Countryfile PHOTOGRAPHY Comp!

My mum and dad watch Countryfile most Sunday nights and last week I was around and heard about their calendar competition they run every year. Having started photography a couple of months ago, I thought I would give it a go and enter! What have I got to lose right?! It can only improve my skills.

This year the theme was ‘From Dawn to Dusk’ which basically means literally anything! Obviously it has to be something to do with the show, I.e landscapes, animals, etc but it seemed to be so open this year! They select 12 winners for the calendar and the main winner selected by the judges wins some photography equipment worth £1000! How amazing is that! It seemed pretty simple to me, I just wanted to enter for the experience more than anything, but obviously been selected would be absolutely amazing!

Myself and my family visited Bakewell last weekend which was the ideal opportunity to capture some pictures! I personally think I managed to get some great pictures, but of course I’m bias! I didn’t have much time to plan what I was going to take, it really was just a spur of the moment thing! Here are the photos I entered into the competition..

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I’m not too sure what happens next, I think the photos appear on their website and people vote for their favourites. If that is the case, I’ll be sure to let you know! What do you think of my photos? I’m always wanting to learn more!

Bye for now,
Emily Jane
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NEW Camera Kit.

As you all may know by know, I have recently started learning about photography, and I’m now ready to start putting what I have learnt into action! I have spent a lot of time reading and researching into what equipment I need to improve my photos but most importantly protect my camera when I am out and about taking photos.

Having found out what I needed I went online to try and find the items. I have come to understand that photography is a very expensive hobby! But I also found out with the certain small accessories I need, it has been said that it doesn’t really matter if you don’t have the top notch brands, you just need them to simply protect your camera. So, with being a new amateur photographer, I decided to try and find the cheapest option available, there’s no point spending too much money if you don’t need to right?!

I headed to eBay, where else do you find things for cheap?! With my camera being new I didn’t really want to buy second hand products, but I still found them for cheap brand new! Here’s what I bought …

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They came as two different packages, one from a company called ‘Sentik’, and the other from a company called ‘K&F concept’, which is quite a well known camera accessory online shop.
In the first package was a camera lens cleaning kit with a hurricane blower, microfiber brush and a cleaning cloth. (All pictured above) This kit was only £4.29, what a bargain! This kit speaks for itself really it is needed to keep the lens clean, to protect it and of course keep your photos as clear as possible.
In the second package there are UV CPL & FLD filters which came with their own little case, a lens hood, a cleaning cloth, a lens cover string and a keeper pen set. (All pictured above). This set was a little pricer at £15.99, but still very cheap when you compare it to other brands or if you were to buy each item separately. The filters are used to again protect the lens from any damage, if dropped or hit against something. The UV filter doesn’t change the image at all, it’s just a layer of protection for the lens. The other two however, change your image by working with light in different ways. (I need to do more research on these, they came as an added extra, I only wanted the UV filter really!). The lens hood is used to help make your photos better as it blocks out unwanted light, making your image stronger and balanced. I made sure I got a 58mm set too, as I have a 18-55mm lens at the moment.

I hope this post has been of some help. Good old eBay saves the day again! I can’t wait to try out my new little accessories tomorrow. Do you have any advice on anything else you think I need to protect my camera or make my images better? I know that a tripod is definitely on the cards soon! Let me know below.

Bye for now,
Emily Jane
xoxox

My NEW Baking Adventure.

As you may know I’ve wanted to start some new hobbies for a while now and I have finally found some that I am really enjoying! I am absolutely loving my photography and of course Blogging but a fairly new one for me is Baking. I have finally got to a stage where I feel I can share my baking with you as I’m proud of what I’ve made! It finally looks AND tastes good. I’ve been trying for a while, I’ve tried so many different recipes but this is the first to turn out okay! (I guess everyone has to start of somewhere, and takes a while to learn new things).

I am not one for cooking and I never have been but I’ve promised myself I am going to learn and I’m actually loving it! I’m starting with simple baking and then moving on to meals. So you can prepare for even more baking posts in the near future! I have new bakeware and everything that I can’t wait to share with you.

The first cake I want to share with you is a  Choc- Raspberry cheesecake! I’ve messed around taking photos, all quite similar I know  but I couldn’t decide. I’m combining my baking and photography! Take a look..

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Here’s the recipe from the book: ‘Cookies, Muffins + Cakes’ by Murdoch Books. And also some added tips of my own;

Ingredients

150g Sweet Biscuits, crushed
80g Unsalted Butter, Melted
1 Tablespoon Gelatine
100g White Chocolate
125g Cream Cheese
90g Caster Sugar
250ml Cream
1 egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
300g of Raspberries

(My grandma has always told me that the key to a good cake is to judge the amount of ingredients, and I totally agree! I added more of certain elements if it was tasteless or the wrong colour! Don’t be afraid to experiment, they are only there as a little guideline!)

Recipe

1. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper, covering the base and overhanging sides.

2.Mix together the biscuit crumbs, and melted butter and press evenly into the prepared tin. Refrigerate until set. I found that it took nearly 45 minutes to set completely!

3. Dissolve the gelatine in two tablespoons of  warm water and then leave to cool . I found that it needed a little more water to dissolve the gelatine packet; Id say 6 tablespoons. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and sit over a saucepan, then stir until melted.

4. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and creamy. This didn’t need a lot of stirring at all! Beat in the egg, cream and vanilla until just combined. Very slowly whisk in the cooled gelatine and melted chocolate and mix just until combined. Again don’t over do it, look for a smooth white mixture and then stop.

5. Pour the mixture over the set biscuit base, and then scatter the raspberries on top. Refrigerate overnight. It definitely needed overnight, make sure you don’t rush to eat it, let it settle and set in time, I promise you will get a better result if you have patience.

What do you think? Not too bad for a first tempt of a cheese cake ey? I’m pretty proud. Have you done any baking recently? Id love to see some photos!

Take care,

Emily Jane

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*RECIPE IS NOT MY OWN