Straight Up Selfy

This is my last straight up self-portrait for 2011. Honestly, I feel like 2011 passed in the blink of an eye, but in reality a lot happened. I moved to the city, took up strength training, went to College, proved that I am not human, and lots and lots of other things. With 2012 approaching – which I’ll be spending the beginning of in Dublin – my mind has of course turned to where I am with my photography.

I want to take more pictures in 2012. I want to take more, better pictures in 2012. I want to practice strobist photography, and I want to do a lot more traveling with my camera (and not be so lazy with …

 
 

The Christmas Market

I’ve had a hard time feeling festive this year. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so busy with work. Usually I take time off at Christmas to slow down and reflect, but I won’t be doing that this year. Or I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve moved to a new apartment where family rarely visit me, therefore I’ve decided to skip on the Christmas decorations.

With that said, I spent most of Saturday at Glasgow’s Christmas market, where I stocked up on mulled wine, Amaretto punch and other festive flavours. I took my 135mm for some street photography, but I actually got pretty tipsy and only snapped a few frames. Oops.

 
 

Christmas Shoppers

Okay, so I’m terribly unorganised. I leave everything to the last minute, which meant that not only did I have Christmas shopping to do, but I had various other finance related things hanging over my head that I needed to deal with. I made a promise to myself that I’d get up early today, head into town and beat the crowd. By 11am I had dealt with the bank, paid off my credit card, posted my Christmas cards, and wrapped up my shopping. And snapped some street photography, too!

 
 

Laurence Deveney

So, I took Laurence to Tribeca over the weekend to get these pancakes I won’t stop talking about. Actually, I had the french toast this time. I think I prefer it. Anyway, it was one of those extremely bitter days, which you can probably tell by the look of Laurence. I’ve always said I like winter, but this year I seem to have gone off it and am weirdly pining for some warmer weather. I hate the bulky clothes and shoes we have to wear in this weather, it makes me feel huge. I’d gladly walk around naked. I’ll do it if you do.

 
 

Sam Brown

After a year since I last saw him, I finally got to catch up with Sam last week. Sam plays video games (although not as much as he should), is a UI designer developer, and gets to travel to New York for work. We took some photos in a rainy Glasgow, and I introduced him to one of my favourite coffee shops, The Hidden Lane Tearoom. By the time we had finished our coffee, the sun was out and I shot right into it with the tiltshift lens. It produced some psychedelic results.

 
 

Hurricane Bawbag

This is what kind of day it was yesterday. It may not look like it from the beautiful light in my apartment, but outside Hurricane Bawbag was brewing. Here’s a picture of it right outside my house. I took Indie out a couple of times yesterday, none of which ended particularly well. Let’s just say I was glad to have the privilege of working from home, therefore hiding inside for most of the day.

 
 

Rick Nunn Visits Glasgow

…And there was a horrendous downpour of torrential rain. Typical! A friend who enjoys shooting as much as I do visits and we can rarely leave shelter. I had made a list, too, and most of it involved being outdoors. Oh well, I guess this means he has to come back. Muhaha.

As you can imagine with Rick visiting (if you follow him at all), there was food, there was coffee, and there were photos with flash (and my lightbulb moment of realising I have to get away from ISO 100 when shooting with flash). Oh, and a wolf thrown in for good measure.

 
 

Three Steps To Heaven

This needs to happen again, and it needs to happen soon. Screw you, Glasgow, and your delectable offer of naughty foods while I’m trying to shape up. *drool*

 
 

Tuna Chunks

A photo taken from a few weeks back that was potentially going to be used in my 52 Weeks of Indie project, or whatever it’s called. Whenever I’m done with my tins of soup, beans etc I give them to Indie to clean with her tongue. No, she won’t cut herself. Bitch is tough.

 
 

French Toast and Maple Syrup in Glasgow’s West End

After cleaning up a delicious plate of french toast in Tribeca, a wee wander around the west end was in order, if only to give myself the illusion I was working off the maple syrup and bacon combo I had just eaten. The west end of Glasgow is very studenty, so despite it being Friday afternoon there were a lot of people milling about; folk coming out of class, or jogging along one of the many beautiful and busy roads. I just love the west end! Also, I am digging the tilt shift against textured backgrounds. Almost as delicious as my french toast.

 
 
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