Another new year but a bleaker start than normal, not just lockdown and dark days but also doing dry January. I must be bonkers but up for a challenge. Another challenge this year is to refocus upon my creativity and to help awaken this I received a book which was first published in 1992, called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It is all about discovering and maintaining your creativity whether you want to be an artist, writer, actor etc. and provides twelve a week course for you to follow. As yet I haven’t made a proper start besides doing “morning papers “, more will be revealed through my future blog posts.
However, my inspiration to write my first post for the year happened when I noticed how beautiful the winter sun struck a vase of yellow tulips. I was not only excited by the beauty of the flowers, but also the shadow created on the white wall. I love shadows and am fascinated by the effect of different lighting upon every day objects, landscapes and faces…And yes there is sunshine on the horizon as the Covid19 Vaccine begins to be rolled out, and on the 1st of February I will drink to this, as well as the gradual increase of daylight .
Happy New Year Everyone
Colour Burst 1
Formby Beach Winter Sun
Colour Burst 2
Winter Dusk 1
Winter Dusk 2
Winter Dusk 3
Sun Burst 3
All images copyright to DawnMacroArt
After a lot of research and speaking to a couple techy camera experts I finally decided to buy the Sigma F2.8 105mm Macro Lens, but then had to wait until August to actually buy one. (Photographers have had macro madness during COVID19 so none in stock ) I have been playing with it for the last week or so trying to suss out the best settings and still learning but here is a few I have taken so far.
Good To See You 1
Bad Hair Day
Good To See You 2
In these difficult times it’s still possible to find pleasure in the simplest and smallest of things. Self isolating outside has been easy when taking Roma (our dog) out for her walk, as many people ironically imagine she is a vicious dog, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
These short periods have been great as they have helped me to spend time looking for beautiful gems of nature.
Happy Easter, stay safe and enjoy.
all images copyright Dawn Shallcross
Beaches are great places to visit during the Winter months…. less people, and good for the soul. So off we went to Formby beach, (owned by the National Trust and home to lots of red squirrels), with Roma who had never been on a beach, or in the sea.
Roma loves water and will go in every pond or puddle she passes, so this was going to be a fun day.
Yes, she loved it and so did we; crashing waves, a beautiful sky, an abundance of shells washed ashore and a soggy puppy.
I am hoping that Autumn will ignite my passion to go out and capture all those beautiful colours and textures bathed in that gorgeous light .I just need to fight those dark mornings and make the most of the weekends taking our new puppy Roma out for walks ……but with my camera too. I don’t think they show you how to do that at puppy training classes, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Summer was mainly spent settling in Roma, including middle of the night gets up, hiding anything valuable which could be chewed and taking her in the garden for a widdle and a woo.
In between this I managed to sleepily take a few shots, but hopefully I will be back in the next couple of weeks with new strength and energy.
These are my sleepy shots