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Those little irritations #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Mostly my hospital appointments and other things I have to do this week. I seemed to have a lot of little irritations this week. Those little irritations can build up until you’re close to despair. My first irritation was my watch going slow, then as I was unplugging my phone that was charging the lead was really hot. It turned out the battery on my watch was on the way out and the battery on my phone had shorted and so also needed replacing.

those little irritation

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Taking pictures for Instagram #photography

You have probably seen great photos on Instagram and realise that they haven’t been taken with a phone. You can take your photos with a camera and then upload them to Instagram with your phone. My camera has Wi-Fi so I can send my pictures to my phone and then upload them. The images can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr at the same time.

taking pictures for Instagram

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Standing up to the bullies #politics

It’s Sunday morning once again and so as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. I had problems earlier in the week because people didn’t like something I posted on Facebook. I compared the Tories crossing the House of Commons to form a new group to repeal the Corn Laws to what has happened recently. Brexiteer followers of our history group didn’t like the inference and tried to bully me into saying I wouldn’t mention anything political. History is political which is why many politicians studied it at university. I noticed a local councillor has suffered bullying by the Labour Party too. Standing up to the bullies isn’t easy but it is necessary.

Standing up to the bullies

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A pictorial history #photography

Besides being a photographer I also run a local history page and it is difficult to explain history in terms everyone can understand. History is political and the country is deeply divided politically at the moment. I think I will have to emphasize our pictorial history for a while and curate the collection of historic photographs. I can also add to our pictorial history by taking photographs. Photographs remind us of events and of the various seasons in our lives. I went for a walk on Sunday in Sandwell Valley and that helped me get some exercise and made me more aware of the world around me as I looked for things to photograph.

VALLEY (20)

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Whatever happened to pragmatism? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. This week I’ve witnessed political turmoil at national level and local politics isn’t much better. I talked to a local councillor who seems to feel like giving up. The most pragmatic member in the House of Commons, John Bercow is being threatened by members of the government. I see intolerance everywhere, whatever happened to pragmatism? It would be so much better if they were less dogmatic.

Whatever happened to pragmatism?

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Enjoying the simple things #finance

I have spent most of my life thinking about money. I try to make money and try to save money and it has been quite stressful at times. I’ve got to the stage where I have more than enough discretionary income but with lots of bills coming in this week I’ve been cautious and made sure I have more than enough money to cover them. My frugality does get a bit out of hand and when I bought a new camera this year for the arts festival, parting with so much cash was almost like having a limb amputated. I am enjoying the simple things in life more and trying to think less about money.

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Something to photograph #photography

There is always something to photograph. Yesterday, I went to an event in the town hall and photographed the audience, the compere and the singer. If you don’t have an event to go to there is always landscape photography and street photography is very popular these days too. You have to be more careful when you do street photography because many people don’t like their photograph taken. Legally you can photograph more or less what you like but you must do no harm. If you cause damage such as distress to people then they can sue you for damages.

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The beautiful side and the ugly side #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and the sun is shining! It’s the Tipton horse drive today. The participants in  that often attract disparaging remarks. They are a bit ‘rough and ready’ as we say in the Black Country but I get on with them alright and will try to get there today and take some photos.  We are all equal and all deserve to be treated with respect. I took some photos at the sleeper factory protest yesterday and talked to the protesters and councillors. The photos got a lot of nasty remarks on Facebook because Tom Watson came to support the protest. The comments came from people who always try to intimidate and shout down decent people. They are just thugs and bullies. There is a beautiful side to life and there is an ugly side to life. The loud mouths and bullies are the ugly side of society.

beautiful side to life

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Finding your niche #photography

I think anyone who enjoys photography needs to consider how best to enjoy it. Some people like being at one with nature and shoot wildlife photographs and others like to just snap the peculiarities of life. Finding your niche can be difficult but it should be something you’re comfortable with. I do events but I’m never very comfortable with them and find just photographing interesting buildings and scenes more relaxing.

finding your niche
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Cricket – such a gentlemanly sport.

It is Sunday morning and as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. I had a memorial cricket match to photograph tomorrow but I have just found out it’s 12 o’clock today so today’s post will have to be done at lightning speed. A smoking keyboard then! Cricket is such a gentlemanly sport, unlike others.

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Rethinking the way we live #art

I took a few photographs in the library yesterday afternoon where there was an afternoon tea event with Billy Spakemon of Black Country radio fame. Obviously, it was older people who bought tickets and they enjoyed tea and cake and some live music and all for a pound. I’m sure they enjoyed conversation too. It is an afternoon out and something to dress up for. Such events help to combat loneliness and is good for people’s mental health. Do we need to start rethinking the way we live so we can enjoy simple pleasures like afternoon tea more?

rethinking the way we live

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Doing your best #photography

I am sometimes asked for my advice and my advice is invariably, do what is right or just do your best. The same can apply to photography, we can take it quite seriously and try for the best photographs that we can take or we can just snap things. Of course, we can get quite good photographs with any camera if we get the composition right but a better camera does produce better results. Doing your best with what you have is the way to go,  unless you have unlimited amounts of money to keep upgrading your equipment.

doing your best

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