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I have to say I was touched by all your kind comments and encouragement following yesterday's moan. I suppose I have yet to figure out what this PAD is all about. It's not a conventional diary for I'm not the sort of person who wears my heart on my sleeve publicly although I'm not afraid to air my views when I feel the need. I'm not, nor do I long to be, a professional photographer so it's not a shop window. I guess it's an outlet for whatever sort of creativity comes from the sometimes unholy combination of camera and keyboard, a jumble of words and images, sometimes good (I hope), sometimes bad. I want it to be fun, not a chore, but it's certainly proving more challenging that I imagined when I set out on this adventure. And it's all jammed in with the other aspects of my life as a wife, mum and journalist, even if I probably devote more time to Pbase than I should.
Much of my frustration is borne out of the lack of opportunity to take the kind of photographs that I want. I'm not a particularly technical person (that's possibly an understatement) so I'm happiest taking pics in available light which might just require a bit of tweaking in Capture NX2 or iPhoto. I probably have a fondness for taking photos of 'nice' subjects, landscape, nature, flowers, that sort of thing. While I know there's a certain school of thought which dismisses cute pictures of pets (I'd be lost without Toffee, my only resident model), etc, I'm not drawn to portraying the gritty underbelly of society, perhaps because I get enough glimpses of that through work. Whilst some people can create great art through angst and despair, I find I have to be happy or at least content in order to want to pick up my camera. So, if my images sometimes have a chocolate boxy feel to them, that's because chocolate makes one happy.
(And that's scientifically proven, so I'm told).

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Nora van Beek22-Jan-2010 14:28
Such beautiful color and detail! I always look forward to your images and words. They are always truly fresh & creative and never disappoint.~V~
LynnH21-Jan-2010 23:20
Terrific narrative for today! The photo is awesome!!! You are a wonderfully imaginative and creative person. V
Guest 21-Jan-2010 21:13
Beautiful composition and light !V
Johnny JAG21-Jan-2010 20:58
This is really lovely.
I understand your PAD frustration which is why mine has become more of a PADWICBA (when I can be arsed)
Colin Storey21-Jan-2010 20:29
Lovley image and a great story. v
Kevin Chester21-Jan-2010 19:17
I suppose its everything you want it to be, |I enjoy your shots and your a great writer so I enjoy reading your footnotes too. I guess your pictures are your own style, I think I'm guilty of trying far to many styles.
Guest 21-Jan-2010 17:09
Great photo. Interesting POV and I like the clean colour palate of pink against the white back ground. Keep it up! v
Máire Uí Mhaicín21-Jan-2010 17:04
What a lot of happiness a bunch of flowers can bring us! Not to mention the photo-opportunities for lovely images like this one. I'm with you all the way about leaving the gritty underbelly to those who make it their artistic inspirational background. Life as we live it can be tough enough, and an ounce of positivity such as yours makes it more bearable for others also.
laine21-Jan-2010 12:39
What I love about pbase is the variety of talents & styles...I have a huge collection of favourites & each bring something special to this gorgeous pink bloom & your wonderful way of presenting the appropriate I must go view your yesterdays moan :))
Neal Nye21-Jan-2010 12:22
Lovely pink petals. Your images, I think, make everyone who sees them happy!
Liz Bickel21-Jan-2010 08:06
Lovely, creative POV on this tulip. Good lighting, focus, color, and DOF. No matter how you may feel from time to time, you're a great photographer. I truly enjoy your work.
Guest 21-Jan-2010 08:00
Beautiful.. gorgeous colours. V
larose forest photos21-Jan-2010 04:33
Gorgeous photo! And nothing wrong with photos of pets, flowers, nature...or chocolate :-) You do super work!! VV
Mary Terry21-Jan-2010 04:25
Lovely tulips! V
I always enjoy your galleries. I think you have a great way of sharing the various parts of your life through the images you post here.
pkocinski21-Jan-2010 00:50
Must be a Tulip day - I bought a few today! Love the soft color of this.
bill friedlander21-Jan-2010 00:04
Lovely flower shot with good selective focus, textures, and colors. V
slhoornstra21-Jan-2010 00:02
A very nice, delicious pink!! Life is a box of chocolates (Forest Gump). sometimes we can choose the one we want, why not? Your work is lovely and inspiring. V
Stephanie20-Jan-2010 23:58
This is a gorgeous image Mairead! Such a creative take on this tulip! V
Why are you being so hard on yourself? You are an awesome photographer!!!! You could teach me so much. :)
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