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Photography Watford Photo Workshop – Saturday 1st July

Photography Watford’s Friday started with what should have been a 2 hour journey up the M1 motorway.
It seems everybody wanted to be heading north, and this 100 mile trip took 3 hours!

The M1 Motorway joins the South to the North of the Uk
A Canon 7D body with the lens removed

Workshop Day

We all arrived, on what was such a gorgeous day, and not a hint of rain on the horizon. Again, Coffee had to be consumed, as it seems recently that has become a prerequisite.
There was a small cosy group of people excited and keen to learn more about Photography, and just to top things off there was also a practical side as we were all going to get snapping later.
We all went through the basics of Photography and also a “Do’s and Don’ts ” section also. Having said that, Photographers have a license to snap what they want and very often how they want to.
As often that is the case, we did a basic walk around the Farm to see what we should snap and get a feel for the hidden gems that we could uncover with our lenses.

Yummy food

We were all peckish by this time and the Catering team had a table booked for us all with some very delicious food and drink prepared. This was also very reasonably priced.

Spinach and Panir cheese Curry
A Blue eyed Goose just posing for the camera

A Surprise in store

We were all very keen to get back and start photographing, and in the back of my mind I had a little surprise that I knew folks would Love.
We all very stealthily were allowed in the Bird areas and Avery. We walked around the Avery like Ninjas being careful not to hurt any birds that might be on the ground, and very quietly aware that there were 2 nests of newly born birds.

Naughty Chicken

Into the Naughty Bird area where I was standing minding my own business, admiring the birds, when I felt a Thud on the back of my Leg. As I looked around a little Cheeky Chicken was feeling pleased with himself as he had kicked me. I had to laugh.
My Fav was the Blue Eyed Geese and the Silkie Chicken, which you can see on the Stonebridge website. The Chickens were so cute and friendly, as they had no fear, and came very close to us all. I came close to slipping on something soft and squishy, but let’s not mention it.

A Male Chicken is known as a Rooster, and can be very vocal and noisy.
Chard Vegetable is a delicious leafy plant, that looks like lettuce and is very high in Potassium and vitamin A.

The Garden

The Stonebridge garden is such an amazing work in progress project. Hours and hours of time has been spent working, planting and now harvesting some amazing crops. There were quite a few beautifully coloured Butterflies, Bees and Ladybirds dotted around the garden, which was a real treat, especially for the photographers. The challenge was to get a good photo of a Humble Bumble Bee, as they didn’t keep still for long. You had to be quick, as just as you focused the camera, off they were to the next flower.

Just to sum up in a few words

An amazing day for all was had by all !!

Foodies Festival 2017 – Syon Park London

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The Foodies Festival 2017

Passionate about food?
Well, this is an absolute must for your calendar.
There is so much to see and taste, with many exhibitors, tempting you to their own produce.
This is held on the 27th, 28th, and 29th May 2017.

Anjula Devi

There was a live demo of Indian cuisine that wafted through the air, and was so intoxicating.
she was preparing Bombay potatoes & rhubarb, asparagus lime & ginger, chicken curry & Chapattis
Anjula has her own business and has recently had her book called Spice for Life released.

Dhruv Baker

The Jolly Gardener & MasterChef Winner 2010.
Dhruv was co hosting the live demos, and was such a professional, in his presentation.
He is extremely knowledgeable and answered many questions that were asked by people during the live demos.

Candice Brown

Candice was the winner of the Great British Bake-off 2016.
She created an almond topped Bakewell Tart, which was perfection, from start to finish.
The smell was amazing and looked perfect, when it baked.

Jane Devonshire

Jane was the Masterchef winner in 2016.
Jane created a stunning steak dish, which was very succulent and tender.
The live demo really inspires and explains that even complex looking dishes can be prepared very easily and quickly.

The Foodies Festival weekend London Uk 2017 has begun.

This week has been what seems like, the beginning of the long lasting glorious warm weather.
This is great news, especially as the long-awaited Foodies Festival is finally here.

Burning the candle at both ends, and an early rise on the day in question, I soon became bright eyed and bushy tailed, not without a strong Coffee first tho.
The Sat Nav said 45 mins from door to marque, but in-fact this became 2 hours, partly due to the popularity and sheer weight of traffic going to the event.
On arrival, the parking was a meagre £5.00, oh yes one of the new plastic £5.00 notes, the almost see through ones.
Straight to the registration tent, to choose the session and to pick up the tickets.
No more than 3 were allowed, but you could go back.

The first session was with Anjula Devi, TV Chef and author, Anjul was an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to as she cooked a Curry.
Dhruv Baker was co-hosting the session with Anjul and would be for all the sessions.
Within no time it seemed, the session was over and the final product was a tongue tingling Curry, which Anjul made look so simple to prepare and cook.
It had an ingredient in it, that you really wouldn’t expect.
Rhubarb!
Sheer Genius..
Anjul explained that she thanks her Father for the coincidental ingredient.

The next session was with Candice Brown, who won the Great British Bake-off 2016.
What did Candice have in mind?
It was a delicious traditional Bakewell tart.
Candice made creating this tart, look so simple to create, with many useful tips as she went along.
Which incidentally, is by far my most favourite dessert.
You could smell the pastry all through the tent from the front to the back also.
Dhruv Baker was also adding to the enjoyment of the session, as he narrated and answered questions.

The last session, was with Jane Devonshire who won MasterChef 2016.
I managed to get a few photos with Jane before her session, as this was a treat as she was an absolute delight, and so humble.
Jane even mentioned that since she won MasterChef 2016, her feet havn’t touched the ground.
On the menu was Buffalo steak, and a cream cheese, which totally works.
I must admit, my initial thought was Wow !!
The reason is that the meat is tenderised by the cream cheese and also Jane created a coriander based dip, with asparagus and lemon.

Fun with macro Photography – Quiz

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What is Macro Photography?

Very simply, just imagine that you attach a magnifying glass or a microscope to the end of you’re camera, so you can see very small objects
ie flowers, insects and so on to be photographed, in great detail.
It’s very much an exciting dimension of Photography, because very often until you get back home and look at the Photo’s on the computer,
you don’t realize what an unseen world you have opened up.

Hover Over Photo’s for Clues?

Used a lot in cooking

Has a peppery taste

Split pulse

A Spring vegetable

Monkeys Love them
Oooh oooh aaahh

Eaten with Cheese

Fairies Hide under them
when it rains

The Spice of Life

The opposite of Salt

Answers: Garlic, Radish, Chana Dal, Asparagus, Banana, Cracker, Mushroom, Chilli Flake, Peppercorn

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Photography Watford Photo Workshop – Saturday 1st July Photography Watford’s Friday started with what should have been a 2 hour journey up the M1 motorway. It seems everybody wanted to...

Foodies Festival 2017 – Syon Park London

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The Foodies Festival 2017Passionate about food? Well, this is an absolute must for your calendar. There is so much to see and taste, with many exhibitors, tempting you to their...

Fun with macro Photography – Quiz

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What is Macro Photography? Very simply, just imagine that you attach a magnifying glass or a microscope to the end of you're camera, so you can see very small objects...