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Flying solo #money

It has been a while since I wrote about finance and investments but money is never far from my thoughts. It hasn’t been a good year for investments with the collapse of Carillion doing the most damage. My car needed some money spent on it recently when the coil pack started to disintegrate. That was followed by my washing machine developing a fault so I had to buy a new washer! So I might have to wait a bit to upgrade my camera; there are worse things in life.


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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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Distractions in life #ramble

It is Sunday morning again and so I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you, once again. I’m not sure what normal is but things seem to be getting back to normal. The rain is back and it’s cooler. My ankle is nearly back to its normal size after nearly 4 weeks of being swollen with oedema. I’m back as an admin on The History of Wednesbury Facebook page. The reach of the page has dropped but not quite as much as I was expecting. We have nearly 8,000 followers now and a post can now reach about a quarter of them. That is down from about half but we can at least attempt to reach everyone with one post each week. We seem to be past the distractions for a while.


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Creation and curation #media

To be successful as a blogger and to be successful in managing social media channels, you need to understand the creation of content and also the curation of content that you might have collected, such as orphan images. Creation and curation is the cornerstone of blogging.

creation and curation

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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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The end of an era #ramble

As usual, on a Sunday morning, I’m going to share my thoughts with you. I am late this morning I’ve been posting in our local history group on Facebook. I’m no longer an admin but I have been meaning to post some stuff about the railways coming to the end of an era with steam so I decided that would be my farewell to the history page. Its fate hasn’t been decided but I have to be prepared to move on, wherever that may be.


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Life is meant to be challenging #life

It is amazing how easy something is until you actually get around to doing it! I do social media, blogging and photography and just lately the social media has been a pain. At least the readers of my blog don’t complain. There is a comments box but surprisingly, few people use it. The photography isn’t as easy as it looks either. I photographed a music event on Tuesday under fluorescent light and tried using high ISO settings and shooting a lot in monochrome. It worked reasonably well. It was better than bouncing the flash off people! Of course, doing anything worthwhile isn’t easy, life is meant to be challenging.

life is meant to be challenging

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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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Short term plans #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I let you into the innermost labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? My health has come to the fore just lately so I have a doctor’s appointment and my other priority is buying a new washing machine. Those are just my short term plans to try to alleviate my immediate problems. I also have long term plans to improve my photography and those plans are coming together. I need to photograph more events but take my time and look for the really good shots.

short term plans

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Keeping up appearances #life

Some cities are just a mass of skyscrapers. I suppose in the future that will be how everyone will live. The high-rise experiment in the UK didn’t work too well and in many cases, they have built terraced houses to replace the high-rise blocks. For councils, it is a matter of keeping up appearances, building new homes and thinking about suitability and sustainability later.

keeping up appearances

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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.


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Trolls and troublemakers #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll let you into the innermost recesses and share my thoughts with you. The trolls were back this week and it seems I have been stalked! What is it with some people? If it isn’t politics dividing people, it’s power or as in this case old-fashioned jealousy.


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