IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far?

We are in the final week of October as it is the first of November on Monday. Who’s having a Halloween party or have decorated your house or carved a pumpkin?

The results of the IGPOTY results for Square Crop Competition are in. Unfortunately I was not shortlisted this year but I’m not surprised as the winners are absolutely fantastic. Next year maybe!?

https://igpoty.com/competitions/square-crop-15-results/

Seductive Wings by Claudia Gaupp
IGPOTY Winner

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IGPOTY

Deadline 1st October


Well I have chosen some images for the square crop competition but bit unsure which 4 (if any) I should enter. Here are my possibilities.

About Square Crop

Judges will be looking for beautiful botanical subjects perfectly suited to a square crop. Use inspiration from the other categories as a guide to the subject matter to create a stunning crop image. As always IGPOTY is looking for plant life to be visible within your capture.

Insights

Making full use of the frame is the key to success as well as utilising the right subject elements with style and clarity to form an impactful cropped photo.  

As Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of International Garden Photographer of the Year says:

“The art of the crop can make or break an image and a square crop really forces us to consider the place of every element and its contribution to the composition. This photo project then is all about balance, critical ability and subject understanding.”

Tyrone McGlinchey

Wider benefits

The photo projects offer an opportunity to focus on specific skills and effective crop/composition is a significant skill to master, particularly within the genre of garden photography. Communicating the beauty of plants within a box can be difficult, but a cropped image can help focus the mind on specific details or aspects of a larger scene.


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The little changes


Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter

Well today turned out to be a sorcher…an Indian Summer…well, for a few days anyway.

The morning was chilly and the cobwebs were glistening with early morning dew. As I cycled past the fields, with their hay stacked high there was a low mist as the sun tried to burn off the chill.

A few hours later the sun had burned it’s way through and a high of 27 degrees.

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Dragonfly


A quick blog tonight as I’m so tired but I had to share these few images of a Dragonfly that flew into my parent’s garden this evening. It was there having a clean for about 15 minutes.



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Summer


Thank goodness it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. It has rained most of this week but today & yesterday has been delightful. Very warm and lots of sunshine. I hope that it stays like this for the weekend.


Beautiful blue sky & soft billowing clouds
Gorgeous big Daisies lining the grass verges
Dappled light filtering through the leaves

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Pronunciation: hE-lE-O-‘fil-E-a

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Origin: English

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Definition: Desire to stay in the sun; Love of sunlight

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Beningbrough Hall

Over the weekend I visited the National Trust property, Beningbrough Hall.

Beningbrough Hall is a large Georgian mansion near the village of Beningbrough, North Yorkshire, England, and overlooks the River Ouse. It has baroque interiors, cantilevered stairs, wood carving and central corridors which run the length of the house. Externally the house is a red-brick Georgian mansion with a grand drive running to the main frontage and a walled garden, The house is home to more than 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

The weather was just how I wanted it, warm and a bit cloudy. This is better for taking photographs as the flowers wouldn’t be too bright with the sun.

Elizabethan house

Ralph Bourchier inherited the Beningbrough estate in 1556 and began building the first house on a site approximately 300 metres south east of the present hall. This was the family home for around 150 years. Surveys suggest that it was timber framed with fine panelled interiors, some of which were re-used and can be seen in the present hall. In 1649 Ralph’s grandson, the puritan Sir John Bourchier, signed the death warrant of Charles I. He was too ill to be tried and died just before the restoration, escaping any punishment.

His son Barrington rescued the property from the threat of confiscation by Charles II, therefore keeping Beningbrough in the family.

The present hall

In 1700 John Bourchier inherited the estate, and in 1704 embarked on a grand tour of Europe, spending almost two years in Italy. 

On his return and inspired by the Italianate baroque architectural style, John planned and built the current hall, with William Thornton as his chief craftsman.

Thornton was responsible for the main cantilevered staircase and the fine woodcarving in the hall. Completed in 1716, the hall now stands proud at more than 300 years old.

 

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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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Poppy Season

As a nature photographer I love photographing the different seasons, colours and flowers that it brings. Now is the time that beautiful Poppies form blankets of red across the fields.

The best time to photograph Poppies is either sunrise or sunset as the colours look stunning. The Golden Hour!

First thing when you stumble on a poppy field
is to respect the land.
It’s probably on farm land.

Close up of Poppy

Poppy waiting to emerge

Poppy & seeds photographed on a light box

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Handmade Paper

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Earlier this year I decided to give making my own paper a go after completing a course in the the Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books – Keio University. Where I deepened my understanding of rare books and Japanese culture.

Art of Washi Paper
in Japanese Rare Books.

This course looked at the history of papers used inside Japanese rare books, and in other cultures across the world.

I learnt about the materials and technologies used to produce Japanese papers, particularly the use of traditional washi paper and also the use of design and decoration techniques.


The hardest part was choosing the right mould & deckle which is what you need to make the paper. I chose an independent small business who makes them on Etsy but you could also make your own. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there using and old picture frame, wire and staples.

This is my mould & deckle below in the process of making paper with flower petals.


Types of Paper Used to Make Paper Pulp

Many different types of paper can be used to make paper pulp at home. This includes newspaper (although the newsprint will give a gray look to the paper), uncoated junk mail, tissue or even clean toilet paper. Some types of cards and card stock can also be recycled this way.

You can easily customise your handmade paper with additives, such as seeds, leaves, yarns, fibers, or a wide variety of other items you can mix in with the pulp. I’m using flower petals here.



Prepare the Paper

Tear the paper and card into small pieces and put it in a mixing bowl. Cover the pieces with water and leave to soak.

Soaking Time

The paper should be fully soaked within a couple of hours, however, you may want to leave it overnight or even for a day in order for it to be fully soaked. This helps to break down the paper to make pulp.

Pulp the Paper With a Hand Blender

Use an old hand blender to pulp the wet paper mix. Blend the paper pulp mix until all the pieces have been removed and there is a single mass of paper pulp.

After the paper is thoroughly pulped add it to a large container and fill with water.

  • Stir your vat of pulp.
  • Hold the mould screen side up, and place the deckle evenly on top.
  • Holding them together at a 45 degree angle, dip the mould and deckle to the bottom of the vat and scoop up, holding the mould and deckle horizontally.
  • As you lift it out of the slurry, give it a quick shake back and forth, and left to right to align the fibers and make a more uniform sheet. Stop shaking before the sheet is fully drained.
  • Let the water drain to a drip.

Couching

Pronounced coo-ching.

‘Couching’ means to transfer the wet sheet from the mould to a flat, absorbent surface. Wool felts are ideal, but there are many other options: wool blankets, smoother towels, thick paper towels or bed sheets. Set up your felt with a board underneath and soak your couching materials.

  • Remove the deckle from the mould.
  • Place a long edge of the mould on the felt.
  • In one smooth motion, place the mold face down, press down, and lift from that initial edge. Think of this like a close the door, open the door, motion.

Pressing

Place a paper towel on top of your freshly couched sheet. With a sponge, press gently at first, then press firmly with as much pressure as possible I use a rolling pin to press my paper even more and get more water out.

Surface Drying

Find a flat, non-porous surface. I use a window or glass from a picture frame works well.

Take your wet sheet and gently press onto the flat surface. Make sure the edges are pressed down well.

When it is dry simply very carefully peel it off.

I love making handmade paper. Yes it is a bit messy but worth it! I think it is better to do this outside and when the weather is warm to try the paper quickly.

I like to stick it to glass (see below) that way it seems to dry better and also you have one flat surface and one rough (which I like).

I love been creative and it underpins my love of Nature, photography, sun-printing and any fine art practices.

The paper that is shown are available to buy in my online store as blank cards.


“When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something

Steve Jobs

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Spring 2018

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Well another weekend (nearly) already! As there has not been any gorgeous sunrises or sunsets this week (or none that I have seen) today’s blog is Spring 2018; 4 years ago. Hope you like it and have a great weekend.

Well the weather is warming up and Easter has been and gone. Hopefully we have seen the last of the snow and are looking forward to seeing a lot more sunshine.


The Easter has seen me very busy in the garden and in the greenhouse planting many seeds and getting rid of dead branches and leaves.

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This week has seen me having my first craft fair which I thoroughly enjoyed. Meeting new people and talking to them about my cards and photography – I could do that everyday!

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