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A million sunsets

Posted in Life, Photography
on September 13, 2015

P1040294I think it’s important to look for the good in everyday and find it a great source of inspiration to know that the sun rises and sets every morning and night. There’s not much I can write about a beautiful sunset, it kind of speaks for itself. Each of these photos were taken a couple of weeks ago and were the result of a bad day, and if seeing this sunset was the result then I’m quite glad I had the bad day in the first place. You know?

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

P1040277“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.

P1040271“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions. Their lives a mimicry. Their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde.

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“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain.

P1040263“Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power of your life.”

P1040246“What you allow is what will continue.”

P1040236“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need in ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” – JK Rowling.

P1040244Alice: How long is forever?

White Rabbit: Sometimes just one second.

P1040232“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” – John Steinbeck

P1040225“Of all sad words of mouths or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier.

P1040286“Today is the beginning of anything you want.”

How’s your Sunday?

 

Photography

Posted in Life, Photography
on February 20, 2015

L1010896I participated in the #lblogger chat on Wednesday, and one of the questions was “What is your favourite creative aspect of blogging, and why?” It was really a no brainer for me, I love the photography side of blogging. I find it really therapeutic, whether I’m going out for a walk to take some pictures, or just setting them up on my bed ready for a blogpost – I just love it.

The camera I use is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and I’m in love with it. I used to have a little camera (I’m not even sure what it was) but it still comes in handy if I’m only taking out a small bag, as this one is a little bulky. I’ve always wanted a big camera though – I just think they look so cool, and this one had been on my wishlist for quite some time. People who know me really well will know that I hate spending money, especially large sums of it. There was a little moment of crisis as I stood in PC World looking at the price, but I’m so glad that I bought it because I honestly wouldn’t be without it now.

I’ve owned this camera for a few months now, and I didn’t want to do a post on it until I was 100% sure what I wanted to write about it. Using this camera means I don’t have to edit my photos afterwards, as it does most of the hardwork for me. The only thing I ever have to edit is the brightness or crop them down to the size I want, and it’s rare that I even do that. It also has an amazing zoom and focusses on things so far away, and I love that aspect of it. (see below)

P1000586This bird was actually quite a distance away but I love how the camera picked up on every detail and made it the focus of the photo. I love this picture so much, especially with the snowy background.

By no means does blogging mean you need a fancy camera, I’ve taken quite a few sneaky pictures with my phone and uploaded them to posts, and with the right editting and lighting the photos look equally as good.

I’ve had a few comments on my blog complimenting my photos so I thought I’d share a few of my tips for having big clear photos on your blog.

1. ALWAYS use natural lighting – the pictures come out ten times nicer and, whether they are taken on a camera or a phone, it will guarantee you a good quality photo. Theres nothing worse than the yellowy tinge on photos from a bedroom light, and a pixilated photo, or having to edit the photo so it looks ridiculous in order to make the subject visible. Trust me, I’ve done it and when I look back at my older posts I cringe massively.

2. Use a plain background – It doesn’t have to be bare, more often than not I simply use my bed as my background and blur it out. My duck cushion has made an appearance in many posts as do my blue walls. Most bloggers use a plain white background which does always look so neat and clear, but I like having a tiny pop of colour in my posts so long as it doesn’t take away from my main subject. How cute is my duck cushion though?

P10007973. Make sure your photos are bright – It may seem like I’ve contradicted myself, but theres a difference between adding lots and lots of brightness and effects that your product no longer looks anything like the reality, and then theres adding a touch of brightness to make the colours pop and make them a little clearer. You’ll often find that very little/nothing needs editting if your take your photos with the right lighting.

4. If you make your photos bigger, ensure they don’t pixilate. There’s nothing worse than pixilated photos.

5. Use your imagination. Don’t take the exact same photograph that you’ve seen on someone elses blog, mix it up a bit by taking them with different backgrounds, focussing on an unusual object, or even adding your own props. Photography is a form of creativity so you can do with it entirely as you please.

P1000786For those who follow A Beautiful Mess‘s blog, you’ll find that their photos are incredible. I bought their Photo Idea book a while ago, and it gives some really unique way for taking photos and mixing things up a bit. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re wanting to get into photography or if you just want some fresh ideas. You can buy it on amazon HERE.

What are your tips for taking better photos?

Taking in my surroundings #1

Posted in Photography
on July 16, 2014

IMG_4423  Last week I posted about Focussing on all the blessings around you. If you are new to the blog you can read that post HERE! Basically in that post I said that just being aware of the fact that you are surrounded by blessings opens your eyes to all the beautiful things that are around you. I wanted to make it a little series on here of the ‘blessings’ that I pass on my travels. A couple of weeks ago I went round one of our local reservoirs. Granted, I hadn’t ever been there that I can remember so it was a bit of a change of scenery for me. I stupidly forgot my camera and so these pictures I had to take on my phone but I don’t think they’ve come out so bad, and it just proves that you don’t need a fancy expensive camera to take good pictures. IMG_4415 IMG_4414 IMG_4404 IMG_4399 IMG_4393Although its such a miserable day, it was such weird weather like it was raining but so so humid, I thought I was going to melt but had to keep my jacket on to protect my hair from becoming a frizzy mess. I’m so happy with these pictures, especially the first photo of the big tree. The tree was so alone and so beautiful, I don’t want to babble on about this tree because I think it was one of those “had to be there moments”. My point is that usually i’d be walking around the res with my head down, winging about the weather, texting/tweeting/scrolling, and not really taking in my surroundings, but by stopping to take a photo it has become a memory rather than just another walk.

I hope you are having a lovely day, and remember to focus on all the blessings around you. 

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Wardle Reservoir, Rochdale

Posted in Photography
on March 4, 2014

After all the terrible winds and rain, we finally had an ok day and so me and my mum took the opportunity and went for a walk to Wardle Reservoir. As you will probably tell from the pictures, the weather was still quite miserable but the pictures still look so beautiful. It really makes you realise how much amazing scenery surrounds us.

L1010079In my list of things that I want to do this year, I said that I want to take more pictures wherever I go. It really encourages me to go out regardless of the weather and take a few pictures. I didn’t take many this time, and so I picked my favourites and I am really happy with how they turned out. Watergrove copy

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