Tag Archives: Nature

Great opportunities to shoot interesting pictures, despite the season…

Even in the summer, when the weather is hot and dry it is possible to find fascinating things to photograph if you take a look around. The main thing is to be creative in the way you approach your subject.  Try different shots, get a different perspective, and background while you take photographs. Sometimes a different colour in the background can make a huge difference in the final composition. You can try and shoot from above or from below. You can get closer to the subject using a different lens. Think about the way you crop your subject….do you leave too much space around it? Or perhaps too little space?

Find your unique way to depict the season you love the most using creativity and emotions….and you’ll be surprised by the results!

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Xx

An unexpected guest paid a visit this morning! :-)

Look what I found this morning! A wild mushroom in a pot on my balcony…I love it when this happens!! Simple things make me happy!! 🙂

I decided to experiment a little with colours, composition, and a shallow depth of field to make an interesting series of photographs this morning, just for fun! By using a shallow depth of field, or a wide aperture, the subject in focus is one object (or part of the object) in the frame, while the background is out of focus. This allows you to create a hierarchy of elements within the photographic composition, so choosing the right depth of field for the picture is very important. The viewer’s attention can be directed towards a particular direction, detail, or colour in the picture. A shallow depth of field is also a very effective way to convey emotions.

Are you aware of the way you use depth of field when you photograph?

Do you use a shallow or wide depth of field?

An embrace of texture & shapes.

So I went back to find this, rather than what I was expecting…

I used a 105 mm and 50 mm lenses, shooting with narrow depth of field, natural light, at 250 ISO and no tripod. Decay fascinates me, it’s definitely one of my favourite subjects.

 

A Personal Note.

I’ve been away for a while, I would like to explain why…

Two years ago my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away shortly after being hospitalised. Last year, at the end of August, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My cancer was descovered during the first stages of the illness. Everything went well, but I’ve spent this year trying to cope with the side effects of the treatments, like pain in my arms and mood swings. I haven’t been too passive about my situation, in fact, since I was diagnosed i’ve decide to improve my life by changing diet and trying to understand the underlyning causes of the illness. I ‘ve realised that important parts of my life were stuck and I needed to sort things out in order to get better.
Changing my mindsets had a lot to do with the healing process.

The present.
I AM STRONG!
I AM HEALTHY!
I AM GRATEFUL!
I am strong because even though I know I am strong, sometimes it’s just easy to forget.
I am healthy because if I set my mind to it, I know I am going to be fine, no matter what.
I am grateful because I am here and I have learnt so much from this experience.
This is what I say to myself every morning and, believe it or not, the pain has really decreased.
Cancer is scary, illness is scary. But we have a choice. We can decide to feel sick, afraid and miserable or we can act upon those areas of our life that can be improved in order to get better. It’s ok to feel scared and sad from time to time, it happened to me several times, but it’s just a moment and it will pass. Focusing on the present moment is crucial, you need all the energies you have to get through this process.

I usually don’t like talking so much about my personal life, but sharing personal experiences might help other people in similar situations. I am still working on the process, but the treatments don’t effect me that much anymore. I feel much more in control.

I’ve also started a new project.

Please feel free to comment and share your stories, if you like. Or you can write me at foodfulife@gmail.com.

With love XX

Serena

 

Spring is back!

Spring is back and I am so grateful! Today I took a regenerating walk in my parent’s garden. The weather wasn’t great but the colours were simply astonishing! I had to share this, I hope you enjoy the gallery.

Taking a Break

Yesterday, a friend and I decided to take a break. We had lunch at a nice coffee shop and walked for a couple of hours.  Sometimes you just have to take a walk to clear your mind, relax and recharge your energy….

Yes, this was the view! 🙂

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Do you have a favourite place when you feel like to take a break?

In Search of True Nature

Wild plants offer an impressive variety of shapes and colours. After a rainy day, everything seems to be even more intense and overwhelming


And it’s free!