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.
I went to Tipton Canal Festival on Sunday and that was guaranteed to give me some multi-coloured shots as the brightly coloured narrowboats break up the dull canal scenes. It was quite a cloudy sky but the sun was breaking through at times. Mostly I was looking for shots where I could use a wide open aperture and zoom in on my subject. I used the 18 – 105mm lens to give me a little versatility when it came to zooming in.
I was going to write some satire this morning, but I get asked questions about Wednesbury and the Black Country so I’ll give you a glimpse of what it’s like in pictures.
Photography is about capturing light. The light is reflected off the subject, but in this shot, I captured light shining through the trees. This can be difficult because direct light can make the scene appear lighter than it really is and the camera then adjusts the sensor to less sensitive and you get a darker picture. (more…)
The Bank holiday weekend was a bit of a washout but I drove through the heavy rain to the narrowboat gathering at Tipton on Sunday. As you can see from this picture it was deserted! I was able to think about the composition of my pictures and contrast the bright colours again the grey. (more…)
I drove to Tipton yesterday to photograph the boat gathering. As I drove, it poured with rain. Well, it is a bank holiday weekend. It was cloudy when I got there but the rain had stopped and so I wandered along the canal. (more…)
Spring forward: Fall Back
Yes, we put our clocks on an hour early this morning and supposedly lost an hour’s sleep. Did I remember to spring forward? Of course, I did. I set the clock on the central heating an hour forward, did my watch and my alarm clock. I didn’t sleep very well and ignored the alarm on my phone … (more…)
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…)
It’s Sunday morning and so time for another Sunday ramble from deep in the Black Country. The Black Country doesn’t really have a good reputation. The dark picture above is what people expect to see when they imagine the Black Country. They imagine industry and workers, but it has changed. (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…)
Autumn gives me a variation of colours to photograph, but after a while I want something different. A subject that will look good with the autumn colours as the backdrop. It’s the same with sunsets, they are great for a backdrop but not as the subject of the photograph. (more…)
I went to the Tipton canal festival yesterday. I had been looking forward to it, I should have gone there on Saturday when it was sunny. Parking was a problem last year and it was even worse this year with police no parking cones out where I intended to park. I still managed to take a few photos. (more…)
In the Black Country, we have no shortage of canals. This is the Walsall Canal at Ocker Hill, that runs through Tipton, Wednesbury, Darlaston and ends up at Walsall Art gallery. It’s an interesting picture, but a little messy because there are so many reflections on the water. (more…)
I’m not sure if the lady on this narrowboat would be pleased with this photograph of not. I think people would be able to recognise her from the photo and that’s what is needed when photographing events. (more…)
We went out to take some photographs yesterday around the Black Country and the canals are an obvious place to look for interesting pictures. We were lucky enough to spot a narrow-boat negotiating top-lock at Tipton. (more…)
We had an afternoon taking photos yesterday, but conditions were far from ideal. We had cloudy skies all afternoon, but later in the afternoon a little sun broke through and I got this picture with an ISO of 400. (more…)
I’ve been thinking about a photography competition this week and went to pick up the entry forms. I did a bit of research into previous competitions and I expect the standard to be very high. I’ll still enter and try to win! (more…)
I have taken this shot many times, but I wanted a shot for a competition and so waited for just the right light and went to take this shot about an hour before sunset. I was lucky that guy was there fishing! (more…)
Yes, we’re biggin’ up the Black Country with our Black Country Day, a Black Country Festival all through July and we even have our own Black Country flag.This is Black Country Gaz who started the whole thing, biggin’ it up last night at the Sportsman in Tipton. (more…)
I was taking photos all last weekend, at Wednesbury Carnival on Saturday and again on Sunday when there was a memorial horse drive from Tipton to Darlaston. It’s the Black Country Festival all this month and so I’ll be out next weekend too! It’s the Walsall town festival next weekend with even more events across the Black Country. (more…)
You may have noticed that I’ve changed my blog this week and brought forward my photography post to Tuesday. I photographed Tipton Carnival on Sunday. The events season is well under way now and I can look forward to more carnivals, canal festivals and fun days. (more…)
I went to Tipton Carnival yesterday and took lots of photos, but others were there to have fun and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, with all the temptation of a carnival to spend money, fun and finance are inextricably linked.
It’s only just over two weeks now to the summer solstice and we have really good light on sunny days for landscape photography; but I’m looking now for colourful events like summer carnivals and fun days. These two lovely ladies did a great pose in the summer sunshine. (more…)