Street safari Manchester

Yesterday I went on a street safari course in Manchester (I shared some of the photos here for this weeks scavanger hunt sunday). We spent 3 hours walking around the city trying to capture candid street photos and photos of the architecture and street art. These are a selection of my favorites including the first one which I submitted to paint the moon p52 (unique perspectiv) and was included in Annie’s picks of the week, I was so surprised and honoured to be included. Street photography is not something I have considered before, so it was something different for me. I signed up for the course as it was greatly reduced on groupon and I hoped to learn a bit more about photography. I did learn a few more tips about photographing reflections and I had a go at trying to capture candid street photos. I definaetly have a long way to go with capturing good street photos but I really enjoyed exploring the city with my camera and with a group of people all interested in photography.

52 Week Project Photo Paint the Moon Photoshop Actions PSE

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Shades of autumn – Finale

My favorite photo taken this autumn

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Lake district final post

This is my final set of photos from our long weekend in the lake district (find part 1 and part 2 here). The weather was absolutely glorious on our final full day so we backed up some sandwiches and headed off for a walk from Coniston to Tarn howes and back. Here are the photos from the walk (you can see my photos of the fantastic cafe we visited for well earned cake on the way back to the camping site and read my review of it here).

Linked up with The Kat Eye View of the World found texture challenge

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Lake district weekend

We had a busy day on our first full day in the Lakes. After a relatively slow start to the day getting ready, cooking and eating breakfast on the deck of the pod we set off walking. We walked from the camp site to the nearest town Ambleside. When we have been to the Lakes in the past we have usually stayed in a B&B in Ambleside and after visiting a view of the larger towns it has to be my favorite. It took a good hour and a half to get there (stopping occasionally to take photos of course).

Reflections in the river

After browsing around some of the shops, we had lunch in a little cafe. Refueled and ready to go further, we headed up through the wood to see the waterfalls above the town.

I’m linking this photo up for Macro Monday.

A little more browsing around the shops followed by a couple of drinks in a pub and then we headed out to dinner at a favorite restaurant of ours. There is a small bar upstairs from the restaurant with live music on Fridays and Saturdays so after dinner we headed up there to enjoy a few more drinks before getting a taxi back to the campsite. The band that night were Beggar Joe who we both really enjoyed (even though only half the band was their due to illness, they were still fantastic).

Pod camping in the Lake district

Last Thursday was my 30th birthday and we headed off to the lake district for a long weekend. We decided to stay in a camping pod (some might call it a shed!) on the shore of Lake Windermere. We were very lucky to have good weather. Here are a few pictures take around the site.  We spent a lot of time walking and I have many more photos from our walks to share with you later.

The camping pod. Since the weather was so nice we were able to spend a lot of time on the deck (wrapped up warm of course since it is October), reading (I’m reading this right now and loving it, so witty and fun and I don’t usually read vampire/scfi books at all), enjoying the view and the tranquility of the woods, cooking and eating.

Inside the pod. Excuse the badly composed photo with my bottle of pink lemonade in shot but this is the only photo of the inside I remembered to take! Basically the inside is completely empty and you have to take everything with you that you would usually take camping. The pod was surprisingly spacious inside, what you can’t see is down the left hand side of the pod was room for all our stuff (and we took plenty).

The view from our pod. You can just about make out the lake at the back there, we really were very close. In summer though that space would be full of tents.

A close up of the lake.

As we were cooking out on the deck I noticed the beautiful colours in the sky and couldn’t resist grabbing my tripod and heading down to the lake to take this twiglight photograph.

The beautiful morning light over the lake (above and below) and through the woods.

the long road

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Below are a few more photos taken about the camp site.

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Day 292

26th June 2011

Day 274

8th June 2011

Another day spent on the beach followed by exploring the nearby port of Porto Santo Stefano.

Since it was our last night in this guest house I took some photos of the view which I used to create this stunning panorama photo.