Iftar

On Friday all my siblings, along with their families, came over for iftar. Iftar is the arabic word for ‘break fast’ and is the meal that we have when its time to open our fast during Ramadan. My sister’s decided to help out and bring along a dish or two to share. We had a whole range of foods and what was planned as small meal quickly became a feast.

Traditionally dates are eaten to open a fast but with a whole range of foods to choose from everyone found something they wanted to eat. There was some delicious, fresh exotic fruit, chicken sandwiches and creamy pasta, as well as my mum’s famous kebabs. There were also some slightly unhealthy but tempting options such as curly fries and samosas. Other foods to eat were chicken curry, chickpea salad and mango salad, and my sister-in-law’s succulent lamb chops. I would have taken more pictures but there came a point where I had to put the camera down and dig in.

For dessert we had a choice of refreshing mango milkshake, sweet jalebi and pretty cakes.

When we put everything down ready to eat we all had some of everything and were soon full to the brim. It was a nice evening with everyone sharing a much needed nourishing meal and good company. I look forward to Eid which isn’t far away now to enjoy another big meal together.

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Golden Hour

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Golden Hour

I love taking photos at this time of day as the effects achieved always look so magical. In this photo I really like how the water seems to glimmer and draws you eye across to the cliffs. What do others think of taking photos at this time of day and are there any tips that you’d like to share?

Durdle Door, Bournemouth

I recently went on a day trip to Bournemouth and in particular to visit Durdle Door. Now, I’d seen a couple of photos on the internet and I had an idea of what to expect, sort of…what I actually found was a breathtaking view of the coast which was amazing. I’ll stop trying to explain and show you my photos instead which I took on my DSLR camera.

This is the view you see from a steep walk down towards the coast; it appears all of a sudden like a well kept secret
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I love how the movement of the water can be seen in the second picture

Then walking further down you see the famous Durdle Door which is also a World Heritage Site

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What I loved the most about this place was that it looked as beautiful in real life as it did in photos I’d seen, in full, vivid colour. I would definitely recommend it as place to visit and to get some amazing shots.

Here a few other photo’s I took

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You can also see my sisters account of the day on her blog Harelquin’s Tea Set

What I’ve learnt so far

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When I started my blog a couple of months ago, my first post was about what I wanted this blog to be about and how I’d just started a photography course. I thought I’d now share some of what I’ve learnt as I have now done several units.

So far I have learnt what different photography terms mean and how to use them, and although I am still trying to put this to use in practice, it certainly makes you think about how to incorporate them into your photos.

For example, depth of field means to take a photo where the subject and the background are all kept in focus

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I also found using different shutter speeds can help create different effects; so a fast shutter speed freezing a picture
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and a slower shutter speed allowing motion to be captured within the picture (sorry this one’s not great, I’m still practicing)

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I think my favourite unit so far though has got to be the one explaining composition, and how placing the subject in the photo in a certain way can tell a story or guide a viewer through the image. Also how to make use of horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines to create a particular feeling. Vertical for enhancing feeling of height
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horizontal for stability
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or diagonal to draw the viewers eye through the image diagonal

I think I’ve always known most of this in my head, of how placing the subject in the frame in different ways can create various moods, and how making details stand out in different parts of an image can also draw the viewers eye in one way or another, but I am finding the course really helpful in just putting into words and better explaining to me how to make my photos stand out by thinking about what I’m trying to convey to the audience.

I’ll post my progress and learning as I continue through the course, and hopefully my photos will gradually improve as I go.