A Few Holiday Snaps + A Challenge

Weeeee’re back!

The Great Pyamids

It’s been two weeks of new sights, new people to get to know, new food, new culture, new beds in new places and of course, with all this new going on there were many, many photos to be taken. 2200 to be exact. Whew! That is a lot of photos, and of course we have a lot of ‘practice shots’, but they’re all worth it because I know some of these photos I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Here are a few I have picked out of the mix so far. I loved taking photos in Egypt and Jordan – the countries are both so photogenic!

So while I’m on this photography loving high I’m setting myself a pre-Christmas challenge. We’ve had the camera exactly on a year now and with nearly 100 folders of photos to show for it, we have definitely been out and practicing lots.

I have spent the year making steady progress in my photography knowledge. I’m reluctantly learning the technical vocab that goes along with it and generally sorting out my focal lengths from my ISO (#cameraspeak). But while on holiday it became very apparent that the camera is Ben’s baby and I just have a play around when I can. All the interesting shots (like this awesome night shot in Petra below) were lead by him, and I’m soooo grateful that he had the technical knowledge to be able to give these things a go.

Petra By night

We both learned a lot from other great photographers on our trips too. But it definitely highlighted to me that I need to put in more effort – least I become the passenger (or in this case the poser), more often than not.

So I’m challenging myself to get awesome at using the camera to take the shots I want. In the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas I’m going to work through some of the homework challenges set out in the ABM DSLR Basics course which I have been dipping in and out of this past year.

I’ll be sharing my progress weekly so please pass on any tips or pointers.

Thanks for joining me x

 

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1. Make a three tiered cake

Success! I’ve done it!
My epic baby shower cake has been baked, photographed and, thankfully, devoured.
_MG_0399I love this icing technique. It’s so easy and gives a really impressive effect that makes people think you must have slaved away for ages.

But really, this was so much fun to make and such a good challenge for me. I love baking and do it all the time, but making this was a huge stretch of my skills and I’m really glad I took that leap out of my comfort zone. I was helped by the fact that I have a super reliable chocolate cake recipe my Aunty gave me years ago. She ran a cafe, where I worked while in my last years of high school, and this chocolate cake was one of the counter food staples there. It generally sold out, but every once in a while there would be a leftover slice for me to take home, that was always a good day. _MG_0419 My friends really enjoyed this cake. So much so that I have a new order………for a Wedding Cake!! Eeeek! So scared and excited at the same time. This will certainly put my skills to the test. Watch this space….

New Year’s Resolve

Happy New Year!! Here’s to new adventures in 2015!

I have three resolutions for the year:

  • Continue working through my 27 List and on this blog.
  • Save to buy a house sometime in the future.
  • Print photos and display them somehow.

I am now the joint owner of a DSLR camera which I am slowly learning to operate. So my resolution is to motivate me to learn to take good photos that I want to print and share.

I hope you had a nice and relaxing holiday season. I spent Christmas in Canazei, Italy with my boyfriend’s family learning to ski.

20141220_C70D_ParryChristmasDolimitesItaly_2482_SelectHere is me looking like a baby giraffe learning to stand, but I had a pretty good handle on it after three days on the mountain.

20141220_C70D_ParryChristmasDolimitesItaly_2779_SelectIt was a good chance to practice with the new camera taking pictures of the stunning Dolomiti mountains.

Lake Fedaia Before The FreezeLake Fedaia. Photo credit goes to my boyfriend.