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Photo 101 ‘Camera Lucida’ – Introduction


Hello Beautiful Bloggers,

I’ve recently finished my Photo 101 course and I can’t seem to be able to leave my camera at home anymore or even being able to walk down the street without stopping a thousand times to capture small but extraordinary moments of our world… and I know I am not the only one:)

What is Camera Lucida?

Well, let’s see…

camera lucida |ˌkam(ə)rə ˈluːsɪdə|

an instrument in which rays of light are reflected by a prism to produce an image on a sheet of paper, from which a drawing can be made.

I’ve thought that is just a beautiful description of something quite out of the ordinary…and that is what I want to achieve with this new challenge I’ve embarked on today:)

Every week I will set a new theme to follow in my photography journey and I hope you will want to join me and display your creations on what I call “Your Gallery”

How to join us?

Follow your host and share each week your own vision of the theme.

Create a new post with the title CAMERA LUCIDA followed by the theme name.

The content of the post is completely down to you, share just the photo or be even more creative and tell us the story behind the scene, make it your own.

Feel free to use the ‘Your Gallery’ badge in your post and link back to the last Camera Lucida challenge or just leave a link to your post in the comment box.

Please tag your post #cameralucida so other participants can find the entries on the Reader.

So do not forget to tag and link back, this way your post will be visible to others outside your followers 🙂

You will have seven days to introduce your snapshot to everyone.

At the end of each challenge I will share with you all the entries and introduce you to their makers. Make sure you visit their blogs, share honest feedback and be supportive.

Camera Lucida - Your Gallery

An exhibition where your visual perception captures the world and gives life to a new story.

If you’ve just joined Camera Lucida Photo Challenge, you can find all the themes just below ( Please make sure you link back to the one you choose to interpret):

Camera Lucida #1 Enchanted

Camera Lucida #2 Rose

Camera Lucida #3 The Park Bench

Camera Lucida #4 Nature’s Dessert

Camera Lucida #5 Black and Green

Camera Lucida #6 Journey

Camera Lucida #7 Out of Place

Camera Lucida #8 Divergent

Camera Lucida #9 The sign

Camera Lucida #10 The Colour of Life

Camera Lucida #11 Autumn Lane

Camera Lucida #12 Metal

Camera Lucida #13 Reflections

Camera Lucida #14 Garden Treasure

Camera Lucida #15 Self Portrait

Camera Lucida #16 Winter Mornings

Camera Lucida #17 Hidden

Camera Lucida #18 Icy Sugar

Camera Lucida #19 Beautiful Imperfections

Camera Lucida #20 Stone

Your Camera Addict,

Julia

xxx

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‘The perfect time and place’


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WHAT WOULD YOU DEFINE AS THE TURNING-POINT OF YOUR LIFE?

One day…

The perfect time and place…

The only place I could ever call home…

It might sound as a ‘cliche’, but the moment I’ve said ‘YES’, everything changed…our lives became one, our hearts took the same rhythm and home turn out to be anywhere in the world…with one essential piece…being together!

I’ve learned throughout the years that home it’s not necessarily a place…sometimes it’s a state of mind, a feeling of belonging…not to a specific location but to a person.

“Home is where the hearts is”…this quote keeps coming back to me…and if I am being honest with myself, my life it’s based on it, because home for me it’s him…not a country or a city or even a house…home is where I left my heart…

No. of words = 136

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This was the topic I was challenged to answer by my lovely fellow blogger Lucy at Icecoffeecouture🙂 Thank you Lucy, it was fun:) I love free style writing challenges so here are the rules:

Open an MS Word document (or Pages)

1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat. (Not sure what that meant so I just set the timer for 10)

2. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.

3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop even to turn.

4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)

5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

6. At the end of your post write down ‘No. Of words =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

7. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers)

The nomination list it’s wide open…if you want to get on board and take a journey with us, please take part in this challenge and create a pingback to this post:)

Your topic: THE ONE PICTURE THAT YOU LOVE:)

As I am trying to be extremely efficient, this post it’s my first entry to the amazing Photo 101 Class:) It’s a picture that is close to my heart and falls into the theme of ‘Home’!

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Picture courtesy of The Daily Post, Photo 101

Love from home,

Julia

xxx

© All rights reserved

‘The tree with a thousand stories’


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          Story 4

          Belonging

“ Do you choose your cradle or it chooses you?”

…where is home?

It was a question that often came up but they never really tried to find an answer; it never was the right time to think about it and it always touched a nerve in both of them when someone else was asking.

The way they were living was a choice…their choice and throughout the years both of them agreed that when the time is right or when a place will feel like home they will stop traveling and maybe “grow roots”, as others do.

Seeing the world was what they always wanted…discovering the unknown was like a drug for both of them and even if the wonders of the Universe made them feel at home wherever they’ve been, they never felt like belonging.

What it feels like to belong?

Some say it’s an invisible link between your soul and a place…

They never believed that the soul could ever be pinned to one place…the soul it’s free, it’s free to travel from one place to the other, from one time to the next…

How can it belong?

Some try to find an answer all their life and eventually give up and settle down…they stop in one place and surrender their soul to it.

They both believed that the soul should choose their resting place…the place that some day they will truly call home, where their journey will end and a new chapter in their life will begin.

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It was the coldest morning of the month…winter was still the master of the ground, spreading its thick white cover followed by a frosty heavy wind.

They were driving through this small town, when something out of place, captivated their attention…

…an old, strange shaped tree on top of a small hill looking down into the heart of this small and somehow charming town.

She asked him to stop the car…mainly because she felt somehow pulled to this place and because he was driving for six hours and they both needed some rest.

“ Doesn’t that look interesting?”, she asked with a curious voice.

“ What does?”, he was paying too much attention to the heavy snow on the road and saw the tree up the hill just as he turned around.

“ That tree…it’s odd, but I feel the need to walk up there and look at it more closely “, she said very determined to feed her curiosity.

“ It’s very cold and I am worried about the car…we should find a B&B and maybe stay over night”, he said with a serious voice.

She agreed with the condition that once the snow and the wind will stop he will accompany her in a walk up the hill to that mysterious tree.

“ Fine…I am not sure why we have to do this but you are making me eager to find out the story of that tree…if it has one “, he said smiling.

There was something about this place that made both of them feel at peace, which it wasn’t a well-known feeling for either of them. In their travels they had their own share of adventures, quests, amazing discoveries, dangerous journeys which made them feel more alive than anything but nothing made them feel…peace…just wonderful silence that fuels the soul.

They’ve waited a couple of hours, had some breakfast at a nearby B&B and once the sky cleared and the snow became more crisp at every step…they walked back along the road until they’ve reached a clear path towards the hill.

For the first time, they didn’t speak too much with each other…both of them were somehow fascinated by the look and shape of the tree.

“ It looks like it’s one of a kind…but at the same time it belongs to this scenery “, she said with a light in her eyes holding his hand tighter than before.

“ You’re right…I don’t remember seeing anything like it “, he was starting to get more interested in what they will find once they’ve reached the top.

It felt like it took longer than it should have….maybe because as they’ve got closer and closer, they’ve became more intrigued questioning more and more…not just the tree itself but their intentions.

Why was this place more special than any other?

Once they’ve made it to the top, the only thing they could think of was where to sit down and rest…from the bottom of the hill it didn’t look like a long walk but the thick snow made it harder and longer.

After a few minutes of catching their breath, here they were…intrigued.

The tree looked down into the heart of this small, unknown town that seemed the most peaceful place on Earth… and it held all the history of all the people, that left a mark on its trunk.

“ It’s fascinating…”, she said running her hand through all the carvings on the tree.

“ All the stories that this tree holds…if it could only speak…” he said smiling.

“ There is so much life in this one place and so much peace as you look down “, she turned around and gave the town another look…but it wasn’t just a look, it was so much more than that.

“ This is it… “ , she said with a slight hint of joy in her voice.

He looked at her amazed…amazed because he felt the same…

“ I never felt like this anywhere before…for the first time I know that we belong here “, she couldn’t believe what she was saying…It’s been just a few hours since they’ve arrived and she felt home.

Where is home?

Home is where you feel the peace…the silent message of your soul, telling you that you belong…

Some journeys in our life are long and full of questions to which we can never find the answers…some quests are short and surprisingly wise.

What we sometimes fail to see it’s that the journey it’s always there…it’s our own way of finding our destiny…our home.

…and there are a few journeys where we are just silent travellers and we let ourselves be taken to where we should be…the choice it’s not always ours.

Note from the author

This month I’ve tried to tell four different stories linked to one place, ‘a tree’…

The idea behind it was to show how everything around us it’s linked…how emotions and moments of our lives are connected. From the young love which wants to become eternal, the writer looking for inspiration to the pain of a memory and the discovery that we all belong somewhere…each and every story has one thing in common…a place in time, that lives because it holds destinies and dreams of everyone that left a mark while following a journey.