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Enjoying the spring landscapes #photography

Through the winter I struggled with poor light and even had a few photographs that were ‘noisy’. Noise is those little spots often white or purple that appear at the higher ISO settings. Now, though, we have great light and can enjoy walking in the country and getting amazing pictures. But all that green can be a little boring so watch out for things that will break up the sea of green such as walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The spring is a great season for landscape photography as the days get longer and the evenings get lighter.

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Sandwell Valley Landscapes #photography

Sandwell Valley

Before West Bromwich existed there was Bromwich, which was a small settlement at the top of Sandwell Valley. The remains of very early agriculture have been found in Sandwell Valley and it is the site of a medieval Benedictine priory  too. I went to take photos on the bridleway that runs along the river.

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Experiments in photography

 

TED gets excited.

Experiments

Experiments in photography can include just about anything to give you something that looks different. You don’t take a photograph, you make a photograph. Victorian photographers conducted lots of experiments and often positioned their models next to windows for lots of light. (more…)


Location and light #photography

An enchanted location

This is an image from 2012, taken in Merrion’s Wood on the outskirts of Walsall. It was a finalist in a competition run by the hospital and you can see a framed print in the hospital. Merrion’s Wood is a great location for landscape photography, but it does change with the weather and seasons.

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Last of the summer #photography

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It’s the autumnal equinox tomorrow and only a month until the end of British summer time. There is time to get in some more landscape photography as all the colours of nature begin to change. We might get some sunny autumn days, but I expect the temperatures to start to drop now. (more…)


summer landscapes #photography

summer landscapes

We had a little sunshine at the weekend and so I shot a few landscapes. I have been trying to promote local events, especially charity events, but landscape photography is more relaxing with its beautiful scenery. (more…)


Planned #photography

BC (37)

My first picture today, is Jubilee Park in Tipton. We were passing yesterday, so I checked  it out. There will be a carnival there next month and I wanted to look at the scenes and where the event would be held and check parking. (more…)


Photography: Mega – pixels

Wednesbury Lake in summer

I took this first photo in 2010 with my Fujifilm S5600. It is 2592 x 1456 pixels. If you multiply those two numbers together you get less than 3.8 million pixel. The camera can go up to 5 million pixels, so that wasn’t it’s largest setting. (more…)


Photography: Sandwell Valley Country Park

Wednesbury pool - landscape

I attached my 55  – 300mm telephoto lens on Sunday and went looking for wildlife to photograph. This landscape was at 55mm and it’s OK, but I would liked to have zoomed out further. A 15 – 55mm lens would have been better. (more…)


Neodigital Art and photography

1 arches of bridge

Art is subjective, everyone likes different things. We tend to find patterns interesting and have a common view of what is beauty. Other things affect our perceptions, that are often deep within our memory. A scene might remind us of our childhood for example; but whatever it is, it must evoke an emotional response. Art is about emotion. It’s not logical, it’s emotional. (more…)


Neodigital Art | The River Tame

Spring flowers 2013 086 edit

Neodigital Art is about editing pictures to create something with emotion. I was quite annoyed when I took this photo, because the sun had gone behind a black cloud. I’ve used colorize in PhotoScape for an artistic edit. What do you think?

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Sunday in the Black Country

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The photo today is of the River Tame in Sandwell Valley Country Park. I’m not sure where I’ll go today. I want to go somewhere, because the weather forecast is good. At Walsall it’s the Caldmore Village Festival in Palfrey Park. I was going to photograph that last year, but the weather wasn’t very good.

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Bank holiday blues

Lock and Sandwell Valley 018

Yes, it’s Bank Holiday weekend again and the kids are off school for Whitsun. The Ikea sale will start on Monday and the stupid people will queue along the M6 for that. If you have to go to the  Ikea sale; go next week, it runs until June 23rd.

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Spring flowers in May

Flowers in May

The river in the picture is the River Tame. This photo was taken last May, but I drove past there yesterday and the flowers are just starting to bloom again. They seem to grow all along the Tame, I’ve seen them at Walsall and Dudley.

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Neodigital Art | Creative editing

SQUIRES WALK WEDNESBURY GREY SCALE

This must be my best picture so far in 2013. The angle of the shot is unusual and I think it looks good in grey scale. I did my usual editing and removed a council litter bin, then changed it to grey scale. I did crop quite a lot of the original too.

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Neodigital Art | Forge Mill Farm

Farm

I’ve started today with a photo of Forge Mill Farm, I went there on Easter Sunday. It was cold! There is still some snow about and so I had to wrap up warm and try to cope with the poor light.

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Spring at last

SPRING

Yes, it’s the vernal equinox today, it begins at 11:02 in the UK. The picture is of Dartmouth golf course at the top of Sandwell Valley. Half of Sandwell Valley is golf courses for private members. That is a huge amount of land for the exclusive use of the privileged few. It’s good for mental health to get out there and experience nature. It is something we need to preserve and value.

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Sunday thoughts on the coming of Spring

Green and pleasant

I took this photo in Sandwell Valley last March. It was still winter, but it was sunny. The weather was good for a while and then the rains came… That’s the members only golf course. So much now is ‘members only’ in a country that panders to the rich and chastises the poor, just for being poor.

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Neodigital Art | Inspired

Damien Hirst

On Sunday I went to the New Art Gallery in Walsall to look at some works by Damien Hirst and others. This was one of his better pictures! I try to create art with digital devices, Damien Hirst favours a chainsaw and formaldehyde. There was works by more conventional artists on display.

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Neodigital Art | Monochrome

Bridge

Neodigital Art is about using digital devices to create art. I used a camera and then edited with a computer to create this picture. I decided to change it to monochrome, this works well with man-made structures. This has a slight green tint to it. I used Smoothdraw 3 and the colorize option to do this. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Guest Edit

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I usually use my own photographs for these neodigital art blogs or guest photos, but this week I have something different. Carolyn over at the Wonder of Tech sent me two photos to have a go at editing. They were virtually monochrome and so I decided to colorize with Smoothdraw 3 and touch them up a little. This is one of the edits, I did a few!

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Neodigital Art | Editing for effect

Georgia - Sandwell bridleway

You can use any program you want to edit your photographs. Georgia is 15 years old and still at school, she used CorelDraw to edit this photograph. The caption she gave it was ‘ Brighter on the other side of the darkness’.  She has made underneath the bridge a little darker and then it looks quite bright on the other side. Georgia goes horse riding close to the bridle way. The darkness spooks the horses.

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Neodigital Art | Down the river

SUNDAY 045

I used photographs of the river Tame last week, those were a little more scenic. This one is a bridge over the river closer to my home. Most people can find something to photograph on their own doorstep. This photo isn’t great, but the subject is the bridge and so I tried to get that in the centre, simply because my camera tends to focus better in the centre.

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Neodigital Art | Progressing towards art

Sandwell 005

I walked along a bridle way in Sandwell Valley on Sunday. Taking this picture, I was shooting towards the sun and there wasn’t a lot of sun. The sky was white and cloudy.

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