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Summer in the UK

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Summer in the UK

For the first time in three years I finally made time to make it back to England. The initial trip was planned for a university mate's wedding. After missing out on the first three weddings I thought it wise to at least make the fourth... The wedding was awesome and pulling the surprise on all the others certainly made the trip worthwhile. 

After the wedding I spent a couple days visiting family in Cambridge and Ipswich before heading down to London to see friends. The summer temperature was awesome and I've left the UK with the memory that the UK actually has good weather. It's probably best not to head back anytime soon!

After rushing a new passport on one early morning I had the afternoon to myself before meeting friends that evening. I took the opportunity to walk around London and take a few snaps. 

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Road Trip USA - Green Bay Packers

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Road Trip USA - Green Bay Packers

Next up, Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers - a town with probably the most enthusiastic and nicest people we met along the whole trip. After failing to stop in Austin for the night after due to a lack of a decent hotel we decided to crack on to Green Bay leading us to arrive a day earlier than planned. It ended up being the longest drive of the holiday - over 600 miles and 12 hours in the car.  

We stayed within throwing distance of the stadium which helped when it came to Saturday and the training scrimmage we secured tickets to. 80,000 people turned out to see a training game between the offence and defence. Even though it wasn't a proper game, not even a proper pre-season game, the atmosphere was awesome and pre-game tailgating even more impressive. Good day all round!

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Road Trip USA - Yellowstone

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Road Trip USA - Yellowstone

After an awesome night in Elko we finished off the rest of Nevada and proceeded to drive through Idaho, into Montana for a spot of lunch before finally arriving at Wyoming to setting up camp in Yellowstone National Park. Being the oldest National Park in the USA we thought we were in for something special, which although stunning and very beautiful didn't quite have the same "wow" factor that Yosemite did. 

Still, it was pretty cool to be able to stop the car on the side of the road to see an relaxed elk chilling in the open or a badass bison growling at us when trying to walk past. Weather may have cut the visit short but it was still an impressive visit and one I wouldn't mind doing again in the future - just, maybe with a bit more time and better waterproofs! 

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Road Trip USA - Chicago

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Road Trip USA - Chicago

So after driving for 4,485 miles across the width of the USA in 18 days, through 17 states, staying at 9 different locations and collecting over 5 different beer coozies you could definitely say we had seen another side of 'Murica. Along the way we took numerous photos - too many to really edit and share all at once - so I'll be periodically uploading selections of them all here. 

First up, Chicago.

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Road Trip - San Francisco

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Road Trip - San Francisco

Having just bought flights to the USA for a cross country road trip later this year I started looking back at a few old photos from when I was last over there. For the summer trip we'll be driving from San Francisco towards Chicago and then on to the East coast. With only two and a half weeks to complete the trip it should certainly be interesting. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17- 85mm f/4 - 5.6 IS USM; 38mm, f/11, 1/125, ISO 00

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New York, New York

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New York, New York

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I've been digging the archives and going back over some of the older photos in my library. Not too long after I got my first DSLR I got a chance to go to New York - it was a graduation present from the parents after finishing Uni. Thanks!

New York is a cool place and much of what I remember is about the vibe I had when there - very chilled, cool city. I would love to spend some more time there and hopefully not too far down the line I'll get a chance to return. This was taken on the Manhattan Bridge looking back at Manhatten and the Empire State Building. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f13, 1/100, ISO 100

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Fortune Cards

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Fortune Cards

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Kuala Lumpur offers up some fantastic shooting locations with interesting subjects. I often found myself taking strolls on the weekend without a destination in mind just to see what I could find. On one of these walks I came across an old Chinese Temple. Inside it was your typical Temple with incense burning, joss sticks and offers to the many gods.

On the side of this one where these cards. Each pidgeon hole has a number that corresponds to sticks. These sticks sit in a small cup that after shaken will see one rise higher. After being presented with your number you come over to these small cards to read your fortune.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 47mm, f5.6, 1/6, ISO 400, -1ev

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Winter Punts

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As the whole of the UK is once again covered in snow it only seems right to join in the fun and share a winter shot. December 2011 I was in cambridge before heading to Copper Mountain for a fortnight of skiing.

Unfortunately, as we say in the car at 6:00am just about to leave to Heathrow we found our flight had been cancelled - due to a couple inches of new snow. We therefore were stuck in Cambridge for five days as we waited for the rearranged flights. 

Cambridge looked impressive under snow and I couldn't help get out there to take a few snaps.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 28mm, f5.6, 1/60, ISO 200, 0.33ev

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Golden Strings

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Refreshing the site might be a start however it isn't any good if content doesn't follow. I'll be updating the blog with a new photo every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I'm looking to get a few projects started over the coming months which I'll be sharing too.

I have plenty ideas and received suggestions (more always welcome) on what to include and add to the site. These features will be up and running as soon as I can get my head around the necessary code. 

For the next month I'm in Singapore so I figure it's only fair to share a photo I took here last year. Red and yellow are powerful colours in China - red symbolises prosperity. It might be an abstract but I'm sure you can figure what it is.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85 f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/20, 0.33ec, ISO 100

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