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.
I think I first took up photography because I wanted something relaxing to do and landscape photography allowed me to wander around beautiful scenery capturing images to share with the world. If you are new to photography you don’t really need to understand camera settings to simply recognise a good scene and capture it with your camera. It can help to know a little bit about composing a shot.
It’s Sunday morning and so as usual I’ll share my innermost thoughts and allow you into the innermost chambers of my mind. These are sacred places that even I’m still discovering. What’s on my mind this morning?
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.
Over the weekend I photographed more summer events and the first was the finale of the Wednesbury in Bloom competition at the town hall. That didn’t go quite according to plan. I think the time of the presentation was changed so I missed it and I might have been told the wrong winner!
This is where I live, it is Wednesbury, in the heart of the Black Country. It isn’t the prettiest place on earth but it is where I’ve lived most of my life. Now I’m enjoying retirement in Wednesbury.
All digital cameras have focus points, some cameras like my Fujifilm, just have one. My Nikon D3200 has 11 focus points that come up as red dots. It is important to get those focus points on your subject. I like to use one focus point for a single subject such as photographing one person and all 11 focus points for a group or a landscape.
It’s Black Country aye it? I live in Wednesbury which is the heart of the Black Country. We have our own dialect and our own culture. We’re not much for messin’ about. The officious morons who ask us to fill in a shed load of forms just to get something simple done gets on our nerves. In the Black Country, you could just turn up at factory gates to get a job at one time. Now you have to talk to a bleedin’ computer online and if it dow like ya, yam buggered.
It was carnival time again in Wednesbury yesterday and I was there to take a few photos again. I try to promote events around Wednesbury and take photographs at charity events. We need to improve our communities and heal rifts, not provoke hostility and division.
It’s Sunday morning and so I’m writing another, make it up as you go along, post. I went to Rough Hay Community Centre in Darlaston yesterday and photographed their summer fayre. There is no place in the country like Darlo, half the town is owned by the local slum-lord.
We are a week into summer and you can, not only find cheap days out, you can find totally free days out. The cost of transport will probably be your greatest expense. Look for summer days out in your community. I went to a great open mic evening at my local library and took photos on Tuesday.
This is a bridge over an arm of the Walsall canal at Wednesbury. Will this exist in 50 years time? I have put a copyright notice at the bottom showing who took the photo and when.This helps preserve my rights as photographer.
This is the town I grew up in, with its filth, smoke and rampant disease. Do I miss the days of the British Empire and National Service? If the photographer had turned left a bit when he took this picture, he would have got the Chest Clinic in, where we had x-rays done on antiquated equipment. Good old days? I don’t think so. (more…)
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…)
I took this shot yesterday evening as the sun was starting to go down. The light was warm and the shot is reasonable good. Although the sun was bright, it wasn’t easy judging exactly how much light I had. There are a lot of dark areas in the frame. (more…)
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 golden hour in photography refers to the first hour of the day and the last hour of the day when the sun is low in the sky and the light is warmer and softer. I was a little early yesterday evening but the light was still good. (more…)
I went to Wednesbury art gallery last week and this gentleman kindly dressed as a Saxon warrior and posed for a few photos. It is obvious what the subject of this photo is and it is a sharp image. Landscape photography is different and there isn’t always a clearly defined subject. (more…)
Even the government has recognised that we need to breathe new life into the nation’s High Street and promote town centres. They do pay business rates and a little local support would help more cash to flow through the local economy and a little less would go to the globalised economy that is dominated by the multi-nationals. (more…)
Today’s picture looks like a nice landscape with the Wednesbury rugby players and the tallest goal posts in the world, but it was freezing. That was yesterday afternoon. I woke at 3am unable to breathe, my cold was so bad. I’m thinking of going out to photograph the St George’s Day parade this morning. Am I crazy? I probably am! (more…)
My outing last Sunday wasn’t a disaster but the light is quite harsh for photography in early afternoon. I intend to have another go at landscape photography today, but I think I might wait and go out a little later. (more…)
This is the other side of town, where Hyde’s Pool attracts lots of water birds like geese, ducks and coots. People go to feed them usually with bread. If a car stops and someone gets out, the birds think it’s dinnertime and often race each other to the food. The swan will compete with the geese and ducks and a flock of pigeons will descend to eat up any leftovers. (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…)
This is Joe Egan at a charity night at my local pub, the Black Horse, on Thursday night. I admit I didn’t expect to enjoy the evening. I knew nothing about boxing or boxers, but Joe and his partner in crime Rob Reid certainly gave me an education. I was fascinated by the stories they told. (more…)