Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sarah Carletti Photography {Guest Post}

I am excited to introduce Sarah Carletti, a talented photographer, whose beautiful portrait, nature and macro photography is of great inspiration to me. I have learned to know Sarah through a community of blogging photographers, and I am so happy she was willing to write a guest post on my blog. Moreover, I am smitten by Sarah's gentleness and her sweet spirit - learn more of her by visiting Sarah Carletti Photography.



All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name. 
Psalm 66:4

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am an amateur photographer. If you visit my blog you will quickly notice that I photograph lots of flowers and nature. While I love the landscape photography that portrays grand vistas, I tend to look close at the Earth and focus on the small things I see. There is such beauty in even the smallest of nature. 
When I photograph a beautiful flower or plant, the details remind me of how sovereign and majestic the Lord is! He is many things, but He is creator.

A lone flower in Spring.

Beautiful flowers along the alley.

When I go out to photograph, here are some things I look for: 

1) Light: Morning light is my favorite light to photograph flowers and plants. In the picture above, I was able to shoot almost into the sun and not get any lens flare. 

2) Color: Nature provides such an abundance of colors. Need I say more?

3) Texture: Also, things such as grass, moss, bark, sheen and seeds all make for great focal points when considering how to photograph your subject.

4) Depth of Field: I love to focus on a subject by using a shallow depth of field. In general I may use an f-stop of 1.8 to 2.8 depending on the size of the flower and what I am focusing on. In the photograph below, there is an ugly flower-bed and a mixture of early Spring, brown and green grass in the background. By using a shallow depth of the field, the colors are blurred and the flower is the focus.


5) Background: In the photo below I chose to shoot from above for two reasons - I didn't like what was behind the flower but I loved what was below it. The pink adds interest to the pristine tulip. I'm constantly moving around to find the best shot. For each person that may look different.


This is just a quick round up of my photography and style. I am so honored that Nina would ask me to guest post and I am very glad to be here! Feel free to stop by sometime and say hello! Many blessings to you.

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Sincerely,
Sarah Carletti

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Rest



Then Jesus said, 
Come to meall of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, 
and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28 (New Living Translation)

Come to me by Bethel Church and Jenn Johnson

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fridays Finds & A Novel Recommendation


I've been reading outside under a sunshade this week - a gripping novel by Linda Olsson, Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs.  

To prolong my time with this unique novel, I am reading only a few chapters a day. Linda Olsson gives you a peek into the lives of to women, Astrid and Veronika, who through their friendship dare process some of the difficulties, they have faced. 

I am intrigued by the descriptions of places, moments, thoughts, personalities ... tasting the words, and enjoying the way things are written. I look so much forward of returning to the worlds of Astrid and Veronika later this afternoon!




The season of blueberries has started in Finland - my mom had picked a great bunch of them yesterday. Here in Denmark we don't have wild blueberries, but my husband bought some of them the other day ... I cherish the blue shade and the look of them almost as much as eating them!



We had a traditional Danish lunch in a lovely restaurant in the middle of the pretty Hareskov forest.
"Smørrebrød" goes back to the 19th century, where the lunch was the heaviest meal of the day. One used to use any remaining food - potatoes, meat, fish, vegetables - as a topping on the bread. 

We had lunch plates (the photo above) with 

  • White herring with onions and capers
  • Eggs and shrimps with herbmayonnaise, lemon and dill
  • Chicken salad with curry, mushrooms and bacon
  • A special beef-sausage fried with malt and spices and red onion




Afterwards we took a walk in the forest - we saw a tiny frog in the swampy area pictured above, and a deer running just across the path before us.



I have been baking rolls for breakfast this week. I tried a new recipe yesterday - by my favourite food blogging friend Dawn from Words of Deliciousness. She surely knows how to inspire with her recipes - I always find new ideas from her, here's some of my favourite dishes I've learned from her:


Dawn has a 3 year blog anniversary this month - pay a visit to her tasty and inspiring blog Words of Deliciousness.

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The next two weeks, when I am away from the blog, you will find inspiring guest posts in my blog, written by special and unique blogging friends. I have also pre-posted For Your Sunday-posts and something else ... 


Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Nina

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summerfeet - Retromatic 2.0 App



Summer feet are happy feet - they're out and about in the grass, on the sand and in the water! It has been warm and sunny - yet the mild breeze makes the temperature feel nice and not too hot.

I found this creative and handy Retromatic 2.0 App the other day, it is available free at the moment in App Store. You can make cool posters and cards with it, all in one app:
  • You start by selecting a photo, you would like to use.Then you mask the object you wish to include to your poster, and choose a background for it. 
  • You can add nice patterns, insignias and marks in different colours, and also write a text of your choice as well.  There is plenty of fonts to choose from - they look very similar to the fonts in Phonto App
  • Afterwards you can save the image on your camera roll, or post it directly to Instagram, facebook and Path On.

I have had some creative moments with Retromatic 2.0 App, making holiday greetings and birthday cards  
- And I will surely keep using it in the future.

Now I'm going to see what others have created this week at Barb's App Happy Wednesday,


Nina



Keeping With The Times

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Joy of Your Presence



You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence 
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Psalm 16:11 New Living Translation


I Love Your Presence by Vineyard Worship


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Blessings to your week, 

Nina


Here's a printable
of Psalm 16:11 for you
 


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Friday, 18 July 2014

Getaway to Sejerø



We had a lovely getaway to Sejerø with some good friends of ours. Sejerø is a charming, tiny island (12,4 km2) in the Kattegat sea. It takes about 40 minutes to sail to Sejerø from the town of Havnsø in Zealand. 



There is only 400 inhabitants in Sejerø - in the summertime though more, since the summer guests, staying in the summerhouses and in the sailing boats in the harbour, are visiting and staying in this beautiful island.



The island is long and narrow ... We visited the eastern tip of the island - finding interesting stones and also a small skeleton - of a fish, a rabbit or a 
bird? We saw a deer running across the narrow road - also many swallows that had build their nests on little holes on the top of the sandy hills.



Our friend picked up this stone: What does it remind you of?




Birds started their evening concert, as we sat outside and had a barbecue ... Witnessing the sun go down behind the fields was beautiful, while hearing the waves from the sea, and feeling the warmth of summer & fellowship.


 ...Weekend greetings,

Nina

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Five Things by The World Around Her
1440 by Finding Serenpidity


Kim Klassen dot ComFriday Photo Journal


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Editing photo background with mobile textures



I received the pretty bouquet above last Friday. It is made by my talented colleague - she had both picked the flowers from the nature and bind them to a bouquet herself! 

I wanted to make a Still Life photo of this colourful bouquet - being at work, iPhone was the only camera I had. I placed the flowers on my working desk in front of a white board, close to a window on the left - so the light fell naturally from the left side on the flowers.

This is how I proceeded with the editing:

  • I adjusted the brightness, contrast, ambiance and warmth in the "tune image"-function in the Snapseed application (app).
  •  Then I blurred the background: I made the overall image blurred in Tadaa SLR-app. I then applied the blurred image on top of the non-blurred image in Image Blender-app, masking the bouquet so it stayed sharp.
  • The frames of the white board disturbed the otherwise balanced photo, so I wanted to remove them using the "retouch"-function in Handy Photo-app. I removed also the corner of a wooden chair from the lower left corner.
  • The Tadaa SLR-app removed the upper board line, but it also left a yellow area on the top right corner. So I used Image Blender, layering the left upper corner of the photo on top of the right one. Now I was satisfied with the overall image. The vague white board line in the lower right side didn't bother me - Actually I wanted to keep it, as a memory that the photo was taken on my the last day at the office.
  • Now I started adding mobile textures, to give the background a delicate, painterly effect. I received a set of beautiful textures that match size wise mobile phone cameras by 2 Lil' Owls, as a part of a phone photography-course iPhoneography with Bob Veil, which I have enrolled and look forward of immersing myself in this summer. 
  • I used both ImageBlender, PhotoFusion & Filterstorm-apps to add the texture layers with - Image Blender and Photo Fusion has 18 blending modes you can select from, Filterstorm has 16 blending modes.

You can see my editing process in the video below: 





The bouquet is in our kitchen, bringing the scent of summer inside. The flowers create a delightful colour spot, bringing the scent of summer inside! 

I took a picture of them and my "Butter Sun" on Sunday, as I was baking cinnamon rolls. To create a dreamy blur and some depth of field to the images, I took it to the Focal Lab-app, where I added a soft focus effect. I created the pretty polaroid frame to this photo with Polamatic app, that also enables you to add text with 36 different fonts.




Sun is shining again ... I hope to find some wildflowers, 
so I might learn to bind a summer bouquet myself!

Flowery Greetings from

Nina

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