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Bank Holiday Weekend


There is lots to do on a Bank holiday weekend with various events advertised. I decided to go to a Boer War battle re-enactment at West Bromwich Manor House, but I was early so took a few photos near the river.

In this first picture, you can see the flowers lining the river, they have only just started. I saw more flowers in other places along the river, I think this bridleway will be more spectacular next weekend. The cyclist makes the picture a lot more interesting.

1 re-enactment at Manor House

The battle re-enactment was good, lots of pyrotechnics and action. The children seemed to enjoy it.

1 raging battle

The cannon firing was quite noisy and smoky. To get the smoke when you’re taking the photos, you need to have the camera set for multiple shots and quite a fast speed. That was difficult, because the light wasn’t as good as it appears.

1 photo with a soldier

With the battle over, we were able to chat to the soldiers and look at the weapons and even have a photo taken with them.

I was able to do some artistic edits with some of the photos:

1 sepia advancing

This one looks like it is from the 19th Century. The original of these photos can be enlarged quite big for printing. This would be 6000 pixels by 4000 pixels and so could be enlarged to a gallery print 60 inches wide.

1 sepia picture in tent

I think this edit is more interesting because it’s a close up and shows more detail. The camera was set on the sports setting for most of these shots. That gives multiple shots at quite a fast shutter speed and it focuses quickly so you don’t miss any of the action. There is movement in this shot that makes it more interesting.

I’ll be doing another photography article using more photos from yesterday and maybe some from today for my Tuesday photography post. You can subscribe and have emails every time a new post is published. You can also comment and share your thoughts or follow me on Twitter.

5 Responses

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  2. Hi Mike, This collection is very powerful, It shows the impact of your editing. I so very much prefer the sepia filter for the photos as that takes me back in time. I also like how you soften the edges to make the photos look even more authentic. Well done.

    May 8, 2014 at 04:04

  3. Hi Carolyn,

    I tried to mix the photos. Show the battle in colour, the relaxed chat afterwards and the sepia photos that take you back to what really happened. The museum is run by the same department of the council as runs the art gallery. Who knows, one day they might want my pictures in the gallery!

    May 8, 2014 at 09:23

  4. They would miss a valuable opportunity if they didn’t display your photos. You should reach out to them and show them your amazing collection.

    May 8, 2014 at 12:40

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Good idea, I posted some on their Facebook page. The staff clicked ‘like’ and shared them. I think eventually I will have a gallery print done and see if I can get it accepted in a gallery. 🙂

      May 8, 2014 at 14:25

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