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Just a quick grab shot with my iPhone today as busy editing.

Thanks to Beth for pointing me in the direction of a wonderful toolkit on wheels for all my arty supplies when doing workshops


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JMH_5792aI was invited to run a workshop for the Creative Learning Network at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. What a lovely way to spend an evening. We used my #littlepeople and had access to the Museum after hours. It’s an amazing space and I fully intend visiting again with my camera! The workshop participants all joined in with enthusiasm.


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After taking photos of the dried hydrangeas I had in the house last week, I found one solitary hydrangea in the garden. It is obviously in a different condition to the ones in the house – no colour left and paper thin petals. Cobwebs if you look closely but so photogenic!


Dry some of your flowers and then photograph them in natural light – when they have no colour you concentrate more on the lines and the form of the flower

10th January 2015 10/365

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I was fortunate to work with a lovely group of people in Derby yesterday. Above is my friend the amazing Dave Harris @bravehead who is the Managing Director of Independent Thinking (spot the tie)


We were working with WWEPuk (World Wide Education Project UK) http://www.wwep.org.uk/ – I’m fortunate to be going to work in a refugee camp called Kakuma – in NW Kenya in March with my friend Debbie Kidd @debrakidd

I will keep you up to date with our plans as well as photos during the visit (obviously!) hopefully we will set up a separate blog so people can follow our progress.


PS The weather (wind in particular) was awful! The header image is Sheffield Train Station

9th January 2015 9/365



Busy day today, hospital and doctors as well as work and Skype calls to sort! BUT I promised I would push myself so spent some time with some dried ( i.e dead) flowers – you get so much texture from these!


To get a white background – use natural light – place your flower in front of a window. Buy a sheet of opaque plastic (£3 Paperchase) and use this as a backdrop – this will allow light in but avoid having your garden itself as the background of the images.

Use spot metering.



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Today was a ‘Tommy Day’  (Our grandson) We love having him as he is just such a bundle of love. He was born with a shortened right forearm and no hand on his right arm (although he does have a smiley face on it) due to amniotic band anomaly. You can see from the photo above that he uses his little arm in exactly the same way as his other arm. He can hold and support toys and is learning every day – we are so proud of him! I’m reading lots at the minute about prosthetic hands made from 3D printers. He is due to go back to see the prosthetic dept next month. If you follow this blog then Tommy will feature heavily and you will be able to see his progress

He is much loved.

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Today’s photo is just an iPhone image. I’ve been into town (Barnsley) to have my hair cut today and so took a quick shot. These type of images are important – if you look at old images of London or American diners etc they are the everyday lives of people that tell us so much now. Who know if we will have market stalls in town centres in a hundred years!


Shoot what you see – photography has so many purposes.

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I’ve not been well today – aches and pains all over – so I worked in the kitchen with my mac on my knee and my camera beside me. I love our garden. This morning there were 4 female pheasants, 2 robins, several great tits, blackbirds, pigeons, a dunnock and obviously THAT squirrel!


To get the  birds in your garden to be brave enough to come and get food which is near your window can take a long time! It took several months but it’s worth it – if you place an old spade handle or watering can next to the food source they will land on this to give you an interesting shot.



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We are very fortunate to live near an RSPB site so we get lots of birds in our garden including  bullfinches, woodpeckers and sparrowhawks. The photo above shows my ‘nemesis’ we have a running battle as this squirrel constantly eats a lot of the food that we put out for the birds. He is really cheeky and just stares at me when I try to shoo him away!


If you are shooting an animal or bird that moves quickly you will need to use a fast shutter speed or wait patiently until it settles.