Sunday, 31 January 2010
Thank you to all of you who have helped and supported me this month especially when I haven't at times had time to return the favour. This evening is set aside for catching up with everyone!
I've enjoyed my first 365 month even when it has been difficult, roll on February....
29/365 29th January 2010 - Seen one hotel, seen them all...., originally uploaded by jill_murray.
Was away on a work residential on Friday and Saturday so I just had to do a hotel related shot. I pondered the room for sometime and there was nothing in my room at all that inspired except the bathroom toiletries - aren't they what everyone looks for as soon as you go into a hotel room!
Anyway, I'm not a big fan of 'chain' hotels and don't tend to choose them for my holidays. They are so samey. Give me an independent hotel/B&B/guesthouse any day.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
PS continued apologies for my lack of comments etc, I'm grabbing an hour here and there and not getting a lot more time than that on here these days! Busy few weeks ahead but I haven't forgotten you all, I promise, I will be back in force soon :)
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
25/365 25th January 2010 - Pick a colour any colour, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
I did a similar shot to this about a year ago, and I can really see how my photography has improved from this time last year when I compare the photos....in fact there's a lot of shots I've taken before that I want to try again now that I know a bit more. Watch this space...
Sunday, 24 January 2010
I plan to be back on track tomorrow!
Hope everyone had a nice weekend.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Tomorrow's the first day of my 365 that I'll not be able to post my photo on the day - I will be taking a shot but it'll be Sunday before I'm back at a PC. I'm fretting about it already but can't be helped....
Have a fantastic weekend everyone :)
Thursday, 21 January 2010
I really do love eggs, so I thought I'd dedicate todays photo to them! Or should I say three photos! Sorry my omelette is a bit rubbish-looking, but it tasted good and that's the main thing :)
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
This season we have been completely and utterly rubbish, completely blowing out of the water all hope and expectation that we might win the league this year for the first time in 20 years :(
Anyway, tonight we play Spurs who are 1 place ahead of us in the Premier League, without Torres and Gerrard . Gah. But at 5 mins in, we are 1-0 up, come on. Keep the faith.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
I couldn't really get this image to be how I wanted it, but I've worked a 12 hour day today so to be honest, it was all a bit rushed. Apologies to everyone for my lack of commenting and following at the minute, I just have soooo little time over the next 5 days or so! I will catch up eventually, I promise!
Monday, 18 January 2010
18/365 18th January 2010 - When you said tulips I knew that you're mine, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
Happy Monday peeps!
Sunday, 17 January 2010
17/365 17th January 2010 - You may telephone from here, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
I found it hard to choose which shot to use for my 365 today, but this one kept catching my eye, so it got the vote. Have a look at the rest here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jill_murray/
Saturday, 16 January 2010
However, I did like this little number. Somebody dumped their poor Christmas tree on the pavement, and not only that, they didn't even bother to take the lights off! Poor thing looked sad and lonely :( Christmas is well and truly over!
Friday, 15 January 2010
15/365 15th January 2010 - These shoes aren't made for walking, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
Need to tidy up tonight so I don't have to spend my entire weekend cleaning!
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Anyway, this is my niece and her trusty minder, Molly chillaxing after a long day.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
I apologise to everyone, I'm a few days behind already on all your blogs and photos, hopefully catch up a bit this evening before my early night!
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
1 - To hide my face!
2 - I thought the 'me' theme would be appropriate today as I have been tagged by my pal Mark www.flickr.com/photos/devilfishmark/4267166954/ and now I have to bore you with 10 (not very) interesting facts about me!
So here goes:
1 - I love cooking and have a Vietnamese Noodle Soup bubbling on the stove as we speak.
2 - I spend a huge amount of my spare time training Army Cadets in things such as drill, map and compass, community work and shooting.
3 - I love stationery and could spend hours on end in Paperchase, just looking at all the lovely papers and pens.
4 - I am a huge football fan and take it very seriously. I support Liverpool.
5 - I am going on my holiday of a lifetime in September - almost 3 weeks travelling the east coast of the USA. On my own!
6 - I have a problem with my spine (neck) which gives me a lot of pain :(
7 - I am about the only person I know who doesn't have kids - must be at that age now....
8 - I am desperate to upgrade my camera but can't afford to for the foreseeable future. I want a Canon 5D please!
9 - I have Reynauds disease which is a circulatory problem that causes some of my fingers to go seethrough in the cold - which is the source of much hilarity to my pals and a bit of a party trick.
10 - I have never eaten a pear. Or an avocado.
So there you are! 10 not very interesting facts about me!
Monday, 11 January 2010
It's Monday evening and I'm very, very tired. I wouldn't normally drink coffee at this time of day but I have to go out tonight and right now, the only way I'll get through it is with the help of caffeine! Hope it does the trick!
Sunday, 10 January 2010
10/365 10th January 2010 - Dream a million stars in colour..., originally uploaded by jill_murray.
I decided to stay indoors today since I have taken plenty of outdoors shots this week and don't want to exhaust all my options at this early stage! Plus, I've had quite enough of being cold, much as I enjoy the weather. The furthest I'll be going today is to the supermarket across the street to buy the Sunday papers and then I'll be spending the afternoon reading the papers, drinking coffee and watching Hancock.
Have a great Sunday everyone.
Saturday, 9 January 2010
I just looked out the window (waiting for the chinese delivery man :D) and saw these tracks which had been left in the snow - what manouevre a car was doing to make them I have no idea, but I couldn't resist the urge to take a little photo!
9/365 9th January 2010 - A playground with no kids is like a person with no soul, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
I saw the playground and it juts look so....empty, so I tried to capture that with this series of shots....
Friday, 8 January 2010
I was a bit uninspired today about what shot to take, then about 3pm I came up with this idea. Then as I left work, I was so cold and tired that I just wanted to go home but I talked myself into heading to the spot I wanted and get the shot. I'm glad I did, as I'm pleased with how it turned out in the end.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
7/365 7th January 2010 - Don't stand so close to me, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
6/365 6th January 2010 - Well I woke up this morning and rainbows filled the sky, originally uploaded by jill_murray.
They didn't really, in fact quite the opposite. My day starting with a spectacular fall on the ice, whilst carrying my kettle to defrost the car. Seems I was more worried about the kettle than saving myself and I didn't spill a drop of water! Anyway, I got up and hobbled to the car, drove to work and realised I'd forgotten my lunch and my pass. Then I spilt a bottle of water over my computer. During all of which, it snowed, a lot, leaving the drive home a bit mental and making me rue the decision to not bring my camera with me today. Anyway, a rainbow did come out of the clouds when I got an email saying I was getting a refund of £165 for a bill I'd overpaid. Result.
Happy Bokeh Wednesday folks.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
I hate being in front of the camera. Soooo bad. But there are so many wonderul self-portraits out there that I've seen and been inspired by and I want to get my confidence up in selfies throughout this year. So self-portrait Tuesday it is then.
Monday, 4 January 2010
4/365 4th January 2010 - Look at the stars, look how they shine foryou, and all the things you do, they were all yellow...
Sunday, 3 January 2010
I am loving this weather. This is probably the most consistently cold winter that I can remember. It's normally wet, kind of mild and not really a season of it's own. But this year, it's been cold, crisp, icy, snowy and I love it! I've probably got out and about more in the last month than I have for a long time and it's lovely. It pays to make a bit of an effort in life!
This picture was taken on the Cavehill in Belfast, it's a beautiful area and there'll definitely be more pics in my 365 from round here. Some day soon I hope to climb to the top of the hill and do a panoramic shot of Belfast, I've wanted to do it for ages but am too scared I'll fall over the edge! Doh.
Back to work tomorrow after the holidays. It's rubbish but I need to get back into a routine, I've been eating myself out of house and home and it has to stop!
Have a good Monday everyone!
Saturday, 2 January 2010
So, this shot. I love colours, I really do. I'm guessing colours will feature heavily in my 365 this year! And since I have discovered Photoshop actions to help with my processing, I feel like a new world has opened up! I always coveted that retro/vintage feel others managed to have in their shots, and could never achieve, then I discovered actions - awesome!
I'm feeling terribly excited about my photography again and I haven't felt like that for 7/8 months. And since I have had the break, it's weird but I have come back feeling like I know more, like I am more willing to try new things, like I want to be more experimental and see where it takes me.
God, I really hope this lasts :)