I ended up going to my friends house straight from work and not getting home until after 7pm! Eeek!
That didn’t leave much time for photos, so I went for two classics combined: Danbo and bokeh lights.
Wanted the lights to be nice and big, so ended up stopping to f/1.4 which makes for a rather narrow DoF…
Decided to go for a walk. I’d spent a lot of yesterday sat down at the computer and my knees had been playing up – going for a walk seems to do them some good.
I have been to this place a number of times before but I can never seem to remember what it is called. A bit of Googling tells me it is called Shire Brook Valley : )
If you get off the beaten track it is a bit of a dumping ground for random things. Before when I’ve been I’ve come across the carcass of a car, a tyre grave yard (including tractor tyres) and a childs shoe. Today a found the rusty remains of a motorbike.
Rather annoyingly whilst out I’ve lost the ball out of my lip ring (Doubly annoying as it isn’t a standard size. I need a 3mm ball and the smallest you can get is 4mm. However a spot of eBaying has turned up a 9mm ring, so looks like I will be buying a new one..) and then I pushed a branch back, expected it to snap off only for it to thwack me in the face really hard.
I ran a little bit out of steam the last couple of days and my photographs are a little bit lacking… As the skies cleared up as the day went on I decided to go to my favourite spot to take a few photographs.
It was rather muddy and I wasn’t particularly dressed for the occasion but when has that ever stopped me!
Sometimes being a teacher has its perks. Today I got to take 24 pupils to Twycross Zoo.
The zoo has changed a lot since I was last there, which was at a guess about 4 years ago. However one thing which me really happy was the fact they are getting lions soon and this time the otters were actually out!
The gift shop/cafe had a snow leopard enclosure attached to it which was really nice – although conversations were really disjointed as people were talking to each other whilst staring out of the window and each time the leopards did anything conversation stopped, hehehe
This owl was part of one of the new sections at the zoo, as were the pelicans below.
Otters on parade!
And a couple of autumn shots which I took whilst I was there : )
Slightly uninspired again tonight. Had a not too good day at work and then couldn’t really work up the motivation to photograph anything. This is a shell which lives on the bathroom window sill. I was actually trying to work something out with two crab shells left over from tea yesterday but it didn’t quite work out like I wanted.
To bed! At 9:15 pm
I had planned on being really brave tonight. I was going to my friend from works party for his daughter and I knew there would be “a few people” and some fireworks. An excellent opportunity to photograph some exploding fireworks! Totally bottled it when I got there though. A lot more people there than I had anticipated, and I didn’t want to be *that* person with the SLR photographing the fireworks. So instead I took a couple of the left over sparklers home and photographed them as it was gone 9pm by the time I left.
Disappointed in myself for bottling it? Yes.
Enough to do something about it next time? Probably not.
Clumber Park is almost 4,000 acres of parkland, heath and woods. It is located in Worksop, which is in Nottinghamshire, England. I’ve been a few times before, and this was actually my second visit this year (I went in summer time). I had written down in my photography book that I wanted to return in autumn, and today was that day!
The weather started off overcast, but it really brightened up! 🙂 It was great to get out of the house on a crispy Autumn day and wander around of a couple of hours. So glad the weather was good as I have really missed going out and taking photographs *shakes fist in the general direction of sunrise and sunset times in the UK*
Quite enjoying macro shots at the moment seeing as I can’t really get outside. Looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday though, both should offer the opportunity to get outside and (on Saturday) take some autumn shots and (on Sunday) some fireworks shots.
I found this conker shell when we went to the cemetery last weekend, and brought it home thinking it might make an interesting shot.
Anyway, that’s one week down …. Six more until Christmas! :-p
Somewhat struggled for inspiration tonight. Not enjoying these short days, really makes me miss going out and about after work.