Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Photography #66 Dancing


This picture was taken at my cousin's wedding in July. It was taken quite late at night, a long way past the little flower girls bedtime, but she was loving being with all the 'big girls and boys' so much that despite the tiredness, she was going to be on that dance floor all night. She was so in awe of us older ones that she started copying some of the dance moves she was seeing, including this fist pumping!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Halloween Party


Me and my housemates managed to get some last minute tickets to our uni Halloween Party. We hadn't originally planned to go to the event but somehow got involved with the setting up and decorating process at the SU so we were given free tickets. All well and good but one problem- it was two hours before it started and none of us had costumes!

I went over to Tesco and bought an extremely oversized white tshirt. I ripped it up, and splattered red and black nail varnish all over it then styled it one shouldered with a black vest top and leggings. I backcombed my hair and used some cheap white/silver eyeshadow as facepaint with lots of eye makeup. My friends went as the mad scientist and Minnie Mouse. I'm quite pleased with how my quick costume turned out!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Digital Scrapbooking

I discovered digital scrapbooking today whilst procrastinting... here's a couple of pages that I made for my sweet little cousin :)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Summer To Do List

I'm back to uni now, so lets see how I did with my summer to do list
- Pass exams/first year (not in the country during resit period so this could be problematic if this week doesnt go to plan :S)
I passed! I averaged a 65 with my 8 modules, which works out as a 2:1, but 3 of these modules were in the region of a first :)
 - Organize the best Hen Party ever for my lovely cousin
It happened. It was amazing.
 - Be a part of the Wedding of the Year and potentially most fun event in family history.
 Again. It happened. It was amazing. Such a perfect day for an amazing couple :)
- Start working towards my gymnastics coaching qualifications
I've completed nearly 120 volunteer hours over the summer and have an open invite to go back to the gym whenever I want :)
- Become a more confident driver (ie drive on the motorway and learn to park properly)
I can park properly, and have successfully completed my first solo motorway drive!
- Learn to use my D-3100 properly
Still not totally confident with it, but I am starting to take more photos in manual mode and play around with more settings. I got to photograph a gymnastics competition last week which was quite fun and I'm pleased with the results!
- Learn to play guitar
This didn't happen :(
- Learn new songs on the piano
I think the neighbours may be celebrating that I'm back at uni and not playing the piano for hours each day! I learned a few new songs, and can feel myself becoming a better player :)
- Watch as much of the Olympics as humanly possible- I'm gonna make the most of having an Olympics in a sensible timezone!
I'd say I did pretty well with this. Nothing else was on our tv for those 2 weeks, and me and my mum ended up spending up to 12 hours some days glued to the tv! Even when we were out, phones and radios kept us updated with Team GB's best ever performance!
- Take in as much of New York City as I can
I dont think we could have covered much more in the 5 days we were there. My highlight has to be walking around Central Park all morning, then getting the subway to Brooklyn, and then walking from the Brooklyn Bridge back to our hotel in Times Square. This was on the last day, I've never been in such pain but the sight of lights in the lower Manhattan skyline turning on at sunset was pretty memorable to say the least
- Take hundreds of photos in New York City
Can 800 pictures in 5 days count as lots of pictures?
- Play with my little cousins as often as possible. They are growing up so fast!
They are so cute and hopefully they will have fun memories of playing with me this summer. Now, they just need to stop growing!
- Visit my uni friends all over the country
We could never find a day when we were all free/in the country at the same time so this didnt happen :(
- Take my sister on a day out somewhere
Again, we couldnt settle on a place or a date so this didnt happen. We did have lots of fun drives/adventures though for the first time!
- Watch a sunrise. I have a feeling this will take place on the way to Heathrow in August!
 This happened on the way to Heathrow, just like I predicted :)
- Book flights to Singapore and finalise plans for next Easter.
We didn't get a place on the Singapore fieldtrip so we are going to Barcelona instead... currently looking at flight options :)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Summer So Far

A quick update on life at the moment... copied the list from my post last month about things I want to accomplish this summer.
- Pass exams/first year 
  No news on results yet, but I'm hopeful :)
- Organize the best Hen Party ever for my lovely cousin

  We had the hen party last week and it was amazing day, just perfect for the Bride to be. I'll post a separate post about it later.
- Be a part of the Wedding of the Year and potentially most fun event in family history.

  The wedding is in a couple of weeks time. I can't wait! I'm on a pre wedding diet in the hope my bridesmaids dress will fit me comfortably by then! 
- Start working towards my gymnastics coaching qualifications
  I have started coaching recently, and am currently in the gym twice a week, working with a group of girls aged 6-10. I'm loving it :)
- Become a more confident driver (ie drive on the motorway and learn to park properly)

  It appears mums knee operation has been a blessing in disguise, as I have had to do most of the driving for the family recently. I still haven't been on the motorway, but can now bay park properly pretty much anywhere :) (the parallel park is not happening)
- Learn to use my D-3100 properly

 I've been using my camera more often now I'm home, and I'm starting to become more confident using manual mode.
- Learn to play guitar

 This hasn't happened yet- I've located a guitar, however, it has missing strings so I need to sort that out.
- Learn new songs on the piano

  I haven't spent as much time on the piano as I would have liked to, due to my injured wrist and having the piano in the same room as the tv. However, I have learned a new song, and am in the process of learning 2 more.
- Watch as much of the Olympics as humanly possible
 37 days and counting.
- Take in as much of New York City as I can

 Theres lots to happen before we go, but plans and itineraries are being made. The doctor has given mum clearance to fly after her operation so we should be good to go.
- Take hundreds of photos in New York City

  I don't think I'll have to try hard with this one :P I always take too many photos whenever I have my camera around.
- Play with my little cousins as often as possible. 

 Not as often as I like due to conflicting schedules, but its nice to see them after being out of contact with their family for so long.
- Visit my uni friends all over the country

 No plans yet, but I'm sure I'll end up going somewhere- probably towards London way.
- Take my sister on a day out somewhere

 We've talked about it and are trying to work out where to go. I like the idea of a trip to London but not sure  how sensible/cheap it is to go to London this summer.
- Watch a sunrise. 

  I nearly did this after my uni summer festival, but was asleep by 4am since I had to be awake at 8am that morning! I guess I'll see sunrise on the Wedding Day or on the way to the airport for New York.
- Book flights to Singapore and finalise plans for next Easter.

   Turns out the Singapore trip is heavily oversubscribed so I'm on a waiting list, but at the moment, it looks like I'm going to Barcelona next Easter instead.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Olympic Flame

In less than 2 months time, London will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (previous times being 1908 and 1948). With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee taking place as well next week, its fair to say that there are Union Jacks pretty much everywhere- in shops, outside pubs, on clothes etc. I was old enough to remember the Golden Jubilee, and I'm fairly sure that I've never ever seen this amount of patriotism in the UK.

The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK last week and is travelling 8000 miles around the country before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London at the end of July. Whilst I was back at home for a few days, I noticed that the flame would be passing through a nearby town. With friends still at uni and parents at work/injured, I suggested that we could make a day out of it to my Grandparents. My Grandad had previously seen the flame in 1948, and they were more than happy to go to one of their favourite towns in the beautiful weather that we are currently experiencing in the UK.

We arrived in the town centre an hour and a half before the scheduled time, but every parking spot was taken. I mean every.single.parking.spot- not even a kurb space was free. We decided to drive 5 minutes out of town to a quieter area next to a little pub, where there was shade, parking spaces, and space to put some picnic chairs during the wait. Over the next hour or so, the area filled up so much the pub had done what was probably their best day of sales ever, and there must have been at least 5 or 600 people along the side of the road.

There is a small parade of sponsor vehicles to pump up the crowd before the flame arrives, with cheerleaders and free bottles of coke being handed out to spectators. Where we were, there were a group of runners with the flame rather than just a single runner, so the flame was passed between the group in between the 'official' handovers.

I had my D3100 with me and I'm pleased with how my photos turned out, despite having shoot towards the sun on a very bright day.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Photography #53 Generations of Hands

This picture shows 3 generations of my family- my Nan, myself and my cousin's newborn daughter (only missing my mum's generation). My Nan actually asked me to take the picture as the baby had naturally placed her hand on her hand, then told me to put my hand in between, leaving me to take the picture one-handed. I'm really pleased with how it came out.
 Nikon D3100, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/40 ss, cropped and changed to black and white.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Photography #10 Macro Flower Shot

The flowers are in full bloom in our garden at the moment, and the warm weather has allowed for some nice lighting. This is my favourite photo, and was pleased with the relatively shallow depth of field, highlighting the flower itself. Nikon D3100, ISO-160, 1/250 ss, f/7.0.

 And here are all the flower shots I have taken over recent days.


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Photography #49- People Jumping

Here are some fun pictures I took today of my sister jumping in the garden. It was the warmest day of the year here today and I was trying out my 55-200 lens. All pictures taken in manual mode, ISO 400, 1/250 ss, f/5.6.


The quality of the pictures is much better than any of my other attempts with smaller cameras, and I enjoyed the fast shutter speed and ability to take multiple shots of each jump to get the best position. However, due to using the slightly larger lens and wanting to get a nicer background, I was unable to stand a decent distance away, causing hands/feet to be cut off in some pictures.

Photography Bucket List

Since I got my Nikon D3100 in September 2011, I’ve been trying to learn ‘proper’ photography- ie not using auto mode! I found a photography bucket list online and have changed a couple to suit me more but thought it’d be fun to try as many of these as possible. I’ll post separate posts for each subject and link to them from here when I complete them.

    1. Raw emotion
    2.Sunrise
    3. Photograph a stranger
    4. Natural street photography
    5. Snowy Landscape
    7. Sleeping dog
    9.  Spinning ferris wheel
   11. Child jumping in a puddle
   12. Dramatic light self portrait
   13. Sports action shot
   14. Moon
   15. Fireworks
   16. A true surprised look
   17. Slow SS Waterfall
   18. Children in a bathtub
   19. Eiffel Tower
   21. Swirl of hair on a newborn head
   23. First kiss as a married couple
   24. Panning shot
   25. A winding road
   26. Family's feet in a bed
   27. Child jumping on a bed
   29.  Makeshift tent with children
   30.  Child as superman
   32.  Girls sharing a secret
   33.  Open arms reunion at the airport
   34.  A celebrity
   36.  Sailboat at sunset
   37.  Parade
   38.  Baseball game
   40.  Slow SS Rollercoaster
   42.  Car tail lights
   44.  Elephant on a safari
   45.  Someone on their 100th birthday
   46.  Kid crying on Santas lap
   47.  Rainbow
   48.  Another Photographer in action
   51. Reflection of something in water
   52. A Proposal
   54. Expression of first lost tooth
   55. Elderly ladies laughing over tea
   56. Foggy trees
   57. Macro of a snowflake
   59. Horses running
   60. Great Wall of China
   61. Bee on a flower
   62. Market place in a foreign country
   63. Raindrops on a flower
   64. Parents hugging
   65. Pillow fight
   67. Maternity shot in 9th month

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Summer To Do List

I'm pretty much finished with my first year of university now... just one exam and three days of fieldwork stand in my way. During my procrastination moments, I keep thinking of things that I want to do this summer, but I know I'll forget about/won't do unless I write it down.
 Here goes:

- Pass exams/first year (not in the country during resit period so this could be problematic if this week doesnt go to plan :S)
- Organize the best Hen Party ever for my lovely cousin
- Be a part of the Wedding of the Year and potentially most fun event in family history.
- Start working towards my gymnastics coaching qualifications
- Become a more confident driver (ie drive on the motorway and learn to park properly)
- Learn to use my D-3100 properly
- Learn to play guitar
- Learn new songs on the piano
- Watch as much of the Olympics as humanly possible- I'm gonna make the most of having an Olympics in a sensible timezone!
- Take in as much of New York City as I can
- Take hundreds of photos in New York City
- Play with my little cousins as often as possible. They are growing up so fast!
- Visit my uni friends all over the country
- Take my sister on a day out somewhere
- Watch a sunrise. I have a feeling this will take place on the way to Heathrow in August!
- Book flights to Singapore and finalise plans for next Easter.

Considering there are very few things set in stone for the summer, it looks like it's gonna be a good one!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Intro

 I've created this blog in some sort of attempt to record things that happen in life... life has been pretty crazy over this past year with a lot of changes, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm going to make my best effort to keep this blog updated as often as possible, but I've always had the thought that if there's time to blog, then there's time to be doing work! No promises on the amount of updates, but it will be nice to look back in years to come at things that are happening in my life right now :)