Good Day Sunday

From icy woodland paths and frozen fields to the centre of Manchester, another enjoyable day. Woodbank Park was much larger than I remembered from my teenage-years and now more interesting. We wondered through footpaths and fields not quite sure where we were heading but Roma didn’t care. Eventually we found our way to the main park bit, and I was drawn to the abstract reflections from the old cafe windows, blue sky and the organic Pollock like images from the tree branches.

 

 

 

In the afternoon by direct contrast, we were in the middle of Manchester and this time on our way to see the amazing photographer Martin Parr’s exhibition at the Manchester Princess Gallery. Martin Parr’s photography features everyday people going about their lives in different settings from all walks of life. The exhibition celebrates working class life, inclusion and diversity in Greater Manchester, from the early 1970’s to last year, and is well worth a visit …..I am definitely going back again .

 

 

 

I was totally inspired and ended up buying a cheap 3 lens kit to attach to my smart phone for convenience when not having my Nikon on me. (You never know when you you will see something that inspires you, that’s why I love my mobile phone)

All this Art and inspiration made us hungry so the very tasty Little Aladdin’s was our next stop.This is a great place to eat , totally Vegan, friendly owner,a varied menu and at a good price. My personal favourite are the three curries rice .(72 High St, Manchester near the Northern Quarter)

 

 

 

A spot of shopping,

 

…and a broken butter dish (thanks James ūüėČ )

What a great way to spend a Sunday, and City put the icing on the cake by beating Arsenal

 

 

 

Camera Shy

Yes January is over, it’s mid February and the mornings are getting lighter……this is what I need to kick start that lens back into action and ignite my creativity, which has been recently camera shy. This year I aim to continue showcasing a monthly featured photographer, and other ones who you may not be aware of who I find are influencing my work.

On a personal note I am looking forward to finishing a maths course in May and then upgrading my camera. This will allow me to spend more time doing something I am passionate about, and also experiment using faster shutter speeds combined with macro shots.

Despite being fairly inactive here a few shots I’ve taken during recent months.

 

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Silver Screen

 

Looking Back In Time

Looking Back in Time

 

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Buygone Days

 

Hippy Happy Everyday

Hippy Happy Everyday Everyone

“I can’t imagine going a day without photographing something….” Eileen Worman

I am so excited to showcase the amazing work of Eileen Worman from beautiful Wisconsin, USA. Her photography brilliantly captures the stunning colours and features of the natural landscape which are so inviting, and are an escape after a busy day at work. Eileen has a keen eye for the wildlife which surrounds her, ranging from a rich collection of birds, to coyotes. She also skillfully captures these subjects against dramatic, technicolored and brooding  skies giving atmosphere and a wonderful insight into another world. Eileen wonderfully sees the patterns and beauty in the less obvious parts of nature such as frozen ice on the window. All of these attributes drew me to her work on flickr.

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Sunset:  Eileen Worman

 

Eileen in her own words….

I think of myself as an opportunist regarding photography. I tend to shoot what I happen upon as the day goes along, or as I’m out and about looking for something to catch my eye. I try to be available to shoot early in the morning and around sunset time because the light and atmosphere¬†lends itself to¬†create interesting looking¬†images.

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Crane: Eileen Worman

Five years ago, when we lived on nearby Lake Sinissippi, I documented a season of the nesting Bald Eagles there. I published a book about them and some of the other birds on the lake, titled Birds of Lake Sinissippi. I intended it for my family who had asked for something more formal from me, but ended up printing around 125 copies that were sold in a little shop in the town where the lake is, Hustisford, WI. People who lived on the lake were happy to buy it as a keepsake about the birds there. It’s not my best work, but it was a little adventure. (Check here¬† http://www.blurb.com/books/1622738-birds-of-lake-sinissippi if you want to have a look Dawn)

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Sunset: Eileen Worman

My husband Matt, our son Matthew¬†and I live in a rural farming community in Lebanon, Wisconsin.¬†We have¬†a small house on a hill, overlooking 40 acres, most of which is wetland, including a meadow and lots of trees and shrubs, as well. The natural landscape and ponds attract all kinds of wildlife, including a huge variety of bird species. In the five years we’ve lived here, we’ve seen 147 bird species. Of course we have lots of White-tailed Deer and many other mammals, like mink, muskrats, raccoons, groundhogs,¬†red foxes and coyotes¬†enjoying the habitat. A Union Pacific train track runs along our northern border, giving me opportunities to photograph trains fairly regularly. I am a bit of a weather geek, too, and love shooting interesting cloud formations, sundogs, sun pillars, eclipses, sunsets and sunrises, lightning and thunderstorms

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Backyard: Eileen Worman

I’m fascinated by the frosty formations that occur on our windows and like to photograph them up close. My husband is a great cook and I love to bake, so I’ve been photographing our tasty results on occasion. I’m surrounded by farms and love to capture their beauty, too. I do a majority of my¬†shooting right at home…and many times when I set out to do photography, I stumble upon something I never expected to see, which is always fun.

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Frost: Eileen Worman

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Breakfast: Eileen Worman

I did have some formal training in fine art photography, earning an Associate’s Degree from the Milwaukee Center for Photography back in 1985. There I used a 4×5 view camera and most of the work was done in black & white. I especially loved shooting candids on the streets in downtown Milwaukee and I also enjoyed photographing architecture. I can’t imagine going a day without photographing something, it’s just in my nature to do so.
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Farmhouse: Eileen Worman
A big thanks to Eileen for sharing her inviting images and giving us an insight into the stunning world she lives in.If you would like to view more of her work you can check here https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/with/26219277355/
All photographs in this post copyright Eileen Worman 2016

Freeze Frame

I waited and waited, but Christmas passed and there was not an icicle to be seen anywhere…except in the deep freeze. It was another case of, “Please don’t throw away my stuff, it’s in the freezer.”.

These photographs show how beautiful flowers can be even after they have lost their colour; they continue to inspire us. The ice in it’s different states adds unique textures and patterns to the image.

 

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Happy New Year

These photographs were taken one icy bright  morning during the Christmas holiday, and have a sense of vitality and energy which make me feel really positive. Happy New Year, Dawn.

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