I’ve taken a shed-load of photos in June, mostly on my Galaxy S7, so I thought I would share some of my favourites. It’s worth saying that all these photos have been edited in some way to enhance them, but I usually do this sympathetically to the original image or what I saw with my eyes at the time.
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June started with the last day of dance Festivals in Middlesbrough. Our girls were part of their dance school’s La Fille mal Gardé production number.
We had a day in Filey visiting Helen’s sister and her husband who were holidaying there. I couldn’t resist this photo of a cool old tractor with is bright colours and rust. Set against some moody skies it made for a great photograph.
I had an hour or so to kill in York one weekday evening, so what do I do? Yes, I wander around the Minster quarter taking photos. The plaque inscription tells you all you need to know about this column.
This Roman column once stood within the great hall of the headquarters building of the fortress of the Sixth Legion (whose emblem was a bull in the fourth century AD). It was found in 1969 during the excavation of the south transept of the Minster. Lying where it had collapsed.
It was given by the Dean & Chapter to the York Civic Trust, who in 1971 erected it on this site to mark the 1900 anniversary of the foundation of the city by the Romans in AD 71.
June has seen me start my fight back to fitness after my recent knee issues. I’ve run 24 times in the 30 days of June, that included one day where I went out twice. I’ve rediscovered my love for running now and although my knee still isn’t 100% I am pushing on and looking forward. You could check out my dedicate Instagram account for running that I created call northyorkrunner. I’m also developing a running specific blog too so watch this space! This shot was after a particularly hard run in muggy heat.
Living in the North Yorkshire countryside is something I love and hence why I used the hashtag #lovewhereyoulive quite often. This shot of the lush green carpets and the rich blue sky was taken whilst out on a run. As a bonus there Duke in there too!
Father’s Day was, as ever, memorable for me. Here’s I am with my four wonderful daughters trying to have a lie-in!
A collection of photo highlights wouldn’t be complete without one of Duke running!
A return to running has meant getting back out on tracks and trails a bit further from home. This was taken on tracks above a local dis-used quarry, looking south over the hay meadows.
I invested in a GoPro selfie stick recently. Not the official GoPro one at over £50 but an identical copy that I bought from Wish.com that was a fraction of that cost. I bought one because I wanted to use our GoPro more, rather that it sitting in a draw waiting for an adventure. So here’s a great shot of V from our local play park taken from high above on a wide-angle setting. I use continous shooting mode at 3 frames-per-second and then pick the best frames and edit them. It’s a technique that seems to work well and I’ll be writing more about that on the blog soon.
Running again sorry (not sorry). I headed out on unknown paths this month and my recent investment in the OS Maps subscription meant they had me covered. I pre-plotted a route I wanted to take and followed it. It’s brilliant being able to follow exactly where you are on the explorer maps. I didnt’ have it on all the time, just when I needed it.
Shadows and sunrise with Duke by my side.
A late evening run gave me the opportunity to capture this wonderful shot of the sunset over fields of barley with my GoPro. I love it so much it’s currently my computer desktop at work.
The same late evening run then brought me to one of my favourite places to stand and stare. This view of my town, Kirkbymoorside, at sunset is just magical. I could have stood there for hours.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of photos from June and maybe inspired you to get a little more creative with your photography. Remember, don’t take photos – make photos.
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