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Disability is just no fun #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. It must be my age but these weeks seem to fly by. What’s on my mind this week? There is a fun day in the park today that I’m expected to go to.  I’m still struggling with health problems and so taking photos in the park today will be a struggle. I might not manage it at all. We can only try our best.  I am really learning about the problems that people with disability have just lately.



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Mental Health awareness week

It’s mental health awareness week. Freud and Jung thought mental health problems started in childhood. Childhood bullying, childhood neglect and childhood deprivation certainly contribute to mental health problems. Childhood abuse can be a form of trauma that leads to post-traumatic stress disorder that continues into adulthood.

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Preparation and editing #photography

I photographed Hill Top library on Sunday and I’m shooting in jpg and raw now so I took some time to edit one of the photos yesterday and chose one I didn’t need to crop so it is 6000 x 4000 pixels. I did the editing in Aftershot which gives me slightly better images, especially colour balance. It also removes the vignette. I couldn’t even see a vignette until it was removed, it was very slight. I also did some preparation for a photo-shoot using flash photography.


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Springtime in Wednesbury #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, we have sunshine which makes for a nice change so I intend to have a day out taking photos. The springtime flowers are lining the river Tame and so I might try to take a short walk down the river and take a few photos. It will be a very short walk! Springtime is a time of renewal and so I hope to have an uplifting day and blow away a few cobwebs.


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Art in the six towns #Sandwell #photography

It’s rain stop play today. I can’t go out and take photos and so I’ll do some writing and in a few minutes empty my washing machine! I’ve been promoting the Blast festival which is our arts festival of photography, walks and talks taking place around the six towns of Sandwell. I’m also doing my own little art projects. I’ve started another album of photographs that I’ll give to a retirement home for them to pass around and chat about.

six towns

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Aperture and depth of field #photography

A camera has focus points which might be small dots or squares which help you focus on your subject. You might be shooting a landscape and want the whole frame in focus but you still need to choose a subject within that frame. Unless you’re going to let the camera decide all the settings you also need to choose your aperture setting.


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Sunday morning checklist #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll let you into my neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this morning? Too much, according to my doctor, who says I worry too much. The doctor at the hospital thought I needed surgery on my hip. I wasn’t convinced and needed a second opinion. My GP said I worry too much and to see the surgeon. Fortunately, the surgeon agrees with me but to be sure he referred me for an MRI scan. That is today. It’s a private company and those scanners are expensive so they use it 7 days a week. So why do I need a checklist?


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Do we need to think about consumerism? #life

We are all consumers and as such, we generate a huge amount of waste that gets burnt, recycled or put into landfill. Is it time we took a more responsible approach to consumerism? We have money to spend and some people have too much money. Should we start thinking about sustainability? Perhaps if we bought better quality goods that lasted longer that would help?


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Coping with low-light #photography

I photographed the St George’s day parade on Sunday and it was low-light when I started so I increased the ISO to 400. I was using a 28 – 300 lens on my Nikon D750 and would be zooming in quite a lot so I needed quite fast shutter speeds for some shots. My subjects were also moving! One of my first shots was of the crowd some distance away which I shot at f/16 and that gave me 1/100 of a second. So I had the ISO about right.

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St Georges day resolutions #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Sometimes you just have to be resolute. I ended the photography competition this morning. I tried to be flexible because someone was having problems sending their emails but in the end, there has to be an end! I’m in a resolute mood trying to overcome my natural dislike of getting cold to get myself ready to go and photograph the big St Georges Day parade.

St Georges day

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Festival of photography #photography

We have a Festival of photography in Sandwell next month. The Blast Festival is a Multistory festival and the Sandwell Pride of Place Project is a part of that. I might have some photos in an exhibition and although I have lots of photos to choose from, I think I’ll take some especially for this exhibition.

Festival of photography

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Happy Easter, everyone #ramble

Happy Easter, everyone! Yes, it’s Easter Sunday and I’m sharing my thoughts with you once again. We had our Eggstravaganza in Wednesbury yesterday. It didn’t go quite according to plan because the bouncy castle arrived very late. There were music, singing and dancing, so it was quite good. There was a nuisance after I left but there is always someone who doesn’t know how to behave in public.


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