Photography is like painting...

You've probably seen this video around already, but I love it, I really love it. I haven't picked a camera up since we got back from Porto. It feels weird. I've barely used Instagram either (other than to have a good look at other peoples photos) and my heart is aching a little knowing that I don't feel like it at the moment.

But it's ok, cos I know my cameras and films are waiting for me at home when I'm ready.

When in Porto...

You drink Port wine...

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I always had an idea that I wouldn't like Port - I didn't really understand what it was obviously, because Port is a Portuguese fortified wine - and I love red wine. One thing I didn't expect was to like it as much as I did - or to prefer the white Port over the red. I didn't even know white port existed until I tried it haha but it is so good!

There were a lot of Porto wine cellars on the Gaia hillside, we even got a free taste voucher when we took the cable car down from the bridge, so we tried a lot of different Ports during the week. In the end, we only looked around the Burmester Cellar, but it was fascinating and the Port samples were delicious.

Camera: Olympus OM-10
Film: Kodak Gold 100 (I pushed this film a little inside but it was so sunny that day that it worked out ok in the end)
Location: Porto, Portugal

 

New month... new sponsors!

It's July! Can you believe that?! I have no idea where June went but there you go... here we are. And a new month here, now means new sponsors! How awesome is that - people actually took me up on the offer for sponsoring!! I'm still in shock. But I'm equally as chuffed too.

First up - is a new blog find for me - Foreign Geek! I'm really pleased that taking on sponsors is bringing unexpected benefits like discovering new blogs to read as I often feel like I'm in a blog reading rut.  I'm even more pleased that I already love this blog - if you love travelling, food, discovering new places and exploring the world, then you will love this blog!

So far my favourite posts I've read so far are:

Next up is a blog I am familiar with and so excited to be sharing here as a sponsor. I first remember Laura from Day Dreaming Foodie taking part in one of my photo swaps - she took the most lovely photos of horses (I love photos of horses!) and I've been reading her blog ever since.

Laura has a great food and lifestyle blog, sharing recipes, her experiences dining out and any exciting revelations in the foodie world - as her blog title would suggest - as well as her lovely photos of her life in Northern Ireland.

Some of my recent favourite posts have been:

So there you are - my first month's sponsors on For the easily distracted... I hope you enjoy looking around these blogs as much as I have.
 

If you're interested in sponsoring For the easily distracted... you can find more information here - I still have 4 spaces left including two especially aimed at bloggers who may not have sponsored a blog before and are wary of spending a lot of money (ad number 3). I'm delighted to say that my audiences across all platforms (blog, twitter, instagram, pinterest etc...) is continuing to grow and I love putting together this kind of post - so please check out my sponsor page or email me (rhiannelouise@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

 


Out of alignment...

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My favourite thing about film photography is the surprises. I do my best to limit them, to control the process and get a wonderful photograph, but the developing and scanning part of the films life is out of my hands.

At first I was a upset when this disc came back with misaligned photos on it - but I quickly checked the negative and luckily, that was fine... the camera is fine. The scanning process however obviously didn't like my photos haha.

Now I've got used to them, I actually quite like them... it's easy to forget when you look at just one photo that they came from a whole roll of photos, a journey through time perceived by the photographer and with these photos you get an idea of what came before and what came after - even if it is only a glimpse.

Camera: Olympus OM-10
Film: Kodak Gold
Location: Porto, Portugal

Around Porto Part I

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There isn't really a theme to these other than they are from the same roll of film... a lot of the time we were just walking around taking in the sites (with me snapping photos...) and it was wonderful. Like in Split, the light in Porto was perfect for Ektar film as well and I think the sky and the colours really pop in these photos.

Camera: Refurb LC-A
Film: Kodak Ektar
Location: Porto, Portugal

Moving my blog forward...

I often have lots of aims for this blog but I never really implement them, however last week I rather impulsively decided to set up sponsorship through Passionfruit ads. The main reason for doing this is that money is one of the main things that triggers my anxiety... and last week I had to pay my Squarespace account for the year. It's not a huge amount of money - but I forgot about it and realised that 'yikes' that's more money to spend and 'yikes' do I have that money? I did, but only just and that kind of freaked out a little.

Overall I spend about £100 a year keeping this blog up and running - £70ish (depending on the exchange rate) for Squarespace and £24 on Flickr. Add on top of that all the photos I take and that small amount gets a fair bit bigger. I would spend the film money anyway (to an extent) I imagine, but I realised that just having the money to keep my blog running wasn't enough, I needed to have definite money to keep my blog running - I do not want to stop blogging because of money.

So, here is my plan for my blog moving forward so that I can keep it running...

  • Sponsorship - not many or charging a fortune, I know this is not how to make real money with my blog and my audience isn't as big as it once was, but if I can help others to promote their shop/blog/stuff then I'm happy to have adverts in my sidebar and also make a small amount a month to put in my blog/photos fund.
  • My photography course. I know, I keep talking about it... but it has a name now and a plan. I just need to fill that out. I have no idea how many people will even want to take part in it, but I'm going for it! Woohoo!
  • Blurb books - I've nearly finished one Blurb book based on why I love my photos, but I'm thinking perhaps a Paris one, Porto one? I don't know but there are lots of options. Is there any you'd like to see?
  • Update my Society 6 with new photos.
  • And that is it for now... but I'll keep thinking.

So why I am putting this all in a post?

Well first I wanted to tell you - I'm accepting sponsors now - woohoo!! Help me keep my blog full of beautiful photos :)

But also, one thing I try to maintain here is honesty... I've been through a tough start of this year mentally, and putting my blog first hasn't been on my agenda until recently, but I've come to realise that here is my happy place and I want to look after it now and try to even grow it a little, especially after last weeks money scare.

How about you? How do you plan to move your blog forward? Can you think of anything you'd like from me - perhaps more than one course (I did wonder about a specific toy camera course, but do people still use them for that? haha). Maybe some film photography ebooks - or a series of them?

I've changed a lot in the last year and I think I'm finally ready to let this space evolve with me. Hopefully you find that as exciting as I do... x

Balconies...

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One of my favourite things about visiting Europe is the balconies on buildings. It's a little odd I know but I loved them in Paris too (I took as many photos of them there...) but there is something so lovely about them, I just can't help myself.

When I was writing yesterday's post to describe the trams, I couldn't quite seem to find the right words and then Polly (hi Polly!) left a comment saying they were romantic and it hit the nail on the head for me.

Porto was romantic - not in an over the top, obvious way like Paris can be sometimes, but in a charming, subtle more relaxed way where the colours brightened your day, the little details (like the mannequin and the porcelain dog above, you saw them right?) caught your eye and the people were friendly and enthusiastic. And I think these balconies capture that romantic feeling perfectly too.

Cameras: Olympus OM-10 & Refurb LC-A
Films: Kodak Gold 100, Agfa Vista 200 & Fuji Color 200
Location: Porto, Portugal

Porto's Heritage Tram's

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Like the tiles, these are only the first batch of photos of the tram's that I took and also like the tiles, I loooved seeing these heritage trams around Porto. According to Wikiedia, there used to be over 20 lines around the city for the trams, but now there are only a few which I think is a huge shame as they look wonderful travelling around the city.

We even went on one along the river front to the beach which was so much fun but I think those photos are on an undeveloped slide film that I still have to process, bother.

Camera: Refurb LC-A
Film: Fuji Color 200
Location: Porto, Portugal

Tiles, tiles, tiles!

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Ok, lets go with Porto - I'd been umming and ahhing about where to start, but really, it had to be the tiles!

It must be the interior designer that's still left in me (there's still some there it seems haha) but I just loove all the tiles. I love the colours, the patterns, the fact that no two were really the same... in fact I think I drove Thomas a tiny bit mad because every time he turned around to find me, I was usually taking a photo of some tiles... oops.

Camera: Olympus OM-10
Film: Expired Fuji Color 200 (which I bought in the Porto Lomography shop... ohhh)
Location: Porto, Portugal

Ola!!

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I'm back!! I totally didn't mean to leave my blog empty last week - I had the best intentions to write posts but life/days off kind of got in the way - well, crochet and relaxing got in the way, lets be honest. I'm kind of glad they did though, because now I'm more excited than ever to be back, especially as I have lots of photos to share, hurray!

First, a huge thank you to Dianne, Katie and Clare for their guest posts, I really do think I'm so lucky to have amazing friends both online and offline :)

Second - to carry on from the things I want to remember from Paris and Spilt, here are the things I want to remember about Porto, yeay!

  1. The tiles!! Oh my gosh, the tiles in Porto are amazing - why don't we have tiles like that on buildings in England?! And the colourfully painted buildings too. England needs some colour!
  2. The mini golf - Thomas and I played two games on mini golf on the courses of the 2012 European Minigolf Championship and it was amazing, it was just us, having lots of fun :) You can even see a video of the courses here - though Thomas and I don't have the same mad skills haha.
  3. The Port. Of course you have to try Port when you're in Porto don't you. We did a tour which was great and discovered white port - and it is delicious - which is weird coming from a red wine drinker.
  4. The custard pastries... oh my, the custard pastries. I love custard, I love pastry. Its a double win.
  5. I always list food in these lists - but food makes a holiday for me - and we tried an amazing sausage of pork, chicken and soaked bread and that was probably my favourite food of the whole trip - but I can't remember what it was called.
  6. Talking of food - the Francesinha... it had to be seen to be believed. And eaten :) haha.
  7. Walking along the river. I love the water and the river was delightful with the sun twinkling of it. Just beautiful.
  8. And of course, the bridges. We walked over the top of the Dom Luis Bridge on our first day and the views were gorgeous across the city.
  9. NOS Primavera Sound. Our holidays are usually based on festivals - we went to one in Krakow and Paris - but I think this one may be my favourite yet. It was in a huge park, you could see the see in the distance and the bands were great (highlights were Haim,  !!!, Charles Bradley, St Vincent, Shellac and John Grant - who we also saw in the airport on the way home, I geeked out a little, I love John Grant!)
  10. The old trams along the river. I love old trams. I took a lot of photos of them.
  11. The churches - Everywhere we've been has had lovely churches - but I've never seen a whole church with carved, painted gold wooden features before, or churches with tiles everywhere.
  12. Having a fuji instax photo taken in one of the restaurants. Our photo is still in Porto on their wall - shame I can't remember which restaurant it was though.
  13. Our little apartment. We had a seating area outside and it was perfect for enjoying a nice cold beer and some pastries.
  14. The little old ladies looking our of their windows. When I grow up, I want to watch the people go by out of my window as well. They waved at tourists too which I thought was great.
  15. Sitting eating cheese and drinking wine on the river front over looking the water and the bridge. Perfect.

So there you go. I loved Porto!

 

Guest post: Clare

Hi everyone, I’m Clare and I blog at A Wee Bit of Cake where you guessed it, it’s all about my love of cake!

I’ve known Rhianne for almost 10 years now. We met on our first day at uni (we did the same course) and have been friends ever since. No matter what the past 10 years has thrown at us our friendship has continued to flourish and now she’s going to be one of my bridesmaids at my wedding next year.

I was going to do a post all about cakey stuff but now I’ve started writing about our friendship, maybe that’s the route this post needs to follow.

I was there at the start when Rhianne started to delve into film photography and bought her first Holga camera. I remember sitting across from her in Yo Sushi when she first told me she had set up the blog and never did I imagine it would take her on such a journey, both emotionally and physically. She loves cameras (you should see her house) and gets the same thrill from developing photos as I do from making a cake – you have the skills and ingredients, you just have to hope when it comes out of the oven /photo lab that the results are a success.

I’ve been there as she fought with her Diana Mini to get the photos to work, she’s been there to see my cake skills develop and if anything, it’s reading For The Easily Distracted that got me interested in blogging and made me decide to set up my own wee corner of the baking world.

Anyway, enough of my rambles! Rhianne will probably kill me for this but here are a few photos from over the years. She’s probably also going to have a little cry now, she’s the emotional one of the two of us and calms down my fiery Irishness!

{  Masquerade Ball (2006), Graduation – ready to take on the world! (2008), Random trip to Belfast (2008), One of the first cakes I ever made Rhianne, I cringe now when I look at it! (2010), Bridesmaids at GeeGee’s wedding  (2014)  }

Enjoy Portugal Rhianne, wish I could have a week in the sun!