Friday, 28 September 2012

New camera :)

Apologise for the poor quality picture,
this was taken on my mobile
As some of you may, or may not know, I have decided to apply for university and hopefully (if I get in) I will be studying photography. It has been an interest and hobby of mine for over 2 years now and in my opinion, I have improved considerably. Some of the pictures I took with my digital camera 2-3 years ago were not that bad, getting an upgrade to my last camera (Fujifilm S2500HD) did really help and allowed me to improve and change various settings on the camera. Since I am hopefully going to uni next year, I decided I needed a better camera, so I got myself a Nikon D5100. I did a lot of research, looking at different websites and reviews to help me decide what camera I could get within a budget. I also looked to see what students who also study photography bought camera wise and the D5100 had good reviews as well as other cameras.  I was very happy to get my camera, the only downside was paying extra for delivery by 13th September, got it on the 14th. The camera itself was much better then my high expectations. It is more difficult to use then my previous camera and instructions are on a CD (still not looked at yet) but in time I will get used to using the camera. I have taken a few pictures on my camera which I will write about soon, but I am not sure when I'm am able to take more pictures due to not wanting to go out in Harlow alone with a fairly expensive camera. It is a shame that I am unable to go out and take pictures and feel safe in my home town, but it is better to be safe then sorry.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Olympic torch comes to Harlow, Essex

It was an early start, the morning of the Olympic torch coming to Harlow, as Harlow was the starting location for the Olympic torch on day 50. Despite being 30 minutes early, there were crowds of people along the whole length of the journey around Harlow's town centre. We were lucky to avoid any rain, not that rain would have dampened the spirit of Harlow! There was a small delay in the torch arriving at Harlow. I stood near the start of the torch's journey through Harlow, this was strategic as I had enough time to get to the end of the torch's journey, so I could take more photos. Even though I was alone most of the day I enjoyed myself, there was music at the watergardens and in the Harvey Centre. Since the Olympics, I have noticed more people cycling around Harlow and an increase of promotion of cycle tracks, which I hope will last for years to come.

Some more of my pictures are also on the ITV Anglia website under the heading ''Day 50 - Olympic torch relay''

Jazz Blaack

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Trip to London

I went to London after my birthday, mainly to see the sights of London. Despite it's bad reputation at times, I really like London, there is a lot you can do for free such as visit museums and visit various gardens. I visited the Palace of Westminster and the London eye (didn't go on it, scared of heights) which I have seen several times. I also went to London Aquarium, I went there 5 or 6 years ago, a lot has changed, my favourite part was seeing the penguins. A new experience for me was visiting Kensington Gardens, it is a beautiful area where you can relax away from the rush of the London Underground. I really enjoyed myself, it was a dry, sometimes cloudy day, I was thankful it didn't rain. I took a lot of photos on that day (over 200). I have put a few on here, if you have added me on facebook, you are likely to have seen them already as some of them are on there.