Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This is one of my favourite photos of recent times. It was taken from quite a few feet away at F5.6 which threw the BG quite out of focus. I don't know what the plant Ruth knows! It has been suggested that I clone out that stray leaf in the extreme bottom left; I tried but I'm so bad at cloning so you could tell something had been there.

My IBS has been bad the last few days; I know it's probably a combination of nerves/excitement about doing more wedding photography. I'm so far out of my comfort zone it's not true BUT I can't turn my back on this opportunity. I just need to find a way of living with the fear and not letting it take over my life.

Since the New Year I've been making real efforts to improve my attitude to life - I've been passive for so long, allowing myself to be a victim of both my own moods and those of people around me. I'm trying to be more positive and that's quite a turnaround for someone who's always been convinced the glass was not only half-empty but probably about to fall off the table and shatter on the floor!

I can't begin to describe how even tiny changes in my mental attitude have altered my life for the better. There are still the ever present anxieties and insecurities, the sadness and the hurt..they haven't gone away...but MAYBE I am learning to get them more in proportion.



edmundnesbitt said...

Ooooooooooooooooooh! What a lovely picture. My mummy loves flowers. She would like this one.

Thank you for becoming my friend.
I have put some details on my blog about how to get money to the Hospice.

I will send you a picture to put on your blog.
Thank you so much.

Lots of Love

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hy Julie,
How fantastic this shot, thoug not many flowers came out of their shels yet. You are making progres by blogging , so do I , I try also more different ways of blogging.

Thanks for your respons the other day (for my uncle with Parkinsons)he is having an own blog now,

Have a good week:)

artisbliss said...

I have a feeling, Jules, that your expanded horizon re: wedding photography, while perhaps a bit stressful, may be taking you out of yourself enough that you're able to get a better perspective on things in general. Whatever the reason, I'm glad you are feeling better about you and I hope you can gain an understanding of what a super person you are. I'm so glad for our long-distance friendship! ((((hugs))))

artisbliss said...

I forgot to say that I think the flower is a Marguerite.

picperfic said...

really stunning photo, Julie, love the positioning in the frame too! Glad you are feeling more is a good healer!

Kerri said...

Beautiful image! I LOVE IT!

Sorry your IBS is acting Mom has Crohn's disease and I have two sisters with ulcerative colitis....NOT FUN! Hope you are feeling better soon!

photowannabe said...

I think you are learning more all the time. Just by talking about those feelings and allowing us to encourage you is a major step. Hang in there. We are here for you.

Akelamalu said...

My youngest son has Crohns so I can totally sympathise with you honey. I'm glad to hear you are feeling more in charge of your life. x

Anna said...

That is lovely and I love that it is off centered!

edmundnesbitt said...

Auntie J,
Thank you for your lovely contribution towards the fare for the expedition!

Lots of Love

Anil P said...

This is a swell picture. The contrast is perfect.