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Shooting wide open with a long lens #art #photography

I’ve had an art project in mind for a while and I want to shoot wide open with a long lens. I would like to shoot with an 18 – 300mm lens but I make do with what I have. At the weekend I took some pictures at our 40s event in the park. I wasn’t too well and carrying lots of equipment was out of the question. On Saturday I used my 18 – 105mm lens which is very versatile for events. Then on Sunday, I had an idea that I could practice for my art project and shoot wide open with my 55 – 300mm lens. It also saved me walking around so much! Wide open with a long lens worked out well.

BLITZ B (3)

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From arthralgia to nostalgia #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and the rain has stopped and once again I will allow you into the deepest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Nostalgia and arthralgia seem to be the topics that spring to mind this morning. The latter is perhaps because of all the damp weather. I just managed to avoid getting soaked in a sudden downpour yesterday.

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Supply and demand #finance

It is important to understand supply and demand; it is a key economic indicator. If demand for something goes up then that is an upward pressure on the price of that commodity. I have known bread shortages and prices increase. Is it profiteering? In a way, yes, but it also has a tendency to ration the available supply. Demand can be boosted by factors that aren’t immediately obvious. If Mr Kipling cakes are promoted on social media then people are likely to buy more. Social media can influence demand. Rumour can also influence supply and demand. Just a rumour of a shortage of bread can have people queuing at the shops and bakeries might increase supply to cope with the increased demand.

supply and demand
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Splash the cash? #Thrifty #Frugal

Splash the cash? Yes, even though I watch the pennies and watch the pounds I do sometimes splash the cash on something expensive. This involves parting with large amounts of money without an anaesthetic. Believe me, I have needed a bit of pain relief just lately. I changed my car and that was more expensive than I had expected and this week I had the awful experience of changing my insurance. I was insured with the AA who were very nice about losing my custom. I switched to Saga via a price comparison site. I decided to have the breakdown cover but would have preferred to stay with the AA. I had the home-start before but now I have a car a couple of years old instead of 20 years old. I didn’t bother with that. When I rang the AA they said they would have cut the price for me and done a cheaper deal. It was too bloody late by then!

splash the cash?

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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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Modern life and the era of social media

It’s Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m feeling my age a bit. I was brought up in a different era. It was, where I live, an industrial era. One filled with black smoke and the sounds of heavy industry. I remember the steam trains of the Great Western Railway and the Midland Red buses that went to Dudley and beyond. I remember the enormous cooling towers of Ocker Hill Power Station and the giant industrial complexes that employed thousands of people. That all changed when bands like the Beatles taught us that music could earn more money than metal bashing and the world changed forever. It heralded a new era of electronic domination, an era of computers and eventually, an era of social media.

art in an era of social media

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Time for a financial review #finance

Last week I described my investment portfolio as a ‘train wreck’ and it hasn’t improved since then. Things haven’t got much worse though. I have decided it is time for a personal financial review. I have looked back over the past year at the larger bills that I have had to pay and that has given me some idea of the bills I’ll have to pay in the next year. Of course, prices go up and I have noted that insurance premiums have gone up on average of 10%. My car insurance premium is due next month and has increased 25% and so it is time to change my provider.

financial review

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Bulk buying and other strategies

Some warehouses allow the public in and bulk buying can save you money. Asian supermarkets will often give you a discount on bulk buying as well. You can also do a bit of bulk buying when there is a promotion such as buying half a dozen T shirts for the summer when there is a promotion. The 2 for £6 and 3 for £10 offers in Asda can save you money and although it isn’t exactly bulk buying it is the same principle.

thrifty bulk buying

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Creating a sharp image #photography

Usually, I am trying to create a sharp image when I take a photograph but not always. I have been known to use a filter to soften an image. To get an image sharp I try to shoot wide open with the widest aperture I can and often zoom in too. This creates a focal plane where everything is in focus. The objects nearer the camera and farther away then tend to be out of my focal plane and out of focus. This image of pound coins demonstrates that perfectly.

Coins as a sharp image

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Now where can I get funding? #ramble #art

I’m half asleep this morning but as usual, I’ll allow you into the uncharted areas of my mind and share my thoughts with you. This website is called a Zillion Ideas because I am always having crazy ideas. Some ideas I act on and some ideas wither and die. I have an idea for an art project and I hoped to get funding for it but that is in danger of withering. I’m trying to find a way of getting what I want. I’m going to do a memories box to take to retirement homes full of things from the past and pictures. If I can find a suitable box I think that is one idea I can see through. One crazy Idea I have had for a while is to dress as a Victorian gentleman at Christmastime. Even though it is the middle of summer, the idea persists and grows. I needed a long overcoat but I have now modified the plan to a short overcoat (because I have one of those), a top hat and waistcoat. I would also wear my fingerless gloves. The image should be a cross between Scrooge and Fagin. The idea took a crazy twist this week when I was counting brand new shiny pound coins. Wouldn’t it be great if I could give children pound coins like a Victorian gentleman giving a sovereign for their trouble? Maybe a pound to every child who says Merry Christmas or sings a carol? Now, where can I get funding?

Where can I get funding?

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Waiting for the bounce #finance #investments

When share prices fall, there is often a bottom and then a bounce back. The same is often true of the value of the pound or the oil price. The growth of the whole economy can fall and then some action leads to a bounce back upwards. The same can be said of the reverse of these trends, share prices that suddenly soar to new heights will bounce back and go lower the next day as people sell on the high. We can take advantage of the low and if there is sufficient bounce, we can sell for a quick profit. Small traders find this difficult because of dealing fees but fund traders do this all the time.

stock market bounce

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Have a nice day #thrifty #frugal

Just driving to the supermarket these days is stressful and so isn’t it a relief when to find the checkout person is pleasant and helpful? Well run companies know this and train their staff to de-stress us at the checkout knowing we will do almost anything to avoid stress. Stress costs us money because as we walk around the supermarket we are tempted by sugary foods like chocolate and by alcohol. It is worse for smokers who will gasp their way to the cigarette kiosk and then hurry outside to light up.

Have a nice day

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