Thursday Reading Links #19

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I’m both excited and sad for August. August is a calmer month around here, but at the same time it marks the transition into fall. I’m going to try and enjoy as much as possible the last days of summer and I hope you do too.

Here is a little mish-mash of what I’ve read this week. Enjoy!

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xoxo, Jane

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Blooms for your Monday

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” Claude Monet

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“Flowers really do intoxicate me.” Vita Sackville-West

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“The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.” Ecouchard Le Brun

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“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” Albert Einstein

Lessons learned from my Photography Project

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(c) Jane Rosebery 2019

Lessons Learned

I learned a few lessons during my week of taking photographs around town.

  1. Photography is not easy.
  2. When I thought I captured a great image, more often than not it was a poor image.
  3. If I took 30 shots, I was lucky if at least one turned out fine.
  4. Practice and repetition is key.
  5. Taking the same shot from different angles is important.
  6. Natural light is everything.

My Next Steps

I’m going back to reading books and writing books (and writing about books), but I’m not giving up on photography.

  1. I’ve been watching Fundamentals of Photography by the Great Courses Plus. If you don’t have Great Courses Plus, I highly recommend it. You can take courses (without homework!!) on any subject imaginable (writing, cooking, photography, history, law…) taught by preeminent scholars, lecturers and experts. I’m also watching A History of Eastern Europe (fascinating!!). If you already have Amazon Prime, then Great Courses Plus is only $7.99 a month, but you get a month for free to try it out.
  2. I will keep taking photographs, but I will spare you any more of my mediocre pictures.

How did you learn your photography skills? Do you have any lessons to share?

xoxo, Jane

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Pretty City London and my photography project

PrettyCityLondon by Siobhan Ferguson made me dust off my camera!! (I haven’t used it in years. I blame phone cameras.) This book has motivated me to once again explore the world I live in through the lens.

Unknown.jpegThis is such a fun book to read. And it’s fun to browse through the beautiful photographs of the various London neighborhoods. The book is worth it alone just for the fun and whimsical photographs.

It’s divided in four sections: Photography Tips, Neighborhoods (Belgravia is my fave), Pretty City London through the Seasons, and Bucket List of Things to Do in Pretty City London.

I’m really excited to get behind the lens again and I plan on sharing some of my photography in a new series next week! xoxo, Jane

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