Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This weeks challenge subject is Graceful. I went for a walk at my local park through the week and I always find it peaceful even if it was cold and wet. 

Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds

Here are 5 posts i enjoyed and wish to share. 

https://natashashilbhadra.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/weekly-photo-challenge-graceful/

https://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/graceful-fly-over-den-haag/ 

https://writestuffny.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/weekly-photography-challenge/  

https://ennuiadventures.com/2017/01/25/strike-a-pose-2/

https://littlemisswordy.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/graceful/

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Plan for 2017!!

As the year is drawing to a close with christmas and the new year ahead, I have been thinking about a plan for next year.

  • Photography- I want to get back into my photography and really focus myself next year, I am hoping to get into some portrait photography and also visit some new places.

Temple Newsam House in the snow

  • Portfolio- Completely rebuild my portfolio both Graphic Design wise and photography in order to update my website
  • Website- my website needs a good update and a total rethink regarding layout etc and move onto marketing my site so i can make more sales. 
  • Fitness- I would like to get much fitter and keep the motivation to keep going to the gym and when my work shifts allow, Parkrun. I will be running at Leeds 10k in july again and possibly still thinking of doing the Yorkshire 10 Mile. More so to focus on that Leeds 10k Personal Best each year.
  • Driving- I really want to pass my driving test next year after failing 3 times already, I will have 6 months or so to pass before having to retake my theory and that is not a option. Failing the 3rd time really hit my confidence in myself to just go for it again, but when i see people passing tests or driving when they shouldnt it has given me extra incentive to prove myself.
  • Travel- I would like to visit somewhere new in 2017, so many european cities I want to visit, I also think I will return to Prague to see my friend at some point in the year. Bruges is a place I wish to go and also possibly revisit Amsterdam or to Barcelona, I am thinking of going to New York for my 30th birthday next november.

Hiatus from Photography

For a while now i have struggled to find motivation with photography having only actually used my camera properly twice in the last 12 month, more recently the lake district meet in march. I have also had a small break from this blog resulting in hardly any blog traffic the past month or so.

I look at a lot of images on websites and the usual forums and social media platforms and often wish I could get my images close enough to that standard.

On the lake district meet i got frustrated an awful lot with my camera even though i got some good images, that is afraid all they are “good”. Whether or not this is down to lack of self-confidence or progress with my post production in the editing process.

I hope to get out and about with the Camera(s) soon to finally bring my confidence back, its tough to keep that mindset of just going out and capturing whatever is in front of you but once get back into it, i think i will find my way back and enjoy photography again.

I went to Prague for a few days in august and got some good photos and then again to Whitby on August Bank Holiday, but yet I am still to sort those photos out and get them uploaded.

I still hope to find my feet and get the motivation back in the next few weeks.

Throwback Thursday 11.8.16

Back on the Throwback Thursday posts, I am currently on the 3rd day of my trip to Prague and I will be posting some photos from the trip later on in the week, but for today’s throwback goes back to exactly 5 years ago today and yes if you guessed a photo from New York, you would be indeed correct.

L-R: Chris, Lizzie, Laura and Myself.
L-R: Chris, Lizzie, Laura and Myself.

View of the empire state building
View of the empire state building
If you missed it earlier in the week check out my weekly photo challenge post.

Here is another selection of posts from the challenge too. Enjoy.

https://ourgorgeouschaos.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/our-favourite-weekend-breakfast/

https://hellohappineiz.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/morning-after-the-rain/

https://aintfoundagoodtitleblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/wpc-morning-a-poem-sort-of-photography/

https://patriciamcgoldrickdotcom.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/morning-brew-french-press-to-the-rescue/

https://ourshadowswillremain.com/2016/08/07/del-mar/

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.

Twitter/Facebook/Website/Instagram

New addition to Photography Kit

I have just purchased a Canon G10 Powershot camera to add to my ever growing list of photography kit, this camera is ideal for my trip to Prague in august. It is a nice little camera that was recommended to me by a friend as a travel companion camera and after doing some research and reading reviews etc i made a few bids on ebay and managed to get hold of one.


I will be going out and about with it next week to test it out ­čÖé