Textures of Gower
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3d ago
Just had a week down in wonderful Gower, South Wales.  It’s got fabulous coastal scenery, wildlife*, and a really wide range of habitats.  Being me, as well as enjoying those things I was on the look out for textures and patterns; I found some too. The bus to Rhossili from Swansea has a turning area near the church.   It couldn’t really go much further without driving into the sea.  There’s a bus shelter there and someone, or something, must have hit the roof of it quite hard as the reinforced glass was shattered.  There was a fab pattern of random cracks overlaying t ..read more
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Worcester Balloon Festival in three styles
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3w ago
Last weekend was the Worcester Balloon Festival.  I took a wander down to the site to see what was happening.  I had my Huawei Mate phone camera and my Olympus E-M10 Mk3 with me.  I decided to try and show different treatments of subjects at the Festival. There was a very large inflatable slide there.  I went in the early evening and the sun was getting quite low on the horizon.  It was picking out the structure of the slide with a golden colour, and that gave a lovely contrast against the blue sky.  It has to look of a modern office building about it to my mind ..read more
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It’s all about the light direction.
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1M ago
When you see a potential photographic subject it’s worth looking all round it to see how it’s affected by the changed in light direction.  It can make a huge difference. Take this large dandelion sculpture in a fabulous Gloucestershire garden.  I chose a viewpoint where it was lit by the sun from directly behind.  It gave a lovely silhouetted contrast to the seed head “parachutes”.  I had only just found it, and would have preferred to have been there an hour or so before, so that I could have got the edge of the seed heads away from the background trees on the right-hand ..read more
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Architecture – getting smaller, then more poignant
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2M ago
Photographing architecture can be a matter of recording the whole building in its context, showing how it interacts with the land around it.  It can also be about showing the smaller things, such as a part of the building, but also what happens to buildings once their original purpose has gone. The film director Wes Anderson has a thing for symmetry.  OK, this image doesn’t show his pastel colour palette, being black and white, but the symmetry is there.  It’s the 1896 Conservatory in Wolverhampton’s West Park, and I’ve used the Panorama setting on my Pixel 7a to record that sy ..read more
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May miscellany
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2M ago
No real theme this time, though you could argue it’s a people picture sequence that goes; close-up, full length, multiple figures. The close-up is of a person’s eye shot with my super useful Bauhn clip-on mobile phone macro lens.  The lens has a built-in ring light, so it’s great for adding light to areas when the phone shadows the available light. I like the reflection of their eyelashes in their cornea. This a bit of street photography in the delightful Pitville, a part of Cheltenham.  This Barbie mural on the side of a building in Pitville Park, was really long.  It’s a bit ..read more
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Spring has sprung
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3M ago
Spring has most definitely sprung here in Worcester, notwithstanding all the rain we’ve had.  One thing that’s happened locally is that the Cathedral has restarted tower visits after a four year hiatus.  I was the first person to book a tower visit ticket and it’s well worth doing. On the way back down the tower I noticed an overwintered Peacock butterfly that was next to an unopenable window.  The butterfly had no chance of getting out without help, so I picked it up between my index finger and thumb and took it carefully down the stairs, through the nave and out into the open ..read more
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Focus on your focus
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5M ago
Cameras these days are like science fiction devices compared to when I first started taking pictures.  Back then everything was manual; setting the exposure, focusing, film winding.  Now we have all these wonderful automatic tools at our disposal, and auto focus has come on in leaps and bounds since the first, rather clunky, iterations.  That does not mean that it’s foolproof, nor does it mean that you should just let it do its work without any input from you. Here are three examples of different focus issues. Some auto focus systems need edge contrast to do their job, and when ..read more
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Up & Down or Side to Side?
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6M ago
In my “Movement in Photography” talk I mention the difference it makes to an ICM image if you move the camera in one direction, compared to moving it at right angles to that direction.  Information at right angles to the direction of camera movement tends to get spread out, whereas information in the direction of camera movement is accentuated.  Take these tree images as an example: In this first image I have moved the camera, (my mobile phone – 2 second exposure), in generally the same direction as the tree trunks.  Although there is a bit of horizontal information, most of th ..read more
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Through a glass darkly
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7M ago
I have a “deceptive” glass in my small collection of interesting glasses.  A deceptive glass has very thick sidewalls, and thus holds much less liquid than it appears to when filled. In Georgian times coaching inns had them.  A coach would stop, passengers would rush in for a quick drink and be given it in a deceptive glass.  They paid for a full normal glassful of course!  I looked at the glass with its thick walls and thought, “That might act as a lens”! My camera was fitted with the Oly 60mm macro lens, so I just held the glass up against the UV filter on the front of ..read more
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Reflections on a trip to Birmingham
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8M ago
Living in Worcester means I am not too far from Birmingham.  It’s just half an hour on the train from Worcestershire Parkway to Birmingham New Street.  That station has a lot of glass panels all over it, and they make for a useful source of reflection images. I was lucky enough to be there on a cloudless day with lots of sunshine.  The colours of the surrounding buildings against the blue of the sky were fabulous.  Isolating just a small section of the reflection made the image into an almost painterly abstract. Above one of the entrances there’s another lot of glass pane ..read more
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