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Sharp images #photography #art

I usually go out on the weekend and do landscape photography but my plans didn’t quite work out this week and so for today’s post I have had to look through the archive. My first photo I have converted to grey scale to show what a photo really is, an image made up of light and dark. Sharp images have a sharp difference between light and dark.

New Street West Bromwich

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Looking for the perfect shot #art #photography

I’m looking for the perfect shot now for my art project but what is the perfect shot? I’ll know it when I see it. I think it is an image that people can relate to and I have split the subject into three parts, people, places and things. I photographed some interesting places on Sunday and then tested out the best of the images on Facebook and Twitter to see if people did relate to them.

central sixth

Central Sixth, West Bromwich

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Art on my mind #ramble #art

Yes, it’s Sunday morning again, it soon rolls around. Once again I’m going to let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. One of the reasons I go to art galleries is for inspiration but I’m not an artist in the traditional sense. My art is writing and photography. Yes, once again, I have art on my mind. Art is about communication.  Artists throughout the ages have tried to communicate with the people who will view their works in the galleries of the world. We now have a new medium to communicate with people and it’s called the internet.

TOM HEYES ENTERTAINS

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Art on my mind #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again you get an exclusive pass that allows you into the labyrinth that is the neural network that I call my mind. Yes, I will share my thoughts once again and today, I have art on my mind…

Art on my mind

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Trying a different approach #photography #art

It was the Tipton Canal Festival at the weekend and so a great opportunity for me to continue my development of photography into art. The historian will look at finance from a different perspective to a mathematician. An artist will look at the creation of images from a different perspective to a photographer. I want to try a different approach and look at my photography from the perspective of an artist rather than thinking just about the technical aspects of creating an image. My project involves photographing people, places and things with a zoom lens and I want to zoom in quite close up. The people are easy and now I’m getting an idea of what things I want to photograph. I couldn’t park my car anywhere near the canal festival but I still got some shots from the bridge near the Barge and Barrel with the 300mm lens.

Different approach

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Art for arts sake #ramble #art

It is Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. Blogging is about sharing thoughts and keeping a log. I tend to write about things like photography and I do have photography on my mind today but I’m thinking of it as an art in itself. Today, I start my art project and I want People, Places and Things. The people are the easy bit. I want photos of people looking like they should look in a particular role. For example, I hope to take photos of narrow boat owners next week. I have a few places in mind like the canal and my local pool.

art for arts sake

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Experiments in art and photography #photography

When I’m writing sometimes I imagine a particular person or group of people and write for them. It can mean I am writing with local people in mind or writing for an international audience. I have a great-nephew, Jamie, who I have never met, but he has recently taken up photography. I have him in mind today. So how do I go about my experiments in art?

BLUEBELLS IN THE HEDGEROW - experiments in art.

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People, places and things #ramble #art

Why do I like this photo? I keep looking at photos that I’ve taken and asking, why? Why is this a good shot and that one isn’t? Why do I like this shot and not that shot? Sometimes the photos can be almost identical but I favour one over the other. Often I see a shot and know it will be a good one but most of the time I’m just taking photos.

GALLERY (29)

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Creating art with your camera #photography

The first users of cameras in the late 19th century were professional people who could afford such devices and artists who were fascinated with the new medium. They experimented a lot and in doing so they became quite skilled photographers. Some of those early images of their models are sought after today because even though they are black and white or sepia, they capture a moment in time that will never be seen again. They also demonstrate the skill of the photographer. This week one of my photographs was accepted for the Sandwell Arts trail. The works of art  will tour the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell going from art gallery to museums and to the Art cafe. This was my attempt at creating art with my camera –

BLUEBELLS IN THE HEDGEROW

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Out in the spring sunshine #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning again and so once again I’ll let you into the dark labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts once again. I didn’t really have a good week but the sun’s shining and I’m thinking of going out to enjoy the spring sunshine.

spring sunshine

Hydes Pool, Wednesbury

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History, art and photography #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I let you into the matrix that leads to the dark corners of my mind and will share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? History, art and photography as well as publicity and markets and a whole host of other things. I’ve been designing banners to publicise things. That wasn’t very successful but we learn, move on and improve. I have also been working on a couple of art projects. One involves flowers which leads me nicely into today’s photo which is one of the photos I took for the project. What ya think?

BLUEBELLS - art and photography

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Art and culture #ramble

I think the town I live in lacks some cultural opportunities. The art gallery rarely seems to have anything interesting on and only opens three days each week. It closes altogether in the winter. I think we could make a bit more of an effort to get funding from the Arts Council for a summer exhibition. The Royal Academy of Arts has a summer exhibition and so why shouldn’t we? Yes, today I’m sharing my thoughts with you as I usually do on a Sunday morning. I have art and culture on my mind this morning.

art and culture

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Geeks and photography #life

Geeks don't always own teddy bears

Socially inept?

I checked with Google the definition of the word geeks. The definition is an unfashionable or socially inept person. A nerd is very similar. These are American expressions and so not to be taken too seriously. I think geeks are drawn to computers and do take up photography. Owning a teddy bear is optional. Taking photos of your teddy bear is bordering on the weird… (more…)


Bohemian socialites

 

Bohemian gypsy or socialite copycat?

I put a few vintage photographs on the Facebook page yesterday and fans of the page liked them. The photographs were of gypsies who inspired the Bohemian culture that swept Europe in the early 20th century. (more…)


Composing your winter picture #photography

BLACK COUNTRY (45)

I have to admit that I don’t spend enough time composing my pictures, but I do look for diagonal lines and anything that will give the image perspective. Photographing landscapes in winter is difficult with the poorer light but we can still get images with a cold winter look. (more…)


Should we nurture enthusiasm?

MOORCROFT WOOD (2)

When I was young I was fascinated by a few things. I liked speed and took up cycling. I liked experimenting and would spend my money on electronics components to experiment with. My fascination with electronics was destroyed after trying to work in that area. (more…)


Photographing buildings #photography

1 Queens Head

If you’re just starting to take up photography, then try photographing interesting buildings. You can think more about taking the photo and less about the settings. I took this photo of the Queen’s Head in Wednesbury on a sunny day, so it’s a nice bright photo. (more…)


Creative opportunities for everyone? #culture

Wednesbury art gallery

Living in the Black Country, all I seemed to hear about when I was young was the industry. Now I hear a lot about creativity and art. We used to make steel tubes here and all sorts of products that supported the motor industry and the building industry. The Black Country was an important part of a nation that was industrious. We made things. (more…)


Why use manual settings? #photography

SNOW 17 JAN 2016  (46)

I went out on Sunday and took some photographs while we had a little snow. It was cloudy but the snow reflected quite a lot of light. You can set your camera on the landscape setting for this type of shot and the camera will set the aperture narrow and measure the light for you, but it won’t adjust for snow! (more…)


Getting creative for health #life

1 artistic edit

Today’s picture is an artistic edit of one of the photographs that I took on Sunday. I wish I could have done stuff like this when I was younger. Technology has given us the tools to become much more creative. (more…)


Aesthetics: appreciating beauty #culture

Today’s picture is a composite of images of the local park. It looks nice doesn’t it? It was landscaped from land used for mining. The ‘Mount’ was actually a pit bank of clay. Now it’s a beautiful Victorian park, but over the years, it’s been changing. So too have many of our Victorian buildings. (more…)


Taste and honesty #life

ST BARTS CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL (24)

I must admit I find it hard to join in with the spirit of Christmas, but I am trying to make more of an effort. I’m not religious, but I still went to photograph the Christmas tree festival in the local church. (more…)


Metering and cropping #photography

Wednesbury Metro station

Many cameras now offer a choice of metering. The camera has a built-in light meter and so adjusts settings depending on the light. In this photograph, the light varies throughout the frame. It was lighter on the left where the sun was shining through from the back of that building. (more…)


Sculpture by Epstein #art

NOVERMBER FIRST (34)

These sculptures are reproductions of work by Jacob Epstein and are on display at Walsall Art Gallery. I like them, but I don’t like his paintings. He is described as a sculptor though so maybe I’m being a little harsh. The white one is the better one because it’s easier to photograph. (more…)


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