about this blog

Hello for a bright new year 2010,

well I didn’t keep up my photo a day last year, infact I virtually gave up blogging altogether, so my change for the new year is to get back into blogging and sewing as I have not done much of that for the last few months of last year, I’m not doing the photo a day but using this as my main (only) blog,

it’s now 5 years since I started my first blog which I deleted in may 2006, I have all the posts and photos from april 2005 and have decided to build this blog from the beginning so you will see some posts appearing from the past,

an altered photo a day 2009

I would like to know and learn more about the possibilities of altering photos in photoshop elements, so I have decided to continue with a photo a day in 2009, this time the photos will be any photo on my computer altered in photoshop elements, I am not committing myself to any length of time just for as long as I am enjoying doing it, I will from time to time post photos of some of the photos used as they originally look, these will be posted on my other blog, island-threads.blogspot.com  

a photo a day blog 2008

I live on the northern tip of an island off the northwest coast of Scotland, on this blog I hope to post a photo a day, with the exception of the first two each photo has been taken on the day that it is shown with a digital camera.


I hope to teach myself to ‘see’ instead of just look at the world around me, living on an island with a low population means that you live very much with mother nature, the weather being the most dominating influence, so most of the photos will be ‘out doors’ of the island and my garden.


I love black and white photography, the emphasise on contrast rather than colour, the island often lends it’s self to black and white giving a feel of Days Gone By, I also love colour and the vast expanse of open sky gives some beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well beautiful blue skies, my garden also gives me an abundance of colour.


I want to improve my composition skills, so I will not just be looking at the subject but also the best angle to capture the subject in the camera, I will use the crop tool, professional photographers have used it for years even before digital photography professionals developed their own film and you can change a lot during development, so I will crop, alter brightness and contrast as you can when developing film.

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14 responses to “about this blog

  1. What a glorious kitchen window view!


  2. I love the idea of a photo a day, and yours are gorgeous.
    If I were to do the same thing, my readers would be bored silly! On the other hand, I may take up the challenge.


  3. Hi Frances! I was wondering if you would let me add a link to your blog on my site. Thanks.


  4. I look forward to learning more about your island home.
    Aside from all the British mysteries that I consume, I’ve yet to visit Scotland or U.K. isles.


  5. Hi Frances,
    My, how different our locations must be from each other! I’m so glad you found my blog and look forward to reading more of your posts with your fabulous photos. I use Elements, also, and neglecting to read the manual, have still figured out a few things. I use it mostly to remove garden hoses or other annoyances from my photos.


    • hello Sue, yes our locations are very different that’s one of the things I like about blogging seeing different places through the eyes of the people who live in them, I’ve only dipped into the elements manual when I get stuck but have never found it much help. I learn more from trial and error or other people, your fog photos are beautiful, we don’t get fogs much here but when I lived in the south of England I often saw them, Frances


  6. helen jessie ryan

    Hi Frances,
    enjoyed your blog about your island. you seem to ejnoy being close to nature. What animals do you see. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. Sha kespeare.


    • hello Helen so glad you left a comment, yes I love being close to nature, not so many animals but lots of birds wish I could get good photos of them, a lovely Shakespearien quote, love Frances


  7. Hi Frances,

    I am currently working on a project about place and identity on Lewis and am glad to have stumbled across your blog. Would just like to know, what does the coastline / sea mean to you? I know that being on an island like the Hebrides you are never too far off from the sea…It must be very nice.

    I am hoping to visit the western isles soon, was curious to know if there are any coastal trails along Lewis and places you would personally recommend a visit?

    Well, I look forward to your next blog & I hope to hear from you soon!
    Cheers lil


  8. Hi Frances, thank you again for the use of your lovely picture. I’ve posted about it. P


  9. Hi there,

    I came across your blog while searching for items on Shiaba, where some of my family came from. I was born in Sydney, Australia, but now live in Glasgow doing Gaelic work. Are you still active online? I would live to hear more about the families that you’ve met who are descended from Shiaba,..

    Mìle taing,



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