The Blind Wood Turener

Portrait Number 35

“Portrait Number 35” ~ it probably seems a rather strange title but there are actually 34 other portraits that are sitting on a website of their own! Fifty Portraits is a personal photography project that I’ve been working on for quite a while. I’ve challenged myself to photography fifty people who have turned a hobby into a […]

still life photography

Autumn, Where Did It Go?

Well here in the UK winter suddenly landed a few days ago, we had the first real frosts and some really cold weather. I’m not complaining, I’m a bit of fan of winter! I love wearing warm jumpers and getting wrapped up in woolly scarves and hats and going for long walks. But where did autumn […]

mobile phone photography & ipad edit

First Attempts At “Mobile Artistry”

After my last post about my excitement in discovering the Adventures in Mobile Artistry course I thought it only fair that I shared an update. I’ve almost watched all of the course videos and I’m feeling just as inspired as I was at the beginning, although I will admit that I’ve not retained a lot […]

Have I found My Missing?

If you follow the blog you may have read my recent post about the feeling that something is missing (if you didn’t see it you can find it here). I was amazed at how many people got in touch to say they completely understood and even felt the same, if you are one of those […]

black and white photography with a vintage lens

Vintage Lens, A Disappointment?

You’ve probably already gathered that I’m drawn to antique and vintage shops, I love a good mooch around for “new” props for my still life photography. A few weeks ago an unplanned antique shop visit saw me buying two lovely old blue bottles plus a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan 50mm f2.8 lens. Now I knew nothing about […]

Online photography courses

In Search Of The Missing

Do you ever get that the feeling that there’s something missing? But you can’t quite work out what that something might be, it’s just a vague nagging feeling? It might be surprising to know that I often have that feeling in relation to my photography. I find it hard to properly explain, when I try […]

Fine Art Print Shop

Fine Art Print Shop Opened

It all started a few weeks ago when I decided that images on my office wall were long overdue an update. I hadn’t ever had any of my still life photographs printed and I was also curious to see how a picture taken with the Helios vintage lens would look in print. So I choose a […]

online photography courses, phone photograhy

Five Favourite Photography Apps

I’ve had quite a few requests recently for more blog posts about phone photography and photography apps, I’m far from an expert in phone photography but more than happy to share the knowledge that I do have! Generally my first choice photography tool will be my camera, its the tool that best helps me realise […]

Still life photo taken with helios 44-2 vintage lens

Still Life With The Vintage Lens

There’s been so much going on over the last couple of weeks that I’ve been absent from the blog for longer than I’d intended. Plans have been made for a beginners DSLR workshop in conjunction with a local photographer, two heads are better than one so they say! At the same time I’ve finally opened […]

Creativity, Inspiration, Motivation

On Standing Out…..

I spotted these beautiful tubs crammed full of colourful daisies whilst we were on holiday and I was drawn to this one flower that had grown above all the others. Now obviously flowers don’t have personalities but to me this one just seemed determined, as if it somehow knew it that even though it was just […]

The Question I’m Asked Most….

It’s time I made a confession…… I’m not very interested in cameras. Or lenses. Or flashes and other lighting gear. Actually I tell I a little lie, I am interested in certain lenses. I love my Lensbaby and all its different optics and you’ve probably noticed how much I’ve been raving over my lovely vintage lens. […]

Floral still life photography with textures

Playing With Textures

Isn’t it strange how things seem to appear at just the right time? I’ve been feeling drawn to experiment with textures more and more recently. I have a few already but I’ve never done much with them and when I have I’ve not been overjoyed with the results. Yesterday an email from 2 Lil’ Owls landed […]