Christmas Markets in Manchester

I’ve wanted to take some pictures of the Christmas markets in Manchester city centre for a while and as my friend came up to visit, I thought this would be a great chance to do that before they go.

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An October Wonder

Some photos from my Sunday walk today, a warm Autumn day.

Colour & Texture in Manchester

I love how the rain seems to illuminate wildlife and I’ve tried to capture the intensity of colour and texture in these photos. I also found some interesting textures in the plants and flowers and see the contrast with the gate and other more urban settings.

Also some interesting graffiti in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a cool part of the city with alternative craft shops, coffee shops and the Buddhist centre.

 

A Mini Adventure – Photography

As I get into photography I found this MollieMakes photography magazine I’ve wanted for a while and decided to go on a little wonder with my camera on my day off- not before a nice coffee of course!

I went to some botanical gardens near where I live and these are a few of the best photos I took. I love flowers and plants and am teaching myself how to get the best close ups. I guess part of learning how to use a camera is to use it, although I did get frustrated at times.

This is a new hobby for me so I have lots of room for improvement – and hopefully will get some great photos.

Hello Photography

Being a visual creature, I love to take pictures with my phone all the time, and also of my art and life generally. I love to share things as well, one of the main reasons for this blog, especially if it caught my eye. So many things do during the day!

In the last few years I’ve become interested in taking pictures of wildlife and nature, although my digital camera started to go wrong, so I am planning on getting a new compact soon. Excited!

I work in a technical support department and, to my surprise, I’ve found I have a natural aptitude and interest in technology. I  am interested in the ways we use technology and how it can improve our lives, the way we connect and express ourselves, and also how we create art. I bought The Busy Girl’s Guide to Digital Photography which is really useful for anyone interested in getting to grips with their camera but is probably more interested in the pictures than the technician side. You do need to understand the basics so you can get the most out of your photography, which is why I decided to get the book. But I can’t wait to start taking pictures! And it is Spring, early Summer so there are going to be a lot of opportunities for wildlife.

Giving myself the chance to slow down and read about something before diving head first is a challenge, I get frustrated with not being able to do something straight away. Yet I want photography to be a new hobby and add a rich perspective to my creative outlets. I really believe trying new ways of being creative and enriching your life feeds back into your main passions, whatever it may be. You gain a new way of seeing, new inspirations and is one of the best ways to channel creative blocks. In a way, photography also fits well with my other interests, such as my blog and website, journaling, mixed media and a cataloging of life events. I’m exploring something cool I knew I would like, I just need to process the materials and tools first. It will be worth it in the end!

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