First still life with Olympus Pen F.

  
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to pick up my new camera the Olympus pen F! Kid in a sweet shop springs to mind. I opted for the 17mm 1.8 lens over the 40mm although I will add a couple of pros to that list once I’ve got the hang of the beast!

Now I will do a full review of the pen F very soon, it is a complex little monkey and I already would not recommend it for novices… (Just stick to the much cheaper and easier pen). But I’m a little in love with it already!

I took it out yesterday for a test run and shot this bright image in aperture priority at F1.8 I have to say it’s not bad at all for a csc and I’m quite impressed! I think with a slightly higher spec lens I’ll be well and truly won over.

I hope to get out with it this wkend to have a longer faff about so will be doing my review sometime next week.

The white forest.

   
 
There is simply nothing to say except- inspired light.

Fuji finepix S3 pro- vintage 50mm Nikon lens.

ISO 400, F2, shutter 260, natural day light- cool.

Still life, blossom

  
   
 
February is one of my favourite months, winter is making way for Spring, and there is new life blossoming.

Yesterday I spent a rather chilly day at Angelsey gardens just outside of Cambridge, despite the drizzle I managed to take a few blossom shots. The smell was amazing- winter honeysuckles and daphne filled the air with their sweet scent.

The light was very cool, and the drizzle made for very dreamy shots.

Fuji DSLR- vintage 50mm Nikon lens, ISO 200, f2, shutter 180.

Winter berries.

  
A pop of red against a winters light always makes for a striking photo. Im not usually a fan of red, but in the depths of winter, when these berries hang like ruby jewels I’m greatful for their statement.

Cold natural light, Fuji DSLR, vintage 100mm Nikon lens, ISO 400, shutter 125, f4.

Still life, Spring tea

  
I just love these little grape hyacinths, they cover my garden in late winter/early spring, and I love digging them up and putting them in vintage teacups and pots.

I’ve got a stall on a handmade and vintage market this Mother’s Day so will be potting up these little treasures to sell, I know I’d be chuffed to receive this gift.

Image shot in my garden room, cool daylight, ISO 400, shutter 90, F4 on my old Fuji DSLR with 100mm vintage Nikon lens.

Still life, burst.

  
Bursts of Spring are emerging throughout the countryside, I love the promise, it’s unbreakable, and beautiful.

I love taking pictures at this time of year, the light is gorgeous with just a hint of warmth but still further on the cool side, it’s sometimes hazy which makes for a real atmospheric shot, and my favourite subjects (flowers) are starting to bloom.

Early day light, Fuji fine pix s3 pro- vintage Nikon lens 100mm, ISO 400, shutter 125, F2.

Spring still life.

  
A very whimsical Spring shot I took last year on my Fuji DSLR with my favourite vintage Nikon lens that I pinched from my dad, yes he does know, ha, I’m always pinching his camera equipment.

I just love the simplicity of this little pink bell and the texture of the cut glass, so pure.

Natural light- cool, ISO 600, F2, shutter 125.

Texture, still life

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I love wandering round farms, I know some may find that strange, but the textures of old bits of farm machinery really do make for an interesting capture. I love the detail of these chains and the colours. Shot with my old Fuji dslr with a vintage 100mm nikon lens, cool daylight, iso-400, shutter 125, F4.

Floral inspiration and a chamomile tea.

  
I love really good quality blank paper which I like to naturally stain and dry before working on. I feel it gives my drawings/paintings more depth.

Whenever I start any piece I have to accompany my work with a suitable cup of tea, as I’m drawing inspiration from wild flowers at the moment it seems only right to have chamomile tea, naturally sweet and calming.

I hope all of you are having a good day!

Emma

Calming February hues.

   
   
My china blue roses linen is the perfect soft delicate background for a February flat lay.

I love to take a minute, with a cup of chamomile tea, my wild flowers book for new inspiration, a fresh bloom and a scrap of one of my fabrics. It helps me creatively- to calm my mind, see where I’ve been and make plans for where I’m going.

It’s also a pleasing composition of textures for flat lay photography. The fragile paper thin bloom, the texture of the linen, the cover of the book and the cup of tea all work in harmony to create a calming February hue with a pleasing form.

My designs reflect the seasons and my mood of that moment, I remember painting this one  one whimsical evening when the light was hazy and the roses had wilted slightly on their branches. At the moment my designs are very bold and full of the joys of Spring, my colour palette at the moment is pastel bright, and my prints are bolder as I’m really loving designing blocks! However this digitally printed linen is still one of my favourites, and is always a beautiful inspiration on its own!

Emma