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Looking for the perfect shot #art #photography

I’m looking for the perfect shot now for my art project but what is the perfect shot? I’ll know it when I see it. I think it is an image that people can relate to and I have split the subject into three parts, people, places and things. I photographed some interesting places on Sunday and then tested out the best of the images on Facebook and Twitter to see if people did relate to them.

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Central Sixth, West Bromwich

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Thinking about composition #photography

“In the visual arts, composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject. The term composition means ‘putting together’ and can apply to any work of art, from music to writing to photography, that is arranged using conscious thought.”

good composition

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Developing photography into art #photography

I want to start developing photography into art with a series of images shot with a longs lens. I have in mind, people, places and things. This weekend I went to West Bromwich Manor House to a medieval re-enactment where I could photograph people in quite unusual roles and I used my 55 – 300 mm zoom lens.

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Weekend photography

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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…)


Open day in West Bromwich #photography

Great Barr Photographic society open day

Open day

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…)


Black Country culture #ramble

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…)


Come visit the Black Country!

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…)


Preparing for winter weather #snow

Snow in Wednesbury

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…)


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…)


Burlesque and art

Burlesque

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…)


Free summer events

free summer events

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…)


Manor House St George #photography

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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…)


The review: #westbrom

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.

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Aperture and depth of field #photography

SNOW - aperture - depth of field

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…)


Manor House Vintage Fair

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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…)


Photography: April showers

1 tree at Manor House

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…)


Neodigital Art: Editing for Art

1- WEST BROM Library edit 1

When the weather is bad, I stay in and edit my images to produce something artistic. Last week I took this photo in the sunshine and this week I tried some different editing. Editing in PhotoScape isn’t difficult, but you learn how different things work with experience.

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Neodigital Art: For the people

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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.

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Neodigital Art | Creating art

The Public edit

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.

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Neodigital Art and photography

East Park Lodge, Wolverhampton

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…)


Photography | The Manor House

The Manor House

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…)


England in summer

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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.

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The lord of the manor

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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.

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Iconic buildings save us money?

College Fields

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…

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