Wow, I don’t know where this week went! I’ve been making the most of the time the kids are at school and preschool to catch up with everything and before I knew it, it was the weekend! Our evenings have been all about bedtime changes and that’s taken over a little bit and I had over 50 Living Arrows posts to read! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much to everyone who linked up and joined in on Instagram. It’s such a lovely project and I’m SO excited to see people joining in!
This week, our featured contributor is Annie who writes Mammasaurus. I love her gorgeous frosty image!
Annie shared a little bit of the story behind the photo (and you can read more over on ANNIE’S BLOG)
My photo was taken on a freezing cold morning, Kitty badgered me to take them out straight after breakfast so we were out in the forest by 8.30am and it was -2 degrees!
Settings: ISO 200 55m lens f/4.0 – and for those who don’t do everything manually don’t be freaked out by all that – I totally had to look at on Lightroom as I basically just shot it in auto mode as the light was perfect so there was no need to tweak manually!
Editing: VSCO filter in Lightroom
This is the second year of Living Arrows for you, what does the project mean to you?
I’m appreciating it even more this year, there really is a lovely community feeling surrounding it which is nice to be a part of. I prods me to remember to document my children and is a nice time of the week to sit down and look through everyone’s photo and just smile at the innocence of childhood.
Did you learn anything last year from it?
I learnt that a photo of my children doesn’t have to be a photo of them looking at the camera smiling, it can be a foot, a hand, the back of the head. I was also amazed at how much emotion people managed to capture.
What kind of subjects interest you the most?
Anything outdoors / nature related. I’m lucky to live in the New Forest with beaches and woods around me so I think has a lot to do with it – oh and there’s always plenty of natural light outdoors – win!
Do you plan your photos or have an idea in mind of what you want or do you take your camera out with you and see what you get?
If my children are involved then I never plan photos anymore. I have done the ‘encouraging words’ and bribes of sweeties to get them to stand and smile in the past and ultimately it’s not as happy an experience as the end result would suggest! These days I try and take them out, have fun and just capture what happens along the way – at the moment I am finding letting Kitty, who is painfully shy, take photos with my iPhone for a bit often leads to her asking me to take her photo (which never happens normally!)
What or who inspires you?
Blogs & magazines that I read inspire me day to day, I often bookmark posts where I see a photo that has something ‘different’ to it, be it unusual lighting or editing.
Which posts really stood out to you this week?
http://www.goblinchild.com/?p=1176 – Beautiful
http://www.sewlottieda.com/2015/01/152.html – Shows natural, simple photos can be stunning
If there’s anything you’d like to ask Annie, leave her a comment below! You can find her all over the Internets –
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