Serenity Circle - April 2019

Welcome to April's Serenity Circle. We are a Collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world sharing moments reflecting peace and calm through the media of photography.


This past week, I've been enrolled on a photography class by Sarah Gupta which is all about "bringing your images to life with colour, depth and processing."  Sarah is well known in photography circles for her beautiful rich, low-light photography - a style I find myself drawn to and really love.  It's been an amazing first week, and one which has brought me a whole lot closer to my artistic vision than ever before.  I am so grateful to Sarah for her time and patience and for everything she has shared thus far - she's an amazing teacher!  Whole afternoon's have just melted away whilst I've been studying and practising everything I've been learning.  It's been very relaxing, therapeutic, and really enjoyable - definitely my idea of bliss and serenity.


The still life images in this post were captured using the Sol 45.  It's an interesting lens and one that takes a bit of getting used to; however, it's worth the effort learning if you like the effect it produces. I really enjoy 
using this lens for still life and believe it lends itself well to the old-worldly style of photography I adore. I also love the slightly serene and dreamy quality you can achieve using this particular lens as well. It really helps me capture how I see and feel the world around me.... I've even given it a new name and nicknamed it "Meraki 45!"

MERAKI [may-rah-kee]
Doing something with total love and pure soul;
It is leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work.


Finally, the nature image directly below was captured 'indoors' using my Velvet 56 - another favourite lens of mine.  The Velvet 56 is another manual lens and takes a little getting used to, but so worth the effort - particularly if you love smooth buttery bokeh.


Next in the Serenity Circle is an extremely talented landscape photographer, Kristen from Kristen Ryan Photography with her post Serenity in the Rockies.


Comments

Nadeen said…
Oh, Wendy!!! I LOVE these! I may have to check out Sarah's class. Truly incredible work!
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Nadeen! One of the students chose your images as their inspiration for one of their projects in this class. She did an excellent job too :D xx
eph2810 said…
These came out beautifully, Wendy. I love the warmth that these images portray. I too am a huge fan of the Lensbaby lenses, and I am thinking about getting the Trio for my Fuji. And I love the name you gave the Sol 45. So glad you are enjoying the class with Sarah.
Lori McLellan said…
What a stunning set, Wendy! I,too, love the Velvet 56. You've created some lovely, serene still life's with the LBs. glad you are so engrossed in the breakout!
Wendy said…
Thank you Iris. The trio for your new camera would be awesome. So light and perfect for carrying about. The DSLR's are so heavy and cumbersome - particularly with big lenses. If I could, I would swap too. Especially handy for street photography too! Something I know you enjoy.
Wendy said…
Thank you Lori. The breakout class is amazing!
Anonymous said…
These are beautiful.
Anonymous said…
Lovely. The class sounds intriguing.
Emily said…
These are all so beautiful, Wendy! I love the depth you were able to capture in your images and your tones are spot on! You made ordinary items look timeless and beautiful!
Joan Showers said…
Wendy, the wonderful bokeh that you captured with the Velvet is soothing and pulls me right into your image. Based on your comments and others, I just now signed up for the breakout. Hope it’s not too late to participate.
Wendy said…
Om goodness Emily! That is so kind of you to say. You made my day :)
Wendy said…
Joan, I am so glad you signed up too. I'm quite sure you are going to really enjoy this class. I notice there are quite a few Click Pro's signed up to the class as well. The forums are really active and I've found it difficult keeping up, lol! Sarah is really pouring herself into this breakout. I copy all the Q and A's in the forum that are of interest to me and between that and the information in the course work, videos, pdf etc - it's enough to keep me going for a good long while.

I was out shooting again this evening. I don't think I've been so busy photographing ever as this past week, lol.
Jillian said…
These are so beautiful Wendy! I love the gorgeous wooden backdrop and again those rich tones!
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Jillian! :)