BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2015 – Photography

Never in a million gazillion years did I think I’d find myself on the shortlist for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging awards 2015.  However, I seem to have been wrong and in “Category 8 – Photography) there is the link to my little blog – as nominated by my peers in the blogging world.  Thank you all for nominating me – I’m stunned.


Voting closes tomorrow (15th May 2015) so if you’d like to vote for me (and surprise me even further) I would be very grateful.  I think.  Maybe.

I’m doing what I love – it’s good for my health, it’s good for my soul and it’s good for my family.  It’s not so good for my bank balance but hey…

Photography For Bloggers – Part 5 – Inspiration

The week following the BlogOn conference at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester seems to have passed in a blur.  For those of you that were there, thank you so much for your feedback, tweets, comments and mentions – I will get the photos I took on on the day up as soon as I’ve had a look through them.

For those of you who weren’t there (book for next year, or for Winchester…) I spoke about finding inspiration for your photography and how you can make your pictures really tell the story and spark inquisitive minds.  For me, the world around me is my inspiration (that sounds so arty – I assure you I’m not) – everything from nature to engineering, patterns to penguins and pretty much everything in between.  I also take, as I said at BlogOn, some really shit photos.  Really awful ones – ones that are missing the subject matter completely, are out of focus and just horribly wrong.  The wonder of living in our digital age is that those pictures are exactly what the delete button is made for.

I watched a live photography workshop/lesson online a while back – a wildlife photographer was talking about how he got the most amazing pictures of otters and various other species in America.  He had people to help him carry stuff, set up his lenses, build him shelters and, quite probably, someone in charge of making the coffee.  He maintained that he kept every one of the thousands of images he takes.  He also said that he has someone who goes through all his images for him (oh the luxury…) and I would hazard a bet that his assistant sometimes finds an image of just a tail, or a blank image and hits delete too – but doesn’t tell him.  As long as you learn from taking that awful photo, it’s all good – practise is everything.

I’ve put together my slides (this time in the right order!) for you from my presentation.  They weren’t intended to be a ‘look at the amazing photos I can take’ collection (and if you felt that, I apologise), more a selection of ideas and prompts to help you take photos that compliment your words beautifully and make the reader think “wow”.

Predicting the General Election 2015 Results – With the Celery of Truth

The children are learning about the upcoming General Election about school.  Although (along with many of the children in the country I suspect) they are more concerned about which colour I am going to vote for, rather than policies, they’re engaged and interested.

The Cheetah Keeper and the rest of his Year 3 companions, are also learning about plants, flowers and how water carries up a plant using capillary action.  He came home last week, desperate to reproduce the food colouring/water/celery experiment and (after I had silently praised myself for having both the food colouring and celery available) I asked him what colour(s) we needed to colour the water.  His answer – the political party colours to predict the General Election results… and henceforth the celery of truth experiment commenced.

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Now, slightly foolishly, I left the project running whilst I went off the BlogOn conference over the weekend, so by the time I got back, we had slightly fizzy celery, however, the Celery of Truth has predicted the 2015 General Election results as follows (in no particular order):

UKIP – only half the celery turned purple (vertically) and then it all drooped

Green – solid block of colour but didn’t actually travel very far

Lib Dems – entire celery went very pale yellow quickly but then did nothing else

Labour – took a long time for anything to happen then formed a strong block of red at the bottom of the stalk and stayed very pale on the top

Conservatives – strong streaks of blue all the way up the celery but nothing consistent

As much as this was an excellent example of capillary action (and how gel food colouring makes your hands look like you’ve been in some form of bizarre massacre), I do wonder whether it could be strangely accurate…

Will the Celery of Truth be correct? – I guess we’ll find out on Friday!general election 2015, predicting general election results