Mum by helenhall

Mum

This photo was sent to me today via facebook messenger. It was a phone snapshot of a print which I have worked on a little to try and improve the quality. Anyone any ideas of how else I could make improvements?

My Mum left us in 2016, and her older brother kept going until just two weeks ago. He was 98. I reconnected with a cousin at the funeral and she has been sending some family photos.

I wanted to return after being absent for a while, but do not have anything new to post. My camera broke down irretrievably a week ago - as usual, just when I needed it most. I ordered one that I thought would be more or less the same as a replacement, and find that I am totally at a loss as to how to use it. So frustrating! Quite apart from that, I have also lost all my confidence in my ability to progress with photography, so am rather at a loss.

It is hard to pick up once things have let slip on 365. I think I may post a few old family photos from the archives whilst I sort out what on earth to do with my camera, pick my self up again and carry on.
she's a rather attractive woman with her bone structure and the eyes. i don't think you should do any more. i like. aces!
February 12th, 2020  
i'm not sure you need to do any more - i think this is a lovely soft nicely-lit image. i do so hope you will find a way to continue with 365 if it can work for you. i also hope you're able to get to grips with the new camera - never my strong point either ;) and that your confidence, or at the very least your pleasure in the journey, will soon return
February 12th, 2020  
I think this is just lovely as it stands. a lovely soft image of a beautiful woman.

I think we all go through low spots with 365, losing the mojo, not knowing what or why to photograph things, even losing the will to live over the learning curve of a new camera. Just go with the flow, if you feel like posting, great, you may well find in time to come that the impetus will return. In the meantime pop in occasionally, it's always good to see you!
February 12th, 2020  
stunning portrait
February 13th, 2020  
I love the photo of your beautiful Mum, mine also left us in 2016. I also love all the words that have been posted above, and totally agree. Just hang in there Helen Jane.
February 13th, 2020  
@summerfield @pistache @judithdeacon @phil_howcroft @ludwigsdiana thanks for all your lovely words. I have ignored you all and changed it anyway. I had a play in pic monkey and liked the result but couldn't download it any other way than back onto this post. oh well ….
February 13th, 2020  
A lovely portrait of your mum.
February 13th, 2020  
Beautiful portrait
February 13th, 2020  
What a striking image of your Mum Helen! She was beautiful.

Oh man, I would hate to see you go on 365, I'm very drawn to your photography! If I could give any advice it would to be to try and take the pressure off yourself. Take all the time you need to learn your new camera (I hate learning new technology lol) Shoot for fun. Who cares what anyone else thinks. Take a picture of your toaster if you are so inclined lol, and if you need breaks take them sweet Helen. :)
February 13th, 2020  
Don’t do anything! It’s a super nice, powerful and dreamy image at the same time! Cherish it! My lens broke down A long time ago and I’m using my mobile phone for pics. Very modern too 😘
February 13th, 2020  
Wow, Helen, your Mum certainly was a beautiful woman. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful photograph to cherish. Like so many others, I would be so sorry to see you leave 365. I'm hoping that won't happen, but I certainly understand that you must do what's best for you. Please take good care as you sort through things and know that you are wished the very best! ♥
February 13th, 2020  
@stimuloog I will cherish it indeed. I shared it with Dad today and he had never seen it before. I spent a week with my mobile phone last week, it is great in certain situations, but I am not sure I would be happy to use it all the time.
February 13th, 2020  
@bokehdot you are too kind with your words Michelle. Thanks for the advice. I thought I didn't much care what people thought about my photography until I got the lowest marks at camera club last week! But you are right. It is for fun - I am not aiming to be pro!
February 13th, 2020  
I didn't see what it looked like before your processing but it looks really nice now. It's a beautiful portrait of her.

As far as your photography goes, you have a great eye and your pictures always have strong compositional elements so don't put yourself down. You are a good photographer already! I understand the desire to understand the more technical aspects of the craft but you can take your time to learn those- so once again- don't be so hard on yourself! I'm not sure what your new camera is, but I'm sure there are others here that may be able to give you pointers. Post your questions on the discussion board- you'll get a lot of good help that way! And others will benefit from your questions as well- because I'm sure you're not alone. Please don't give up on yourself or 365. Post when you can and don't pressure yourself to fill in every spot or date. Archives and family shots are great too. I often use them in my project. I'm always surprised when I go through the archives by pictures I didn't post and have fun revisiting them- perhaps even giving them a chance to be seen- or playing with them until they're unrecognizable! Working on family pictures is great too- a connection to the people I miss but honing skills of improving pictures from the past. If those things bring you joy and keep you moving forward, then by all means put them in your project.

We all go through low periods and you are also mourning so give yourself some space. But most of all I really want to encourage you that you are a good photographer! I would miss both your pictures and your writing should you leave us!
February 13th, 2020  
This is a beautiful portrait and don't improve it anymore. I understand your frustration. Getting through the user manual is a huge feat! But maybe go slowly. You take a great picture and you have a good eye. And this is a great skill that you acquire. Take it easy and go ahed.
February 14th, 2020  
@helenhall Camera club... they don't know anything! Photography is art. You can't give a mark to that. It comes from within you! And I love what you display sweet Helen!
February 14th, 2020  
such a beautiful portrait!
February 15th, 2020  
So many things i'm thinking about that I could write. But I'll just v keep it personal. Some years on 365 i'm focused on photography. Other years I take pictures but they're more about the subjects. Other years it has been a more social experience. Other years it seems like I just go through the motions, but the motions always seem to lead somewhere unexpected! All I know for sure is that I love seeing you post even when I don't comment. (Going through a fairly extended period of not commenting much )
February 16th, 2020  
It's a blip, no more. Your confidence will return. I know the feeling well!
February 16th, 2020  
@lostphojo I hope you are right! Thank you for the encouragement. @francoise Thanks for sharing your experiences and for your kind comment.
@bokehdot I am so much more comfortable with the art than the science - thank you :)
@haskar thank you for the encouraging words.
@olivetreeann thank you for taking the time for such a comprehensive response. I really appreciate that, and what you said.
@janetb I so appreciate your kind words and encouragement.
February 17th, 2020  
There's no improvement needed. Just lovely as it is. Just put your new camera on auto and keep snapping away and posting.
February 20th, 2020  
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