Tag: Photos

Photo-a-Day November

In September I tried to do a selfie-a-day which was a little dull tbh, just lots of pictures of me.  I guess that’s pretty obvious.  But a few years a go I did a-photo-a-day and quite enjoyed it.  I just used my phone, and got a nice collection of photos which summed up the month nicely.

It’s tricky to remember to take one everyday, especially if you’re having a boring day of just going to work.  But it is boyfriend’s birthday so we’re away in London for a few days. And I have another couple of days off to do some Christmas shopping. Continue reading “Photo-a-Day November”

Self-Portrait-a-Day

I got this idea from A Beautiful Mess book, to take a self-portrait (classy way of saying selfie) everyday for a month.  In the book they take beautiful photos of people in meadows holding novelty lamps or something.  I had less to work with. It was a rainy, grey September, and the selfie camera has clearly broken.  You can see easily which pictures I took with the front camera and which ones were with the back one. Continue reading “Self-Portrait-a-Day”

Film/Analogue Photos of Edinburgh

I used my Canon Ixus camera, which is an electronic film camera when we went to Edinburgh in July (for that classic Scottish summer weather…) The film is APS 35mm, which is super easy to put in but pricey, hard to get hold of, and not that many places can develop it.  But it’s easy to use and fairly reliable.  This is Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano about 250m above sea level.  You can see the great view over Edinburgh, and all the little people having a trek around Arthur’s Seat.

And this is the Edinburgh Botanical Garden, well worth a visit.  I love how the colours have come out in these photos.  It was a much sunnier and brighter day so the camera handled it a lot better.  I was also very impressed with the clarity of the images that came out, normally they are much grainier or blurrier.

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Film/Analogue Photos of Liverpool

I used my Canon Ixus camera, which is an electronic film camera whilst I was in Liverpool for a weekend in May.  The Canon Ixus is very compact in size and easy to carry around but it’s a noisy little bugger.  It makes that classic camera noise when it takes a picture, and whirs for about 10 mins when it’s rewinding the film.  The film is APS 35mm, which is super easy to put in but pricey, hard to get hold of, and not that many places can develop it.

Above is a photo of the sculpture room in the Walker Art Gallery, and below is across the Mersey in New Brighton.  We went to a little Bank Holiday fair next to the sea front which was nice.  The grainy quality of the film, and that it’s over exposed does make it seem like it was taken in the 1980’s though.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Above is the sea at New Brighton, and this shot is really grainy but you can make out the wind turbines on the horizon.  I’m not sure what makes it so grainy, I would imagine it’s the film as APS is no longer made so it’s all pretty old now.  And below is a snap of some of the runners in the Liverpool Marathon that was taken place that weekend.  I don’t think it really captures the energy of the moment though, they look like they could be walking.  But you can see some of the beautiful and interesting buildings in Liverpool in the background.

Edinburgh Scrapbook

I took a 5 day trip to Edinburgh recently, and decided to continue my travel scrap booking.  It wasn’t quite the mammoth job that my USA scrap book had been, and I just picked up an A5 notebook from a shop in Edinburgh.

It’s mostly photos, but I did also include a few other things like train tickets, restaurant business cards, and maps.  I got my photos printed out at Boots, where the 7×5 size was the closest to the size of each page of my notebook.  So I created collages of the photos in Picasa in 7×5, then cut out the individual images when I had printed them.  I used some full sized images, as well as a mixture of smaller sizes.  I left some white space to do some ‘journaling’.  I did a much better job of keeping it all chronological this time around, the America one all got a bit jumbled up.

I like that I used a note book from Edinburgh to use as my scrap book.   My next trip isn’t until October to Riga, Latvia and it would be nice to find another little book there to use but I’m not sure how much time we’ll have to go shopping.

Analogue Photos of Liverpool

I went to Liverpool on the bank holiday weekend and took my Canon Ixus camera with me.  I’ve posted photos using that camera before, most recently from when I went to America.  It’s an electric, analogue camera.  So basically, it has film and a battery- both of which are expensive.   It uses APS film which is super easy to use but gives a small field of vision.  Meaning that less stuff fits in the photo than your used to, so you can easily crop things out accidentally.

Like most film cameras the Canon Ixus struggles in lower light levels.  You can see in the top two images the difference it makes when the sun goes in!  The top images is much crisper while the bottom one seems fuzzier.  That’s a Superlambanana by the way.  They crop up around Liverpool.  Half banana, half sheep…or something.

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