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Themes: Animals

Another in my short series looking back at my work and common themes that stand out.

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I can’t (and don’t) call myself a wildlife photographer as I see that as a certain type of photographer who studies his (or her) prey as a true naturalist would so not only can they accurately and factually describe the animal or plant that they are photographing but they are aware of it habits and movements and are willing to put themselves through physical difficulties to get the image.

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I am not that person, I like my bed too much.  Continue reading “Themes: Animals”

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Themes: Geometry

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For a long time I have been shooting geometric patterns but it wasn’t really until the last few years that I identified it as a thing.  Up until then, when asked I would have described my photography as being mostly architecture and then added a caveat that I don’t really shoot buildings, its more the details I see; which didn’t really help.  Now I could describe this as abstract architectural photography but Continue reading “Themes: Geometry”

7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital

I’m not really one for product reviews other than trying to document my own collection of old cameras but I got this lens recently and I am impressed.

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7artisans appeared on my horizon only very recently and I have to admit I was almost completely ignorant of them, I guess because I don’t really follow the latest equipment publications and reviews.  I don’t know why but I was browsing B&H and saw this lens, thought “oh that’s that manufacture I have seen recently” then I saw the price;   Continue reading “7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital”

April was Yellow

This is the fourth post in my series for Colours of 2018, focussing on specifoic colours for each month of the year. April was the colour of Yellow.

My sunglasses on the passenger seat; I liked how the sun was hitting them.

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Evening wisteria

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I think that wisteria is my favourite flower and if I ever own my own property again I will certainly find a place for one to grow.  I had one before and it took a few years for it to mature and produce those lovely lazy looking blooms.

I spotted these recently on a post work walk and the warm late evening sun really brought out the best in them and the hung from this garage.

Not sure I captured it perfectly as I didn’t want to wander onto someone’s property.

March is Aqua

I have to admit that I struggled with this this months colour.  Mostly because of an unexpected trip to the UK as my daughter was taken seriously ill so three weeks were lost in that respect.

Here are a few meagre offerings;

Rubbish bins and bus stops are aqua in the area I work

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February is Green

This is the second installment of my series featuring different colours for each month; see first edition here.

Surprisingly (to me) I struggled with green this month as I tried to avoid just taking picture of plants and I couldn’t find much of interest otherwise.

Here is my selection of green things; Continue reading “February is Green”

Koblenz, Germany

We recently visited Germany and spent a Day in Koblenz which is just South West of Frankfurt. It was freezing cold and a little damp being the beginning of February but there was enough to interest us for some exploring.

Looking down on the Rhiene

We started with the fort (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) which overlooks the city from the top of the hill, just across the river. There is a handy cable-car that takes you straight there avoiding the steep climb (and a cold swim across the Rheine).

Cable-car spanning the river

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I just can’t help myself

I think I am beyond help.

Just as I am saying I have enough cameras and I need to prune the collection; suddenly I am buying another camera and not even a Voigtländer.

Why do we do it? (Using “we” here in the hope that you there reading this are of the same disposition, please don’t enlighten me if you are not and leave me to my blissful ignorance and happiness that I am not alone in this crazy pursuit.)

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I just can’t help myself, I can’t resist an interesting camera at a reasonable price. And I just can’t help looking either. Sometimes I try to kid myself that I’m only looking for specific cameras and that I am sticking to the one brand or a defined thing that I need yet I suddenly get and urge and ‘DING’ PayPal takes a hit. Continue reading “I just can’t help myself”

12 colours of 2018 – Orange January

I uploaded some pictures to a competition a little while ago.  I didn’t win anything but it got me thinking.  The competition called for Yellow pictures; pictures that featured the colour Yellow.

So I thought it might be fun throughout 2018 to pick a colour for each month and throughout the month look out for that colour and try to shoot as many things as I can.  Then showcase what I have got at the end of each month.

Here we go then with January and deciding to go with the colour of carrots
(at least post Victorian carrots anyway)

I liked the way the shadows dropped across this orange wall
More shadows; this time palm leaves

Continue reading “12 colours of 2018 – Orange January”

Tujunga Wash – blackened from the fires

The Tajunga Wash is an area close to where I live.  It’s combined with Oro Vista Park and Ebey Canyon with housing bordering.

I shared a picture of this area recently here.

I took a longer walk around this area last week and explored a little too.  Of course I had a camera with me; this time my Olympus Pen-F Digital.  We’ve been living here for six months and this was the first time I had really explored the wash and the park other than a couple of shorter dog walks.

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Macro: Pen and ink

This is a macro shot of one of my fountain pens – well the tip of one.
Now I have to admit and you may have already guessed from a number of previous posts that I am a natural collector.  This is part of a small collection of fountain pens I accumulated many years back and this particular one was my Grandfather’s pen.  I have not used this pen until recently when the urge took me to start writing with real ink again; having put it aside for a number of years. This is a Parker 61 which was a development of probably the best selling fountain pen the Parker 51 (of which I also have an example that was my regular writing instrument for a while). This pen, rather than having some sort of squeezable reservoir, has a capillary-based self-filling system.  I didn’t understand this when I got it and could not work out how to fill it and so kept it in a box.

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Cedarburg

On our recent trip to Wisconsin we stopped for a while in Cedarburg which is as quaint little historic city not far from just north of Milwaukee.  Originally a mill town it has a nice river running through it and some interesting stores.  Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here are a few pictures I took whilst wandering around.

The river coming down from the mill upstream.

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Launch tube

I took this one evening on a walk around the city of Chicago, feels like something from a ’60s sci-fi series.

Part of the river walk in Chicago

Where’s Juliet?

This is another picture from the Burbank Post office, I really like this composition and the way the shadows fall from this balcony.

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