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?
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Goals for 2015
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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)