Project 52 – Week 22 – Pattern



Born in 1966 and the youngest of four, I grew up with the Beatles.  So when my son or daughter are singing “Good Day Sunshine” in their theater production or a rendition of “Let it Be” in their chorus concert, (their chorus teacher is a Beatles fanatic) then all is pretty much perfect in my world.  When my daughter and I scored this Beatles ‘pattern’ t-shirt this week for $4.88 at Target, we were so excited. It’s her first summer weekend and thrown on with a pair of jeans and Toms, she is ready for a night out with friends.

Shot with my iphone 4 in late afternoon overcast skies, I quickly edited in snapseed. I cropped, converted to a retro black and white, and played with the contrast and brightness.

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive, you were only waiting for this moment to be free.” – The Beatles, Blackbird



I would be the first person to admit that I’m a bit of a magpie – I love bright, shiny things, something my grandmother and I definitely always shared in common.  I still love finding eclectic pieces of jewelry, vintage or new, fine or just fun, and the item I chose to represent ‘pattern’ is one of my favorite rings, bought for me by my mum on one of her earliest visits to us here in Texas, after we moved from the UK.  It’s a David Tishbi spinner ring, and I love the texture of the leaves and vines pattern imprinted into the silver, which looks great buffed or tarnished.  The 4 thin gold rings jangle and move around the silver band, and I love the sound they make too.

I’m very behind on the blog this week, and I took this image a late Sunday afternoon.  I opened all the blinds and placed the ring on a white porcelain dish so I could maximize light in the room I was using.  I wanted to highlight the pattern on the ring, which although pretty wide is fairly small as I have quite bony fingers! To this end, I used my Sigma macro lens paired with my Canon DSLR, and my settings were f/2.8, ISO 1250, with a shutter speed of 1/50, all indicating that I was in a low light area.  I imported the photograph into Lightroom 4 and made very minimal changes, tweaking just the exposure and clarity a little.


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