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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…)

Photographic art #photography


I took some photos on Sunday and I’ve been doing some editing to try to create something artistic. There are people who think photography can’t be art because it’s too easy. Snapshots obviously aren’t art, but when you take some trouble to compose a shot and then edit to produce a desirable image, then it can be classed as photographic art. (more…)

Bohemian art? #art

bohemian art?

I like to experiment and imagine what might be. I was a bit of a daydreamer in junior school, but was that a bad thing? There are thinkers, imaginative people who wonder if things can be different and if life can be better. Some of us think about phenomenon, we tend to think big. Such thinking is frowned upon and held back by the small minded. (more…)

Bohemia–a country of the mind

Street scene - Bohemia

A featured article by Mike Maynard


Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers and adventurers. (Wikipedia) (more…)

Landscape photography lesson

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Landscape photography lesson

I went out in the freezing cold to take today’s photos to demonstrate how to take good landscape photos. Today’s landscape photography lesson follows on from last week’s lesson on  camera settings. (more…)

What is art in 2015?


I’ve been thinking about art today. What is art? The dictionary defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” (more…)

Photography: Basic camera settings

photography camera settings


If you had a new camera for Christmas or you’re thinking of getting one, then my new series of articles on photography and camera settings is for you. I’ll also be covering photo-blogging, art and other aspects of photography. Today we start with the camera settings that are around the camera dial. (more…)

Photography: best pictures of 2014

Best Pictures

This pool is about a mile from my home and I often take photos there. They are always different, because we go through different seasons and experience different weather. This picture has to be my best one this year. (more…)

Experiments in photography and art

hand cart with border

This was one of my favourite photos and so I had it printed on canvas, 30 inches by 20 inches. Notice that I added a border for them to wrap around the frame. I took this at Forge Mill Farm in Sandwell Valley Country Park. (more…)

Photography: Sandwell Valley Country Park

Wednesbury pool - landscape

I attached my 55  – 300mm telephoto lens on Sunday and went looking for wildlife to photograph. This landscape was at 55mm and it’s OK, but I would liked to have zoomed out further. A 15 – 55mm lens would have been better. (more…)

Photography: In the Black Country


Narrowboats at Waterside Place, Walsall

It was early afternoon on Sunday when we set out to take photos of narrow-boats at the waterfront in Walsall. A blue sky with a little cloud should have given us good pictures. There is a lot of grey in this photo though. (more…)

Photography: bad light at events

Horse and children at the Frying Pan in Darlaston

We took some photos at the weekend, but the skies were grey and the light really poor. I took at look at this gathering at the Frying Pan pub in Darlaston and using the flash near horses wasn’t an option. This was probably my best picture, because it was fairly close up and I had cooperative models! (more…)

Photography: The Horse and Jockey

horse & Jockey edit

Today I’ve started with a artistic edit of the Horse and Jockey in Darlaston. Dave Mitchell and his partner Sharon Sadler took over this pub last week. Dave left the army last December after serving for 23 years in the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he’s going to run a Black Country pub. (more…)

Photography: Events

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This weekend the weather improved in England and it was warmer than Athens. It stopped raining too, so I was went out to do landscape photography on Sunday, but saw this horse drawn event and so photographed this instead. (more…)

Photography: Advertising on your blog

1 Vine advert

I’ve started with a photo of a pub we visited on Friday today. I’ve added some text using PhotoScape to turn it into an advert and if you click it; it will take you to the Facebook page for the pub (in a new window). Creating and adding adverts for local businesses is that easy and not very intrusive. (more…)

Photography: camera pods

1 Fujifilm camera

One way to shoot that selfie is to mount your camera on the wall like this. I used my Nikon to take this shot of my Fujifilm S5600. The mount holding it to the wall tiles in my kitchen is a suction mount. It could hold it on any smooth surface like the roof of a car,  to shoot stills or video. (more…)

Photography: Changing weather

1 art gallery

The weather keeps changing now and so I have to sometimes take photographs indoors. We took a few outdoors this week, but dropped into the art gallery to take a few in the afternoon. It’s advisable to have the flash off in an art gallery or museum because long term exposure can damage the paintings. (more…)

Photography: the canals

1 scenic Tipton

On Sunday, I took to the local canals to take photos of narrow-boats. It was early afternoon when I took this picture and you can see quite long shadows. The sun was south of me and quite bright. The colours are changing now and becoming much brighter. The grass is very green after all the rain. I’m shooting westerly for this picture. (more…)

Photography: April showers

1 tree at Manor House

I go out taking photographs in all weathers, but rain does make it a little more challenging. Showers are normal in England in April and so we have to try to go out in between the showers. I took a few photos last week but it’s been constant rain or dark skies since. (more…)

Photography: Macro shots

I’ve started today with a photo of my camera!  I bought that suction cup gadget from Amazon and it fixes to the wall for macro shots. I was using it to copy some postcards and other things when the battery needed charging, so I took this shot with my Samsung Galaxy 2 phone.  (more…)

Ideas for art and photography

hand cart with signature

This is a photo I had printed as a Christmas gift. It was edited with PhotoScape and I used the watercolour option to bring out the pattern of the bricks. It also has a gradient border. I also superimposed the picture on a plain white image to add a 300 pixel border all around the image; that gave a second border. (more…)

Photography: More editing

This is an interesting photo of an apartment block. I appear to have an angle looking upwards, but in fact I took it from a distance away. I had to wait for a gap in the cars that were driving past. I cropped it and then used perspective distort in PhotoScape to change the perspective and make it look more imposing. (more…)

Neodigital Art: experimental edits

1 1 art edit

You can have a lot of fun editing photos and scanned images to produce something artistic. Taking the photo gives you many options; besides location, there are many settings on the camera. Then there are additions like filters. (more…)

Neodigital Art and photography

1 arches of bridge

Art is subjective, everyone likes different things. We tend to find patterns interesting and have a common view of what is beauty. Other things affect our perceptions, that are often deep within our memory. A scene might remind us of our childhood for example; but whatever it is, it must evoke an emotional response. Art is about emotion. It’s not logical, it’s emotional. (more…)

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