.

Today was grey, but misty and light.

It feels good, just now

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© C. Rennie, 2013

Movement in Orange and Gold

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I’ve had too much time indoors these past few weeks, so this week I’ve been more out and about.

I’d been eyeing this pathway for a long while, wanting to explore it. Driving past yesterday, I had to stop.

It was spectacular – blurs and lines of gold, grey and green, air and honey. Apple juice.

Leaf mould, twig, light and star shaped moss.

Crackles that make you jump and turn. Breath a little high in your body. Whispers.

Music, everywhere.

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More Quiet Work

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A lovely quiet time taking these today, although it took ages trying to get a shot I was happy with..and I’m still not totally pleased with some of the focus in a few. I wanted the background blurred but a few more seeds clear..maybe a slightly wider depth of field next time. I may try the lone seeds with the cloth up the wall too – I thought I wanted that separating line, but now I’m not so sure..anyway, it was a good learning day!

I found these gorgeous seed heads in the lane, which begged to be used with the bowl (who still felt he had not had enough attention yet)

Even our lunatic cat chilled out, he was rolling around and watching me all afternoon.

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Three Days (Part Five) – Last Night, Some Light..

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There is so much I have left out of this little series and our lovely time here – time, equipment and other factors mean that what I can capture at this stage cannot possibly completely convey the beauty and breadth of this part of Cornwall, and my deep love for it. Some of these are just snapshots really, and a sketch book of ideas I’d like to continue at a later date..there is a wealth of inspiration here. But I hope I have managed to put across some of the essence of the landscape and how I feel about this beautiful place.

I have been visiting Cornwall since I was about 10 years old, but being there with a camera in hand and a photograph in mind was a totally different experience. What I find so fantastic about photography is how it makes you look at every tiny part of everything. It takes you out of yourself and into the details of life around you. I saw everything even more closely – its light, its Atlantic weather, strength, richness, fragility, wild space…too much to mention.  I am even more in love now and plan to go back as as soon as I can..

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Thanks so much to Mark and Jess at Gear Farm for giving us such a lovely place to stay!

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