This is just a quick note to say that I’m moving this blog back to my main one, A Writer’s Life. This was only meant to be a side-project but recently it’s started to become a blog in its own right and so I’ve decided to combine them as I don’t have time to maintain both.
Thank you to everyone who has liked and left comments on my posts; I appreciated all your feedback. I’ll still be posting the same kind of content so if you’ve enjoyed any of my photos and posts or are interested in following a struggling writer’s journey to being published, please follow me there. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook as well.
Hope to see you round! Happy reading. ~ CJ.
I tried a bit of light painting last night. Was just experimenting really and thought I’d try to create something a bit like spirographs, which I used to love as a child.
I took this by setting up my camera on a tripod and attaching a torch to the ceiling, then I turned off all the lights, sent the torch spinning and took the shot with a 3 minute exposure. It came out quite well in the end.
I took a few others too. Each one was different based on how it spun and it created some interesting effects. Will have to try it again at some stage.
This is the first song I heard by Gotye. Still an amazing song. Sounds so different to anything else.
Great song. Amazing clip too. Can’t wait for the new album.
A few people have asked what gear I use for my photos, so I thought I’d post a quick photo. I mostly shoot with a Canon 60d. I was using a 600d until recently but decided to upgrade as it felt a little small to hold.
Most of my images are taken with the Canon 15-85mm lens, which is the perfect everyday lens for me. I also use the Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS a lot, particularly for architecture and portraits. I have some other lenses which I use for different occasions as well.
I can’t or don’t always feel like carrying a DSLR around though, so I also have an Olympus XZ-1 which I carry with me most of the time. It’s an excellent compact camera and it’s also great for street photography as people feel more comfortable around it than a DSLR.
I’d highly recommend both cameras for anyone looking to buy a new camera, particularly the Olympus XZ-1. I’ve been very impressed with it, particularly in low light. For most people it’s the only camera they’ll ever need.
My Cameras and Gear:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS
Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro
Canon 300mm f/4 L IS
Nissin Di622 II Flash
Canon Extender 1.4 II (not pictured)
Olympus VF-2 Viewfinder
I ♥ Chocolate!
Bought a pack of M&Ms for the film the other day but forgot to take them in, so thought I’d use them for some photos before eating them. This one came out quite well… tasted yummy too. :)
World peace, one perfect day and a never-ending pack of tim-tams.
The first I can remember is Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991… I’m sure I saw several before that but I can’t remember them. Ironically we’d just come back to Australia from England and my parents took me to see it on a bank holiday, which we thought was a public holiday. Whoops! My mother had to write a note to my teacher, who found it very funny.
Nowadays Thieves is more known for Kevin Costener’s accent but back in 91, I loved it… I had all the toys and everything. It was also the first time I saw Alan Rickman in a film (now one of my favourite actors) and the music was pretty good too.