Memory was initially a difficult one for me to focus in on. The irony being that photographs themselves are so often our memory triggers. In the end it came down to the inherent fact that I am, and always have been, a collector. This made me question, when did the collecting instinct that I have first start? My grandmother, Nannan as we called her, had an wonderful eye for beautiful things. She and I both described ourselves as magpies, liking bright, shiny things. From when I was very little, if we visited her house, it was such a special treat for me alone to have a cup of tea and drink it from one of her precious Shelley china teacups, part of a set she was given as a wedding present in 1936. The pattern is called Apple Blossom, the style is the Regent shape, and the porcelain is so fine that if you hold it up to the light you can see through it. It made the best cup of tea. I think that was the beginning of my obsession. In the background of this photo you can see my china cabinet, where on the bottom shelf a very small selection of my Shelley pottery collection is displayed. It is bold, Art Deco at it’s finest and I love it! I still collect, and have many different kinds of collections, but it is a lot more difficult living in Texas than it was in London, England.
My dining room is very dark so I pulled up the blinds completely to let in as much light as I could, and turned on the cabinet lighting, which is why there is a yellow/orange cast in the background. Due to the darker room, my ISO was set at 800, and my shutter speed was only 1/50 so I rested my elbows on the table to steady my hands. I set the aperture at f/4 because I wanted to show the items in the background, but I still wanted to blur them out to a certain extent so that the cup and saucer were the focus of the picture.
Editing once again in Lightroom 4, I lightened the shot a little by increasing the exposure, I decreased the white highlights so the pattern on the cup stood out more, slightly increased the vibrance, clarity, and saturation. For the blues in the photo, I increased the blue saturation and decreased the blue luminance. Finally, I sharpened the shot, and smoothed out the luminance.
Memory… For this challenge, I decided to bundle up on this very cold morning and head to Forest Lawn, located on Delaware Ave in Buffalo, NY. On the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Forest Lawn serves as a cemetery, park, arboretum, and outdoor museum. Established in 1849 on 269 acres, it is filled with Monuments and sculptures, the first sculpture erected in 1851 of Seneca Indian Chief, Red Jacket. There are also many mausoleums, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1928 design for the Blue Sky realized in 2004. Over 152,000 are buried on the grounds, with graves including U.S. President Millard Fillmore, singer Rick James, and inventor Lawrence Dale Bell. Not to mention many members of my husband’s family. 🙂
Beautiful, huh? And a source of many memories for a whole lot of people. Guided trolley tours and walking tours are available in the summer, or you can venture in on your own any time of year on foot, bike or car.
This photo was taken in very overcast and cold skies and I opted for very little editing. I auto adjusted color and contrast, and brightened in Snap Seed. Then applied the glossy effect in Camera 360. I loved this challenge. We are taking my son back this afternoon to work on his bird and tree identification homework and to create some more memories! 😉
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ~Karl Lagerfeld