This week all I have really gotten to experiment with is my extension tubes, I know everyone is getting tired of seeing flowers. I have learned that a 14.99 bouquet of flowers can yield hundreds of images shot from ever imaginable angle you can think of, and how to use natural window light which changes from minute to minute to make photographs ever changing.
I have worked my places in my lifetime and all of them with the exception of my factory job of nearly 20 years, I did some sort of merchandising. from large window displays, to small table top displays. Now with the photography it seems that making and staging things for photography I get to use those skills again.
It is amazing what you can find in a junk shop, for next to nothing that would look good in a photograph, or the Dollar Tree Store can yield a treasure trove of treasures for as little as 5.00 to 10.00. Even items found in the trash, like they say, “One Man’s Trash, is Another Man’s Treasure” Just like in photography, you should always carry your camera with you, as you never know when a scene will pop up in front of you! It is the same when looking for display materials.
Examples can be broken class or pottery, wood, rusty hinges, nails and latches, even old bottle caps, marbles stones, old dented tea pots, you name it the skies the limit on things that can be creatively arranged. In other words I won’t always have flowers in my blog posts. Now that I have time to focus on my art work and photography I can finally broaden my photography as well as my basket weaving. Finally have some stress relieving fun in life.
*All of the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them and will open in a new window.
This morning I thought I have not posted any poetry lately, and thought I would search some out, so I pulled from my books and thought surely I would find something in “QUEST & CONQUEST” BY DEAN C. DUTTON, which is a comprehensive book of “thought nuggets” poetry, short stories, meditations for everyday life. first published in the 1930’s, which contains 457 pages and is a large book. This morning nothing really seemed to pop off the page for me, so next was to go online.
A good Biography of Anne Bronte can be found on Poem Hunter at this link.
Though today I found what I thought spoke to me on Poem Hunter. The Captive Dove by Anne Bronte’
The Captive Dove
by Anne Bronte’ 1820 – 1849
Poor restless dove, I pity thee;
And when I hear thy plaintive moan,
I mourn for thy captivity,
And in thy woes forget mine own.
To see thee stand prepared to fly,
And flap those useless wings of thine,
And gaze into the distant sky,
Would melt a harder heart than mine.
In vain in vain! Thou canst not rise:
Thy prison roof confines thee there;
Its slender wires delude thine eyes,
And quench thy longings with despair.
Oh, thou wert made to wander free
In sunny mead and shady grove,
And, far beyond the rolling sea,
In distant climes, at will to rove!
Yet, hadst thou but one gentle mate
Thy little drooping heart to cheer,
And share with thee thy captive state,
Thou couldst be happy even there.
Yes, even there, if, listening by,
One faithful dear companion stood,
While gazing on her full bright eye,
Thou mightst forget thy native wood.
But thou, poor solitary dove,
Must make, unheard, thy joyless moan;
The heart, that Nature formed to love,
Must pine, neglected, and alone.
Over the past two years, I had all focus stripped from my life, I had no idea how intently I focused on everything thing I did and do in life until my ability to focus was removed from my life. I also now realize that without that focus there is a list of very serious health implications that goes along with not being able to focus, wandering around in a limbo state billed extreme levels of stress, and has no stress relievers at all.
Thankfully to say that there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, I have focus or am getting focus back in my life now. I have my home, my belongings and a life back, my life, no other persons life, just mine. Right now it looks like the stress levels are dropping and am hoping in the coming months I can shed the extreme stress levels that have plagued me for two plus years. For myself, a life without focus is like living life in a Void and Desolate Wasteland, nothing can be learned there, just the extreme desire to return to focusing on living life.
I cannot tell you how rapturous it is to finally say I am going to set down and teach myself photography, some have said why photography? Well Photography depending on what you are doing with it, aids me in showing art work as in baskets, websites, this blog, other art work, and just plain getting out of the apartment and walking and enjoying God’s beauty at every twist and turn in the road, you never know when something will pop up that at the time is enjoyed by myself alone, and later by others I like to share a special moment in my day with. So you see photography encompasses everything!
So this is why I post Experiments in Photography, there is a lot to learn, just depends on what and which areas I want to put myself into on any given day. There are even many things that can be done when I do not feel good, which have been many lately, however I can experiment of 5 minutes or 55 minutes dependent on how I feel.
Which I could not do with the baskets, precious metal clay etc. as you need to be on top of your game to work with those things which require shaping etc.
So far in 6 short months I have lowered my sugar levels and depleted my iron stores all through regaining a healthy diet, something which life in Bohemia deprived me of was watching sugar and iron levels in foods. Now I am glad to say that is a burden off my shoulders now, both uncontrolled sugar and iron levels have a pretty final outcome in the end, thought this week I found out that both are now normal or very close (sugars) to becoming normal, through a well balance diet, stable life, and being able to focus extremely on the problems at hand.
Now I am looking forward everyday to the return of all else. especially working on various forms of art work and showing it through the blog, websites and other means.. Art is my stress reliever, always has been. guess it always will be.
Now just some pictures that I took as my camera let me know my battery was dying, amazing how many pictures you can take before the battery dies