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Doing it for yourself

This week I went to a 3 day residential boot camp. It was an experience I hope I never forget, definitely good and bad bits, but overall worth every second. I think a large part of life is about learning, and here is what I learnt.

The good bits:
do it for yourself: it is your body, your life, be the person you want to be. I can walk farther than I thought, I can do more than I thought, I am stronger then I thought, it’s all in my head.
ignore others: that feeling of others judging you that so many of us have, well they probably haven’t noticed you, and if they have and judge you badly, then they are type of person not worth bothering about in this world, how can you be badly judged for being healthier and happier?
Think before you ingest: If you are going to eat it, know what it started life out as, or as my sister says, if you can’t explain where it came from to your grandmother, don’t eat it. If you are drinking a smoothy and it says “5 oranges, 2 apples, 10 strawberrys, 2 bananas” etc imagine eating that much fruit in one sitting… Understand food better. I have eaten more the last 3 days of Healthy food and feel great, and satisfied. Lazy life style creates self fulfilling endings… If you have low fuel, you have low energy to do things that make you happy, low fuel to make you skin glow and hair shiny, give yourself the best fuel!
our world is obsessed with rushing: in the words of Ferris Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Quote sorted from
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ferris_Bueller’s_Day_Off) the world is quite beautiful, especially where I was in the Cotwolds! <br/<br/20130719-085650.jpg

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The bad bits:
We are pack animals: Some people complain to much, some not enough, and I tend to get drawn into the complaining cycle. It made me think of scuba dive rescue training STOP, THINK, ACT! Do you really need to indulge the conversation, is there a reasons why a kinder comment or option could be used, but mainly does it actually matter? I refer to the first point of the good bits, be the person you want to be.

Moral of the story:
Challenge yourself: Go to fat camp, do the art course or photography course, apply for the job, or whatever it is that gets you out your comfort zone, or challenges you to do more and be better.

Eat better: it is good for you, the environment, money, life and everything else.

You can do more than you think you can.

The Cotswolds are beautiful and England can be hot!

Thanks for reading! Here are a few pictures

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Amazing views!

Today I played tourist with my father and visited The Shard. Even though the weather was not great for the outing (humid, smog, white light), it was a wonderful experience! The staff are great, it’s wasn’t as scary or overcrowded as I assumed, and what can I say… London is amazing from that high!

Here are a few pictures taken on my iPhone and edited on snap seed.

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Learning from students

One of the joys of teaching art is that you cannot know everything and sometimes a student shows you something that you missed. For me it was “Tilt Shift”. For those that are like me and missed this her is a definition from http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/

“Tilt-Shift Photography (Miniature Faking) Definition
Tilt-Shift photography or miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model.
Altering the focus of the photography in Photoshop (or similar program) simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is.
In addition to focus manipulation, the tilt-shift photography effect is improved by increasing color saturation and contrast, to simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.
Most faked tilt-shift photographs are taken from a high angle to further simulate the effect of looking down on a miniature. The technique is particularly effective on buildings, cars, trains and people.”
I have start my exploration using Snapseed (and app I love for you iPad that is great for playing around with images.)
Before:

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After: (using Drama effect, then Tilt shift affect)

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My next job is to get some better images, do further background reading and learn how to do it myself rather the using an app, or what are the bet apps for the job! as usual all advise and comments welcome!

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt–shift_photography
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/
Photoshop tutorial:
http://photo.tutsplus.com/tutorials/post-processing/tilt-shift-photoshop/
http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/tilt-shift-photography-photoshop-tutorial/