Serenity Circle - January 2020

Welcome to January's Serenity Circle

Painterly effect with overlay

"If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you've always got."
- Henry Ford -

I enjoy experimenting with painterly effects and find they enhance old-worldly style images which I adore.  I also have fun working with textures and have added subtle textures to each of the first two images as well.

Painterly effect with overlay

I can lose myself experimenting with such for hours - pure bliss!  It's definitely one of my 'go to' places for relaxation and a slice of serenity.

I also set out on a short nature walk in a local park yesterday afternoon.  Camera packed, I headed along to the local park.  Nature photography is another of my 'go to' places to experience peace and quiet.  I wanted to capture some fern images but was disappointed initially because they were curled up tightly protecting themselves from the cold.  However, they still looked interesting and I decided a macro shot would be a good option.  

 "....and I think to myself, 
"what a wonderful world...."
- Bob Thiele -

I used a 12 mm macro extension alongside my 50 mm lens to capture the image above.  I could have got closer using a longer extension tube, but I wanted to use the bokeh background against the fern (the result of light reflecting off a stream in the background).

Where is your 'go to' place(s) to experience serenity?  Please feel free to share in the comments section below.  I'd love to hear from you.

Next in the serenity circle is Amy Smith, Anchorage, Alaska Photographer with her post "Sunrise views from the scenic highway".  I'm very much looking forward to discovering where Amy has found serenity this month and can't wait to view her post along with the other girls in the circle.

About: We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world - some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself. The Serenity Circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month. This particular circle was established in April 2015 and is one of the longest running of its kind online. It was set up by Nadeen Flynn, multi-genre photographer and teacher from Northern California. Nadeen has since stepped aside from the circle and we wish her all the very best. The Serenity Circle goes live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.


Eileen said…
I love your painterly processing. The blue/green tones in the macro is beautiful too, and I love the depth. I always find a walk in nature to be renewing; it always brings me some serenity even if I am very stressed!
Wendy said…
Thank you Eileen. I miss getting out in nature much at the moment. It is so cold here this month but I do love nature photography for relaxation. Looking forward to spring and a little warmer weather.
Emily said…
Oh wow! Wendy, I love the texture you added, it certainly feels like a painting! Such a beautiful post today!
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Emily. It's good to try to different editing styles from time to time.
eph2810 said…
The textures are really cool. I like to experiment at times too, but they usually never leave my hard drive. I love the fern image. The color is wonderful, and the light in the background is marvelous.

I too like to explore our local parks to find peace and quiet. I usually go really early in the morning on my days off.
Lori McLellan said…
Wow, Wendy, these are all so great! Your still life images look just like paintings and if you didn't tell anyone, they'd never know they started as photographs! The blues and greens in your macro image are just gorgeous and rich. I'm glad you've been able to find some quiet time amongst all your renovations!
Wendy said…
Thank you Lori. Definitely needed some serenity during the renovations. It's been hectic. At least I have 5 days now where there's no tradesmen in the house. Next week is going to be crazy again! But the bulk of things will have been complete by then and we can then finish off the remaining work (emulsioning, etc) in our own time.
Wendy said…
Thank you Iris. I've never been to the park early morning. The park here is quiet weekdays and even on weekends it's not over run. So any time really is quiet to wander around. There's a lake there too which is beautiful. I'm sure I have a photo of the lake on my hard drive somewhere.
Nadeen said…
Such beautiful work, Wendy. And, I can feel the relaxation in both your images and your words. Beautiful!
Wendy said…
Thank you Nadeen!
Nkawoods said…
Wendy, your still life photos are always so well designed with just the right accents around your main subject. Love that silver pitcher! So unique.
Wendy said…
Thanks so much Nancy. It's sometimes difficult to judge.