Picture of the Day

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Lanjaron – Spain

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Favourite Picture I have ever taken!

My favourite picture from my travels has to be from Hoiser Lane in Melbourne. I personally am a big fan of street art so this street was amazing to see because a lot of times street art can be frowned upon but this street seems to fully embrace the art.

I’ve got that mid week feeling….

We have made it to the middle of the week again and there is only two more days until the weekend. Is it just me or are these weeks flying by? It will be Christmas before we know it!
The last couple of days I have had this craving to make something or be creative. I blame my sister for this as she took me into hobby craft a couple of days ago and that is a very dangerous place for me as I instantly want to have a go at making everything I see. A couple of months ago I brought a new sewing machine because mine was getting quite old and it was not sewing as smoothly. I have used it a few times but I don’t feel I have used it to it full potential yet so I feel like I might have a go at making something this weekend or adjust a few clothes that I have. I find sewing really enjoyable but I am not the best at it but I enjoy giving it a try. I have made a few cushions and some basic clothing but nothing to fancy. I really would like to get better so I need to put in the time and practice more often. I have got lots of colourful patterned material so I think first I might try to make a neckerchief for my sisters dog as I have the perfect material for it. Then who knows I might try to make an item of clothing. Last time I tried to make a pair of shorts and they didn’t turn out the best but maybe this time they will work out better.
Anyway I think I am going to go for a walk tonight and test out the camera on my new phone tonight as I want to see what it can do. I am still getting used to the phone but hopefully after a play around I should know a bit more. From what I have used so far I really like the phone and it seems really simple to use.

The End of the iPhone Hype!

Today I found out that I was due an upgrade on my contract phone. There was the initial excitement of a new phone then there was the confusion of do I go for the same old apple iPhone upgrade or do I be risky and pick a totally different phone.
For the last 5 or so years I have had iPhone and have always upgraded to a newer iPhone when it has been time. I love apple and I have quite a few of their products but I was starting to question whether I want to upgrade to another phone. I love how easy the iPhone is to use and the camera is really great with the majority of the photos I take being taken on my phone. However I do find that I struggle for storage a lot as I do have a lot of photos stored on my phone. Storage is probably the main problem that I have with my iPhone. Also iPhones can be quite expensive.
I went into my local 3 branch and had a look at the phones available so that I could see what they felt like in my hands because some of them are quite big nowadays. I was tempted by a Samsung phone but as I got talking to some of the shop assistants they suggested that I look at the Huawei phones as the camera is really good on them and this is what I use my phone most for.
The minute I stepped into the shop I think I had decided that I didn’t want to continue on the iPhone hype. Not because I don’t love the iPhone but because I had got a little bit bored of having the same phone as when you get the latest version there is never really that much difference in them. I quite enjoy it when I have a phone that I have never used before so I can spend time trying to figure out how to use it.
I ended up picking the Huawei phone and so far I have not been disappointed. The screen is bigger than the iPhone and the picture quality is amazing. I cannot wait to go out and take loads amazing pictures. Also there is so much storage that I should never have a problem again. I am really glad that I decided to take the risk to move away from the iPhone as it is good to try out different phones and this one hopefully will be better for what I use it for.

Lightroom

I downloaded Lightroom CC as I wanted to go through some of my old pictures and edit them and basically sort out all of my pictures on my computer because my folders are very messy and they all need rearranging. I downloaded the 7 day trial of Lightroom as it is quite expensive so I wanted to test it out first. I have tried to get the most out of my trial and have pretty much used it every day and I can honestly say I love it and don’t want my trial to end. It is so easy to use and I think the monthly fee is about £8 or £9 a month and at the moment I don’t want to commit to any unnecessary outgoings each month while I am trying to save.
I do have the free app on my phone but it is just not the same as having it on the computer because I do quite like to sit down for a couple of hours at a time editing my pictures. At the moment it is not something I am going to purchase but maybe I will in the future because it is the best editing programme I have used so far.
However I have found a couple of free alternatives, these are: – RawTherapee, Lightzone, Irfanview and Chasys Draw IES. I have never heard of any of these alternatives but I think I might give them all ago. If they are anything like lightroom then I know I am going to enjoy using them.
My 7 day trial of Lightroom runs out tonight so tomorrow I think I will start to download RawTherapee. If at the end Lightroom is still my favourite then I may have to reconsider whether or not I pay for it.
If anybody knows any other alternatives I would be happy to hear about them