My Photography….The Beginning!

This is not necessarily a post about weight loss, but it does have something to do with my New Year’s Resolutions – Change. One of my resolutions is to improve my photography and I’m really excited about that. I’ve always been passionate about photography, but I feel as if I finally have the means to really learn what to do behind the lens. I got a Canon 550D for my birthday last year and I’ve been messing around with it quite a bit. Mainly, I’ve figured out you need a degree to operate the thing! There is so much I need to learn and this is the year that I’m going to do it.

So, I wanted to share a few of my favourite photographs I took in 2011, with the hope that I can share my improved images with you all in a few months time. It’s just a few snaps of various places I’ve been to this year, so I hope you guys like them!

The two photos below are of my cat, Puddy. They were just taken at home and conveys her mood brilliantly. First of having her cleaning rituals interrupted and second, of being made to wear a ridiculous Santa Suit!

Angry Cat.

Christmas Puddy.

The picture below was taken at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. I was messing around with shutter speed and low lighting to create the round about movements of the ride. It’s still a work in progress!

One of the rides at Winter Wonderland in London.

The two photos below are of castles I really liked and each has a bit of its own character.

York Castle. The geese are most certainly not heeding the sign!

The Tower of London.

The following photos were taken in various places in the UK and are mainly nature related. From the miniature to the larger than life.

Autumn Walk on Box Hill, Surrey.

Sunrise on Leith Hill, Surrey.

Bee. Chelsea Flower Show, London.

Storm Brewing, Edinburgh.

The following photos were taken in Paris when we were there for a few days in May. I took so many photos, so had to pick just a few to share today.

View of Paris from the Sacre Coeur.

Musical Lady at the foot of the Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Paris.

The Seine, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Paris.

The last set of photos are mainly War themed. We took my Dad on a tour of the France & Belgian Battle Fields earlier this year. Here are some of my favourite photos of the trip.

American Cemetery, Omaha Beach. France.

Beach, Courseulles-Sur-Mer. France.

"They Did Not Pass" - War Memorial honouring the French. France.

Mine Craters. Hill 62, Sanctuary Wood. Belgium.

Peace. American War Memorial, Verdun. France.

Peace. American War Memorial, Verdun. France.

Well, that’s it folks. Thanks for having a look!






2012….So Far!

So, what have I been up to lately?

2012 has been pretty positive so far, which is great. Although this week’s been really manic at work, it’s at least made the days fly past. I’m not trying to wish my life away, but being busy is always so much nicer than sitting at work feeling bored. I’m waking up every morning feeling really good about the day and you’d be surprised at just what a difference a positive attitude makes to your day. I’ll almost go as far as to say that when you’re thinking positively, the universe gives you back double! But that’s a debate for another time! 😉

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Goodbye 2011….Hello 2012, I mainly want to concentrate on CHANGE this year. I know that’s a pretty broad term, but it’s the simplest explanation for what I want to achieve this year. I want to change my attitude towards food and gymming; I want to change my lazy ways and get out more; I want to learn more; and I just generally want to change my attitude to everyday life. There are a few more things, but you guys get the gist of it I’m sure….

On another note, my first Weight Watchers weigh-in after Christmas was not as bad as I thought it would be. I only gained 1.5 pounds, which I’m hoping will be easy enough to shift in a week or two. However, my main weight loss aim for January/February is to hit the 10kg mark. Let me explain….Weight loss has been really slow for me over the past year. I’m super close to losing 10kg (in fact 2kg’s away!), and I feel that if I can just achieve that, the rest will get easier. That’s what I’m shooting for at the moment….the 10kg mark that eluded me in 2011!

I’ve even started the year with a bang, as I (finally) went to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which is something I’ve been threatening to do for years now. I took my new camera and played around with some settings. It turns out I need a bloody degree to operate the thing, but I’m excited to learn.

Fitness wise, I’ve been hitting the gym really hard (as promised) and even attended my first Pilates class at 8:30am (!) last Saturday. Let the record show though, that the main reason I actually got up for Pilates was due to the 7am “Wakey, Wakey” phone call I received from a friend. The kick up the butt really helped though! Apparently it’s called        “Tough Love”! Heheheeee I really enjoyed the Pilates though and will be attending again this Saturday…..

I’m also back to logging all my Weight Watchers ProPoints, and planning all my weekly meals. I cannot emphasise enough how much this helps. Just a little bit of organisation makes such a big difference to keeping your eating habits in check. I really recommend this for anyone trying to lose some weight. It’s one of the best tools in my arsenal!

Well, that’s all for now folks! As you can see, 2012 has been very kind to me so far. I just hope all this positivity lasts…..

I’ll leave you with a few Winter Wonderland pics I took and also some gratuitous Christmas 2011 photos too…..Enjoy! 🙂

Puddy giving me the evils!

Puddy guarding our Xmas Tree!

Our Silver Xmas Tree!

Winter Wonderland!

Bears at Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland Roller Coaster!

More Rides at Winter Wonderland!

Balloons! 🙂