“If you have got something good going, don’t tell nobody,” that was a tweet I read this morning. I suppose it would help avoid a lot of competitive envy. I have to admit to having something good going. I photographed a group of excited kids this week that came to the town hall to bring gifts for children less fortunate like the ones who have been taken into care this Christmas and will be away from their families. I experienced the true Christmas spirit.
We have the Christmas Lights switch-on on Friday with Dayton Grey and there will be fundraising for Sam’s Dream. Click the poster below to bring it up larger to see all the attractions.
It is Sunday morning again, how time flies! I shall let you into the darker, dustier pathways of my mind and share my thoughts with you. I can’t do anything right this morning, so I hope I can find something interesting to amuse you with. I photographed a charity event raising money for Sam’s Dream yesterday. It was dark and miserable again, but I got a few good photos inside the cafe. I have used a lot of photos of Sam so this time I’ll share a scary picture of his sister Lisa. She deserves a moment in the limelight in her Halloween make-up.
My friend is considering buying a DSLR, he usually shoots on auto or uses one of the scene settings. With a DSLR he can get sharper pictures if he takes it off auto and uses the manual settings to get sharper pictures. The slight blur in many photos is usually caused by lack of light. The camera sets the aperture wide and the shutter speed quite slow to compensate and so the slightest movement of the subject or the camera will produce blur.
Yes, it’s Sunday morning again and so I allow you into the innermost sanctum of my mind and share my thoughts with you. I just checked my lottery numbers; Nah, I didn’t win. Life isn’t too bad as it is, though. If you want a chance of winning the lottery that is life, you have to get involved. I dragged myself along to Tesco yesterday and photographed a fundraising tin shake for Sam’s Dream. I enjoyed it, that’s winning life’s lottery.
Sandwell Valley Country Park is the nearest bit of countryside to Wednesbury and a popular place for a day out. I often go there to take photographs. Parking charges will be introduced at my favourite beauty spots starting on the 1st of November. They work out to around 40p an hour because the council are short of money. I doubt if it will raise much money after they have paid for the meters and the wardens. There could have been better ways of making money from the park. Forge Mill has a lot of potential.
I’m getting better at photographing events and last Tuesday I was at the local library for an evening of poetry, spoken word and music. I shot some video last month, but this time, I wanted to take still photos and use a professional flash because the lighting was mixed and that is always difficult. I used a wide aperture for nearly all the shots and tried spot focusing on individual people. Then I decided to try something different and removed the flash and fitted a soft focus filter, boosting the ISO up to 12,500.
Have you noticed how many photographers get really amazing images for magazines and calendars? How do they do it? Part of the answer is to plan the competition photo and then you have to be lucky with the light.
I planned to photograph two events at the weekend as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. The weather changed my plans. This charity event on Saturday was overcast and so to get reasonable photos I needed to set my camera manually. Many camera owners have no idea how to do DSLR settings. (more…)
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…)