Inspired by a recent photo I had seen of afternoon tea in a lavender garden I made a batch of Melting Moments from my Mum's recipe that I used to help her make when I was a child. It is a happy memory I have from my childhood, pressing the top of the biscuits with a fork to make the pattern.
While the biscuits were in the oven I set up the chairs and table in the garden.
It's nice to use pretty cups sometimes don't you think?
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And a comfy chair and a magazine to read.
Along the way I was caught up by my spray of hydrangeas I had picked from my front garden. I don't usually do soft, but today was different. I will let the hydrangeas tell the story. I've put them in a jug that belonged to my Mum.
A shallow depth of field using an Aperture like F/4 is perfect for a shot like this to blur out the background. If you're camera is set to Auto look for the flower symbol. Aperture priority is a great place to start when experimenting with manual settings. Look for Av on your camera dial. Just remember a small number like F/4 equals a shallow depth of field.
In this shot the light cloud cover acted as a wonderful natural diffuser. On Aperture Priority the camera sets the shutter speed so it might decide you need a longer shutter speed to get the shot in low light, so use a tripod, and a shutter release cable (if you have one) to steady the shot.
And a bit of treatment in post-processing.
And finally...I have my new computer, and a new Photoshop Elements 13 - so I have edited the photo with a texture from Kim Klassen - "Downton Abbey - Violet". I am enjoying Season 5 of Downton Abbey - are you?
I haven't done much texturising of images over the last 6 months or so - perhaps I will start playing around with it again. There is so much wonderful inspiration over at Kim Klassen - why don't you go over and have a look.
It is just a short post from me today, but I hope you have enjoyed it. Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.
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