Last week I announced that our family is travelling to see a total eclipse of the sun in the USA. On Monday 21st August 2017 millions of people in parts of the USA will see the phenomenon. The eclipse will make landfall in a narrow strip from the Pacific northwest all the way to the Atlantic coast in South Carolina. We’ve been dreaming of seeing this total eclipse ever since we saw one in the Champagne region of France in 1999. I wrote my story in Views of a Total Solar Eclipse from France but I’ve also asked friends who…

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#24 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Last week in the “Judging a Photograph” blog series I talked about choosing when adding a presets or filters to a photo. I find that it only really works on simplistic images. Any photo with complex appeal is usually ruined by a filter, especially the fairly brutal Instagram ones. However I did also say there are exceptions and this photo of a peacock is the most striking one of mine. Why Use Filters Now? Now I know what you’re going to say; you’re going to say you prefer the original version in…

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We’re travelling to see a total eclipse of the sun in the USA. On Monday 21st August 2017 millions of people in the USA will see the moon completely obscure the sun. A stripe of shadow will pass across the land from the Pacific northwest all the way to the Atlantic coast in South Carolina. This family holiday has been a very long time in the making, and it’s mainly happening because we have relatives in the USA to visit, but it’s almost here. It’s just the lights going out, right? I’ve found it a bit hard to convince some…

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#23 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Sometimes I wonder why so many of us put a filter on our photos before posting online. We scroll through apps like Instagram searching for the best filter without really knowing if other people will like it. A popular Instagram filter might increase engagement. On the other had it might have the effect of making it look the same as everyone else’s picture, and then it doesn’t stand out. General Editing Tips The best advice I can offer is to practice small adjustments with all the editing tools that you have to…

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I am always on the lookout for really good quality beauty and health products, as you will know if you read my May 2017 beauty roundup blog post. This month I have three more gorgeous beauty treats for you. Oxygenetix – Oxygenating Foundation I call this my hot girl foundation. Not because I transform into a hot girl when I wear it especially! No, it’s because this is designed to stay on my face and keep my pores breathing. That means I can wear it when I am getting some hot and sweaty exercise. Unfortunately I’ve been banned from running with…

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