Special Photo Challenge – Inspiration

Well the special photo challenge fits in with my inspirational Friday quite well 🙂 I love nothing better than walking the dog with my wellies on and camera in hand. You never know what you might see. This is why I started this blog, a ramblers catalogue really. My partner Reiss took this photo whilst I was engrossed in trying to get a photo for silhouette.

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Failed Photography Weekend

This Saturday just gone, Reiss, Tom and I decided to check out a recently shut down power station for what we thought would be, epic photography! However, on closer inspection it didn’t seem as if the shut down process had been completed. Alongside this, the cameras were everywhere! There was a security van circling and barbed wire fences EVERYWHERE! So failed attempt number one. The image below is not mine, but one of the oil refinery we wanted to see.

Reiss had a back up destination called Martinhole Wood just past One Tree Hill in Basildon. Walking through this wood we come across what looks to us like a derelict Mausoleum. As we walked around this we also found that it had a very large bricked hole in the middle. Around the outskirts of the area it had foundations to another building and another hole/well/shaft. We thought this would be a nice spot of photography. Well, it was for the guys, even though my camera was fully charged it decided it did not want to turn on. Instead I went for a wander and then used my phone to find out more about the site.

I found out that it was originally a well and a bottling plant in the 1920’s. For more info click here.

The guys got a few shots between them but no one really seemed to get the ‘gem’ that they had hoped for. We wandered for another hour or so but the efforts were fruitless. I know that you cannot always get the shots that you want but you need at least for your camera to turn on! Sigh.

Next time folks!

Inspirational Friday

Today’s Inspiration is going to be a little bit different. I want to dedicate this post to my dad. I am a daddy’s girl and to me he is the best dad in the world.

Although we are different, I am academic and he is very practical and oozes common sense (something which I lack) we also share similar loves in Jazz music and the outdoors. My dad is a fisherman, not by trade but as a hobby. If he is not participating in it, he is watching, reading or talking about it. He has a passion for it that started at the age of 4. Ever since I was little I wanted to be with my dad and this, therefore led me to become a rambler. He has always enjoyed walking the dogs for miles at a time and even at the ages of 3/4 I used to follow him and my Grandad over the mountains of Wales for hours on end.

Recently he decided to buy a camera to document his fishing but also the beautiful places he visits and the wildlife he sees. As he is colour-blind and a bit of a technophobe I admit I was a little dubious. However, he has yet again astounded me with what he has done. All the following photos are taken on manual settings of his new Nikon Coolpix 500.

I am so proud of my dad for his first attempts at photography I do not think he has done half bad.

Love you dad xxx

Wanderings with a new camera!

So my brand new Canon 600d came! Hooray! I am in love. Took it out today to test it out, as well as my partner Reiss‘ lens’. It was a very cold day, Misty got another long walk but the light definitely was not with us. I still managed a few pictures, I will be arranging a few more days out to get used to my lovely new camera.

More fungi for my autumnal wanderings.

Autumnal Wanderings 20.10.12

After a shakey start to the day Reiss and I decided to go for a wander with the dog. I live right next to Langdon Hills Nature Reserve and my dog Misty loves it! 2.5 hours later she was extremely muddy and so were our wellies! I wanted this collection of photos to have an autumnal feel to them. They were all taken with the FujiFilm.

What collection is not complete without more fungi!