A Day at the Pumkin Patch!

Hi chums!

The other week I went with my mum to check out this pumpkin patch which was quite near to where we live. I think especially this year Halloween has become such a big event and of course I'm always up for a celebration! 

We made our way to the farm and I had such high expectations because I had seen a few Youtubers go to pumpkin farms this year and they always look so autumnal and cute. Luckily I wasn't at all disappointed!

The farm had lots of different crates with different types of pumpkins in, ranging from your classic orange pumpkin to slightly green pumpkins and also white pumpkins which I hadn't seen before (I know, where have I been, right?!) I thought they were super cute, especially if you have a monochrome house (and I think we all know I'm talking about the Kardashians here...!)

They also varied hugely in size. Some were even small enough to hold and I thought that these were just adorable!

The one thing I'm never really sure about around Halloween is when you're meant to carve your pumpkin. Are you supposed to do in on the 31st or sooner...? If anyone knows I would love if you could please comment down below and let me know.

I really enjoyed going to the pumkin patch. It's such a fun thing to do and it's completely free so it's perfect! I've decided that I want to make this an annual trip now - and I have to go back again next year because I didn't get a white pumpkin this year!

So all that's left now is to carve my pumpkin!

Thank you so much for reading this post and I hope you have a very happy Halloween!



Exploring the North: Fountains Abbey

Hi chums!

The other weekend we drove around 45 minutes outside of Leeds to go to Fountains Abbey which was really exciting!

According to Wikipedia it's one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monastries in England. It operated for 400 years up to 1539 when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the monastries.

Fountains Abbey is located on a huge National Trust area so we spent some time wondering around the grounds which were really pretty (especially because the sun was out!)

The inside of the abbey had amazing architecture. The arches and pillars were amazing but it was quite spooky in my opinion!

The ruins were actually in pretty good shape considering they were ruins. I've been to lots of other ruins in Greece and Italy where there is hardly anything left to see (although bearing in mind those ruins were thousands of years old compared to these relatively modern ruins!)

And let's not lie to ourselves, of course I took a million and one pictures!

Thanks for checking out this post, I hope you liked it!



Photography Made Simple: What is aperture?

Hi chums!

Until recently I never really thought much about how a photo is created. I just kind of picked angles I liked in places I liked, put the camera on P setting or auto and clicked away. 

When I arrived at university I joined Photography Society and went to one of the talks which they called 'Moving on from auto'. I was like 'did they know I was coming?!' because it was just the sort of thing I wanted to learn about.

I know when someone starts talking about photography it can seem confusing (trust me I get you!) so today I thought I share some tips I learned when I was there. I also think it's easier to focus (please pardon the pun!) on one thing at a time so today I thought I'd start with aperture. 

Aperture basically means how much light you let into your camera. For example, if it's nighttime it's dark (obvs lol) so that means you want as much light as possible to brighten up your photo. On the other hand, if it's a really sunny day then you want to control that light by letting a bit less light into the camera.

On auto setting it obviously does everything for you, but if you go into manual mode then you can change it yourself.

To show you what I mean I took a few photos of Ripton cathedral.

So the photo above is clearly set to the wrong aperture. It was a sunny day already and yet I changed the aperture so that as much light was let into the camera as possible.

Once I realised this I changed the setting so that less light was let in and you can see now (in the picture below) that although it was still too much light, the cathedral is easier to see and is more defined.

After I took this I changed the aperture once more and took the photo which is the very first photo on this blog post.

So basically it's all about experimenting and trying to get the right balance of light. That's the theory behind it but now I'll talk about how you actually change the setting on the camera.

My camera is the Canon EOS 750D with an 18-135 lense. When I go on manual setting I hit the Q button at the side (this may vary depending on your camera, but it's the button which shows you all the different settings you can change within manual mode.

Aperture on my camera ranges from F5.6 to F36, with F5.6 being the setting that lets the most light in and F36 being the setting that lets the least light in.

So for taking the photo above I used an aperture setting nearer to F5.6 and although inside the arch (where is was dark) is visible, the stone in the sunlight came out too bright.

On this next picture (above) I used too an aperture setting which was too high because the inside of the arch is too dark to see.

The final picture I took was this one (above), which has a better balance, allowing you to see the inside of the arch and the outside. (I still think the right side of the arch is a bit bright but this was this best I could get!)

My last example is with this arch at Fountains Abbey. The sun was in a really awkward place, casting shadows and being a bit inconvenient (sorry just joking sun please never leave - England needs you!) So on the first take the aperture setting was way too low. The blue sky is verging on looking white, even though it seems to be a good setting to capture the stone of the arch.

When I increased the aperture setting I got the picture below; an amazing blue sky but with shadows and a dark arch colour.

So I hope this blog post has helped. I'm still practicing and getting used to changing aperture but I think it's just experimenting!

More photography posts on the way soon!



Exploring the North: Ripon Cathedral

Hi chums!
This year I made a big move up North to Leeds where I've just started uni. Being from the South of England means that I've been to London quite often, I've been to Brighton, Devon and Bournmouth etc. So moving up north has given me so many more opportunities to explore places which I'm pretty pumped about!

So the other week we set off to Fountains Abbey (which I'm going to do another post on) but before we got there we stopped off in Ripon to see the cathedral.

The cathedral was so amazing and inside it was full of decorations for harvest because they had just had their harvest festival service. It was so cute and autumnal and I'm so glad we made this spontaneous stop off before we headed to Fountains Abbey!

Thanks for ready this post!



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