Last Sunday was my birthday and as a present Mr Crafty Blogger paid for me to do a 1:1 photo course with the photographer and crafter extraordinaire the wonderful Kirsty Wiseman.
So last Friday I headed off to meet Kirsty. I had a fantastic day and learnt loads about portrait photography and editing which enhances rather than destroys photos. Although I could already shoot semi-auto and manual Kirsty managed to increase my confidence and prove that with a few tweaks I can get some great shots from my camera. Here's a couple of shots from the day:
First this is me taken by Kirsty with my camera (pic from Kirsty's blog):
and here's one I took of Kirsty:
If you have a DSLR camera I cannot recommend the course highly enough! If you are a beginner to DSLR photography it will save you months of reading manuals, tutorials and books. If you know a bit more about it like I did it will increase your confidence and teach you lots of invaluable tips and tricks.
On Saturday I celebrated my birthday with friends and a trip to Chester Races. A while ago I blogged about my intention to make a dress and I am pleased to report that I did make one and wore it to the races. (It nearly didn't make it as I was still hemming it at 12.30am on Friday morning).
Here's a pic of me (on the left) and a friend waiting for the train to Liverpool. It has to be said we got some funny looks when we boarded.
Once we got to Lime Street station there were a lot more race-goers knocking about so we blended in a bit more. By the time we got to Chester we looked normal and after a lovely pub lunch we joined the hoardes of people heading to the course:
I had never been to the races before and my previous betting experience was limited to an annual flutter on the Grand National. However I did manage to pick one winner (out of 8 races) and I did finish 'up' by £2.50. Mr Crafty Blogger did significantly better, backing 4 of the 8 winners. Here he is "studying the form" or whatever you do when you don't pick horses by their name or the jockey's silks:
(photo was taken on my mobile. If you have an Android phone download Vignette, it's great fun)
Fortunately Mr Crafty Blogger's success meant the drinks were on him!
Finally as this is a craft blog I thought I had better share a card. This is the thank you I made for Kirsty following the photo course:
Thanks for looking,