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Happy World Photography Day 2015!

Photography

It’s 2015’s World Photography Day today and I’m using it as an excuse reason to post some of my favourite photos I’ve taken this year.

Photography is something I enjoy. A lot. I can get lost in it. Working forever to get that perfect shot of whatever it is I’m trying to capture. I’m by no means anything but a very amateur hobbyist with the will to grow my knowledge by just taking photos.

This post is a reminder. A reminder to myself to just keep taking photos. Photos of the every day. No matter what it is. Even if it’s not deemed shareable. I’ve fallen back on the excuse of just being home all the time to not take photos. Because they won’t be interesting. But the only way I’m going to keep on learning is to keep taking photos. Keep practicing. Keep learning.

Project 365 – 2015: July Recap

Project 365

Blogging wise, July has been a lazy month. Unintentionally lazy. There are a whirl of ideas for posts in my head. But I can’t seem to get them down here. Call it some sort of mental block. Or just call it what it is – laziness!

At the beginning of July I was in a whole other country on a whole other continent. The beginning of the month saw the tail end of my trip to see my folks in Portugal.

Portugal - my second home

Portugal – my home away from home

Photography

Mentioning to anyone that my parents live in Portugal confuses the heck out of whomever decided to ask. They’ll look at me and, if they’ve just met me, wonder whether I’m from Portugal. But my name’s not really European. So what gives? (Things get really confusing when they ask where my parents are from and I say East Africa…)

The long and short of it, my parents have (semi) retired in Portugal. For as long as I can remember, every year, we’d be in Portugal at least twice a year for holidays. Usually the same place by the sea. After years or living and working in London, who wouldn’t want to live where there’s infinitely more sunshine?

Cody

Photo: That playful glare

Photography

Looking for photos for the Things I Miss Most About Winter in Lightroom, stumbled across this photo of Cody.

Cody loves the camera. She’s a dog. How could she love the camera? It’s probably more the attention she got. If I had my camera in my hand and I was taking a photo of something that wasn’t her, and she was craving some attention, she’d do everything in her power to disrupt me.

Again, this is probably the dog-person in me saying this, but Cody knew how to look in front of the camera. Grab her attention by saying her name, and she’d be on point! Though, she’s also the only dog we’ve had that I’ve taken photos of who has managed to have her eyes shut in the shot.

Every time I look at this photo, I can see it kick into action. She’ll lay dormant and just stare. The tail will start to flick back and forth. Just waiting for a reaction from you. Before long, she’s lost her patience and just wants to play.