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Taking springtime pictures #photography

Last weekend, I went out wearing a tee-shirt and my ‘sun hat’ for the first time this year, it was springtime at last! I had advanced knowledge of narrowboats on the canal and they make for a colourful picture. The light was quite harsh and you can’t always choose which way to shoot. I took some shots into the sun which isn’t always a very good idea.

springtime photography on the Walsall canal

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Tipton Canal Festival #photography

I went to Tipton Canal Festival on Sunday and that was guaranteed to give me some multi-coloured shots as the brightly coloured narrowboats break up the dull canal scenes. It was quite a cloudy sky but the sun was breaking through at times. Mostly I was looking for shots where I could use a wide open aperture and zoom in on my subject. I used the 18 – 105mm lens to give me a little versatility when it came to zooming in.

TIPTON CANAL FESTIVAL

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What could possibly go wrong? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning again and so, as usual, I share my innermost thoughts with the world. What’s on my mind this morning? Spelling for one thing and things that might go wrong. I also have photography on my mind as it’s Sunday and my day to go out. Today I plan to go to a canal festival. What could go wrong? I could fall the canal and drown. I could drop my camera in the canal. There are a million things that might go wrong!

Tipton-Canal-and-Community-Festival-what could go wrong

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Industrial Black Country

iNDUSTRIAL CANAL

Industrial Revolution

The canals of the Black Country were cut through the landscape in the 18th century to carry coal and steel. This was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. When Britain was great and had an empire that stretched across the globe. It was a pleasant time for the rich in their mansions but a terrible time for the poor who were exploited and deprived. (more…)


Creative thoughts #ramble

creative thoughts

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sharing my thoughts with you again. My thoughts today are creative thoughts. I want to go out and take some photographs, but I want to take one that is really different. I want to create art and that takes a little thought. I not only have to decide on a subject but wait for just the right light for my image. (more…)


Walsall wandering #photography

Spring in wonderful Walsall?

Walsall aye it

Walsall wandering is on my mind this morning. Yes, the sun is shining and so I’m thinking of crossing over the M6 motorway and going to wonderful Walsall. The town centre is a municipal disaster but there are some interesting places around Walsall. Yes, I think I’ll wander around Walsall. (more…)


United Kingdom or divided nation? #life

In Saxon times, rivers divided the land now known as the United Kingdom. Drowning was a common cause of death along with plague and having an axe embedded in your skull. There was also the divide between the nobles, the common man and the slaves. At least, Saxon nobles had a duty to those of less noble birth and made sure they had food and shelter. (more…)


Dusty pathways #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so as usual I’ll let you into the dusty pathways of my mind and just write about whatever I find there! For most of my life I have felt misunderstood, I think everyone does at some time… (more…)


Advice for budding writers #writing

One one the best pieces of advice I can give budding writers is to buy a camera. You can say so much more with a picture! This picture is the Birmingham canal at Tipton, where I’ll be again next weekend. (more…)


Competition photos

I have taken this shot many times, but I wanted a shot for a competition and so waited for just the right light and went to take this shot about an hour before sunset. I was lucky that guy was there fishing! (more…)


Tipton Cut #Tipton #Photography

Black Country (52)

The Black Country has miles of canals. These water filled channels, cut through the Black Country in the 18th century provided a means of transport at the beginning of the industrial revolution. Now they are used for recreational purposes and by narrowboats traders. (more…)


Tipton Canal boat gathering #photography

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The weather finally improved at Easter for a narrow-boat gathering at Easter. It was still cloudy which gave poor light, but I raised the ISO on my camera and took lots of pictures. It’s a good idea to use a wide aperture and get quite close with narrow-boats. (more…)


Neodigital Art: canals

2 art canal resize

Neodigital Art is about taking images and editing them to create something different. I took this photograph yesterday. I often add a white border, but here it’s more grey and just on the sides. The picture was very dark on the left side, so it makes it a little better. It was unfortunate that someone dumped rubbish in the canal, but that’s hardly noticeable. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Victoriana

a narrow boat

Neodigital Art is about taking images and editing them to create something artistic. Today, I’m taking images that you might associate with the Victorian era and trying to do some interesting edits. I’ve started with a narrow boat on the canal. I cropped the image a lot, so the subject dominates the picture.

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Neodigital Art | Unusual shots

July first 014

This shot doesn’t look unusual, I’ve taken similar pictures, lots of times. I was trying to get the tree as a silhouette against the sky and the flowers as a silhouette against the water.  I think it works and is quite unusual. I also have the dark green leaves contrasting against the lighter colours on the left of the picture. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Canals

Canal 030

I have used photos of the canal before with narrowboats, but they aren’t seen too often. We went back to these locks on Sunday and two boats were going through the lock. The light wasn’t very good and it did start to pour with rain. That narrow boat is 57 feet long and they hired it for a few days. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Editing techniques

Watercolour  Canal at College fields

I used Fotosketcher to turn this photo into a ‘watercolour’. First however, I edited with Windows Live gallery and touched the picture up removing goal posts on the field and a sign. I like it! (more…)


Neodigital Art | Sometimes, we have to get lucky

CANAL 013

I took this shot a number of times, in the opposite direction, but this one seems better. Would it be better symmetrical? Would it be better zoomed in more? I tried all the different options and this one seemed the best! (more…)


Neodigital Art | Variations

Sketch - Neodigital Art - England sepia

This photograph of apartments at the side of the canal were turned into a sketch using Fotosketcher and this makes for a pleasing picture. By a coincidence the art gallery is just around the corner. (more…)

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