How and why to use the Polarr photo editor

how to use Polarr photo editor - Bubbablue and me

If you’re just getting into your photography and want to use RAW images rather than Jpegs, you need an editing programme rather than the basics you might use online.  On recommendation I’ve started using Polarr, and want to share what I’ve learnt about it. Everyone seems to opt for Lightroom or Photoshop which do the job brilliantly, but in particular with Photoshop there’s a big learning curve.  There’s also a big expense.  With Lightroom you can pay a one off… Continue Reading “How and why to use the Polarr photo editor”

My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 6

contrajour light through decaying flowers

As part of a flower photography course I’m doing, one lesson was on contrajour – shooting into the light. Given the weather’s been shocking at weekends when I’m around to go out, I’ve struggled to do any of the course since before Christmas.  But it was dry last weekend and we went for a walk on the Snowdrop trail at Evenley Wood Garden, and the light was perfect across these. This was actually shot in daylight but I much preferred… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 6”

Project 52 2018 week 5 – Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

rallye monte carlo historique cars in Banbury

This week I was surprised to find the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in town for the day.  I had a wander round at lunch time. Considering I’d not seen any advertising for it before the day, and that it was a weekday and raining, it was quite busy.  I didn’t get to see the cars driving round, but it was still nice to spot different ones, including Colin McRae’s winning Subaru.

Project 52 2018 week 4 / My Sunday Photo

Sky through the trees

It’s week 4 of Project 52, after a miserable weather week.  It’s really felt like January has just been wind and rain. Roll on blue skies and drier weather so we can get out and about more (or at all). Last weekend N went out with 2 friends and his cousin bowling and then for Pizza Express for his birthday.  He had a great time, while it made me relieved that I only have 1 child and not 4 boys! … Continue Reading “Project 52 2018 week 4 / My Sunday Photo”

My Sunday Photo / Project 52 week 1

ittle amsterdam pancake

Ok, so I couldn’t leave behind my Project 365 totally. Instead of doing a 365, I’m planning on doing a Project 52 with 1 photo a week instead.  I’ve been really slack as well with taking photos, probably as a rebellion against the last 4 years of taking pictures every day. This week has been strange. It’s whizzed by, but has been a lost week. Unproductive, hanging around home, avoiding wherever the OH is because he’s had tonsillitis and can’t… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo / Project 52 week 1”

Flat lay photography props – starting a collection

setting up a flat lay prop box - bubbablue and me

Over the last 2-3 years I’ve really got more into photography.  I wish I’d done so earlier, when N was first born, because we don’t have many really nice photos of him.  But I’m making up for it now, and enjoying photographing different subjects.  I love flower photography – I’m doing a flower photography course at the moment which is stretching me.  Looking at my Instagram account I have anything and everything photographed there. So far flat lay photography hasn’t… Continue Reading “Flat lay photography props – starting a collection”

Project 365 2017 week 52 – the last one

playing rummikub

After 4 years, this is going to be the last one of Project 365 for me.  I may link up one photo a week and do a Project 52 instead, but I’ll have to see what I fancy. N has also put the kibosh on photos of him on the blog so I’m going to have to rethink what the blog’s going to cover and how I can still work round that and continue to have the blog as our… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 52 – the last one”

Living arrows 2017 week 52 – junior tubing

Living Arrows 2017 week 52 - ready for junior tubing

I always think of N as being risk averse. A child who likes to look, examine, judge, and work out the need vs want vs safety aspect before he tries something new.  With slides, he’s always been a little wary although he tends to love them once he’s had a go. But there are still some that he won’t go on even though when he was younger he always wanted to try them. But it seems with snow he has… Continue Reading “Living arrows 2017 week 52 – junior tubing”

My Sunday Photo – pantomime ready

My Sunday Photo - theatre panto

This week’s been a busy one after N broke up from school on Tuesday. What with seeing the Blenheim Palace light displays, meeting up with friends and a trip to Charlecote Park, and then the pantomime. N’s never been to a proper panto before.  Last year the Cinderella performance was more like a play than a pantomime, but the Sleeping Beauty this year was all pantomime.   The last time I was in this local theatre was when I was about… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – pantomime ready”