Thursday, 11 April 2013

Blog Pictures

above is original picture I took
this picture is digitally enhanced
 above is original picture I took
this picture is digitally enhanced
this picture is digitally enhanced
above is original picture I took
this picture is digitally enhanced

I had a debate with my Dad the other day about what is true photography in the digital age. He (a professional photographer all his life) has the view that a true photograph captured a moment and that using a graphics package altered the picture and it wasn't a true image of that moment. I thought that by the very act of taking a picture, we alter the true image/moment. Even the very camera/film/tripod/equipment I believe alters the final result of a picture. We agreed to disagree...! It did get me thinking though that on the internet there are many images posted that look truely professional, that to get this result you would need a studio/lighting/expensive cameras etc. and you know I decided to try a basic graphics package that is available for free on the internet. I've posted the results above. the original being the first and the others being the edited results. I think the results speak for themselves, the edited results are more vibrant, sharp and interesting and look more like the real image I was trying to capture in the first place. I'm even tempted to go back through my posts and edit my piccys so they look better, its actually quite good fun to do !

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Somewhere in time. (Antique Tapestry Pieces) - Vintage Finds

 
I'm fascinated with history, with the past. I bought a very old house because I love its sense of having a past life and the life's of people who have lived here before. How I work with stitching also embraces my love of history. I love buying pre-worked tapestry and examining how others have worked on a particular piece or pattern. There is a vast amount of this type of work on the internet to buy and I'm always staggered at how cheap some of these pieces are. I have bought some rubbish bits but on the whole they have been of excellent quality and stitching. I laid out some of my collection of pre-worked pieces to photograph the other day, and even in this state they are lovely to look at. My most recent piece I have mentioned before here and I'm still working though unpicking some of the less desirable stitches. Good light is crucial to make sure I don't remove the wrong ones. More often than not I will received additional pieces attached. I've had some lovely examples and pin them on my sewing room notice board. Even on these small pieces, it is apparent that many hours of work have gone into completing these works.

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