Thursday, 26 December 2013

Boxing Day Walk.


Merry Christmas all! I haven't done a Christmas post this year, we had a quiet day; we opened our presents in the morning, then went to my Aunty's for Christmas lunch (amaaaaazing lunch, so yummy!), then we opened more presents and watched some Christmas TV, then drove home in time for Doctor Who! 


Today we're just having a day at home lazing around watching films and eating chocolate, but we did get up pretty early and go for a nice walk in Hurtwood Forest to walk off our croissant-filled breakfast. I treated myself to a new prime lens recently, and I'll be upgrading my DSLR to the D5200, on next pay-day, and for Christmas my parents gave me a new zoom news, so this Christmas has been pretty camera-filled! I thought the walk would be the perfect chance to test out the new prime, it's a 50mm manual focus, and it's not reeeeally meant for my current camera, but it still worked pretty well and will be even better with the new camera!

Our walk was rather foggy, it felt a bit like a horror film at times, and we came across quite a few fallen trees on the path so we had to climb under/over them - Dylan absolutely loved it and had a great time!


Sadly my tripod has broken so I couldn't slow the shutter speed down to get a decent shot of the mini waterfall :( I'm hoping they'll have them on sale now!


What I love most about using manual focus is that you can control where you want to focus much more easily. On an auto-focus lens/camera it would have focused on the twigs closest to me, rather then the ones that are slightly further away and in the middle of the frame.

The forest really was eerie with all of the fog, scary!


Luckily we brought Dylan's high-vis jacket with us so we could see him amongst the bracken and fog, he blends in so easily this time of year!



Such a dapper dog wearing his very own doggy bow-tie! It does have a habit of twisting around to the side though instead of staying at the front. His red polka dot collar was kindly sent to him from PetsPyjamas for his birthday back in September.


I hate wellies, so I wore my trust Timberland waterproof boots. They're literally the best boots ever, when clean they can be worn in the city (my colleague thought they were Zara!), but they're also perfect for stomping around in in the rain and snow as they've got a really thick 'walking boot' tread, and are completely waterproof!



After our walk we headed over to the pub for a drink and some pork scratchings. We sat by the fire, and Dylan tried to dry off a bit, before we headed home for an afternoon of food and movies.



Merry Christmas! 
I hope you've all had a really wonderful week filled with family and friends.


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9 comments

  1. Your dog is so bloody cute. I have a ginger cocker spaniel aswel. Great post. :)

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    1. Ginger's are defo the best! ;)

      C x

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  2. How ADORABLE is your dog? Some seriously beautiful atmospheric shots here, thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Aw thank you, he is a little bit of a cutie!

      C x

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  3. Gorgeous photos!

    I love a good walk in the wood, especially when there's all that mist and late autumn colouring going on!

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    1. Yes, same! The colours are so gorgeous aren't they!

      C x

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  4. pretty boots
    have you ever tryed them in big puddle until the ankle ?

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    1. Yes I have - I've walked through a river in them, still waterproof! ;)

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  5. Gorgeous dog and photography! Makes me want to have one! !

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