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Using the focus points photography

I’m not convinced that having lots of focus points helps you get the whole image in focus. I sometimes use just one focus point when I’m doing landscape photography to try to get a distant object in sharper focus. When I’m taking a shot of a group of people then the focus points are really useful. On my camera, they are tiny red dots and if I have all 11 visible then that is a good shot but more often than not, I have the ones to the right and left of the shot and that is good enough. If the focus points are even across the shot then it shows the camera isn’t tilted in one direction of the other. It also helps me to keep the camera level.

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The psychology of images

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and certainly you can create an impression with an image. Images are used to send out messages to the general public all the time by PR companies and the media. The message can be very subtle or it can be one of high impact. Words accompanying the image also add to the message. The psychology of images is a subject every photographer should be interested in.

psychology of images

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My photography journey

It is over 10 years now since I decided to take up photography. I experimented right from the start and I’m only just starting to take some decent pictures. I didn’t do a college course, I just bought a camera and got on with it. I have gained experience but also knowledge from a lot of reading and watching YouTube videos. I have also been encouraged by family and friends. My photography journey has been one of learning and gaining experience.

Journey:  Narrowboat on the Walsall Canal

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Looking for good composition #photography

In the old days of the film camera, we needed all the light we could get and to a certain extent that is still true. To get the maximum amount of light photographers often shot with the sun behind them but that can produce an image devoid of shadows. Some shadow can make for a better composition.

composition

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Cityscape pictures #photography

I don’t go into the city any more but a cityscape can be fascinating. I shot a few pictures in West Bromwich on Sunday which has a city atmosphere. Most towns and cities have their traditional architecture and the modern and ultra-modern architecture too.

WEST BROM - a cityscape atmosphere

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Black Country Day disabled parking.

It is Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I nearly forgot, which is why I’m late. I missed the Wednesbury Carnival yesterday because I couldn’t find a place to park. There is a play area that they could use for disabled parking but they don’t bother so I went to Darlaston instead. I got some really good pictures on Black Country Day, so that’s all right.

. Jessie Desai on Black Country Day

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Permission and approval #photography

This last weekend I managed to do some landscape photography and a few portraits. I was asked to do a portrait so had permission but in a public place, you don’t need permission to photograph people. You do need to use common sense though. You don’t take photos that are likely to cause a problem.

No permission needed

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Delving into the archive. #photography

I have an archive of photographs on my hard drive and also one on my website server and I have flash drives and external disk drives too. I can delve into these archives when I need a photo to promote something in particular. I created a vectored graphic logo to overlay onto photos of my local park to use on the Facebook page. I want to raise the profile of the park and encourage people to use it.

BRUNSWICK PARK image from the archive

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Discovering art #photography #art

We all have our own ideas of what it is that we like to see. I know people who would never even consider going to an art gallery because they don’t have art that they can identify with. A lot of art in art galleries is elitist. We don’t really want to see portraits of the lords and ladies who think they are our betters. Poor people do actually buy art for their homes but not elitist art. They buy pictures of scenes and they buy pictures of their animals. They also like images from the past. I’m discovering art by finding out what the proletariat like.

GREAT BRIDGE (1)

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Welcome to Wednesbury #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you, such as they are. I’m planning another outing to take photos because I think it’ll be a nice day. On Friday the 6th of July, which is just over 2 weeks time, I’m having an evening out at Mecca Bingo in Wednesbury for their Legends of Darts evening. It’s not that often I go out in the evening so that’ll make a nice change. We will welcome to Wednesbury, four champion dart players.

Welcome to Wednesbury

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Creating art from design #photography #art

I went back to photograph a humble post box, yesterday. Despite the fact we take post boxes for granted they are an iconic design and I hope my photograph can be considered art from design.

art from design

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Making a little extra money #photography

I’ve been considering ways of making extra money from my photography. I could run a workshop and teach others the craft but there are various other ways of making money such as selling pictures. You can sell pictures directly or sell to photo libraries. I get asked for permission to use my pictures occasionally and I think in future I might ask for a contribution towards my expenses.

Making extra money from photography
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The need for recognition and respect #life

We often think that money will solve all our problems and we concentrate our time on solving problems rather than taking action to improve our lives. We need recognition for what we do and respect from our peers. We need to accept that these things are important to us before we can take action to improve things.

recognition

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More about depth of field #photography

I have written a lot about depth of field but it is difficult to explain in writing. Basically, the field is where the image is in sharp focus. That is the distance from the camera where the subject is and the sharpness falls off as we view things farther away from the camera or nearer to the camera. A wide aperture will make our subject sharper but the sharpness falls off quickly, whereas a narrow aperture will make most of our image in focus.

Taken with a wide aperture for a shallow depth of field

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How to have great ideas? #ramble

How do you have train your mind to have great ideas? How do you make life interesting? Tony Highfield, our local historian was telling me about all the awards he has won and how he gets involved in the community. He compiles books, researches history and gets involved and he said that is why we are different. We take a risk and risk the ridicule if things go wrong. We don’t sit at home thinking about it and talking about it, we get out there and take a risk. This inspires our thinking and we even take risks in the way that we think. We imagine and then we try to make it happen. There are people who can’t do anything without lots of support and when it all goes wrong they blame someone else. You have to be brave enough to try new ideas but you also have to be brave enough to accept the blame if it all goes wrong.

having great ideas

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Subject choice #photography #art

I have been giving my subject choice a lot of thought just lately. Not only considering what I usually choose to photograph but looking at other photographers work and seeing what they are choosing. I am admin the local history page on Facebook and the most popular images are those that show the way our lives have changed over time. Will telephone boxes be around in the future? What about post boxes? Will email be the end of those?

POST BOX - a good subject choice?

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The next priority #life

I’m still taking a break from writing about finance and investments, it is no longer my top priority. I don’t see any great investment opportunities. I’m fairly sure there will be small interest rate rises on the other side of the Atlantic but for now, I can’t see much competition between nations for investment money so interest rates here will probably stagnate. That means we are unlikely to see a rise in the value of the pound against the dollar. Opportunities could lie in watching for takeovers of British companies especially FTSE 250 companies but I don’t see an obvious target yet. In dollar terms, most FTSE 100 companies seem over-valued. Anyway, it is time for a cute picture:

setting your top priority

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Macro shots #photography

I’ve been in the garden and because it is a little wild there are lots of wildflowers to photograph. Photographing small things like flowers with a zoom is called macro photography. There are special macro lenses that tend to ‘flatten the image’ but you can do macro photography with just about any zoom lens. I used my 55 – 300 mm lens.

macro photography

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Action shots and wide apertures #photography

It was the Black Country Horse Drive on Sunday and I was there at the start to capture the action. Action shots need a fast shutter speed and to get close to the action you need a longer lens. I was using a 55 – 300 mm lens and zooming in a lot so camera movement was a potential problem as well as the speed of the horses.

HORSE DRIVE ACTION SHOTS

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Artistic mood #ramble #photography #art

It’s Sunday morning and once again I share my thoughts with you, such as they are. I’m in an artistic mood, this week. I had an interesting week and took photos with the Caravan Gallery who are also taking photos as part of the Sandwell Pride of Place Project. We need to take more pride in our community, so anything I can do to make things better, I will try. I have photography on my mind today because it is the Black Country Horse Drive.

CARAVAN IN WEDNESBURY MARKET

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The Caravan Gallery

The Caravan Gallery is a mobile exhibition featuring photographs taken around Sandwell and around the country. It is visiting Sandwell towns this week as part of The Sandwell Pride of Place project. Yesterday, they were at Princes End in Tipton where they joined the Fun Day at Laybourne Park. I was there to record the visit in pictures. Today, the Caravan Gallery is at Oldbury Market and will return to Tipton tomorrow, setting up at Tipton Library.

CARAVAN GALLERY AT PRINCES END

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Surprising art #photography #art

It is surprising art when you find a shot that is quite ugly but the resulting photograph has some artistic merit. I went in search of graffiti and the uglier side of life on Sunday as well as taking some more scenic shots.

SUNDAY PICTURES (3)

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Making the content #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll let you in on my innermost thoughts. It has been a week of ups and downs, as usual. I photographed a book launch yesterday which was interesting. I bought the book and it was duly signed by the authors and then I put it down while I put my camera away and left it behind. Fortunately, it was in the library, I had put I down with other books and pamphlets and it was still there when I returned two hours later. Anyway, I think making the content of a book and putting it all together takes a lot of skill so that was well done.

Making the content

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Narrow apertures #photography #art

Over the weekend we actually had some sunshine and it was mixed with cloud and so it was fairly diffused. Direct sunshine can produce really dark shadows. I decided to go back to landscape photography and that meant narrow apertures and a depth of field that would bring those distant objects in to focus. f/16 and 1/100 of a second are regarded as ideal for many shots and I use it to measure how much light I have when I’m shooting a landscape. If I get better than 1/100 of a second then I can consider an even narrower aperture, if I’m slower then I can use a wider aperture, increase the ISO or hold the camera very still.

Shoot landscapes with narrow apertures

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