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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…)


Can photo-blogging improve a community?

I went to a creative meeting last week and on the way home noticed there were no cars parked outside the Black Horse and took the opportunity to photograph it at night. Lots of pubs have closed down in the Black Country but this one is doing well because it’s run well. (more…)


Community blogger and photographer

SUNDAY 13 MAR 2016 (8)

Over the past few years I have slowly become a community blogger and photographer and since starting a Facebook page for A Zillion Ideas, I have been taking it more seriously. I’m now sharing art and music via Facebook as well as words and photographs. I am now asked to write for the community and organisations ask to use my photographs. (more…)


Monday Monday #life

Yes, it is Monday morning and I really don’t feel like doing very much. I imagine there are millions more like me, but we all make the effort. I’m going to rely on my photography today to get me out of trouble. (more…)


One Love Photo Challenge #photography

BANDSTAND IN BRUNSWICK PARK, WEDNESBURY

One love refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or colour. Does it? People say they love all sorts of things these days and that includes all kinds of animals, food, celebrities and anything else they are obsessed with. (more…)


Waiting for spring. #photography

AROUND TIPTON 28 FEB 16 (1)

Finding nice landscapes in the Black Country is a challenge at the best of times but harder in winter. It will soon be spring with better light and spring flowers. Industry can provide some interesting scenes and shouldn’t be ignored. This scene has actually changed from the first time I saw it. (more…)


Toot your horn #life

Manor Hospital

This is the hospital where I go, a couple of times a year. I’ve had a lot of ill health and people can judge you unkindly if they can’t see what is wrong with you. So I think my greatest attribute is being non-judgemental. (more…)


Composing your winter picture #photography

BLACK COUNTRY (45)

I have to admit that I don’t spend enough time composing my pictures, but I do look for diagonal lines and anything that will give the image perspective. Photographing landscapes in winter is difficult with the poorer light but we can still get images with a cold winter look. (more…)


Symbols of status #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so this must be my Sunday ramble when I let you into a more mysterious area of my mind and ramble on. What am I thinking about this week? The daffodil should give you a clue… (more…)


Looking forward… #life

BRUNSWICK PARK

I read something this morning to the effect that you spend much of your life working and so you should try to find something that you enjoy. Not everyone has a vocation so I think you have to be lucky to do what you really want to do. Underneath that edict, someone commented that you spend much of your life asleep and should therefore, buy a good bed. (more…)


Be like Mike #ramble

be like Mike

This is the latest Facebook craze. The ‘be like’ cards. I did my own, rather than have one made up for me. I do what I like… (more…)


Coping with winter light #photography

WEDNESBURY TOWN HALL BUILDINGS (6)

I find taking photographs outdoors in winter quite challenging. This building was a Victorian science school. The old sign is covered with the later ‘Adult Education Centre’ sign. The building will soon be demolished and so I took a photograph to record it as part of our history. (more…)


Thinking about the weather #ramble

On a Sunday, I ramble on about whatever is on my mind. Today, it’s the weather amongst other things. We might have a little snow later this week. It’s cold this morning so I might have to sort out my Arctic gear! (more…)


Editing your Christmas pictures #photography

PANTO WEDNESBURY (7)

If you took some photos over Christmas and they aren’t what you were expecting then you might be able to improve them with editing. I use Windows Live Gallery and that is good for basic editing, such as making a picture lighter or adding contrast. This picture is quite good. (more…)


Look to the future #ramble

UNE VIE NOUVELLE (2)

I photographed this little shop just before Christmas. It’s called Une Vie Nouvelle. Many small businesses are struggling to compete with the big multinationals and so a bit of free publicity is a big help.  They do French and country inspired interiors which are in vogue right now. (more…)

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