Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Fun

We had a little bonfire, fireworks and spooky halloween party over the weekend.
I was too busy running around scaring (aka entertaining) children and feeding people cakes and pumpkin soup that I never got to take many photos other than fun family snaps. So here's the best of a bad, but fun, bunch!

My Cauldron cake and spooky buns.

Fun activities for the children included apple bobbing, doughnut dangling, a skeleton treasure hunt and....

our Autumn leaves lucky dip, which was carefully guarded:

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Something a little bit different from our half term holiday this week.

I thought I'd make the most of my sister's large windows and have a go at silhouettes with the children. A little more difficult than anticipated but they were actually able to follow a little bit of direction and sit still enough for four or five shots each!

These last two are really partial silhouettes because you can see a lot more detail but that adds to the mood of the shot. I love how alike they look!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Woodland Walk

Just a few shots from my woodland walk around Barnard castle this week.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Barnard Castle

Various shots of Barnard castle from our walk through the woods and along the riverside this weekend. I wanted to get a few different angles. I must admit it is times like this where I'd love a *really* good wide angle lens!

The above is my attempt at recreating a very old image that I have on my wall that used to be one of my grandparent's. I'm not sure I was on the right place on the bridge but it's almost the same.

I've walked this same route so many times and in so many different ways since I was a young child that often I forget to look up and see just how impressive a view it is. The river Tees however never ceases to give that sense of peace and tranquility.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


I don't know why, but I have this desire to make pretty pictures from objects that most would not consider 'pretty'. I've been looking at our compost tub in the kitchen all week thinking about how much colour and texture there is, so I decided to take a few shots this morning. I would have spent more time on it but it is October and I live in Manchester and I started to get quite wet! The rain did make the ground look shiny though...

Obviously with these two photos I've done a little bit of post-editing, but mostly just a little change in saturation and contrast, not much more.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

50mm play

I bought a new 50mm lens the other day and have messed around with it a little bit in the house but today was the first time I went out with it. Unfortunately I've been feeling quite ill so my park trip ended pretty quick. These two photos were the beginnings of me making the most of the aperture!