It’s Sunday morning and so once again I allow you into the labyrinth of neural pathways that is my brain and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? I’m still doing social media stuff and trying to share pictures of the community I live in that show it in a positive light. I could do dark industrial pictures of the Black Country but we now have nature reserves and we even have the Black Country forest! Times change and there is no point getting stuck in the past. Industry belongs to a bygone age, we are now producing different things and it can be more fun and be more creative. Anyway, I’m now into blue sky thinking.
There seems to be a distinct lack of enthusiasm now that Christmas and New Year is over. We seem to have the January blues. However, underneath this apparent dearth of vitality lies an undercurrent of plans for the future. What will be happening in Wednesbury in 2017, we ask ourselves. I see signs of activity at the library and we have still to hear if the BIDS scheme will go ahead. Will the car boot be back this month? Will brave souls brave the freezing weather to make some cash to pay for their Christmas extravagance? If we plan anything outside the weather could spoil it. There are events, in the town hall booked through this year and they have some good nights as well as afternoon shows. There is a Frankie Valli tribute this month. There are lots of little shows at the pubs around the town too.
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.
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…)
The light wasn’t very good when I took this photo but the snow reflected some light. Photographs are a form of art and some photos just give an impression and others are more like fine art and are very sharp. (more…)
I went out on Sunday and took some photographs while we had a little snow. It was cloudy but the snow reflected quite a lot of light. You can set your camera on the landscape setting for this type of shot and the camera will set the aperture narrow and measure the light for you, but it won’t adjust for snow! (more…)
Yes, we have snow. It looks nice, but baby it’s cold outside! I have to clear my path and a way to my car and then clear the car. Snow landscapes can be very pretty but also difficult to take and I suspect there is ice under that snow, so driving will be difficult. (more…)
Winter photography can be difficult because there is a lot less light. You can make the sensor on your camera more sensitive to light by increasing the ISO. You can also use wider apertures than you would in summer. (more…)
We had our first sprinkling of snow yesterday. That was a timely reminder that we need to prepare for winter. Local councils and government should be preparing too. We have a terrorist alert after the events in Paris. I don’t think they will be able to brave the cold like us. Snow? Bring it on! (more…)
I remember this photo. I took it in Redhouse park in West Bromwich, about 4 or 5 miles from my home. I just wanted to come home that day, I was cold and felt sick. I’m not sure what possessed me to go there in February! It’s a good picture though, taken with a Fujifilm S5600. (more…)
It’s nearly Easter and we have more snow! It was the first day of Spring on Wednesday and just as you thought it was safe, the snow came again. The weather here is as unpredictable as the politics, but doesn’t it make life interesting? Getting around today is a little difficult, the bus station was closed.
The snow has kept on coming this week and at the time of writing, I’m expecting more. We do expect the weather to improve over the weekend though. I noticed a patch on my roof where the snow is melting, it’s over the hatch to the loft which isn’t insulated. Heat’s escaping! Have you looked at your roof?
I have to write this article in advance and schedule it, because we have snow! I don’t think I’ll be going out in it just yet, it’s still snowing; but maybe I’ll get more photographs when it finally stops. This picture was taken in the early hours with a slow shutter setting. (more…)