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Because they are worth it? #philosophy

We’ve all seen those simpering L’Oreal adverts with the fake smile that accompanies the “because I’m worth it,” quote. These over-paid stars actually try to convince themselves that they are worth their obscene rewards. They might think they are worth it, but do they feel they are worth it?

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Sams Dream and other events #photography

Soft focus

I’m getting better at photographing events and last Tuesday I was at the local library for an evening of poetry, spoken word and music. I shot some video last month, but this time, I wanted to take still photos and use a professional flash because the lighting was mixed and that is always difficult. I used a wide aperture for nearly all the shots and tried spot focusing on individual people. Then I decided to try something different and removed the flash and fitted a soft focus filter, boosting the ISO up to 12,500.

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Carnival time #Wednesbury

It was carnival time again in Wednesbury yesterday and I was there to take a few photos again. I try to promote events around Wednesbury and take photographs at charity events. We need to improve our communities and heal rifts, not provoke hostility and division.

CARNIVAL TIME

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A thrifty March #thrifty

According to the marketing men it’s Mothering Sunday and you should all buy cards, flowers, chocolates and a weekend in Paris for mommy. If you don’t, you’re a mean hearted b******. You should also buy everyone a present at Christmas and on their birthdays. Don’t forget to buy Easter eggs this month either! (more…)


Thrifty but not mean #thrifty

It’s one thing to be thrifty and look for value for money, it’s quite another to be mean and save at the expense of other people. Being mean is not caring about others, not giving to charity and thinking it’s every man for himself. We can be thrifty, look for value for money and be generous too. (more…)


Socialism and being social #ramble

Have you ever bought a friend a drink or a meal, just because you can? If we have more than enough money for our needs we can afford to be generous and not only treat our friends but give a little to people less fortunate that we don’t even know. To me, that’s what socialism is about. (more…)


Images and stories

THOW

I designed a new banner for our Facebook history page this morning. Social media is all about engaging with members or fans and keeping interest alive. It’s the same if you run a community group or a small business. (more…)


Darlaston Fun Day #photography

DARLASTON CONSERVATIVE CLUB FUN DAY 2015 (19)

I photographed a fun day at Darlaston Conservative Club yesterday. I was shooting towards the sun for this photo and that’s never a good idea. It was cloudy, but the sun did come out quite often. It was quite a harsh light and not very flattering for photos. I decided on a warm filter and that worked well. (more…)


Posters, postcards and flags

Darlaston Fun Day 2015

I designed this poster last night for something to do. It was quite easy, but I did make a mistake and then saved it. Mistakes are easy to correct, before you’ve saved, but not after! I managed to correct the post code. (more…)


Voluntary work, would you do it? #commonsense

Here in the Black Country, we’re down to earth and we have shed loads of common-sense. Local councils have had to cut back on spending and so are looking at using volunteers to run some services. The problem is they seem to think they are doing the volunteers a favour, not the other way around. (more…)


Wednesbury Carnival in pictures

CARNIVAL 2015 (10)

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know on a Sunday morning I just ramble on about whatever is on my mind. This morning it’s photography, because I photographed the Carnival yesterday. I think a few people will want to see pictures, so I’ll ramble less today! (more…)


Wednesbury Carnival 2015 today!

CARNIVAL BANNER 2015

It’s Wednesbury Carnival today, aye it? This is the highlight of the year in the heart of the Black Country. Pat Collins fun fair will be on and there will be the lots of local organisations represented.  The History of Wednesbury Facebook page admins and fans should be there too. (more…)


Wednesbury fundraising event #photography

Wednesbury poet, Brendan Hawthorne

I wrote about the fundraising event I photographed at the weekend on Monday. I’ll talk more about the photography today. Most cameras have ‘scene’ modes and I used the sports mode for most of my shots at this event. (more…)


Food bank in need donations wanted

Money image for Food Bank post

Food Bank

This week I visited a food bank and chatted to the volunteer running it. They can only open a couple of times a week to help the most needy in the community.  Referrals to the food bank are mostly made by the local authority. They try to help with other things like clothes too. I donated much needed cash.

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New Year resolutions and goals

Goals for 2015

landscape with exif info for goals post

I took this photo yesterday, it was freezing, that’s ice on the lake. You might have noticed I’ve added some EXIF info from the camera and my copyright notice to the picture. That’s one of my goals this year, to add copyright notices to pictures. (more…)


Noddy comes home to Walsall

Noddy Holder at the Manor (92)

Noddy Holder came home to Walsall yesterday to switch on the Christmas Lights at the Manor Hospital. Pete Smith, the Mayor of Walsall was there too. It was one of the kids from the children’s ward that helped Noddy to switch on the lights. As usual, the press photographers were there. (more…)


Manor House Vintage Fair

Manor House vintage fair -  12 October 2014 (11)

There were lots of events through the summer for me to photograph, but now Autumn is here, there are fewer events and many are indoors. I went to West Bromwich Manor House yesterday to photograph the Vintage Fair which was held both indoors and outdoors. (more…)


Photography: Photographing an Event

Tipton Canal and Community Festival (23)

I photographed the Tipton Canal and Community Festival on Sunday. It’s organised by the Tipton Community Association. This is their stall at the event. It was very cloudy and so not good for photography. (more…)


Photography: Charity Bike Ride

The Frying Pan Charity Bike Ride

I photographed the charity bike ride from the Frying Pan in Darlaston to Bridgnorth. That’s quite a way, I did that ride when I was a lot younger! In this picture you can see it was very sunny, which gave a lot of long shadows. (more…)


Black Country Day

The Black Country Flag

It’s Black Country Day today. When I first heard it was going to be on a Monday, when many people are at work or school. I thought it was a bit saft, but we had lots on over the weekend so it’s working out alright. Aye it? (more…)


Black Country Festival 2014

Carnival crowds

You might have noticed I’ve been promoting the Black Country Festival just lately. If you haven’t, then I’m doing something wrong. Today’s picture is of Wednesbury Carnival last year. This is the second year for a Black Country Day and the first year for a festival and so it needs more people to support it. (more…)


Photography: Local promotions

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I have decided to promote a few things locally using my writing and photography.  On Sunday, it was the Great Midlands Fun Run and Gale Nicholls (on the left) ran for Donna’s Dream House sponsored by the regulars in the Vine Inn, Darlaston. So I went to take a few pictures in the pub! (more…)


Finance Friday: Bank holiday plans

The weather forecast for this bank holiday weekend isn’t very good where I am. It seems the whole of the UK will have some rain. The weather on Monday and the rest of the week seems better for most of England, but there will be rain in the south and Scotland. So it could be a struggle to enjoy a day out. (more…)


An evening with Darlaston Rotary Club

Gill Knight

I went to an event organised by Darlaston Rotary Club, yesterday evening. This was unusual for me and only the third time I had photographed an event. The event was held at Darlaston All Active a community venture focused on helping people to stay active. The guest speaker was Gill Knight (pictured) who gave us an excellent talk about the work of Mary’s Meals. (more…)

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