Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Blog Update

I am taking a trip starting tomorrow morning and so won't be around internet much for about a month. But please keep coming back, I will have lots and lots of photos to share with you once I'm back!

My beloved cornfields

I've been working on this for months and months!
I have visited the cornfields near my house every week or so for a long time now. Last Autumn, I was walking along the country paths with my brother and saw the corn growing tall and strong in the fields. A couple of days later I went back to get some photos, only to find it had been harvested already! I couldn't believe it! I thought to myself, 'I can't wait a whole year for that to happen again!' I have watched as the fields have turned from desolation, boasting only the abandoned dead stalks from the previous harvest, to being tilled ready for seed sowing again, to new growth shooting up in neat, tidy rows. And now here I am, almost a year later, with photos showcasing it at it's most impressive once again.
I cannot help but compare this to my own life...from being left desolate and cut up, I mustered up the strength to 'till' my life, ready to plant seeds that are now gradually growing stronger and mightier, and I am just beginning to reap the rewards.
I love being in this place. It makes me happy.

The following sets of photos show the growth of the corn over the weeks. I also included photos of me standing in between the rows to make it clearer how much it grew week to week.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Photo of the WEEK

I spotted this guy up by the war memorial at Bradgate Park on Monday. This is exactly why I love my new telephoto lens. He intrigued me. Just looking at his face and clothes, he looks pretty normal, your average guy, right? But then your eyes are drawn to his hair- long, scruffy, dreadlocked hair, which personally, I think looks pretty cool. It changes his whole character. That, combined with the expression on his face, gives me the impression he's had a huge event happen in his life that changed everything. What was once a normal, happy man is now a troubled, lonely guy. I'd love to know his story. I bet he's been through a lot.

Sir, whoever you are, thank you for being a tiny part of my life on Monday. It's much appreciated.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Bradgate Park

My brother and I took a trip to Bradgate park again on Monday. I brought along my telephoto lens to see what new sights there were to photograph. We walked along to the Lady Jane Grey ruins, then on up to Old John, with a few deer shots along the way. I noticed how many unusual people there are around, and my telephoto lens made it possible for me to capture them! I'm saving the best photo for a separate post though, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


There's some workmen putting in new water pipes around my area of Glenfield. Everyone thinks it's such a pain because its causing a lot of traffic delays....I think it's a fantastic photo opportunity :)

Sunday, 15 August 2010

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

August Temple Trip

It was a stormy day at the temple today, but it created some beautiful things for me to photograph, like the dusting of diamonds on these damp leaves and the crisp reflection of the one single waterlily on the pond.
I brought along my new telephoto lens to get some close-up shots of the spire and with it being rainy, it enhanced the unusual colour and texture very nicely.
(Those of you in England, put your hands up if you agree it is freeeeezing for mid August!?)

Thursday, 12 August 2010


This is what I got up to today :) Dusty hair, blistered hands and speckled paint everywhere, s'all good!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Louie (6 months)

I was very privileged to enjoy a lunch date with Heidi and her Louie a week or two ago. We headed to the Museum on New Walk, Leicester, browsed the displays and stopped for hot chocolate in the cafe, where I snapped these shots. Have you ever seen such big, dark blue eyes on a baby boy?! They're piercing and just melt your heart!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 7 August 2010

You know when music is played so loud, it vibrates through your whole body? And when the atmosphere is so amazing, you just have to smile? This was one of those moments. I'm glad I stood for over two hours, partly in pouring rain, for the this carnival to parade through Leicester City Centre. I love the explosion of colour, the dancing and ecstacy that was so evident. Leicester is a very cultural city and this was a great way to celebrate it. Thanks to all the participants of the carnival that gave my camera a big smile, you looked fab!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 7 August 2010 (Taster)

Dreamy colours, fabulous costumes, amazing atmosphere, happy people...what more could a photographer want?!

More to come tomorrow!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Photo of the day

Say hello to my brand spanking new best friends :)

I decided to expand my photography equipment a little while ago, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!

1. 55-200mm Nikkor zoom lens- this allows me to get up close and personal with subjects I am shooting from an unobtrusive distance, yet still maintaining every speck of detail.
2. Nikkor speedlight flash- a handy little external flash that hooks on to my camera with ease and illuminates my subject beautifully to create the perfect base lighting.
3. Opteka high definition fisheye lens- with this I am able to create photographs with a difference- the fisheye acts as a wide angle, incorporating almost twice as much into one photograph than is possible with a normal lens, whilst framing the photograph nicely in a round black frame, so the photo itself appears to be circular (one of my favourites)

It has all come in time for my little adventure I am about to go on. Everything has fallen in to place beautifully, so hopefully I will have lots of unique and tasteful photographs to share with you soon!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Mountsorrel Part 3

The reflection of this bridge was so crisp and clear in the river. The shape worked perfectly to frame the boats as they sailed on through.
Such nice people! Strangers, but still willing to have a laugh with us! Must be nice to live on a barge...they look extremely happy don't they?
Love the mixture of textures on this old wall. It looks so rough and rugged.