That cosy feeling

That cosy feeling // 08 12 14

342 // 365

I have Christmas decoration envy from my mum. She has this little snowman that you put a candle behind and he glows. In reality it’s a pretty naff looking 80s/90s decoration, but it reminds me of Christmas. As does the naff glass sweet bowl thing she has. You knew it was Christmas Eve when the naff glass thingy came out and sweets were in it! In fact I think I have a picture of it from Christmas day the other year…

Here we go! Presenting horrible glass thing that is basically the spirit of Christmas!

The Big Day // 25 12 12

Anyway, the story was that I’ve spent ages looking for a snowman tea light thingy but can’t find one so settled for the house in today’s ‘photo of the day’. It’s not quite the same, but it’ll do 🙂

Follow your own path

Follow your own path // 15 11 14319 // 365

I did a client shoot this morning and used the set up to take my own shot from a different angle when we were done. Luckily it has rained all afternoon so the snow should have cleared by now 😉

Snowball Fight

Despite every school in the whole known universe being shut today because of snow, ours remained open. I got there for the usual time and then the head decided that we wouldn’t open until 11. Which made for a good 3 hours spare… So I made a little snowman called Steve and we had a snowball fight.

Week 3: In Review

Work:
Nothing to report here. After going through a very bad patch from April – the Christmas holidays, I think I’m now coming out of the other side. The pros outweigh the cons, I can leave work at 330, I get paid a decent wage and I get loads of holidays. All of these pros support a good out of work life style (assuming I stay on top of everything, being prepared and organised means that I have little to do outside of work).
I just need to stay positive, having so much outside of work free time means I can focus on photography and other things ^_^

In other semi school related things, I’m writing this on my Mac (which is school property). God do I hate the keyboard. Screw you shitty keyboard.

Exercise:
Me and my mum went to hula and we were the only two who turned up as it had snowed! This week I felt like it was a bit harder (I feel like I did more exercise) but at the same time easier (Having to rotate hips and walk was easier for example). Did my allotted two Pilates sessions, so all is good there.

Reading:
New one added in here – I love reading but I seem to spend too much time flapping around not doing much online and it’s kind of fallen onto the back burner. I’m reading several books at the same time but the only book-for-fun is J V Jones’s book called Watcher of the Dead, and it is the fourth book in the Sword of Shadows series. They are OK, but I’m not devouring them like I do when I’m really enjoying a book.
Other books which I have on the go are photography books including one on black and white photography.

Personal:
Another new category! It’s starting to get to me with kB working 7 days a week. We don’t seem to do anything as he is at uni for several hours, but mainly it’s that we can’t go anywhere. It’s my birthday on Wednesday and instead of going out on a night out, we’re going to Warwick Castle (weather permitting) but other than that we’ve not really done anything for months now.
Also, his feet have really started to smell. It’s really gross.

Photography:
An OK week but there are some dips in this week, which is to be expected. What I find kind of positive though is that I would have been so happy with these “rubbish” shots this time last year – and I’m taking that in a positive light. I’ve gotten better at analysing my own work, and I can see that I have progressed both in terms of in camera capabilities and also during post processing.
I think I have decided that (birthday money permitting) I’m going to buy a 1:1 macro lens. I’m not expecting to get £300 for my birthday! But if I get about half, then I’ll put the other half to it. Might have it by next weekend…. ^_^

Photography Highs: Trying out something which I don’t normally – a high key shot. Letting myself take shots which are a bit pants. This is an odd thing to put in as a high, but it means that I can let myself take shots which are a bit rubbish and not be too bothered about it. It’s an acceptance that I have progressed, but also that photography is only a hobby, and it’s OK to be a bit pants at certain times.

Photography Lows: Taking some rubbish shots. OK OK, let’s be honest it’s always disappointing to take a shot you are disappointed with something you have done.

     

In the Cold

Before kB went to uni (work) we went out for a little walk… In preparation for all the snow I knitted Danbo a little scarf last night and so Danbo accompanied us on our stroll.

Decayed Rose & Snowy Pegs

Yesterday it started to snow! Me and my mum decided to go out to hula dancing anyway and we were the only ones there! O_O It snows a little bit in the UK and everyone panics! After work I’d done an hour of pilates, hula, had tea, and washed dried and straightened my hair which didn’t leave a lot of time for a photo. The shot I had planned I simply couldn’t be bothered to set up, so will save it for another time.

Instead I dived outside for a bit of outside light lit snowy pegs. Possibly the worst shot I have taken this year, but still not *that* bad all things considered.

Today it started to snow again, but it was snowing quite a lot so I decided to stay put inside and set up a shot. I have a “at least one black and white photo a week” rule which I’m trying to stick to, so I decided that I was going to work on that today. I took a lot of shots and wasn’t happy with any of them, until for other reasons (mainly holding reasons) I decided to cut some of the roses from the half dead indoor rose bush and put them into a tumbler to hold. Then the tumbler cast a nice shadow and I knew that this would be the shot of the day – for the shadow if nothing else. I also decided to go somewhat high-key whilst I was shooting and over exposed the shot purposefully.

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