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What's your style?

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I really enjoy styled still life images. I like to work with minimal props and my still life images tend to be close up for the most part, not just because I'm limited for studio space but also because 'close ups' tends to be part of my signature style.  Below, I used my trusty Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens.  Although on a crop sensor, this lens gives much the same focal length as an 85mm.  
If you are a visiting photographer, what's your style?  Do you have a particular lens you enjoy working with and why?  I'd love to hear from you.

Consider the lilies

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"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these."  Luke 12:27



A few more images which include hand made vintage papers

Serenity Project - June 2018

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Welcome to June's Serenity Circle.  This month I found relaxation practising still life photography and combining it with another hobby, i.e. papercrafting!  Still life has become my favourite photography genre since completing a workshop earlier this year.  At the moment, I'm enjoying exploring old-worldly vintage themes which I adore, so it was fun making my own vintage style papers to use alongside.

By making my own papers, I was able to choose the colours and theme to suit what I had visualised the end result to look like. An added bonus is I've saved a fair bit of money because purchasing vintage papers online or in craft shops can work out to be pretty expensive!

How to:

First, I searched "vintage papers" using Pinterest.  The search brought back loads of websites which offer free downloads. After printing, I added tea stains and gave the papers a slight crumple so they looked even more tattered and aged visually. If you like, you can change the paper colo…

The Crown

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Love this little trinket box.  It comes in a smaller size too which would be ideal for storing rings.

Musical note

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"Musical Note"

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My favourite scissors

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I've collected quite a few pairs of scissors over the last couple of years, but these are one of my absolute favourites.  The jar is one of my new props which I purchased for £1.00 at a local charity shop this past week and makes the perfect storage for the scissors. It has a few scratches and paint chips but I love the aged and 'less than perfect' look and I definitely didn't want to hide these things in post processing.

I really enjoy browsing for photography props and could happily spend a couple of hours every week doing so. Do you have any unusual pastimes or hobbies? 

Roses

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These pink roses are just beginning to wilt but I think they look every bit as beautiful as when they were fresh picked. The buds have opened out fully and in a few days time, the petals will fall back revealing the centre of the rose as in the first image.  You can peel back the outer petals when they become a little too jaded like I've done here to increase their life span.  As far as I'm concerned, a rose doesn't have to be new to look beautiful, it can be mature and just as gorgeous in the latter stage of it's life too.

A few favourite images from a recent workshop

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A few favourite images from a recent still life workshop I enrolled on.