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Travel Theme and Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle With Freedom

Travel Theme and Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle With Freedom

I love the freedom of creating abstract photography with lights and glass. It takes me back to my years of painting with oils and developing my photography in a darkroom. Starting out with a simple subject and taking a creative journey, testing, experimenting, without any agenda, just unconscious thought and the joy of the imaginative process.It often makes me feel like a small child on Christmas morning, clutching a full stocking in my trembling hands and trying to guess what’s inside from the feel and sound of its contents!

During such a busy time of year I’ve also been having fun with the freedom to artistically explore my photography with the apps on my phone! I can sit comfortably at my favourite coffee shop with a mocha and a cake and enjoy the simple pleasures of creating something that I hope might surprise and delight. I hope to spread some twinkling, festive cheer with a little gallery of stars based on our tree-topper. I used a combination of Google+ Photos, Aviary, Adobe PS Touch and the brilliantly bonkers Superphoto (all for Android). Have a wonderful silly-season everyone, enjoy the simple pleasures and have fun in all you do 🙂

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NaBloPoMo – Sunday Special

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NaBloPoMo – Sunday Special

It’s the last day of the November post-a-day challenge and as we’re nearing Christmas I decided to finish with some seasonal creations!

As with all my posts for NaBloPoMo 2014, these photos were all taken and processed on my phone. The lead image was created from three separate photos, cropped with the Scribble Tool, Graduated Fades then layered, blended and merged in Adobe PS Touch. The photos in the gallery were all created with the Google Photo App.

It’s been a lot of fun exploring different ways of creating digital art using only the camera and apps available for my phone! A few years ago I would never have believed any of this possible. In art, it always pays to experiment and explore with new mediums!

I’ll round out the month with a gallery of my favourite phoneography creations. Thank you, everyone, for all your comments and feedback!

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NaBloPoMo – Saturday Night Music

NaBloPoMo – Saturday Night Music

Tonight’s music was brought to us by the brilliant STEViE – One Bloke One Mandolin. The observant among you will notice that he also has a Mandola and a Banjo! Stevie Simpson is one of the very best songwriters that I have the pleasure of knowing 🙂

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NaBloPoMo – From The Gardens At St Thomas’

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NaBloPoMo – From The Gardens At St Thomas’

There are some pretty, little gardens next to St Thomas’ Hospital in London that really do have the most fabulous views! I captured a few of them, on my Sony Xperia Z1 phone, while I was there yesterday.

The gardens are very sheltered, but I was surprised to find a few flowers still providing spots of colour in the borders.

Next to the main entrance is an intriguing sculpture called “Cross The Divide” by Rick Kirby, which is said to represent a helping hand and the relationship between the patient and doctor.

The very best view from the gardens is of the Palace of Westminster which is equally beautiful during the day or night!

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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Comforts

NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Comforts

It was wet and horrible outdoors today but I made a quick stop into our local gift shop, Apples & Pears, and was confronted by all the wonderful colours and scents of Christmas! I found one or two ideas for presents but mostly I just enjoyed browsing in such a comforting atmosphere.

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NaBloPoMo, Travel Theme and Blue Monday: Added Colour

NaBloPoMo, Travel Theme and Blue Monday: Added Colour

With Christmas approaching, it’s getting harder to find blue colours when I’m out and about. It’s not the most popular seasonal colour! These flowers all started out as very different colours indeed. I used Adobe PS Touch for the first and last image and Google Photos for the second. My first image was created using tonal adjustments, inverted layers and graduated fades. The second image had a cool-toned Retrolux filter added before popping the colours with an HDR and Drama filter. My last image was created with a tinted filter and merged with a high-contrast B&W layer to add some drama.

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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Bouquets

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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Bouquets It’s been a thoroughly dreary day here but these seasonal flower bouquets made me smile 🙂