Christmas in Europe part 1 (England)

I finally have some time off work for a decent break, 4 weeks in fact. This is chance for my wife and I to venture back to Europe to see our families. England first and then onto beautiful Budapest.

Of course it is mostly about spending time with our families but I did manage to pack my photography gear so I'll definitely be making the most of the chance to get some snowy shots of Budapest (hopefully!) .

First up was England though and without boring you with details of my early Christmas meal, I did manage to get a decent shot of the Kennet and Avon canal whilst in Hungerford and some other nice photo's as well.

Hungerford - Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon canal passes right through Hungerford so it was an easy enough trek down to it to enjoy some Christmas photography. This is my favourite shot from the walk; a good number of barges and a little bit of smoke coming out of the 1st one.

Afternoon shot of some barges on the Kennet and Avon canal in Hungerford.

Robin in the Garden

I am not exactly a wildlife photographer and don't have a long enough focal length lens (yet) to do this justice but this little robin makes it's way into my Dad's garden every day apparently. I have LOTS of shots of the Robin flying off or hiding behind the tree so was very lucky to get this one. It was taken on my Olympus 12-40 F2.8 lens so there is a fair amount of cropping done to this one, still looks great though I think.

Apparently 'this' little robin visits my Dad's garden every day. Hard to catch on camera though!

Christmas Meal and Decorations

My family Christmas meal at my Dad's was great. Lots of effort went into making it a great day for everyone. Not exactly a photography session but the table and tree decorations were quite nice so got a shot of those. The main image of this article, Santa and Mrs Clause, are made by my Nan. These would sell for loads of money in shops I reckon but she makes them for all the family.

A lot of effort went into the lovely table decorations.

Santa hiding in the Christmas tree.

The England leg of the Europe trip was great. I never fully appreciated how pretty some parts of the UK were when I was there. Driving through the Mendips and surrounding area really made me see it as a photographer would - lovely place!

Next up is Budapest and maybe a few other places in Hungary. Looking forward to spending Christmas there and enjoying the minus 10 (ish) degrees weather.  Budapest and it's Christmas markets will be a real treat so expect a few photo's to appear on the blog in the next few days and weeks:)

Merry Christmas everyone!