Sweet July

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Usually by now I’ve entered lots of photographic competitions and been in the local paper with my picture but this year I’ve entered nothing. I seem to be lacking motivation but I’m sure it will return again soon when also I have more time.

I also much prefer the Autumn months will the ever changing colours of the trees and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Although I do not like the dark nights and the endless cold, damp weather.

The other day I was on my way home when came I across a field full of beautiful red poppies. I love poppies (I say this with most of the flowers though!) I must of took over 50 images so I haven’t really had time to sort them out but here are a few.

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday so let’s me take you back to some stunning sunrises and sunsets from a few years ago!

Hello June

Wow it’s been a week since my last post! I’ve just been so busy with work and gardening and all […]

Cow Parsley

On my glorious bike rides through the back lanes, Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, is starting to fill the hedgerows. It […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District.

I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy going in Autumn when there are some beautiful colours in the trees & mountains and also some glorious sunrises and sunsets.

One of my favourite sunsets – Derwentwater SJ Butler
View of the boathouse at Grassmere – SJ Butler

 

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District.

I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy going in Autumn when there are some beautiful colours in the trees & mountains and also some glorious sunrises and sunsets.

Sunday Throwback

It’s Sunday again and this gorgeous Magnolia tree was taken during the first lockdown. […]

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at […]

Sunday Memories

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across […]

 

Golden Orange

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More scrumptious colours today SJ Butler Photography
Golden leaves – Sue Butler Photography
Mini pumpkins and gourds – Sue Butler Photography
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June

What a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the weekend it’s gone cooler […]

Pumpkins

I have been growing some mini pumpkins for my window display next week and I have managed to salvaged […]

Autumnal Equinox

While the county may be enjoying a patch of warm weather, today marks the end of summer months and the start of […]

The Weekend Again

The weekend is here again but what a week! We have had Storm Douglas & Storm Eunice within days of each other. Today I thought I would share a post from Summer 2021 to remind us of beautiful sunny days. Luckily, we didn’t get the storm too bad where I live but other parts of the UK have not been so lucky. Stay safe.

Golden hour photography.

The golden hour (also referred to as the magic hour) in photography is widely seen as the best time of day to shoot. For photographers in the UK, it generally lasts around an hour or less.

Overcast and shorter winter days can limit the magic hour. However, golden hour also happens twice a day. So if you miss it in the morning, there’s always the chance of shooting during the golden hour time in the evening. I like the GH in the Winter months when the sun rises about 07:30 – 08:00 which means I don’t have to get up really early like you would have to in Summer (04:00 I think it is at the moment!)


“What will happen ten minutes from now is going to be radically different than what happened ten minutes before.” 

Tina Tryforos

Golden hour in the UK is the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. This means it changes depending on the season and even location. There may be a few minutes difference for when the golden hour starts and ends across the UK.

The Golden Hour

Due to the sun’s low angle, its rays filter through a greater distance. This creates a colour temperature at the redder end of the spectrum, with longer shadows which can add an extra dimension to photos. The light is warm and soft, perfect for golden images of landscapes, nature etc. So, what are you waiting for – get out there with your camera!


“It’s hard to overexpose or underexpose parts of an image, like a subject’s face, because the light is very even and has a beautiful golden hue.” 

Jenn Byrne

Sunset over Derwentwater

 

June

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District. I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District. I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy […]

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No one owns the …

Just thought I would add this quote today which popped up on my timeline today – very true.

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

A Touch of Green

It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th May already. I was very motivated over the weekend and ended up getting my macro (close-up) lens out. These gorgeous plants look even more magical with early morning dew on. I took far […]

Dull November

Dull November brings the blast; Then the leaves are whirling fast. Sarah Coleridge

December

H a p p y C h r i s t m a s

A big thank you to all who have purchased andy cards or prints from me – Thank you once again!

Well December didn’t turn out bad as far as selling cards & gifts. Out of stock of all my cyanotype Christmas Cards & Chris the Christmas Cat! Next year I’ll have to get busy making some more of the Cyanotype ones.

I also sold three of my pictures at the last minute, so I’ll have to re-stock those too, especially as Valentines Day & Mother’s Day will be soon on the horizon!

Cards

Welcome to my online shop where you can buy my cards & pay securely with PayPal. My seeded paper cards means that the recipient can plant […]

Cold weekend

Another play at Droste this evening, this time it’s the beautiful Wood Sorrell from the fields near me. It was when it was ice cold with […]

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Nunnington Hall

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That’s a lot of veggies!

I had a visit to Nunnington Hall & Gardens which is owned by the National Trust. Their botanical displays were absolutely gorgeous. Here are just a few of the many, many displays. If you want to find any information about Nunnington or any of the National Trust properties/gardens please click here.

Photographs by SJ Butler

Latest Instagram posts – check out the video of the gorgeous piano playing. I will be posting that sometime this week!

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Weekend Vibes

Welcome to

The Weekend

Today started off really good, the image on the left of Red leaves at Thorpe Perrow Arboretum will be printed in the York Press on Monday 25th October. I will put a link up on Monday so you can (hopefully) view it online.

How exciting!

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Late to the Party (again…)

World Cyanotype Day 25th September

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It seems as though I missed World Cyanotype Day which takes place on the last Saturday in September. I didn’t even know it was a thing but then again it seems every day is World whatever day. Apparently it started in 2015 by a lady called Judy Sherrod we created “shootapalooza.” I’m not going to go into detail here but of you are interested there is a link further down.

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Getting Ready for June Showcase

Well this week looks like it’s going to be a lovely one (apart from today!) A few edits from the past 2 […]

Bluebells New Edit

What a glorious day!As promised here’s a few photographs from my trip to one Bluebell patch in some woodland very near to […]

Bluebells Season II

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of course! A 2 minute video of woodland full […]