Christmas 2013

“And so this was Christmas, I hope you had fun”

Indeed we did, and here are a few photos from the day but as you can imagine I had my hands full with all the family and a two year old.

Bobbie in a giant bagBobbie in a giant bag 22D NativityHelmet Bobbie


Edinburgh – A return to a quite beautiful city (part1)

Hello again, Christmas break means I have some time for editing and processing pictures, and so it comes to our visit t0 our honeymoon destination – Edinburgh, three years on. This visit was perhaps even more decadent than the previous visit, we travelled 1st class (by getting the tickets the day of sale), had champagne and chocolate in our room, had the suite of the guest house (again), and had a Christmas meal in the castle.

The reason this blog is split into four parts is because of the photographs I attempted on this trip, this first blog post shows some traditional holiday photographs with a few tricks put in. The second blog will contain photos taken in the Edinburgh Camera Obscura, this is basically optical illusions and tricks that let me do fun things with my camera.

The third post will show off a trick called tilt photography, this is when you move the camera while leaving the lens shutter opening and so capture a mix of light and movement without much definition but an wealth of creativity. The fourth and final part will showcase two panorama’s taken from the top of Edinburgh castle.

The below pictures are part 1. The shot with the wall on the right with the castle in the background is two pictures blended together, and so creates an impossible photo with two broad focal points, boring but oddly fun. I’ve put one of me in there so you can see my ugly face and one of my wife so you can her nice looking face, enjoy and have a nice New Year!

Snow that’s a weekend

York In Snow November 2010

Greetings to you, so with most of the north east of Britain in ‘snow land’ I thought it might be ‘on trend’ to show you some pictures of York in the Snow. They were taken mostly on the 27th of November just after a night of snow fall. Towards the back we have some pictures from St Nicholas Fair, York – this Christmas fair attracts thousands of people but it was nice to enjoy it today while a few people may have been put off by our snow. The first few photos of the fair are from Friday while the rest are Saturday.

So here are the photos below, enjoy them and comment with any thoughts or advice. You can ever tweet with ease thanks to some tweeks to this blog.


Let them eat Cake!

Well as much as I dislike planning Christmas before a reasonable time frame some things can not be helped. One of those things is making the Christmas Cake! In our case that means making 3 cakes so one Saturday me and the wife got the old instructions out care of her late Nan and set to work. The instructions are so old the measurement of ‘quart’ is used, so it’s fun working everything out but they turn out great in the end!

Now I’m not going to reveal the secrets of this amazing recipe to the world but the photographs I took I think show the wonderful organic way in which a cake takes shape and the massive amount of fruit and other ingredients that go into the mix. I think being a former baker I love the way ingredients mix to form a new thing which is then acted upon to create a totally new entity. So enjoy and I hope it makes you feel all Christmas-like. Note the brandy in the distance…