This morning attended a ladylike morning tea to celebrate a friend's birthday, so have thoroughly enjoyed the last hour sitting in the dappled shade of the jacarandas sipping tea from a charmingly cracked and mis-matched pretty china set, ahh, just bliss... but now the fun is over and it's back to the office...
Now, kind people leave me lots of lovely sweet compliments (and thankyou!) on the picturesque backdrops in my photos; so I'll let you in on my little photography secret... well I take nearly all my photos in either one of about three or four locations, and it's amazing how different the effect in a shot can be just by pointing the lens in a slightly different direction. For example the sunlight is quite bright today so I decided to set up my camera in the shade of a tree for this photo. I think the muted light shows off the fabric textures and colours of my outfit better than in direct sunlight, which here in Australia can be quite harsh and create either too dramatic shadows on one's clothes or alternatively bright bright areas completely devoid of any discernible detail... but from where I am standing in the above photo the view I am looking at is this...
So I couldn't resist kicking off my shoes, rotating the camera 180degrees and stepping out on the beach for one more shot, and decided to show here it to demonstrate the contrast even though you can't see my dress very well from this angle...! Which background do you like better?
Dress; Burda 8511 from tobacco wool mix, modified to be more fitted and fully lined
Cardigan; knitted by me to my own design, using Jo Sharp Aran Tweed in Brindle
Shoes; Sandler, from David Jones