Well, did you survive yesterday’s battering of this fair isle by the weather? Did you spend it inside? I didn’t!
Yesterday I used my Christmas Present from Hubby and had a morning’s photography lesson from Andrew Newson . this is a guy my frined has been raving about for ages so, as I like taking a million pics, I asked Hubby for some tuition as a present.
As I watched the weather forecast on Tuesday night I looked at the phone willing it to ring and say we would do the lesson inside, but as it turns out we had a beautiful morning, and produced some great pics ( in my mind).
We met in the car park of the Hastings Country park, and after I put on foul weather gear ( oh what a mistake!) we set off in a direction I had not gone before…well, there are very steep bits involved! The lesson began immediately, and as we meandered our way down to a secluded beach (nudist in summer!) I learned about aperture, shutter speed, F-stop and the thingy wheel that makes it darker or lighter…hold on I’ll check the correct term…nope, that’s the aperture! it was amazing the difference these things made…I felt a little like a kid taking off the training wheels on my bike!
You can imagine the mud etc on the way down! Enough said! A small voice in my head was saying – “Hoy, are you going to make it back up, Fatty?” But once on the beach the landscape just took over…OOHHHHH!!!! Those rocks, landslides, and the sun on the water! You who read this regularly, and all my social stuff will know how I live beaches! Well, here were BIG boulders with iron ore in them, strata that made them look like wood, cliffs fallen down and being reshaped by streams gushing out only to disappear under the shingle.
Here’s one of my favourites…
To me its almost organic!
Eventually, but what seemed a very short time, we decided to go back at the tide was on the turn…I could hear Hubby saying how stupid it was people getting stranded and how they should pay for the lifeboats rescue!
and then began the trek back upwards…WELL! New body required, new muscles, everything! It took HOURS! I had to keep stopping, being weighed down by the big heavy jacket, and sweating buckets in the plastic over trousers…ok,ok, and the unfit fat body I was using too! Actually I am horrified at how quickly out of shape I have got! What do you mean, you’re not?? Huh!
ANYWAY! We eventually made it to the safely of the cars and came back here for a spot of something ( think Winny-ther-Pooh in my case!) and then had a look at the photos and discussed what could be done in iPhoto and how a different editing suite might be a good idea.
Dear Reader, (pretentious? Moi?) Confession time – as soon as I could I got into a lovely hot bath and then snuggled under rugs and watched crap TV!!! I meant to do more editing, but fell asleep!!
In meantime here’s another pic I took pre playing. Today I will have fun with them…after Yoga…and consultant appt…and what about Sainsburys? hm..