Yarn-bombing and photography


I’ve been driving the same route to the hospital for a few weeks now while my husband is poorly, and on my way I’m always cheered up by these trees which have been dressed in beautiful, brightly-coloured knitwear.

There’s a yarn-bombing revolution going on in the village of Greasby, and the team effort must have brought a smile to more people’s faces than just mine. Yesterday, I stopped the car to take a closer look and noticed how the trees were decorated to match the shops they stand nearest to. There’s a nurse doll sewn onto the tree near the chemist, flowers near the florist and knitted sausages near the butchers. If only I had the skills (and the time) then I’d join in!

I was reading on the blog Truly Madly Kids about how to improve your photography and get your DSLR off auto. As most of the bloggers who write there are professional photographers, it seemed a pretty good place to get some tips.

My camera (it’s a Sony A300) frequently jams and is in need of replacing, but I do find it takes pretty good photos on auto. It just seems such a waste when there is so much more it could do. I tried these tips to try to get the main image in focus and blur the background, and this is what I came up with.

If you’re interested in this kind of thing, my camera was set to Aperture Priority (A) with a shutter speed of 2.5.

I’m joining in with Image of the Week over at Truly Madly Kids and My Captured Moment at Running in Lavender, two great photography link ups.

X Julia





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    Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    January 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Lovely images, love all the detail, texture and colour. And, have to say, yarn-bombing, how fabulous! #iotw
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    January 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Love the idea of yarn bombing! This should certainly be putting a smile on the face of everyone who walk down that street 🙂 #iotw

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    January 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Oh I love these – so pretty.

    I saw something similar when I was in New Zealand but never over here. Hope it catches on all over. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx
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    Helen Neale
    January 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I LOVE this idea – you are adding so much colour, wonderful!

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    Everything Mummy
    January 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Love this idea so pretty! x
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    Maria Noell
    January 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

    This is soooo cute. It definitely made me smile. We have something (on a much smaller scale) outside one of the shops in Faversham where I live. It definitely puts me in a good mood xxx
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    You Baby Me Mummy
    January 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Wow that is awesome, now wonder it makes you smile! 🙂 #SundayStars x
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    Katy {What Katy Said}
    January 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

    This is so wonderful! I saw something on FB about people leaving scarves on trees for people to take and use. I love the doll- I had one just like it as a child!
    Great photos! x
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    January 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Oh wow! I’m not surprised these gorgeous knits brought a smile to your face – they’re so adorable!!! I am still working on my photography too, but I’m finding it really hard to find the time to really dedicate to learning and improving! Perhaps I should get involved with Truly Madly Kids also?! Steph xxxx PS I want a photo of the sausages now too!!!

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    January 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I saw these driving home from your neck of the woods, and they made me smile so much! Good on you for joining in! This is gorgeous #sundaystars xx
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    Mini Travellers
    January 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I had wondered what on earth was going on. They are fantastic aren’t they. Glad they’ve brought a smile to your face lovely. #sundaystars
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    January 25, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    These decorated trees are genius!! What a fabulous idea, especially at this time, when everything is so gloomy and grey. I’m thrilled that you got out of your car and took these pictures, at times like this (your always in my thoughts x) you need to grab a hold of anything that makes you smile, even if it’s only for a second. These pictures are a moment you’ve captured, a happy moment in a sea of grey – and for that reason they’re perfect.

    Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxxx
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      January 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Heledd xx

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    January 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    crochet seems to have made a huge come back. My grandma made a beautiful blanket many years ago. I’ve seen something similar in the CK range. Love the happiness your picture bring. Keeping trees warm!! Love it xxxx
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    sarah christie
    January 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Ha ha yarn bombing ,how funny but what a great opportunity to work on photography skills, I love the colours Julia xx
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    January 28, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    What a great subject to practice your photography skills on! I have heard of yarn bombing but have never seen it in person. I’m glad it puts a smile on your face each day #SundayStars
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    Mrs H
    January 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Yarn bombing! What an amazing idea. I think these trees would put a smile on anyone’s face. I love the detail and that nurse is cute. Great photos. Hugs Mrs H xxxx PS I’m with Steph and want to see a picture of the sausages!
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    Mackenzie Glanville
    February 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Oh I love the nurse one, very sweet and great pics!
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