Monday, 3 September 2012

Back from Skye

***If you're looking for my Challenge of Travel post, here it is!***

I'm just back from Skye; we're stopping off in Edinburgh before heading back to Manchester tomorrow. I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that it is September - as my Mum said the other day, we're still waiting for our sunny July! And unlike so many, Autumn (or Fall) is NOT my favourite season. Perhaps if we got lovely long crisp but sunny days, wind, sunshine and lovely crunching leaves underfoot for a lot of it, I would be more inclined towards it. I do love those days when they appear - the wonderful light they contain; the beautiful colours that appear on the trees. But having grown up in Edinburgh and then lived all of my adult life in Manchester, it is more often than not grey, wet (bordering on torrential) and freezing cold. So I hope for a wee Indian Summer before the cold and wet weather sets into my bones. 

Anyway, if any of you are my friends on Facebook, you'll have seen that I had a few poor attempts at photography whilst on Skye, but for the most part came up empty handed. Almost number one on our list of things to do on Skye was visit our favourite bric-a-brac shop, which is just off the main road shortly after you hit the island. It is a wonderful treasure trove of bric-a-brac, collectables, junk and curiosities. We never leave empty handed! This time, we were on the hunt for photography craft fair props. I wanted to find some wood for photographing on; I had in mind something white, old and chippy. I found a cabinet door (no cabinet to be seen) which I was allowed to take away for free! Not even a few pounds, which I would have been more than happy to hand over, but the owner very cheerfully told me that he wasn't a very good business man and I should just take it away! Never fear, we did spend almost £20(!) on several other goodies that we found. I will share some pictures with you once I've taken them, but for now, I will share some of the pictures I managed to snap on my new cabinet door. I have a feeling it will work very well for me. 

Dunvegan Shores

Primrose Beach


Printer's Drawer ii

Talisker Beach

Papua New Guinea

What do you think? I think the white but interesting looking - lined and chipped - background brings out the colours in my jewellery that are so important and inspiring to my work. I will still use the grey and weather-beaten backgrounds form my favourite local pub, but I hope that this happy find form Skye will help make my pictures more reliable to take!

4 comments:

Jenni said...

Sounds like you had a lovely holiday. Love the door/ jewelry background... Something I covet myself. Have an old cupboard I use but light not the best at all times... Portability would be good! Your jewelry looks great on it.
Jenni

AntiquityTravelers said...

beautiful necklace - love it! my husband always teases me that I like what he calls 'moody' weather. I grew up in Oregon (on the coast) with weather very similar to what you describe. I am used to putting on clothes (preferably an extra sweater) when heading off to the beach :D

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I love your new door. Perfect for photography because it keeps the background clear for showing off your jewelry yet adds an interesting texture. I use a white plastic plate for my photos. Maybe I need to paint a piece of wood and distress it.

I'm currently reading one of Alexander McCall Smith's "The Sunday Philosophy Club" novels, which are set in Edinburgh. So neat to see that you grew up there.

Heidi Post said...

I'd wondered about your new white background when I saw these pics on Facebook, and now I know! Serves me for not keeping up with your blog ;P

I love shops like that, and I'm sorry to say I love weather like your cold, grey, damp days! Though I do like the leaf crunchy ones as well. Anything that's not sweltering with 70% humidity, really!

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