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What a fiasco! #ramble

It is Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, at the back of most people’s minds is Brexit. What a fiasco! I think the damage has been done now to the value of our currency, to our trade prospects and to our standing in the international community. Boris and his elitist cronies are largely to blame and we are drifting aimlessly towards a general election with no effective opposition. There is always an opportunity, however. This time for the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Nationalists if they can get their act together.

what a fiasco

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Denying the evidence #ramble

Are climate change deniers just denying the evidence? People like Donald Trump simply believe what they want to believe or what is convenient. The same can be said of many British politicians and some of the worst ones for denying the truth are likely to be prime minister soon. Remember the advert on the side of a double-decker bus promising 350 million a week for the NHS if we left the European Union. No excuses, please. It was a lie, pure and simple, a lie! Leaving the EU will be a very expensive exercise in nationalism.

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Creating an art card #photography

There is a lot to be considered when you are creating an art card. You don’t want to lose money on them but you probably won’t make much money either unless you have a selection to sell. My art cards have been sold in the local library and I’m waiting to hear if they intend to continue selling them. I need to have 1,000 of each card printed to get a bulk price low enough to make it worthwhile.

creating an art card

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Sunday jobs #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m late this morning, I’ve been dealing with profanity in the History of Wednesbury group. We have to have certain standards. Right? I also booked my place for an artist talk at the art gallery. I usually gate-crash these events but there will be limited places so I booked this one.  Anyway, I have a few Sunday jobs to do today.

Sunday jobs

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Practising your art #photography #art

I’ve been thinking a lot about how artists actually practice their art just lately. In particular, how the photographers in the Blast Festival of photography practice their art. Most of the photographers are more articulate than me and communicate verbally with the people they take photos of which helps to create a more relaxed image. I find photographing people quite awkward and I prefer candid photos of people or photographing something quite different. I’m really into photographing interesting buildings now and creating my art cards.


Practising your art

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Shooting wide open #photography

Last weekend, I went to two events, poetry on the canal in Tipton and after that, I went to Brook Street Community centre where there was another event as part of the Blast Photography Festival. I photographed a carnival queen at the second event. I mainly shoot wide open with the widest aperture I can at events. I do take a few shots at a narrower aperture of groups of people, typically f/8 but I mainly want sharp images of one or two people. I’ve also been in the garden shooting a few pictures of plants and flowers and again I was shooting wide open.

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Poetry and photography #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you as usual. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon photographing the Black Country poets in Tipton where they performed on the side of the ‘cut’. That event was part of the Blast festival of photography, walks and talks. After the poetry and photography, I went on to Brook Street Community centre to photograph a carnival queen.

Poetry and photography

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Photographing buildings #photography

I went to Tipton on Sunday with the intention of photographing the Fountain Inn and Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory.  I only managed to do the Fountain and a passing narrowboat. I like to plan my shot when I’m photographing buildings.


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Yes, I went to West Bromwich #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and didn’t this week just fly-by? Actually, I think every week flies by now. It must be my age. I didn’t take many photos this week and the ones I took at West Bromwich town hall on Thursday were a bit blurry because I took them with my phone. I did photograph Martin Parr on his birthday but didn’t get to speak to him. I did speak to a couple of photographers involved in the Blast Festival, though.

West Bromwich

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Photography, walks and talks #blastphotofest2019

It’s a sunny day in Sandwell and the Sandwell Pride of Place Project exhibition opens tomorrow in the former Poundland shop in the Kings Square shopping centre in West Bromwich. The opening event will be at 6 pm and the new mayor of Sandwell will be announcing the winners of the photography competition.

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Years and Years #television #life

I watched the BBC’s dystopian drama Years and Years last night. It is set in 2028, not too far in the future. It was quite disturbing. Could the world be like that in just 9 years time? Will people become that nihilistic and start to believe that life is meaningless?

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Setting a scene mode #photography

My Nikon D3200 has a scene mode to shoot landscape, portrait and sports shots, etc. It also has the aperture priority, shutter speed priority, programmed auto and manual settings. For new users, programmed auto is really useful and gives the user some control over aperture and shutter speed. Simply putting the camera on auto will produce good shots in good light but the problems start when the light isn’t so good, then you need more control over the camera.

scene mode

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