Serenity Circle - June 2019

Welcome to June's Serenity Circle.  We are a Collaborative group from various parts of the world. The circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month.


When the weather is good, I try to make the most of it and I've done my best to do just that this past month.  However, not all of June has been glorious sunshine!  We've had the most horrendous rain and flooding in parts of the north-east of Scotland, plus it's been really windy and cold as well.  Not at all what you'd expect at this time of the year.  

Today was the first dry day in ages and I planned a nature photo session later in the evening.  I actually created a video last week which shows the location where I shoot the majority of my nature images.  You can view the short video right here if you like: IGTV - my favourite location for shooting nature images.  


If you watched the video, can you spot where I captured all of the images in this post quite recently?  Apart from the fir tree photo that is - it was captured during winter on the edge of a forest.  Some of the trees and plants are perhaps more obvious than others in the clip, but I promise they were all captured within the location shown on the video.




I was so glad I headed along the path this evening because the light was just beautiful.  It was a cool light because the sea mist was beginning to close in across the land again and it was also starting to cover the sun just as it was starting to dip in the sky; however, I love the peaceful atmosphere it created which was really quite soothing.

Next in the circle is a photographer whose work I really enjoy viewing - Amy L Smith, from Anchorage, Alaska.  Please check out what Amy has to share this month in her post: "There's more than corn in Indiana" and continue to follow the circle around. 

Comments

NKAWoods said…
Wendy, I love how dramatic and mysterious these images are with the dark backgrounds! Nice work!
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Nancy.
Janet Broughton said…
These are gorgeous Wendy, I'm really loving these dark moody images you've been creating recently!
Wendy said…
Thanks Janet. It's been a journey finding my style (although I don't doubt it will continue to evolve). I've really enjoyed shooting these images.
Joan Showers said…
Wendy, these are some of my favorites that you have done. Your creative choices were perfect. Your flower photography style is gorgeous.
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Joan. What a lovely compliment.
Jillian said…
These are all so gorgeous Wendy and I loved the video - a little peak into your world! Such beautiful light and tones in the final images. Thanks for sharing these with us!
Wendy said…
Thanks Jillian. Just experienced the worst hail storm. Sounded like the hailstones were coming in the house!!!
Lori McLellan said…
Wendy, I love the deep tones in these, so mysterious. I'm glad you had a dry day to get out with your camera. We are in the middle of a rainy stretch right now as well, but it's badly needed. I hope summer stays for you.
Wendy said…
I wish could say it looks like summer has finally arrived but we had the most horrendous hail downpour a few hours ago. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Here's hiping. Thanks for dropping by Lori. 👍
Anonymous said…
Wendy these are beautiful, I did watch your video and LOVE your accent! Isn’t it fun to be able to shoot macro because you don’t have to worry about the background!
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Anon. I really enjoyed shooting these images. I included the video to demonstrate that you don't need fancy areas to create the kind of macro I shoot - just a little imagination and thoughtful positioning, lol. I agree that for most macro - especially the really close up macro images, you don't need to consider the background because the whole subject fills the viewfinder. However, for the type of macro I practice, I really do have to be careful when choosing the background. I have to take a bit more time to walk around my subject to see where the light is best and so as not to include stray twigs, grass, branches sticking up, etc. I also try to use the background to best highlight the subject and although being macro, the background is thrown out of focus, it still needs me to choose it well.

I enrolled on a workshop by Kathleen Clemons a while ago which taught me a lot about what to look for when shooting flowers - especially when it comes to backgrounds, and I find I can apply the same teaching to the type of macro I shoot as well. Love Kathleen Clemons' work, and especially love her close up macro. I have tried this kind of macro myself, but I just cannot pull it off and therefore need to enrol on a workshop. I totally respect those who can shoot for this style because it's an amazing skill. I have a macro workshop in mind which I believe would help me and have wanted to take it for forever, but always something seems to crop up to prevent me which is frustrating. The tutor is an amazing macro teacher and many of my online friends have taken this particular workshop with amazing results. One such friend is Iris Nelson (you must check out her macro work on her IG account - it's #irisnelson_photo). You will see why I want to take the workshop.

Thanks again for dropping by the website. I really appreciate you looking and taking the time to leave a comment. Really thoughtful and appreciated.
Becky said…
Hey Wendy it’s me Becky I had to comment anonymously, it would not let me comment with my name! Let me see if it works this time!
Wrndy said…
Hey Becky! 👍