Wildlife Photography, shooting birds at Sherwood

This week I have been to Center Parcs in Nottingham, so my options for doing any serious photography were limited there are lots to photograph but nothing that really makes me want to go out and shoot. Every year when we we arrive, my partner always puts out fat balls for the birds, just so the kids can watch the wildlife right out the window. Having a Sony A6000 and some exciting apps. I can connect to the camera via wifi, this isn’t new but still clever since technology has come a long way since the 35mm film days. I…

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Baby Nursery build

Let’s talk about children’s bedrooms and some dad hacks. What ideas did you have for your children’s bedrooms when you found out you were expecting? Or as your children are growing and their tastes ever changing. I now have 2 children, one 3 years old and one 10 weeks old. Baby E is still in our roomat the moment so the nursery is unoccupied but I have still worked my magic on decorating it and we use it daily. We have re-used Zach’s old furniture ( cotbed, drawers/changer and wardrobe) to save money, but I wanted the room to be…

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Christmas Gifts – Ho Ho Ho or closer to home?

So the missus pointed out an article she had read on a well followed Facebook page today, and the comments that followed and it got me thinking…. The basis of the article was basically asking for parents to buy minimal presents from ‘Santa’ as once children return to school; if they were to discuss what Santa had gifted them then those who are from say less affluent backgrounds would feel inferior to those who had been gifted many expensive gifts. Even going as far to say that these children from deprived social backgrounds would believe they were somehow on Santas…

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Mini Photo Planet – How to guide

This week seen me visit another beautiful location to create an amazing effect call the Mini Photo Planet. Souter lighthouse is here in the North East and owned by National Trust. Souter lighthouse sits off the cliffs in South Shields not far from where I live. The lighthouse is somewhere I’ve photographed a lot of over the past few years. But it’s a place that doesn’t offer much in terms of composition. I’ve tried all the angles possible. So I thought about doing something out of the ordinary. For this image all you need is a camera and tripod and editing…

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Christmas Advent

Not sure if I am the only one here; but are chocolate advent calendars a little boring now? And what is it with the ridiculous prices of these cardboard boxes with the smallest chocolates in?? Especially the character version ones aimed at young children with the no named chocolate that isn’t the most appetising!   So in this house over the last couple of years we have attempted something a little different. The past two years we have done a book advent calendar for Z.  We wrap up 24 Christmas themed books to open one each night . The books…

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Painting with light – Challenge your kids to be creative

Its that time of year when it gets dark very quickly, it feels as though the day is over before its even began, This time of year if great for night photography, as you don’t need to wait all night to get some decent shots. I had a day off on Friday so me and the family decided to go out for the day at kielder forest, one of the UK best dark night spots, we wanted a day out walking but somewhere I could take advantage of the weather and shoot some night photography (again) The new moon had…

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A day through the woodland to the beach

I’m fortunate enough to live in an area where there are so many places to visit for a day out. I live on the North East coast, If I travel North I have Northumberland, If I travel south I have Yorkshire and the east coast such as Whitby, and If I travel West I have Cumbria. I am surrounded by beautiful areas up and down the coast and remote woodland in all directions, Some are further than others but an hour or so in the car isn’t bad. Sometimes I don’t have to travel very far to have a good…

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Photographing Star trails

Do you go out with your local photography group? Well this week I was invited out on a photo walk, a walk I have done a thousand times, this wasn’t the reason I went, but at least I was there to lend a hand to others that needed, “went to the local river in Sunderland”. What I was most looking forward to was going star hunting to see if I could get the Milky Way or a star trail. The location went to didn’t let me take the milky due to where it was located. So i attempted to try…

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Do grandparents make our children obese?

Can your remember going to grannies and grandads after school or on a weekend and all they seem to do is feed you biscuits and cake? Ah the good old times. The only time you got away with eating bad food. As a child you think it’s the best. But in reality, did it do us more harm than good? Does it still happen now? Or was it a thing of the past. It definitely happens today as well as other things that can be bad for our children’s health. I seen an article the other day on the BBC…

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Chocolate filled American pancake recipe 

Do you love pancakes? If so which do you like, flat English or fluffy American? I’ve always been a fan of American pancakes and I have tried a lot of different recipes and never really found the right mixture, all the ones I’ve made have been nice but never raised enough to the way I really like them. When I was in America the pancakes from IHOP were just out of this world, nothing beats a pancake from a true American pancake restaurant. I think I’ve created the best recipe for American pancakes and I don’t know why I’ve never…

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Shared responsibility – Teaching our kids to run a home

We share all the duties in our home, well we both own our home so why wouldn’t I? Its not the early 1900s now, times have changed since woman ran the home and the men went out to work. The new age is seeing more and more stay at home dads, and women with high earning careers. It makes sense that we need to share responsibilities in the home. But it does make me think how many households still live like gone by eras, where men expected tea to be on the table when they came in from work or…

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A peaceful location – Allensford, Consett #Mysundayphoto

Yesterday I found myself stuck for something to do, The missus was having a shopping day in York which left me and Zach. We went to the cinema in the morning then I just couldn’t think of what to do, I didn’t want to go back home and spend the day in the house so I had a google for locations. I seen that there was a park with a river about 45 minutes from my home in a place called Allensford located in Consett.     I had 2 reasons for going here, One being its remote and should…

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Once in a lifetime opportunity – My Gambia Diary

In 2014 I was fortunate enough to go to Gambia to volunteer with The Box Youth Project, http://www.theboxyouthproject.co.uk/ and what an experience this was. Rather than me babble on telling you I’ll upload my diary underneath for you to read. A MUST SEE VIDEO OF MY TRIP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I32eTBLNQyM&list=UUyx7HXewab_TahrzkbdJCaw  15.03.14 We arrived in Manchester at 10:30am and we got checked in straight away. Nerves were kicking in now, my belly is in bits. We all made our way through the airport and to duty free, then straight to the bar for a few drinks. I had 4 real ales in the bar and…

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My favourite kids books

The well known books will always be favourites such as “Room on the Broom” and “Stick Man”. But what about all the other books, because let’s face it, there’s a lot but not all make it to our homes and just end up making there way to the back of the shelves in the shops and never seen again. We have a lot of books in our home a lot of well known a lot of unknown too. Saying these books are unknown is probably not the case I just think they are overshadowed by the popularity of others maybe,…

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Sunderland Wearmouth bridge North East Photography

Photography to me is an escape, it helps with my mental health and it gives me the chance to explore new and exciting places. Just not this week – not for me anyway. I could share with you lots of images I have taken in the past but I want to share with you images I take within the week leading up to MySundayPhoto. For me I love nothing better than planning a shoot and travelling to new places, exploring the area and marking it on my map. But its the time of year when the dark night are so…

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Gender specific toys – No such thing!

What a Toddler knows is that he or she loves activities, whether that is role play, building, drawing or going to the play park. All can be done equally well with toys that are blue, pink, yellow, or green, but whoever said that certain colours are for a specific genders? Men wear pink and women wear blue don’t they? Toddlers would only ever know the difference if it instilled on them by parents. Us as parents teach our children, is it wrong to teach them at such a young age the difference between gender specific roles? I think so, let…

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Out with the New and in with the Old

The modern world of toys still baffles me, the cheap and nasty plastic crap that’s in shops is terrible, but that isn’t the only problem – it’s the price too. Far too many toys on the market now are just way over priced in my eyes. What’s even worse are the themed toys, like the ones that are based on kids tv shows. But we feel like we are made to buy them because our children watch those shows – I included, but it is sometimes done (reluctantly). I’m not a toy scrooge by any means, our house is full…

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#MySundayPhoto – North Yorkshire Milky Way

Something you may not know about me but I love photography, I have been taking photos for around 6-7 years now. I don’t class myself as a professional or even semi professional, I am more of a hobbyist – and I quite like it this way. For now.   I have done weddings, events and sold prints but I find myself now just enjoying taking photos. if enquiries or sales come – great, but I do not advertise anymore. I have recently sold all my Nikon gear and moved systems. below is my list of gear I use. Sony A6000…

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Is the terrible twos a real thing?

Even before I had kids I was always told “when you have kids, watch out for those terrible twos” but as I was too young I never really witnessed anyone with children to be able to see it with my own eyes. But I always thought to myself, what are the terrible twos. Are they really that bad. Or is it just a saying a mith, a made up bulls**t story to scare people. Maybe even put people off from ever having children. To be honest some of the stories my family told me about the terrible twos just didn’t…

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National Trust Day out – Fountains Abbey

I love having time off work as it usually results in spending time at the in laws caravan, days out and food, lots and lots of food – whether that be a meal out or a picnic. Me and the missus have been long time members with The National Trust and love nothing better than exploring new places and revisiting old. One place we like to visit when we are at the caravan is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal park. Fountains Abbey is located in North Yorkshire just outside of Ripon. [A snippet from Wiki says “Fountains Abbey is one of…

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