nikon F4, portra 160
This set of photos is my absolute favourite out of all the photos I took in Majorca.
When we visited Sóller, we also caught tram, which was in similar appearance as the vintage train we were on, later the afternoon to Port De Sóller for dinner. It was a really pretty place, similar to Port De Andratx but much more relaxing and affordable. Naturally before dinner, we walked around and saw a man with his dog, which they seemed very very close. It was a really sweet sight that I had to take a photo. There were lots of oranges and lemons around too as Sóller is famous for good homemade ice-creams as well as orange and lemon groves. I did try both orange and lemon ice-creams at the end of night that was lovely but due to being full from dinner, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I would have.
In the next day, we caught mid-morning train ride back to Palma and spent a day there before our late flight back London. Sharing photos in the next post, which will be up when I get back from France.
OH, about France.. I have kept this under wraps! I’ve been invited to photograph a wedding as a second shooter. A wedding! And in France! I am ridiculously excited. I am a little nervous but I will be working with Ashton Jean-Pierre, an amazing photographer I’ve known for a little while so I could have been worse. I am heading out there tomorrow via Eurostar and return Sunday. My shop will remain open but please be aware that the orders will be shipped when I return. Farewell!
Like my photos? Have you photographed a wedding before? Any top tips should I keep in mind?
nikon F4, portra 160
Towards the end of the holiday in Majorca, we wanted to get out of serene Camp De Mar and go someplace different. So we made an impromptu trip to Sóller and stayed for a night.
We caught an hour bus ride to Palma and then slow vintage train straight to Sóller, which was totally worth the €19.50 return fare. Despite being tired from getting up super early on the day, an hour and 15 minutes train journey was exciting due to beautiful views of countryside, mountains, orange and lemon trees. We also got to stand just outside the carriage and enjoy the breeze.
Just few minutes in Sóller, I instantly fell in love with the place. It was so artistic, quaint and basically, right up my alley!
While strolling through the narrow streets with pretty plants and shops, we also stopped by Can Prunera, Museum of Modernism and church of Sant Bartomeu, which was beautiful and massive! We then headed back to the hostel and after getting showered and dressed, we walked back to the train station to see two free galleries and catch a tram to Port de Sóller (photos later!). We enjoyed Pablo Picasso’s humorous ceramics and Joan Miro’s carefree paintings. The train station was also plastered with big black and white photographs of Picasso and Miro together as close friends.
Sóller is definitely a highlight of our holiday and ever since I have been pining over this beautiful place, dreaming of living there.
Have you visited before?
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In Port D’ Andratx, we strolled along the harbour front – there were so many boats, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Most of the restaurants were pricey but we did come back one evening for our 18th month anniversary!
As you can see, we had ice-creams. We had to! The one in the picture was pistachio flavoured. I got a lemon sorbet in the pot, as always.
See Andratx pictures here.
Again, thanks to Twitter, I discovered the lovely work of an illustrator from Leicester, Chloe Hall. I adore her work, especially that she adds embroidery on her illustrations. I thought it is very clever and bold thing to do.
Hey Chloe! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! My name is Chloe Hall, with help from De Montfort University’s Enterprise Inc scheme I have been able to do what I love and start a business as a freelance illustrator! I live in Leicester, and have recently turned my shed into a little studio to do all my drawing, making and tea drinking.
How did you become an artist?
I didn’t really have a set plan to become an artist, I studied graphic design & art at A Level, enjoyed it a lot so decided to carry it onto a foundation course, thats when I realised I really wanted to do art as a career and went onto complete a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration, which was really fun! I was then fortunate enough to get a place on the Enterprise Inc Scheme through De Montfort and I haven’t really stopped drawing since I finished uni!
How would you describe your art?
My art I would say is quite delicate, hand crafted and often humorous, I like adding textile elements into my work to give it more detail.
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While we were staying in Camp De Mar, we visited Andratx for a day. It is a small town with few stuff to see – town hall, gardens, church and pretty houses. What I enjoyed the most about the trip was their colourful window shutters, most of them were green or blue, which were really nice against those beige houses.
We also hopped on a bus to Port D’ Andratx later that afternoon but I will be sharing pictures in the next post.
Camp De Mar – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
nikon D700, 35mm f/2
I finally upgraded my DSLR after months of researching and deciding which DSLR I should go for. I don’t have a lot of money so I needed to be 100% sure before spending.
I had Nikon D80, which was a really great camera for me as a beginner but now that I know more about photography and as always, keen to pursue a photography career, I wanted a better camera.
So I got the lovely second hand Nikon D700 from eBay. I was also eyeing on some Canon DSLRs (I enjoyed using Canon EOS Mark II on my trip to Columbia Road Flower Market) but it made more sense for me to buy a Nikon because I have three Nikkor lenses already and buying new Canon lenses as well as Canon DSLR would be too expensive.
This weekend, I’ve had an opportunity to test it and I LOVE it already. I am cat-sitting at the moment so when Remus got up from his morning nap and came to me asking for food, I grabbed a chance to take pictures but it turned out the 15 minutes long sweat-inducing exercise! Who knows photographing a cat is so hard!
I also hunted for wide lens, wider than my usual 50mm f/1.8 and snapped up an affordable Nikkor 35mm f/2 from eBay, again. It is absolutely a beautiful lens, very fast too.
I am very pleased with my D700 and new lens. I am excited to use it more, collecting memories and beauty of this world.
So, tell me what DSLR do you own?
Discovering Shedquarters on Twitter is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I am borderline obsessed with stationery and this little online shop is right up my street. I am not just loving their stationery, but their style and consistent branding. They also has accessories, homeware and prints sections.
I went to buy a pocket sized planner, Minimal Planner for my business. What is brilliant about it is that we can start using it anytime because there are no fixed dates. While the paper is obviously good quality, it is also lightweight and will be easily to be packed into a bag if you need it when you are out.
It comes in three colour options: Navy, Coral and Green. I chose Coral but excuse my slightly poor photography, the colour somehow came out more orange than it really is.
As you may know, I appreciate small lovely details, I absolutely love the mint green stitching down the side.
The shopping experience was smooth and receiving the post, it was wonderfully packaged – like I said, their consistent branding is spot on. The picture on the top of the post says it all.
If you know any shops that sells pretty stationery, send me links.
Have you shopped at Shedquarters before? If not, check them out!