Photography · Things Before 30

Week in Pictures – Week 5.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

The theme for the weekly photo was Outdoors so I used the photo of the snow topping the mountains I can see from my house. It’s the closest I’ve got to snow and I’m pretty glad about that to be honest.

Photography

Week in Pictures – Week 2.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

The theme for the weekly photo was Colours so I submitted the photo of the lovely sunset from Thursday and my box of multicoloured revision cards.

Photography · Things Before 30

Week in Pictures – Week 1.

This year I’m taking part in two photography challenges, a Photo a Day one and a themed Photo a Week. Each week I’ll blog a slideshow of this week’s photos.

The theme for the weekly photo was Beginnings so I used the photo of my new copy of Phil Vickery’s Seriously Good Gluten Free Baking. It marks the beginning of my plan to try a new recipe out each month for my Things Before 30 list, there are so many fab sounding recipes that I may end up using it for the whole year!

Book Stuff · Sports Thoughts

Wowed by The Men of Warrior.

It is no secret that I love photography. Or that I love tattoos. Or sports movies. Or Tom Hardy. So when I first read about this book I knew that I was going to be a must have for me.

The Men of Warrior is a coffee table photo book featuring some of the men who appear in the upcoming film Warrior. I’ve been pretty excited about this film for some time, it first crossed my radar because it stars Tom Hardy, one of my favourite actors. The film is about two estranged brothers, played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, who both turn to MMA (mixed martial arts) for their own reasons and end up on a collision force to fight each other.

The book features the photography of Tim Palen, Lionsgate’s President of Theatrical Marketing. He photographed Hardy, Edgerton and three MMA fighters who appear in the film, he manages to capture each one perfectly. I flicked quickly through the book when I first got it out of the packaging and knew I needed to spend some time really looking properly at it. There are photographs that capture tiny moments, looking at them you feel like you know exactly what is going through the character’s mind.


These are just a few of the pictures that I instantly loved, they are just my phone pics which don’t remotely do them justice – the book really needs to be seen for real. I know I’m going to be coming back to this book time and time again, and I know that each time I’m going to be seeing things I never noticed before. My anticipation levels for the film are now higher than ever, I can’t wait to see it.

The Gallery

The Gallery : Dads.

This week’s return to The Gallery sees Tara giving us the prompt of Dads.

Whereas it’s quite tricky finding a photo of my mom, my dad is always more than happy to jump in front of the camera. I didn’t need to stop and think about what photo I should use, I knew instantly that it had to be this one:

My brother got married in February, the bride and bridesmaids all wore mini top hats. I think my dad felt a bit left out – we found him snoozing like this the morning after the wedding.

Days Out · Photography

Out and About : Nant yr Arian.

What? Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre

Where? Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth

How much? Free entry, car parking is £1.50

When? Open all year round (apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Red kite feeding takes place at 2pm (3pm during British Summer Time).

There’s no Gallery prompt this week so I thought instead I’d take the opportunity to blog about my trip to the nearby forestry visitor centre to watch the red kites being fed. I recently bought a new camera and helped a friend to pick a new camera so we thought it would be an ideal time to try them out.

Feeding time.

We arrived at Nant yr Arian at about 2.3o giving us enough time to walk down to the lake side and around to the best vantage point to watch the feeding. There were thirty or forty people already mingling around, I spent a lot of time ogling other people’s cameras – lots of people were clearly there to take pictures.

We were aware as 3pm approached that the red kites were starting to circle over head, first the odd one and then a few more. We noticed the ranger appear on the other side of the lake, as soon as she started throwing the food out the skies filled with birds all swooping to get their share. It was an amazing sight, I switched between taking photos and just standing there watching the spectacle.

Always time for tea.
After the feeding slowed down to an occasional opportunistic swoop we carried on walking around the lake. We did the Barcud trail, a circuit approximately 1 km in length with only gentle slopes and a fairly even surface (the Forestry Commission website says that this is suitable for wheelchairs). We stopped at various points round the lake to take more photos, we also visited the kite hide and watched the late eaters from only a few metres away.

When we got back to the start we walked back up to the visitor centre and stopped for a very welcome cuppa. There’s a lovely big balcony area where you can sit with a drink and gaze out over the beautiful landscape – it was the perfect end to a really enjoyable afternoon.