ISOlation: Entry Three

I have been trying to stay creative, but also try and do a few other things to pass the time. I’ve been delving into my archive of photos. I’ve captured a couple of shots in the garden but also started painting again. I’ve also started looking at adding a new section onto my website, its for my photographic studies. Here are a few things that have kept me busy. 

Photos

Again, I’ve been in the garden capturing the macro world. We have a Ceanothus bush in our garden and as the sun covers the flowers it seems to be attracted by honey bees, bumblebees and butterflies. It has become a great place to try and capture them.

Pollinators
Pollinators

I’ve been lucky to capture some of the macro world while we’ve been in isolation. In the last couple of weeks, there has been more and more bees come into our garden. In one part of the garden we have a Ceanothus, it has been covered in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies. Here are a few shots I’ve captured of the honeybees. 

Honeybees are a vital part of the natural world. One of the many pollinators for plants and flowers. They are part of large colonies, that either live in hives or in wild nests. I’ve been lucky enough to see them at work in a hive. It’s been good to see them pollinating as well. They are wonderful little creatures to watch. 

Holly Blue
Holly Blue Butterfly
Allium
Allium
Early Bumblebee
Early Bumblebee

Archives

I have been looking back at photos from more recent years. As I had really focused on reprocessing and delving into folders from 2011 – 2017. In January 2018, I made the decision to take my work flow onto Adobe Lightroom, so I’ve looked through a number of different shoots from the last year and a bit. 

Victorious, Ramsholt
Victorious, Ramsholt

Happy VE Day, 75 years ago victory was declared. It marked the liberation in Europe. It was a moment of hope for those people who endured sacrifice, fought for our freedom, and lost family and friends. We will celebrate their endeavor for us to have freedom. 
This was shot in 2019, down the road towards Ramsholt. As the sun was rising I thought it would be good to get a slightly different perspective. The sun rises to the east, so it isn’t the best place for sunrise. But always worth the trip out there. As I walked up there the light glowing along the road was so impressive. 
When I took this photo, I was in a very tough period in my life. I suppose it was a moment of hope in quite a dark place, looking back that trip out shaped something new in me in the proceeding weeks. A quote that really suited then and is even more fitting now.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. –

Desmond Tutu
Boardwalk, Felixstowe Pier
Boardwalk, Felixstowe Pier

This was shot at Felixstowe Pier in 2019. Only being up the road in Ipswich, Felixstowe has been a regular place to visit and capture. It can be very convenient to get out there.

Opal, Shingle Street
Opal, Shingle Street

I took this shot in March 2019, I remember the trip out well. It was a misty morning on the Suffolk coast at Shingle Street. The sky was very dull, the mist was so thick it was hard to see into the distance. As I took a shot of the cottages, the sun rose over the North Sea behind me. I finished my exposure and turned the camera around. Certainly a moment to remember, alway be aware of what is happening behind you, to the side in landscape photography. 

Dreamland, Flatford
Dreamland, Flatford

This was a shot taken on the banks of the river Stour, in between Dedham and Flatford in 2019. I went down there at sunset and captured a number of shots along the river. It’s well known as Constable country, named after John Constable the painter. It is a perfect place to capture, some much beauty and a great walk. 

Wildlife 

We keep on getting more and more wildlife in the garden. As the flowers have been coming out, there have been more opportunities to capture the smaller insects and bugs that are in the garden. The birds and wildlife are still visiting the feeders. Here is the video from the past couple of weeks. 

Watercolour painting

Before I really got into photography, I was an art student and I used to paint a lot. Mainly for my art courses, but my subjects would be from my own photos. I thought having seen quite a few different tv programmes recently about art, it was a reminder of what I used to love to do. I still have all of the supplies from when I was doing it before, so I have pulled them out and painted my first piece. 

Drawing for watercolour
Drawing for the watercolour painting

I’m no artist in this respect, but I would say it’s something that will become a hobby again. It’s a very therapeutic activity, and is great as it gives my eyes a break from screens. My job and my spare time seems to be filled with screens mostly so this will be a welcome break. It will certainly keep me creative in a different way. 

Final watercolour piece
Shoreline, Pin mill

This is a part of the series of posts, that I will complete during this period of time of lockdown. Please do have a look through what I’ve been up to.

ISOlation: Entry One

ISOlation: Entry Two

I hope you’ve enjoyed it, Let me know what you think.  Stay Safe, and stay at home!

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