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To Mystery Land
by Kate Greenaway
“Oh, dear, how will it end?
Peggy and Susie how naughty
You little know where you are,
Going so far, and so high,
Nearly up to the sky.
Perhaps it’s a Giant who
And perhaps it’s a lovely
But you very well know
You’ve no business to go;
You’ll get yourselves into a mess.
Oh, dear, I’m sure it is true;
Whatever on earth can it matter
For you know it –oh, fie —
that it’s naughty to pry
Into other’s affairs —
Into other folks houses to go,
Where you know
You’re not asked.
So you’d better come back
While there’s time, it is plain.
Go home–and be never
So naughty again. “
I love antique books, I love poetry, I love flowers, and I especially love photography. Here you have four of my (many) favorite things rolled into one.
To create a vintage feel to the image of Calla Lilies resting on the antique book, “Marigold Garden” by Kate Greenaway, I added a layer of haze in Photoshop CS5.
As they come your way,
Through your thoughts.
Let them color your world,
And enjoy them.
copyright Robyn Graham
Don’t worry, I did not waste good wine to create this image. The image was taken the same day I was playing with oil and water to create abstract photographs. To learn about that technique and see colorful oil and water images click here.
I have recently seen several blog posts that inspired me to play around with oil, water, light and color. So, a few days ago, that is just what I did. Below you will find the outcomes of my artistic experiment. But first, I want to acknowledge the women who inspired me to attempt this moment of creative play.
Rachel Cohen at RCNaturephotos
Beverly Everson at Beverly Everson Photography
Edith Levy at Edith Levy Photography
The links are posted in the order in which I saw the photographs of inspiration.
My creations using oil, water, color and light:
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not very patient. Impatience is certainly a fault I am trying to overcome and this was a great exercise for that. When I tell you I spent quite a bit of time trying to create a unique piece of art I am not exaggerating. It looked like a bomb went off in my work area. Oil, dishes of water, a vase of flowers, jars of marbles and buttons, towels, etc., etc. all over the place. But, it was fun!
The other brilliant photographers that I introduced above may have additional advice for this type of project, but here are a few things I learned:
- Need a small glass dish without a logo on the bottom
- Need a slightly larger dish to place the subject in just under the dish of oil and water
- Need just a little bit of water
- Need just a bit of oil
- Oil will settle into a big circle so you need something to break the large bubble apart and/or shape it – I used a rose stem
- When breaking up larger bubbles, little bubbles form and you must be patient for them to dissolve or merge into a larger bubble of oil
- Textured items do not work as well
- Use a shallow depth of field
- Have great light
- Equipment I used: Nikon D800, Nikon 60mm 2.8 macro
I can’t wait to hear which image is your favorite. They are all unique because of the subjects under the oil and water….of course I had to use a flower! 😉
“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10
The image of the scroll was taken during a recent shoot for a Bat Mitzvah. I paired a verse that I love from the Old Testament book of Psalms with the image of the scroll. As the words photographed are in Hebrew I have no idea what they actually say, but felt an Old Testament verse would be appropriate to accompany the image. I love the verse because it is beautiful and contains four words critical to overall happiness; words that I truly wish the world could live by.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
This post is a reflection of how I have been feeling about time…or the lack there of. Between school starting, sports, and volunteer work I have not had as much time to devote to photography as I would like. On the day I shot this image, however, I did take some time for breakfast and a walk with a dear old friend. We found this awesome vintage clock along our route in Lambertville, NJ. At the time of our find I didn’t have my camera with me and had to return later in the day to capture all of the awesome finds of our brief morning together. I thought this to be particularly fun and carefree considering the subject is predominately time.
Hopefully soon things will settle a bit and I’ll be able to get back in the swing of things and blog more frequently. Time will tell!
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.” – Harvey MacKay
“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” – Ernst Haas
“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” – Yousuf Karsh