I photographed a Christmas lunch yesterday that was laid on by our local community organisation ‘Wednesbury Celebrates’ for older people. A press photographer took some pictures too, but my purpose was quite different. I wanted pictures that promoted the charity and the event. (more…)
The British parliament voted this week to extend bombing to Syria and the FTSE 100 dropped two percentage points the next day. Coincidence? Not likely. We can invest in bombs and bullets or we can invest in building things that will benefit humanity. I would prefer to invest in research to cure cancer. (more…)
I went out into Wednesbury, the town I live in and photographed the ‘Christmas’ lights last night. This is the town ‘square’, the lights are a little hard to spot. They are better than last year too, but not good enough. (more…)
Welcome to another Sunday ramble when I allow you into the inner sanctum of my mind to see what’s down those dusty pathways lurking but not doing very much. This week, I’m thinking about photography. There will be Christmas events to photograph, but I want something for this afternoon. (more…)
This is Noddy Holder, a national treasure and a local hero, here in the Black Country. He made a name for himself, not to mention the money and brought us a new brand of entertainment. I often wonder, what makes a celebrity? (more…)
Autumn started yesterday and I made my first autumn stew. They have the stew packs in Aldi now and all those carrots will help us see in the dark in the coming months! It’s getting quite chilly now and so we need warming foods. (more…)
These first photos show how scenes can change. Moorcroft Pool is in Moorcroft Wood at Moxley here in the Black Country. In March 2003 it was losing it’s water, but by March 2004 the water was covering the new bench. (more…)
I took this picture of the town’s Christmas tree last week and to make it twinkle more I used a 4 point star filter.I bought a set of filters, a soft focus filter, a warm filter and this 4 point star filter. You can get filters for a lot of cameras, but you have to buy the right size. (more…)
Noddy Holder came home to Walsall yesterday to switch on the Christmas Lights at the Manor Hospital. Pete Smith, the Mayor of Walsall was there too. It was one of the kids from the children’s ward that helped Noddy to switch on the lights. As usual, the press photographers were there. (more…)
How can we save money at Christmas? It’s an expensive time of year, with Christmas gifts and celebrations to buy for. We can add value to our gifts by wrapping them well and making them look good. (more…)
If you read my blog post at the weekend, you’ll know I did a photo shoot on Friday when the Christmas Lights were switched on by Gareth Gates. This first photo was fairly easy and I could take my time getting the camera setting right. I chose a fast setting of 1/30 of second and a high ISO (3200) and a wide aperture.
The crowds turned out in the cold last night to listen to Gareth Gates perform and then turn on Wednesbury’s Christmas Lights. Those are Festive Lights for the more politically correct or Holiday Lights if you’re from over the pond… (more…)
It’s the official switch-on of our Christmas lights on Friday and I want to be there again to take photographs. I made this image, to promote it a little, with PhotoScape. (more…)
I’m starting to think about Christmas, like many other people. I have to get presents and food for guests. I’ll also be out taking photos, like this one I took last year. I know, our Christmas lights are a bit pathetic. (more…)
I have begun with a Christmas image today, being as it’s Christmas Eve. Winter is just beginning and I will probably be taking pictures of snow in a few weeks time. I took this one last year of the local church and I edited out a lamp post that was in the way! Then I added the text in PhotoScape. (more…)
Christmas is a religious festive, but it is also a feast at the beginning of winter for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. Our ancestors would have had a winter feast storing up body fat before the lean hungry months of winter. This would have been before Christianity came to Britain or most of the world. (more…)
My first image today took me about an hour to edit. This street photograph was taken in the early evening and it was quite dark. I’ve used the gradient border again, but made the whole picture lighter using the bloom option and the region (out of focus) option gives me a lot of tools to do something creative with.
Like it or not, we all have an image and most people care about their image. It makes us dress smarter for a night out or to the office and influences many of the purchases that we make. The marketing departments of successful companies know this. Do we need to spend a lot of money pandering to our own vanity? Do we need a posh home? Do we need the decorations and Christmas tree at Christmas? Do we need posh clothing? Do we need all the adornments?
Many people are thinking about buying food, drinks and presents for Christmas now with only 32 days to go. But what about after Christmas? If we shop around and try to save money now, we will have an easier time trying to pay bills next year. You might cut down on the food, we all tend to eat too much.
I live in an urban area and so I value the pockets of countryside that we have and even the parks are important. Britain is an island with a growing population. I am in favour of population control so we don’t have to keep on building on green land. We have to try for sustainability, growth isn’t everything.