I just got off the phone with my dad and he mentioned that he had had a look at my blog (Hi Dad!). I'm not sure he has ever visited before so that's pretty ace. But then he told me (with his usual cheeky tone) that he had wanted to leave a comment saying "depth of field, depth of field, depth of field" - as in, he is a little horrified by how I use depth of field in my photos.
And it's not like it's the first time he's mentioned it. He worked as a photographer way back in the dark ages and is, y'know, trained at this stuff. He knows what he is talking about. On the other hand, I'm a self-taught* dabbler who breaks quite a few of the photo-taking rules set down in the photo-taking bible. To be totally honest, I know that he is totally right about my depth of field issues, and I'm glad he reminds me to think about it more carefully. I'm still learning. I know I'll get better with practice and mistakes, because mistakes are how you learn right?
When I got off the phone, (because I know he has a valid point and knows what he is talking about) I scrolled back over the last few posts to figure out which photos in particular were really annoying him. And I came across the Aragon photography post. Excitingly eleven of you had clicked on the "Like" button for the post! Eleven of you like my photographs enough to tell me! Made my heart feel very happy - even if some of them would have annoyed my dad's eyes. So in honour of my dad, I'm going to pull the post I was planning for today and give you a few more I took on my trip away!**
Anyway I took these photos at the ever lovely Squam this year. It was my second time going and it really is such a warm, welcoming and renewing experience. Elizabeth is such a gorgeous, generous host. I talked about my experience at Squam in 2013 in this post called The Magic of A Craft Retreat and it was really more of the same magic! I feel very lucky to have got the opportunity to go again.
Photos start out on a grey day in the forest, before moving onto the Boro class run by @agatheringofstitches. They finish with the perfect golden light on the last day of the retreat. Happy days.
* except for a couple of day-long workshops
** I'm such a juvenile :).