A Black, White & Blue Saturated Peacock

I know, I’ve used this image before, but it really is one of my favourites! This week challenge is all about colour, or rather saturation, and I thought I’d play around with colour again, this time fade the centre of the peacock’s bright colours into grey-scale and black and white, to make the centre stand out more.

I don’t often use black and white pictures with colour as focus, as sometimes the colour can be distracting or may not look very effective, but I love the vivid blues here and the splashes of moss green.

What do you think of this effect? Any ideas of how I could play around with it some more?

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Weekend Pretty…Jewelled Lamps and Colouful Light

I didn’t take a lot of pictures this weekend (although I did see a lot of giant Lego figurines!), but here’s something I thought was pretty, a jewelled, colourful lamp which threw some beautiful patterns on the wall. I’ve always been a fan of stained glass and glass patterns, and this a good combination of both – something pretty for the dark evenings, eh?

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Beautiful Giant Kundan Rings

I love kundan rings, I wear them whenever I get the chance to, and the bigger and sparklier they are, the better! We’ve added some new giant rings at our online store Feroza, and we love the colours they’re in – vivid emerald green and hot pink.

Here’s a peek at some of the snaps I took of them, which I had great fun playing around with and getting different angles of – you can see the different effects of light here, and the way the shadows are thrown.

I love these rings, they’re sparkly without being too over-blingy, and I’m a sucker for traditional jewellery like these – what do you think of these?

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Carnaby Street & Ice Creamcs

A few snapshots of a walk through Carnaby Street yesterday with friends, which ended up in some delicious chocolate pudding and some bana and cookie (I know, what??) ice-cream. Best of all is the pretty lit-up sign, all through the street in signs, hanging lights and shimmery sequins hangings all over the place.

If you haven’t been before, you should visit!

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Pencil & Mosaic Eyes Are Watching You

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I did this one, back in the day. I did each of these separately (the pencil drawing of the eye is part of a bigger picture which was actually a self-portrait that was not flattering). The mosaic was meant to be part of an inspired self-portrait too, but I ended up just trying to finish the darn thing the night before it was due in (Art coursework, those were the days!) so it ended up looking a bit like a grey Avatar-ish creature.

Still passed, though.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines & Patterns

I love patterns, whether they’re on the surface, in the sky, in buildings or in everyday things – there’s art everywhere! This week challenge about lines being patterns, just shows that lines can be linear, straight and may sound boring, but they’re anything but! Here’s a few lines I’ve seen lately for you to look at today, I wanted to post a lot more than these and couldn’t decide, but managed to narrow it down to these!

Happy Monday!

Weekly Chicken Walks Links

It’s a good time and a sad time…summer is ending (by the looks of the hormonal weather), but now is also the season of the beautiful golden (crunchy!) leaves. Here’s a few links to enjoy while we say goodbye to summer.

My sister’s taking part in a Top 25 European Mom blog contest – please help her win and vote for her!

Bridezillas. I don’t even. NO ONE MUST BE SKINNIER THAN THE BRIDE.

Looking for some good books to read, but only want the best? Here’s a list of the books which won the Man Booker Prizes in the last two decades. Some good stuff here!

A lovely commercial I thought I’d throw in. No idea what it’s advertising though.

A really interesting website about Lost Islamic History – it’s art, stories and inventions. Worth a read.

Superheroes painted the Picasso way. I quite like it, Batman looks like he has his fist in his own mouth.

Science memes – moral of the story is either don’t play with maths, don’t underestimate maths, or some people have too much time on their hands. You decide.

Cat poetry! I like the ‘let me in let me in let me in’ one. Really puts its point across. Also, more cat stuff – texts from cats.

Awwww, heart-shaped fruities. Wouldn’t make the greatest Eid present though, if you ask me.

Samuel L Jackson is re-invented…as Disney characters.

That’s all for this weekend, I’m going to spend the next week gathering up more links and sift through them, a bit like our mums pick through lentils. Happy weekendings, folks!

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Pics & Tricks: Inside Inverted Photographs

I saw this idea in another photo (so can’t take full credit for it!) and thought I would do my own version, inside photographs and inverting colours. Here’s a few examples of some pictures below, which have the original pictures inside an inverted backgrounds – simple yet striking!

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And here’s a quick breakdown on how to do it yourself, it’s quite simple to do with your mobile phone, or even with a few computer effects.

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  1. Take a picture of the desired object
  2. Invert the picture (you can do this with most photo editing apps, I used the Photo Editor one, but most similar apps have the inversion of colour feature)
  3. Get someone to take a picture of your inverted picture (and then Bluetooth/Whatsapp/email the picture to you)
  4. Invert the final picture again, and voila!

I loved playing around with this, both on my computer and my mobile phone, and have been looking for more ideas for photography tricks – any tips or ideas you can give me for my next topic?

Good thoughts by Roald Dahl

I seem to be seeing a lot of Roald Dahl quotes recently (this may have something to do with the fact that it was his birthday two days ago), so I thought I’d jump into the fray and add a few quotes that I adore (although there’s so many of his I love!)

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Roald Dahl

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely
places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

“A BOOK?! WHAT D’YOU WANNA FLAMING BOOK FOR?…WE’VE GOT A LOVELY TELLY WITH A 12-INCH SCREEN AND NOW YA WANNA BOOK!” ― Roald Dahl, Matilda

(the last quote was because my parents used to shout and me and my sisters all the time for getting lost in books!)

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Happy (belated) birthday to one of my all-time writing inspirations and idols : )

We Love Miniatures <3: The World’s Tiniest Camera

This is something we saw a while ago at the wonder-filled gallery that is Ripleys – the world’s smallest working camera (at the time, I believe there is now an even tinier camera now, although this one comes pretty close too).

I love that there is so much attention to detail put into this camera to  make sure it is works properly and takes pictures.

Although I do wonder, how did they manage to develop the photographs?

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