Weekly photography challenge

Now I may be setting myself up to fail here but I have got a new lens for my camera for Christmas as have decided that I would try to post a photo a week throughout 2016. I have a Nikon D3200 and my new lens is a Nikkor AF-S 35mm 1:1.8G.

I have had a look around at some different sites and have drawn up the following list of challenges for me to photograph over the next 12 months. Of course it would be fab if you reading this would join in also but I am doing this for my own development in photography so if you are here simply to have a look at my journey then welcome along and enjoy the ride. Constructive feedback on my photos is also greatly received and welcomed. The date posted is the Monday and I will post my picture on the Sunday at the end of the week.

Jan 4 Self portrait

Jan 11 Favourite

Jan 18 Home

Jan 25 Jewellery

Feb 1 Makes you smile

Feb 8 Dinner

Feb 15 Drink

Feb 22 Family

Feb 29 Childhood

Mar 7 Homemade

Mar 14 Nature

Mar 21 Shoes

Mar 28 Hands

Apr 4 Loved one

Apr 11 Eyes

Apr 18 Out your window

Apr 25 Guilty pleasure

May 2 Work place

May 9 In your bag

May 16 Laughter

May 23 On a walk

May 30 Reflection

June 6 Colour

June 13 Daily routine

June 20 Drink

June 27 High Angle

July 4 Soft

July 11 What is it?

July 18 Clouds

July 25 Sleep

Aug 1 Words

Aug 8 First thing in the morning

Aug 15 Sunset

Aug 22 On my doorstep

Aug 29 Night

Sep 5 New beginnings

Sept 12 Motion

Sept 19 Birthday

Sept 26 Close up

Oct 3 Time

Oct 10 Steps

Oct 17 Low angle

Oct 24 Trees

Oct 31 Spooky

Nov 7 Accessory

Nov 14 Writing

Nov 21 Lights

Nov 28 Something beginning with N

Dec 5 Water

Dec 12 Love

Dec 19 Feeling festive

Dec 26 Self portrait

Lets see how this goes then.

I hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all a very happy healthy and prosperous 2016 with lots and lots of photos to remember it by.



Saturday with my little lady 

First to the local cemetary to find conkers of which there were none 😞. We did find fir cones which we collected to make Christmas decorations one cold wet Sunday in the near future.  We found this tree that reminded us both of one of our favourite books “The Big Honey Hunt”. 

   Next we are off to get a bit of lunch and then my little surprise. Be back later xx

Defecting to the dark side…

So after raving about how much I love my Fitbit Charge HR (and I still do) I have acquired an Apple Watch. This is a completely gorgeous piece of kit and I love it.

Yes I do use it mostly for the fitness components and I imagine we are a long way from using it to its fullest potential. Buying 1st generation may not always be a wise investment especially for something of this price but it is really rather scrummy.

What I haven’t done yet is pitch it up against the Fitbit Charge HR and see what differences there are but the one massive thing that Apple may have missed the boat on is the community support that you get with Fitbit. I do miss my “Workweek Hustle” and my “Weekend Warrior” challenges and the competitiveness it fosters. I am alone again in my daily mission to achieve goals with the Apple Watch. I also miss the graphics of heart rate when running although I have not bee able to run since I got the watch due to a severe calf strain.

I think that at some point I will wear both devices and see how they fare against each other but fornow I have put my Fitbit Charge HR to one side and am getting acquainted to my Apple Watch


Fitbit Charge HR (edited to ad info on comparison when running)

I have had my Fitbit Charge HR for a week now and thought I would update you on where I am with it. This may be a little wordy so my tagline is: I LOVE IT! But there are a few things you need to know.

I have a Fitbit One and Charge HR so I thought I would put them head to head so to speak. A few measurements for you so you can understand where I get my figures from. These are approximate. 2000-2500 steps equals approximately 1 mile. 1 mile = 1609 metres this means that 1 step is approximately 0.64 m. (my walking stride is around this measurement).

Day 1 Fitbit One on my bra strap and Charge HR set to Non dominant hand. I wear my Charge HR on my left hand and am right handed but I do use my hands a lot when I talk and also my left hand for things like changing gear when driving. I do need to make the point that I don’t usually wear my One on my bra strap, it does clip onto my bra but not there, I say this as I am not sure if it makes any difference.

I walked to my car and counted the steps, 289 of them. Charge HR overestimated by 72 steps (approx 46 metres). One underestimated by 26 steps (17 metres). I did a walk down the 2 flights of stairs in my house to my dining room and back up again. Charge HR underestimated by 19 steps (12 metres) and One underestimated by 2 steps (1.2 metres). Final walk of the day from my car to my house. Charge HR overestimated by 26 steps (19 metres) and One underestimated by 13 steps (8 metres).

By the end of this day my Charge registered 5623 steps and One registered 3919 steps. This is a difference of 1704 steps, just over 1 kilometre. Thats immense!!!

Day 2 I change settings on my Charge HR to dominant but it remains on my left hand (I can’t wear a watch on my right wrist it feels so wrong!). One stays in the same place as the day before. As it was a work day I did some fairly similar things to the day before as well. The walk to my car was 200 steps and Charge HR underestimated by 56 steps (36 metres). One Underestimated by 9 steps (6 metres). Walk to my house from my car at the end of the day was 270 steps. Charge HR underestimated by 5 steps (3 metres), One underestimated by 22 steps (14 metres).

Total steps by the end of the day was Charge HR 6916 and One 6382. This is a difference of 534 steps (341 metres). Much more acceptable.

Interestingly driving caused both devices to register steps. Charge HR registered 81 steps on one journey whilst the same journey added 263 steps to the One. This is likely due to the shocking state of my local roads and the fact that I frequently have to slalom to avoid large potholes and the roads are extremely bumpy!

So what does all of this mean? Are these trackers simply a gimmick or do they have a value? Well that depends on what you are using it for. Fitbit do clearly state in their blurb that it is not about 100% accuracy but about trends and if you keep this in mind then these devices are fab. On a work day I may not do much more than 5000 steps but at the weekend this can significantly increase and I like to log into my account or look at my iPhone app and see what these trends are. I have also discovered Fitbit friends and challenges and these are awesome for bringing out the competitive person in you and I frequently can be see walking around in circles in my living room or kitchen to “get my step count up”. My husband argues that this is not true exercise but I refute that. My Charge HR registers my steps and the fact that if I walk briskly round in circles that my heart rate increases this has to be counted as exercise.

I am not a big person but started to tip the scales at 11 stone a year ago and this bothered me. I am a terrible binge eater with absolutely no will power and have appalling eating habits like going all day with no food then pigging out in the evening. I have linked my Fitbit with My Fitness Pal and have lost over a stone in weight and both My Fitness Pal and Fitbit are brilliant tools to help me maintain a good diet and a good level of activity and fitness.

Fitbit is such a good gadget for helping with activity and eating and I love my Charge HR a lot. It is not simply an  expensive pedometer it does so much more than that and I haven’t touched on these yet. I do run (I am a fair weather runner so not a good time of year for running for me!) but I will blog about using the One and the Charge HR with running when I next go.

Take home message today is: Don’t get bogged down with 100% accuracy use it for what it is intended for get up, get moving and hit that goal!

Edited 18:15. I have just been for a brisk walk (with a little bit of running in it as well) but I wanted to update you on how the One and Charge HR fared against each other. I walked 2.18 miles which equates to approx 3496 metres. Charge registered 3504 metres and One registered 3750 metres. This is a difference of  246 steps (157 metres). Charge HR is more accurate. It did struggle to keep contact with my pulse at times but managed to keep up enough to tell me I spent 8 mins in peak zone and 14 minutes in cardio zone and according to the graphics on my iPhone this is pretty much related to my walk / run.

Oh and one last thing: Fitbit, My Fitness Pal and Map My Fitness do not double count. My fitness Pal registers the calories from my run but does not adjust for Fitbit so this improves accuracy of calorie count as well.

Disclaimer: I am not employed by Fitbit all views are purely my own.