Saturday, 9 August 2014

Picking up the Pliers (again)

I've had something of a creative drought for the past few months (might even be a year!) and something had to be done!  I've been doing a fair bit of catching up, so I've got lots to show you, but for now you can have my latest - the first piece of jewellery I've made in a long time.

I've had the centre bead for such a long time, more than five years for sure!  I picked up some antique brass pieces as I love that look lately, just stared at the beads for some inspiration for the drops and there it was!  Wrapping and going off the mould isn't something I've ever been comfortable with doing but I thought it just looked so perfect in the centre of the brass.  Seeing as I've been doing a lot of "winging it" with crochet, figuring out patterns myself, I went ahead and just wrapped it in there.  I absolutely love the finished necklace.  I've got another of the centre beads so I might have another go soonish!

Of course, I took these pictures with the DSLR.  The more I develop my photography skills the more confident I am with taking photos like this.  I used to be terrible with taking pictures of jewellery and other crafts I'd done because I was never happy with the finished photo, editing them to within an inch of their lives.  I'm really pleased with how these turned out though!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Getting back into photography

There's definitely something a little bit special about a picture taken with a "big camera", or a DSLR as normal people call them haha.  I decided to pick it up again recently and have been trying to get photos as often as I can.  It's not as easy as it looks, especially since I insist on manually focusing, even on moving kids.  I'm yet to master all the various functions, getting the lighting right, getting the colour right and so on but I'm sort of winging it for now.

I'm always a little envious of those girls who manage to get out there with their camera, especially if they have kiddies like me.  The area we live in, lets say, is a little less than ideal and I don't feel too happy about getting my phone out in public let alone an expensive and hard to hide camera.  So I'm restricted a bit to our little home and outings with Tom.  Still, it's nice to be able to do the little bit that I can.

You can catch my progress at Blipfoto.