Weekly photo challenge – Boundaries

Posted in So what shall we do today Liz...? with tags , , , , , , , , , on 4 October 2015 by misselisabethuk

I’ve not entered any of my photographs in to this challenge before so thought I would give it a go… With thanks to The Daily Post for this week’s theme Boundaries

The Strand, Gillingham, Kent

The Strand, Gillingham, Kent

This photo was taken at the back of the Strand Lido, Gillingham which backs on to the River Medway. It pays to go adventuring.


Depth of field…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 3 October 2015 by misselisabethuk

As my regular readers will know I have recently taken up photography (visit my website at http://www.misselisabeth.co.uk for more pictures).

Being new to this medium I have been playing around with different settings to see the different effects I can come up with and thought this was a good illustration of how depth of field works/looks….

I used a Canon 70D body with a 17mm to 50mm Sigma lens for these shots, not sure about all the technicalities of both the camera and lens yet but I have managed to get some pretty good shots so far.

This was a trailing plant I found overhanging a lovely rustic looking wall in the Little Venice area of Paddington (which I will go back to at some point and do some model shots as it makes for a fantastic background).

Shot 1 – using an f stop of 2.8

f/2.8  1/80 sec. 50mm ISO 100

f/2.8  1/80 sec. 50mm ISO 100

Shot 2 – using an f stop of 5.6

f/5.6  1/20 sec. 50mm ISO 100

f/5.6 1/20 sec. 50mm ISO 100

Shot 3 – using an f stop of 11

f/11  1/20 sec. 50mm ISO 100

f/11 1/20 sec. 50mm ISO 100

Notes (more for new photographers):

  • the higher the f stop the bigger the ‘depth of field’ = basically more of the picture is in focus
  • f stop numbers seem to work in reverse; a lower f stop means a larger aperture (opening/diameter in the )
  • more info about f stops can be found here
  • landscapes are usually taken using a high f-stop (22) so as much as possible is in focus
Hope this has helped to explain the effects of f stops and depth of field.  Please feel free to leave me comments or questions.  In the meantime have a lovely weekend…

Up close and personal…

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , on 19 September 2015 by misselisabethuk

More photography practice today and the little critters were out in force as if for a role call.

misselisabeth.co.uk - Mr Fly

Hello Mr Fly


Luckily the spider was out!

Luckily the spider was out!

More photos can be found over at http://www.misselisabeth.co.uk

I wish all my followers and anyone else who happens to stumble across my page a great weekend.

Photography: A Different Perspective

Posted in Daily Jollop with tags , , , , , , , on 15 September 2015 by misselisabethuk

Hey all, long time no post eh…. Well there is a reason. I have emersed myself in yet another hobby: photography.

Check out my Website: http://www.misselisabeth.co.uk


Cake, cakes and more cakes….

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 1 August 2015 by misselisabethuk

The theme of this blog is cakes, funnily enough – the title pretty much says it all, eh?!

Firstly to cake decorating, I kind of went in reverse with this whole cake making thing.  Sometimes things just organically happen and move from one thing to another in no predetermined order and not in the way you might have expected… This was one of those occasions.

So I decided I wanted to learn something, didn’t have any idea what my next challenge would be and then I thought, as I have a practical mind, wouldn’t it be good if I was able to properly decorate a cake.  Previously I had attempted several cake projects with varying success but never felt the need to be shown the proper skills to achieve better results. So naturally this felt like the right time to learn basic cake decorating skills.  I googled local classes and chose a two-hour cup cake decorating course called summer meadow cup cakes at Annabelle Jane Cake School in Maidstone, Kent.

I’ll be honest my main worry was driving in to Maidstone easily and finding a parking space, but once that was achieved I relaxed and looked forward to the new learning challenge ahead.

The course was pitched at the right level with the right amount of technical versus practical content. I thought the course was well run and I really enjoyed the laid back style of teaching; first being shown the relevant technique then having a go myself, with the teacher on hand to advise and guide as necessary.

The results I thought were pretty good, see below:

Summer Meadow Cup Cakes

So that was in the bag, I now felt confident that I was ready for any cake decorating challenge that was thrown at me.

Next I thought well there’s no point being able to decorate a cake without being able to make one so I was then looking to make a cake, assemble it, crumb coat it and finally cover it with icing so I could get to the position of being able to decorate it (as above).

I opted for a slightly different learning process for this part. I knew I could make a basic sandwich cake and my baking skills were not too bad (only occasionally over cooking things with some resulting fire alarm moments but haven’t we all?). I turned to the Internet and some online instruction via YouTube, Wilton’s website etc

There are some good instructional videos on crumb coating, for example, which is the layer of buttercream between the cake and the icing which seals in the cake crumbs to give you a good flat base for your icing to go on.

Armed with my newly learned cake making skills I set to work.

Here are some photos of how it all progressed:



Not a bad attempt I thought. Yes It was for a 40th birthday and yummy it was too!!  You could say a successful cake making project.

On to the next learning challenge…. But what will that be????


Sitting around drinking hot chocolate…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings on 19 February 2015 by misselisabethuk

A friend of mine, some years back, told me he spent every Saturday morning at an infamous coffee house writing his blog and planning his next podcast. I thought this was such a cool way of spending a Saturday morning, watching the world go by, as he sat, looking out on to a busy street with people rushing around, whilst contemplating the world and drinking coffee (or favourite beverage) but as I stop and think back now about that scene I now know why it appealed to me it was because it represented a lifestyle which I clearly didn’t and probably would never have.

For me Saturday mornings were and are always that time of the weekend where, if I can, I catch at least another hours sleep and then get busy with the household chores that I never got round to during the week – working full time. An industrious time, a full and busy schedule; one load of washing out and in to the tumble dryer and another load of washing in, empty the dishwasher and fill it back up again with the assorted plates, cups etc left on the side, cleaning down sides and of course the dreaded oven and hob. Saturday mornings = detergents, cleaners, cloths, lifting, scrubbing, hoovering, sweating and cold cups of tea.

So why do I sit here now and reflect on this? Well I know it’s not quite the Saturday morning coffee shop experience I described above but as I sit here with a hot chocolate in hand at the gym, waiting for my son to finish his spin class, I can’t help imagining again my friend’s experience. To me this sitting around drinking hot chocolate feels indulgent and almost a little odd but I can see that the ideal that once appealed to me still very much appeals.

I will continue to aspire to that Saturday morning ideal, stick it on a bucket list and wait for retirement when I will have the time (but maybe not the health) to enjoy such a thing. They say nothing happens in life unless you make it happen, maybe it’s time for a change and I actually make this happen… Eh?!

Spring has sprung…

Posted in Daily Jollop with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19 February 2015 by misselisabethuk

imageWalking in the park this morning I was delighted to be greated by swathes of purple crocus flowers, not just emerging from the ground but now sprouting and about to flower.  How quickly spring creeps up on us and now it is truly here (well as far as the crocus thinks so, which is good enough for me).




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