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New year and so some new plans #ramble

So it’s 2017, I wasn’t expecting to live this long or I would have looked after myself better. Last night my phone said ‘emergency calls only’. I thought maybe the network was overloaded with people wishing each other happy new year. It seems the sim has developed a fault. I have ordered a new one online. My new year isn’t off to a very good start.

new year 2017

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New camera for Christmas? #photography

If you had a new camera for Christmas you might want to get the most out of it by learning a little about photography. It takes some time to learn all the settings especially on a DSLR but just understanding the basic settings can help you take better pictures. You can go from just taking snaps to creating images.

New camera

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Group photos and metering #photography

This year I have moved away from landscape photography to become a community photographer photographing local events. It is a quite different type of photography and requires the use of wider apertures and different techniques. I didn’t expect to be doing so many events now that winter is nearly here but I have done three events in the past three days. All three events involved group photos.

group photos

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Winter thoughts on Sunday #ramble

It is only 10 days to the Winter Solstice and the official beginning of winter. Anyway, it’s Sunday morning and so as usual, I let you into the darker corners of my mind and share my thoughts with you.

winter snow at the Manor House

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Every cloud has a silver lining #ramble

Good morning, readers. It’s Sunday morning again and so I ramble on and allow you into the darker pathways of my mind as I share my thoughts. I’ve had a lot of ill-health. When I go to the doctor I have to take a list of the things that are wrong with me in case I forget anything. I watched Casualty last night and I try to figure out what’s wrong with people before the doctor tells us.  That guy last night with the psychotic behaviour fooled me. I wouldn’t have guessed he had lupus. If I go berserk and start attacking people with a large machete, I have an excuse now; it’s my lupus. Every cloud has a silver lining.

every cloud has a silver lining

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More than enough for everyone #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and as usual, I let you into the dark corners of my mind and ramble about the variety of stuff that is whizzing around in there this morning. As usual, I’m thinking about photography and right at the moment I need a keyword for this post! I’m thinking, there is more than enough for everyone. I mean more than enough food to feed the world and more than enough oil because there is a glut isn’t there?

Ted says, there is more than enough

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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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Bokeh and other blurred things #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with readers. Today, I have bokeh on my mind. What’s that? I think it’s Japanese for blur; anyway, it’s what photographers call the blur in some wide aperture photos like the one below. I want to get sharp portraits with blur in the background. I also want to be able to take better photos under fluorescent lights so I ordered a special filter.  In fact, I ordered a set for my 35mm prime lens and another set for my 18 to 105mm lens. At least I didn’t buy a new camera or a lens. I have some self-control; not enough to resist buying a light meter, though.

bokeh

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Another challenging week #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you and give you access to darker pathways of my mind. I actually went out on Friday, I don’t usually, the traffic is horrendous on a Friday. I decided to go to the food bank because they were in need of donations and while I was out I thought I would see if there was a photo-opportunity at the litter pick. While I was there, I thought I would check out the pool in the morning light. You know how one thought leads to another as you make life challenging …

Hydes pool - challenging photography

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Choosing picture control #photography

A lot of cameras have picture control which can be set before you start your photo-shoot. On my Nikon D3200, it is found on the shooting menu.

It gives a number of choices:

SD standard
NL neutral
VI vivid
MC monochrome
PT portrait
LS landscape

 

picture control - vivid

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More summer events #photography

Over the weekend I photographed more summer events and the first was the finale of the Wednesbury in Bloom competition at the town hall. That didn’t go quite according to plan. I think  the time of the presentation was changed so I missed it and I might have been told the wrong winner!

FETE (7)

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Coloured light #photography

Photography is about capturing light and it comes in lots of different wavelengths that we see as colours. Coloured light at events like shows can bathe our subject in a haze of colour like in this image.

coloured light

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Copyright considerations #photography

This is a bridge over an arm of the Walsall canal at Wednesbury. Will this exist in 50 years time? I have put a copyright notice at the bottom showing who took the photo and when.This helps preserve my rights as photographer.

WEDNESBURY CANAL - COPYRIGHT

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Now what was my backup plan?

Sam's dream and my backup plan

This is a weekend of celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. I photographed this event yesterday which went well until the heavens opened. I’m getting to be quite a good sky watcher and weather predictor and was in my car driving home when the rain came down. That was my backup plan. (more…)


Memories #life

The Black Horse Wednesbury memories

I spent many hours in this pub in the 70’s and 80’s but I have few memories of those evenings. Perhaps it is the alcohol, they say it affects memory. It is supposed to mimic those brain chemicals that help control memory. (more…)


Prime lens – zoom lens?

BLUEBELLS shot with a prime lens

Prime lens

My 35mm prime lens gives me a really wide aperture, ideal for this shot of the bluebells. A prime lens doesn’t zoom and so you have to bend down for a shot like this and for other shots you walk around a lot rather than zoom. (more…)


Spring photography

spring in wednesbury

It is Sunday morning and so I’m granting you access to the innermost recesses of my mind once again and sharing my thoughts. Today’s picture is a nice sunny spring picture, but I can’t think where it could be. I took it last May, but where? I don’t usually forget pictures I’ve taken. (more…)


Eye strain

Yes, I have eyestrain from looking at a computer screen too much. I went out into the sun yesterday and it became really painful and as a result, I missed  a meeting. Fortunately, my blog is on a black background, but today’s post will still be short. (more…)


Nostalgia on a Sunday #ramble

Tipton canal - nostalgia for a bygone age.

It’s Sunday and so once again I’m sharing my thoughts before I turn my hand to cooking lunch. I’ve been thinking about the days when we had brass bands playing in the park, we read books and listened to the wireless. Nostalgia is all well and good, but we have to look forward and progress. (more…)


Geeks and photography #life

Geeks don't always own teddy bears

Socially inept?

I checked with Google the definition of the word geeks. The definition is an unfashionable or socially inept person. A nerd is very similar. These are American expressions and so not to be taken too seriously. I think geeks are drawn to computers and do take up photography. Owning a teddy bear is optional. Taking photos of your teddy bear is bordering on the weird… (more…)


Focus on my blog #blogging

BIG NIGHT IN FOCUS

The focus for my blog this week was a night out at the town hall  where I took  pictures again. It was the mayor’s big charity night and raised money for the Acorn’s children’s hospice. I hope my efforts writing about events and taking photos will make them more popular. (more…)


Bohemian socialites

 

Bohemian gypsy or socialite copycat?

I put a few vintage photographs on the Facebook page yesterday and fans of the page liked them. The photographs were of gypsies who inspired the Bohemian culture that swept Europe in the early 20th century. (more…)


Open day in West Bromwich #photography

Great Barr Photographic society open day

Open day

I went to the open day of Great Barr Photographic Society on Sunday and got to look at their studio equipment. I even ended up on the other side of the camera and had a portrait  photo taken which I’ve used on the home page. An open day is a good time to visit but they also have an exhibition in May. The exhibition will take place on 19th May 2016 and will be held at their club room from 7.30 pm at Gayton Road community centre. (more…)


Zoom with two fingers? #ramble

2 fingers to zoom

I have figured out the way zoom on my touchpad works in Windows 10. Yes, us computer users have to start learning the smartphone actions. It could help me learn how to use the zoom on a smartphone, I suppose… (more…)

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