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Well hello there!

Sorry for being a bit quiet but the Christmas period has been quiet with the camera apart from the shoot with Little D at the start of December.

This little guy was very cute kitted out in his Kilt and Prince Charlie jacket as seen here:-

 

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He had a lot of fun showing me the Christmas Tree and the baubles on there. I traded some time playing “Cars” on my phone (Angry Birds Go) later as a thank you šŸ™‚

Am looking forward to 2015, hopefully with a few ideas under my belt for FurrieBoots, so keep your eyes peeled!

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London Noctilucent Mesospheric Clouds from Christoph Malin

 

I’ve been lucky enough to see these a few times over the past couple of years from the bedroom window here in Aberdeen and actually captured some on the camera too.

 

NLC

NLC

 

Noctilucent clouds occur in the summertime when the sun gets low enough below the horizon to light up these high clouds from below.

If you want to know more about these pretty little things, then head here.

I need to get out to the beach one night soon to see if I can get an alternative view point, but for now it’s a quick look out the window as it’s 2 weeks to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and I’m going to be a part of it! Hopefully I’ll have something to blog about when I get back, even if it some blurry phone photos if I get the chance šŸ™‚

Have a good Wednesday!

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Bucket list? What’s one of those?

Well it’s the list of things to do before you kick the bucket, shuffle off this mortal coil, die. Hence Bucket List. And I completed something off this list of mine yesterday morning.

Very early yesterday morning!

As some of you may have seen on facebook, I decided that I would get up at 3:30am and go hunt the sunrise, with a camera of course!

And this is what I captured…

 

Haar incoming

This is what it looked like the night before with the haar just hanging on the fringes of the city.

 

I got up at 3:30am, and left the house to head to Broad Hill by the beach to see what I could get. Pretty much had the city to myself apart from the noisy seagulls and a couple of lads who were singing their way up King Street.

When I finally climbed the hill, this was the view I got (complete with rubbish left strewn across the top of the hill, grrr)

Here comes the sun

 

Before Sunrise

 

The mist was sitting low on the Links and the haar was as usual following the rivers of the Dee and the Don, hiding the city centre and the harbour.

Didn’t have to wait long for what I had come to see.

Sunrise

 

Once the sun had come up a bit, I headed to the beach where I got the following shots before heading home back to bed by 6am!

 

At the Beach1

 

At the Beach2

 

At the Beach3

 

It’s been a busy weekend with photos (taking them and still editing the ones from the wedding last week. If you are waiting to see them, I’m almost there!) Back to the day job tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Spincycle by ChristopherRenfro
Spincycle, a photo by ChristopherRenfro on Flickr.

I want to have a go at this!

As seen in The Weekly Flickr Blog here:-

http://blog.flickr.net/en/2013/02/01/a-trick-of-the-light/

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When you see people with cameras, do you make the assumption that the quality of their photos aren’t great because they don’t have the “correct gear”?

I read the following article this morning and felt that I had to share it.

http://oopoomoo.com/2012/08/on-camera-gear-assumptions-can-get-you-in-trouble/

Yes, I have a DSLR but according to flickr, the most interesting photos on my stream were taken with my Canon Powershot Point & Shoot (though it does have a lot of manual options like a DSLR and to be fair I have been shooting with the Powershot longer than the DSLR too)

In fact, there’s a shot that I took on my phone that’s currently above the first DSLR shot that’s in that list.


Yes, I have a DSLR and I am still learning how to use it properly but I still get the odd moment of genius (even if I do say so myself) and come out with a stunner of a photo!

I don’t have proper editing software, just the Digital Photo Professional programme that came with the Canon 11ood (the Rebel T3 for those not in the UK) and just use http://www.ribbet.com for tweaking colours, adding text/watermark and effects.

One of the reasons I got the DSLR was that it can give you more gravitas, people are likely to believe that you are more professional, but I still can take decent, thought provoking, WOW photo’s with the P&S and the camera phone. It’s not all about professional equipment, it’s not all about the most up-to-date software and equipment. Yes, shoddy equipment doesn’t produce a good job but still the personĀ wieldingĀ it has to have the eye, and the knowledge how to use it to it’s best potential!

I have seen people say “Oh, I can do that, I’ve got a good camera” when they’ve seen pictures in a gallery, but I have never seen their results. I have challenged them on it and still waiting on the results. I have seen some awful pictures in my time from people who have very good cameras but a) they don’t know how to use them outside of point and shoot on Auto, and b) they just don’t have the “eye” for the shot.

What do I mean by “eye”? Well, it’s seeing the shot before you shoot it. Landscape shots are easier as you don’t have to worry aboutĀ immediateĀ changes (unless someone walks into your shot) whereas sporty type shots are harder to anticipate as there is always something changing? Not sure what I mean? Well I like to take photos of landscapes and still life as they don’t move.

Whereas trying to take pictures of my Goddaughter and her sisters is so much trickier as they are always on the go, though to be fair, I have got some really great photos of them when they aren’t paying attention to me.

I don’t have the assertiveness (yet) to be a decent portrait photographer, though some people may disagree. I prefer reportage style photography where the subject isn’t aware of me actually taking the photo, so that they appear more relaxed and look natural and not in forced poses.

I do try to go out of my comfort zone and try new things (Part of rocking my frock in Edinburgh and Belfast was me pushing my boundaries) but I seem to come back to what I know and really love. Talking of which, it’s not raining at the moment, and I’d better go out and take more photos!

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So this last week has been a little different to the norm as I was only at work for 2 days! What a nice feeling. We were off for the husband’s birthday on Wednesday. It wasn’t a special (one that ends in zero) one so it was nice to just to be off and chill. We went out for food, then to the cinema to see The Bourne Legacy and then we ended up in an old haunt ofĀ ours, the Siberian Vodka bar (But it has always been known as the Wodka Bar) where they have 39 different flavours of homemade vodka šŸ™‚

From top to bottom:-

Butterscotch, Strawberry, Mango and Cherry.

After a few low points in the week tempered with some high ones, the end of the week ended on a high (Thank Goodness!)

If I have been feeling low or have been thinking about one thing far too much, then a walk down the beach is really good for clearing my head so I headed down there on Friday evening. The weather had been really bad during the day, wet and wild and misty but by the end of the day it had cleared so I took a chance to go out to the beach and I was so pleased that I took the camera with me.

The tide was really quite low and it was nice to get right out on the beach for a slightly different viewpoint of the beach front.

There was a film of water on the sand, I’m not standing in the middle of the water!

It was so pretty out there, and there were some people who I wish were there to share it with me, they know how they are and why.

Here’s a couple more pictures from last night.


Hope that you have all had a good week, and for those that haven’t, here’s a hug from me. You deserve it!

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