Thursday, 29 January 2009
We first tried them over Christmas. You may have seen the adverts Smirn Off ran over Christmas advertising them. To make one you need to...
Pour some vodka into a glass.
Pour in a little lime cordial.
Fill the glass with ginger beer.
Add a couple of slices of lime.
Relax and enjoy!
Ok so the advert doesn't actually mention the lime cordial but we like it with it in! And no measures I'm afriad, we just kinda pour it in and run with it. But they are yummy, I love them.
So go, give them a go. Even if you don't like ginger beer you'll be surprised. I won't drink ginger beer on it's own, I really don't like it (compared to Mark who loves ginger beer on it's own) but we both love a Moscow Mule. Delicious!
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Day 26 saw me arriving home after work in daylight. Yes really, actual proper daylight instead of it being pitch black or sunset. I was so excited I ran upstairs to get the camera but then was a little stumped as to what to take photos of. Our garden is by no means the prettiest of places so being strapped for time my car made the ideal subject for me to play about with the fabulous limited depth of field I'm able to achieve on my 50mm 1.8 lens.
Not a wonderfully exciting subject I know but it's still a bit of a landmark photo for my project, marking the very start of daylight photos on a work day!
And then on to today and a very special someones birthday. As this person is opting out of being blogged for my Project 365 I was limited as to which of the photos I took tonight I could use. I had some brilliant fun shots but sadly couldn't use them for this... ok so he's in this one too but you can't really see him can you?
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Ok so here's how it works. You go to folder number 6 within your Photos on your computer and post the 6th photo in it.
Well I don't really store photos on my laptop so on my main computer folder number 6 in the Photos folder is called "Day Trips". Now there aren't actually photos in that folder, just sub folders (yes I am a bit crazy about organasing my photos really well but otherwise I'd never find what I wanted!) so I went to folder number 6 again which was a trip to Lytham St Annes. And photo numer 6 in there is...
This was taken specifically for my photography course to illustrate linear perspective (i.e. converging lines to show depth). Now this was one of the "practise" photos but I have to include it to show how I got to the final photo for my folder. The final one can be seen in this post here. Neither are the prettiest of photos but I took them to illustrate a particular principle of composition!
And now I get to tag 5 more people to play along...
Jenny - A fab friend and fellow scrapper who also lives in Preston.
Claire - Another friend who lives not far away from me who I'll be travelling down to the GoGoGetaway with who is also studying photography.
Yvonne - Mark's Mum who's getting more into photography every day.
Sarah - Yet another scrappy friend who is the desiginated driver to the GoGoGetaway and also happens to be a fab Stampin Up Demonstrator.
Julie - Last but not least the fabulous and very talented Julie (yes really she is, it's official you know after she won a BOB award!!!) who is one of those "cyber friends" I've made through crafting.
You may or may not be aware that I'm studying for my City & Guilds Level 2 in Digital Photography. The course involves producing two portfolios of 10 images on 2 seperate themes. The photos I took for Days 22, 23 and 24 are all part of my portfolios and as a result for now I can't share them online.
I'm quite sad about this, as I'm so proud of them it's untrue. They really are some of the best I've ever taken. However, on the positive I will share them eventually as when I receive my grades back for my course I intend to upload them for you to see as entire portfolios rather than individual images. So whilst I have to keep them to myself for now I will share them when I can.
Howevery, day 25 I can share with you. Today we took a trip to a local seaside resort for a walk round which was lovely although very windy (and hence cold!) on the front but it was nice to get out.
This photo wasn't actually taken by me, although it doesn't take a genius to work that out as I'm in it. I did take a very similar photo of Mark but as he's said he doesn't want to appear on my blog for my 365 I got him to take the same photo of me.
So today the rules have perhaps changed a bit to my 365 since I'm not sharing every single photo (although I'm sure you can unstand why I won't be sharing those for my portfolio) and that I've featured one taken by someone else. Hhhmmmm, I won't be making a habit of it but after all it's my project and I make the rules!!!
And in other news I actually did a proper LO the other day. Yes not just an entry for my 365 album but a full blown proper LO. I'll share it as soon as I get chance to photograph it.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
A lovely winter morning.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Well here's a sneek peak of the number tags I'll be using to number each of my pages. I've been totally inspired by these numbers done by Shimelle. I simply designed them in Photoshop and printed them onto some text style paper.
I really do mean it this time when I say I'll be back soon with the full project to share with you!
So on this particular day I had in my bag...
- My mobile phone, which is a very old one that I've had for years but I've had newer phones since that I've broken and I've always gone back to this Nokia).
- My purse.
- My car keys and my house keys.
- A little notebook I bought from the lifeboat charity shop at Lytham where I jot down any photography/crafting ideas as they come to me.
- My old digital compact camera. I used to love this camera, but sadly I outgrew it and it was replaced by a DSLR. However, it now lives in my handbag for those "just incase" moments where I might not have my 450d with me.
- A pack of chewing gum.
- Some Max Factor lip glose that is just scrummy.
- A Body Shop lip balm that has nearly run out but is soooo fab.
- A Max Factor foundation compact.
- A pen.
And that's about it, it changes daily but that's what I had on that particular day!
And now onto day 16 and time for George to make his first appearence in my project. We had a great time playing with him and I haven't been able to choose between the photos so I'm actually using 3 for this day. I won't make a habit of using more than one photo but occasionally I think it's ok.
Apologies for the slightly grainy first 2 photos but I had to have it on ISO 1600 to allow me to use a fast enough shutter speed indoors at night to get these photos of him playing.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
And for today (Day 14) I've done a macro shot on the centre of one of the roses. They are only fairly small individual roses and I like the patterns and shapes each flower makes. I tried to emphasis this through the lighting I used making the deep shadows inbetween the petals.
I'm not sure why but it seems to have gone a bit fuzzy when I've compressed this photo to upload it, it's much sharper in the original photo.
And how do I feel about the project in general so far? I'm loving it, and I'm finding it no problem really to take a photo every day. It's a little bit more difficult to edit and upload each day but I'm managing to do it every few days so I think that's fine.
And for all those of you who started with me, I truely hope you are still playing along too.
Monday, 12 January 2009
And for those of you who just have to know, they are Burton Triad EST bindings on a Burton Fix 55 Jibstick...
Sunday, 11 January 2009
As it turns out I've ended up taking mine all of the same object as it really did make for a fantastic set of different images. But the question is, can you guess what it is yet?
One of my pairs of trainers, a very well worn pair of K Swiss. But for all they are scuffed and tired looking there are just so comfy, I love them.
(I'll be back shortly with Day 11!)
Friday, 9 January 2009
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Sometimes it's important to appreciate the small things in life, a fact I very much want to focus on in my Project 365. Today, the simple beauty of a lilly just beginning to emerge from it's bud.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Today I've not been to work and had a lovely time shopping this morning! I went to the new craft shop in Preston Crafty Hearts where I picked up a new circle punch and a selection of new 12x12 papers with the intention of using them for my 365 album (which is coming along very nicely thank you - photos soon I promise!).
On the way back I stopped off at a lovely shop that sells all kinds of beautiful unsual bits and pieces - mainly gifts and bits and bobs for the home. I managed to pick up some truely stunning wire birds and a similar metal one that are designed to hang from some ribbon. I'm going to have them in my craft room hanging from the ceiling in the corner above my computer I think but I need to put some different ribbon on them first. No photo of them today as it was so grey and dull and I want to get a photo of them in situ. I'm sure they'll make a great future entry to my 365 though. I also picked up some really cute tiny wooden hearts that have different words on them, thought they'd make great embellishments.
Monday, 5 January 2009
The boxes of christmas decorations caught my eye when I got home from work (and as I had very little time to take a photo as my photography class has started again) and I thought they'd make a nice photo. Not the most interesting of photos for today, but atleast I've taken one and it documents the story of the moment which my 365 project is all about - documenting a year in my life through photos.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
However, despite this when we got there most of the lake was still frozen over - you can see the ice on the lake in the top right of this picture! Only a small part wasn't frozen and on the smaller ponds you could see where the wardens had been trying to break up the ice, it had got to about 2 inches thick in some places by the look of it.
Managed to get some nice photos but particular liked this one of the swan. There wasn't that many birds there, maybe because it's all frozen they've moved onto another reserve. There was two adult swans and a fully grown signet, loads of ducks (as always!) and a few geese. Had a nice walk though, it's always good to get out somewhere and it's really quite pleasent if you wrap up warm.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Nothing particularly interesting happened today (unless you count tidying the craft room and I can assure you I most definately don't count that as fun!), so the photo today is of a row of little tealights lined up all nice and pretty on my sideboard.
Well that's another day been and gone. I've got a long way to go and an awful lot of improving to do but I'll get there. I've never been more determined to do something as what I am at the moment!
Friday, 2 January 2009
Not the best of photos, but I've been at work today and sadly at this time of year that means leaving in the dark and coming home in the dark so I needed to find something inside to take a photo of.
I'm really enjoying this project and looking forward to using my camera much more this year. I'll be back again tomorrow with another photo, see you then!
Thursday, 1 January 2009
This project, in one form or another has been going on for a number of years. Different people have put different spins on it but I think the first one started life as a self portrait exercise. Mine won't be quite so structured. There's no rules to mine or limitations on what I can or can't photograph, just quite simply 365 days with 365 photographs.
Why I am doing this? Well I want to improve my photography this year, I'm already studying for my City & Guilds Level 2 and will be enrolling for City & Guilds Level 3 in September but I also need to practise and that means getting my camera out every day. Even if it's just for 10 minutes on some days atleast I'll be using it. And what better incentive than a little (or should I rephrase that as HUGE?) project.
I've got a physical project in mind for all these photos too. Kinda like a hybrid cross between a scrapbook album and a traditonal photograph album. It's a work in progress at the moment but it's very nearly finished and will be ready to be shown in all it's glory over the weekend hopefully when I'll get chance to photograph it in daylight.
In the meantime here's Day 1...
This is the £1 Christmas Tree I rescued from work. It's potted and about 4ft high. Originally they had them on sale for £25 but they just didn't sell so they reduced them to £9. However, still they didn't sell and they had about 100 of them left so they got reduced to just £1. This was on of the final ones left and it had a cracked pot and was looking rather sorry for itself. However I bought it anyway and took it home, repotted it and when the netting came off it's actually a really lovely tree, a perfect shape.
Such a bargain buy and best of all I saved a tree, yay!
So are you taking part in a 365 challenge? Or are you doing something similar like a photo a week/month? I'd love to see your projects and would love to know what you think of mine. I'll be uploading everyday if I can, or otherwise most days if things get a little hectic. See you tomorrow!