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!



Animated A-Z: Astro

This is the first letter of my animated alphabet, and you’ve guessed it, they’re also going to be alphabetically themed, because who doesn’t love a good theme? Style wise, I think I’m going to vary across a number of different methods, as this will make sure I branch out a bit as I go along.

So first up, A for Astro!


This was a relatively quick animation to complete, it took me about an hour from start to finish, as boy that’s a lot of stars to individually move, twice. Originally I had it planned out as 2 seconds, but as I wanted it to loop nicely I decided to extend it a second to include the explode at the end and the fade-in at the beginning.

I’m really happy with the outcome, and think it’s a great kick off to the new series!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.



That’s a lot of position key frames!