June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at 05:00. I am now wide awake so I thought I would post this blog from Summer 2021. I hope it reminds you of warmer days.

June was a very busy month visiting many places. I think I got back into the swing of taking photography again, without feeling like I had to go out and take images, for the sake of it.

Beningbrough Hall is always a favourite of mine partly because I have a National Trust yearly pass which allows be to visit many places.

The meadows at ‘golden hour’ was really special too. Golden buttercups and wild Lupins bathed in the rays of the setting sun (plus it was also lovely and hot even at sunset.)

As you probably realise I love photographing bees. Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world!

I also visited York where they had made it into a bee friendly city with tubes of flowers and flower displays all around.

Sunday Memories

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

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 […]

The Droste Effect

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Droste

During lockdown last year I started reading and creating new photographic techniques. One of them was the ‘Droste’ effect. I hope you like the few that I have created here.

What is the Droste effect?

The Droste effect describes a specific type of recursive picture in which a smaller version of the larger image is featured within the larger image. Another term for this surreal photography effect is mise en abyme, which refers to the practice of inserting a replica of an image within itself. This creates a repetition that could continue forever, as the smaller version of the picture would contain an even smaller replica and so on.

Hydrangea – SJ Butler Photography

Artist & photographer Josh Sommers is an expert on the Droste effect. “A real-world example would be if you held two mirrors up to each other,” he explains. “You’d look into the mirror and see an infinite tunnel of reflections of the two mirrors going back and forth. That’s somewhat of a Droste effect.”

Crocus – SJ Butler Photography
Daisies – SJ Butler Photography
Forget me knot – Butler Photography

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A few of you have been asking how to create these, I have added the link here
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Spring Droste II

During lockdown last year I started reading and creating new photographic techniques. One of them was the ‘Droste’ effect. I hope you like the few that I have created here. What’s Droste I hear you say; well The Droste effect describes a specific type of recursive picture in which a smaller version of the larger […]

April Cyanotypes

The weather over the weekend was glorious, so instead of visiting the Open Studios I decided to create some new Cyanotypes. This time I used Grape Hyacinths (Muscari), I will pop a picture of the finish images later on this week.

Spring Droste

During lockdown last year I started reading and creating new photographic techniques. One of them was the ‘Droste’ effect. I hope you like the few that I have created here. What’s Droste I hear you say; well The Droste effect describes a specific type of recursive picture in which a smaller version of the larger […]

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Breezy Knees

Twenty acres they are one of the largest gardens in the North of England and with over 7,000 different varieties of plants to discover, there’s always lots to see, with the extensive borders that form the heart of the gardens giving a succession of flowers all the way through from May to the end of September.

Breezy Knees is a beautiful place to visit and it must be quite a few years since my last visit. It is really worth a visit it is so beautiful.

Complementing these are a series of seasonal highlights, starting in May and June with the tranquility of the Pond and Shade Garden, special collections of irises and peonies and both the Rock and Shade Gardens, with their mass of early summer blooms.

By mid-summer the annual meadow is at its best, the Cottage Garden brimming with colour and the Rose Garden full of fragrance. Through August the main borders remain a riot of colour and finally, the special September Garden with its late season blooms and the Conifer Garden, with its majestic grasses, will be at their peak as the summer draws to a close.

June silence

Sorry for the silence but what a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it […]

Hello June

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

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District. I haven’t […]

Feeling Mellow

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Yellow

Have you ever wondered what connotations of colours can mean?

Well here are a few positive, negative and how the colour makes you feel.

Hope you like the images at the end.


Yellow symbolizes: happiness, optimism, positivity, intellect


Effects of yellow: clarifies, inspires, amuses, energizes


Positive traits: creativity, perception, mentality, warmth


Negative traits: cowardice, deception, egotism, caution

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IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far? We are in the final week of October as it is the […]

IGPOTY

Well I have chosen some images for the square crop competition but bit unsure which 4 (if any) I should […]

Holds hands up in apology!

Sorry all but not put up the images of the Balloon Festival up yet. I’ve been distracted due to a […]

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Spring

Well what a beautiful month April has been so far. Hardly any rain and lovely warm, sunny days but frosty nights.


I’ve been using my bike a lot more since the weather is better and have enjoyed cycling in the early mornings.


The other day I saw Mr Fox laid out on the cycle track and he was in no hurry to get up as I started to cycle towards him. Instead he made a long stretch of his lovely red body & legs before slowly disappearing into the undergrowth giving me a quick look over his shoulder as he did so! Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera to hand so no pictures only memories.

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