Bits & Pieces on hold

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If you follow this blog you know I used to post a series of images here, once a week as part of a 52-week photography project called “Bits & Pieces”. So you might also have noticed that I stopped at week 34, about a month ago. The thing is: what started as being a project to keep me on track with my photography on a regular basis has become an obligation. I found myself thinking “I HAVE to take pictures for the Bits & Pieces post” and grabbing my camera without any motivation, just because I felt I had to.

Instead of keeping me motivated to shoot every week, it made me feel stressed. I enjoy taking photographs, it shouldn’t feel like this – so I’m putting this project on hold.

In the meantime, I thought I would share some photos I took with my phone (Sony Xperia SP) and edited with its software, using a filter called “drame”. Their quality is definitely not the best, but I mean.. for a phone it’s not that bad, specially when you look at them in its small screen. I found the result quite interesting:

The photos were taken along the lake Léman, near the cities of Vevey and Montreux (Switzerland).

How often do you take photos with your phone? Do you also use it to edit them afterwards?

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1hour-1photo ft. Helen Ogbourn

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The March photo collab is here!
And what a great one, with Helen from Helen Ogbourn Photography :)

I started following Helen’s work when she was doing her 365 project. Once she was done I kept an eye on what she was doing – I love how simple and yet beautiful her photographs are! Check out this gallery and you’ll see what I mean ;) Every time I see Helen’s photographs I think to myself I should appear more on my own photos like she does, it’s simple: a tripod and a remote.

The photographs below were taken from 10:00am to 5:00pm last Sunday, the ones in black & white are Helen’s, the color ones are mine:

10:00am – 11:00am

Helen: Warwick: Taken along the finishing strait of the Warwick Half Marathon. The sun was bright and I liked the shadows on the road of the spectators alongside me.

Me: Breakfast corner

11:00am – 12:00pm

Helen: Stratford-Upon-Avon (famous for William Shakespeare): Along the rooftops and, in the distance, the church where Shakespeare is buried.

Me: cozy at home

12:00pm – 13:00pm

Helen: Stratford-Upon-Avon: Random phrases etched into the pavement along the high street.

Me: all you need for a chickpea curry with basmati rice

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Helen: Stratford-Upon-Avon: The most beautiful magnolia tree by the riverside. Stratford in spring is just beautiful :)

Me: home made chickpea curry with basmati rice

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Helen: Stratford-Upon-Avon: Trying to warm up with a hot chocolate in Starbucks.

Me: blossom chinese magnolia tree in the park

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Helen: Birmingham: Travelling home, this is one of my favourite views looking out across the city. (Not the most successful photo as I had the wrong lens and left my remote in the car!)

Me: watching my boyfriend play Tomb Raider as if it were a movie

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Helen: Birmingham: Back home, warming up with a cuppa and catching up with emails, letters and phone calls :)

Me: hot tea to keep me warm in this cold Spring

How awesome is it that we both took a photo of a magnolia tree? :D

Thank you so much for participating Helen! Your work really inspires me, I’m looking forward to seeing more from you this Spring.

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Bits & Pieces 34/52

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+ I went for a walk in the park today and there were crows everywhere in the trees, most of them were nesting
+ I stopped to observe these two and ended up shooting this small sequence
+ to reinforce the idea that one image is the continuation of the other I applied the same edit in all but gradually increased the color

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