Olay The Shar-Pei

I know, I have this terrible habit of stopping people and asking if I can photograph their dogs. I wish I was even half as confident asking if I could photograph them, but that’s never the case. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never actually seen a Shar-Pei in real life. They’re quite simply not common dogs in Scotland. Couple that with the fact Olay is a mere 9 weeks old and you can imagine my heart melted a wee bit.

 
 

Greg’s House Party

My friend, Greg, held a house party to celebrate turning 25. It was the day I received my new Bowens umbrella, and naturally I really wanted to play around with it. Soo, I thought it would be great fun if I set my Speedlite up in a corner of the room and attempted a “Photo booth” type thing. It was a big hit, every body loved it (especially once loosened up after a few drinks) and some interesting photos were taken. I think these are my favourite.

 
 

Arabic Gary

Does anyone else have friends that turn up at their house dressed in authentic Arabic garments when they are in fact Scottish? Probably just me.

 
 

It’s all about the roast…

I can’t remember the last time I had a Sunday roast. It was very likely when I lived with my parents, which was a good 7 years ago. I’m not sure what brought the notion on but I just had to have one today! So a trip to Big Slope with Ryan was in order, followed by hot chocolate at Eati Boutiquie. I had been meaning to stop by there before; a “delicatessen and vintage boutique”, which doesn’t seem to be such a rare thing in Glasgow.

My family is also visiting this evening as they’re off to some big do in Glasgow (I wasn’t invited, but I’d rather stay home and play Dragon Age II as I’ve just worked 6 of the last 7 days). Naturally, I took photos of them in their dresses. My sister made the one she’s wearing in the picture.

Man, it felt good to whore my camera today. I love how something so simple makes me so happy.

 
 

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 …

 
 
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