48hrs in Copenhagen

In actual fact it was a lot less than 48hrs, but who can say no when your boyfriend offers to fly you out to Copenhagen for the weekend? So off I went, after work on Friday, to meet up with Nic after his work’s summer party in the capitol of Denmark.

We had a whirlwind adventure over the next two days as we tried to visit as much as we could in the glorious Danish sunshine! Copenhagen is a beautiful City, Nic is there a lot for work so he was a great tour guide and it was so lovely to have a little holiday with him.

All these photos were all taken on my new Olympus OM-D Mark 2.

Enjoy!

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Olympus OM-D River Adventure

Nic, and his lovely parents, bought me a beautiful Olympus OM-D Mark 2 for my birthday! I have been in love with it ever since, and it’s hardly left my side.

Last week I had the most incredible day when I was promoted to Senior Digital Designer, and then was lucky enough to go to a meeting which required us to get a private boat over the Thames to get to their offices. After the meeting I got a Thames Clippers boat all the way from North Greenwich to Westminster to make the most of my new beautiful camera and the glorious sunshine! It was honestly just the best day.

Here’s a couple of snaps from my river adventures!

And we’re back!

We’ve been back in the full swing of London life for two whole weeks now! Though it’s only now that I’ve found the time to sit down and write this blog post. Our (Nic and I) mini travel/jaunt around Spain was wonderful.

We visited Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and finally a relaxing stop in Ibiza. The weather was pretty much at least 35 degrees celsius everyday degrees, with a number of days going over 40. Nic and I have since settled on 37 degrees as the temperature we start to shut down from life…

So without further ado, here’s some of my favourite photos from each of our destinations!

Madrid
We stayed Madrid for 4 nights – it was scorching there! The heat was emphasised by us not having a beach or a pool nearby. But the city itself was beautiful, and we had a wonderful time. It was here we walked on average 10 miles a day and began our journey of drinking copious amounts of sangria.

Barcelona
After Madrid we hopped on the train to Barcelona for 3 short nights. We were so happy to finally be in the sea, and we had a cheeky rooftop pool in Barcelona, so all was well. It was another city where we did so much walking everyday. We fell in love with Barcelona, and really hope to go back very soon.

Valencia
Another (slightly longer) train ride, and we were in Valencia for 2 nights. It was here the temperature was over 40 for the two days. I have few photos from here as we spent our time running from shade to shade! But we again had a wonderful time frolicking in the sea and eating some incredible food.

Ibiza
After a very short flight on a very small plane, we arrived in Ibiza, our home for the last 5 days of our holiday. The Island was absolutely gorgeous, but definitely the most touristy of our stays. We woke up at 6am to watch the sunrise over the sea whilst drinking Sangria, that’s my highlight of the holiday. The rest of our time in Ibiza was spent either snorkelling or swimming in the sunshine, it was a blast.

I didn’t want to bog you down with an over abundance of photos from our trip (I took over 800, whoops). But if you do want more, then check out my daily blog, where I posted everyday and have done for over 400 days now!

Please let me know if you like this holiday summary, as I tried to keep it brief, but if people do want more photos or a more indepth post, then I will happily oblige!

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer, I know I have! I’ll be working on my next animation over the next couple days, so look out for that.

Thanks for reading,
Steph

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta!

Yesterday Nic and I took a trip to Bristol to go to the hot air balloon fiesta! It’s an event I’ve been meaning to go to for the longest of times… Last weekend I happened to enquire about the date and found out it was the following Sunday. We had that day free, so we thought, why the hell not?! I live my life by doing whatever makes me and Nic happy, and jumping in the car with our cameras at the ready is certainly high up on the happy list!

Here’s my favourite shots that I took yesterday on my Olympus E-500. Hope you like them!

Steph

Close-up of Nature

Last Christmas, my lovely boyfriend, Nic, bought me a miniature set of lens’ for my phone. I immediately fell in love with them (and him a bit more) as they were so adorable and easy to use. Due to the macro lens included, I also swiftly fell in love with close-up photography of flowers all over again.

The first time I fell in love with it I was about 14, when I got my first camera that had a macro feature. I enjoyed discovering a pattern that you didn’t know was there, until you got quite up close and personal with a daisy. It’s my LGG4 I love now, for it’s manual camera mode. Having access to a manual focus setting makes the world of difference when taking these types of photos, especially on a mobile.

So without further ado, here’s some of my recent photos! Some are using the lens, some aren’t, I’ve added captions so you can see which is which! If you like them, be sure to check out my daily photography blog, as you might also like that too.

Thanks for reading,
Steph

It’s all Sunshine and Daffodils 

Monkeying around in CardiffFrom a foreign country, hello! This weekend I’ve travelled many miles from London to my homeland of Cardiff to visit my wonderful Mum for Mother’s Day. It’s been quite a stereotypically girly weekend full of shopping, wine, a spot of running (finally!) and mostly frequently and importantly, cake.

Prior to all the cake, this week has been full of less enjoyable illness and boxes. Nic has a bad case of a throat infection, whilst I have been continuing with stage 2 of our house move, packing up our life into easily movable bite size chunks (whilst praying that they don’t end up in even smaller chunks at the other end..).

I’ve made a lot of progress in work this week, after having an Adobe After Effects course rescheduled, I decided to have a crack at it myself. I’m just finishing off a blog post about material design which incorporates this new found skill – it should be up by tomorrow lunchtime.

It’s all feels very ‘calm before the storm’ right now in our flat. We’re still making good progress on preparation before the more, even with Nic’s newfound husky personality, so fingers crossed next weekend will continue just as smoothly. Here’s to us being happy and settled in our new home by this time next week, exciting!

Pictures:
Top picture: Me, monkeying around in Llandaff fields!
1. Nic’s cameras ready for their bubble wrap jackets
2. Reading and working on the train to Cardiff
3. Daffodils outside Cardiff Castles
4. Crocus’ over the path from the daffodils

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IMG_0156  Flowers in Cardiff

Travelling – Havana, Cuba!

Last June my Sister, Mum and I went on a holiday to Cuba! First stop was Havana for a few days. It turned out to be one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been! It was so colourful, and with such interesting and nice people. A truly beautiful city, I’d definitely recommend you visit, and I hope to go back there.

Here’s a small selection of photos I took from the days we were in Havana. I took around 2,000 over the whole two weeks holiday, and will be putting a selection of them up in a few blog posts similar to this. 

(Might have to wait a little bit for all the photos to load! Thanks)

Day 1 –
We arrived early evening after a ten hour flight and had dinner on our hotel rooftop restaurant next to the pool. Cuban food is very basic (meat and rice etc) but it’s always beautifully cooked, and tasty. Here’s a couple images of the views as the sun set, the views from the roof and the pool. It was a quiet evening as we were all quite jet lagged.

    

    

Day 2 –
Today was our first full day in Havana. Went on an open top car tour of the city in the morning,, which was great (as really cheap thanks to the exchange rate, definitely recommended). My sister speaks Spanish so she translated what the driver was saying, although a lot of them can speak English. They recommend you get one called from your hotel reception, as they are safer and less likely to rip you off! All the cars here are beautiful, something I don’t normally notice about cities.

We then went to a Havana Cigar factory/work house, but sadly you can’t take photos as it’s an actual work place. The rest of the day we sat by the pool and just relaxed.

    

    

    

Day 3 –
We went to the large indoor market today, it was very hot, but we bought a fresh coconut to share as we walked around. After that we went for a walk around the older part of Havana. We saw some very interesting people, who are all so friendly! Most of the people are there for their photo to be taken, but they are big on tips (little money to us, is a lot to them).

It’s a wonderful place to take photos, around each corner there is going on! A celebration, an interesting car or street, wonderful people, it’s so bustling with life!


    

    

     

    

    

    

    

    

    

Day 4 –
Our last day in Havana. We did more sightseeing around different parts, and got a horse and carriage ride! I was sad to leave Havana as it was so beautiful and interesting, I would love to go back again and experience more, hopefully I will.

Later that day we left to go to Varadero, where I’ll do another blog post on soon, so keep an eye out!

    


     

    

    

    

I’ve also got another daily photography blog, and covered these few days and the rest of my holidays if you’re interested! They start here!

http://kultapanda365.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/120611/