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Dragged out with camera….

So last Sunday my husband dragged me out for a walk. My replacement camera (he accidently broke the last one about 2 years ago) arrived in the post from CEX a couple of weeks ago and so I brought it out with us.

I’ve missed having super macro! The colours and the wood was beautiful – but very muddy and I will bring wellies next time!

These are some of my favourites from the day…

Love to you all and happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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Update part 1: Photography/Experimenting with Buttons

I’ve had a bit of a chance the last few weeks to start experimenting with one of the DSLR cameras my Dad’s lent me until I can decide afford a camera body and lens set. On the hunt for new or second hand…? (Yes that was a hint!!)

So, back from camera fantasies, photography is awesome.

During the Easter weekend the husband and I went over to Beaulieu house in Hampshire, UK. Of course, the camera came with me….

This was a close up shot of a tree using the macro. It was made to celebrate the wedding of the Lord’s son. The guests did padlocks and attached them to the tree. Which is all super cute.

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The weather on this outing was absolutely perfect. We were also out early enough that none of the daffodils had died yet – creating this awesome picture opportunity.

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This is a picture my husband took of me. I couldn’t resist…

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A Wedding + A Zoo = Photography Practice

So this weekend I’ve been away at a family wedding in Bristol. The really cool thing about this wedding was that it was at Bristol zoo! So between food and more food (I kept to my vow of no alcohol – apart from one cheeky glass with bubbles). So a long day was not actually as tiring as I originally thought it would be. The venue, and the bride, were also beautiful and the food was amazing. So a fantastic day.

It also meant my hand was lovely and steady for photography. Getting a chance to photograph animals was really fun and a great way to practice with the camera. Here’s a few of my favourite pictures from the day.

Wedding Themed Pictures:

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Zoo Pictures

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Happy knitting all 🙂

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Nature · photography

A photography session

There is a heath near my new house. I’ve been going up there almost weekly with my mother and wishing that I’d brought my camera. It’s a beautiful part of the country.

Today I did actually bring my camera on a morning run (the first for a few weeks) and the run became a walk when I arrived at the heath. The weather was very overcast today – so photos of the views were not being particularly forthcoming.

So I thought I would spend a some time playing with my supermacro function and aperture. Neither of which I particularly understand, but I’m steadily getting the hang of it. Practice makes perfect as they say…..

But here’s a few of my favourite shots from this morning….

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I love these purple flowers. They are only about 5mm in size. But the colour is fantastic! MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
I love these purple flowers. They are only about 5mm in size. But the colour is fantastic! MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
I wasn't entirely sure about this shot. But my husband really likes it so I thought I'd share it. I love the way the photography really helps you see things differently. MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
I wasn’t entirely sure about this shot. But my husband really likes it so I thought I’d share it. I love the way the photography really helps you see things differently. MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
I love the details in this shot. The fantastic thing about supermacro is that is allows you to see the folds on the petals! Which is insane.
I love the details in this shot. The fantastic thing about supermacro is that is allows you to see the folds on the petals! Which is insane. – MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
Not supermacro, but I had to play the aperture to bring out the colours in the sky. I love how it causes the trees to become a silhouette. - MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
Not supermacro, but I had to play the aperture to bring out the colours in the sky. I love how it causes the trees to become a silhouette. – MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
It's not the perfect shot. But I was really pleased to be able to grab a picture of the buzzard in flight. MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
It’s not the perfect shot. But I was really pleased to be able to grab a picture of the buzzard in flight. MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
Apparently one of the signs that it will be a long winter is the early arrival of holly berries. They are here. Apparently I need to hurry up and knit scarves!! MrsKirstyHoll 2015
Apparently one of the signs that it will be a long winter is the early arrival of holly berries. They are here. Apparently I need to hurry up and knit scarves!! MrsKirstyHoll 2015
With the weather we've had, there has been fungus everywhere. I spotted this one and loved the combination of the shape and colour. MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015
With the weather we’ve had, there has been fungus everywhere. I spotted this one and loved the combination of the shape and colour. MrsKirstyHoll Oct 2015

What do you guys think of the pictures? There is a few here I might get printed onto canvas.

All the best

Mrs Kirsty Holl

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Pictures of my travels

Hi guys, I’m back again from my second weekend away this August (with my husband’s parent’s rather than mine this time). We had a lovely weekend in Devon this time (it was Sheffield a couple of weeks ago). I was a bit quiet on the blogs, we had not internet and very intermittent signal! It was a strange occurrence, so I got on with some knitting….

As I promised, these are some of the pictures I took while I was away in Sheffield 🙂 I’ll post this weekend’s up when I’ve had a chance to sort through them!

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A shot suggested by my Grandad
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Hardwick Hall – Derby
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Hardwick Hall – Derby

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What do you think of my photography skills?

The plan is definitely to get myself some photography lessons (as I would love to have some more formal technical knowledge of how to use my camera). Once I have those under my belt, I would love to get a camera upgrade!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend

MrsKirstyHoll

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Photography and Walking are habits that go well together

The weather has got so much better down near where I live. So I used the opportunity to get out for a decent walk with a friend. We’re both training for the 10K, so she was also eager to get out for some more long-distance training. Rather than a jog, we took this one at a more leisurely pace. It didn’t stop my legs aching by the end of the day. Not surprising as the total walk was about 12.6 miles (according to Google Maps).

We started out about 9:30am Sunday morning and made it over to the Studland ferry fairly soon afterwards. It’s only £1 for both crossings. So a really cheap day out.

Pedestrian Ferry Ticket from Sandbanks to Studland beach
Pedestrian Ferry Ticket from Sandbanks to Studland beach

Walking along Studland beach was beautiful. It’s down on the south coast of the UK. Part of it is a nudist beach – so a great gage of the relevant temperature of the day. But there is also a national trust cafe – fab food but not fantastic hot chocolate – located at Knoll Beach which is slightly further along.

All the way along the beach we had a fantastic panoramic view from Poole, to Bournemouth to the Purbecks and to Old Harry Rocks.

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These are some of the pictures from our rather amazing views along the beach
These are some of the pictures from our rather amazing views along the beach

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In a slightly odd twist on the usual routine – the Studland beach was literally covered in dead jellyfish. The only times I’ve ever seen jellyfish before are in aquariums or when I’ve been on holiday. So this was pretty weird and the jellyfish were pretty huge.

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You did have to make sure you were watching were you were treading. There were many lumps of their remains everywhere. Quite sad really.

Eventually we made our way through the swarms of jelly fish and up to fort William. According to my friends, Churchill had watched the practice D-Day landing exercise from here – after they had cleared some of the mines away. It’s worth a wonder up – the views are amazing.

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Once we left the fort we made the last 1 3/4 mile walk to Old Harry.

We made it to Old Harry.
We made it to Old Harry.

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Distance walked so far 6.3 miles.

While I was there I took the opportunity to practice my makro photography skills on the most beautiful Thistle.

Thistle taken with Macro. Playing with angle
Thistle taken with Macro. Playing with angle

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In addition to having lots of fun taking pictures we also had a fantastic walk. Although I have to admit when I arrived home (after walking 12.6 miles) everything hurt. Thankfully after a hot bath and a long sleep this was slightly better. But I definitely think I will need to get myself a new pair of walking boots before I go on my planned walking holiday at the end of July.

On the bright side I’m definitely getting the feeling  that this walking habit is marrying up perfectly with my photography habit.

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Photography and Blogging 101 – #Day12 – Talents and Memories

Day Twelve: Increase Your Commenting Confidence

Today’s task: read six posts written in response to the same prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.

The two blogs I really engaged with contained topic I could relate to on a really personal level.

Comment 1: A number of Things.

YESTERDAILY POST: TALENTS I WISH I HAD

I totally have the same problem. I can never quite focus on anything. It’s so fun to be able to dabble in stuff. I’m a great believer in just doing something that you enjoy and enables you to jump between all of those things.

What I tend to do is swap between 5 or 6 projects for a year. This stops me getting bored and by the end of the year I’m getting to a point of being to be able to say I’m actually quiet proficient at some of them.
So glad to know I’m not the only one though!

Comment 2: Running with Reality

The Hopelessly Voiceless Starlet

Personally, I love to sing and jokes are made that my voice will break windows. I am in awe that they were able to be in a play of Les Mis – it is one of my favourite musicals. Watching it live a few years ago in Southampton was such a fantastic experience. But the singing is such an essential part of the whole production and plot.

Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome

Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Black, white, gray, and shades in between interact in the frame in dynamic ways.

In some very excellent news, my friend (who I am planning on doing the 10K with) actually managed to drag me out for a jog. They’ve added in some of those exercise machines. Thankfully she did exercise science at uni and so could show me how to use them without hurting myself. As a result, I had a lovely jog – and actually managed to keep up with her without killing myself! So definitely starting to feel like this change in lifestyle is paying off.

I took my little point and shoot camera out with me for the jog – a panasonic lumix. So all the pictures today are on that.

Today’s picture was of the old gas works near to where I grew up in Branksome, Poole. This gas structure is now no longer used and was bombed during the second world war. I think it’s kept in memory now of those who died. There is no board or anything there, but I remember a remembrance service at church when I was young.

For me, this structure is a familiar sight that I’ve always been slightly in awe of.

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This is a close up:

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What do you guys think? Personally, I love the way the monochrome reinvents the lines.