Adventure Brown

Im Lew - A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I'm doing it anyway - expect all sorts of randomness.

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Ive been scrolling through a lot of images recently, both my own and online just for a bit inspiration. What I have noticed about my images compared to others is how natural they are. How I never get my son to pose for a photo, I always let him do his thing.

How do I capture them? it really is easy, as long as you know your camera and you know what type of shot your looking for then you should know what settings to use, unless your using your mobile of course, by settings im presuming your using a SLR.

Settings can vary so me telling you what settings to use might be wrong. Settings change with every scene, different weather and the speed in which our children move.

The only thing I can help with is telling you my settings.

If you want high action shots, like the picture of my dog below. Then you need a high shutter speed, and a mid range ISO. So for example, this image was shot at 1/1600 – F8 – iso 650, I also set the camera on high speed shutter, when I hold my finger down on the shutter it will take multiple images in quick succession. These settings were used to capture how fast the dog was racing through the water. The same settings can be used for children running, jumping, climbing, swinging, you name it.

Gear I used here was the Sony A6000Sony 55-210 

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Natural photos can be used for capturing the fur baby as well as our children.

 


I generally take up a seat somewhere and let my son play, this way he kind of forgets im there and just enjoys his play, this way I get better photos, as he is at that age now where he gets a little camera shy, or when he realises his photo is being took, he will pull silly faces.

 

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Its not rocket science on taking images like these, but it still requires patience as we all know how things pan out when we plan something when children are involved, but you just need to let kids be kids.

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This was set up using a tripod, and I left it there, connected my Sony A600 I was then able to watch him play then snap a photo when he came close the camera. Because I had this set up I wanted to use my wide angle lens, as if I had a zoom on then it wouldn’t have worked, so I set this up using the Samyang 12mm

My settings here were totally different, As my son wasn’t moving quickly there wasn’t a need for a fast shutter, this was shot as 1/1000 – f8 – iso400.

 

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I love this photo taken from the same location as above, I personally think it portrays what our kids should be like in todays society. Here he has his Joules Wellies on, Oliviers Boutique foxy leggings, and Zara puffa coat, its a great miss mash but just look how much fun he is having. and thats what I love about totally natural photos.



This is what I love about photography. sometimes its not always about the gear you have its about time and patience, going out with your family and having fun and just taking images, of course having a dedicated camera helps due to the quality of images they produce and if you are wanting prints doing – then having a decent cameras helps.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Is there such a thing as a perfect family car? A car that fits everything in and meets our safety requirements? A question I ask myself a lot.

If there is, then I have yet to find it. We currently have 2 vehicles at home, our second vehicle is a van, which isn’t ideal to go anywhere in as it only has 2 seats. However it serves the purpose for getting me A to B and using for the allotment.

Our main car is a Nissan Quashqai which the missus drives daily. We have had this car for 2 years now and at first I thought we had found “the one”, a perfect family car…until we had our second child.

Now I must admit for day to day trips around the doors, off to the shops and the school run – the car is a good fit. However when having two isofix car seats in place it leaves little room for anything else in the back of the car; certainly not another human sitting in and belted up!

We have just been on holiday for a week and we have to use a roof box to put our luggage in, but the car is still full to the brim with the overspill , plus the babies Bugaboo (dont get me started on the size of these things – small car size in itself) and then a labrador to squeeze in amongst the chaos!

We are now looking at getting a new bigger family car to accommodate our family in the next year. So if anyone has found their ideal family car – please please send answers on a post card!!

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Glen Douglas is just one amazing location here in Argyll and Bute, The place itself is home to the MOD, so when your travelling here, do be careful.



I came from Arrochar and drove along the A814 you will see the sign for Glen Douglas. Taking a left turn you drive a steep bank until you reach flat ground. There are two routes you can take. Right takes you further up the mountain, but it is pot luck where the barrier will be open as it is used for military training, But if it is open you will be greeted at the end with fantastic views right down Loch Long. But when I was there I think it was closed due to the recent bad weather we have had.

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On this occasion I continues up the road which takes you a beautiful scenic route through the mountains, the road itself takes you from Arrochar all the way to Loch Lomond, there are plenty of passing places which offers amazing view for photos.

As I drove along the road I was greeted by some wild Deer and Stags, I got a few images but there not great. After driving a long the road a bit further I stopped and at a location looking down the valley with the river running through.

Its one of those time when something doesn’t go right but ends up turning out pretty well.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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There are two sides of the coin when it comes to homework, some parents agree with the concept and others are against it all together.

 

I’m somewhere in the middle I think, but I am yet to experience an older child with hoards of homework that they are refusing to do! I guess though my opinion lies within the region of: its good for kids to get homework to continue their learning journey at home, but within reason. I think its important to also have time on a weekend and an evening to practise other hobbies, explore the outside world and imaginative play!



When I was at school, I never completed any homework from what I can remember – I got it, but it was tossed away and I just wasn’t interested once I was older. But even as a younger child in primary school, I cant remember sitting down doing my times tables or reading a reading book. Maybe if I had actually done it,  I may have had a better outcome from school. At the time though I just wasn’t interested, I just wanted to be out playing football with my friends, school wasn’t important to me at all.

In recent years I have had my fair share of seeing and helping with homework, my nephew who is now 10 and in the all important SATs year of primary school, has had homework of some description from around Year 3. I have been there to help on occasions, but some of the things he has brought home was ridiculous in my opinion. Most of the time it comes with little instructions and relies on the child to have listened to the instructions when been giving it at school. Surprisingly enough my nephew rarely has listened and it becomes a guessing game of what on earth needs completing! As the years have gone on he has become less and less interested in completing the homework. I must admit too, some of the techniques of teaching them mathematics for example is beyond me and I fear that I may teach him the incorrect method.

My son who is 3 years old, has recently started nursery and within his first week he had “homework”. Now I say homework in the lightest of terms. Each week he can choose a story sack all based on different themes that they may happen to be learning about within the nursery setting. So for example one week he has had a story sack on Dinosaurs. Inside the bag is a selection of toy dinosaurs, a book, this one helping to teach each dinosaur and their attributes and a few laminated work sheets related to dinosaurs with a wipeable pen to encourage them to draw the letter shapes or count numbers for instance.



Zach chooses to get one each week – without us encouraging him and if he asks to use it at home then I will happily sit with him for as long as he wants to play. This way I feel he will learn to enjoy doing his own “homework” and hopefully carry on in years to come eagerly completing it.

We were also given a blank hardback book.  The idea behind the book is homework for us in a sense. Parents are asked to fill the book with different photos and stories for example of what your child has been up to. This way they can take it in for carpet time and share their adventures and photos with their peers, and teachers can relate to the Childs life outside of the learning setting.

So for instance we have put in photos of the different places we have visited on a weekend – so he has photos of us seeing the tropical animals at Lanchester Garden Centre, photos from our visit to the Life Centre and Ice skating, and a ticket from seeing Monstersaurus at the Gala Theatre in Durham. Most importantly to Zach though is a photograph of him out sledging for the first time when we had snow a few weeks ago and he was proud as punch taking it in to show his teachers! Proof that even the smallest of things that don’t cost us the earth as sometimes the most enjoyable or important to them!

What’s your thoughts on homework??

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Located on a small island on Loch Awe in Scotland is a very beautiful picturesque place, surrounded by mountains and not far from the village of Lochawe.

The Castle Itself is only ruins but most of the structure is still standing. I was looking for places to photograph when I came across this stunning place. I headed there for photos, even though the weather was terrible, non stop rain, sleet and snow couldn’t put me off.

You can see the castle when travelling along the A819 but the car park its self is quite easy to miss as it isn’t sign posted anywhere. as you come to end of the A819 you come to a junction, right leads to to Crianlarich and left leads you to Lochawe –  take the left turn and about 200-400 yards along the road there is a dirt track on your left, take this road and park your car where you can, there is no designated space.

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As you walk down the road the path folks into 2 paths, one takes you across the railway which you cannot do and the other takes you along and under the railway bridge to a gate. There are live stock in the field so if you have a dog, please be careful. The path leading to the castle itself is very flat, if you struggle to walk or have a buggy then you will have no issues with this walk.

Once you reach the castle you can walk round both ways to the beached area at the back, when I visited it was very windy and wet, so not the best to pack a picnic, but on a nice summers day this will be a perfect day out with the family, lots of room for the kids to play and the dogs can run free.

Amazing views of the mountains around

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The path leading up to the castle ruins

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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