Dinner at the Rotunda

My new place, which, I know, I haven’t stopped talking about, happens to be next door to a Japanese restaurant. I’ve only lived here two weeks yet I’ve become a regular. So much so that when I last went for dinner I was given freebie food, “especially for you”.

 
 

Pug in the park

So now I’m a fully fledged city girl, my biggest concern has been my dog and where to walk her. Prior to living in Glasgow, she was surrounded by beaches and woodlands (in other words, every dog’s dream). In the city, she’s surrounded by industrial estates and motorways. Luckily for me, I have a great friend who owns a pug, Ella, and showed me a nearby park, resulting in this post — pug in the park!

 
 

I drove a classic Cortina

One of my final days in Inverclyde before up and leaving for the city was spent shadowing professional photographer, Adrian Brannan. Adrian is probably best known for his acclaimed collages of famous Scottish landmarks. However, a local business had restored a classic 70’s Ford Cortina, and Adrian was photographing a feature on it to be included in Classic Ford Magazine. Now, I’m the first to admit cars don’t generally get me excited. I drive a Mini and break out in a sweat every time I’m forced to park it (I wish I was exaggerating), but seeing a professional at work and on such a different scale to what I usually do, was an invaluable learning experience for me.

Undoubtedly the most interesting portion of the day came at the end, when Adrian had rigged the car to take shots of it falsely traveling at 100mph. Whenever I’ve seen these shots I’ve just assumed there was some expanse of quiet road and a damned good driver. Instead it was a crawling car (which I was steering!) and a 10 second exposure. Seeing as I actually got to ‘drive’ the car for this shot, it’s entirely possible my stupid face ends up in the magazine.

 
 
 
 
Q

“I know you own one of these sexy things, and being my first lens with USM (my main lens is a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 that I could have pretty much welded on and been happy) I am pretty sure I’m gonna lose my shit over the quality of the lens when it arrives. Does that sound accurate?” – lancesky

A

It totally sounds accurate. I think my 50mm is my most used lens. Super versatile. And at ƒ1.4 you’re going to be taking some sexy portraits!

 
 
 
 

“There’s so much you can do with an inexpensive camera as long as you commit to really learning your craft.”

Truer words have not been spoken.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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