The Sunday fraggle report

A busy weekend this weekend as on Saturday night I went out to a surprise party for Phil’s daughter Shelley. Her friend Sam organised a joint baby shower/birthday party for Shelley and we all turned up at The Avenue pub in Sunderland before Shelley arrived. I had picked up Phil’s sister Annette and Karly ( Phil’s daughter-in-law) and Karly’s daughter Katie, and was ready…

Bradley Gardens

After our visit to Prudhoe Castle, we went to Bradley Nursery & Gardens, had a spot of lunch and applied our macro lenses to capture some of the blooms. The magnolia’s had nearly finished blooming. but the bluebells were gorgeous. Not sure what this plant is but I liked it’s curly wurlyness. Didn’t get enough blur in the shot to make the plant stand…

The Sunday fraggle report~ Prudhoe Castle

Yesterday I went out with my friends Sophie & Mike to visit Prudhoe Castle in Northumberland.  Sophie, Mike and I came together through Flickr back in 2011, and now and then we get together at a weekend and go visit somewhere interesting with our camera’s.  Sophie is a doctor of psychology and teaches at a University, and Mike is doing a degree in photography.  Yesterday…

The practice makes perfect report

Well maybe not perfect, but it helps make you improve. The Sunday challenge this week is ‘High Key’, so I bought some freesia’s and had a go at some high key photography.  There are plenty of tutorials on the interweb but most involve studio lights of some description, but I don’t have any, so as there was a bright sun this afternoon (though it’s…

The Sunday Fraggle Report~part 2

As well as taking pictures in Wardley colliery I also walked through the woods that are between the metro lines and our estate, too many pictures to post separately so here’s a gallery. It was great to see spring shoots on the plants and shrubs along the way, not so cool to see the rubbish left behind by people.

The Sunday Fraggle report~ Part 1

Decent weather on Friday had me out and about in my neighbourhood with the Fuji in hand, and just down the road from me is Wardley Colliery, a disused coal mine opened in 1855 and closed down in 1974. It’s now a place for graffiti artists to practice their stuff, and a permanent reminder of the demise of one of the great industries of…

The XT1 cat report

I think I’ll have to do a separate blog for these ladies, they are such excellent subjects to practice on.  I used the fixed 35mm lens and also tried out the B&W film setting in the XT1 as a jpeg and not in lightroom, highlights were a bit bonkers considering she was in a shady room and the light was coming from the kitchen…

The Sunday Fraggle report~cats n kids edition

This weekend we were going to have a quiet one, not wanting to freak the cats anymore than they were, but on Saturday Carl came for a visit with his two youngest, Matty and Liv, and the cats were not phased at all, came down to see what was going on, and as Matty & Liv come from a 2 cat home, they weren’t…

The Fraggle Report~XT1 and cat trauma edition

My new camera arrived yesterday at 3pm and is very pretty to look at. lots of dials and knobs to figure out, very different to what I’ve been used to with the Nikons, so a steep learning curve going on at the minute.  It feels small because my D700 was a big beast, but it also feels solid and of good quality. I managed…