Picture this!

Picture this! Imagine a time when you picked up a camera; perhaps it was bought for you, or maybe you purchased it yourself. It may have been back in the day of film photography (analogue photography) or more recently a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. It may have been a simple point and shoot or something a little more complex. There are many makes and models to choose from. You take a few pictures which you think are pretty good (at the time). Your family and friends also tell you how much they like your pictures, and say things like “You should be a Photographer”. You are flattered naturally. You enjoy capturing moments in time, and at a certain point you think, “Hey, why not try my hand at Photography for real”. It could be fun, and who knows where it may lead? Does the scenario sound a little familiar with maybe a tweak here and there? This is how it sort of was for me.

I had always taken pictures, captured images and been mostly the one behind the lens. Capturing the holiday snaps, the children as they were growing up, the birthdays, the Christmases and any other what I thought were picture worthy occasions. In 2012 I purchased a really fabulous camera. A Canon 60d. I chose Canon because it was a make my Dad had liked and used. My Dad by the way was a a good amateur photographer in the days of film. He used to develop his own film as well. How clever is that! Anyway, getting back to my trusty Canon, the 60d was an excellent choice. It was I believe a mid entry level camera. I named it Penny Bright after a favourite childhood doll.  Actually, all my cameras both before and after the said 60d have been named Penny Bright. It was at this time that I left my former job and embarked on my photography journey for real.

Every journey begins with a single step! The step was taken and the journey began. Sometimes it’s about taking a leap of faith!

©  Liola Lee 2019

This post can also be seen on my website http://www.liolaphotographic.com where it was first posted yesterday. My photography journey has had ups and downs but I continue to love capturing anything that ignites my imagination. I plan on writing a few posts about my life behind the lens; the good, the bad and even the ugly. The image is of the equipment I had back in 2012.

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NanoWriMo 2019

Writer’s block has well and truly set in! Oh…woe is me! I repeat woe is me!! To say it is not going well is an understatement of the most mammoth proportions! Call me a ‘Drama Queen’ if you will but I have done this before, and it did not get me quite like this when I did it previously! I signed up for this once more when I was feeling good, energetic, determined and spontaneous but with hindsight feel that just maybe I have been overambitious by more than a few degrees! Bitten off more than I can realistically chew!! Oh my…what was  thinking, if indeed I was thinking at all! In retrospect, I clearly was not thinking, I was allowing myself to be carried away by a moment of utter madness! What am I to do? I could declare myself a Nano Rebel and just do what I can do outside the rules. However, that would mean that I would not be a ‘Winner’. Not sure if I can handle that? That could work maybe? I have a thing about medals, certificates and winning that goes back a long way!! What am I to do? Okay, I shall breathe and calm myself down and have a think about my next step!

We are two weeks in. That means that there are still two weeks to go. So, I guess for the next two weeks I shall see what I can do, if anything at all. What will be, will be and it is, what it is! I will do the best that I can in the situation that I find myself in. Que sera sera!

Any encouragement, guidance, tips and maybe even tricks would be welcome just now!

© Liola Lee 2019

Featured image shows my NanoWriMo 2014 winning Banner. Whether I get one for 2019 is at this time unlikely. I may well have to learn to accept defeat! That will be a hard lesson if it happens!!

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Malta

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© LiolaPhotographic 2019

Malta is a colourful city with many layers! Fabulous architecture, lovely people, and so much military history. I am currently trying to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo so thought to post a picture here as a sort of filler to stay engaged with all you lovely people here on WordPress.

Rose of Autumn

White rose of Autumn,

Echoes eerily, elusive –

Sinking Moon in solitude,

Reassuringly reticent.

Yellow rose of Autumn,

Glows golden, glistening –

Shining Sun in solitude,

Magnificently majestic.

Pink rose of Autumn,

Dares delicately, disarming –

Setting Sun in solitude,

Sensational splendour.

Red rose of Autumn,

Provocative persona, powerful –

Moon rising in solitude

Dangerously decadent.

© Liola Lee 2007

The rose shown in the image was captured on my iPhone a long while back. It is none of the colours mentioned in the poem but the colour is close to that which I had in my wedding bouquet back in 1984. Perhaps I should add another few lines?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am

I am perfect as I am

or maybe not perfect

a mind made sham.

In the mirror, I look, I see

a fat persona, a big fat me.

Accept what is or what to do

cells divide far and few

renewal switched to repeat

a lab experiment or human feat

time manmade, manmade time

Mother Nature’s written rhyme.

Fast some –  forward

food that’s fast

energy drain not energy blast

yoyo diet, fat boy slim

couch potato, then to gym

Lift some iron, drop some pounds

then regain,  fat rebounds.

The cycle turns once again

read the books, know the score

digital fitness, apps and more.

Pop some pills, burn some fat

Big Pharma is where it’s at.

Waste your hard earned,

splash that cash

vitamins, minerals, body mend

latest gimmick, faddy trend.

A mind made image, do I see

A real reflection or another me?

I am perfect as I am

I am perfect

I am

I am…

© Liola Lee 2019

Sometimes we strive for a perfection that is not real. Sometimes we feel not good enough for whatever reason. Often we have a distorted image of ourselves. Sometimes it’s about learning to love yourself…