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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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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 person wielding 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 about immediate 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 of ours, the Siberian Vodka bar (But it has always been known as the Wodka Bar) where they have 39 different flavours of homemade vodka 🙂

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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I got a new camera for my birthday as some may already have seen and so I have been practicing with it with more photos to get rid of than use.

Also my phojo (like mojo but with photography in mind) has waned a little so not feeling as inspired as I have been in a while (could blame the weather as it’s been crap, but a workman should never blame his tools)

Hopefully this weekend should kick-start my phojo again as I am off to Belfast to meet up with a bunch of inspiring, if not often crazy, ladies. It was some of these ladies that that convinced me that it would be fun to parade in Edinburgh in a dress and jump in the ponds in front of the Scottish Parliament building! Thankfully I wasn’t doing it by myself as seen here.

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(c) Louise Maxwell

I’m the one in purple on the right.

If the weather plays fair, I should be doing something similar on Saturday afternoon.

Well, lunchtime over. Time to go back to work. See you next week with lots of photos, I hope 🙂

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