X Factor Auditions and Tapas

Just a few minutes from my house Gary Barlow and the like were auditioning folk for the upcoming X Factor. Indie and I took a wee wonder over with the camera for some crowd shots. Afterwards I had a meeting in the city, followed by an amazing lunch in Tapella with Gary and his musician pal, Ian Thomson (oh, not Gary Barlow). Gary’s just returned from his German tour, but only for 2 days as he’s back on the road this Wednesday. Thanks for lunch, Gary!

 
 

West End Festival

Unbeknownst to me, today was the West End festival held in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park. I had arranged to meet my friend there to walk our dogs, but it turned out to be a bit of a nightmare for dog walking because of how busy it was. On the other hand, I had struck gold with my camera as I love nothing more than being unleashed upon an unsuspecting crowd with my 135mm. With that said, I didn’t get to do much ninja snapping with a dog as demanding as mine, but it looks like the festival returns to Kelvingrove Park later in the month with cinema screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Amazing!

 
 

Friday Night Glow

It was the first peep of sun we’d had in a month or so, or at least it felt that way. This could only mean one thing; a Friday night sesh on the terrace. There’s something really beautiful about the golden light the sun casts as it sets, and it always always always urges me to get my camera out. Always. Fortunately for me, my friends know that having a camera in their face is a given when you hang with me.

I also made a golden hour montage, which I uploaded to Flickr.

 
 
Q

“Do you like/use Aperture better/more than Photoshop?” – James Brown

A

I use Aperture more, and yes, I like it better. Photoshop is so overwhelming, so intimidating. Aperture is a difference piece of software, though, and of course doesn’t pack anywhere close to all the features Photoshop has. PS has its place with me, though, when I’m wanting to drastically change the tone of an image. Working with different layers and changing the opacity, that I can’t do in Aperture.

 
 

My Office

Fancy seeing where I edit my photos? Sure you do. This is one corner of my office. I moved in a couple of months ago and haven’t decorated the place. To be honest, aside from putting a few pictures up and getting rid of those nasty curtains, I’m not sure what I will do. As long as I’ve got my iMac and Aperture (and coffee), it’s all good.

 
 

Indie, my pup

I would like to formally introduce you to my dog, Indie. I don’t think I’ve done that yet, have I? Indie is from Cardonald Cat and Dog home. She was dumped at the grounds where it took staff 4 days to catch her (it was only because she got stuck in a fence that she was eventually caught). She was quickly re-homed, but they brought her back after a week because she was difficult. I’ve had her for 4 years, I think.

I also took this photo of her just a few minutes ago. I think she got a good home, huh? Oh, and if my mum sees this, yes, I know I still haven’t called the estate agent …

 
 

The King Hats @ King Tuts

Last night was a really good night for me, I got to have drinks with guys I haven’t seen in a good 5 years. 6 years ago I was playing in a band with them, but after my dad died I left to concentrate on my business. Now I’m living in Glasgow it makes it easy to keep in touch with so many people. We started off at Tuts where some guys I knew from high school were playing their first gig in a year, and we ended the night in Nice n Sleazies for the £2.50 White Russians.

Most of these shots were taken between ISO 2000 – 5000. The 5D copes well with noise, but I find the auto focus in low light conditions is pretty poor.

 
 

Lookbook

A lookbook is a collection of photographs compiled to show off a model, a photographer, a style, or a clothing line. It is an especially popular term with “fashion bloggers” and is even the name of a website: (Lookbook.nu). — Wikipedia

A stylish grey and white fur coat complimented with a red harness and piercing blue eyes. Can you say fierce? I took a photo of this girl’s sister and posted it on my Flickr.

 
 

A Baby

I think I’m the least maternal woman I know. I talk to kids like adults, I shake their hands when I introduce myself, and when I tell them I work in the insurance industry, I follow it up with “So, what do you do?”. But when I was given this baby to feed, I couldn’t help but feel something. It was fun, and calming, and natural, and I thought maybe if I could skip the whole giving birth part, I might get myself one of these in the future. Or another dog. I haven’t decided yet.

 
 

Yo! Sushi

I had a really enjoyable lunch at Yo! Sushi the other day. As much as I like that place, I usually find it too busy and polluted with noise, but we seemed to find a reasonable time to eat (just after 1pm on a Monday). I think I’m borderline addicted to sushi, though there could be worse foods to crave I guess. Anyway, the format of Yo! Sushi suits my appetite; I like the small dishes you can choose as you please and pick at. I wasn’t overly impressed with the pancakes though. Oh, and the lighting is awful for photos!

 
 
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