I didn't realise it has been a while since I last updated. I have been on 3 more photography sessions, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have now got to grips with the basic settings and learnt a little about Macro photography.
I found it a little depressing you need so much specialised equipment to take the sort of pictures that I wanted to for my inspiration, as well as finding out my 30mm macro lens isn't really any good because it you have to get so close to objects/insects/flowers to get a good picture. However, I still managed to get some good results, so that it a positive and means I can get enough to use for my mosaics.
The birds sessions was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially testing out my new 300mm lens in the woodland hide. I got some great pictures (and a lot of naff ones) but as they say, you've got to take lots in order to get one really good one.
I went back to Blashford Lakes today (Monday) to try and get some more good bird shots, particularly ones of them flying. This was extremely tricky because birds like the Blue tits move so quickly and you have to start snapping before they fly or you will miss it! I was very happy to have seen lots of birds, including a Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, as well as a bunny rabbit and a grass snake! (pictures will follow).
As for the mosaics, I have begun testing some more abstract designs and have been trying out a new way of working. I remembered how much enjoyment I used to get from making patterns using the little wooden shapes my mum and dad had bought me when I was little and decided to try working in this way, laying all the tiles out first and gluing down at the end, rather than as I go. I'm not sure if this will work so well for bigger mosaics, but it seems to give me a bit more freedom to change my mind and also to work quicker - as sometimes I need pace to make sure I get my ideas out before the inspiration leaves me.
I am going to continue with this pattern-making way of working tonight and tomorrow and hopefully should get some good results!
I have decided to start a blog for several reasons. To help me remember all the things that inspire me, to share these with others and to keep a record of everything that I am doing. I will update my blog regularly. Feel free to share and comment on posts!
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