My weekend photography this week began at Wednesbury Rugby club where the sun was shining but it was still very cold! I started with this landscape shot so I would get the goal posts on, which are the tallest in the world! I was soon shivering and then getting a sharp shot gets a little harder. (more…)
I went to the open day of Great Barr Photographic Society on Sunday and got to look at their studio equipment. I even ended up on the other side of the camera and had a portrait photo taken which I’ve used on the home page. An open day is a good time to visit but they also have an exhibition in May. The exhibition will take place on 19th May 2016 and will be held at their club room from 7.30 pm at Gayton Road community centre. (more…)
It is Sunday morning and so as usual I will open up the dark passages within my mind and see what’s going on in there. What do I have on my mind this morning? Being typically English, I’m watching the weather. (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…)
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…)
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…)
I started with an artistic poster today for burlesque. Burlesque is artistic, it started in Europe and then caught on in the United States. It’s not serious art, it’s meant to be cheeky and it’s meant to be humorous. (more…)
Here in the Black Country there are lots of free summer events, because it’s the Black Country Festival for the whole month. It was Wednesbury Carnival last weekend and I took lots of photos, capturing the memories. (more…)
I went to West Bromwich Manor House museum on Saturday to photograph the St George’s Day event. St George’s Day is actually on Thursday the 23rd of April, but there were events last weekend. The event gave me lots of colourful characters to photograph and a great location. (more…)
I went to West Bromwich this week. I drove down the High Street, the one pictured, but it’s changed a lot in recent years. The kerbs stick out into the road now, they have a 20 MPH speed limit and it’s pedestrianized at the end.
This is the third lesson in my photography series for beginners. This week, I’ll look at a few things. White balance can be important, but I’ll also look at aperture and depth of field. What do you think the subject is in this picture? (more…)
There were lots of events through the summer for me to photograph, but now Autumn is here, there are fewer events and many are indoors. I went to West Bromwich Manor House yesterday to photograph the Vintage Fair which was held both indoors and outdoors. (more…)
I go out taking photographs in all weathers, but rain does make it a little more challenging. Showers are normal in England in April and so we have to try to go out in between the showers. I took a few photos last week but it’s been constant rain or dark skies since. (more…)
If you’re a regular readers then you’ll know that Neodigital Art is about taking digital images and turning them into art. This image was a photograph that I took while experimenting with different camera settings. I took the photo through the window. I’ve since done some more editing to turn it into a Christmas Greetings image and changed the tint and added a message.
Neodigital Art is about editing photos to create art and so I think it’s appropriate that I used this photo for an edit. This was from a shot of The Public arts centre in West Bromwich. I think it looks artistic. The editing was with PhotoScape.
I’m still looking for a suitable image to edit that I can enter in an exhibition. It will probably be a summer exhibition and so I don’t want anything too depressing. I’ve started taking more photos of buildings rather than landscapes. The Nikon D3200 seems more suited to buildings; it focuses better on a defined subject. (more…)
We went to lots of places to take photographs on Sunday. This is the Manor House at West Bromwich. I took this with my Nikon D3200. There was a falconry display in the ground, but the shots of the birds weren’t so good. (more…)
Last month, I turned art critic and did a review of an exhibition at Walsall art gallery. Yesterday, I was out photographing the carnival in the park. It was a nice afternoon and it’s been a long time since we have seen such a good turnout. I’m sure many people went in the evening when things had cooled down a little.
Yesterday, I photographed the local manor house. That would be where the local lord of the manor would have lived hundreds of years ago. The area was largely a rural community then. The lord of manor would have been the land owner renting out land to local farmers and small holders. People scraping a living off the land. Much of what they produced went to the lord who’s title would have been bestowed upon him by grateful royalty or maybe on an ancestor.
Today’s picture was taken last weekend at ‘College Fields’ which is a little housing estate built on the edge of those fields on the site of a former college. The technology college is still there over the other side of those fields, but that’s not the same. That’s for 11 to 16 years olds, not adults; it’s like an High School…
If you are following my blog posts this week, you’ll know I’m having an art week. The region of England where I live, isn’t well known for art. It could be, but someone has to lead a new art movement. I don’t really think the local galleries will provide leadership, they don’t rate the local artists very highly. The great artists come from London, Paris, Vienna, Rome and New York, not Walsall.
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.
The Aldi super-six this week are celery, cucumbers, lemons (3), spring onions, tomatoes (6) and garlic (4). They are all 49p each. They haven’t changed from last week, but their website has. There is a lot more on there.