Happy New Year. Its 2017!!

I would like to take the time first post of 2017 to wish you all a happy new year and all the best for the year to come.

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Little about me. Q&A.

I have had this idea for a little while after reading a few similar and thought it would be good to get a little question and answer post out.

What got you into blogging?

Well when I was in University i created a blog to go alongside my modules so that I could regularly update on the progress i was making throughout my time at university. After i graduated I abandoned the blog a little so in february decided to start from the beginning rather than reignite the one i abandoned.

PC or Mac?

I own a windows laptop but i have knowledge of using both platforms due to using apple macintosh computers a lot during university as many ran both operating systems. I one day do hope to own a apple macbook.

What did you study at University?

I studied Multimedia Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) this included a wide range of modules in Animation, Web Design, Video editing, photography and graphic design.

What did you enjoy most about university

At first i was reluctant to go to university but after a little persuasion i applied for a few universities, but Leeds Met(Now Leeds Beckett) was a no brainer as well as being in my home city, the facilities were fantastic, I was part of a few societies and regularly played 5 a side on a sunday’s. I learned a lot of other skills and met some fantastic people, including those on the volunteering team for America.

Canon or Nikon?

Now when i was weighing up options for buying my first SLR this is the question i asked my course leader at university, there are a lot of good cameras out there all different makes and sizes with variety of lenses but I myself own a Canon 500d SLR and a Powershot G10.

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What is your favourite photography genre?

I would say it was mainly landscapes and nature but i have been to various wildlife parks and zoos. Street photography is also one of my all time favourites, especially when you can go out and just shoot. I have also taken photos at a local bands gig and rehearsals and i would like to try my hand at portraits in the near future.

Do you prefer Digital or Film photography?

I have always used digital cameras ever since it became a hobby but i did do a short module in art college in film photography and although enjoyed taking the photos and using the camera, i made a mess of the processing and they didn’t turn out so i think for now i will stick to digital.

If you could photograph anything in the world what would it be? Landmark, Country etc.

There are a lot of places on my list, for example a number of European cities, but outside of europe i got to say the Taj mahal in India and Sydney opera house in Australia are two of the places i would like to photograph along with the Golden gate bridge in San Francisco, California, USA. I would also like to return to New York City as I loved my visit back in 2011 and miss it too much.

Biggest Achievement?

Getting to university and graduating has to be one, but also the Abseil I did down the university building and also the numerous 5 and 10 kilometre runs i have done for charity.

Would you consider a video blog?

At the moment i don’t have the software for a video blog and i am not too keen on recording myself talk, but maybe in the future i could consider using video to document my travels.

That is the end of the little Q&A session, thanks to all those that currently read my blog and are subscribers.

You can also catch me via social network too, it is always good to receive feedback and comments on my photography and blog.

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Run Run Run

On Saturday morning I took part in my first ever parkrun event with my good friend and colleague Kris. Venue was Roundhay Park in Leeds.

As I am at the start of my training for both the Leeds and York 10k run events for British Lung Foundation & Macmillan it was the perfect start especially with some hills thrown in.

A good time of 36:35 in my eyes in terms of fitness, i spoke a while ago in a post about fitness goals especially being a asthma sufferer and at times it can be a struggle, as you can see the first 1km was my fastest, slowed down after the second hill, not my fastest 5k run but will keep at it.

I hope to give this route another go as there is only 8 and half weeks now until the first run.

Going by this time i would be on course to meet my target of beating my 10k PB of 1:15:58 by a few minutes, as the course is flat it is looking good.

Fitness Goals

Medals

This year i am taking part in both the Leeds and York 10k run for all series and will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and British Lung Foundation. In the previous 2 years i have run the Leeds 10k with times of 1hr16m55s in 2014 and 1hr15m58s just last year.

Although i am a sufferer of asthma I have always enjoyed taking part in sporting events whether it was 5 a side football whilst at university or running events 5k or 10k for charities while raising money for good causes nearing the amount of £1000 overall.

Often people have wandered with my asthma how i manage the longer distances and in my case its the matter of keeping it steady and pacing myself, of course each time i want a personal best but for me at end of day its finishing thats the biggest achievement. Below are my times from each run in bold.

Sense 5K: June 2008 (45 Mins 22secs)
Sense 5K: June 2009 (30 Mins 35 Secs)
Sport Relief 6 Mile: March 2012 (1hr 3Mins)
Leeds 10k 2014: July 2014 (1hr 16m 55s)
Big Fun Run 5k: August 2014 (31Mins 54s)
Subway 5k: June 2015 (29 Mins 56s)
Leeds 10k 2015: July 2015 (1hr 15m 58s)
Leeds 10k 2016: July 2016??
York 10k 2016: August 2016??