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Sunset on the Moorlands

The weather promised me that it the clouds would go for the sunset, but an hour before the sun would dip below the horizon line, it was still pretty cloudy.

Heather I decided it was worth the risk, and the trip out, so I put some clothes back on (I’d had a shower and gotten straight into my jim jams from the Abbey walk earlier in the day) and off we went up the hill out of the valley to the car park at the top. Heather

How patiently I waited when we got to the car park at the top! I wandered around trying to find a good patch of heather, set up shop and waited. The longer I waited the more the clouds parted.

Heather Heather

Every day there has been a rainbow at around the same time (just before sunset) in the same place. How bizarre!

Heather Heather

Malham Pt. 2

Even though it was forecast to be chucking it down all day we decided to do the circular walk. We went in the direct of Janet’s Foss – Gordale Scar – Malham Cove. I had wanted to climb up the scar but the weather conditions weren’t ideal and I’m not that brave!

Janet's Foss

When we first set out it was only drizzling a bit, so I was optimistic that the weather forecast wouldn’t be right…

Malham Cove

But by the time we got to Gordale Scar it was chucking it down! Then it chucked it down whilst e walked to Malham Cove. Then it stopped raining for the walk back.

River On the Road for Gordale Scar


Offering // 23 02 15054 // 365

Quite pleased with myself today; 30 minutes exercise bike, 30 minutes circuit training, 40+ minutes dancing.
We aimed to go to a tone and sculpt class, only to find out that the receptionist had told us it was on when in fact it had stopped running weeks ago. As we were already out and there was a clubercise (dancing in the dark with glowsticks! lol!) class on we decided to just go for it. Enjoyed it probably more than I should have. Will return…

Summer holidays 2013

It’s 8pm at night, I am tucked up in bed and mightily tired. Tomorrow is the 2nd of September which this year means it is back to work after six weeks off.
At the start of the holidays I said I wanted to focus on…

  • Photoshop and photography
  • Get buff
  • Look into selling prints online and at craft fairs
  • Read more
  • Buy a new external hard drive and back up my work
  • Go through the last two years of project 365′s and delete out all the rubbish shots which are just clogging up my hard drive

Photography and photoshop – I defiantly pushed myself on the Photoshop front; I’ve tried lots of new things and for this I am proud of myself, and I am on the whole happy with pretty much every shots I have created these past 6 weeks, I can think of two which stand out as being a bit naff but that’s not bad going!
I’ve also been featured on a website and published in a magazine – both of which was other people contacting me so that is nice 🙂

Get buff – kind of did this, but then going on holiday for a week has put it back a bit. However the physio appointment I had has motivated this as now it’s not just a case of getting fit and looking good, it’s also for my knees. I’m aiming to do Pilates a minimum f 3x a week (aiming for 5 ideally) and building in some exercise bike (starting with 5 mins a day).

Selling prints – I did look into it, but then did nothing about it :-/

Read more – I did read more than I had, but I should have read a lot more than I did. Having said that I’ve spent ages flapping around taking and editing shots, but I should have spent less time flapping around online.

External hard drive – did this one! All backed up ^_^

Deleting old shots – did most of 2012, got fed up. A thankless, loveless task which I to be honest I started doing then forgot about completely until I started writing this. I think it might be something to do a bit of every day….

I also managed to work with some people who I had never worked with before. Directing people and working with models was a good experience, although ultimately I prefer working alone.

The downside to the holiday was kB working flat out, all day, all night, weekends – and I think what made it worse was him being in the house. Where he works when he is working from home is the same room as where my computer is, so we were holed up together but he was super busy all the time 😦

Before the end of 2013 I want to….

  • Be fit and healthy, with a good attitude to exercise again. This will benefit my body and especially my knees. Hopefully this will mean that I am not in as much pain this winter as I was last.
  • Continue to experiment and push myself photographically. Get the vey best out of autumn this year – hopefully it will be a good one.

Autumn is my favourite time of year, so I am looking forward to it. I have some ideas which are batting around in my head for shots, and I need to keep at it but at the sam time not let it dominate to the point where everything else falls by the wayside – it will be more difficult to juggle once it gets darker earlier, as I like to do exercise when I get in from work which reduced my options photographically once the sun has set!

Things to do this six weeks

At the start of every six week holidays I like to write a list.Six weeks is a long time, but it’s very easy to waste six weeks doing nothing;  writing a to do list helps me to put into perspective what I want to achieve, and then I can refer back to it and see how well I did at the end.

In 2013, my six week holidays are all about:

  • Photoshop and photography. Over the last two months I have been creating photos that I am very happy with; this is a new concept for me as I am very critical of my own work. Before I was taking photos which I thought were OK, but now I am taking shots which I actually like in terms of style. Of course, doing a POTD project means there are duff ones, but I like the direction I am going in and want to progress further these holidays. I want to visit new places and come up with new concepts and try new techniques. I’m so inspired at the minute, and I want to push myself and progress.
  • Get buff. I’ve put on half a stone and stopped exercising. The half a stone has creeped on slowly over since Christmas, the exercise stopped gradually over the past two months. I think getting more involved in the photos has lead to stopping doing exercise, but no excuse now!
  • Look into selling prints online and at craft fairs
  • Read more. Probably also neglected due to photography. Again no excuse.
  • Buy a new external hard drive (actually I did this earlier) and back up my work seeing as it is currently scattered around several hard drives.
  • Go through the last two years of project 365’s and delete out all the rubbish shots which are just clogging up my hard drive (I’ve started on this but it’s going to be a big job!)

I’m sure I will come up with more stuff as time goes by, but these are my big aims.

March; In Review

The idea of blogging “properly” once a week fell through, mainly because I don’t really have much to say : P

Here is an update for the month of March, which some of my favourite images from this month at the bottom…

I have no idea what day of the week it is as we had Friday off, so Friday felt like Saturday – and now that we’re on Sunday it doesn’t feel like a Sunday, especially so as tomorrow is a bank holiday too.
Not that any of this really matters because I am off for two weeks. Two glorious weeks. HUZZAH.


What am I planning on doing during these two weeks?

  • Sort out my Twitter accounts – Done
  • Disable my Direct Debit to a photography magazine – Done
  • Update my website – To Do
  • Take create shots for project 365, and try different/new things – In Progress
  • Get in touch with small local businesses and offer to take photos for free – In Progress



I think my photography needs to have some sort of style to it. Style and direction.
Really enjoyed the low key work I’ve been doing this month, but next month want to play more with high key. This type of photograph appeals to me a lot less though so I’m not sure how that will work out. I also feel like I’ve made a lot of progress with my black and white photography.
There is still a lot to learn, but I have been enjoying what I’ve been doing, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with some of the results I have got from my shots : )


Exercise & Health

I knew I‘d put some weight on over Xmas but never really did anything about it. When I finally got around to weighing myself I’d put half a stone on (Although I honestly can’t remember when I last weighed myself). Since then I’ve been more careful with what I eat, and I’ve been doing exercise again. I’ve not lost any weight at all, which kind of bums me out, but I have lost almost an inch from my waist, so one much take the victories where you can. I also look thinner/more toned, which I guess is the overall aim anyway.

My knee has been really bad. I think it‘s the weather still being cold but I’m not looking forward to this being something to “look forward” to. Most days it really hurts, but if I keep mobile and don’t bend my legs more than 90 degrees I can have good days.


Week 5: In Review

Been feeling a bit rough towards the back end of this week, this combined with the fact I went to visit my friend who is recovering from pneumonia on Monday (the day I normally do exercise) has meant that I’ve only done pilates once a hula dancing. My mum is fed up of hula and so we’re thinking of crossing over to line dancing, for the lols 😛

Bleach bathed my hair today. Ended up leaving it on for considerably longer than I anticipated (just over an hour) and my hair has gone this “delightful” shade of orange-yellow. Going to dye over it with pink on Thursday. I think it needs a bit of time to recover before I wash it again 🙂

Other than that the week has been pretty uneventful, the most comment worthy thing which happened was a massive power cut on Tuesday which lasted for 3 hours. kB went to band so I was in the house alone and bored 😦

This weekend should be the last weekend for a while that kB has to work. He’s been working 7 days a week for about 5 months now, so we’re both looking forward to going out next weekend!

My 1:1 macro lens arrived, and I have taken a few shots with it. It’s worth every penny I think (I did have a niggling sense that it might come and I would find myself disappointed in some way). I decided to change my watermark this week on my photos, so that it matches the font on my website. I’ve been putting it off because Lightroom doesn’t seem to want to recognise the font, so it means that I have to Export the photo at the size I want it out of LR and open it up in PS to add the watermark. Which means that I’ve forgotten to add it to a couple of shots this week. Which will annoy me. Forever.

Week 3: In Review

Not going to use headings today 😛

We had a lot of snow, but I still had to go into work. I set off slightly earlier than normal on Monday (and picked up a work friend) and we went in. When we got there the head decided to announce that we wouldn’t be opening until 11 – so that left me with 3 and a half hours to spare. I toodled around, played in the snow and took some photos.

I’ve not done my hour of cardio this week as the instructor was off sick, but I have been out walking both Sat and Sun, so I have done that (and pilates!)

Decided to stick it out with extension tubes for a bit on the macro front, but treated myself with my birthday money to a second flash gun and some wireless triggers. Got loads of things for my birthday, most of which were photography based! Including a new bag which has so any pockets!! (God I love pockets).

Finally got my bottom in gear in terms of hosting my website, although it is still a work in progress. Next steps are to get the project 365 galleries sorted out, and to have a blog page linked to this blog. Downloaded WordPress onto my machine but I need to faff with PHP, so it’s a job for another day I think that one!
I’ve also got ove 1000 likes on this blog, which is not bad going seeing as I’ve only had it 2 months and I don’t publicise it anywhere!

For my belated birthday outing we went to Warwick Castle, and then had sushi for tea on Saturday. It was a long but nice day ^_^.
Today I went out with the photography people to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Chucked it down with rain as we were walking back to the car park, also got to play with my 10-stop ND filter ^_^ Really excited by this, and can’t wait to try it again!

Quite pleased with all of the photos I have taken this week, there is a nice range of colour, b&w, macro, still life, abstract…! As well as that I think that there aren’t any photos which I am particularly unhappy with, so this is a nice end of week feeling! 🙂