London Lights – Photowalk

In the morning there was a time when I was very happy to see some big snowflakes coming down from heaven. I followed it up with despair because of some ugly rain during the day: I was really worried about my photo walk tonight.

But as BBC promised, there was no rain by the time we started our tour. They’ve got it right, this time, so a big well done to them!

After some basic difficulties I experienced with setting up my tripod and getting the right settings, it was pretty easy. I don’t mean that I made perfect photos but our goal was only to have an idea how to take photos night time.

Here I’m going to post a few of them. Please welcome my first ever night photos:):

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DSC_0090I know, this one should have gone a few seconds longer but we didn’t have time to wait for another bus to come.

DSC_0110After this shot it started raining again, but we were not bothered very much because the two hours were just up and the walk finished anyway. I think we got what we’d expected, so basically I’m happy with what I’ve learnt. And the perfect shot is soon to come.

NaNovember is coming

So, one week to go. I have seven (SEVEN) days to find out what to write about. Plenty of time.

The truth is, I’m spending my well deserved two weeks holiday at home, in Hungary.

It is NOT the same as being in London, I have practically nothing to do (except going to dentist (ouch), to post office, to wellness-weekend and zoo (yeay), getting an oily thai massage from my Mum (<3), taking some autumnal pictures and meeting some relatives). Which means I cannot actually concentrate on my novel, can I?

I’m travelling back on the 3rd of November, on the third day of NaNoWriMo when I will have to have written a bit more than 3000 words. I cannot start with a big delay either, especially because my chances to write 50 000 words in a month are quite tiny. And I don’t want to give it up before I even start, so instead of going to the dentist today, I’m going to start to plan my novel! (Okay, don’t worry, I’ll do it after…)

Fun, Fun, Fun!

It is so nice to go out and have a drink (or two) with friends after work.

When you forget about everything for a few days and just try to live a normal life, with normal things, and plans you could not afford on a daily basis (weekly/monthly) but sometimes you need – if you want to survive.

I bought a pair of shoes. Black laced high heels, a bit wild but pretty feminine. Probably I can’t do a whole night in them and enjoying myself at the same time… So what’s the use??? – These are the shoes I needed. For my self-esteem – or call it whatever you prefer.

I’m going for a concert. Quimby is coming to London on the 14th of May. They are my favourite Hungarian band, and probably the most popular alternative rock band in my country. The one to be proud of.

And I’m going to Paris for two days next week. Can’t wait!

Okay, I want a DSLR but at the moment I’m not prepared to withdraw all these sources of joy from my life so that after a few months I could buy one. I need to be happy NOW. Despite of the never ending grey, cold and rainy weather. Despite of some trouble at work. (Despite of being one of ten thousand. – inside joke, sorry.) I’m going to have fun NOW.

And I’m going to have fun tomorrow. And I’m going to have fun next Wednesday and Thursday and next Friday. And I’m going to have fun the Monday after. That’s what people are supposed to do, isn’t it?

Travelling Through Time

I’ve entered a new world -the world of old school photography- by receiving the first set of pictures I took. Until the time I put my hands on the real, three dimensional photos it was just an idea. I shoot, I play with the equipment and I dream about how the pics are going to turn out.

Now there are no more dreams only reality. And the reality is that every photo taken took me back in time. But not only a month or two but years and years. The colours, how the golden sunshine disappeared and the ideal blue sky turned into dirty light blue and all these transformations gave a bit gloomy, retro mood to the experience what once used to be a happy moment.

I know that I still have a lot to learn and now I realize if I want less melancholic pictures I will need to get a digital camera as well. Although I don’t think that the sky would clear out only because I’d carry a DSLR.

Winter has come

Such a beautiful weather we’ve had in London this week! (I know, I’m talking about the weather… but I do like to ask “how is the weather at your place?”, and I am interested in the answer!)

It was sunny and cold for days which coloured the sky a light and happy blue (at least I was happy) but then on Saturday we found ourselves a bit gloomy the sun was gone and the cold stayed. The end of the day made it up though when it started to snow with amazingly big crystal-like snowflakes. And such a great amount! On the way home from work I saw many people young and not that young coming out to the streets to make snowmen and enjoy a snowball fight.

First snow does make people happy. There is a charming innocence in it when the white blanket covers – and hides even if only temporary – the faults of the landscape. People tend to forget about their daily problems for a few moments and just deepen this innocence.

(A few words of warning: watch out where you place your feet since many dog owners think that the snow makes the doggies’ end result disappear.. It DOESN’T! And it is quite unfortunate when one hurries in nice shoes not really watching the ground and treads in the stuff.)

Winter Wonderland!

In the morning I was concerned that this day was going to be as colourless and empty as the previous ones had been so I decided to do something about it!

Soon came the idea: which place could be more colourful and fun in London at this time of the year than the Winter Wonderland in the Hyde Park??

When I arrived it seemed like a joke: Winter? Where? Okay it’s not like I hadn’t known that it hadn’t been snowing in London yet. Still I was disappointed to see the leaves on the trees. It was “cold” (7 degrees) but didn’t feel wintry. So having no choice I was going to enjoy the wonderland part..

Such a luck, I didn’t even have to worry about the crowd..

The atmosphere was festive with lots of lights (even in daylight) and Christmas songs everywhere and those people who did show up they looked so happy and peaceful that I, myself, was forced to feel good!(grrrr)

There were a few people ice skating. I personally have issues with this activity. I love watching ice skating (especially figure skating) but it is impossible to make me go on the ice. Now I was watching people some of them were really bad (as bad as I would be) falling many times or not letting go of the barrier and for some reason they did enjoy it!

Oh, and how many nice things I found in the market! My favourites were -of course- the Hungarian sellers (yes I know, who cares..) with delicious food and beautiful leather notebooks and diaries.. (which I have no picture of because I started to talk to the seller and then I forgot to photograph..)

WINTER WONDERLAND MUST HAVE-S:

MULLED WINE (!!!) – £4

Sausages (can be German as well) – £4.5-5

Hot chocolate – £2,5

Kürtőskalács (What the hell is that??) Absolute favorite

 For recipe: http://maiasfotos.blogspot.com/2009/11/kurtos-kalacs-barbecued-chimney-cake.html

My overall impression (and it is my highly official and serious opinion and not the humble one): this place really is a miracle! I didn’t expect much of an improvement in my mood but it did the job. Winter Wonderland makes you feel good and even makes you look forward to the festive season.