It looks like this Cherry Blossom tree is becoming the most photographed tree in our garden! In New Zealand it is now mid-winter. After a shower of rain overnight the tree sparkled in the early morning sun. From the ground it looked pretty average, the rain drops were lost in the bright sky. But from an upstairs window, photographed with the widest aperture lens I own, the rain drops became gorgeous bright decorations. Dazzling. f1.2, 1/640 sec, ISO 100, not that the technical details add anything to the glorious morning!
This stand holds the tools we use to poke and prod the logs in our wood burner in Akaroa. It actually belongs to our daughter, but the clean air police in Christchurch say she can't have fires anymore, so she gave it to us to take to Akaroa, where there is no such ban. The tools sit there, by the fire, year round, and it had never occurred to me that the four tools look like four children, listening to a grown up. That is the whole point of this project, learning to see what else something could be. Taking just elements of an object seems to make this easier. I can only guess the family stories they listening to.
My image this week is taken at night, lying on my back looking up at the ceiling. I like the way the light plays on the beams and makes the shadow patterns on the ceiling. It was quite dark, but I had a play in NIK to bring some detail out of the shadows. The round fitting, lower left, is for a pendant light. We removed the light, because it was ugly, intending to replace it, but we prefer the clean look without it. But I like the punctuation mark it gives the image.
The last tenacious leaves are clinging to the cherry blossom tree outside the dining room window, and they won’t make it through until next week. There was only one opportunity left for a weekly image to include these leaves. My thought was to create something with an impression of movement, to give the feel of an autumn breeze, without the usual slow shutter speed to blur the leaves. This was taken at f2.5, 1/200 at ISO125. I then added a texture layer and used the blending options and varied the opacity of both layers. I tried various things, but this one gives the best feeling of movement without blurring the leaves. Its a bit of a departure from my usual preference for a clean look, but it is fun to try different things. What was frustrating though was to remove the colour. The leaves are a gorgeous orange, so to make this into something that it is not was a challenge.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.