To mark yesterday’s World Photography Day – a global celebration of the craft, art, science and history of photography – here are five top tips to keep in mind when you’re next snapping away out in the wild.Continue reading “World Photography Day: five top tips for wildlife photography”
#340: You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio — choose your format). What would you say?
I’d of course choose TV as I have absolutely no experience in radio (although my TV experience currently exists in a handful of projects).
I’d introduce myself first briefly, explaining what I do and what I love getting up to in my spare time (just to prove I have a human side and am not just my career). But I would admittedly, then use the remaining ten minutes to express how much I want to turn my new found passion of video editing, presenting and producing skills into a full time career. Hopefully, I would be able to impress potential employers and senior video editors/producers with my enthusiasm, my strong desire to improve my skills and ultimately progress within such a competitive industry.
#301: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?
Hmmm… that’s a tricky one since the world is made up of so many wonderful words – superfluous for one, just because of the way it sounds! The first two that sprung to mind however, were ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ (hyphenated so it only counts as one word mwaha!), as in my opinion, portions of the world could do with using manners more often. Then, in no particular order, I would want to keep the following words: family, love, passion, career and happiness. The only other word I’d want to keep is music as there is no possible way that I could live without it, but then I thought it would be quite redundant considering the volcabulary had been dramatically shortened.
#246: If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?
That’s a tricky one! My first thought was that I’d throw myself into stopping the use and production of Palm Oil, and help conservation efforts protect endangered primates, such as orangutans, chimps and gorillas. For anyone who hasn’t been following my blog, this is something I’m fairly passionate about as I think primates are absolutely fascinating, but unfortunately the awareness of Palm Oil is still rather low. When you really look into it, it’s terrifying to see how many products contain this killer oil. To make everyone’s life easier however, the Rainforest Foundation have kindly put a database together, clearly indicating which products we should be avoiding! What are you waiting for… it couldn’t be easier!
However, the more I think about it, if all of my responsibilities were taken care of I’d put all my efforts into stopping terrorist organisations such as ISIS from killing more innocent people and journalists, finding the hundreds of school girls Boko Haram kidnapped five months ago and just putting a stop to extremists in general. How many more people need to be killed before these groups realise – war achieves nothing and never will.
#200: If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?
This is tough as there are so many things I’d want to see. That said, I’d either chose between the discovery of Tutankhamun alongside my Great Nan’s Uncle, Howard Carter, or my other Great Nan’s wedding as she was just so cool and I only got to have her here for 24 years (which sounds like a long time but it was only a quarter of her life) or, more recently, I’d want to be a fly on the wall at one of the recording sessions of The Big Bang Theory. I’ve been trying to get tickets to this for months but they always seem to get snapped up within 5 minutes of becoming available! Even though it’s in LA, I am more than willing to fly all the way from the UK just to see my favourite TV show being recorded live. Nothing could make me happier!
#193: If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?
To become an Editor. I absolutely love writing and have realised just how organised I am in the workplace (which in my eyes is key to being a successful Editor), so it would be incredible if my blog were to take me to that next step in my career.
It’s as simple as that…
#182: What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?
Before I start answering today’s blog prompt, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to Joshua Price for his kind words within his answer for today. You have honestly made my day! We’re currently on press week here at the magazine, so everything is a little hectic and after reading it, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat! Definitely head over and check out his take on the 365 days of writing prompts challenge – it’s always so enjoyable!
So, what makes a blog great you say? For me, the content needs to have an element of honesty, in the way that bloggers are writing about their own opinions, views and experiences, as opposed to having to write something they don’t believe in (I guess this is mostly applicable when it comes to reviewing but I suppose people could be using this challenge to review their life… anyway, I digress!). I just think if you enjoy what you’re writing and are passionate about it, then it IS great! I also agree with Joshua in the fact that gaining followers/popularity is not why I started my blog but, I too, am extremely grateful and at times overwhelmed, by all the support I’ve received over the last six months (yikes… I’ve just realised, we’re halfway through the challenge already!). It’s an amazing feeling to hear how others are enjoying reading your content – I could never have imagined reaching over 100 followers and over 1,000 views in half a year! It truly blows my mind every single day – so a big THANK YOU!
What makes me follow a blog or like a post? Hmmm, well there isn’t a set formula for this one – I guess if I share interests with the other blogger, like the meaning behind their content or their passion and integrity is shining through, that is enough to make me want to keep an eye out for their future posts.
#157: Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.
With her strong desire to progress further in the journalism industry, it is evident throughout the story that Chloe always gives 110%, regardless of the task at hand. Her highly organised nature pays dividends on multiple occasions, especially when faced with juggling three incredibly varied job titles in the one role, with exciting freelance work thrown on top! Her energy and enthusiasm shines brightest when managing events and networking, which inevitably boils down to her raw passion for sharing fascinating stories. Who would have known that this quiet, country girl would evolve into such a strong, independent, knows-what-she-wants kinda girl within the short space of two years?! Who knows where she’ll end up…
FYI: this was quite a challenge, as us Brits are never able to give ourselves compliments, but I really enjoyed writing it. Hopefully people would be interested in investing their time in my story…
#153: Tell us about your favourite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?
Some call them simple tasks, I call them mundane tasks! So, when I have washing up to do, dinner to prepare or, most recently, having to hand wash all my clothes in the bath (whilst we wait for a new washing machine to arrive!), I open up Spotify and sing to my heart’s content! I find that there’s no better way to make time go quicker, than to preoccupy your mind with your favourite tunes!
I couldn’t really explain what it’s like when I’m in “the zone” purely because I’m in the zone. It’s almost trance-like! I know what I need to do and I just get it done. Simples.
#107: Why do you blog?
I love writing and I’m always looking to improve it. So, by taking on WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, I’m writing everyday… and as everyone knows, practice makes perfect! Plus, it’s so much fun – I make a point of not peeking at future posts so that I have a delightful surprise on a daily basis and it’s just so fascinating to read the prompt responses from other bloggers.