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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Beside the Sea…

A quick post to say hello to all of you in the world of words here in the blogosphere. I hope that you are all well, and that the Universe is being kind to you both in your personal lives and in your creative endeavours. I have not been on here much just lately as I am busy with the busyness of life away from my keyboard. Family matters are high on the agenda just now, and I find that my mind is elsewhere just because that is how it is. This is only temporary, and sometimes it is okay to step back. Sometimes that step back is thrown upon you with no warning, and sometimes it is a matter of choice. Either way it is okay. As I believe everything happens for a reason, I find that I am just taking everything in my stride, and know that I will deal with whatever the Universe sends my way. Everything that happens is a blessing or a lesson, sometimes both.

A couple of days and nights each week I am spending my time with my Mum in Tankerton, here on the South Eastern Coast. My sisters and I are here on a rotational shift basis as our Mum now needs us. She has always been there for us while we were growing up and as grown ups, though in the eyes of a parent you are always a child. Our roles have become reversed with us in the caring role, and our Mum being cared for. That said, her body may not be as strong as it once was, her mind however misses nothing and she remains astute and present.

So although, I am on slightly un-chartered territory just now, I have an opportunity to spend quality time with a truly precious and remarkable woman who has been instrumental in helping me grow into the woman I have become.  Time is the operative word here. Time is precious, and it is the one thing that once given, you can never get back so this time like all time  is to be treasured. Sometimes we forget just how precious a commodity it is. We forget to be grateful as we rush through life in our rush to get things done. Now for a couple of days during the week, I get to escape the roller coaster that is my life, and get to breathe in the sea air and take time out to think. I get to walk along the seafront and do a walking meditation in the mornings before breakfast. This morning, the sea was choppy, the wind  chilly, the sun shinning, and the dog walkers out in force. Cyclists, walkers, runners and meditators all finding their way along the sea path. Our paths are not always clear nor always straight but they are the paths that take us to where we are going. It’s always lovely to arrive at a lovely destination but how we get there is the adventure.

Anyway, I just thought to say hello. I hope you have a beautiful day and and wish something wonderful comes your way to make you smile, make you laugh and make you grateful.

Blessed be!

© Liola Lee 2019

Image captured is looking out to sea in Tankerton. Image was captured on my phone so is not great but you get a sense of tranquility and peace. 

 

 

 

Hyena

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© LiolaPhotographic 2019

Hyena symbolism teaches us about balance and realising our own powers. Hyenas are social animals and community, or a sense of community is a big thing! They get a bad press in films such as Lion King but they are what they are! Family comes first, so they are pretty descent as far as I am concerned!! 

(Image captured at Colchester Zoo, Essex,  06/07/2019)

Mr and Mrs Macaw

Mr and Mrs Macaw© LiolaPhotographic 2016

‘What you once thought of as impossible is now possible. Go for it’ ~ Parrot

Image of a pair of Hyacinth Macaws captured on a day trip to London Zoo a few years back. Original background removed and replaced with black and edges softened. This was one of my earlier attempts to change the background.