Saturday, 18 January 2014

Cute Cat Pictures! | Tabby & Ginger

Everyone likes photos of cats, right? Cat pictures are what the internet runs on. I visited my Aunt and Uncle's house and took some quick snaps of their cats. As you can tell, one is more camera friendly than the other! The ginger cat is called Louis and the tabby is called Purdy. They've got very different personalities- hence the disproportionate amount of pictures of Purdy! 
Sleepy Cat
Just chillin'
We don't have any pets, so it was interesting taking photos of animals, which I've never done before. It's obviously trickier to capture them, since you can't exactly order a cat to sit still and smile for the camera, but I'm pretty pleased with how the pictures turned out. If only I had a pet to hand to photograph...
Ginger Cat
Look at those eyes *____*

Shorthair Cat
Mean and moody
Sunlit Cat
Shine bright like a...whisker?

Here are some shots of when we went for a walk near their house, because, you know, it can't all be about cats, unfortunately.

Ducks and Geese
There were some hungry geese around
Abingdon Village
A beautiful view of the church
Banks of the River Ock
The river was nearly overflowing, because of the storms
High Street Abingdon
We did visit just after Christmas, so these decorations are justified
Coffee Break
Quick pitstop on the way home. Gotta love Greggs

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Broadway Market | Things to Do in London

Last weekend, my friend and I went to Broadway Market, which is in Hackney. I hadn't heard of it, but then again I don't really keep abreast of the London market scene. I'd heard of Spitalfields, Borough and Brick Lane, and that was about it, but I'm glad that I went, because I think you get a much better experience with fewer tourists and fewer cameras getting in the way of your shot!

Broadway Market is a smallish street market, with handmade items (cards, lip balm, baby clothes etc), lots of food and some vintage clothing. I was really impressed with the selection of food on offer, especially the veggie options. I took my camera, since markets are good opportunities to practise depth of field. The weather was, quite honestly, miserable (as you would expect from British wintertime), but once the rain stopped I managed to get some good shots.

The stall holders were all in high spirits, despite the bad weather, and we ate some delicious quinoa burgers, which made the trek there more than worthwhile. We spent most of the time taking pictures, since my friend just got a new camera, and the stall holders didn't seem to mind too much. Well, so long as we didn't linger too long and get in the way of paying customers!

I'm going to let the pictures do the talking, because they're pretty self explanatory. I'd definitely recommend giving Broadway Market a visit if you can- it's not the easiest to get to, but it's worth it to visit an authentic London street market, that's untouched by the commercialism that haunts the bigger London markets. It's the perfect way to while away an afternoon.

Broadway Market
It's times like this where you need a telephoto lens to get in closer...
Sourdough Loaves
The bread of the moment, sourdough
Old Blue Shirts
I watched Brokeback Mountain the other day and these shirts really reminded me of the last scene
Sizzling Meat
The cold weather did make for some impressive steam
Sharon Fruit for Sale
I did brighten this up slightly, since I don't think Sharon Fruit looks good overcast
Judgemental Pigeon Graffiti
Great graffiti in the area- especially this judgemental pigeon
Exchanging cash
It took about 10 shots to get an actual transaction
Bread Stall
Mmm bread. That's all I have to say...
A selection of dips
I like to pretend I went to Morocco, instead of East London
Hummus really is delicious
Olives etc
I really liked these pots, ok?
Veggie Burger
This was a delicious quinoa burger! Yum
The park next to the market- a little Skins-esque?

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