So just back from a fantastic holiday in the Isle Of Wight, we stayed in Ventnor this time and visited some of our favourite places on the island. We were very lucky with the weather, mostly dry and a couple of fantastic sunny days which helped. We reckon on average we walked over 10 miles most days and needless to say Bruno is one very tired doggy!
Some of the walks we did included:
I've included a few of my favourite photos, I hope you enjoy the pictures, any comments gratefully received and I'm sure I'll post a few more in the future...so watch this space!
Well...finally got round to posting this! It's a little movie we made on our holiday to Pembrokeshire, taking in the many beaches and places we visited on a sunny week in April. Already booked to go back next year again, we will revisit some of our favourite places/walks and take in a few more too. You can see some of my pictures in one of my earlier blog posts here.
Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment or like and check out a few of my other videos on my YouTube channel.
Recently I've been playing around with Macro photography using a little lens device I bought off Amazon. It was only a fiver and comes with three lenses – Macro, Wide Angle and Fisheye.
The macro lens is my favourite, just clips over my mobile camera lens with a peg like device. You have to have a steady hand and works best in good lighting, but that's true of all mobiles I find.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the pictures, any comments gratefully received and I'm sure I'll post a few more in the future...so watch this space!
On a recent walk with Bruno, I was amazed to see so many Buttercups... like a sea of yellow flowers!
Obviously it was too good a photo opportunity to miss!
Bruno + Buttercups + Motorola G = these photos!
A few random facts about Buttercups:
The Findley's descended on Pembrokeshire this April! We had a lovely break with Bruno The Munster, spending our days walking stretches of the Coastal Path and a couple of National Trust walks around Stackpole and Marloes Peninsula.
Among the many beaches we visited our favourite was Broad Haven South, followed by Marloes Sands.
As usual we took lot's of pictures of our adventures, but I've only posted a few here. This is a really beautiful part of the UK and the beaches are staggeringly pretty and quite rugged. It took us 5 hours to drive there due to my satnav sending us on an "alternative' route missing out the Severn Bridge for some reason. Only 4 hours to get home though, maybe we were lucky with the traffic.
Some of the coastal path is on very precarious cliff edges, Bruno had to stay on lead at these points, though he could run free on the beaches which he really enjoyed.
If you'd like to know more about the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, I found this website to be very helpful:
I hope you enjoy the pictures, feel free to comment or ask any questions if you so wish.
I recently stumbled across the portfolio website of the photographer Michael Muller, he's mostly famous for taking model shots for a lot of famous actors, pop-stars and celebrities. He also has a couple of expedition albums, one of which I have....erm....appropriated these shots! Slightly naughty really.
Anyway, whilst looking at his pictures I realised that I could 'improve' them, this is of course subjective but I'm happy with the results. I added a few lens blurs, upped the saturation and generally improved the structure and sharpening.
Historically my obsession with sharks, particularly Great Whites stems from my childhood when my brother Martin took me to see Jaws in 1976. I was an impressionable 7 year old and it really stuck with me. I even went through a spell where I thought the bath water running away sounded like the gurgle a shark might make whilst it eats you. Mum used to have to drag me to the bathroom!
So from those early days, the seed was planted. Nowadays I will watch any shark related programme and enjoy Shark Week on The Discovery Channel. This fixation all culminated in me being lucky enough to actually go cage diving with Great Whites in Gaansbaai, South Africa which was exhilarating to say the least. You can view my video here on my website on my About Me page.
Thanks to Michael Muller even though he probably doesn't know I "borrowed" his pictures but I hope he'd approve. You can view more of his work at http://www.mullerphoto.com/
I hope you enjoy the pictures and my blog posts, all comments and likes gratefully received!
A few items of interest for my latest blog post, we enjoyed a nice walk up to Ivinghoe Beacon on what was a sunny but fresh day, felt like Spring had finally arrived. But then again, maybe not!
I also enjoyed celebrating my 48th birthday, I'm not too disheartened by the actual number, just shocked at where the time has gone. The Spicebomb aftershave was a birthday present from Mrs F and I have to say it's pretty damn nice stuff as well as looking like a grenade which you pull the pin to be able to spray. Love it.
Other images include a shot of Bruno taken for the LETBR rescue centre, as well as a particularly nice pale ale from Aldi at £1.25 a bottle....bargain! I also came down with a cold in March, it was like an epidemic at work. I very rarely get colds, think this was the first I've had in 3 years. Anyway I came across the Manflu tonic in Boots after a friend had recommended it. Tastes pretty much like a lemony/honey flavoured drink, quite nice and whether or not it aided my recovery I have no idea, but I like the packaging.
That's all for now...
Here's a video we made of Bruno doing some hill training to help build up his muscles in his recently operated leg.
Our vets had advised us that it would help as part of his recuperation, though I'm not sure he was as enthusiastic about it as I was! Maybe it will help improve my muscles?!?!
He's coming on leaps and bounds now which is great and enjoying his walks more as he's able to go off lead and explore a bit. I made the video using an app called Viva Video Pro which is available on both iOS and Android, we just shot lots of short clips on my mobile and then edited them within the app, including adding the music and transitions. Quite a nifty app for £1.99
Just a quick post, I was doing a bit of sorting in my man cave and came across a photoshoot we had done with the Munster not long after he rescued us. It was just before Christmas about 3 years ago now. He's been through a lot in that time, two TPLO cruciate ligament operations!
Thankfully he's pretty much fully fit now, though we're still taking it a bit easy with off lead walks. The last thing we want is for him to slip and injure himself. He's going away on two holidays this year as well, so some good times to look forward to.
This year saw the launch of a new website I created for a good friend and fellow music fan. He had started on a new stage of his life and was looking to build a new consultancy business based in NHS Finance.
Whilst chatting over a few beers and watching the vastly underrated Ryan Bingham in concert, he told me of his plans and I was happy to offer whatever help I could.
He has since gone on to become very busy with various consultancy roles and had positive feedback on the website, which is great. He now regularly blogs too and really taking to the whole "interweb" thingy!