Photo A Day Posts

#Instagram Junkie

May 23rd, 2012

Okay I admit it. I’ve turned into an Instagram junkie.

Last year I started the ‘Day by Day’ project – which was basically taking ‘A photo a day’. I started with Read more »

Day 236 {I heart Retro cam}

January 17th, 2012

I’ve got a bit of a fascination lately with the camera on my phone. Or rather, more specifically, Retro cam! I just love the outcome. On the way home from a bridal fayre at the weekend, the sun was starting to set, so I grabbed my phone and started clicking away. I love the colour cast it produces and the overall roughness of the image…..

Day 235 {Burning plastic}

January 13th, 2012

I make no secret of the fact that I’m not very good at looking after plants. There are a few ‘hardy’ plants that I’ve managed not to kill over the years, but not many! Over the past 12 months Ian has developed a bit of a green thumb, and has done really well at bringing some of my plants back to life, and also keeping us in fresh fruit and veg by growing it in the garden. So I was quite surprised when my mother-in-law bought me a Narcissus as one of my Christmas presents. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE flowers, I’m just not very good at looking after them….and as pretty as they are…to me, they smell a bit like burning plastic! I recently spent 3 days sniffing various areas of the kitchen, trying to figure out where the smell was coming from, only to find it was coming from my new plant!

 

Day 234 {Quest for the perfect chocolate cake}

January 11th, 2012

I’ve never really been a fan of chocolate cake. It’s just something I don’t particularly like. On many occasions though, I have been known to walk into a shop or cafe and stare longingly at the chocolate cakes. Sometimes I even buy one – just to see if I like it, and then Ian stands there with his ‘I told you so’ look on his face, and watches as I throw it away. They always look so succulent and inviting and then end up being dry and bland.

I don’t know why I keep persisting, it’s almost like I feel I’m missing out on something and I’m on a quest for the perfect chocolate cake! On very rare occasions I’ve found a restaurant that does a really nice hot chocolate fudge cake and then I feel quite smug with myself.

The other night, on my second trip to Starbucks in one day ( 🙂 ), Ste ordered some kind of walnut chocolate cake, so of course I had to try some. It was actually ‘okay’…..and I sat there quite smug with myself, like I was no longer missing out on something.

Day 233 {Pink sky makes me smile}

January 11th, 2012

I love a good sunset. I also love a good sunrise. Unfortunately, I’ve only ever managed to capture a decent sunrise when I’ve been off travelling! I never manage to get up and out in time when I’m at home…

One of my favourite parts of the night sky is when it starts to turn pink. Luckily enough, my office is in a pretty good position to watch the changing sky as the sun goes down. Occasionally I manage to grab my camera in time and capture something like this. For some reason, it always makes me think of the ‘Luck be an old lady’ episode from of Sex and the City, and it always makes me smile – just a little.

Day 232 {It’s all about me}

January 6th, 2012

It’s easy to forget about the things we enjoy. It’s too easy to get caught up in life and…..work….and forget about the things that inspire us. Last year I neglected a lot of things, and one of them was connecting with my camera…..

….going out and just ‘being’; trying new things and taking photos of things I wouldn’t normally take photo’s of. Experimenting. So this year I’m going to put that right. Today I headed over to Salford Quays and just spent a couple of hours wandering around. This is one of my favourite shots. It’s just so simple…..

Day 231 {The HDR effect}

January 5th, 2012

I’m not really a Photoshop girl; I use Lightroom for most of my editing, and even then, I only do what I need to do. But over the past few months I’ve been looking at playing around a bit more. When Ian and I went to Conwy in October, I took plenty of photo’s as the harbour looked so pretty. I decided to throw this one into Photoshop and have a play with the HDR effect in there. I know that technically, it’s cheating, and although I have many other photos all at different exposures ready to merge properly as HDR images – I’ve just never got around to it!

So, for now, here’s something a little bit different…..I think it looks a bit like an oil painting.

Day 230 {New Year Feet}

January 2nd, 2012

As we got half way to the restaurant I realised I had probably made a mistake. A couple of times a year, my heels come out of storage and I decide to make the effort to dress a bit ‘girly’. New Years Eve I made that decision. I had my converse trainers surgically removed, slipped into my Kurt Geigers and put on a dress. With tights. Do I hear a round of applause? No?! Thought not. Anyway, at the end of the night I hobbled home and decided this momentous occasion needed documenting.

Happy New Year!

 

Day 229: {The geek in me}

December 28th, 2011

….truth be told, I have a bit of a ‘geek’ side to me…..(Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone). So a few months ago, when I discovered a flask that was made to look like a lens, I instantly wanted one.

At Christmas there was a present from Ian that hadn’t arrived yet, but I had no idea what it was. So today, when I returned from my shoot to find that my last pressie had arrived, I was a bit giddy. Then when I opened it to find this 24-105 lens flask inside, I was in geek heaven. Happy Christmas to me!

Finding my feet…….

December 16th, 2011

I think it’s safe to say that my ‘Day by Day’ project has definitely taken a back seat over the past few weeks. Sometimes I’ve forgotten and sometimes I’ve not had the chance.

So if I miss a day, sometimes I think I’ll take two the next day…..which really defeats the object of taking a ‘photo a day’. Then the days roll into weeks and I lose motivation to do it….

There is also the inspiration side of things as well. I really do admire photographers who come up with ideas, day after day…..and people like Tracey Barrow who do a self-portrait everyday – I simply have to tip my hat to them (I don’t wear a hat, but if I did, I would)! So for now, I’ve decided if I take a photo, that’s great; if I don’t have time to take one, I may just post up an old photo that either 1) I just like! 2) Inspires me or 3) Has never been posted before. I’ll probably keep numbering them as well…..and even though they won’t be consecutive days, it will still relate to the number of photo’s that have been posted.

I think I put too much pressure on myself sometimes; I think a lot of people in the ‘creative industry’ do…..but as the year draws to a close I’m finally starting to let myself wind down. Well, I say wind down, but what I really mean is, look back over the past year, evaluate everything, and start preparing for next year. …..and although I’ve had a pretty good year, I still feel like I’m finding my feet with a lot of things…and I still feel like there is so much to learn, and many different avenues to explore with my photography and my business.

I feel like I’m starting to get (a bit) more organised…and my ‘to do’ lists are starting to get cleared quicker and I’ve been making time to read as well. I love reading, but I never used to give myself that ‘down time’; I used to convince myself that I didn’t have time or I should always be doing something more important. But I’ve finally allowed myself to accept the fact that reading IS important for me. Whether it’s photography related or not, it’s all of a sudden become an indulgence! The first hour of my day starts with reading. Breakfast, brew and a book, followed by exercise. I then feel ready to start my day….

After reading a post by Promise Tangeman a couple of days ago, I also felt inspired to take a look at how I organise my ‘to do’ list (s). So now I have all my current projects broken down, and I also have my upcoming projects / tasks for the next four months on my wall. Oh yes…thats right people….FOUR whole months. I’m determined to start 2012 super organised. (Funnily enough, I also have those exact same boards – spooky)!

….so for now, I’m off to make another list…..and as for 2012….I’m hoping it’s the year I finally find my feet 🙂