Tag Archives: Photography

Creating art with Waterlogue: beware, it’s addictive

I’ve been having such fun with the Waterlogue app: I’m no professional photographer, relying on my trusty iphone 4 to capture my memories, but even the most basic images can look beautiful when given the Waterlogue treatment. Here’s the Victorian pier at Eastbourne in East Sussex, last weekend:

Waterlogue seascape credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

… the beautiful Canadian Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario, which we didn’t want to leave last summer….

Waterlogue lake view, credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

And the boys making a bonfire this Saturday night:

Waterlogue image, credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

Ordinary objects (and cats with ambitions to become models) turn into decorative still lives….

Waterlogue still life credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

The finished files are large enough to be reproduced as hard images for display and framing, making them a clever and unique way to create personal artwork.

Find Waterlogue in the App store, and do share your images with me via Pinterest, I’d love to see them. Jx

Winter days and Christmas preparation….

What a difference a few days make: we’ve been basking in an extended autumn here until this week when suddenly my mornings look like this:

…Cold, frosty and foggy – winter has definitely arrived. Just last week we were walking the beautiful High Weald landscape trail in the sunshine….

Now all thoughts turn to Christmas – with Christmas jumper days (so easy this year – tinsel, safety pins, and a rather fab traditional knitted boy’s jumper from Sainsbury’s…. that’s about the extent of my crafting skills….)
jumper

…cards to be written, helped along by The White Company’s delicously scented Winter candle – I might even reach the end of my address book this year….

flowers (2) flowers

Flowers are a work in progress: I mix fake flowers with greenery such as yew, rosemary and other random bits of evergreen from the garden – that’s this weekend’s project. (When it comes to fake flowers: nice ones are hard to get hold of: mine are from Rigby & Mac‘s Dulwich stores; also try Abigail Ahern and Sia at Selfridges. If you’re a real flower fan, the best place to shop for all kinds of flowers, decorations and more is New Covent Garden Flower Market).

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The tree is up and decorated by the boys – and on sunny mornings, provides me with my own private, sparkly space whilst I work….

I hope your preparations for the holidays are gathering pace too! Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekends, Jx

The river rises: Thames Festival 2013

As I mentioned before here, London buzzes with festivals and high profile events in September, and visitors in town for London Fashion Week and the London Design Festival can also participate in The Mayor’s Thames Festival, which starts today and runs until Sunday 15 September.

This year, the events and performances of the Thames Festival have been re-focused to concentrate on celebrating the River Thames itself,  and one which caught my eye is the film Portrait of a River by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen. You can get a glimpse of his thoughtful, dramatic style with these stills:

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[All images, copyright Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

From the military helicopters which gather, then seem to swarm, above the city, to the golfer oblivious to the river beyond, Larsen’s film depicts both the people and the places who define the river, and shows how the Thames is both a place of serious industry, and a place where many relax.

You can view Portrait of a River daily from noon till 9.30pm on a huge outdoor riverside screen near Oxo Tower Wharf. For more information and events happening during the Thames Festival, including the Great River Race, visit Thames Festival.